It's officially the Kiss My Brass Tour, but promoters might be calling it the Bette Your Bottom Dollar Show, as the Divine Miss M continues to fill arenas. Midler's shows accounted for the top two spots on Billboard's Boxscore chart. Dave Matthews' not-so-solo tour, with a Phish in the band and Emmylou as warm-up, captured the next two slots. The Christmas-centric Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller also scored big grosses before going back into hibernation for another year.
NO. OF TOTAL SHOWS GROSS
1 1 BETTE MIDLER Uniondale, N.Y. $1,415,221 2 1 BETTE MIDLER Cleveland $1,094,990 3 1 DAVE MATTHEWS & FRIENDS Seattle $704,760 4 1 DAVE MATTHEWS & FRIENDS San Diego $538,834 5 1 STAR 98.7 NOT SO SILENT NIGHT Los Angeles $355,520 6 1 MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER Kansas City, Mo. $342,159 7 1 DAVID BOWIE, MACY GRAY Cleveland $336,940 8 1 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Albany, N.Y. $336,350 9 2 THE IRISH TENORS Westbury, N.Y. $326,880 10 1 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA St. Louis $320,871 11 1 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Dayton, Ohio $318,483 12 3 HARRY CONNICK JR. Boston $314,138 13 3 GOV'T MULE, SPIN DOCTORS... New York City $312,223 14 1 GAITHER HOMECOMING Charlotte, N.C. $306,878 15 1 MARIAH CAREY San Jose, Calif. $303,943
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IN STORES FEBRUARY 10
IN STORES FEBRUARY 10
NORAH JONES Feels Like Home (Blue Note) The understated singer duets with Dolly Parton on the follow-up to 2002's enduring Come Away With Me.
COURTNEY LOVE America's Sweetheart (Virgin) We hope she's still got the chops that made her last CD, Hole's Celebrity Skin ('98), a memorable scorcher.
MELISSA ETHERIDGE Lucky (Island) The first single, ''Breathe,'' is already getting plenty of, um, airtime: Showtime uses it in promos for The L Word.
KANYE WEST College Dropout (Roc-a-Fella) Ludacris, Jay-Z, and Mos Def cameo on the debut by the prolific producer and ''Slow Jams'' aficionado.
IN THE STUDIO
CAKE, in Sacramento, putting the icing on their fifth CD, due in July.
JIMMY EAT WORLD, in L.A., with producer Gil Norton (Foo Fighters). The Middle men's fourth major-label disc is slated for late summer.
BECK, in L.A., laying down tracks with producers Nigel Godrich (Radiohead), the Dust Brothers, and Tony Hoffer (Midnite Vultures). Look for the album this fall.