Saturday, May 30, 2015

Bette Presents Madonna With APLA Award In 1990

Madonna receives an award from AIDS Project Los Angeles presented to her by Bette Midler on December, 1990, at the Wiltern Theater. Bette was a previous recipient.

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The Rose De Tour – Bette Midler – 1982

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6 Of Bette Midler’s Best On-Screen Shit Fits

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6 Of Bette Midler’s Best On-Screen Shit Fits
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With Halloween only a few weeks away, many of us will be celebrating with a screening of our old favorite, Hocus Pocus. In preparation, let us now bear witness to the ranting and raving magic of Bette Midler’s best on-screen shit fits.

6. Down and Out in Beverly Hills: Bette vs. Richard Dreyfuss

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If there’s one thing this list proves, Midler excels at portraying frantic rich bitches, in this case, one whose husband allows a “derelict” to move in to their mansion. “He could steal everything—and then murder us in our beds!” she brays in a full-length fur coat. “Is that what you want, another Manson murder?!”

5. First Wives Club: Bette vs. Goldie Hawn

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Is there really any question as to who will come out on top in this grudge match? The verbal spars “(And thanks to Cher’s pioneering efforts, you still haven’t hit puberty!)” turn physical as Bette hurls Goldie’s Golden Globe across the room, then caps it off by referring to her as “some Beverly Hills science project.” Now that’s dry-ice cold!

4. Beaches: Bette vs. Barbara Hershey

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Slow build to seething rage and a good, old-fashioned storm-out in this classic 80s department store scene. “At least I belong to myself, which is more than I can say for you. I’m doing what I set out to do, remember? I’m living the life you didn’t have the courage for! So don’t give me jealous. You’re so jealous you can hardly breathe!” Sadly, later in the film, we witness Barb take her final, extremely jealous breath.

3. Big Business: Bette vs. Bette

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There’s that saying about being your own worst enemy. Well, when power executive Bette stumbles upon her long-lost country bumpkin twin for the first time, the toilet plunger gets to swingin’!

2. Ruthless People: Bette vs. Judge Reinhold

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Trading bathroom tools for kitchen implements, Barbara Stone, perhaps Bette’s most berserk character, utilizes a coffee mug and electric hand mixer to fend off her captor. In the end, only chloroform can bring Bettezilla to her knees.

1. Outrageous Fortune: Bette vs. Shelley Long

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Rumors (and confirmation) of behind-the-scenes drama between these two leading ladies amped up this solid 90-second death-room blowout. Leave it to Le Midler to give a morgue so much life.

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Divine Intervention Meet And Greets: C.c. Tangentially

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Bette Midler – Tell Him (Staples Center, Los Angeles CA 5/28/15)

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Review: Bette Midler Brings Her Uniqueness to STAPLES Center

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Review: Bette Midler Brings Her Uniqueness to STAPLES Center
By Paul Zahn on May 29, 2015

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Bette Midler is one of the world’s most unique performers – she sings, dances, cracks jokes and illuminates any stage she steps on.

Midler has sold over 30 million albums and garnered four Grammy Awards. Additionally, she has three Emmy Awards, a Tony Award and three Golden Globes. And during her “The Divine Intervention Tour” concert on Thursday, May 29 at STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles, she showcased all of her talents.

Midler’s the ultimate showgirl, who shines brighter than ever.

“The Divine Intervention Tour” kicked off in May to promote Midler’s latest album, It’s the Girls! The critically acclaimed album has Midler covering iconic songs by historic girl groups – from The Supremes to TLC to The Andrew Sisters. Midler’s full range of vocal styling’s are depicted on this album and it translates perfectly to the stage.

Midler is joined on stage by a 14-piece band and her infamous Harlettes. She describes the band as her “best band ever” and they earn that honor. Midler and her troupe of performers do not stop for a 25-song set list and a show that clocks in at over two hours. Her song selection includes her classic hits like “The Rose” and “Do You Want To Dance?”, as well as tracks from her top selling new album. Midler’s versatile vocal range runs the gamut from rock and soul to Broadway belting to the great American songbook – and she handles it with skill and agility.

Besides her wonderful vocal prowess, Midler is well known for her bawdy humor. She berates the audience with quips like, “I’m so glad my fans can still drive at night,” joking about her career that has spanned over five decades. She went on to describe herself in a self-deprecating manner, “I’m like vodka. Ageless. Odorless. And tasteless.” The audience ate up her barbs interspersed between her songs.

