From ‘Les Miserables’ to ‘FourTina’, Nurlaila Wolda-Karim saw big and got big! Today, everyone wonders if she will land the role of Tina Turner in the upcoming TINA Musical! We talked about it a couple of days ago in Rotterdam.
Rotterdam, The Netherlands. A weekend that starts with Grace Jones can only turn into an unusual and crazy weekend. First, a short detour by Paris on Friday to say a quick hello to Warhol & Goude’s muse who was signing her autobiography (I’ll Never Write My Memoirs – Simon & Schuster) at the very chic, Rive Gauche, ‘Bon Marché’. Always thrilling to approach people of that caliber and who have a lot in common with Tina. But not much time to spend there and to get emotional. I am expected to be in Amsterdam the next day to visit a few places we want to book for TINA77, our annual Fan Birthday Party, and the weekend is supposed to end in Rotterdam with an interview.
Back in November 2012, a new DVD entitled ‘Ike & Tina Turner On The Road: 1971-1972′ was released. The movie consists of footage shot by world-renowned rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya while touring together with the Ike & Tina Turner revue in the early 1970’s. Bob and Nadya developed a close relationship with the duo, and the DVD features many candid on stage and off stage moments. The Tina Turner Blog had an exclusive interview with Bob Gruen about the dvd and his personal relationship with Ike and Tina. We never had much time to edit the video interview but today, it’s finally here! Enjoy!
From fitness instructor to performing in front of 20,000 people as Tina Turner: what a difference a year makes. Emi Wokoma had such year. In April of 2012, Emi took on the role of Tina Turner in the West End musical ‘Soul Sister’. Since then, the musical went on to become one of the biggest hits of the theater season. Starting with several months at the Hackney Empire and the Savoy Theatre, the show then went on the road throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands. The spectacle was unanimously applauded by the press: every reviewer especially praised the musical’s lead performer. This eventually lead to Emi being asked to perform a concert as Tina Turner, this December in the Netherlands, in front of 20,000 people. It will be the biggest Tina tribute concert ever organized. The Tina Turner Blog had an exclusive interview with Emi.
When we were told that we could interview a former Tina Turner band member, we were thrilled. Deric Dyer was a saxophone player on Tina’s Break Every Rule World Tour and also toured with Joe Cocker. Continue reading to watch our interview with him and to learn more about this great man and musician.
Many fans dream of one day meeting Tina, and for some, this dream comes true. However, our next super fan took it just one step further: he DANCED on stage with Tina! No, this is no wildest dream, this was reality. Donovan shared the stage with the Queen three times during the 2000 Twenty Four Seven tour. Read about his amazing experiences in this month’s interview!
Hometown: Dallas, TX, USA
Occupation: singer/performer in a local band
Favorite Tina song: Proud Mary
Favorite Tina album: What’s Love Got To Do With It? (soundtrack)
A new DVD titled ‘Ike & Tina Turner On The Road: 1971-1972’ will be released on November 20. The movie consists of footage shot by world-renowned rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya while touring together with the Ike & Tina Turner revue in the early 1970’s. Bob and Nadya developed a close relationship with the duo, and the DVD will feature many candid on stage and off stage moments. The Tina Turner Blog had an exclusive interview with Bob Gruen about the upcoming movie release as well as his personal relationship with Ike and Tina.
In the early days of the internet, there was one Tina Turner fan site that was everybody’s favorite: Sid Loves Tina. Many fans from that era still have fond memories of the website, even though it is no longer online, and it was certainly an inspiration for us! Now we have the chance to learn some more about the man behind that site, Sidney, in our latest Fan of the Month interview. To make it even more special: it’s his birthday today! Happy birthday Sid!
Name: Sidney (a.k.a. Sidlovestina)
Hometown: Aalst, Belgium
Favorite Tina song: Help (live version)
Favorite Tina album: Foreign Affair
Favorite Tina tour: Foreign Affair and the 50th anniversary tour (for the memories)
After many troubles and months of wait, here is finally our new Tina fan of month: Hank! A long time Tina fan from New York who witnessed Tina’s new success as a solo artist and who has great stories to share with us about Tina! Thanks again Hank for the interview and for your patience!
Hometown: New York, New York, USA
Tina fan since: 1973
Favourite Tina song: Nutbush City Limits
Favourite Tina album: “I have two, Acid Queen and Private Dancer. I can’t choose just one!”
Number of Tina concerts: “I’ve lost count but not nearly as many as some of the other fans I’ve known.”