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Monthly Archives: April 2005
Saturday, April 30, 2005
The Daily Telegraph, Australia
April 30, 2005
SPOTTED: Bette Midler along with sexy quartet Il Divo dining at Ocean Room, The Rocks, on Wednesday . . . John Laws and the wife NOT at Otto on Thursday lunchtime, but next door at China Doll . . . Russell Crowe, wife Danielle and bodyguard Mark Carroll at Bill and Tony’s on Thursday.
Mister D: Thanks to Dana for this heads up…yes, it’s not a new recording, but it’s for a good cause. So cough up the bucks! it’s released this Tuesday, May 3, 2005:
1. A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme) – Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
2. Someday My Prince Will Come – Barbra Streisand
3. Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John
4. Your Heart Will Lead You Home – Kenny Loggins
5. You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins
6. When You Wish Upon A Star – Jesse McCartney
7. A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes – Linda Ronstadt
8. The Bare Necessities – Tony Bennett
9. Baby Mine – Bette Midler
10. You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Randy Newman
11. If You Can Dream – Disney Princesses
12. My Funny Friend and Me – Sting
13. Part of Your World – Olivia Newton John
14. Make a Wish – Kevin Sharp
15. Wishes – Peabo Bryson and Kimberley Locke
Kirsty from the Land Of Oz writes in:
I came across this video of Bette on the morning show Sunrise on channel 7:
Just on the right of the screen. More than 5 minutes worth. Kochie is a really popular host in Australia. Really down to earth.
Mister D: Kirsty (not Alley) from Oz has been transcribing some articles from newspapers for me, and here is the first of the bunch…I’ll put some more up hopefully by Monday. Anyway, that’s a lot of work and I hope you all appreciate it – for I sure do…
I’d like to make another appeal to all of the Ozzies that read BLB, and I know you do looking at the stats, don’t be afraid to send in some reviews or pics. I love them, the fans love them, and the band and crew love them…so if you’d like to share any of your feelings on the KMB experience….then let them flood. 🙂
Friday, April 29, 2005
Mister D: Just a reminder that the Special DVD edition of Beaches is out, and it’s chock full of extras. And it’s cheap, unless you’re one of those people who needlessly own one of those gas guzzling SUV’s, Hummers, and Escalades.
And I agree with Bill Maher…the price of gas ain’t high enough. While everything has skyrocketed over the years, gas has remained comparatively cheap…even now.
If the true market forces were to control the pricing, I think you might be driving something that doesn’t make you think you’re dick is bigger than the rest of us (yeah, I’m back in full form 🙂 )
Part of what makes Ms. Midler so divine is her choice in material to sing. And how I love to promote the singer/songwriter. Here are 3 examples of stellar music makers who’ve lent their talent to Bette for interpretation. But they are performers in their own right, too. Currently, these CD’s are just out except for Beth Nielsen Chapman’s. I believe it is due to be released June 7th, however I bought the import and you can buy it thru her website.
Of course, Mr. John Prine, has been around forever and wrote Bette’s favorite song (that she recorded), “Hello In There.” From his own Oh Boy Records comes this description of the new CD: Drawing on Prine’s incomparable sweetness, his wicked wit and social commentary and his split rail simplicity, Fair & Square turns on the phases of the human heart — and the way the people getting by live, dream, love and survive their lives. With the occasional wheezing accordion, curlicue electric guitar parts, quick-wristed mandolins, billowing B-3 pads and puddles of pedal steel guitar, the rough-voiced singer/songwriter’s first self-produced record is a homey affair that draws generously from the palette of traditional American music — be it folk, bluegrass, shuffles, almost vintage rock & roll, torch, country — for an amalgamation that would be at home on any Wurlitzer in a whiskey-soaked tavern with beer signs flickering from age and the walls stained deeper than sepia from the years of constant smoke.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Mister D: If you don’t know why an article of Mister V’s is on Booltleg Betty….shame on you…get to know your Divine History:
Just like in the movies
April 25, 2005
By Bruce Vilanch
Illustrator: Howard Cruse
Sometimes even I wonder what we’re complaining about. Heterosexuals tell us we’ve got it made. Or at least we used to. We used to want no children, no military service, and no need for commitment. Now we’re campaigning noisily for all three. Straight people are shocked. “Let them get married,” every comic from David Letterman to Chris Rock to Joan Rivers has said, “Why shouldn’t they be as miserable as we are?” Once we were the outlaws, looking for love in all the wrong places. Now we take over 3,000-passenger cruise ships. Once we were designing for Pottery Barn Kids. Now we’re shopping there.
Our wine is simply divine, says Bette
THE Divine Miss M, it seems, doesn’t mind our wines. We hear Bette Midler, who performed at the Entertainment Centre on Tuesday, enjoyed a private tour and tasting at Penfolds Magill Estate the previous morning.
Company spokeswoman Nicola McConnell says Bette spent a few hours at the estate. “She bought some wines to take home, including Penfolds Cellar Reserve Pinot Noir and Penfolds Cellar Reserve Grenache,” Nicola says.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Thanks to everybody for the notes and kind letters regarding Chaka…and thanks to my friend Becky (I mean Inez..LOL) for trying so hard to help me…
Anyway, as I try to phase myself out of the postition I am in, I just wanted to thank all those that contributed to the Aussie tour.
However, I have had some requests from different parts of the globe for more Australian fans to write in about their tour experiences. I mean, Lordy, we have enough reviews from the hoity toity critics…we want to hear from the fans…so don’t be afraid to send them in. BUT mucho thanks to those that did….they were awesome….you can read the reviews here: KMB Down Under Reviews Page
Stylists are the wind beneath her wigs
WITH REBEKAH DEVLIN, PETER WOOD, CARLA CARUSO AND NAOMI JELLICOE
KNOWN as the glam squad, Robert Ramos and Kim Brakeley reckon they have one of the best jobs in the world – as stylists to the stars.
Now in Adelaide for the stage show Kiss My Brass, the Los Angeles-based pair style the show’s diva, Bette Midler.
Apparently, Adelaide is competent in the world of fashion.
“Everybody has their own style out here and is a little bit different, which is good to see,” Robert says.