The show was speckled with some off moments including a throwback to Midler’s starring role in the Disney film, Hocus Pocus. Midler emerged from behind the curtain dressed as her character from the cult classic. Her costume was reflective of her original garb from the film, including her buck teeth. She sang through the classic song, “I Put A Spell on You.”

Following that number, she appeared as a bird-like creature and sang “A Bird in the Hand (Is Worth Two in the Bush)”. The audience was confused but as soon as she broke into her Sophie Tucker banter – she had everyone back.

Midler’s long career is a testament to her staying power. With her first tour in 10 years, she truly brings her all to the audience and no one is spared with her humor. The Divine Miss M got her start singing in bathhouses in New York City and she’s never forgotten that grit and Vaudevillian humor. The vocal skills and bawdy humor make this concert and Miss Midler – true originals.

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Song Facts: From A Distance

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  • This was written by singer/songwriter Julie Gold, who was working odd jobs in
    New York to make ends meet when she received a very special 30th birthday gift from her parents back home in Philadelphia: the piano she had played as a child. The men who delivered her piano told her that it had gotten pretty cold in the truck on its way to her, and that she shouldn’t play it for a day to give it time to adjust to its new surroundings in her apartment. Gold wanted to play it very badly, but, not wanting to cause damage, resisted the urge. Instead, she just “hugged it and polished it.” The next day, she sat down at that piano and wrote this song in about 2 hours. In our interview with Julie Gold, she said, “I only set out to write a decent song about the difference between the way things seem and the way things are.”
  • Julie Gold wrote this song in the winter of 1985. Nanci Griffith recorded it in 1987, and Midler in 1990, just when the first Persian Gulf War began. It became the most requested song on Saudi Band Radio and was very closely associated with that war. The song won a Minute Man award from the US Army for inspiring troops during the First Gulf War.
  • This was Gold’s first recorded song. She told us: “My friend Christine Lavin heard it and mailed my demo of the song to Nanci Griffith, who fell in love with it and decided to record it. I should mention that Christine is an excellent (and famous) songwriter in her own right. She wrote ‘Sensitive New Age Guys’ with John Gorka, among many others. After Nanci Griffith recorded ‘From A Distance,’ it quickly became an anthem in Ireland and a favorite for her fans worldwide. In 1990, Bette Midler recorded it, and it went on to become a mega hit. Many ‘From A Distance’ covers came after Nanci Griffith’s [version]. Some came after Bette Midler’s, too. That’s what makes it so cool, if you ask me. All of these legendary artists decided to record my song!”
  • Regarding her songwriting process, Gold told us: “Fortunately, words and music usually come together for me. I had been playing around with the lyric and the concept for a few weeks but when I finally sat down at the piano, it all sort of happened at once. I can only write at home. I can only write at a piano. I can only write alone, though I’m trying to change my ways. In some ways that song took me a lifetime and in some ways it took me around 2 hours.I love all my songs, and though I have no children, I would imagine that the writing process is similar to the birthing process. Long, painful, rewarding. I guess if you have several children you’re able to know or predict who will be the ‘brainy’ one, who’s the ‘sensitive’ one, who will make a difference in the world, etc. I love my songs because I remember their births. I hope they all have meaningful lives. I realize that some might go further than others. With ‘From A Distance,’ it’s like I gave birth to a Nobel Prize winner or something. I reeled in a whale. I still don’t believe it and feel I was just chosen as the designated messenger. I hope and pray I’ve been a worthy steward.”
  • Bette Midler’s version earned Gold a Grammy for Song Of The Year.
  • In 1990, the same year Midler recorded the song, Cliff Richard reached #11 in the UK with his rendition. The song was also recorded by Judy Collins, Kathy Mattea, Jewel, The Byrds, Dickie Rock (Ireland), Simon Nicol (of Fairport Convention), Ronan Tynan and a host of others. Patti LaBelle opened her Live at the Apollo show with it, and the song was performed at the start of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
  • Nanci Griffith’s version was beamed as a “Wake up call” to astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle. The song’s opening lyrics, “From a distance the world looks blue and green, and the snow-capped mountains white,” were particularly appropriate for astronauts who would take their first space walk that very day, seeing our planet from an awe-inspiring perspective reserved for the very special few.
  • Gold released her original demo version of this song on her first solo album, Dream Gold, which came out in 1998.
  • This is by far the most famous song Julie Gold ever wrote, and her only one to chart. Other songs Gold wrote include “Heaven,” which has been recorded by Nanci Griffith, Patti LuPone and Bette Midler; “The Journey,” which has been recorded by Lea Salonga and Kathie Lee Gifford, and “Goodnight, New York,” recorded by Heather MacCrae, Nanci Griffith, and Andrea Marcovicci. “Once You Said You Loved Me” and “Try Love” charted in Ireland for Frances Black, and “Dream Loud” is used by the Girls Scouts of America and was in the movie Unfaithful with Richard Gere and Diane Lane. Says Gold: “There’s no ‘formula’ for a hit and these days there’s not much on radio that touches my soul. But to a pure ‘old fashioned’ songwriter I’d say this: write from your heart. Be honest. If you’re not honest then it comes through in your writing. Don’t deliberately imitate anyone. If you’ve loved and listened to music all your life, other styles and other writers will automatically bleed into your own style. Let that happen naturally. Then you’ll be a beautiful amalgam of all the music you’ve loved all your life.As for me, I only write when I feel I have something I MUST say. Then, I try to say it in as universal but personal a way as I possibly can. I always try to take the scenic route musically and lyrically. The job of a song is to take a person on a musical journey for 3 minutes. In those 3 minutes you can transport your listener to a better, higher place. When they return to their starting point, hopefully they’ll be changed forever for the better.The point is, songwriting is an amazing gift. When a writer picks up a pen they have the chance to touch and change the world. This can not be taken lightly. It’s a huge and beautiful responsibility.” (Thanks to Julie for speaking with us about this song. For more, check out juliegold.com.)

