Bette Midler had a smashing time down under back in 2005 during what was her first visit to Australia in 25 years. The 'Kiss My Brass' tour was bold, brassy, funny and charming - and we distinctly remember coming out of the show bitterly disappointed - only because it was highly unlikely we'd ever get to see a better show in our lifetimes. Sadly, the show wasn't filmed and therefore was never released to DVD.
Three years after her local visit, Bette was ensconced on the Vegas circuit, playing to sold out audiences as part of her 'The Showgirl Must Go On' tour. More than 750,000 fans visited the icon during her two year reign at Caesar's Palace for which she earned a reported $100 million.
Thankfully this time around, she had the good sense to make sure those who wouldn't be able to make it to Vegas would have the chance to see the show in all its bawdy glory.
Warner Music will release 'The Showgirl Must Go On' DVD in Australia late next month. The DVD features 70 minutes of concert footage, filmed at The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace. Included are Bette's performances of classics 'The Rose', 'Wind Beneath My Wings' and 'From A Distance'. She'll also be mermaiding it up a bit.
'The Showgirl Must Go On' is released on DVD on Friday October 28.