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.
introduction from tape
River Deep, Mountain High
What You Get Is What You See
Better Be Good To Me
What’s Love Got To Do With It
We Don’t Need Another Hero
I Don’t Wanna Fight
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
Addicted To Love
Nutbush City Limits
Be Tender With Me Baby
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