    Source: Songfacts

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Bette Midler at the Staples Center in LA with some ‘Divine Intervention’

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Bette Midler at the Staples Center in LA with some ‘Divine Intervention’
By: Renee Silverman AXS Contributor May 29, 2015

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Bette Midler or The Divine Miss M, her stage moniker, has been an iconic personality for nearly five decades. She’s a Grammy award-winning recording artist who’s been nominated for two Academy Awards, won four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards and a special Tony Award. On Thursday, May 28, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Midler proved that at age 69 she is unstoppable as she performed an almost 2-hour show of singing, dancing and bawdy jokes for the Divine Intervention tour.

The Divine Intervention tour is Midler’s first in nearly a decade and comes after a stretch of time spent acting in films and on Broadway. Now, her return to touring, following last year’s studio album, It’s The Girls!, brings Midler full circle performing the music that launched an illustrious career. This time around Midler is backed by a stellar cast including a 14-piece orchestra and her trio of backup singer/dancers, The Harlettes. Set against a backdrop of moving pieces and animation, the set design, in itself, is magical, constantly changing projections, a living, breathing entity all its own.

Bette Midler was welcomed by a standing ovation as she walked out on stage to the receptive Los Angeles crowd. She started the night singing the title tune, “Divine Intervention” with the Harlettes, sauntering full stage. Midler poked fun at social media, saying it was so tiring, and some gems about the Kardashians and how if she had known a sex tape would have brought her fame earlier. The use of songs and Midler’s off-beat one-liners made the performance feel more like a Broadway musical than a concert. There was a tribute to the wheelchair bound mermaid Delores DeLago, Midler made famous in the 1980s, but now, alas, she has passed on.

Additional highlights from the evening’s performance included Midler dressed as the witch Winifred from the film Hocus Pocus singing “I Put a Spell on You” as the audience roared with laughter and applause. But perhaps the most moving moment of the night was when Midler sang “The Rose” from the movie of same name, where she was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe, when the entire Staples Center held up their cell-phone flashlights in unison. The song was met with a standing ovation and sincere appreciation from the teary-eyed Midler.

Bette Midler was in true form, singing well and having more energy than everyone put together on that stage. Some of the songs of the night included: “Do You Wanna Dance”, “From a Distance”, “Wind Beneath My Wings”, “Bei Mir Bist Du Shoen”, “Beast of Burden”, and the song that started it all, the Andrews Sister’s classic, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” ended the night.

