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Monthly Archives: January 2004
Saturday, January 31, 2004
Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook
Artist: Bette Midler
Reviewer: Goh Ee Koon
THIS album is all about nostalgia as the irrepressible Bette Midler ropes in her old piano accompanist Barry Manilow (they worked the New York circuit together in the early day of their careers) and pays tribute to one of their musical heroes.
The dominant style of this album is quite different from that of the girl-next-door vibe exuded by the late singer. The orchestrations are downright opulent, and Midler and Manilow (who co-produces this album) offer a robust set that suits Midler’s powerful voice. One of the strongest aspects of this album is Midler’s style, which is warm, big-hearted and full of life. She brings a charming earthiness to most of the songs.
There’s a picture of Bette in the new issue of EW magazine…one we’ve seen before from the tour…but they were actaully kind to her. She’s in the music section where they show charts. This issue they showed concerts charts and talked about how she placed number 1 and number 2 in the top ten….They said promoters probably would like to call her tour “Bette Your Bottom Dollar” since it continues to fill the arenas….and that’s a good thing!:-)
Photo: Andy is the nice looking tan guy behind Anita Morris
According to Mr. Vilanch, Andrew J. Kuehn “was a dear, dear friend of mine (and Bette’s) for decades.”
It must be noted for Bruce and Bette fans that Mr. Kuehn produced and directed the much acclaimed and popular documentry. “Get Bruce”, and he was responsible for the high voltage trailer for “Divine Madness” before it hit the theatres. I can still remember that…it even made my brother want to see the movie. My brother was not a Bette fan then, but he is a full fledged one now…and straight.
Letter To Editor, DallasNews.com
Never in my life have I paid as much as I did to attend a political rally/gay convention but that is exactly what occurred Thursday night when my husband and I attended the Bette Midler concert.
It was not much of a concert as she did more talking than singing. Not to undermine her talent, but I think it would have been nicer with fewer four-letter words. That, combined with the uncomfortable seating at the American Airline Center, helped us to decide to go home at the intermission.
Friday, January 30, 2004
Thanks Jo Jo!!!!
by Paul Wontorek
Orfeh’s not the only brassy blonde getting her act together and taking it to Atlantic City. The Divine Miss M herself, Bette Midler, is scheduled to end her Kiss My Brass tour (which started in December) in the city by the sea on March 20 at Boardwalk Hall. I had the good fortune of catching the thrillingly theatrical Kiss My Brass on January 18, the second of two shows Midler played at Madison Square Garden, and I’m warning you now–if you’re planning on skipping Bette this time out, think again!
Sass and ‘Brass’
Midler serves up tour extravaganza for the entertainment-starved
By Mark Brown, Rocky Mountain News
January 30, 2004
Bette Midler can’t be 100 percent certain what’s causing fans on her tour to go insane when she hits the stage.
But she has some suspects – including but not limited to Joe Millionaire, fast food, Britney Spears, Fear Factor, Jessica Simpson and more.
It’s all down to “the fact that I’m a living, breathing, three-dimensional human being. I think people really miss that,” Midler says. “In the last few years, they’ve really missed that. People rush the stage. I can’t get over it. It’s so bizarre. The people have always been wonderful and they’ve always been grand, but this is really odd – like they forgot this could happen.”
Rocky Mountain News
No box set for Bette
Don’t be looking for the definitive Bette Midler box set anytime soon. She is adamant that she’s not going to shake down her fans with endless reissuing of her past work.
“I could, but to me it’s just technology. If they want my stuff, my stuff is available. It’s just another form of packaging. I don’t need my fans to spend another 150 bucks on (garbage) that they already have in another form. I mean, Beaches is Beaches. It’s not going to have MORE Beaches.
Photo: BaltoBoy Steve
By TOM SIME
The Dallas Morning News
No one present at American Airlines Center would have dreamed or dared to ask, but Bette Midler answered the question anyway. “I’m not retiring, and you can’t make me!” she vowed.
Her fans wouldn’t let her even if she tried. Ms. Midler spent her Thursday evening wrapped in adoration as tight as her fetching sailor pants for the Dallas stop of her “Kiss My Brass” tour. The show has a vintage Coney Island theme, and Miss M made her entrance on a flying carousel horse. “This is the biggest show I’ve ever done,” she said. “I’m just tryin’ not to get killed up here.” We had to leave before the end, but Bette no doubt survived.
Need your spirits lifted? Bette’s coming, and she’s bringing the brass
By Patrick MacDonald
Seattle Times music critic
Bette Midler’s coming to town, and she’s right on time.
The primaries, the economy, the war, the weather — we need a break, and Bette’s the one to give it to us. We need some fun, some dirty jokes, some silly songs. We need romance. We need to feel good again.
And her “Kiss My Brass” tour sounds like just the ticket — a high-priced ticket, to be sure, but probably worth it.
Photo: April Maskiewicz
Bold, brassy Bette
Bette Midler certainly isn’t mellowing with age. The Divine Miss M is still bawdy, provocative and humorous. No wonder the moniker of her tour, which stops Wednesday at the Rose Garden arena, is Kiss My Brass. The singer-actress’s latest album, “Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook,” was released in September. However, the jaunt is much more than a showcase for the disc. Midler, 58, is part of a big show, which features an elaborate production, the Staggering Harlettes backup singers, and plenty of old-fashioned entertainment.