Even rock stars get tired and need a break some time – and so do we! So, we are taking the month of July off for a much needed holiday and to create some new posts for The Tina Turner Blog. But don’t worry: we’ll be back in the beginning of August with new updates, and hopefully we’ll have some more Tina news soon. And if there happens to be some exciting Tina news in the next few weeks – we’ll try to update our website as quickly as possible. Until that time – enjoy this photo of Erwin & Tina enjoying a walk in the Forbidden City in Beijing last May.
An audience recording of Tina Turner performing her single I Don’t Wanna Lose You, live during her concert on June 28, 1990 at the Palace of Versailles in France. The quality of the recording is not the best, but what is funny about the track is especially Tina’s introduction: “I’m gonna do this one for, my boyfriend. I call him Azzedine.” She is referring of course to Tunesian-French fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa, who designed many outfits for Tina during the 1980′s. But who knows, maybe her then still ‘new’ boyfriend Erwin Bach was also in the audience! A romantic love song on a summer’s evening!
Tina Turner and Erwin Bach were spotted doing shopping in Italy in January of this year, when they were there on holidays. The photos came to us only now thanks to Jessica! Continue reading for a set of 12 photos. Unfortunately due to copyright there are watermarks on the pictures.
Tina Turner has it all: 8 Grammy Awards, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, number 1 hit singles, record-breaking world tours – but you know you really made it big when you have… a rose named after you! That’s right: during the 1990 National Garden Festival, Bob Thompson of the National Garden Association created an orange-colored rose and named it after Tina. She received the flower before one of her gigs at the International Stadium at Gateshead, United Kingdom – part of her 1990 Foreign Affair world tour. She mentioned she would plant it in her own garden and good news: we found a website where you can still order them. Our good friend Enrico has Tina’s rose in his garden, but he warns, it is not an easy plant! If you continue reading, you can read some articles about this special flower that appeared in the British press at that time, as well as some photos of it in full-bloom in Enrico’s garden! Thanks to Alan for providing the articles, and to Enrico for the information and photos.
On April 13, 1999, Tina Turner performed at the Divas Live concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Tina performed four songs: The Best, Let’s Stay Together, The Bitch Is Back (with Elton John) and Proud Mary (with Elton John and Cher). However, on the DVD and CD of the concert that were released a few performances where missing from the TV broadcast, Let’s Stay Together being one of them. Today, it is your chance to watch it in high quality, taken from the original broadcast. Continue reading to watch the video.
For the release of the album Foreign Affair in 1989, Tina Turner did a lot of photo sessions. One of the photos of this particular shoot ended up being the cover of Tina’s 1990 single Look Me In The Heart. Have a look at some wonderful pictures inside the post!
A Facebook/Twitter hoax that Tina Turner had passed away, spread on the internet for the last few days; and judging by the increase of our visitors the situation needs a little bit of explanation. The whole thing started in France last Monday (June 4) when a website (necropedia.org, not to name it) published a Tina Turner obituary stating she passed away June 3rd during the night. Subsequently, some stupid people relayed this fake information on social networks.
Other people then stated that Tina’s sister, Alline had died and not Tina. Also false; unfortunately Miss Ruby “Alline” Selico Bullock passed away in September 2010.
So all of this said, Tina Turner is alive and well and will be for a long time! We hope to have cleared this rumor up for everybody. Long live the Queen!
In 1986, Tina Turner recorded her version of the Al Green classic Take Me To The River, also famous in the version by Talking Heads. The song was only released as a b-side to her 1987 single What You Get Is What You See from her Break Every Rule album. The song was never released in any other form. Below, you can listen to this song!
Tina Turner is always the professional, and often pushing herself to the extremes. She is very reluctant to cancel any appearance, even when she is ill. Of February 17, 1990, she appeared on British chat show Aspel and Company to promote her new album Foreign Affair and her coming European tour. She was clearly very ill and not feeling well. When asked by presenter Michael Aspel whether this was really going to be her last tour, she replied: I wish I could quit right now! Check out the video above for the interview, as well as Tina performing her single Steamy Windows on the show.
We are very happy to finally be able to share some new pictures of Tina Turner. Last night, she attended the Giorgio Armani ‘One Night Only’ fashion event at the New Tank venue in Beijing, China. She looked fabulous and classy! It was a very exclusive showcase of Armani’s different collections, and Mary J. Blige performed at the event. It was Tina’s first city to Beijing, and in the days before she visited some of the tourist highlights, including the Forbidden City.
Tina spoke a few words to a reporter (source WWD.com):
Before the show began, Turner spoke about her first impressions. “I’m thoroughly impressed,” she said, taking note of Beijing’s surprising spring greenery. As to why she traveled around the world for an Armani event, Turner explained that she is a fan, but that, more practically, “I wear Armani.” “What I love about Giorgio’s designs is not only the creativity but also the versatility,” she said.
Tina Turner selected a bowie jacket with built-in cape, in silk cady embroidered all over with shanked haematite pearls with jewelled zip detail from Giorgio Armani Privé collection.
Update: some more photos added. A dinner also took place yesterday at Beijing’s 1949 restaurant. See photo 12 below. Update 2: many new pictures added during the day. Update 3 (June 13): check out this video – a report from Italian television, featuring an interview with Tina, starting at 7.00 mins (there are some shots of Tina earlier on in the video). Not much news during the interview (dubbed in Italian) except that she has no plans to tour ‘at the moment’. Thanks to Davide for finding and sharing this video!
Update 4 (June 14): another video appeared online – a short interview with Tina before the event. See below. Thanks to Nikola for notifying us!