From CNN to Rolling Stones going through Billboard, TINA has made worldwide headlines earlier this week when it was announced that the Queen of Rock would be among the 2018 recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The 60th Grammy Ceremony will take place January 28th but no announcement of Tina’s presence there so far. However, a special gala event organised every year by the Recording Academy in the summer for the winners of the year’s Grammy Merit Awards, there’s probably more chances to see Tina there!
In order to celebrate this wonderful honour, which made fans proud and delighted for their idol, I wanted to do a one minute video recap of TINA’s solo videoclips but soon realised that it was impossible to sum up everything under one minute so, it ended being a 4 minutes TINA Trivia Tribute video! Hope you’ll enjoy and be sure to subscribe to the blog to get all the latest info on TINA and the upcoming Grammy Event!
We were all waiting to see what kind of surprises 2018 would offer and it started earlier today with the statement released by the Recording Academy indicating that Tina Turner would be among the recipients of the 2018 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award!
Marking the Grammy’s 60th ceremony but also Tina’s 60th Anniversary in the music business, it was the year it was supposed to happen. Ten years ago, Tina teamed up with Beyonce for what would become another legendary performance from the Queen of Rock and Queen Bey.
Tina Turner is the winner of 8 Grammys and has been nominated 25 times.
This year other honorees include Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan and English Rock band Queen. A special award presentation ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held in summer 2018. Additional details regarding the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.
Heralded as the Queen of Rock and Roll, Turner remains a global recording star worldwide. She earned her first GRAMMY at the 14th GRAMMY Awards with Ike Turner for their rendition of “Proud Mary,” which took home Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Group. She’s since added an additional seven wins to her tally, most recently as a featured artist on Herbie Hancock‘s Album Of The Year-winning River: The Joni Letters at the 50th GRAMMY Awards.
What would have little Anna Mae thought some 70 years ago back in Nutbush if someone had told that many moons later, her life and career would be celebrated worldwide? I was recently showing footage of Tina to a friend who isn’t familiar with Tina’s work and while watching the rocker arrival on stage in Amsterdam back in 1996 he declared in awe ‘She is like a Queen’. And although I had used the term ‘Queen’ many times to talk about T.T, it felt like I heard it differently this time and I don’t know why the piece of music by Grieg entitled ‘In The Hall of the Mountain King’ popped into my mind. I always thought it would be exciting to mix classical music with Tina’s wild performances and that’s how the idea for a video tribute celebrating Tina’s 6Oth Anniversary in the music business was born. And the Mountain Queen sounds pretty appropriate for Swiss citizen Tina.
While 2017 had already been a really exciting year for fans, 2018 will bring the Queen of Rock back into the spotlight with many important events coming throughout the year.
First, March 2018 with the opening of the most anticipated musical of the year TINA, The Musical, in London. We’ve been waiting for it for years and the big day is only a couple of month away! You might also have heard that other Musicals based on the music of the like of Cher and Donna Summer to name a few will also soon see the light of day. Although they are often mentioned all together in articles, those are announced as jukebox musicals, unlike TINA which will offer the public a story, characters with depth, and a link between songs à la Mama Mia. The best of the best in terms of theatre production is working on the project at this moment and we can be confident that they won’t disappoint. Fans will gather one more time on the night of March 21st, stay tuned for more info!
Second, a follow-up to Tina’s 1986 biography ‘I,TINA’ will see the light of say in October 2018! Atria announced last December that the book would be published during fall of this year with the help of authors Dominik Wichmann and Deborah Davis. ‘Tina Turner: My Love Story‘ will also be released as an audio-book by Simon & Schuster.
And finally, 2018 will be the occasion to celebrate several milestones from Tina’s career such as the 30th Anniversary of the record-breaking Rio concert, the 10th anniversary of Tina’s last concert tour back in 2008/2009 or the 40th anniversary of the Rough album, to name a few. But of course, let’s hope that this year will bring some even more surprises and exciting TINA stuff!
Happy New Year Everybody!
Happily 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!
Over the past eight years, the legendary Tina Turner has made worldwide headlines mostly without having to leave her peaceful retreat on the shore of Zurich’s Lake. Her name alone is sufficient to sell papers and her rarity makes her even more unreachable. But for now, the reclusive singer is back to promote the most anticipated musical of 2018, TINA, The Musical!
‘I get cards and letters. People say I gave them hope. It means so much to people. I have to pass it on. I really want it to be a success. I hope it will travel the world and serve what that the people need, from me as a reminder of my work.’
