When he does, he might consider leaving his songs to Nick DiNapoli, a singer who sounds so much like Bennett it's uncanny.
DiNapoli even paints, a passionate pastime for Bennett that has become a profitable sideline for the legendary singer.
"I'm not trying to emulate his singing style," DiNapoli, a 39-year-old retired fireman from Barstow, Calif., said. "It comes naturally. I do all the standards -- (George) Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter -- and I listen to singers like Bing Crosby and Mel Torme.
"But my voice just sounds like Tony Bennett, the tonality. It's a blessing and a curse. I'm not trying to be Tony Bennett, I've even turned down some Tony Bennett things because that's what they expected."
DiNapoli is a man who likes to do things his own way.
"I know I sound like him, and he's a big influence, no doubt," DiNapoli said. "But if a person knows Tony Bennett, really knows his music, and then they hear me, they will hear the difference. But a lot of people don't hear it, they just have an off-the-top-of-the-head awareness. The real Bennett fans would say there is a resemblance, but that I'm not doing him -- it's just the tonality."
DiNapoli has been anchoring open-mike nights at Capozzoli's Thursdays through Sundays since the end of December. For years the Italian restaurant and lounge has been a favorite after-hours hangout for such stars as Tom Jones.