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The girl in the band

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Tina Turner at the Sheraton Hotel in Buenos Aires – January 2nd 1988 (AP)

Everybody remembers Tina Turner’s iconic concert at Rio’s Maracana back in 1988, breaking a world record and captured for the memories but there’s other countries in South America set on fire by Tina while touring her Break Every Rule album worldwide.

If ‘Rio was hot’ well Buenos Aires probably reached the same level of rawness and passion in front of the massive crowd gathered at the Estadio River Plate Stadium. After spending  the year 1987 heavily touring Europe and the USA,  Tina was exploring news frontiers and conquering new (and longtime) fans in Argentina, Chile and Brazil. The success and recognition Tina received from the audience there was massive and memorable. Blog stats can attest that Tina is still very very popular in South America as she is the rest of the world. Starting with this concert in Buenos Aires, the year 1988 would be as extraordinary and exhausting as the previous one. Leaving one continent for the other, Tina concluded her Break Every Rule with a tour of Australia and a series of concerts in Japan.
Tina Turner live in Buenos Aires - 1988Fans have complained over the years about the lack of footage from this very special era but let’s never lose hope of getting new footage and you can be sure you’ll find it on Tina Turner Blog! Until then, two uploads from Tina’s concert in Buenos Aires! I am aware most of the hardcore fans saw it before but let’s be honest in quite poor quality. Still those uploads of ‘Help’ and ‘Proud Mary’ aren’t the quality you would wish for, but I guess this is the best you could get so far! Enjoy!

March 22, 2009: TINA live in Arnhem

Tina Turner Live 2009

8 years ago, Tina Turner was in the middle of a series of concerts (March 21 and 22 and May 2) at the GelreDome in Arnhem, The Netherlands. The shows were the biggest during Tina’s 50th Anniversary Tour, with approximately 33,000 fans in the stadium each night. Together with the concert in Prague, these were the only concerts with a standing audience. For this reason, the show was recorded for the dvd of the tour, but it was special also for a lot of other reasons, you read all about it here

To celebrate, two new video uploads from TINA’s last tour, not from Arnhem but from Helsinki with a powerful rendition of ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’ and one of Tina’s all time favorite song ‘Addicted To Love’ ! Enjoy!

TINA in studio

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It’s a picture we would like to see more often: TINA in a recording studio! Taken last December in Zurich, Tina looks radiant and appears very concentrated on her message! But don’t get your hopes too high, Miss Tina isn’t recording a new rock album, she is just putting her voice again on a few tracks for the upcoming Beyond album due to be released later this year. Apart from that, it’s been very quiet lately, TINA, The Musical is still in development and the first newsletter should arrive soon! Until then here’s a couple of new photos posted by the musical team on social networks.

The Millennium Tour Visits Groningen

Tina Turner - Groningen - July 18, 2000 - ticket

It has already been fifteen years since Tina Turner’s Twenty Four Seven ‘Millennium’ tour was rumbling through Europe. During a particularly grey and wet summer, the rock and roll circus put up its tents in all the major cities: Paris, London, Berlin and… Groningen?! Yes, that’s right, Groningen – if you don’t know it: Google it!

Photos by Sjef

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One Night in Paris

Tina Turner - Stade De France - Paris 2000

It was fifteen years ago today! Fifteen years! And yet it still feels like yesterday.

Back in 2000, Tina Turner was back on the road with the massive stadium Twenty Four Seven World Tour. And of course, France is always on the map when it comes to Tina tours.

Take a 60 years old Rock Legend, add a 2 hours non-stop show and 80.0000 people cheering and you’ll end up with probably the best concert you’ll ever seen!

And since we like celebrations on the Tina Turner Blog, let’s celebrate this amazing show with photos and audio from that evening!

Enjoy and let us know what you think! Oh and don’t miss the very special sing along version of “The Best”…

Photos by Ben

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Queen of the Arena

Tina Turner Live in Amsterdam - September 1996 - Mark Allan/Alpha
Tina Turner Live in Amsterdam – September 1996 – Mark Allan/Alpha

By Ben – I am pretty sure that 20 years after her three legendaries concerts at (at the time brand new) Amsterdam Arena, Tina Turner’s voice still resonates inside the stadium. Not a single time have i passed in front of this giant monument without thinking of these concerts. I guess I can talk in Sjef’s name to say it’s probably the same for him. 1996. Wildest Dreams Tour. 3 nights, 160,000 cheering fans from across the world attending the rendez- vous given by the 57 years old Lioness. Massive promotion, massive production, massive crowd, and you can always count on the Dutch to pays Tina her dues.

