On 16 January 1988, Tina Turner, the Lioness of Rock, performed in front of a record-breaking crowd in Rio de Janeiro. Accompanied by a stunning line-up of musicians, samba dancers, glitter and fireworks, Tina delivers 13 tracks in her own inimitable and explosive style. During the Break Every Rule Tour TINA performed in South America for the first time. It was in January of ’88, and TINA made history (and the Guinness Book of World Records) when she performed to a crowd of 180,000 people at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. It was the biggest paying audience for a single artist ever; it surpassed Frank Sinatra’s record set eight years before at the same soccer stadium.
The concert was broadcasted live in several countries and was of course issued as a VHS at the time. Unfortunately, some songs from the original setlist are missing in this release. The tracks Show Some Respect and It’s Only Love have been broadcasted in a TV special in South America and the video footage of the encore song Nutbush City Limits was used for the music video of the first German single from the album Live In Europe. Rio ’88 was released in 1988 on the eagle / Polygram label on VHS, LaserDisc and Video-CD and was reissued in 2001 on DVD.
From CNN to Rolling Stones going through Billboard, TINA has made worldwide headlines earlier this week when it was announced that the Queen of Rock would be among the 2018 recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The 60th Grammy Ceremony will take place January 28th but no announcement of Tina’s presence there so far. However, a special gala event organised every year by the Recording Academy in the summer for the winners of the year’s Grammy Merit Awards, there’s probably more chances to see Tina there!
In order to celebrate this wonderful honour, which made fans proud and delighted for their idol, I wanted to do a one minute video recap of TINA’s solo videoclips but soon realised that it was impossible to sum up everything under one minute so, it ended being a 4 minutes TINA Trivia Tribute video! Hope you’ll enjoy and be sure to subscribe to the blog to get all the latest info on TINA and the upcoming Grammy Event!
We were all waiting to see what kind of surprises 2018 would offer and it started earlier today with the statement released by the Recording Academy indicating that Tina Turner would be among the recipients of the 2018 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award!
Marking the Grammy’s 60th ceremony but also Tina’s 60th Anniversary in the music business, it was the year it was supposed to happen. Ten years ago, Tina teamed up with Beyonce for what would become another legendary performance from the Queen of Rock and Queen Bey.
This year other honorees include Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan and English Rock band Queen. A special award presentation ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held in summer 2018. Additional details regarding the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.
Heralded as the Queen of Rock and Roll, Turner remains a global recording star worldwide. She earned her first GRAMMY at the 14th GRAMMY Awards with Ike Turner for their rendition of “Proud Mary,” which took home Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Group. She’s since added an additional seven wins to her tally, most recently as a featured artist on Herbie Hancock‘s Album Of The Year-winning River: The Joni Letters at the 50th GRAMMY Awards.
What would have little Anna Mae thought some 70 years ago back in Nutbush if someone had told that many moons later, her life and career would be celebrated worldwide? I was recently showing footage of Tina to a friend who isn’t familiar with Tina’s work and while watching the rocker arrival on stage in Amsterdam back in 1996 he declared in awe ‘She is like a Queen’. And although I had used the term ‘Queen’ many times to talk about T.T, it felt like I heard it differently this time and I don’t know why the piece of music by Grieg entitled ‘In The Hall of the Mountain King’ popped into my mind. I always thought it would be exciting to mix classical music with Tina’s wild performances and that’s how the idea for a video tribute celebrating Tina’s 6Oth Anniversary in the music business was born. And the Mountain Queen sounds pretty appropriate for Swiss citizen Tina.
While 2017 had already been a really exciting year for fans, 2018 will bring the Queen of Rock back into the spotlight with many important events coming throughout the year.
First, March 2018 with the opening of the most anticipated musical of the year TINA, The Musical, in London. We’ve been waiting for it for years and the big day is only a couple of month away! You might also have heard that other Musicals based on the music of the like of Cher and Donna Summer to name a few will also soon see the light of day. Although they are often mentioned all together in articles, those are announced as jukebox musicals, unlike TINA which will offer the public a story, characters with depth, and a link between songs à la Mama Mia. The best of the best in terms of theatre production is working on the project at this moment and we can be confident that they won’t disappoint. Fans will gather one more time on the night of March 21st, stay tuned for more info!
Second, a follow-up to Tina’s 1986 biography ‘I,TINA’ will see the light of say in October 2018! Atria announced last December that the book would be published during fall of this year with the help of authors Dominik Wichmann and Deborah Davis. ‘Tina Turner: My Love Story‘ will also be released as an audio-book by Simon & Schuster.
And finally, 2018 will be the occasion to celebrate several milestones from Tina’s career such as the 30th Anniversary of the record-breaking Rio concert, the 10th anniversary of Tina’s last concert tour back in 2008/2009 or the 40th anniversary of the Rough album, to name a few. But of course, let’s hope that this year will bring some even more surprises and exciting TINA stuff!
Happy New Year Everybody!
Merry Christmas to every reader of Tina Turner Blog! A very Merry Christmas to Mr & Mrs. Bach as well. Wishing you all happy and healthy Holidays with your loved ones and let’s not forget those who are alone and less fortunate.
