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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

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DMM New Year’s Eve Vegas – 1999 (Article And Audio)

New York Daily News BACK FOR Y2K: MISS M! BETTE HITS TOWN ON THE ROAD TO VEGAS AND THE BIG NIGHT BY RON GIVENS NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, October 25, 1999, 12:00 AM 57899_0 The end of the millennium has met its match: Bette Midler in concert. The Divine Miss Millennium Tour comes to Madison Square Garden tonight and tomorrow night, to be followed by a stop at Continental Airlines Arena on Thursday. At 53, Midler will be blowing the roof off a Big Apple concert hall for the first time since she sold out 30 shows at Radio City in 1995. All of the hoo-ha about the coming of 2000 – including predictions about the end of life as we know it – pales next to the return of the Divine Miss M to live performance. When the tour opened in Boston on Oct. 8, Midler sang a down-and-dirty version of “My Way” in a flamboyant yellow headdress while a hydraulic lift took her 15 feet above the stage. She camped up “The Lady is a Tramp” while 10 hula-skirted dancers created an artificial-grass storm around her. Her beloved mermaid character, Delores Del Lago, announced her campaign for President and cruised the stage in a red-white-and-blue wheelchair. Over the course of a show that ran for nearly three hours, Midler lampooned Bill Clinton, Kenneth Starr, Bob Dole and Celine Dion. Standing in front of a cardboard mini-Titanic, she made fun of “My Heart Will Go On” while clutching the sort of enormous jewel that fell into the drink during the blockbuster movie. “The show is a half-baked reassessment of where we are in the cosmos as the millennium approaches,” says Midler. “It’s very tongue-in-cheek. I would say it’s continuing in the tradition of live shows I’ve done over the years. It’s certainly the biggest thing I’ve ever done. ” The tour has been in the works since the beginning of the year. At one point, she was going to offer a survey of 20th-century pop, but that became too burdensome. Now, the show amounts to a collection of songs that have meant the most to her. But she never dropped her interest in the tour as a millennial project, with a two-show finale on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Las Vegas. “I’ve never taken part in any of the big events,” she says. “I wasn’t at Woodstock. And I didn’t do any of the big celebrations. I wasn’t in Live Aid. There were a half-dozen of those I missed. We wanted very badly to play Vegas on New Year’s, because it seemed like that’s where the action was going to be. ” Midler admits that she doesn’t really know why – or even if – the upcoming New Year’s Eve should be considered such a big deal. “What is this? Is this something the media has made up? What does it really mean? ” she asks, before adding, “I think it’s a nice chance to take a breath and look around and see what happened. It’s a good thing to do. It’s not a bad thing to do. Because people do change, even in tiny increments. Anything that helps them to be less brutal and less full of hate is a good thing. ” What kind of millennium has this been for Bette, personally? “Oh, I had a fabulous time,” she exclaims. “I loved being Josephine. Joan of Arc was one of my strongest moments. ” Midler fans might argue that she burns even hotter onstage, and the singer admits she feels more natural in concert than on a movie set. (And this from a woman who received an Oscar nomination for 1979’s “The Rose” and enjoyed huge commercial success three years ago with “The First Wives Club. “) “I think live performance is what I understand the best,” Midler says. “I’ve been doing it for so long, since I was about 14 years old. I’m home. It’s where I’m happiest, and where I’m funniest, and where I’m least worried, really. It’s very freeing for me. I really look forward to it. ” Still, it takes a lot of work to get Midler in front of an audience, considering all of the stagecraft and showbiz savvy she requires. “You know, we’re a very low-tech operation,” she says. “We do it with glue guns and gaffer’s tape. And this show was much more expensive and very elaborate. ” Midler says her preparation for an evening in concert begins the moment she wakes up. But all the hours on the treadmill and in meetings and checking the sound in the hall and going through hair and makeup are worthwhile when she connects with the audience. “It’s like flying,” she says. “It’s like a trapeze artist without a net. Waiting to see what’s going to land and what’s not going to land. Thinking on your feet. It’s pretty exciting. ” Having a daughter – Sophie, who is now 12 – has had an effect on what Midler does onstage: “I felt kind of restrained. ” And a more serious side has emerged through the singer’s persistent efforts to improve the city. The New York Restoration Project, which she heads, has cleaned up parks all over the city. And she put up $250,000 of her own money in May to save community gardens on the lower East Side. But don’t expect an environmental lecture in the Garden this week. In concert, she’s less likely to be green and more likely to favor shades of blue – as in bawdy material. “People get a kick out of it, and I love it, too. It sort of puts sex in a wholesome place. If you can laugh at it, it’s not so frightening. I think that’s part of its charm. It’s not gross. It’s not the part where you go, ‘Ew-w-w-w-w. ‘ ” Not with Bette, it isn’t. When she’s cruising around the stage, it’s the part where you go, ‘Wow-w-w-w-w. ‘ “It’s like a party going on in my head,” she says. And, bless her divinity, we’re all invited. [wpaudio url=” New Year’s Eve Vegas – bootlegbetty.mp3″ text=”Bette Midler – DMM New Year’s Eve Vegas” dl=”0″]
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

