Joe Cocker is one of those major artists who is easily associated with TINA. Although the two never officially sang together, they are both known for their unforgettable live performances, their powerful voices, and stage presence. Joe even opened for TINA during her Twenty Four Seven Tour back in a few cities in Europe back in 2000. They have shared the same manager, Mr. Roger Davies and a couple of band members such as guitarist/pianist John Miles, drummer Jack Bruno and sax player Deric Dyer who all played for these giant artists.
Sadly, after a life on the road, Joe Cocker passed away in 2014 but now his music and his spirit continue to live on stage thanks to his former band!
‘Cocker Rocks’ brings the music of Joe Cocker back to life. Members of Joe’s band Deric Dyer, Mitch Chakour & Cliff Goodwin with the voice of Elliott Tuffin ‘the only singer in the world that can sing this material’ and make it possible to enjoy all these legendary songs again! Completing the band is Megan Wolf, Marty Richards & Wolf Ginandes.
Now the Mad Dogs are touring Europe and it’s a show that should appeal to any TINA fans! If they are playing near your area, don’t miss that bunch of fun old Rockers still going strong and fire it up!
With – Dashon Jones – Larry Edwards – Donovan Marcelle – Luisa Marshall – Samira Tina – Anja Offermann – Cindy Vandenbussche – Laurel Hudgens Herring – Quateisha Jackson – Teri Toeun – Fiona Elliott – Linda Benedict – Lucas Alexander – Billy Hardin – Ronnie Pierce – Eric Henry – Donna Harper Graeff – Sonia Outlaw-Clark – Robbie Montgomery – Rhonda Graam and many more!
Just over 31 years ago, in 1984, things were really beginning to take off for Tina. Fresh from the European success of her cover of Al Green’s “Lets Stay Together” in November 1983 a second shot at fame was on the horizon. As copies of the single circulated and created a buzz in the USA the single would eventually hit the top ten chart categories in the Hot Black Singles and Hot Dance Club Songs and number 26 on Billboard Hot 100.
We always knew that Tina Turner is a survivor, a Soul Survivor even who sang “I Might Have Been Queen” down in far-away Egypt on the river Nile cracking criminal cases with Hercule Poirot. But halt! There is yet another river, a small but important river in Germany, the river Ruhr which is also the name given to Germany´s most populated agglomeration with 5 million inhabitants: the Ruhr Region (or “Ruhrgebiet” in German). And it is exactly there where one of the biggest miracles in show business advertising or at least in the realm of live concerts marketing could be seen: Tour Posters advertising shows in 1987 hanging and hanging under a highway bridge for an eternity. According to an informant who lives nearby: everything is now history – but not forgotten because we are about to tell you about the Tina Turner 1987 tour posters which simply survived year after year under that highway bridge until the years piled up to nearly 3 decades.
Survival of the Fittest (Poster)
You could say that the Ruhrgebiet was actually soaked with Tina Turner in the 80s. No wonder then that the following story could unfold only here – the story of the posters which survived for 30 years and now even have their own Facebook page!.
They call it Nutbush, they say Nutbush! You say Nut bush! we take you on a tour behind the scenes of the grand opening of the Tina Turner exhibition in Brownsville,TN close to her worldwide known hometown of Nutbush! With speciall tour guide, Tina Turner’s fan Stephen Evans!
Photos & video credit: Stephen Evans & Anja Offermann.
A little over 20 years ago today, Tina Turner opened her 1993 ‘What’s Love…?’ tour in Reno, NV. The tour was in many ways a copy of Tina’s 1990 Foreign Affair tour, which never reached North America. It featured a similar set list, stage design, and outfits. The opening show in Reno was slightly different from the rest of the tour, since both I Might Have Been Queen (not performed since 1985) and Disco Inferno (not performed since 1979) were included in the set list. Continue reading for more information on this show, as well as audio tracks of these two rare songs. Special thanks to Florian for providing the recording!
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.
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.
Dez Harkness was Tina Turner’s chef on her 1990 European Foreign Affair tour – and he reveals all of Tina’s preferences in this UK magazine article. Nothing out of the ordinary: salmon en croute, navarin of lamb, crepes for dessert and… Spam?! Well, apparently Tina also likes her meat out of a tin. And some more crazy rock star antics? A packet of crisps being flown in from London and a 500-pound room service bill: for one meal. Continue reading for the full article – including a nice backstage shot of Tina and her Chef.
No experience is as exciting as a Tina Turner concert! This article in German magazine Bravo from 1975 proves this again. The beautiful color photos capture the energy and spectacle of Ike & Tina’s 1974 German tour. Continue reading for the whole article, plus translation from German. Thank you to Sidney for providing these scans!