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!