The 50th Anniversary Tour 2008 / 2009 was the very last concert tour from Tina Turner with two legs in North America (2008) and Europe (2009), exactly 50 years after Anna Mae Bullock stepped on to an East St. Louis stage for her first professional performance. Opening night was in Kansas City, USA on October 1 and closing night in Sheffield, UK on May 5.
After Tina’s performance at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2008, where she was introduced from Beyonce as „The Queen“, everybody wanted her back on stage, but Tina wasn’t sure. At a Giorgio Armani fashion show in Milan soon after the Grammys, Sophia Loren greeted Tina: „Why aren’t you working? You’ve had enough time off. You owe it to the people, go back to work!“ That was the moment Tina realised it was now or never. Eventually at a special Oprah Winfrey show in Las Vegas, Tina announced that she will embark once again on a world tour later that year.
The setlist included some of Tina's greatest solo hits, taken from her albums Private Dancer, Mad Max, Break Every Rule and Foreign Affair as well as her classics Nutbush City Limits and Proud Mary and a Rolling Stones medley. The concert started with an updated version of the Beatles Get Back and was divided in two segments, with a video intermission showing the most memorable moments of Tina’s career with I Don’t Wanna Fight in the background. As special guests, the „Ninjas“, a group of four acrobats introduced the songs Acid Queen, We Don’t Need Another Hero and Goldeneye in a very artistic way.
To promote the tour, Tina gave an exclusive backstage glimpse to the rehearsals and the photoshoot to some tv stations and her record company released the compilation album TINA! in 2008 with most of the songs from the setlist as well as two totally new tracks.
The complete concert from the GelreDome in Arnhem, Holland on March 2 was released on the DVD & CD double pack TINA Live in 2009.
introduction from tape
Tina & Lisa Fisher
Ollie Marland: Musical Director, Keyboards, Vocals / Joel Campbell: Keyboards, Vocals / Laurie Wisefield: Guitars, Vocals / John Miles: Guitar, Vocals / Jack Bruno: Drums / Euge Groove: Saxophone, Percussion, Keyboards / Warren McRae: Bass
dancer / backing vocals
Clare Turton: Dance Captain / Solange Guenier: Dancer / Djeneba Aduayom: Dancer / Ferly Prado: Dancer / Stacy Campbell: Singer / Lisa Fisher: Singer
Xin Wuku, Philip Sahagun, Jesse "Justice" Smith, Danny Sre
I wasn’t ready to go back on stage. Then all of the acts of my time started to go out. All of my peers, so to speak, are out there. It just seemed like it was right that I should go now.
I hadn’t seen my musicians for 8 years. I came back and we all look like we’ve been in a time capsule. We gave each other the eye like, "here we are again" and it was a good feeling. That’s what I am, I’m a happy person. We’re back on the road again, woo-hoo! — TT