Earlier this week, a radiant Tina appeared in front of 150 happy few to introduce the very talented Adrienne Warren who will play her part in the upcoming musical. Looking incredible at nearly 78, Tina even took the stage with Warren to perform a short medley of her greatest hits. Needless to say, the atmosphere must have been electric! Being a faithful supporter of the musical since the beginning and after 8 years of blogging on TINA, gaining more than 500.000k followers, I wished I could have been there to report on this once in a lifetime event but that didn’t happen… Maybe another time… Tina showed there’s always hope so there’s still hope! But of course, no one wants to read about a sad blogger feelings, back to the Queen!
To continue with the promotion of the upcoming musical, Tina will appear on the Jonathan Ross Show broadcasted on the UK channel ITV, Saturday, October 28th, 2017. The singer has even been spotted at the network studios right after the musical launch party creating a small buzz on Twitter! A major TV moment to look forward to being Tina’s first European interview since the promotion of ‘All The Best‘ back in 2004. Tina’s last long featured interview was of course with Oprah a few weeks after her wedding back in 2013.
Exciting times for all of us fans and we can bet that there will be much more inspiring and surprising things coming from TINA and the musical in the forthcoming months. Tickets are already selling like hot cakes and fans across the world are already asking for the show to visit their country. With the huge team of talents working on the musical, we can be pretty confident that it will be a tremendous hit. Tina always got the best simply because She is The Best! Stay in touch with the blog for all the upcoming news on TINA!
TINA, The Musical is written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, with choreography by Anthony van Laast.
Book your seat for TINA, The Musical at the Aldrich Theater in London here and visit TinaTheMusical website!
I, Tina 2 ? Exciting news that started with a late tweet posted last night by German journalist and author Dominik Wichmann:
More than twenty years after the release of the Queen of Rock’s biography I, Tina written in collaboration with Kurt Loder and with the upcoming TINA Musical opening in London next year, it seems appropriate to finally give a follow up the 1986 memoir.
Fans have been waiting for a long time for a sequel of the best selling book, focusing on Turner’s post comeback career and since the news broke up, TINA Fans Groups are already in emulation!
Got my tickets! Thanks to priority booking from the people at Tina, The Musical, fans can already book their seats for the show! Use the code ‘Tinafirst‘ to get early access to booking! After a few stressful minutes on the website, I finally got my hands on tickets for Opening Night and the following show! TINA, The Musical will open for preview(s) at the Aldwych Theatre in London on March 21st 2018. The official Premiere will take place April 17, 2018 (not on sale yet). The Aldwych Theatre is currently closed and undergoing a multi-million-pound restoration and refurbishment programme to return the theatre to its original 1905 grandeur.
TINA says the hunt for the actress to portray her continues:
She will definitely have to be able to sing,’ she says, ‘even if she can’t dance. But she will dance, because the choreographer (Anthony van Laast) of the show will be able to pull it out of her!
‘We’re not pushing that she has to be pretty; but she has to be in shape. She can’t be fat.’
Read more from this extensive new interview TINA gave to Baz Bamigboye for the Daily Mail.
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A new email from the people of TINA, The Musical including a new photo of Queen Tina Turner! Here is what they had they to tell us:
Development of the musical is now in full swing, and as we head into the summer we have lots of exclusive updates to share with you.
Director Phyllida Lloyd recently met with Tina to discuss bringing the musical to stage – see the below exclusive image just for you! – and work on our official website is almost complete!
If that wasn’t enough, we have an exclusive preview of our official TINA Musical artwork coming for you VERY soon. Sneak peek for you below!
Make sure to tell all your family and friends to sign up too via TinaTheMusical.com, so they don’t miss out.
I received a lot of email asking about a release date for the upcoming BEYOND album: Awakening Beyond. A new photo posted by Regula Curti a couple of days indicated that the album is supposed to be released in 111 days which would give a release date around November 1st! The Beyond team has also open an Instagram account! Check it out!
TINA Heritage Days
This years edition of Tina Turner Heritage Days is coming on September 22-24, 2017! The lovely Sonia Outlaw Clark, head of West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center and her team welcomes you for this weekend in the footsteps of TINA and her legacy! Discover Nutbush and the TINA Museum and meets fans from all over the world! A weekend you won’t regret, you can read my article about last year edition here.
TINA Fans Birthday Party
Believe it or not but this year marks this 8th edition of our annual party held each year on Tina Turner’s birthday! This year TINA78 will take place once more in Amsterdam before discovering new horizons for the forthcoming years. This November, we will party all night long with a DJ mixing TINA’s most famous hits (and more) for us! The place is entirely ours, no performance this year, only Tina music and friends!
Check out the FB page for TINA78 to get all the latest info.
And finally, a big thank you to all of you! Tina Turner Blog just reached 300K followers on FB and the 100K subscribers mark on Youtube is getting closer and closer! This just prove that even retired for 8 years now, the demand for TINA is still going strong!