Bette Midler lit up KeyArena with a racy, megawatt performance Monday, June 1, that included â€˜girl groupâ€™ songs from her recent album as well as a retrospective of her career.
Sassy, brassy, but not always classy, the veteran singer, dancer and comedian Bette Midler offered a megawatt performance Monday (June 1) at KeyArena.
The capacity crowd was with her all the way, clapping, cheering and hoisting cellphones during a retrospective show spanning a career that began in the 1970s with her debut album, â€œThe Divine Miss M.â€
Wearing a short pink dress, Midler, 69, opened with â€œDivine Intervention,â€ â€œI Look Goodâ€ and â€œIâ€™ve Still Got My Healthâ€ -â€” colorful songs that reflected her energy and radiance.
â€œDonâ€™t I look good tonight?â€ she crowed, adding, â€œEverything you see up here is real.â€
Midler was backed by more than a dozen musicians and three singer-dancers who wore as many different costumes as she.
The sets, production, choreography and lighting were as elaborate as those of a Lady Gaga performance. But the bawdy humor was classic vaudeville.
The girl-group classic â€œTell Meâ€ kicked off a tribute to all-female groups that featured such songs as TLCâ€™s â€œWaterfallsâ€ and the Andrews Sistersâ€™ â€œBei Mir Bist Du Schon,â€ a childhood favorite.
A hilarious segment lampooned todayâ€™s obsession with social media.
â€œI could kill myself for not having the brains to monetize my sex life,â€ she quipped before displaying a series of fictional selfies showing her in bed with Richard Nixon, Vladimir Putin, Chris Christie and the New England Patriotsâ€™ Tom Brady (â€œI was the first to suggest that he might want to deflate his balls,â€ she said).
Midler bemoaned the long reach of social media and what she called â€œa perfect storm of useless information.â€
â€œI miss being unreachable,â€ she said. â€œRemember when people were afraid of being followed?â€
Midler saluted her comic mermaid character â€œDelores Delago,â€ which she â€œretiredâ€ last year, in song and video, and belted out a powerful â€œBeast of Burdenâ€ dedicated to Mick Jagger. And she sang a lovely version of the classic ballad, â€œSpring Can Really Hang You Up the Most.â€
Midler closed with â€œThe Rose,â€ â€œFrom a Distanceâ€ and â€œStay With Me,â€ a song of unrequited love that has evolved into a poignant lament about those who have passed from her life.
Midler returned for her signature â€œWind Beneath My Wingsâ€ before ending with the boisterous â€œBoogie Woogie Bugle Boy.â€