At The Top Of Her Game
by The Genuinely Divine Geno
Photo: BaltoBoy Steve Weiner
This show was my 3rd time seeing KMB, 2 in Philly
and Atlantic City and must say, this was the best so far. Bette
was ON !!!. The crowd was so loud and with her every step of the
show. My tickets were for Section 110, row 10. Lo and behold there
was no row 10. Guest Services were gracious enough to move us to
Section 115, row 7..
Right on the corner of the stage!!!!!
I didnt mind having a side view as I've seen the show already, I
was closer to Bette!!! I can clear up the issue with the woman looking
at the screen also, as I was sitting right behind her. As Bette
strolled over to our section she noticed the woman looking at the
screen instead of her and in her typical manner, picked right up
on it and we were in Hysterics about it. She also sat on the floor
and someone yelled "Its my Birthday" To which Bette replied
"Happy Birthday, Listen to me, I dont even know the Bitch".
OMG I was on the Floor. She was at the top of her game in Philly
and we knew it and gave her all our Love.
My seat was also at the right angle where I could see Bette in the
wings as I guess the dressing rooms were right off the stage so
I got to see her on and off stage as well. Highlight of the night:
When a Man Loves A woman. She got a screaming standing ovation!!!
She never sounded better!!! Im still reeling about the show and
hope she does a Cher and stays on the road...LOL..
There Is A God After All!
by Philly's own Divine Mrs. M,
Photo: BaltoBoy Steve Weiner
First let me just say what awesome seats I had - 8th
row center stage. "Yes there is a god after all" ...recognize
that line from anywhere??
On to the show!!! AWESOME!!
Bette was incredible last nite (no surprise there). The Philly
crowd was so in to the show and Bette responded. She was animated
beyond belief last nite. She was making the goofiest faces and hamming-it-up
during all the "light" moments of the show.
When she came out she did the usual chatter and said something like
"Oh Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love AND A BLUE STATE!!!"
With that the crowd went nuts. She said how with "W" in
office again, she'll have to stay drunk for the next 4 years! Got
a BIG cheer with the Dick Cheney website joke ;-) She said that
Bush's daughter's were so happy that "daddy" is in for
another 4 years...they're now planning to transfer to the "electoral
She was busting on the Mayor about how the voting lines were so
long, almost as long as the line to get a flu shot. But that the
Mayor could get his..."he wouldn't want to get another BUG
now would he?" Referring to the last time she was in town,
the Mayor's office was bugged by the FBI and at that time she said
"I would have invited the Mayor, but I heard he was having
his office rewired" - very funny!
As for the political issues, it was if she just wanted to have
a good time. Bette did talk briefly between From A Distance and
WBMW about how we all got out to vote and now we've made our "decision"
and that we shouldn't just be "9-5 Americans". I think
she was referring to helping others/community service and to stay
informed. Remember, there is a BIG senate race coming in the next
Bette was very emotional during I Think It's Gonna Rain Today and
From A Distance and absolutely TORE-UP When A Man Loves a Woman.
The crowd (again) went crazy - up on their feet cheering. I think
she actually became part of that song last nite. You know, when
she's singing that song and she starts shaking her head and hands
and then her legs start going....she's gone!!! Unbelievable performance.
During the Soph jokes, she went over to one side of the stage to
start the "winding his watch joke" and she noticed a woman
staring at the screen right next to her. Bette yelled at her..."Hey,
why are you looking a the damn screen when I'm standing right in
front of you??!" The crowd started cheering and Bette then
said she would do the next joke for this woman. She starts to tell
the joke and the woman (again) looks at the screen. Bette was floored!!
She looks at the audience and says, "She is still looking at
the damn screen. Look at me...I'm right in front of you. See me??
Look at my lips, they're moving..." A very funny and light
The second act seemed to fly on by. Maybe it was because this was
my last show but, when she was singing Do You Want to Dance, I was
getting sad because I knew the show was almost over - and sometimes
you just don't want to see a good thing end ;-(
Anyhoots, I had a great time, took 2 more Bette "virgins"
to this show and they were totally blown away. They couldn't get
over how Bette can get around in that fishtail - I told them she's
been doing it for so long it's second nature to her...but still
Thanks to Philly for making it a great show. Thanks to the KMB
crew and band...most of all thanks to Bette for bringing this show
around a second time. You helped me forget about the events of the
world for a few hours...it was a great ride and good luck with the
rest of the tour!
Philly's own Divine Mrs. M,
A VIEW FROM ABOVE: PHILLY MULLETS LOVE
by The Divine Mr. Rich B.
Photo: BaltoBoy Steve Weiner
I decided to give my highschool friend my 8th row
seat for the first act, since she was a Bette virgin, and was good
company for my 80 year old mom.
So I proceeded to the top tier with other friends. My I was high!
(up) I could see Mom down on the floor, so I called "The Divine
Miss J" who was also on the 8th row. She was kind enough to
show mom where I was. No, it wasn't Jersey, but almost :>)
Seeing the show from afar was a new experience for me. The floor
of the stage was wooden, just like a boardwalk. You could see all
the mechanisms behind the stage as well. The lighting was wonderul.
The sound was fine. However we could not see anything beyond Bette.
So the side screens screens were very helpful.
