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TONY BENNETT AND LADY GAGA ANNOUNCE CONCERTS AT THE ZAPPOS THEATER AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO FRIDAY, APRIL 10 AND SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015 IN SUPPORT OF THEIR GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ALBUM CHEEK TO CHEEK

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Citi Presents Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Performing in Support of Their Award Winning Album "Cheek to Cheek"

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 “Big, powerhouse voices and a compass aimed at the emotional heart of a song. A love of the Great American Songbook and the songwriters within it…they were a delight.”   – – Orange County Register

“Bennett and Gaga are an incredible pair, and they exited 2014 and ushered in 2015 with elegance, class and flair.” –The Las Vegas Sun

Las Vegas, Nev. (Tuesday, March 3, 2015) – Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment are pleased to announce that Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will perform at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m. PT.   Bennett and Gaga return to Las Vegas, where they initially opened their Cheek To Cheek tour at two sold out shows on Dec. 30 and 31, 2014, and became the hottest ticket on the Strip and received critical acclaim.

Cheek To Cheek, released in September 2014, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and took home a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 57th annual show last month.  Bennett remains the oldest artist in music industry history to have an album on the #1 spot on the Billboard charts. Cheek To Cheek marks Lady Gaga’s third consecutive #1 album release in just over three years, and makes her one of only two female artists this decade to have three #1 albums. The Las Vegas performances will be accompanied by a big band along with each artist’s jazz ensembles who will also serve as special guests for the evening.

Cheek To Cheek features classic jazz standards sung by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in a combination of vocal duets and solo performances. From the title track, to “But Beautiful”, to “I Won’t Dance,” the record showcases the chemistry between the two artists, who span 60 years in age.

As Bennett says, “What I really love about being a jazz singer is that jazz artists are very creative, very honest, from phrase to phrase” and Lady Gaga adds, “We wanted to make something that sounded perfect because of the quality of the emotion…the honesty.” Cheek To Cheek also features the Lady Gaga solo “Lush Life,” accompanied by Tony Bennett’s solo of “Sophisticated Lady.” The two songs complement each other, as Lady Gaga explains, “I loved making ‘Lush Life,’ Tony mentored me emotionally through the process,” and Tony Bennett adds, “I sang ‘Sophisticated Lady’ to answer her on ‘Lush Life,’ and because Duke Ellington wrote it, who collaborated with Billy Strayhorn, the writer of ‘Lush Life.’” Recorded in New York City, Cheek To Cheek took over a year to complete and features jazz musicians associated with both artists including members of Bennett’s quartet: Mike Renzi, Gray Sargent, Harold Jones and Marshall Wood as well pianist Tom Ranier. Jazz trumpeter Brian Newman, a long-time friend and colleague of Lady Gaga appears on the album as well with his NYC-based jazz quintet. Jazz soloists on selected tracks include tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, trumpeter George Rabbai and flutist Paul Horn, who passed away in July.

Tickets for the Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga performances at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino range in price from $69 – $250, and will go on sale Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m. PT at ticketmaster.com, the Zappos Theater box office and charge by phone 1-800-745-3000.

Citi® cardmembers will have presale access through Citi’s Private Pass Program Wednesday, March 4 at 10 a.m. through Friday, March 6 at 10 p.m. For complete presale details visit: www.citiprivatepass.com. A special presale will also be held for Live Nation, as well as Total Rewards members, the loyalty program of Planet Hollywood’s parent company Caesars Entertainment, Thursday, March 5 at 10 a.m. through Friday, March 6 at 10 p.m.

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ABOUT TONY BENNETT

Tony Bennett is an artist who moves the hearts and touches the souls of audiences. He’s not just the singer’s singer but also an international treasure honored by the United Nations with its Citizen of the World award, which aptly describes the scope of his accomplishments. The son of a grocer and Italian-born immigrant, Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born on August 3, 1926, in the Astoria section of Queens, New York. He attended the High School of Industrial Arts in Manhattan, where he nurtured his dual passions, singing and painting. His boyhood idols Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole were big influences on Bennett’s easy, natural singing style. Tony sang while waiting tables as a teenager then performed with military bands throughout his overseas Army duty during World War II. After the war, the GI Bill enabled him to study vocal technique at the American Theatre Wing School. He first sang in a nightclub in 1946, sitting in with trombonist Tyree Glenn at the Shangri-La in Astoria. With worldwide record sales in the millions, Tony has received eighteen Grammy Awards including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, is a Kennedy Center Honoree and a NEA Jazz Master. The MTV generation took to Tony Bennett during his appearance with the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the 1993 MTV Video Awards. He appeared on MTV Unplugged and the recording of the same name earned him the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. “Tony Bennett has not just bridged the generation gap,” observed The New York Times, “he has demolished it. He has connected with a younger crowd weaned on rock. And there have been no compromises.”

 

ABOUT LADY GAGA

Lady Gaga is recognized for her diverse contributions to music through her performances, fashion and music videos.  She has sold more than 27 million albums and 130 million singles worldwide.  Her global tours have sold more than 4 million tickets. Lady Gaga has won six GRAMMY Awards®™, most recently in 2015 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Cheek To Cheek, her collaborative album with Tony Bennett that debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. She has been named to TIME magazine’s Most Influential People list and has consecutively appeared on Billboard’s Artist of the Year list.  She also is ranked fourth in VH1’s list of 100 Greatest Women in Music and is included by Forbes magazine in the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list from 2010-2013. She is the first female recording artist to ever receive a highly prestigious Digital Diamond Award from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), in recognition of her hit “Bad Romance” surpassing over 10 million song sales and streams.   

About Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation & House of Blues Concerts, LN Media and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com or follow on Twitter.

About Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is the centerpiece of the famed Las Vegas strip, with 2,500 beautifully designed guest rooms and suites showcasing some of the best views in town, and endless options of unparalleled shopping, distinguished dining, popular entertainment and a bustling nightlife. Planet Hollywood encompasses more than 100,000 square-feet of gaming, several lounges, ten restaurants including Gordon Ramsay Burger, KOI, Strip House, the award-winning Spice Market Buffet and LA’s Pink’s Hot Dogs, and the Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara. The resort is home to one of pop music’s biggest superstars, Britney Spears, and her show, “Britney: Piece of Me,” as well as comedian Jeff Dunham and his residency show  “JEFF DUNHAM: Not Playing with a Full Deck.” The property is encircled by Miracle Mile Shops with more than 170 specialty stores and restaurants. For more information, visit www.planethollywoodresort.com. Find Planet Hollywood on Facebook and follow on Twitter.