The 50th Anniversary Tour (2008 - 2009) was the very last concert tour from Tina Turner, 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 as well as some classics from the Ike & Tina Turner period 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 some songs 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 previously unreleased 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.

Tina Turner - 50th Anniversary Tour 2008 / 09
Tina Turner - 50th Anniversary Tour 2008 / 09

setlist

Get Back

introduction from tape

Steamy Windows

Typical Male

River Deep, Mountain High

What You Get Is What You See

Better Be Good To Me

Ninja Chase

Acid Queen

What’s Love Got To Do With It

Private Dancer

Weapons Sequence

ninjas

We Don’t Need Another Hero

I Don’t Wanna Fight

intermission video

Help

Let’s Stay Together

Undercover Agent For The Blues

I Can’t Stand The Rain

Jumpin' Jack Flash

It’s Only Rock’n Roll (But I Like It)

Tina & Lisa Fisher

Flamenco 007 Encounter

ninjas

Goldeneye

Addicted To Love

The Best

Band Introduction

Proud Mary

Nutbush City Limits

Be Tender With Me Baby

Tina Turner - 50th Anniversary Tour 2008 / 09

the band
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

ninjas
Xin Wuku, Philip Sahagun, Jesse "Justice" Smith, Danny Sre

Tina Turner - 50th Anniversary Tour 2008 / 09
Tina Turner - 50th Anniversary Tour 2008 / 09
Tina Turner - 50th Anniversary Tour 2008 / 09

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

Tina Turner - 50th Anniversary Tour 2008 / 09
Tina Turner - 50th Anniversary Tour 2008 / 09
Tina Turner - 50th Anniversary Tour 2008 / 09
Tina Turner - 50th Anniversary Tour 2008 / 09
Tina Turner - 50th Anniversary Tour 2008 / 09

itinerary

01. Kansas City, Sprint Center (USA)
03. Chicago, United Center (USA)
04. Chicago, United Center (USA)
06. Rosemont, Allstate Arena (USA)
08. Kansas City, Sprint Center (USA)
09. Minneapolis, Target Center (USA)
13. Los Angeles, Staples Center (USA)
14. Anaheim, Honda Center (USA)
16. Los Angeles, Staples Center (USA)
19. San Jose, HP Pavillon (USA)
20. San Jose, HP Pavillon (USA)
22. Sacramento, ARCO Arena (USA)
24. Phoenix, Jobing.com Arena (USA)
26. Dallas, American Airlines Arena (USA)
27. Houston, Toyota Center (USA)
30. Miami, American Airlines Arena (USA)
Tina Turner - 50th Anniversary Tour 2008 / 09

2008

Tina Turner - Gazprom Anniversary 2008

Gazprom Anniversary

2008 - 2009

Tina Turner - 50th Anniversary Tour 2008 / 09

50th Anniversary Tour