The Ramada Hotel in Dallas, TX where Tina stayed after leaving Ike Turner thirty one years ago back in July 1976 closed down a few years ago. After being totally rebuild, it reopened recently as a hip Art centric boutique Hotel under the name: ‘Lorenzo’. Located on the vibrant Cedars area of downtown Dallas, ‘over 600 original works of art ignite your imagination and suspend your disbelief. Andy Warhol meets Alice in Wonderland amid breathtaking Dallas skyline views. Draw on the wisdom and creativity of historical luminaries including Copernicus, Shakespeare, Kandinsky, Seneca, Einstein and many others.’
But there is another legendary name to add to that list and a new ‘photo spot‘ for us fans! The new owners didn’t forget our Queen and the former hotel history: In order to celebrate Tina’s legacy, visitors will have the pleasure to see the cover of Tina’s comeback album Private Dancer displayed in the hotel lobby! A great gesture and a nice way to remember that you should always focus on your dreams and make it happen one way or another!
A last reminder if you plan to sleep there: you might need more than thirty six cents and a Mobil card to get the presidential suite! Unless your name is Tina Turner!
A special treat for the French speaking readers (and they are many) of the TINA blog with this 1993 story featured in French Rock & Folk magazine. From her humble beginning to having a biopic made of her life at the age of 54, the article cover Tina’s career and also features an interview with Ike Turner. A very interesting read, sorry for not doing an English translation of it but as you can see the article is very long and unfortunately I don’t have much time to spend on translations these days… However if anyone feels like doing the dirty job and share it with all the fans, please feel free! Enjoy!
Dutch musical producer and business man Joop van den Ende has announced he will collaborate with Tina Turner on a musical production of her life. He just revealed the first details about the show this evening on Dutch television. For several years, Joop has been negotiating with Tina, visiting her several times in Zurich. Last weekend, the contract was finally signed, when Tina and her husband Erwin Bach visited Joop and his wife at their home in The Netherlands.
Last night, Tina Turner appeared on ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’, her first televised interview since her retirement from the concert stage in 2009. The program focused mainly on her life after hanging up her dancing shoes: the gaining of Swiss citizenship , her Vogue cover and of course her recent marriage to long-time boyfriend Erwin Bach. In a rare public appearance, the newlywed Bach also sat down together with his wife to reflect on their 25 year relationship. Oprah Winfrey not only asked Tina about recent events, but also about Tina’s unhappy first marriage to Ike Turner. The rock star also looked back on her last ‘farewell’ tour in 2009. The question on everybody’s lips: will there be a return to the spotlights? While Tina didn’t give a definite ‘no’, it seems more unlikely than ever, with Tina claiming that during her last world tour she was often ‘tired of singing and dancing’. Continue reading for the most important topics discussed during the television show, as well as several clips.
Before tomorrow’s big interview, a few new extracts from Tina’s interview on Oprah’s Next Chapter emerged yesterday. We made a compilation of those clips in which Tina talks about her favorite wedding moments, why she retired and how would she describe her legacy! Watch it below! Duration: 3min30
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.
The following audio clip is Ike & Tina Turner performing the Otis Redding classic Respect live in Oakland, USA in 1969. This was part of their opening set they did for the Rolling Stones concert at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. It is an audience recording, so the quality is only average. But, the performance is very nice with a lot of audience interaction.
From Marco’s vault and especially for Halloween, a very rare version of the Ike & Tina classic A Fool In Love! We call it the Halloween version (or how to become an Ikenstein) and you’ll understand why after listening to it. Enjoy – and Happy Halloween to you all around the world!
Ike & Tina Turner – A Fool In Love (Halloween Version)
(Our apologies for two small ‘skips’ in the audio track)
Tonight, the musical Soul Sister, based on the music and life of Ike & Tina Turner will open at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End. The musical had a previous, very succesful run at the Hackney Empire, and has now been moved to the center of London’s theater scene! The musical will play at the theater from August 20 until September 29, with the official premiere taking place this Thursday, August 23. The show got great reviews during its previous run – see our posts here and here. If you haven’t seen it yet – you can buy tickets on this website.
After its stand at the Savoy Theatre, the spectacle will go on the road through the UK and Ireland. Continue reading for all the dates of the Soul Sister tour.
Soul Sister, the musical based on the life of Tina Turner, featuring many of Ike & Tina’s and Tina’s solo hits, will move the Savoy Theatre on London’s West End. The musical premiered in April of this year at Hackney Empire to excellent reviews. The original run ended at the beginning of this month, but today it was announced that the musical will return! It will open on August 23 and will run through (at least) September 29. For more information, visit the press release at Playbill.com. Curious? You can check out the review that Jamie wrote for our blog after the opening night of the musical.
The musical will also come to Ireland! From October 15 – October 20, you can see the show at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin. Tickets ranging from € 20 – € 48 are on sale now, for more information visit this website. Thanks to David for notifying us!