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The Return Of Tina

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Just like Cher, there's no getting rid of Tina Turner.

Divas just won't go quietly.

Nor should they!

Eight years after her "farewell" tour, Tina got onstage in Kansas City, MO, Wednesday night and kicked off her 36-date tour.

In attendance were Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama. Plus Gayle too - duh!

Tina's not resting either. She'll be performing in Chicago this Friday and Saturday night.

As for last night, Tina told the crowd, ‘‘It never stopped. People want to see you live. Even Sophia Loren asked me, ‘When are you going back to work? You were born with a gift. You have a responsibility.’ She made me feel like it was a duty. Those Italians work forever.’’

Turner, who turns 69 next month, added, ‘‘I started when I was 20. To be home and out of the business felt good. I didn’t miss the press, the lack of privacy, living in hotels.’’

Well, so what's the point of coming back and having a tour?

But, she added, ‘‘I wouldn’t want to diminish my credibility, so if I’m ever going to do it, now is the time. I’m in shape. And once I saw some of the Bob Mackie costumes, I started getting excited.’’

And she's apparently gone all out for her tour, yet keeping it simple at the same time.

Tina will have four dancers with choreography by Toni Basil and her stage was designed by British architect Mark Fisher, who has created sets for U2, Pink Floyd, and the Rolling Stones.

And as for her entrance, she said she dreamed it up and it's inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean.

Tina's former farewell tour brought in $100 million from 89 shows and became the top tour in 2000 and the highest-grossing tour by a female artist ever, until she was surpassed by Madonna.

[Image via AP Images.]

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50 comments to “The Return Of Tina”



  1. 1

    I want to git in her Depends!



  2. 2

    She effin ROCKS!!!



  3. 3

    She looks amazing!



  4. 4

    perez had to add MADONNA IN THERE. but COME ON TINA COULD OUT PERFORM MADGE ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!



  5. 5

    In a word: HOT



  6. 6

    HEY, CAN ANYONE POST THE SETLIST???????? I have floor seats for Madison Sq Garden.



  7. 7

    Awesome :D Shes looking great for her age :) Good on her



  8. 8

    she can outperform janet!!!



  9. 9

    Does her sets have wheelchairs for her when she gets tired?

    Will she have good looking guys pushing her around?

    Pirates of the Carribean? Really…shouldn't it be resembling something like an old peoples home?

    But i digress…welcome back you old fucker!!!



  10. 10

    This bitch is no joke!!

    Sophia Loren as a homie, Bob fucking Mackie still designing your outfits?
    What I would do just to be the maid listening in on the convo between Sophia and Tina while I'm scrubbing the toilets in amazment!!



  11. 11

    not into this site today! cant keep up



  12. 12

    Re: JERMAINE – That I do agree with you on Jay.



  13. 13

    Re: harrybalsac
    You almost made me inhale my snack! I laughed too hard…

    There's plenty of girls that would like to run their fingers through your manly monkey hair….probably some dudes too!



  14. 14

    She's still got it…

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    15

    BOOOORING…wish my avatar worked…



  16. 16

    Re: nyandrew – Google



  17. 17

    tina rocks!



  18. 18

    black don't crack



  19. 19

    Re: JERMAINE

    shut up and marry me :)



  20. 20

    Gee let me guess Hagenstein is voting for Hussein Obama?
    Obama = Big Trauma



  21. 21

    Madonna cheated, charing a crazy high price for tickets. So she really isn't number one, Cher is…who didn't rip off her fans with ticket prices.



  22. 22

    Re: JERMAINE
    I swear to God, If I ever see you out in Atlanta, Im slipping GHB in your drink, schlepping you to my house, and keeping you as a sex slave…..TRUST BITCH.



  23. 23

    I LIKE TINA BETTER THAN MADONNA CAUSE TINA CAN ACTUALLY SING AND SHE'S A TRUE DIVA ALL THE WAY….



  24. 24

    Tina and Cher still rock! Leave trashy Madonna out of it. She is a cheat, charging crazy ticket prices. Cher and Tina do not rip off their fans.



  25. 25

    I can't WAIT to see her at the ACC in Toronto!!!!!!



