BetteBack: Midler Outtakes

Midler outtakes
Tuesday, October 17, 1978

On America: “Boston’s a great town. L.A. is not so great, one step away from the Black Hole. Detroit is the low – probably the most terrifying city in the whole U.S. We play Detroit once every year and a half, regular as clockwork, but the city – there’s no one there. It’s like a warzone.

“But nothing is as bad as Chicago in the winter. I lived there and I worked there – that’s why I always say, ‘Delores DeLago, the toast of Chicago.’ Ooooh, Chicago. I like New Orleans a lot. I like San Francisco. I like Boston. I don’t think
there’s any town I really don’t like, but I must say Chicago gives me a run for my money. Chicago – they’re so mean in Chicago.

“I’ll tell you the truth. I would rather be at home in America than anywhere in the world. If it goes under, I go under, too. I like it, I love nationalism. I love mistakes that countries make, but I love being part of something. You know. It’s nice to belong, but I’m sorry – I’m getting soupy.

American troops in the audience: | ”I haven’t seen any servicemen in about – I grew up with service kids, see. I grew up in a service neighborhood with Army brats in Hawaii. I like it, I enjoy it.”

Politics: “I don’t have any idea I what ‘s going on in the world. I never read the papers, never listen to the radio. Sometimes I play tapes or watch movies, but I really don’t – I wish I could say something political but I don’t know what to say.”

From a conversation about Eastern Europe:

“I sure would like to go there. I’d like to play naked in the East.” “I don’t think they’d let you. . .”

“I don’t think so either; that’s why I’d like to do it.”

” . . . but you could probably do it here.”

“I don’t want to do it here. I want to do it where they don’t let you. It’s no fun doing anything where they let you.”

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