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Interview with Tina Turner

TINA’s Operation Oops

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If there’s is one thing in life that cheers me up, it is to hear Tina Turner’s laugh! It is deep, it is contagious and most of all, it is adorable! There’s been several video compilations made by fans of ‘TINA having fun’ on Youtube and I thought it would be amusing to come up with a new version of it! The title of the article and video is ‘TINA’s Operation Oops‘, in reference to the pre-Private Dancer era when Tina was touring small clubs after divorcing Ike. At that time, she even named her production company this way.

So it started as a video compilation of TINA’s laugh and it ended up being a 5 minutes crazy montage of random TINA’s interviews from the eighties up until now, in countries all over over the world. There’s hours of TINA material so be sure to subscribe to the blog for TINA’s Operation Oops – Part 2! Enjoy!

Proud TINA!

Tina Turner - Jonathan Ross Show 18.jpg - copieHappily retired music legend Tina Turner appeared tonight on the Jonathan Ross Show on ITV. And what incredible joy for us fans to see Tina looking healthy, serein, funny and back in the spotlight for a short while.

Wearing a chic comfy ensemble, the idol arrived on the set of the show with a really cool ‘TINA, The Musical’ bag, the diva opened up about her retirement, her old pals Mick Jagger and David Bowie and of course, the point of the evening, the upcoming musical on her life opening next year in London.


Talking about the upcoming musical, Tina reveals that the story will start all the way back in the cotton fields, being raised by her grandmother in her native Nutbush as well as her debuts in Saint Louis with Ike Turner:

It starts from Nutbush growing up, all the involvment with the coton fields, church house, gin house, school house, out house, it really quite old now but it’s still there… It starts with that, it starts with the grandmother raising me and all of the early stages into moving into teenager and then into St Louis

Later on the show, Jonathan Ross mentions Tina’s collaboration with David Bowie, and the retired singer has some pretty emotional words about her late good friend:

“I saw him, he was performing some place in Brussels and I went to see him and that was the actual last time I went to his dressing room and said hello and talked about the show.

“I remember the last thing he said. He said, ‘I love you Tina’ and I said ‘I love you David.’

The next thing I heard he was sick and then after that I saw Iman and asked her how he was and she said “He is Ok” but they kept it undercover and then the news came through.”


If you are talking about David, you cannot forget to mention Mick whom Tina had just happened to see recently while The Rolling Stones were playing in Zurich. On her past collaborations with Jagger she said:

 “First of all, Mick wanted to do the dance.

“David was just a gentleman, being there in some kind of way, trying to find out what he wanted to do with Tina.

“They were like brothers, kind of like brothers or close, close, close friends and then I ended up doing an album with David and a live show.”

Evidently, even 40 years after her split from Ike Turner, the shadow of the late musician is always there when it comes to interviewers. Tina doesn’t like to dwell on the past and has long forgotten Ike but it seems that as long as there will be interviews, he’ll somehow pop up somewhere in the conversation. When asked about her ex-husband and music partner, the constant abuse she suffered, the absence of freedom, Tina recalls:

I walked out without anything and had to make it on my own for my family and everyone so I just went back to work for myself,” she explained. “It was very difficult and dangerous because Ike was a violent person and at that point, ​he was on drugs and very insecure. I had no money. I had no place to go.

And when Tina found the courage and strength to leave this nightmarish life, one harrowing night in Dallas, she almost lost her own life running across a freeway:

I didn’t measure the speed of a car. I was running across the freeway and this big truck was coming and it (beeped its horn). It felt like it was over me and I thought, ‘Well, I won’t try that again,'” Turner recalled.

“It was just time to not take any more. It was constantly abusive, other things going on, there was no control, there was no freedom, it was just the same this, same this and the violence. You just get fed up and you say, ‘Life is not worth living if I’m going to stay in this situation.

Happy in retirement? Tina Turner certainly is! Unlike many stars, Tina doesn’t crave for the spotlight and her Swiss home is where her heart is. Still having a lot of golden years ahead of her, and to conclude with the words of Jonathan Ross: If someone really deserves the best of retirement, that is you, TINA! You truly earned it! We love you!

Don’t Miss TINA

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Hey, fans! Just a reminder that TINA will do her big TV comeback tomorrow evening with an interview on the Jonathan Ross Show on ITV (UK).  Pictures and short promo clip have already emerged! Watch this very cute extract of TINA performing the legendary Proud Mary dance routine in front of a mesmerized Jonathan Ross!

Rock & TINA

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!

TINA: A Shamanic Force Awaken

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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.

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Thunder Dame

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TINA about Mad Max shooting:

‘But I learned a lot, and I loved working with Melvin. He hates that name, but that’s what I call him, because he reminds me so much of one of my sons. He also reminds me my Ikettes’

Tina Turner featured on the cover of the July 1985 issue of US magazine ‘People’. A fun and candid interview where Tina talks about her comeback, the release of the upcoming Mad Max movie, her life with Ike and how it feels to be single at 44 and much more.

Diva Las Vegas


You know it doesn’t get better than THE Turner’s live… Back in the 60’s & 70’s Ike & Tina Turner were one of the hottest touring band on earth. The mix of Ike’s musical genius and Tina’s breathtaking performances is still inspiring for millions of music lovers worldwide. Their story, as well as their music, is unique and now belongs to the collective memory. Unfortunately, the releases of Ike & Tina video concerts can be counted on the fingers of one hand. So we have to content ourselves with old TV broadcast who would truly deserve a digital treatment…
We can only hope that someday some BluRay/HD release will surface. Until then, here is a new upload for all the Ike & Tina fans out there: Ike & Tina Turner live in Las Vegas back in 1971! Recorded live at the Caesar’s Palace, the show captures the rawness of their performance and songs are intersected with interviews of the notorious duo! Enjoy!


Setlist
Intro
Sweet Soul Music
Interview with Ike & Tina
I Want To Take You Higher
Interview With Ike & Tina
Honky Tonk Woman
Everyday People (The Ikettes)
Interview with Ike & Tina
I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
Interview with Ike & Tina
A Love Like Yours Don’t Come (Knocking’ Everyday)
Interview With Ike & Tina
Proud Mary
I Want To Take You Higher
Credits

TINA sizzles at 60

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From the archives and by special request, here is a scan of Ebony magazine featuring TINA in date of May 2000. Follow the Queen of Rock for a special tour of her (former) amazing villa on the French riviera and for an intimate talk about her lover and her Millenium Tour.

Interview: Hedda Moye & Robyn Foyster
Photos: Richard McLaren

Click here to read the coverage of TINA by Ebony magazine from 1996!

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‘Break Every Rule’ Interview

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“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!

SIDE A

SIDE B

Duration: 55 min

‘I Don’t Sing About My Past’

Back to 1999: Tina Turner is heavily promoting her latest studio album Twenty Four Seven. Wheels started to turn for Tina after her incendiary  performance during VH1’s Divas Live and after the cancelation of a tour with Elton John, she went her own way. Massive promotion across the ocean for what would be Tina’s last album and last stadium tour. A new upload today, thanks to Kristian from Norway, with this video interview of Tina a couple of days before her appearance at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo! Looking fantastic, Tina talks about her latest hit When The Heartache Is Over, music and peace!