According to the New York Post’s Cindy Adams, the reason Bette could not reschedule to perform at New York’s Kerry Fundraiser was that she was going to be vacationing in Italy with her family….:
KERRY. The new lineup for the new date for the new fund- raiser concert at Radio City on July 8 includes Mary J. Blige and the Dave Matthews Band. They’re add-ons. Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner, who is exec producing, originally wanted both dates but scheduling wouldn’t allow. Ain’t easy juggling stars and bookings. Dave sandwiched it into a three-day tour, Mary had that lone night free. The line-up lost Bette Midler, who’s vacationing in Italy with her family, and James Taylor, who’s on a European swing. True believer Whoopi managed to reschedule. Ditto Wyclef whatsisname, Bon Jovi and John Mellencamp. Sarah Jessica’s an introducer. Holdover Paul Newman hosts and, in fact, has already wrote a funny intro. I mean, Billy Crystal he isn’t but, still, the speech is not a shame for the neighbors.