BetteBack March 21, 1988: The Three B’s – Baby, Big Business, And Beaches

Syracuse Herald Journal March 21, 1988 552776_286842731412187_876775265_n Another B for Bette — baby! Brash, bouncy, busty Bette Midler will ,” soon fit another B-word, and it will make • her quite blousy. You guessed it: Midler, 42, is expecting a baby, her second. And she is one busy bombshell. Midler’s making a movie, “Beaches” (alsostarring Barbara Hershey), finishing an HBO special called “The Mondo Beyondo Show,” and perfecting her singing in the Beverly Hills home she shares with her husband and 16-month-old, Sophie. The Disney comedy “Big Business,” starring Bette and Lily Tomlin, should arrive in June. The baby is due in October. Midler knows what it’s like to make a film • while .with babe. She was also pregnant during the making of Outrageous Fortune.” “The first one we’re bringing up strictly • on brown rice, no TV and classical music — -, the second one on Big Macs, mayonnaise, – – Diet Cokes and Michael Jackson,” quipped > husband Martin von Haselberg, a performance artist and commodities trader , – (the jobs don’t appear related, though both “. require good moves on the floor). “We’ll see who grows up the least neurotic,” he said.
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Monday, December 29, 2014

Bette Midler On The Johhny Walker Radio Show – December 25, 2014

Bette: From Broadway to Beaches. Johnnie Walker meets Bette Midler and on that journey discovers how the Hawaiian born Bette went from being voted at school “Miss Talkative” to “the Divine Miss M”. Garnering 3 Golden Globes for her films “The Rose”, “For The Boys” and “Gypsy”. Plus 3 Grammy Awards. She has enjoyed the most varied career and her ability to reach people has helped with her success and you’ll hear throughout the next two hours. 12-25-2014 7-32-41 PM Click On The Blue Link: [wpaudio url=” Midler On Johhny Walker Show.mp3″ text=”Bette Midler On Johhny Walker Show” dl=”0″]
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Chart News!

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  @chartnews: WW sales: @BetteMidler, It’s The Girls! 73,000 (347,000 total). Good news!
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

BetteBack March 8, 1988: Bette Midler Seems To Have It All

Santa Ana Orange County Register March 8, 1988 Bette-Midler THE MUCH-ADMIRED and still divine Bette Midler seems to have it all these days. Now she and husband, actor Martin von Haseiberg, will welcome their second child in September. (Their baby girl Sophie is IV2 years old.) Bette has a Disney movie with Lily Tomlin, “Big Business,” ready for June release. She has her TV special for HBO, in which her husband will appear, and “Mondo Beyond-0” will be released this spring. Bette will do another film for Disney beginning in April. It is a serious drama titled “Remember Me” about a woman in an institution who tums out not to be retarded.
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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Review: It’s The Girls – A Musical Joyride

The Guardian Bette Midler pays tribute to girl groups on It’s the Girls December 27, 2014 12-26-2014 11-49-32 AM For her first new studio recording in several years Grammy Award-winning chanteuse Bette Midler has chosen to pay tribute to the girl groups she listened to and was inspired by growing up. The fruit of her labours, It’s the Girls, is a musical joyride through several decades of pop music starting in the late 1930s with a cover of The Andrews Sisters hit Bei Mir Bist Du Schön and concluding in the 90s with a reworking of TLC’s Waterfalls. The bulk of the material, however, was pulled from the charts of the 1950s and ‘60s, which was prime time for girl groups like The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las, The Marvelettes, The Supremes and the Shirlelles. Midler and producer Marc Shaiman initially chose 50 of their favourite songs and then began what Midler has described as the agonizing process of editing the list down to only 17. Fifteen of those songs ultimately made it onto the record. I have no idea what songs they dropped but generally speaking the songs they kept are a real treat. The songs that made the cut include classics like The Ronettes’ Be My Baby, The Chiffons’ One Fine Day, The Shirelles’ Baby It’s You and The Chordettes’ Mr. Sandman. There are gems as well from The Exciters, The Crystals, Martha & The Vandellas, the DeCastro Sisters and The Supremes, among others. The arrangements, for the most part, don’t differ that dramatically from the original, but here and there Midler did take some liberties. In the case of The Supremes’ You Can’t Hurry Love, for example, Midler took it down a country road. The horn parts in the original version are gone, replaced with fiddle, banjo, Dobro and harmonica. That may seem like an odd thing to do, but it actually works. Midler shines on tracks like The Shirelles’ Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, The Andrews Sisters’ Bei Mir Bist Du Schön, The Chordettes’ Mr. Sandman and The Decastro Sisters’ Teach Me Love. Her voice is so well suited to the material you’d think several of these songs were written for her. Midler did many of the vocal harmonies here herself but also used a number of great backing vocalists, plus some special guests, including the legendary Darlene Love. Love joined her for He’s Sure The Boy I Love, which she originally recorded with The Crystals. You get the sense that this record was special for Midler. On her website she puts it this way. “A long time ago I fell in love with voices in harmony,” said Midler. “In particular, the sound of female voices singing together. There were so many great girl groups in those days, I still listen as avidly as I ever did. This record is a small attempt to honor them for all the joy they brought to me and the world.” The only problem I have with this record is that it isn’t longer. There are several other songs I would like to have seen here, most notably The Ronettes’ Walking In The Rain, and The Marvelettes’ Please Mr. Postman, which went on to be a hit for The Beatles. Martha and The Vandellas’ Dancing In The Street or Heatwave would also have been good additions. My Boyfriend’s Back by The Angels would have fit nicely as well. I’m sure other fans of the girl-group era could suggest others. But you can’t do them all — not the first time anyway. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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Friday, December 26, 2014

Happy Holidays!

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Bette Tweets: Marriage Equality

147831067 Bette Tweets: Marriage equality is coming to Florida in January. Took long enough. It would have made for a fabulous Golden Girls episode…
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BetteBack March 8, 1988: Bette Expects Second Child

Mister D: Bette ended up having a miscarriage. Syracuse Herald Journal March 8, 1988 magazine-31-3 New York Daily News columnist Liz Smith says Bette Midler is going to do an encore. Midler and husband Martin von. Haselberg are expecting their second child in September. Their first, Sophie, is going on 2.
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