Music: Bennett shows no signs of ageing

Music: Bennett shows no signs of ageing
Bennett pulled out all his signature hits at the show.

SINGAPORE - Move over Mick Jagger - what's the big deal about moving like the sevendecade- young Rolling Stones frontman when you've seen Tony Bennett in action? The 87-year-old jazz crooner showed absolutely no sign of his age as he not only breezed his way effortlessly through a 23-song set but even impressed the audience with a couple of nifty dance steps.

While he didn't exactly moonwalk, the little shuffles that he made mid-song charmed the 3,000-strong crowd every time he did it and drew rapturous applause.

Wednesday evening's performance at The Star Performing Arts Centre was the first time that he played in Singapore in 20 years.

Up on his feet for about an-hour-and-a-half, at no point did Bennett look like he needed to take a seat or a breather backstage. And if it wasn't his dance moves that were stealing the show, then it was his voice that did it.

Even though it has gone a little raspy with age, there's no denying how powerful his rich baritone remains. And hearing is believing - for the encore, he put away the microphone and belted out Fly Me to the Moon without any amplification, earning yet another standing ovation from the audience.

It was a masterclass in showmanship with Bennett owning the stage for the entire duration that he was on it and singing various standards from The Great American Songbook ("By now, you'd realise I only do old songs," he joked at one point) that made him the living legend that he is now.

He pulled out all his signature hits; from Boulevard of Broken Dreams, the first song that he recorded, all the way to classics such as I Left My Heart In San Francisco, The Shadow of Your Smile, Stepping Out With My Baby and more.

Some came with stories - like how Charlie Chaplin sent him a thank you when he re-recorded Smile - while others were delivered with nothing but just pure gusto.

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