Few people on this planet have had a life like Tina Turner. There’s been books, documentaries and even a movie about it. But only Tina can tell the real truth and how she became this bigger than life icon. Back in 1996, while promoting the gigantic Wildest Dreams Tour, Tina did a lot of interviews including this in-depth one called “Tina Turner: In her own words” broadcasted on Radio 2. It is more likely a longer interview Tina did with Kurt Loder, parts of it could be find in ‘The Girl From Nutbush’. But still lots on unheard before stuff: going through a lot of topics like childhood, her children, fame and much more, Tina opens herself and tells it like it is! Enjoy!
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:
2014 is not only an important year for “Private Dancer” but another major album celebrates a big anniversary as well: “Reckless”, Bryan Adams´ masterpiece turns 30 and is available in a Super Deluxe Edition (2CD+DVD+Blu-Ray Pure Audio). In case, you still unsure what to wish for Christmas, maybe “It´s Only Love” in the 5.1 mix is what you need. Plus all the unreleased tracks and Bryan´s live show from 1985.
Do Something is a b-side to Tina Turner’s 1996 single On Silent Wings. It’s an up-tempo, high-energy song with some very sexy lyrics and sounds – as Tina would say ‘It’s fun, it’s naughty!’. The song is written by long-time collaborators of Tina, Holly Knight and Mike Chapman. They are the duo behind some of Tina’s biggest hits, such as The Best, Better Be Good To Me and In Your Wildest Dreams. The song is produced by Trevor Horn, and was recorded during the recording sessions for Tina’s 1996 album Wildest Dreams, but was not included in the end. It was released on several CD-single versions of On Silent Wings – continue reading for scans of different releases, as well as to listen to the song and read the lyrics.
I’m A Lady – a b-side to Tina Turner‘s 1991 single Love Thing. It was written by the same men responsible for her number 1 hit single What’s Love Got To Do With It: Terry Britten and Graham Lyle. They worked with Tina many times, and contributed songs for all of her studio albums, including such hits as What You Get Is What You See, We Don’t Need Another Hero and Something Beautiful Remains. I’m A Lady was only included on the UK and European versions of the Love Thing single (both vinyl and CD), including the UK picture-CD. Continue reading for scans of the Love Thing single, and to listen to the song while reading the lyrics.
4 years ago today, Tina Turner launched her 2008/2009 50th Anniversary Tour in Kansas City, Missouri. She performed to a sold out crowd at the 18,000-seat Sprint Center. This performance was Tina’s first full concert in 8 years, since her 2000 Twenty Four Seven world tour. The 50th Anniversary Tour was a greatest hits tour, and consisted of 90 concerts in North America and Europe, ending on May 5th in Sheffield, UK. In this post you will find photos, audio and a newspaper review from opening night.
Today, the one and only Bruce Springsteen turns 63! In honor of Bruce’s birthday, we take a closer look at the cover that Tina did of his hit record Dancing In The Dark. Bruce and Tina both released their biggest selling albums in 1984: Born In The USA and Private Dancer. Both undertook massive world tours in 1984/1985 to promote their records, they were the biggest music stars of that moment. In 1985, they were both part of the We Are The World single, for the USA for Africa charity project. It was around that time that Tina asked Bruce to write a song for her. Bruce had already written a couple of hit songs for other female artists (Patti Smith’s ‘Because The Night’ and ‘Fire’ for the Pointer Sisters), so it was no coincidence that Tina had set her eyes on The Boss. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, a true Bruce and Tina collaboration never came into being. Instead, Tina covered Dancing In The Dark during her 1985 Private Dancer tour, as well as in the beginning of the 1987 Break Every Rule tour. To celebrate Springsteen’s birthday, watch Tina belting out this classic during her 1985 concert in Tokyo, and listen to an audience recording of the song from Paris 1987. Happy birthday Bruce!
A classic from the Break Every Rule tour: Tina Turner performing Two People, live at Rockódromo de la Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain. The show was broadcast in parts live on the radio, on May 17, 1987. Unfortunately, the radio DJ’s finds it necessary to talk in between, but also during the songs, as if reporting on a football match. Therefore, the beginning of this audio track is slightly ruined, but what is left is still a very nice version of ‘Dos Personas’, the second European single of Tina’s 1986 Break Every Rule album. Enjoy!
Listen to this nice interview of Tina Turner talking about her colleagues such as Mick Jagger, Madonna, Prince; her influences and her projects for the year 1986! The interview was conducted by Peter Panton for Speak Up magazine. Click continue reading for the audio and a full transcription of the interview.