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Monthly Archives: May 2015
Sunday, May 31, 2015
10 Surprising Bette Midler Cover Songs
posted on Jun. 5, 2014, at 6:44 p.m.
Over the years, Bette Midlerâ€™s music has often been dismissed for being too schmaltzy or because she tends to go way, way old school with her cover choices, and while the former might be relative, as to the latter, she tackled the Rosemary Clooney songbook in 2003, then followed it in 2005 by covering the Peggy Lee songbook. Not that thereâ€™s anything wrong with tackling standards, but there was a time not so long ago when Midler was turning in versions of some pretty awesome contemporary tunes.
Main set: Divine Intervention / I Look Good comedy segment / I’ve Still Got My Health / Do You Wanna Dance? / Throw It Away / Tell Him (the Exciters cover) / Bei Mir Bist Du SchÃ¶n (the Andrews Sisters cover) / Waterfalls (TLC cover) / Everybody Knows (Leonard Cohen cover) / I Think It’s Going to Rain Today (Randy Newman cover) / I Put a Spell on You (Nina Simone cover) / Yakety Sax / Bird In the Hand / A Visit from Soph comedy segment / RIP Delores video tribute / Beast of Burden (The Rolling Stones cover) Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most (Ella Fitzgerald cover) / The Rose / From a Distance / Stay With Me
The venue: The MGM Grand Garden City Arena is a huge Arena (same place Mayweather fought Pacquio a couple weeks ago), that was probably about 85% full. Most of the floor seats were taken, but there were quite a few empty seats scattered throughout the bleachers. I was in the third row center, and it turns out the entire third row started the “meet and greeters”. For most of the fans who remembered her at the cushy Caesar’s Palace, we were quite disappointed with the venue seating. For $1,250 we were sandwiched in with zero leg room in front of us, sitting on folding chairs. In fact, we were so packed in that it was impossible for any of us to get up to go to the bathroom (a challenge with a 2-hour straight-through performance with no intermission) without the entire row getting up and exiting to the aisle to let us get in and out. In fact, that’s exactly what we did. Right before the performance started (30 minutes late), those of us who partook in the open bar felt we’d better hit the restroom before the show, so six of us decided to take a quick trip to the loo at the same time. I understand from the ushers that all of her performances are slated to start at least 20 minutes late, with the single 45-minute late performance on her tour being the exception. The 30-minute late start seemed appropriate as there was a 5.4 earthquake in California that afternoon, and part of the Vegas freeway was closed down due to a crack in the asphalt. What should have been a 20 minute trip to the MGM ended up taking over an hour, due to an overflow of bumper to bumper cars making their way through the cross-streets of Vegas..
Behind The Scenes At Bette Midler’s Divine Intervention: VIP Souvenirs And Tour Merchandise ((Ron G.)
Well, I saw the Divine last night, and enjoyed the meet and greet. The VIP package came with a burlap branded tote bag, an autographed (?) picture of Bette from the tour, and a special VIP room with catered buffet dinner, an open bar, and a chance to meet other fans. The show was exhilarating, and she was in top form for many of the songs.
Midler still has the pipes, bawdy sense of humor
Behind The Scenes At Bette Midler’s Divine Intervention: Catered Food, Open Bar, Meet And Greet CenterPiece (Ron G.)
The VIP room: A standard convention-style meeting room with round tables that sat about 10 per table. Food was excellent, and included some of the best pot roast and mashed potatoes I’ve ever eaten. An open bar, added to the touch, with wine and spirits in abundance, for those who wanted to pass on the soft drinks. I’d say there were close to 60 people in the VIP room, which was a sizeable amount considering each paid $1,000+ per ticket.
BetteBack January 21, 1990: Bette Midler And Cher To Star In ‘Angry Housewives’ (This Would’ve Been A Hit!)
Galveston Daily News
January 21, 1990
The flame-haired Divine Miss M and dark “Witch of Eastwick” also will sing in the movie, which should make for at least one unusual duet.
Cher actually made a halfway serious stab at being a punky gypsy lady around 1980 with her band Black Rose.