I’ve probably watched and listened, dissected and studied this concert more than it is allowed until a few weeks ago, fellow Tina fan Jamie told us about an unseen tv version. He found out about it while “Missing You” was blasting on British cable tv. Of course, I couldn’t help investigating and finding out more about that mysterious version. After watching again the Original TV broadcast, followed by a LaserDisc version and finally the DVD, I could certainly noticed a few differences between them but couldn’t imagine there might be even more. But it did happen! After weeks of research I finally got my hand on the new version Jamie mentioned. And what a surprise:

New camera angles, a clearer definition to satisfy your die hard fan appetite but mostly a new audio mix giving Tina’s voice more presence, more power and strength than it ever did on the previous supports. I strongly advice you, if you can, to watch and listen to the following videos with headphones! So for a starter (and after a paramount work of time on the video quality) and for all your delight here’s the “new” version of Missing You and as bonus since it’s turning 20 years old this year, the gold and honey trap, Goldeneye! Enjoy!

This post will be updated often in the future with new HD uploads from Tina Turner live in Amsterdam 1996. We’ll keep you in touch on our Facebook, Twitter and Youtube channels! 

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The boy from New York City

Ike & Tina Turner Live at Olympia Paris 1971

In the early nineties, one of the first cd I got after discovering Tina was ‘Ike & Tina Turner Live at the Olympia 71′. And I felt really lucky to have it while my collection was only flourishing… Most fans will tell you that they remember the exact time they heard certain songs, certain albums, the feeling of the moment and all the emotions that it gives…

By the time I purchased this cd I already had a few Ike & Tina Turner LPs but the quality of those wasn’t as good as the digital CD recording. Growing up in a small village in the east part of France, secluded in my sanctuary bedroom, I would religiously listen to this recording, so far removed from what I ever been used to. Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, Aznavour, Barbara, Renaud … were my parent’s repertoire. But my father did like a bit of Jazz & Louis Armstrong from time to time and my sister brought home MJ, that I only learned to appreciate music wise only later in life. So “Ike & Tina Turner at the Olympia 71” was incendiary. Even the name of it sounds great! Featuring “The Family Vibes”, “The Ikettes”, Ike “the Man in the back with the stone face” and of course Teeenah. The hardest working woman in show business shouts a musician, and that deep voice comes out delivering a fantastic performance song after song. A French reviewer wrote that “Tina’s voice was so incendiary on that record that the diamond of the lp player could melt any moments”. And it sure felt like it. You just had to close to eyes to be there. It is an absolute gem and it is still regarded today among music connoisseur as a significant and paramount record.

Now, in 2015, I have reached the same age as Tina was when she was putting that Paris stage on fire and I relate and realize even more how crazy her life was, struggling with Ike, raising kids, giving that same show 2 or 3 times a day in the same place, billions of shows! Come to the first or the last one and Tina would still simply be stunning and explosive. Nowadays, Anna Mae Bach says she will never go back on stage because people still expect her to be the iconic wild-dancing high-heeled persona. I tend to disagree and I think everybody knows that Tina could totally re-invent herself “stagewise” once again but that’s only up to her.

Tina Turner - Swisscom IO - Zurich, Switzerland - 2014

Back to the record. It did not only participate in shaping my Tina knowledge but it built a bridge to a whole “new” kind of artists: As usual, the Turner covers the great Rock’N’Roll band like The Stones, The Beatles and iconic singer like Otis Redding. Getting older with Tina as the central point of my musical education, I grew up listening to the great black singers, Nina, Ella, James, Ray… the deep depressive old gallant south traditional songs etc… But there’s also Shirley, Grace, Aretha, Whitney, and there’s David, Mick, Bryan, Bruce, Joe, Paul… Rock Royalty so to speak…

Chronologically and, to quote Buddhist believers, if everything in this world is linked and has a meaning then I have to mention the Beyond “experience” and the message brought by Tina, Dechen, Sawani & Regula. You would now find new releases of  Tina Turner in the “New World” section of a shop than in the Rock/Blues section. I know a lot of Tina fans who turned to Buddhism because of Tina. And I think they are genuine and sincere in their search for personal elevation and enlightenment. And maybe that was the message behind being a Tina fan before we knew it. Through centuries strong & powerful women were worshiped and considered bigger than life by people around the world. Entities… coming back again on this earth in any type of form possible to spread their message in any sort of way… Concerts being big communion… The metaphor is known but what if we dare look Beyond?

