Bennett postpones tour as he recovers from flu


Tony Bennett has postponed two Ohio concert appearances this week because he is recovering from the flu, his publicist said Wednesday.

Bennett, 80, had to postpone Thursday's appearance in Columbus and Friday's show in Cleveland because of congestion and other symptoms.

The flu prompted Bennett to cancel a guest performance on TV's "American Idol" earlier this month.

Bennett, best known for his rendition of "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," lives in New York.

"The 15-time Grammy winner was advised by his doctor to restrict plane travel and to rest for the next five days. Both concert appearances are in the process of being rescheduled," Sylvia Weiner said in a statement.

"His condition is improving and he is expected to return to his full concert schedule," which includes U.S. and British appearances later this month and in May.

In addition, Weiner said Bennett will be in Washington, D.C., on June 20 to accept this year's Humanitarian Award from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Bennett has long been involved in U.N. activities, most recently as a spokesman for a fundraising campaign to aid victims of violence in Darfur in Sudan.