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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

BetteBack December 18, 1999: Divine Miss Millennium San Jose

Rock Publication December 18, 1999 San Jose =&0=& Watch out Silicon Valley Bette Midler is here. With playful remarks of the very rich software tycoons buying up the front rows seats and making more money than all her movies had made . Bette Midler has the mouth that roars. And she’s always ready to devour anything and anybody in her path . A Bette Midler concert is like a night at a roadhouse sipping martinis while the roof is on fire. It’s hot, bawdy and you stumble toward the parking lot tipsy from the head rush. There’s nothing understated about the Divine Miss M, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. It helps when you have 12,000 enthusiastic fans pulling for you, as was the case at the San Jose Arena Saturday night, where Midler and a cast of seemingly thousands decamped on her Divine Miss Millennium Tour. The Divine Miss Millennium Tour will wind up on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. It should be illegal to have so much fun while working – the smile never left Midler’s face . Rising from an Earth-shaped orb behind a star-studded diorama, Midler opened the nearly three-hour show with From A Distance, quickly reassuring the crowd there would be plenty of familiar material mixed in with her patented camp. Not that they needed reassuring; she could have sung jingles all night, and this crowd wouldn’t have budged. Midler brought a small village with her, including seven musicians, seven dancers and her three backup singers, the Harlettes. Midler also did a woozy turn in a dive-of-the-mind, The Pits, and a big, risque number celebrating bosoms and brassieres with every mammary euphemism known to humanity. Some of this double entendre-laced material, shall we say, sagged a bit. But Midler radiated so much charisma and had such fun glorying in and mocking her taste for tac (“We may be high-tech, but we’re still low-down”) it didn’t matter. She also could magically shift moods in a blink, from arch raunchiness (lots of jests at Bob Dole and Viagra) to glowing sincerity. The songs came fast and furiously — Do You Want to Dance, I’m Beautiful, You Make me Feel (Mighty Real), Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy — punctuated by Midler’s bawdy banter. One of the few lines we can print: “Unlike the San Jose Sharks, I still know how to score.” And score she did, delivering a piñata of a package with the best bits from a 30-year career. There was Sophie, the wise-cracking gossip; the snappy chanteuse from the Manhattan baths; and, of course, mermaid Delores Delago, who opened the second half with a campaign for president that included a love song to Ken Starfish. There was even a bit of serious lecturing, as Midler warned the crowd not to let San Jose become another Los Angeles with its rampant growth. In between the songs, she performed a mile-a-minute comedy revue, telling risqué jokes, tossing off more four-letter words than one hears at a Korn concert. And taking potshots at celebrities, including Cher, former presidential candidate and current Viagra spokesman Bob Dole (“Sometimes, once is plenty”) and Ricky Martin, many of whom joined her, in caricature form at least, for a rousing “We Are the World And there was music — some in snippets, some in a roof-raising roar. The Rose, Otto Titzling, In the latter vein, Midler sang Leonard Cohen‘s “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today” with keen feeling, and shaped a tender version of the sentimental “Sunrise, Sunset” from “Fiddler on the Roof.” (Midler was in the original Broadway cast.) even a blissfully bizarre tune called Marijuana, during which Midler feigned hallucinations as she danced with two “Doobie Brothers.” They, like most of the production values here, were more suited to Broadway than your typical concert: trapdoors, descending banners, a myriad of costume changes. The fiftysomething Midler also commented and joked, on occasion, about the challenges of being middle-aged in a youth-oriented culture. Strip away the glitter, though, and you’re left with one simple fact. Despite the strains of the altitude, (which she mentioned often,) Midler’s voice sounds stronger and clearer than ever.
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Bette Midler: “I never had a friendship that lasted that long.