Ms Midler continues with the Divine Intervention tour and you can read about it on her website and Facebook page.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Variety: Bette Midler Proves She’s Still Divine at 69 with Staples Center Show (Los Angeles)

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MAY 29, 2015 | 06:26PM PT
Malina Saval
Associate Editor, Features

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Oh, Bette. You just keeping getting better.

43 years after the release of her 1972 debut album, “The Divine Miss M,” co-produced by Barry Manilow, her piano accompanist during her formative Bathhouse Betty days at New York City’s now-defunct Ansonia Hotel, Bette Midler still knows how to make grown men and women cry.

In a good way.

The Staples Center Thursday night was filled with weepy, swooning fans of the Grammy and Golden Globe-winning songstress-actress-comedian, whose L.A. stop on her 24-city “Divine Intervention” tour — her first road show in a decade — was a spectacular theatrical mash-up of variety-hour-meets-vaudeville-act-meets-Broadway-one-woman-show. The show featured a set list of wartime radio tunes (“I’ve Still Got My Health,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”), sultry deep cuts (“Do You Want to Dance,” “Stay with Me”), sexy supper-club renditions of rock and roll classics (the Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden”) and femme-centric ditties like TLC’s 1995 hip-hop ballad “Waterfalls,” a track off Midler’s “It’s the Girls!” tribute anthology performed with so much soul and sadness, half the women in section 101 went clambering for pretzel napkins to dab the smudged mascara off their tear-stained faces.

At 69 years-old, with legs like a Rockette and a voice as rich and smooth as velvet, Midler is such a charismatic wonder it’s a shame she doesn’t run for president. The legendary star has lost nothing of the bawdy wit and madcap antics — “I’m going to lift your spirits like a boob job,” she teased the crowd — with which she started out in the late-1960’s, a ginger-haired, Hawaiian-born Jewess who cut her teeth on the great white way, where for three years she played Tzeitel in the original Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” sweeping the stage with a broom, pining for a more glamorous life that would surely come.

“Don’t I look fabulous? I’m a triumph of science and fiction,” said Midler, primping her now-flaxen coif and parading around stage in a slinky pink shift before launching into a rousing version of “I Look Good.”

“I’m in better shape than this year’s Lakers,” she joked.

Midler’s feisty passion for girl groups, female empowerment and “rescuing old songs” — the Harlettes, her singing-dancing backup trio, were as coy and flamboyant as ever during a deliciously campy “Bird in the Hand” bit — proved fortuitous for fans at the May 28 show, who were treated to a high-energy cover of The Exciters’ 1962 single “Tell Him,” the song that, as Midler regaled, made Dusty Springfield want to become a pop singer. Midler’s nostalgic nod to all the yiddishe mamas in the house, “Bei Mir Bistu Schoen,” a love song made famous by the Andrews Sisters, was not only the most Jewish moment of the night (in a show that was uniformly Jew-ish) but a poignant one, for it’s the song Midler’s parents, whom she “lost long ago,” would sing to her as a little girl.

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Midler’s show was expectedly chock full of signature shtick, from an uproarious parody of the Oscars, “The Oysters,” complete with a mock “in memoriam (1980-2014)” montage honoring Delores DeLago, the fictional wheelchair-bound mermaid, and a satirical slideshow of Midler canoodling with such famous men as Vladimir Putin and Bruce Jenner. “I could kick myself for not monetizing my sex life,” she quipped of the booming Kardashian Empire.

But it was Midler’s biting commentary on the condition of the human race that best underscored her unflappable genius, not only as an entertainer, but as an acutely astute social pundit.

“I miss handwritten notes and bookstores and LPs,” lamented Midler, driven by a wistful longing for a simpler past that didn’t include the bewildering maelstrom of computer apps and social media sites. “Remember when people were afraid of being followed?”

There was comfort in what Midler assured the crowd, “Everything you need to know you already do.” A point made ever more melodic in her cover of Leonard Cohen’s moody dirge “Everybody Knows.”

After an emotional, arena-wide sing-along of “The Rose,” duly punctuated by swaying hands and twinkling iPhone lights, Midler’s encore included the smash hits “From a Distance” and “Beaches” theme song, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” which won a Grammy for record of the year in 1990 and has appeared on the set list of almost every bar mitzvah and wedding band since.

“What a weird and wonderful town,” Midler told audience members, thanking them profusely for their unwavering support as her eyes welled up with tears of gratitude and joy.

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Billy Crystal tweeted his views on Bette’s show!

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