Q&A Bette Midler

Bette Midler just hit the road on the second leg of her Kiss My Brass tour. The first grossed nearly $1 million a night last year

You joke that you paved the way for the Britney Spearses of the world--for mediocre singers with big breasts. But you've always been in on the joke. Isn't there a difference? I always took a kind of jaundiced view of the whole show-business thing. The idea was to use whatever you could to get as far as you could. I personally was stunned to get as far as I did.

You do a lot of anti-Bush banter on your tour. Do you worry about offending your red-state audiences? No. Everyone's behaving pretty badly, and I think attention must be paid. My...

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