Midler still has the pipes, bawdy sense of humor
May 11, 2015
Midler, 69, is dubbing this latest 22-city trek the â€œDivine intervention Tour,â€™â€™ focusing on songs from her current album â€œItâ€™s the Girls.â€™â€™
Backed by a big band and fellow vocalists The Harlettes, Midler took command of the stage from the start and kicked up her high heels.
Starting the show 40 minutes late, she treated her loyal fans to signature songs like â€œThe Roseâ€™â€™ and â€œWind Beneath My Wings,â€™â€™ sprinkling in topical humor along the way.
Midler generated laughter and applause from a predominantly middle-aged audience thrilled to be in the presence of a versatile performer with three Grammy Awards, three Emmy Awards and a pair of Academy Award nominations in her portfolio.
But itâ€™s on stage where Midler feels most at home, 43 years after her debut album hit the charts.
Midler has always enjoyed shining a new spotlight on oldies, and Mondayâ€™s show featured her spirited takes on two hits by The Crystals, â€œHeâ€™s Sure the Boy I Loveâ€™â€™ and â€œDa Doo Ron Ron.â€™â€™
Between songs, Midler displayed the irreverence that helped build a fervent fan base.
â€œIâ€™m just like vodka,â€ she said. â€œAgeless, odorless and tasteless.â€