Tony Bennett isn't impressed with the music of the moment. "The new songs that are on the charts right now, they won't last," he tells the Daily News. "Today, it's all about making the big buck, to be heard on the radio, to sell a million records. And then it's forgotten."   Those may sound like the words of a classic grump, consigned to th...

As we already did with music, radio, religion, cinema, sport, literature, theater, consumerism and cuisine, today we analyze the relationship between Italy and the United States from the point of view of another fundamental paradigm for the last century: television.   We do this with a young Italian talent, Luca Martera: scholar, writer, director...

By Timothy R. Smith   "Sinatra 100" is a spacious and mesmerizing picture book, documentingFrank Sinatra's life, from his birth in Hoboken, N.J., through his final years. It's full of the cool and class we expect from the Chairman.   We see him reading sheet music at a lectern, cigarette in hand; dressed as a sultan and riding a camel...

by Jack Silverman   Waching Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's electric performance on The Colbert Report last week, a couple of things stood out. First, whether she's delivering a synth-pop megahit to a 20,000-strong arena crowd or a jazz standard to a small studio audience, Gaga is a phenomenal singer.   Second, despite being 88 years old...

By Robin Leach   When Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli usually takes the stage, it's before an audience of thousands in a stadium, arena, park or an Olympic or Expo ceremony. In 2011, more than 150,000 Brazilians packed into an open-air concert, and his cold, rainy evening concert in Central Park with our Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion dre...

On paper, they're an admittedly odd couple: Tony Bennett, the legendary jazz and pop singer, and Lady Gaga, the quirky queen of modern rock and outré fashions. He's 88 years old, she's 28. Tony strolls on stage in a dapper tuxedo, she's shown up before in a dress made of meat.   But then there are the things they have in common: Big, powerho...

by Cookie Curci   As a writer of nostalgia, I have a passion for things and events that have faded into the past: things such as the grand old Wurlitzer jukebox that once held a place of honor in my Dad's 1940's soda shop, and the classic chromed Seeburg jukebox that later took center stage in the 1950's and '60s. As the youngest child in my...

by Roz Rogoff   I was at Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's show at the Concord Pavilion last night. I was so impressed with their performance on the PBS special I bought tickets to the local show as soon as they went on sale. Despite the article in Wikipedia, the price was nowhere near $239 in Concord.   Tony Bennett is better than ever no...

By Erin Strecker   Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will go cheek to cheek once again. In a new interview, Bennett shared that he and Lady Gaga, who is currently hard at work on her upcoming solo album, plan to release another album together, this time of Cole Porter classics.   "It's going to be all Cole Porter songs," Bennett told Vu...

By Vanessa Wolf   Too bad for the fictional "most interesting man in the world." Tony Bennett is not only real, he can croon. Get an earful of the 87-year-old icon's stylings next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. when he plays the MACC's Castle Theater with his daughter Antonia Bennett .   As for the title of this article? Look, we...