By Steve Greenberg and Brian Kelly
It’s a beautiful thing, our network of spies. They always mean well, and they almost always hit the mark. So, it is with extreme confidence in multiple sources – all of which shall remain nameless – that we tell you it’s no longer a secret: Tony Bennett, indeed, is coming to The Palladium this fall. THE Anthony Dominick Benedetto, that vocal icon of pop music, standards, show tunes and jazz, will grace the stage once and for all. (Last year, we wrote that he would be on hand for the Gala in January; our source was deep inside, more like family, you might say, but it just didn’t happen. We’re confident that’s not the case this time.) So, for those of you still thinking artistic director Michael Feinstein isn’t worth the money, think again. In all honesty, we were told about this and other shows well more than a month ago in an off-the-record conversation. We stayed quiet, true to our word, and we were committed to remain so, until we heard about it from a handful of others. When word traveled that quickly, we decided, at press time, to start typing. Our spies also tell us that Bill Cosby will delight what we hope will be a packed Palladium sometime in 2012, and this summer’s schedule will feature shows by Indigo Girls, Goo Goo Dolls and Miranda Cosgrove, star of iCarly on Nickelodeon. Wait, there’s more: We also hear that Feinstein will pair with Bernadette Peters and Sandi Patty, respectively, for concerts featuring the Great American Songbook. Can you feel the momentum that joint is gathering? It is becoming a magnet venue for Central Indiana, which is exactly what it was designed to be – and which is exactly as it should be. We urge you to pack the house for these shows. Tickets? Try 843.3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.