Break Every Rule Tour 1987 - 1988 • This tour was billed as Tina’s farewell tour and brought her to all over Europe, North and South America, Australia, Japan and Israel. It was sponsored by Pepsi-Cola, broke box office records in 13 different countries and is the biggest tour by attendance for a female artist ever with over 4 million visitors. Opening night was on March 4, 1987 in front of a sold-out crowd of over 15,000 people at the Olympiahalle in Munich (Germany). Closing night was on March 27, 1988 in Osaka (Japan), where Mick Jagger joined Tina on stage with the duet Honky Tonk Women. Four days earlier on March 23, Tina was a special guest on Mick Jagger's „Tour of Japan“ in Tokyo, where both performed the songs „Brown Sugar“ and „It’s Only Rock’n Roll“ together. The concert is available on the From Far East To Down Under bootleg.
During the first few shows, Tina’s signature song Proud Mary wasn’t on the setlist. Tina avoided it because she had done it so many times for so many years and was a little bit tired of it. Finally in Rotterdam she agreed to try it just to see how it would work. As the crowd erupted and sang the whole song, Tina realized that 'Mary' is still rolling on the river.
On January 16, Tina broke the world record for the largest paying audience at a solo concert with a crowd over 182,000 people at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. This concert - unfortunately edited - was later released on the Rio '88 home video.
tina performed "Proud Mary" for the first time in Rotterdam
duet with John Miles
TEARING US APART: duet with Eric Clapton in London
HONKY TONK WOMEN: duet with Mick Jagger in Osaka
Jack Bruno: Drums / Deric Dyer: Saxophone, Keyboard / Bob Feit: Guitar, Vocals / John Miles: Keyboard, Guitar, Vocals / Steve Scales: Percussion / James Ralston: Guitar, Vocals / Laurie Wisefield: Guitar / Don Snow: Keyboard, Saxophone, Vocals / Ollie Marland: Keyboard, Vocals
June 17, 1987
The invincible Tina Turner brings the continuation of her "Break Every Rule" World Tour to North America on August 10th, after spending the past five months on the biggest European tour in history. On this, her final tour, she has played 99 sold out shows to date to a total audience of 1.8 million. Turner tickets smashed box office records in 13 countries: Germany, Holland, England, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Spain, ltaly, Austria, France, Ireland, and Denmark.
In England, tickets went on sale in November 1986 for seven Wembley shows, June 11 through 18, and sold out in a matter of hours.
In Germany, the astounding ticket demand at the beginning of Tina's tour was such that promoters added open-air shows in July in Hamburg (55,000); Munich (80,000); Essen (57,000); and Nuremberg (80,000).
In Dortmund, her four concerts at "The Westfalenhalle" (85,000) broke Pink Floyd's previous house record set in 1979.
Spain witnessed the biggest rock concert ever staged in the capital city of Madrid where 60,000 Tina fans packed the "Case De Campo Stadium.
"Tina's Break Every Rule album on Capitol Records has already gained platinum status in seven countries, including double platinum in Germany. Worldwide sales to date have exceeded five million units.
The United States tour kicks off on August 10th in Portland, Maine, and treks across America and Canada until Christmas — a total of 80 concerts in 70 markets. The Tina Turner Band comprises an Anglo-American line-up including Americans Jack Bruno, drums; Deric Dyer, saxophone/keyboards; Bob Feit, bass guitar/vocals; James Ralston, guitar/vocals; and Steve Scales, percussion. The British contingent is comprised of John Miles, keyboards/guitar/vocals; Don Snow, keyboards/saxophone/vocals; and Laurie Wisefield, guitar.
April 13, 1988
TINA TURNER’S FAREWELL "BREAK EVERY RULE" TOUR BREAKS EVERY RECORD
Osaka, Japan — After 31 years on the road Capitol Recording artist TINA TURNER has said farewell to live performances. TINA TURNER completed her last date of her Break Every Rule Tour March 27th in Osaka, Japan. The tour, which began unofficially the last week of November 1986 when her band performed at a taping of a "Break Every Rule" TV Special in London, was officially launched February 28th, 1987, at Olympia Halle in Munich, Germany.
The tour spanned 25 countries and 145 cities in 5 continents. The Osaka performance, her 220th of the 13-month tour, included a surprise appearance by Mick Jagger, who coaxed her into an impromtu duet of "Honky Tonky Woman." TINA had surprised Jagger onstage earlier in the week during his show in Tokyo and performed "Brown Sugar" and "It's Only Rock & Roll" with him.
The facts and figures accumulated over this monumental tour are astounding: Over 3.5 million fans saw her worldwide. In Europe alone, TURNER performed over 100 shows and was seen by over 1.7 million fans -- making it the most successful tour ever undertaken by a artist there.