You Bette!

  1. I'm definately over my funk about having a bad attitude day at work.

    I went to see Bette Midler in concert. I've always thought she was one of the best entertainers alive, if not the best. She entertains not just sings.

    It's so awesome to see someone I've loved for 30 plus years still at it going strong, full of life and energy and such passion. I've always said that about her shows, she's so passionate. She sold out the area of 15,000 people and it's obvious though she hasn't had a hit in a long time she has a faithful following.

    She did all my favorites, especially Wind Beneath My Wings, Do You Wanna Dance, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, From A Distance and The Rose.

    I can't tell you how many times I've spun The Rose over the last 25 years. It's moved me and it moves me today.

    So her up there in her 50s, slim and trim, dancing and full of life and energy has just inspired me so much.

    Sorry to gush, and I sound so silly talking about a celebrity like a 12 year old school girl. But she means so much to me and I adore and worship her.

    If anyone has a chance to see this tour, pleaes go. You won't regret it.


    Here's a review of the show I saw.
    "TAMPA - Miss M. remains divine, even if she has a bone to pick with Britney, Christina and the like.
    ``Do any of these girls ever call me up and say `Thank you'?'' Bette Midler asked a St. Pete Times Forum crowd of 12,223 Tuesday night. ``I opened the door for trashy singers with big'' breasts.

    Oh, Bette, none of those girls has anything on you - in any department.

    There's really no contemporary performer to compare to Midler. She's a born comedienne who just happens to have a fine voice and great taste in material.

    She had the crowd's collective sides aching from laughter with a string of jokes from her 92-year-old Sophie character and just as quickly had tears welling during a beautiful reading of Tom Waits' ``Shiver Me Timbers.''

    Midler most often was hilarious, loud and not ``what you'd call a shrinking flower,'' as the song says. During ``Shiver Me Timbers,'' barefoot Bette seemed tiny, sweet and fragile.

    Those moments were not in the majority. After all, the tour is called ``Kiss My Brass.''

    And Bette was as brassy a broad as you could hope for.

    She did her homework, tossing out jokes about Bubba the Love Sponge and Malfunction Junction. She ragged celebrities, politicians and herself, especially in a video segment in which she went before Judge Judy to defend her canceled television series.

    The set resembled a Coney Island-type amusement park and Midler made her entrance on a flying carousel horse. She rarely stood still, except while singing the ballads, pacing the stage in high heels while rapid- firing one-liners.

    The show was rigorously physical: Let's see some of these youngsters perform a long set-piece hopping around on a fishtail in a mermaid costume as Midler, 58, did Tuesday."
    Last edit by Tweety on Mar 4, '04
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   nekhismom
    wow tweety! All I can say is WOOOOOOOOT! YOu got to see Bette!!!
  4. by   georgia peaches
    The Divine Miss 'M' has always been a favorite....
    "I will never forget it, ya know.....My best friend Clementine...." gets me laughing just thinking about it.

    So glad you got a break from the daily 'grind' - and totally jealous that we couldn't go!!!

    John
  5. by   nurseygrrl
    She is amazing. I have always loved her work. Lucky you! Her songs are so moving...especially Wind Beneath My Wings which reminds me of my daughter
  6. by   jnette
    Quote from HerEyes73
    She is amazing. I have always loved her work. Lucky you! Her songs are so moving.
    Ditto ! Wow... color me jealous ! The Rose... OMG.. is there .. has there ever BEEN a better song?
  7. by   barefootlady
    Tweety;
    I love Bette too. I have a sister who could be her twin. So when I get down and she is around she does a Bette bit for me. Bette is a "all around entertainer" who can and does value her audience. Glad to hear she gave you the lift you needed, I wish I could say I had one recently. Keep your fingers crossed for me, I have something in the works.
  8. by   gwenith
    She has always and I mean always come across as not just a good entertainer but a good person - Tweety I am jealous!!!
  9. by   jnette
    Quote from barefootlady
    Tweety;
    Glad to hear she gave you the lift you needed, I wish I could say I had one recently. Keep your fingers crossed for me, I have something in the works.

    Keeping you in my toughts, Barefoot. Hoping the clouds are soon pushed aside by the sunshine.

    Glad Tweety's his tweet self again !
  10. by   jayna
    I love "From a distance"
  11. by   jnette
    Quote from jayna
    I love "From a distance"
    .... and I love that KITTY !!! I WANT it !
  12. by   Shed13911
    We played "Wind Beneath My Wings" for out pinning ceremony 9 years ago. It always brings tears to my eyes whenever I hear it. It is what I remember first when I think of The divine Ms M!!
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    (((((((((((((Barefoot))))))))))))))))))

    i love Bette too!
  14. by   Tweety
    Quote from barefootlady
    Keep your fingers crossed for me, I have something in the works.
    Consider it done sweetness.

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