The best could be yet to come for Tony Bennett, seen here with Lady Gaga at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif.
There isn’t much that Tony Bennett hasn’t done in his storied career, and he may be on the goal line of another milestone.
Industry insiders tell us that the Astoria, Queens, native is in talks to join Lady Gaga in Houston for her 12-minute halftime show at Super Bowl LI. At 90, Bennett would be the oldest singer to perform at the nation’s biggest sporting event.
“At the top of her list is incorporating Tony in the set,” says an industry source. Gaga and Bennett have teamed up on numerous occasions, including their “Cheek to Cheek” album, which won a Grammy last year.
While the pair’s chemistry is undeniable, we’re told that there’s some concern that Gaga and Bennett’s duet style might be a tough fit for the testosterone-charged Super Bowl.
“The issue would be fitting in a classic standard with the upbeat pop show she is planning, but Tony is still energetic and boasts one of the greatest voices ever,” according to our source. “There is no two ways about it — a duet would be one of the greatest moments ever in halftime show history.”
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We’re told that Bennett isn’t the only old-timer being buzzed about for the big gig.
“There has been talk about the (Rolling) Stones returning, too,” we’re told. The Stones will release “Blue & Lonesome,” their 25th studio album and first record in over a decade, on Dec. 2. A Super Bowl appearance soon after could spike sales. “Mick (Jagger) and Keith (Richards) are on a promo push for their new album and they share the same label (Universal), so anything could happen,” the source said.
Both Jagger and Richards would be a youthful 73 by game time, and this wouldn’t be their first rodeo. The Stones played the Super Bowl in 2006, shortly after releasing their “A Bigger Bang” album. They used the opportunity to play “Satisfaction,” “Start Me Up” and a song off the new album called “Rough Justice.”
Gaga’s reps didn’t respond when asked about Mama Monster’s Super Bowl surprise.