Singer Bennett on mend from flu


Tony Bennett, forced by illness to bow out of a live TV performance on "American Idol" five days ago, is feeling better and will resume his tour schedule this week, his publicist said Monday.

Bennett, 80, abruptly canceled his "Idol" appearance last Wednesday because of a bout with the flu, and also called off a concert that had been scheduled for Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona.

He has missed no further appearances and will be back at work as scheduled this Thursday for a private show in Tucson, Arizona, followed by back-to-back dates Friday and Saturday in Las Vegas, his spokeswoman, Sylvia Weiner said.

"His doctor did feel he should rest for three or four days, so we took that advice, and he's done so, and he'll be back on his regular schedule," she told Reuters. "It was just a bit of the flu, like we all get. A couple of days rest, and he's fine and raring to go."

Bennett, best known for his rendition of "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," added two Grammy awards to his credit earlier this year for his latest album, "Duets: An American Classic - Tony Bennett," a collection of songs performed with other major recording stars.