And because Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a small present, here is a new video upload of Tina giving an incredible rendition of her classic hit ‘Let’s Stay Together’ live in San Fransisco during her Twenty Four Seven World Tour back in 2000.
You read about it here a while ago and today it is confirmed! A sequel to Tina’s 1986 biography written in collaboration with Kurt Loder will see the light of day next year with the help of authors Dominik Wichmann and Deborah Davis. Atria Books confirmed the release of the new biography entitled ‘Tina Turner: My Love Story‘ and its release in October 2018, timed to the legend’s 60th year in music. The new biography will also be released as an audio-book by Simon & Schuster.
Tina Turner & Deborah Davis
Tina Turner & Dominik Wichmann
My Love Story is being described as a follow-up to Turner’s I, Tina, which was eventually adapted into the celebrated biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It starring Angela Bassett. Tina candidly examines her personal history and reveals her happiest – and darkest – hours. Emphatically showcasing Tina’s signature blend of strength, energy, heart, and soul, this is a thrilling memoir as compelling and entertaining as any of her greatest hits.
“My real story, in its entirety, has never been told. I wanted to talk candidly about the past and the present: finding love, my struggle with a previously undisclosed, life-threatening illness and, thankfully, today’s happy endings.“
Tina Turner: My Love Story will be published by Atria next October.
If there’s is one thing in life that cheers me up, it is to hear Tina Turner’s laugh! It is deep, it is contagious and most of all, it is adorable! There’s been several video compilations made by fans of ‘TINA having fun’ on Youtube and I thought it would be amusing to come up with a new version of it! The title of the article and video is ‘TINA’s Operation Oops‘, in reference to the pre-Private Dancer era when Tina was touring small clubs after divorcing Ike. At that time, she even named her production company this way.
So it started as a video compilation of TINA’s laugh and it ended up being a 5 minutes crazy montage of random TINA’s interviews from the eighties up until now, in countries all over over the world. There’s hours of TINA material so be sure to subscribe to the blog for TINA’s Operation Oops – Part 2! Enjoy!
In 1971, Ike and Tina Turner and their Revue were mainstream. Late in 1970, the band recorded their cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary”. The song was released the following January and became the duo’s best-selling single to date, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling well over a million copies, later winning them a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. The song’s parent album, ‘Workin’ Together’, became their most successful studio release, peaking at #25 on the Billboard 200.
The couple also toured Europe heavily, setting France on fire with a mythical concert at the Olympia or in The Netherlands with a show that would (years) later be released on DVD.
Later in 1971, a live album, Live at Carnegie Hall: What You Hear Is What You Get, was released, being certified gold in the U.S. That same year, they were reassigned to Liberty’s parent label, United Artists Records, after Liberty folded, releasing their later albums on United Artists.
With the money gained, Ike Turner built his own studio, Bolic Sound, a nightmarish maze of cameras, sex and cocaine where they would record the rest of their material.
Never in my wildest dreams would I ever thought of being awarded for the TINA Blog but it did happen earlier this week. After reaching the decisive level of 100,000 subscribers on Youtube a couple of months ago, the tech company sent this wonderful token called a Silver Play Button. Although I am totally aware that it is TINA’s work that is being recognized here, it is still an exciting moment for me and this would have never been possible without each and every one of you! So a big warm thank you for that! With now 130K subscribers on Youtube, 375K on Facebook and 8K on Twitter, the blog reaches more than half a million TINA fans around the globe. Let’s make it a million in the coming years!
Moreover, you might have noticed that the TINA Blog layout changed recently. With new graphics, it has also been upgraded to a higher web plan and is now free of all commercials. The ads appearing before were generated by WordPress (who was the getting the money for it) but now they are gone. It has a cost of course, but nothing is too good for TINA and her fans!
And finally, while our idol was turning seventy-eight last weekend, fans were once again gathered in Amsterdam for the 8th annual fans party. Both evenings were really successful and for our last year in the Dutch capital, the TINA Family got even bigger with the presence of a lot of newbies! We welcome them with Open Arms and hope to see even more new fans next year!
Next stop: London, where we will all meet again in March 2018 at the time of the opening of the new TINA Musical. Stay tuned for more information on this event soon!
Once again, a big Thank You to all of you for your support over the years, it fuels my enthusiasm to continue!
Love and Light to All! ❤️
And a personal message to Miss Tina: I can hand deliver (after 12am of course) the Youtube Award in Zurich under 24h!
November 26 is here! Time to celebrate the Queen of Rock and wish Miss Tina Turner a very happy and healthy 78 anniversary!
Fans from all over Europe are gathered in Amsterdam for the big celebrations organized every year and our party last night was fantastic again, I’ll report on that very soon!
Don’t forget today to join fans on Twitter & Facebook and use the hashtag #TINA78 to remind everyone that Tina fans still stand strong! In the meantime, you can also leave your Birthday Wishes to Tina in the comment section!
And since a birthday wouldn’t be complete without a present, here’s a little gift for the all the fans with this montage of TINA performing ‘Simply, The Best’ live in Arnhem, Holland back in 2009. The video montage is made from various performances from the tour and audio is from the concert on May 2nd, 2009 at the GelreDome in Arnhem!
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