  26. 26

    She is a true Diva! She wasn't going to tour — till she saw the hot outfits!!!!

    You rock, AND roll Tina!!!!



  27. 27

    A true performer and a legend!!!!Very much looking forward to seeing her in concert.
    At almost 70 she looks a million times better than that tired old skunk Madonna and - she can sing!!!!



  28. 28

    Hey, I was there last night on the floor! She was the shit. I have been to tons of concerts and this one by far was the best. By far! She even did Robert Palmers "Addicted To Love" and Rolling Stones "Jumping Jack Flash." She did all the classics…Nutbush, River Deep Mountain High, Private Dancer, Be Good To Me, Proud Mary, GoldenEye, Simply the Best, What's Love Got To Do With It, and many more hits. Show was supposed to start at 7:30…started at 8 and had a 30 min intermission. I can't stress how great this show was. I am planning on buying tickets again for her second show here in KC on Oct 8. Totally worth the money! And yes, we saw Michelle Obama and Oprah…but didn't see Gayle however. Did see Tina's husband as well. Have pics and video from my BlackBerry



  29. 29

    barack whines about the tough times, saying he can relate to us, yet here is his monkey-faced wife is at a concert? hmm…



  30. 30

    I was there last night. It was an AMAZING show. I don't have a setlist, but she played several great ones (including Simply the Best, What's Love Gotta Do With It, Proud Mary… They showed a small film of her life during the intermission) She also did covers from The Beatles, Al Green, and Robert Palmer. She looks great, as always. She had an awesome encore! Really Really worth it!



  31. 31

    What has she done to her eyes? and why do you have to mention Madonna all the time Perez?? Tina is a living legend, Madge is a butch old money hungry whorebag.



  32. 32

    Meow! That's how you do that shit, Madonna.



  33. 33

    tina is awesome……….. but ill take donna summer any day



  34. 34

    Our town is getting a lot people. Tina was great! Yeah, we are the SHOW ME STATE! Tina proved that!



  35. 35

    Tina will always be brilliant, but Cher is a no-talent mess



  36. 36

    69? Holy Sh*t, Maybe she wanted to do it before she hit 70 -



  37. 37

    HEY PEREZ, WHY DON'T YOU TALK ABOUT HOW HER SHOW WASN'T SOLD OUT, SINCE YOU WANNA BASH JANET'S TOUR?

    GREAT-GRAMMA TINA ISN'T SELLING OUT EITHER!



  38. 38

    Tina is gorgeous!! I'm glad SHE came out of retirment after her farewell tour! Not like when celine dion "retired" until she realized now one cared.



  39. 39

    she's beautiful - I'd pay to see her before I'd pay for cher or madonna - you gotta give the woman respect - she has worked hard and still workin hard - GO TINA



  40. 40

    WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OTHER TINA, PEREZ? TINA CHEN??????



  41. 41

    She rules, enough said!



  42. 42

    Michelle, Oprah and Gail were not in Kansas City and the show was sold out. We'll see you in a week, Tina!



  43. 43

    This woman inspires me. GO TINA! Damn, she is still HOT! Fuck anyone who doesn't think so.



  44. 44

    DAMMIT I LIVE LIKE 40 MINUTES FROM THAT VENUE IN KC AND I DECIDED TO WORK INSTEAD. DAMMITDAMMITDAMMIT.



  45. 45

    Tina is THE queen! She is the hottest! Cher isn't even in the same universe as Tina!



  46. 46

    Now that's someone I'd pay to see!



  47. 47

    Just saw the Grammys on Youtube. Beyonce must have thought she'd died and gone to heaven to be on stage with (and upstaged by) the glorious Tina.
    The woman still has it and probobly always will.



  48. 48

    PEREZ SHOULD DO A SEPARATED AT BIRTH WITH TINA TURNER AND TINA KNOWLES BECAUSE THEY LOOK LIKE THEY COULD BE SISTERS!



  49. 49

    Re: Jeff95117 – It looks like Tina is cheating too, the tickets here in Dallas are up to $2000 for the good ones. Ri-fucking-diculous! The crappy nosebleed ones are over $100



  50. 50

    RINAS BACK BITCHES HEHE