A little over 20 years ago today, Tina Turner opened her 1993 ‘What’s Love…?’ tour in Reno, NV. The tour was in many ways a copy of Tina’s 1990 Foreign Affair tour, which never reached North America. It featured a similar set list, stage design, and outfits. The opening show in Reno was slightly different from the rest of the tour, since both I Might Have Been Queen (not performed since 1985) and Disco Inferno (not performed since 1979) were included in the set list. Continue reading for more information on this show, as well as audio tracks of these two rare songs. Special thanks to Florian for providing the recording!
In 1993, the movie What’s Love Got To Do With It?, based on Tina’s autobiography, was released. While Tina was not involved in the actual filming process, she did record the soundtrack. The soundtrack consisted of a couple of new songs, including the hit single I Don’t Wanna Fight, re-recordings of old Ike & Tina classics, and a couple of old solo hits.
During Tina’s massive 1990 Foreign Affair tour, she skipped the North-American continent all together, only touring Europe. The movie and soundtrack album were an opportunity for Tina to make up for this miss. The 1993 tour ran from June until November, with shows in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and a couple of festivals in Europe. The concert itself was very similar to the Foreign Affair tour, in terms of set list, stage design and outfits. The only new addition to the set list being the single I Don’t Wanna Fight. The show in Reno was however more ‘special’, as it included I Might Have Been Queen (the first time performed live since 1985) and Disco Inferno (the first time performed live since 1979). These songs were later dropped from the running order.
The German magazine Popcorn featured a report with many photos from the opening night in Reno – see the scans below.
We were very happy when a recording of this show recently surfaced. This is the first time we can hear Disco Inferno and I Might Have Been Queen performed live in 1993. Our thanks go out to Florian for providing this recording. While the quality is only average, it is too rare not to share it with you. From what we hear, the arrangements of both songs were very rock-oriented, and it is a shame Tina dropped them from the show so quickly. Click the music player below to hear both songs!
I Might Have Been Queen
1. Steamy Windows
2. Typical Male
3. Foreign Affair
4. Undercover Agent For The Blues
5. I Can’t Stand The Rain
6. I Might Have Been Queen
7. We Don’t Need Another Hero
8. Nutbush City Limits
9. Addicted To Love
10. The Best
11. I Don’t Wanna Fight (No More)
12. Let’s Stay Together
13. What’s Love Got To Do With It?
14. Private Dancer
– Introduction of the band –
15. Proud Mary
16. Disco Inferno
17. Better Be Good To Me