The scene was the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Sunday night, after a torrential downpour in the Twin Cities, the Divine Miss M took the stage with a cyclone of energy.
Bette Midler is still 50% schtick, and 50% song. And 100% diva.
She packed a high energy performance into two hours doing all of her hits, and a few really great humorous vignettes. At 38, I may have been among the youngest in the audience. I was escorted by my 67 year old mom, who was closer to the mean age.
Seeing Bette Midler reminds you of a time when singers actually sang, and their sex appeal was a side dish to their talent. The pop stars of today don’t have that same je ne sais quoi. The pop stars today lead with sex and might have an inkling of talent when their done thrusting their bits and pieces in our faces. Bette Midler exudes a classy type of sex appeal, and then knocks your socks off with a voice for days.
Speaking of that voice, her range has not suffered one bit with age. She still belts her tunes out on pitch, and even the nosebleeds felt the energy she brought to the packed Xcel Energy Center.
Bette Midler, Divine Miss M, you are welcome back to our city anytime. Please don’t let it be another 10 years.8