Australia 1977 • By the end of 1976, Tina re-arranged herself and showed the world on the New Years Eve that she could do it on her own with a performance at the „Donny & Marie Show“. Rhonda Graham, Tina’s assistant and road manager, booked her in 1977 on various tv shows, like the „Sonny & Cher Show“ and „Hollywood Squares“. In the meantime, Tina made an agreement with Mike Stewart from United Artists to get back on the road in 1977 in America and Australia with a Las Vegas style cabaret show. The Australian Tour was Tina’s third concert tour down under, but her first after leaving Ike. The tourbook contains mostly pictures from the Ike & Tina period and beside a biography (also mostly Ike & Tina), some facts about her new show.
Ronald Selico: Drummer / William Haynes: Bass / Kenny Moore: Piano / Jeffrey „Dino“ Deane: Trombone / Dennis Farias: Trumpet / Lenny Macaluso: Guitar / Richard Merritt Smith: Guitar / Billy Hayes: Bass / D.M. Ricardo: Percussion / Marcia Thacker: Dancer / Michael Stephenson: Dancer / Denise Echols: Dancer / Anthony Walthers: Dancer / Dee Dee Mack: Dancer
Clair Bros. U.S.: Sound System / Wyn Wilson: Sound Engineer / Richard Blinski: Sound Monitors / Peter McKrindle: Lighting / John Winchcombe: Stage Manager / Bob Mackie: Costumes / Rick Kellis: Musical Conductor / Rhonda Graham: Personal Secretary
TINA, back on the scene after a hiatus that saw her take stock of where she was going and where she wanted to go, and going through lots of changes because of it, is currently touring with her own band, a rock band, doing tunes like Ain't It Funny How Tlme Slips Away and Watch Closely Now, tempering her image so that her sexuality is touched wlth an element of elegance, a sense ot knowing who she is.
She is convinced that films hold her future. She will, of course, continue to make her spectacular brand of fiery music. You get the impression, after talking to her, sensing the hurt the woman’s gone through, yet seeing the childlike enthusiasm in her eyes, sensing the mischief this woman ls capable of, hearing her rich, open-mouthed laugh, that it's a whole new beginning for Tina Turner.
from the tour book
The Sydney Morning Herald
September 1, 1977
The American soul singer Tina Turner arrived in Australia yesterday, minus her former husband Ike, but with the rest of her assets well intact. Ike and Tina Turner's 20-year marriage and musical partnership was dissolved officially last year when they were divorced. But the split had not affected her suggestive energetic stage act — Tina said yesterday.
"The sound of lke's guitar is missing now, but I couldn’t say the break is for the worst," she said. "I've been doing fine and I think I'll continue to do fine."
Tina is on her third Australian concert tour. She will perform at Sydneys Hordern Pavilion tomorrow and on Saturday night. Over the years, Tina's brief dresses and constant gyrating on stage have gained her a reputation as much for her appearance as for her singing.
"My dresses are because of my actions," she explained. „I couldn’t very well do those steps in a gown or pants."
"lt has gotten through now that I am a sex symbol and l think that's what people want to come and see. It helps me make a living, so l keep my thighs throbbing, or whatever."
Somehow all that throbbing has not offended many of the women in her audiences.
"l've given off something that makes people accept me as a performer." she said. "l don't have to deal with women’s jealousy."
Someone suggested she was doing well for a woman aged over 40.
"l’m 37," Tina retorted. "l don’t plan to keep doing this very long. l think my performances will always end as they do now, with a lot of energy. But l‘m leaning more towards films, and once l’m established, my performances will start out easier."
What keeps her going is her low pulse rate of 56.
"Once I‘m off stage and dried off the perspiration and had a glass of water, I‘m perfect," she said.