It is with sadness that we heard yesterday the passing of Franco Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia at the age of 77. His seductive, clinging clothes were a massive success in the eighties and he was named by the media ‘The King of Cling’. Devotees included both fashion-inclined celebrities and fashionistas: Grace Jones (wearing several of his creations in A View to a Kill), Raquel Welch, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Brigitte Nielsen, Naomi Campbell and of course our TINA.
After buying Alaia’s clothes in L.A, the Break Every Rule singer personally called him while in Paris and asked to meet him. The two would create an intimate relationship and he ended up designing some of Tina’s most memorable stage outfits as well as personal clothes.
And in memory of Mr. Alaia, here’s an audience recording of Tina performing ‘I Don’t Wanna Lose You’ live on June 28, 1990, at the Palace of Versailles in France. The quality of the recording is not the best, but what is funny about the track is Tina’s introduction:
“I’m gonna do this one for, my boyfriend. I call him Azzedine.”
Still celebrating the 30th Anniversary of TINA’s Break Every Rule World Tour with an upload this week of selected songs from Tina’s performance at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg, Germany on July 3rd, 1987. An audience recording of good quality if you consider it was recorded 30 years ago! Singing David Bowie’s ‘Girls’ and ‘It’s Only Love’ with John Miles, this concert tour is interesting on many levels: Tina performed in front of massive audiences in Europe and across the world, she sang certain songs she would never perform live again and unfortunately not that many footage of the Break Every Rule Tour have emerged. But let’s not lose hope to get our hands on more in the future and you can be sure you’ll find it on Tina Turner Blog! And if you want to get a better experience with the audio below, I would advice you to use headphones.
Tonight, when I arrived I looked out and I saw so many people, I felt good! Thank You for coming!
Tina Live in Hamburg – What You Get is What You See – July 1987
Tina Live in Hamburg – Break Every Rule- July 1987
If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you’ve probably seen this pictures before but everybody isn’t on social networks so here they are! A glamorous and healthy Tina Turner has been spotted last weekend enjoying the good life during a private event in Italy. Of course no one can resist having its picture taken with the legend which makes all the fans happy and jealous at the time! But most of all we are all thrilled to see Miss Tina enjoying the good life and in top form!
And as an extra bonus to begin the weekend if you haven’t seen it yet, a new video upload with this montage of TINA performing ‘Whatever You Want’ live back in 1996. The video is taken from the Johannesburg TV broadcast and the audio comes from the concert Tina gave in Brunei also that year. If anyone has a nice copy of the Johannesburg concert, don’t hesitate to contact me. The only copy in circulation is… well… you’ve seen it! Audio comes from soundboard recording, if you can use headphones to get the full experience! Enjoy!
10,000,000 views! 10 Million! The video clip for the mantra Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu reached this incredible number earlier this month. An incredible figure and the proof that TINA has become an incredible ‘shamanic force’ by bringing millions of people across the world around her mantras and buddhist teachings. With the release later this year of the fourth Beyond album ‘Awakening Beyond’, let’s have a look back at the birth of the project with a radio interview recorded in 2009 with Deepak Chopra and an article published in Science of Mind back in March 2011.
In the worst of times, Tina, a deeply spiritual woman who was raised Baptist, sought solace in reciting “The Lord’s Prayer” and, later, an ancient and mystical Buddhist chant to connect to a higher power beyond her human understanding. She began chanting “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” over and over. “I found something changed inside of me, the load of the pressure of my life started to lift . I started to become happy, and then, slowly, the thoughts came to me of what to do to change my life.”
The power of prayer
Tina Turner believes in it with all her heart, so much so that in 2009, she joined creative forces with two renowned musicians based in Switzerland, one of Christian background and the other a Tibetan Buddhist, to go beyond religion, beyond theology, to go “beyond the beyond,” as Su Poet Rumi wrote, to meet together in a eld of pure potentiality. The result is a remarkable music CD entitled Beyond: Buddhist and Christian Prayers.
“People come and say ‘I have to get your autograph because my son is always trying to get me to go back to work and I say ‘no I am too old’ and they say ‘well, Tina Turner did it’! It seems that I have broken all the rules!”
Back in 1986, Tina Turner was heavily promoting the follow up album to the masterpiece Private Dancer, her second solo album, Break Every Rule. To support the release, Tina recorded a long interview as promo material for the radio. Here is today!
The interview is 55 minutes long and a lot of subjects are reviewed:
Of course, Tina talks about the recording and the songs of her album BER but also about her autobiography I, Tina, her relationship with Ike, David Bowie and much more. A very candid and fun Tina who sometimes reveals more that you would expect! And that’s what we like!
If you mention River Deep Mountain High to any music connaisseur, they’ll mention Tina Turner & Phil Spector. The masterpiece created by the two is the most famous songs of their collaboration but of course more B-sides and rare tracks have emerged over the years. And you can always count on a friend to get you back to those gems! Earlier today, TINA fan & friend Enrico send me remastered version of ‘A man is a man is man’, ‘Two to Tango’, ‘Down Down’ & ‘Watcha Gonna Do’ and offered to share them on the blog! So here their along with a very interesting story by David Young about Turner & Spector work.
Since the late 1970s, tapes have circulated among collectors of Tina Turner singing a Spectoresque version of the song “Everything Under the Sun,” written by Bob Crewe and Gary Knight. After remaining in the vaults for ten years, the song had seen official release in 1976 in a Spector-produced version by The Ronettes on the Phil Spector International compilation Rare Masters Vol. 2, and had previously been issued in radically differing versions by The Walker Brothers and Jackie DeShannon.
August, 17th 1984 – Let´s go back to 1984, zoom in to August in the time dimension, narrow it down to the evening of the 17th, and find a location called the Park West. We might even add that we have a ticket – one of not more than 800-1000 – to a concert of a newcomer – or rather an old war horse but now in new armor and carrying new arrows in her quiver: Tina Turner will play the Park West tonight on her “Private Dancer Tour”.
Tina Turner – Show Some Respect – Live in Chicago 1984:
Two remix albums have caught our attention lately and we simply have to say: check them out and import them into your music machine: „TINA Remixed“ which features many songs from the „24/7“ album and „The Album of Tina Turner“ which contains various hits from all albums in a new version. You can listen to these two albums online on Arquest´s Soundcloud or Youtube channels. You can also find him and his music on his Blogspot website: Arquest Remixes.