Bette Midler: “I never had a friendship that lasted that long. But I had a very dear friend when I was young. 1 was in the 10th grade when we met, and she’s the one who brought out whatever sense of humor I have. She was only 19 when she died. Since then I’ve had a good friend here and there, but nothing like that. You know, there’s a kind of emotional exploration you plumb with a friend that you don’t really do with your family. You don’t spill your guts, because you don’t want to worry them. Of course, in crisis times, nothing beats your family.” (Syracuse Herald, February 5, 1989) Image may contain: 1 person, standing and indoor
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bette Midler On Revenge:

Bette Midler On Revenge: “I would love to get my revenge on the system and believe me if I had a chance I would. But you can’t spend your entire life in that mould. But you know what?” she says, her smile breaking into the biggest grin you’ve ever seen. “A hit is always the best revenge!” (Sunday Mirror, 1996) Image may contain: 2 people, closeup
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Bette Midler On Life:

Bette Midler On Life: “I used to get really upset about certain things but I’m learning to let go. Life really is too short. I used to be interested only in the showbiz things that made my own world go round. But I would have to say that having Sophie has calmed me down. I’ve learned that I can turn my face to another arena.” (Sunday Mirror, 1996) Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling
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BetteBack October 30, 1973: Another Letter to The Editor From Houston On Bette’s Performance

Houston Daily Cougar October 30, 1973 hqdefault To the Editor: I am always somewhat amused and annoyed at the same time when I read letters such as Malinda Wilsonâ’s, October 11, in the Cougar. She and many others seem to share a misconception about the function of an entertainment reviewer. Such journalists do not attend concerts, plays, films, ballets, symphonies, etc. to review the general audience reaction to the event, but to review the events themselves. Dale Adamsonâ’s name at the beginning of the review indicates that what follows is his opinion of Bette Midler’s performance, and his opinion alone. Given the diversity of people attending most entertainment events, it is quite natural that the opinion of any one reviewer will differ considerably from that of many other people also in attendance. People strongly devoted to a particular performer often get very upset over review’s of that performer’s efforts that aren’t as laudatory as theirs would have been (witness the furor over Adamson’s review of Neil Young’s concert here last February). Malinda Wilson is certainly entitled to her opinion, but it is ridiculous for her to dismiss Adamson’s review as worthless because it was not a report on the reactions of a majority of audience members. Any entertainment reviewer or critic cannot realistically expect to receive much praise for his efforts, and any one of them who tries to win popularity by writing what he or she thinks will please or meet with the approval of the majority of his or her readers is worthless as a reviewer. Adamson was at the Bette Midler concert to see it and afterwards write his personal opinion of the show’s quality, and he did just that. PS. Regarding Allen Jones’ reviews of this semester: Despite his perhaps unconscious tendency to flaunt his vocabulary and write beyond the average reader, his reviews seem to me some of the most perceptive and best written to have appeared in the Cougar in a long time. Susan C.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bette Midler On Sophie At Age 10:

Bette Midler On Sophie At Age 10: “She’s a great actress. She has a great ear. She can do all the personalities I’ve done on stage. Any of them. Probably better than me.” (Sunday Mirror, 1996) Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing and night
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Bette Midler On Revenge:

Bette Midler On Revenge: “Oh, revenge is very healthy. I like it. If I didn’t believe that what goes around comes around, I would have to kill myself. It is the cornerstone of my life.” (Sunday Mirror, 1996) Image may contain: 1 person, smiling
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bette Midler On Values She’s Teaching Sophie:

Bette Midler On Values She’s Teaching Sophie: “We make her do chores. She makes her bed. We have a graph made up oil the computer: make bed – so many points, empty trash can – so many points, feed dog – so many points, lay out clothes – so many points. Our problem is that we get so busy that we are not consistent.” (Good Housekeeping, 1996) Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, outdoor and closeup
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Bette Midler On Staying Close To Her Mother:

Bette Midler On Staying Close To Her Mother: “Oh, yes. She was fabulous. [Bette’s eyes mist.] I just miss her a lot. She really was great. [Ruth Midler died in, 1980.] They were both great. Now that I have a child, you know, I see how hard it is.” (Good Housekeeping, 1996) Image may contain: 1 person, child and closeup
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Bette Midler On What She Learned From Her Mother About Mothering:

Bette Midler On What She Learned From Her Mother About Mothering: “I thank God every day of my life that she was my mom. One thing I learned from her was that most things a mother does, a child remembers. I remember so many things about her. She was a great seamstress. She really could sew. She had a great eye. And her stitches were so fine. Her ability was so tremendous. She was very kind, and she never said anything mean about people. Neither of my parents did. They weren’t prejudiced or bigoted in my way. I was taught that people are basically all the same. They all want the same thing. They wan’t to be noticed. They don’t want to die unknown. They wan’t a better life for their kids.” (Good Housekeeping, 1996) Image may contain: 1 person, closeup
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