Nichelle ‘Nikki’ Tillman is the voice behind some of the world’s biggest stars. For more than ten years, she has toured with the likes of such music icons as Joe Cocker, Cher and P!nk. Raised in Detroit, it was gospel music that got her through a difficult childhood. But maybe more than gospel music, it was the inspiration she took from her idol Tina Turner that helped her overcome life’s challenges. When Tina asked her in 2008 to be a backing vocalist on her 50th Anniversary Tour, it was a dream come true for Nikki. The Tina Turner Blog spoke to her backstage in Berlin during the current Joe Cocker tour.
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The April issue of The Vogue, with Tina Turner on the cover, hit the newsstands today in Germany. The photo shoot, with photos by Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer, shows Tina looking more vibrant and elegant than ever. In the interview, Tina looks back at her past success, but also to the future.
Photo by Bob Gruen / MVD Entertainment
Some of us already had the pleasure of watching the new Ike & Tina Turner DVD by Bob & Nadya Gruen. We enjoyed it a lot and asked a few of our friends and Tina historians Alan, Hank & Marco to review it for the blog. Since their full stories were too big for print, below you’ll find a glimpse at each one of their reviews on the blog. And since they all are worth a reading, the unedited versions of the reviews are available to download!
And for the record, Laurel couldn’t write one, being kept away from the DVD by her husband until Christmas. Courage Laurel; only a few days left!
Many fans dream of one day meeting Tina, and for some, this dream comes true. However, our next super fan took it just one step further: he DANCED on stage with Tina! No, this is no wildest dream, this was reality. Donovan shared the stage with the Queen three times during the 2000 Twenty Four Seven tour. Read about his amazing experiences in this month’s interview!
Hometown: Dallas, TX, USA
Occupation: singer/performer in a local band
Favorite Tina song: Proud Mary
Favorite Tina album: What’s Love Got To Do With It? (soundtrack)
Favorite Tina tour: Twenty Four Seven tour
Tina Turner was a guest on the set of France most popular show back in the 80′s ‘Sacrée Soirée’. She performed Look Me In The Heart and is interviewed by presenter Jean-Pierre Foucault. After the interview, Tina is asked to participate to a magic trick on the set of the tv show. She gladly does it but she has no idea that in fact the trick is related to her, and that she will get a big surprise! Have fun watching the video and hopefully you’ll be as surprised as Tina at the end of the magic trick!
The photo above is from the book ‘Face Forward’ by late make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin. Tina is portrayed as Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra. During the 1970′s, when Tina Turner first came in touch with new religions and beliefs, she was told that in a former life, she had lived in Egypt. Since that time, Tina has often referred to her previous life in ancient Egypt in interviews and her 1986 autobiography ‘I, Tina’. She claims that she once was the pharaoh Hathsepsut.
In this post, you will find a 1982 interview with Tina from Dutch gossip magazine Privé. In this interview, she talks about her belief in reincarnation, her experiences in Egypt, and the fact that she is not afraid of death. The interview also briefly touches upon her new solo career. While the interview is not very elaborate, it still gives some interesting insights from the period before Tina’s big comeback. Continue reading for the scans of the interview (Dutch) as well as the English translation. Special thanks to Sidney for providing the scans!
In the early days of the internet, there was one Tina Turner fan site that was everybody’s favorite: Sid Loves Tina. Many fans from that era still have fond memories of the website, even though it is no longer online, and it was certainly an inspiration for us! Now we have the chance to learn some more about the man behind that site, Sidney, in our latest Fan of the Month interview. To make it even more special: it’s his birthday today! Happy birthday Sid!
Name: Sidney (a.k.a. Sidlovestina)
Hometown: Aalst, Belgium
Favorite Tina song: Help (live version)
Favorite Tina album: Foreign Affair
Favorite Tina tour: Foreign Affair and the 50th anniversary tour (for the memories)
Number of Tina concerts: 26
In 2012, Tina Turner’s manager Roger Davies turns 60. Today, we will focus on the man who made Tina’s 1984 comeback possible and who also is the manager of some of the biggest names in the music industry.
Continue reading for extracts of interviews with Tina and Roger, talking about their working relationship, and to watch a very nice documentary from 1996.
Elle magazine joined Tina Turner on the road in South Africa, where she was performing on the first leg of her 1996 Wildest Dreams world tour. Tina speaks candidly in this interview, about her career, her performances, her health and beauty. The story includes many wonderful photos of Tina, dressed in Versace, Donna Karen, Moschino and Valentino. The legs are of course Tina’s, with a little help from Hanes – and make-up by her favourite artist; the late Kevyn Aucoin. Continue reading for scans of the full interview, with special thanks to Alan!
Listen to this nice interview of Tina Turner talking about her colleagues such as Mick Jagger, Madonna, Prince; her influences and her projects for the year 1986! The interview was conducted by Peter Panton for Speak Up magazine. Click continue reading for the audio and a full transcription of the interview.
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