Ike & Tina Turner Live at Olympia Paris 1971

Back to the collection. “Ike and Tina Turner” recording history is sometimes a bit obscure and messy (to say the least) but a new unedited version of the Olympia concert came into my hand ( I remember I was in the South of France but I can’t name the city) including songs omitted in the LP, Audio Tapes & Cd original releases. The original recording didn’t include “River Deep Mountain High”, “With a Little Help From My Friend” & “The Boy From New York City”:

“River Deep Mountain High” (turning 50 years old next year!) was already a classic of mine but Ike always failed to make this song his own. His studio reworked and live versions could never match the masterpiece that Phil Spector produced with the only help of Tina.

“With A Little Help From My Friends”. Of course, I knew the amazing version of the late Joe Cocker, written by Lennon & Mc Cartney and it is totally “Turnerized” during this show in Paris. A very funky, light version of the song!

“The Boy From New York City”. The credit for this song on the album goes to Davies – Taylor. And there’s indeed a song called “The Boy from New York City” wrote by them and recorded in 1965 by the “Ad Libs” band. But after a quick Google & Youtube search, you find out that the lyrics and songs are totally different. This live version by Ike & Tina is a real duet between the couple à la “It’s Gonna Work out Fine”. Looks like it is the only live or even studio recording (to my knowledge) of this song.

Ike Turner passed away in December 2007 at the age of 76.  Tina Turner, now 75, regarded by many as a Music and Life Sphinx, Queen of Soul, again, in the literal meaning of the word “Soul”, living the life of a “modern-occidental” Buddhist “monk” in a long retreat on the golden banks of Lake Zurich appearing sporadically since 2009 and mostly via video doesn’t seem to miss the spotlight any minute and her entourage won’t let anyone disturb this well deserved quiet. Beyond being Tina’s current “musical era”, I encourage all of you who are not familiar with these albums to listen to these transcendental recordings.

And in the end, we still have “Ike & Turner at the Olympia 71”, and we still have all those records and the DVDs (we seriously need more)… and, from time to time, and i know hundreds feels the same,  certain albums of her discography, some of her old records that still makes me feel eleven, twelve years old again, alone in my bedroom and imagining being the boy from New York City, dreaming that, maybe in another lifetime, I could hear Tina’s voice resonating again inside the Olympia…

 

What Do You Want

Tina Turner - Whatever You Want - 1996

What Do You Want?! You Tina!

The beginning of every show on Tina’s 250-date ‘Wildest Dreams’ tour that kicked off in April 1996. We already learned that Tina Turner knows how to make in entrance. Starting back in the Ike & Tina days, when the Ikettes had already warmed up the audience and Tina burst on stage like a tornado to the beat of ‘Gimme Some Lovin’’, on through the jungle queen entrance of her 1983 tour performing David Bowie’s ‘Cat People’ all the way to the unforgettable ‘stairway to heaven’ entrance of the 1990 ‘Foreign Affair’ tour.

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Iconic photos: Private Dancer Live

Tina Turner Private Dancer album In our series about iconic Tina Turner photos we selected this time a famous concert photo from the 1985 tour. It pretty much summarizes everything about the mid-80s rock style and fashion, namely jeans and leather. Furthermore, it adds certain key Tina Turner elements and distills everything to one of the most famous live shots of her. Continue reading Iconic photos: Private Dancer Live

Classy, Driven Tina Turner Shows Her Blues Prowess In Vancouver

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 17, 1993

Before heading over to the Coliseum for Tina Turner’s show last Thursday (June 10), I popped in to the grand opening of the new Mongolie Grill near Robson and Thurlow. The place was jam-packed with hungry schmoozers lining up for free food and booze, and I found myself squeezed in beside Coast 1040 on-air personality John Tanner.

When I asked him if he was going to see Turner too, he said no way, and that if he wanted dinosaurs he’d go see Jurassic Park. But as I found out later, Turner is far from being a prehistoric monster. If she’s a dinosaur, find me a time machine and set the controls for 100 million B.C.!

It’s downright amazing how great Turner looks for 53, but the best news is that she can still sing up a storm. From the opener…

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