The audience cheered her arrival and was on it's feet during "When
a Man loves A Woman". The were also quite moved with Bette's
rendition of "Skylark, "I Think It's Gonna Rain Today"
and "Shiver me Timbers"..The rest of the set list remained
Bette did not shy away from her Bush bashing, although Kerry was
never mentioned by name. Bette let the audience know how relieved
she was that the election was finally over. Commenting on information
overload.. she prefers to read the papers than watch the endless
political ads on tv and the Internet, referring to moveon.org and
Cheneys favoirte website, f%ckyou.com. The audience lapped it up.
When she said the Bush daughters must be happy with their daddy's
re-election because they now could go on to the "electoral
college".We were in stitches.
A few things I will say re: the Philly date. Audience was alive
and on their feet. Local humor was tops. Bette seems happy with
that and relieved the election was over.
She did some schtick on election coverage, continuing her Bush assault,
acknowledging that she will need 4 more years of drinking. Saying
as Americans, we have our regular 9-5 job and jobs as citizens.
She elaborated more in the second act before or after singing "From
a Distance"/"Wind Breather My Wings" and "The
Rose" She paid tribute to all of us, for making an effort to
vote...acknowledging that America was waking up. As the 1st half
came to a close the crowd I was with in the rafters were loving
the entire Soph bits.. Not a joke or word was missed!
Act 2 brought me down to mom and Miss J...Boy what a difference!
More of what I am used too. But I must say, sitting in two places
of the arena seemed like I saw two shows.
Delores, one of my favorite parts, no matter what the critics
say, came and went flawlessly. Mr. Roger followed, with Bette again
reminding us what a dangerous world we live in.."I Like to
"From A Distance" brought the first standing ovation
of the 2nd act.."My personal favorite "Do You Wanna Dance"
followed. "WBMW" and "The (sing-a-long) Rose".
Someone gave Bette a lay which she wore, then proceeded to lie down,
saying she was "fapitzed".
Catching her breath Bette made mention of some guy in the front
row, whose arms were crossed for most of the show..The camera showed
him on the large screens. Hysterical!
She also noticed a girl watching the screen who was on the side
but very close to the stage. Bette walked over and said something
like, "you don't need to watch the screen I'm only a few feet
Someone yelled Happy Birthday (It's My Birthday). Bette's response
"Happy Birthday", and elaborated by saying "why did
I wish that person a Happy Birthday?, "I don't even know her!
She did do "In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening" as
All went well..one of the best and most memorable shows I have
seen. She really seemed to try and heal all the Kerry supporters.(80%
of Philadelphian's voted democrat)
It made me forget about the election to the point that I wondered
did Bush really win, or was it all a nightmare. I needed her tonight!
Mom loved it too.
Bette's one of this country's national treasures, performer, entertainer
and a real trouper, hands down!
Hey there, you with the stars in your eyes
by The Divine Miss Lorine
Photo: BaltoBoy Steve Weiner
Another great show last night. I can't even explain in words what
it was like to be in the first row. She was having a ball and did
the same songs, excluding Keep on Rocking. Her back must still be
a little sore.
She of course had a couple of cracks about the election, how she'll
just have to stay drunk for the next four years. She called Philly
the blue state. The crowd, I thought, was pretty hopping. Loud and
exciting. The band and harlettes kicked ass as usual.
And do I need to comment on the Divine? I didn't think. Ok, maybe
just a few words, she was fantastically amazing. I never get tired
of her jokes and songs. Her facial expressions, will always keep
me smiling. She even picked on a guy off to the side because she
was standing right in front of him (on stage) and he was watching
the screen. She said "look I'm standing right in front of this
guy and he's looking at the screen. Here, this jokes for you."
She started to tell the joke and the guy looked at the screen again,
"she's like what are you doing? i'm right in front all you
can see on that screen is the side of my head."
It was really funny. It was definately a night to remember.
Ms M Phenomenal!
by Stan, Bonafide BetteHead
Photo: BaltoBoy Steve Weiner
Went to the show in Philly last night. Ms M was phenomenal! She
was really ON and into it. I saw her 4 times last leg and this was
my first of this leg. The crowd was pretty good this time. Of course
there were the "Golf Clappers", as I like to call them.
But for the most part everyone was really into it. She kept her
political comments to a minimum, or at least no more than usual,
with a comment or two thrown in here and there about the election.
The one I remember most was that, "Our forefathers couldn't
envision nuclear weapons and now we have a president who can't even
The show started late and the sound was a bit off in the very
beginning, but it was fixed quickly and Bette sounded incredible
all the way through. Highlights for me were, Skylark, When a Man
Loves a Woman, Tenderly and Shiver Me Timbers in the first half.
The Britney Bunch was cute and really got a big laugh. Soph was
a lot shorter this time and there was no Vase joke. She did comment
to a woman in the front row, "I'm standing right in front of
you and you're looking up at the screen! The shit I have to put
up with!" She dedicated the next joke to her. It was a very
I liked Delores coming down on the hook. They really shortened,
or at least tightened up the Delores segment and it flowed much
better than previous shows. From A Distance was very touching and
everybody was crying. We sang all of the Rose to her, which was
another touching moment. She did the Cool, Cool, Cool encore and
it was great. Loved her sitting on the piano. It was a great way
to end and go home with that memory.
Stan, Bonafide BetteHead