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Monthly Archives: December 2003
Wednesday, December 31, 2003
I had wanted to have everything updated by tonight, but unfortunately I came down with one of those nasty migraines. Nobody is probably sitting on their computer tonight anyway…
Nonetheless, I just had to pull my booty out of bed to wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope it beats whatever kind of year you had this past year…
I don’t see how mine could get much better…this year has been awesome for me…Due to the success of this site and Mister Vilanch’s I’ve made a lot of new friends in places I never thought I would….and, dang it, if I didn’t maintain my everyday friends…didn’t lose a one this year:-)
Midler’s show proves she’s still best Bette
Wednesday, December 31, 2003
BY BARRY FOX
Of The Patriot-News
At one point during her show Monday night at Giant Center in Hershey, Bette Midler was waist-high through the roof of a tent, wearing a ridiculously large umbrella-like hat.
“I have to keep this … hat on my head and remember the joke too?” she said to a packed house. “No wonder nobody else does this.”
Wardrobe snafus aside, few performers could do what Midler does.
Monday, December 29, 2003
Photo: Mr. Brian P.
The Divine Miss M transcends just about every label the thesaurus can deliver.
By Alexander Choman
Citizens’ Voice Music Critic
One of show business’ most outrageous performers, Bette Midler proved that her moniker is well deserved by staging a lavishly excessive stop on her “Kiss My Brass” tour at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.
The sold-out performance featured songs from throughout the 58-year-old performer’s career, including several multi-million selling albums as well as music from some of the 19 motion pictures in which she appeared.
I just learned this song today, so Barry put my voice and piano to work for the pleasure of a few (or less):-) This little ditty is dedicated to Darrell and my brother, Woody. It’s an old Tom Waits song that Bette performed in her tour called De Tour….It’s entitled, “Broken Bicycles”. No bells and whistles here…just me on baby grand and vocal…..hope some of you enjoy:
written by: Tom Waits
performed by: Mister D
(vocal and baby grand)
Mister D: Just for the record, my birthdate is: July 14, 1955
The Victoria Advocate
Birth Numbers figure personality types
Sunday, December 28th, 2003
To close out 2003, I think you will enjoy calculating your Birth Number. It may or may not describe you and absolutely is not based on any solid research. Regardless, take a few moments to see if you fit the descriptor. Also, if you know the birth dates of your ancestors and always wondered what they were really like, you can calculate their Birth Number and determine their personalities. The source is from somewhere far away in Internetland.
Our Birth Numbers describe who we are, what we are good at and our inborn abilities. They also point to what we have to learn and the challenges we are facing. To figure out your Birth Number, add all the numbers in the birth date together as in the example until there is only one digit. A Birth Number does not prevent you from being anything you want to be, it will just color your choice differently and give you a little insight.
Sunday, December 28, 2003
Posted on Sun, Dec. 28, 2003
By ALAN K. STOUT
WILKES-BARRE TWP. – “I’m not retiring and you can’t make me!” shouted an energetic Bette Midler as she strutted across the stage during the opening number of her show Saturday at Wachovia Arena.
Midler, perhaps taking a lighthearted jab at the abundance of “farewell tours” always on the concert trail, made it clear she isn’t going anywhere and, considering the excellent and highly entertaining show she delivered, there’s no reason she should.
Scan by BaltoBoy Steve
British actor Alan Bates dies
LONDON, England (AP) –Alan Bates, who first gained fame on the London stage and went on to star in a string of successful 1960s movies including “Zorba the Greek,” has died, his agent said Sunday. He was 69.
Bates died of cancer in a London hospital Saturday night, said his agent Rosalind Chatto.
His first important film role was opposite Laurence Olivier in 1960’s “The Entertainer.” In 1964 he played Basil in “Zorba the Greek,” and two years later acted in “Georgy Girl” with Lynn Redgrave.
Thanks to Joseph who went to the show last night, we now know she has changed a couple of things…of course, this doesn’t mean it’s permanent, but maybe experimental…
She dropped “The Perfect Kiss” and replaced it with “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today”, and for the encore, “Friends” took the place of “White Christmas”.
Of course, both were awesome…but if I had MY say so…..oh never mind!:-)
Love, Mister D
Saturday, December 27, 2003
A wee Bette Midler
Bette Midler bought out Babalu for a holiday party for her crew. Midler, who was here a couple weeks ago performing at St. Paul’s X, didn’t perform at the club, but members of her band played with members of a Babalu house band. Midler’s band seemed to enjoy playing jazz, which doesn’t make up much of her stage show. Midler dined and walked around, very low key. If you didn’t know who she was, you might not have noticed her. She’s a lot smaller in the real life than her enormous stage presence.
A BaltoBoy Steve Scan
This recording was entirely the brainchild of Barry Manilow. He wanted to pay tribute to that outstanding pop vocalist of the nineteen fifties, Rosemary Clooney. In case you did not know, she was the well-known actor, George Clooney’s aunt. I had the privilege to have heard Rosemary live many years ago. I also was fortunate to have been watching and listening to the Today Show some months ago when this recording was being discussed. It was revealed that Barry Manilow had decided that Bette Midler was his first and only choice to help reinvent these marvelous songs. It was a project dream that took quite a bit of time to finalize and it was done properly. It was not meant to be an imitation of Rosemary Clooney.