Bette Is Breathtaking!
Well I have never written before but wanted to write
a review for the show.
Bette looked amazing last night and was sooooo full of energy.
I had 2nd row seats on the center isle.
When I first arrived, a local radio station was handing out single
yellow roses to anyone who wanted them. My mother and I found
our seats and waited for the show to start. At about 815, the
show finally started and Bette came out on her horse. I noticed
that the sailor hat she wore at the January Dallas concert was
missing, but she still looked amazing.
During the first act, the show as wonderful. I loved Skylark and
she did different Rosemary Clooney songs than the previous concert
I had seen, which was nice. I Think Its Gonna Rain Today and When
a Man Loves a Woman were both powerful and moving. The ending
with Shiver Me Timbers was breathtaking too. I love that song
live....it's better to me than the cd version is.
Her humor in the first act was surprising and funny. She did the
joke about George W coming to her 70's concert because his cocaine
dealer got him tickets....I cringed fearing boos, but stunned
clapping began. Then Bette said something to the effect of bet
yall didn't think I'd have the balls to do a Bush joke here in
Texas, which got loud applause.
The second act was top nouch as well, but I confess I did miss
September and the Friends encore from the first show. Although,
the added Phantom of the Opera segment in the Delores segment
was a pleasant surprise.
Several amazing moments during this act. The first was during
From a Distance. When Bette sang, I just can not understand, what
all this fighting is for....a bunch of people began to cheer and
clap loudly. Bette's face lit up immediately and at the end of
the song she recieved a standing ovation from the audience. She
actually sang a few of the verses over and then commented about
how much she appreciated the audience's gesture.
Then during Wind Beneath My Wings, I was singing along with Bette
because this is my favorite song....in fact the first CD I ever
bought was the Beaches soundtrack. Anyway, Bette made eye contact
with me for what seemed like forever as I sang along. My eyes
started watering and just at the end of the song, I reached up
and wipes my eyes and she pointed right at my mom and I when she
sang Thank God For You, the Wind Beneath My Wings...which of course
made me cry more.
As the song ended, Bette did her bows and then left the stage
before coming back to sing the second chorus over. She got a huge
standing ovation from the crowd. After her bows, the crowd finally
sat back down and Bette got right in the middle of the stage very
close to the end and sat down with the microphone.
When she did this, the piano began in the background as she talked
about how much she enjoyed the area and Texas. I got up from my
seat, walked up to the stage, and laid my single yellow rose beside
Bette. She picked the rose up smelled it and said thank you as
I returned to my seat.
Bette then sang the entire song "The Yellow Rose of Texas."
The audience went wild. It was so wonderful (and amazed me as
I do not know all the words and I live in Texas). As she finished
the song, she raised the yellow rose in my direction in a toasting
manner and said Thank You.
Bette then sang the Rose and brought down the house.
As if that weren't enough, Bette came back out and did "Keep
On Rockin" and "In the Cool Cool of the Evening"
after "The Rose." Bette said that the "Cool Cool"
song was not rehearsed and told everyone to go with the flow.
And so we did!
It was such a special experience that I just had to share. What
a wonderful memory that I will cherish always.
By Leon in the Big D
Bette’s concert at Nokia Theatre last night
As was said before the Nokia is a VERY intimate
venue, you could literally walk five steps and be in Coney Island.
It was a real treat to be so close to the divine and the horse
she rides in on. The local jokes were right on target and not
one miss-step was to be found. The band and the Harlettes were
fan-freakin-tastic, but, for me; it’s all about Bette.
The Bush jokes went over great as contrary to what
some people believe, not every one in Texas voted for OR likes
W. or his family. I, for one, was glad to be at a show for adults
and not have the local news there saying “Bette Midler tells
racy adult jokes, two small children were several blocks away,
how the jokes affect them. The exclusive story only on channel
The set was beautiful, only Bette could be so elegant,
the songs were perfect. I am not really a Rosemary Clooney fan,
there are so many other talented singers that are forgotten, but,
as usual, Bette cast her spell over me and made me fall in love
with “Hey there, you with the stars in your eyes”.
I had my fingers crossed for “Slow boat to China”
but, the Sophie Tucker jokes more than made up for it.
The second act was fantastic. All hail Delores!
“Fish tales over Broadway” was a runaway hit in Grand
Prairie, TX. I loved when the agent called and said, “I’m
giving you one more chance, so, don’t f**k up.” As
a single gay man who dates a lot, I can’t tell you how many
times I’ve heard those very words out of a telephone receiver.
Bette has been saying that Delores is not long
for this world. That would absolutely break my heart as not a
lot of people do characters anymore.
It just amazes me what great shape this tiny little
woman is in. I am a 30 year old, body building muscle man and
there is no way I could do all she does, remember dance moves,
local reference jokes and smile the whole time. I served 12 years
in the Marine Corps and I know guys who would run home crying
for their moms if you put them in fish tails, made them sing show
tunes AND do the back bends, sit-ups and flips that Bette and
the Harlettes do. At 58. she is AMAZING. I guess that’s
why she makes the big bucks.
I read once that it is a dream of Bette’s
to have a piano bar in New York where she could just go down,
sit by the piano and sing standards all night if she felt like
it. Bette, I would be there every night with a glass of wine,
a pack of smokes and a wallet full of tips to put in the glass
to make requests for all the old war songs that I love to hear
you sing. I am so jealous of my gay brothers in the 70’s
at the Continental Bath’s. Man, what fun that must have
been. I, also, am holding you to your promise of not retiring.
As the piano keys began for the BOOOOOOOOORING,
sappy, time to cry, let’s all hold hands like idiot’s
and sing in unison, big radio hits started to play, you know,
(the ones for the fair weather fans) Wind, Distance, and the Rose,
I took my leave.
Parting is such sweet sorrow, it’s not very
often you get to spend such quality time with such a classy lady.
Your fellow Bette head and future Canadian citizen
in Big D,
The Yellow Rose of Texas
by Robert J.