Today marks the fourth anniversary of Tina Turner’s last concert ever – May 5, 2009 in Sheffield, England. The show marked the end of her 6-month, 90-date, 50th Anniversary Tour. The tour was Tina’s first tour in 8 years, and saw her playing in sold-out arenas across Europe and North America. The last show featured some very special moments, in this post recalled by some fans who were fortunate to have attended this historical evening.
The year 1993 was a real Tina Turner year and offered the full range of a pop star´s work and output: a new album (or at least partly new as most of the tracks were re-recordings), several releases as singles, a tour in the United States and several festival concerts overseas and – of course – magazine articles, TV appearances and – the reason for all the drama – the autobiographical movie “What´s Love Got To Do With It”. 1993 started with the release of “I Don´t Wanna Fight” which turned out to be a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
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.
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!
In 2000, Tina Turner was part of an advertisement campaign for Target, a chain of stores in the United States. Target was the sponsor of the second American leg of her 2000 Twenty Four Seven world tour. Besides shooting a television commercial, a 7-track album was also released, exclusively available in Target shops, called All That Glitters. The album featured two live tracks, 4 greatest hits songs, as well as a new recording: a cover of Prince’s Baby, I’m A Star. The song was already performed by Tina’s backing vocalists on the first two legs of the Twenty Four Seven tour, and for the promotional campaign, Tina recorded a solo version, produced by long-time musical collaborator and keyboard player Ollie Marland. The song was also featured in the commercial. Continue reading for an overview of the Target campaign: the song Baby, I’m A Star, as well as two alternative cuts that were used on television, scans of the All That Glitters album, a video of the television commercial, and scans of the interview that Tina did with Target magazine, that was available for free in the stores.
In 1981, Tina appeared on American music show Solid Gold. Dionne Warwick was the host of that season, and she joined Tina on stage for a very special rendition of Proud Mary: two classy ladies, one classic song! Enjoy this video of their performance.
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.
Last weekend, the musical Soul Sister based on Tina Turner’s career and her marriage to Ike Turner, opened in London’s Hackney Empire theater. And good news: the musical has received mostly very positive reviews, and especially Emi Wokoma’s portrayal of Tina Turner is applauded. Above, you can find a video of a BBC report on the new musical, thanks to Alan! Below is a selection of reviews that appeared on the web. We congratulate the production team of the musical on their success. What’s more, this is clearly a sign that the audience and critics alike haven’t forgotten about Tina yet – dare we say time for another comeback, Miss Turner?
A very short, but funny, video of Tina Turner ‘punching’ her Ninja Philip Sahagun on stage during the band introductions of her concert in Mannheim, Germany on February 19, 2009. The four Ninja’s were performing their martial art skills during the costume changes on Tina’s last tour in 2008 and 2009. During the band introductions, Tina gave them the stage to show some tricks to the audience. This day, Tina herself decided she would join them with her acting skills, the result: a knock-out in round one! As Tina would say: just having fun! Big thank you to Lars who recorded this video.