Tony Bennett in Concert at Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, VA

The last of the iconic saloon singers shows why he's still the best.

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Tony Bennett at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, Va.
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Victoria Bennett in performance with Tony Bennett at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, Va.
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The first time Tony Bennett sang in a nightclub was in 1946 at the Shangri-La in Astoria. Sixty-eight years later on a chilly misty night in Norfolk,VA the 87 year old singer was spry, strong and of powerful voice. Following his daughter Victoria, who opened with a competent 20 minute set of standards, the voice of Frank Sinatra, from a decades old recording, introduced an exuberant smiling Bennett who received a standing ovation for just striding out on stage. Then that rich familiar voice started belting out the Tony Bennet songbook delivering to an appreciative audience just what they came for, no surprises, no tricks, no gimmicks, just Tony Bennett with a bare bones trio doing what he does best. The way he moved and sang makes one believe it when he said, "The Best is Yet to Come".

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