Times are good or bad, happy or sad. As Tina Turner would say, the aim of her music is ‘to uplift, to get people going’. However, her songs will always remain rooted in the tear-drenched soil of blues music. Tina as no other knows how to express a broken heart, how to fall to your knees and beg and plead. So, open a ‘bottle of red’, have tissues within arm’s reach, because these seven Tina performances will for sure make you remember your broken heart, your failed relationship or that unanswered love. Happy crying!
1. You Don’t Bring Me Flowers
Wait a minute? Tina sings Streisand?! That’s right. Just after her divorce from Ike Turner, Tina started singing songs that were very close to her heart during that particularly difficult period in her life. Maybe the mother of all pop ballads, she delivers a particular soulful version of this classic. (Sometimes When We Touch, another bittersweet love song is thrown in as a bonus at the end of this performance.)
2. Don’t Leave Me This Way
Fans tend to disagree on this one. Good or bad? Okay, the lyrics on this 1999 song might be a bit overly cliche, and well, the arrangements might not be very Queen-of-Rock-like. But we think she kills it in this live performance, backed-up the London Symphony Orchestra.
3. I Don’t Wanna Fight (No More)
Can Tina teach us something about how to deal with our lost love? Yes: that sometimes it is simply better to ‘let it go’ and move on. Moving on, that’s what Tina did in her life, as also portrayed in the 1993 biopic ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It?’. I Don’t Wanna Fight, written by Lulu, was part of the soundtrack for that movie.
4. Be Tender With Me, Baby
A real 1980’s power ballad from Tina’s 1989 album Foreign Affair. It was the closing song during Tina’s 1990 Foreign Affair tour, as well as on her last 50th Anniversary tour back in 2008/2009. It also happens to be the last song that Tina performed on stage EVER. Watch in the above video how she sings the song with tears in her eyes during closing night of her farewell tour. We can not be held responsible for any emotional breakdown caused by watching this video!
5. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
She ain’t too proud to beg! Ike & Tina’s cover of this Otis Redding song has become legendary. However, where Otis used mainly words to persuade his lover not to leave, Tina took begging to a whole next level. Oh, better show your lover what he will miss when he leaves. This performance is not for the faint of heart.
6. Missing You
“Everytime I think of you, I always catch my breath”. Sometimes, the cover is better than the original. We think this is certainly the case with Tina’s rendition of the 1984 John Waite original. Tina chose the track because “it’s great to yell on”. It appeared on her 1996 album Wildest Dreams. The clip was directed by photographer Peter Lindbergh.
7. Don’t Turn Around
Biggest mistake in Tina’s career? Tina Turner was the original artist who recorded Dianne Warren’s song Don’t Turn Around (which later became a huge hit for Ace of Base). However, the song didn’t even make it to Tina’s 1986 Break Every Rule album – it was only released as the b-side to the single Typical Male. The song was only released on CD on the outtakes collection ‘Collected Recordings’ and has never been performed live. Oh, the injustice!