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Music legend marks 90th birthday with UK tour
The legendary Tony Bennett returns for his tenth visit to Birmingham's Symphony Hall on July 3, 2017, as part of a string of live performances in the UK to celebrate his 90th year.

Since his first visit in 1996, 19-time Grammy Award-winning Tony has performed to over 17,000 fans in Symphony Hall and he can't wait to come back.

"The audiences in Birmingham are exceptionally warm and welcoming and they are so fortunate to have this beautiful Symphony Hall right in their home town… one of my favourite places to perform," he says.

Tony Bennett, Birmingham Symphony Hall, 90th Birthday, Concert
Timeless: Tony Bennett's birthday celebrations continue in Birmingham

Symphony Hall staff have a surprise arranged for the evergreen singer. In recognition of his tenth performance at the venue Tony will be presented with a plaque for seat T10 on the night of his show, with the engraving 'Marking Tony Bennett's 10th Show at Symphony Hall'.

He will be the first visiting artist to be recognised in this way. Tony will also be given a framed photograph of the hall as a gift to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Chris Proctor, Programme Manager at Symphony Hall, said: ''We knew we had to celebrate this landmark occasion in a special way. Honouring Tony with a plaque in our hall is the perfect way to show our appreciation for his loyalty and support of our venue over the years.''

The tour will showcase Tony's greatest hits, including The Best Is Yet to Come, How Do You Keep the Music Playing, I Got Rhythm, The Shadow of Your Smile and the multi-award winning fan favourite, I Left My Heart In San Francisco.

He will be joined once again by jazz masters Gray Sargent (guitar), Marshall Wood (bass), Billy Stritch (piano) and Harold Jones (drums).

The singer had his first number one US hit, Because Of You, in 1951, which remained at the top of the charts for 10 weeks and went on to win his first Grammy Award in 1962. He was signed to Columbia Records then, and he's still signed with them today.

Tony Bennett, Birmingham Symphony Hall, 90th Birthday, Concert
Glittering career: Tony Bennett in concert (pic:

In a glittering 67-year career he has performed alongside some of the greatest artists of all time, including Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney and Elton John. More recent collaborations have included Lady Gaga and the last ever recording with Amy Winehouse in London's Abbey Road Studios.

He has performed to 11 US Presidents, brought the house down at Glastonbury and the iTunes Festival and has performed to four generations of the Royal Family, including an unforgettable performance at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

Tony has sold millions of records worldwide and continues to play to sold-out houses throughout the US.

He turned 90 on August 3, 2016, and the past year has seen him celebrate in style with Lady Gaga lighting up the Empire State Building on his birthday and the NYC Mayor proclaiming an official Tony Bennett Day. This was followed by a star-studded tribute show at New York's Radio City Hall, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet To Come, with performances by, amongst others, Elton John, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli and Kevin Spacey - see video below:

Tony Bennett 2017 UK tour dates:

June 27 & 28: Royal Albert Hall, London;
July 1: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow;
July 3: Symphony Hall, Birmingham;
July 5: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

Tony Bennett, Birmingham Symphony Hall, 90th Birthday, Concert
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Why? Legendary performer in concert
When: Touring from June 27, 2017
Phone: 0121 780 3333
Where: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and touring
Cost: From £47.50 plus fees
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