OAP? Not me: Tina Turner dressed in gold as she performed before a sell-out 20,000-strong crowd at London’s 02 Arena last night
She may be approaching her 70th birthday. But for Tina Turner age, it seems, is certainly no boundary.
The veteran singer took to the stage in London last night in spectacular fashion, delivering a performance every bit as energetic as those from her 1980s heyday.
The star showed she was still in fantastic shape despite her advancing years.
Still simply the best: Tina was in rocking form and full of energy
The 69-year-old jumped around the stage in gold sequinned pedal pushers, accompanied by a host of bikini clad backing dancers as she opened the show with some of her biggest hits including Steamy Windows and River Deep Mountain High.
She was performing in front of a sell-out 20,000-strong crowd at London’s 02 Arena.
It comes almost nine years after she played a farewell world tour that was supposed to mark the end of her career of a live performer.
The star has come out of retirement after nine years
In 2000 she announced she was quitting music to retire and live in Switzerland with partner Erwin Bach, a German record company boss.
She said she was coming out of retirement in May last year and revealed the demand from fans and the insistence of close friend, Sophia Loren, had persuaded her to go back on the road.
Last night she thanked the crowd for a ‘wonderful response’. She added: ‘This is a recap of my work done in the past and I want you all to have a great time.’
She thanked the crowd for their ‘wonderful response’
Her appearance in London means she has now been performing for almost 50 years.
At the time she announced her retirement she admitted that the gruelling tour schedule had begun to catch up with her.
She said at the time ‘it’s time to hang up my dancing shoes. I can’t sing without jumping around and it’s getting harder and harder. My dream is to have an empty diary.’
But there was no sign of any fatigue as she dazzled the crowd with some of her biggest hits.
The star originally shot to fame singing with her ex-husband Ike in the 1960s.
In her autobiography, I, Tina she admitted she had suffered years of abuse during their relationship.
She famously walked out on him penniless and struggling to find work. She refused to comment when Ike died last year aged 76 and admitted the pair had not spoken for more than 35 years.
In the mid 1980s she resurrected her career winning a whole new generation of fans with hits such as What’s Love Got To Do With It and Simply The Best.
Since then she has gone on to sell over 75 million albums and has sold more concert tickets than any other solo artist.
Tireless Tina’s still worthy of that simply the best cliché
By JOHN AIZLEWOOD
IF TAKE THAT’S comeback is the most spectacular of recent years, it’s dwarfed by Tina Turner’s riches-uppers-riches saga.
The source of her appeal has always been her turbo-charged live show rather than her beige, pop-soul records.
Last night she showed why. A lambent, lavishly staged, expertly choreographed, hit-strewn performance injected such new life into barnacled old tosh such as The Best, that even those marooned at the back of the O2 were dancing like it was 1989.
Turner will be 70 in November, but even after two high-octane hours, backed by a supertight band including Seventies hitmaker John Miles, she spent Nutbush City Limits gyrating like a frisky puppy on a giant crane as it swooped her above the audience.
Then, she was dressed as a toreador, but that was Turner at her most dressed, if we exclude the grim evening dress and Bet Lynch wig on We Don’t Need Another Hero.
If the prospect of a pensioner in a microskirt telling us she likes it (whatever “it” may be) “rough”, makes anyone not a man over 75 feel slightly queasy, then, in this case at least, it’s time to think again.
Naturally, where she aches this morning must remain between her and her doctor but I was exhausted just watching her. Glorious.