On April 14, the musical Soul Sister, inspired by Tina Turner’s life story and music, will premiere at London’s Hackney Empire theatre. The show stars Emi Wokoma as Tina and Chris Tummings as Ike Turner, and it will feature many of Tina’s biggest hits. Tina Turner, nor anybody from her team is involved in the show, but it might still be an interesting night out for Tina fans in the area! The show runs from April 14 until May 5 with tickets ranging from 10 to 27,50 GBP. For more information on the show check out this article on the website of Playbill. To buy tickets and for more information on show times, visit the website of the Hackney Empire.
27 years ago today, Tina Turner performed at the Zénith in Paris as part of her 1985 Private Dancer world tour. Below, you will find the songs I Can’t Stand The Rain and Help, taken from an audience recording of this show. Also, you will find a review of the concert that appeared in an Austrian newspaper (in German), and the set list of the concert. Thanks to Hans for providing the newspaper article!
Ike & Tina Turner performing their version of the Beatles classic With A Little Help From My Friends, also famous in the version of Joe Cocker. This recording is from Ike & Tina’s concert at the University of Maine in Gorham, United States on March 24, 1974. Although Tina has a bad cold, for which she apologizes at the beginning of the song, she still delivers a smoking hot version of this song.
In this article from Belgian gossip magazine from October 17, 1996, Tina Turner’s 1996 Wildest Dreams tour is documented. While the article itself is not very interesting, with many factual errors, some very nice on stage and off stage photos are featured of Tina on the road. Continue reading for the article, including an English translation!
It appears that any time Tina Turner performs on German television, this guy is also there: Thomas Gottschalk. He is Germany’s most famous TV presenter, and he has introduced and interviewed Tina in a variety of shows, most notably several times on Wetten, Dass…? When Tina and Children Beyond appeared at the Ein Herz Für Kinder-gala last December in Berlin, Thomas was also there: his last job for TV channel ZDF.
The clip above is however from another program in the beginning of 1990. The program ‘Das Waren Die Achtziger’ looks back at the 1980′s, including a small tribute to Tina’s hit song We Don’t Need Another Hero. Tina however appears on the show to perform her, at that time, new single I Don’t Wanna Lose You from the Foreign Affair album.
Above, you can watch a commercial that Tina Turner did for the Dutch insurance company Nationale Nederlanden in 1996. In the commercial, you see footage of Tina looking younger through the years. This leads to the question: does this wonder of eternal youth need a pension plan? Tina answers: ‘You bet I do: my fans are my pension plan!’. After that she says (in Dutch!) the slogan of the company ‘wat er ook gebeurt’ – whatever happens. This commercial was broadcast on television in the Netherlands at the end of 1996, and includes footage from Tina’s concerts in the Amsterdam Arena in the same year.
Late 1984, early 1985, in the middle of Australian summer, Tina Turner was filming the movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, alongside Mel Gibson. She performed the role of Aunty Entity. It was Tina’s childhood dream to become a movie star: aged 45 she realized that dream. The movie was recorded in the scorching heat of the Australian desert: people passed out on the set. However, Tina enjoyed every single second of it: she has often referred to this experience as one of the most enjoyable of her career. Continue reading for some on set photos of Aunty Entity in full attire!