23 years ago today, Tina Turner opened her Foreign Affair European tour at the Sportpaleis (Sports Palace) in Antwerp, Belgium. The tour would go on to be the biggest concert tour in Europe of that year, and one of the biggest tours in Tina’s career, playing over a hundred shows across the continent; from Zagreb to Lisbon and from Oslo to Athens. During opening night, Tina performed You Can’t Stop Me Loving You and Look Me In The Heart, the only time the songs were heard live – audio inside the post.
Missing You is a song featured on Tina Turner’s 1996 record Wildest Dreams, and the third single of that album. The song is a John Waite cover, who had a number one hit with it in 1984. The video for the song was filmed by photographer Peter Lindbergh, and was part of Tina’s promotional campaign for Hanes Hosiery. The song was also performed live during every night of the 1996/1997 Wildest Dreams tour. In this post, we look back at the origins of this song.
David Bowie’s musical comeback is certainly one of the most exciting highlights of the current year. With a new album released two weeks ago, currently topping the charts, it is time to pay tribute to one of the most important figures in pop history – and a great admirer of Tina!
“One of the Living” is a 1985 song written by Holly Knight who also wrote “The Best” and “Better Be Good To Me”, two other mega hits for Tina Turner. The song was one of two songs Tina recorded for the soundtrack for the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (in which she also starred) and is played over the film’s opening credits.
Continue reading for a live versions of the song, infos and the official Clip in HQ.
Tina Turner is ever the professional, but even she has her bad days, when everything seems to go wrong. Opening night of her 1985 Private Dancer tour in Helsinki, Finland was one of these days. When Tina enters the stage, she is surrounded by smoke, making it impossible for her to sing. She simply shouts out “TOO MUCH SMOKE!”, and gives her stage technician a piece of her mind, before continuing the song as if nothing has happened. Later during the show, she confesses to the audience that she is tired of performing Proud Mary – her self-acclaimed favorite song. Continue reading for more details on this show!
Do Something is a b-side to Tina Turner’s 1996 single On Silent Wings. It’s an up-tempo, high-energy song with some very sexy lyrics and sounds – as Tina would say ‘It’s fun, it’s naughty!’. The song is written by long-time collaborators of Tina, Holly Knight and Mike Chapman. They are the duo behind some of Tina’s biggest hits, such as The Best, Better Be Good To Me and In Your Wildest Dreams. The song is produced by Trevor Horn, and was recorded during the recording sessions for Tina’s 1996 album Wildest Dreams, but was not included in the end. It was released on several CD-single versions of On Silent Wings – continue reading for scans of different releases, as well as to listen to the song and read the lyrics.
When The Heartache Is Over was the first single of Tina Turner’s 1999 album Twenty Four Seven. It was produced by Mark Taylor and Brian Rawling, the same team that was responsible for Cher’s 1998 number 1 single Believe. In this post, we take a closer look at Tina’s single, from its origins to its live performances.
Closing night of a world tour is a great opportunity to have some fun for Tina and the band. The atmosphere is a bit more loose, and emotional, and there is room for a few surprises. It shows in this audience recording of Tina introducing her band during the final date of her 2000 Twenty Four Seven world tour in Anaheim, California, exactly 12 years ago today. Tina and the band burst into an impromptu version of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love – a song that she already covered on her 1975 album Acid Queen. She shows she is capable of a great Robert Plant imitation. The only downside – it is too short: she leaves the audience longing to hear the whole song!
Listen below to the full band introduction from the concert, with Whole Lotta Love starting at 1 m 58 s. Also check out this post that we did a year ago, with a behind the scenes look of closing night in 2000.
The following audio clip is Ike & Tina Turner performing the Otis Redding classic Respect live in Oakland, USA in 1969. This was part of their opening set they did for the Rolling Stones concert at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. It is an audience recording, so the quality is only average. But, the performance is very nice with a lot of audience interaction.