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.]