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Venue/Date: Mystic Lake Casino (Prior Lake, MN)
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October 25th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Concert review: Tony Bennett's joie de vivre inspires his music

REVIEW: The master showman makes standards and chestnuts feel fresh in a Mystic Lake Casino concert.
By Jon Bream, Star Tribune

Last update: October 25, 2007 11:41 PM

Does age really matter in popular music?

This week, the Twin Cities have seen Disney Channel superstar Miley Cyrus, 14, thrill a throng of tween and teen girls; the reunited Van Halen -- three 50-somethings plus one of their 16-year-old sons -- rock baby boomers and Gen Xers, and Tony Bennett, 81, croon to a crowd of AARPers.

What these three disparate stars have in common is a magical connection with their fans. With Miley, it was about seeing a red-hot TV idol in person. With Van Halen back with original singer David Lee Roth for the first time in 23 years, it was about nostalgia. With Bennett, it was about being in the moment.

Even though most of the 26 songs he sang Thursday night at the Mystic Showroom at Mystic Lake Casino have been in his repertoire for decades, Bennett made each one fresh. Between songs he told stories about Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney, but he didn't deal in nostalgia when he was singing. With obvious joy in his eyes, he seemed to relish singing his signature "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" as if his lover were truly waiting for him there, instead of backstage.

Bennett delivered ballads as if they were intimate conversations between friends (or pillow-talk cooing between lovers), lingering on words or phrases to emphasize points and often belting out the final line. His swinging was more convincing Thursday than at last year's winning Mystic Lake concert.
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