With a new album and a spectacular tour planned for the United States, 1993 is shaping up as a landmark year in the career of TINA TURNER.
For over three decades, Tina has generated excitement, live and on record, establishing herself as a unique and enduring star. Raised in the rough-and-tumble roadhouses of rhythm-and-blues, polished in flashy cabarets and resort palaces, for the past decade Tina has electrified the great rock arenas of the world, becoming an international phenomenon, drawing more than three million fans to her most recent European concerts — the most successful tour in that continent's history.
Now as Tina launches a new record and embarks on her first American tour in six years, Touchstone Pictures premieres a major motion picture about her life.
Her June album release, What's Love Got To Do With It, is the soundtrack — including three brilliant new songs to the same- titled film starring Angela Bassett and Larry Fishburne, based on the singer's best-selling autobiography.
The first single, "I Don't Wanna Fight," written by Steve DuBerry and Lulu, has all the ingredients of yet another Tina Turner chart-topping smash.
What's Love Got To Do With It also gives new life to much of the music that made Tina's reputation, the string of classic hits which ignited her early career. To hear her fresh interpretations of "Rock Me Baby," "A Fool In Love," "It's Gonna Work Out Fine," "Nutbush City Limits" and "Shake A Tail Feather" is to feel the heat and hunger of raw rhythm and rock in its heyday.
"When I sang these songs I was only a womanchild," says the singer, "and I'm not sure I understood the power they unleashed. Now I do. Singing them again is like revisiting the past, only with the confidence — and the absolute knowledge — that all my wildest dreams will come true. We also rounded out the record with three new songs I love: "I Don't Wanna Fight," "Stay Awhile" by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle (who wrote "What's Love Got To Do With It" ), and "Why Must We Wait Until Tonight," produced and written by my friend Bryan Adams with Robert John "Mutt" Lange. All in all, the record tells quite a story.
"The highlights of Tina's own story have become the stuff of legend. She was born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee in 1939; was discovered by musical guru Ike Turner in 1958; broke through with her first crossover hit,"A Fool in Love," and tied the knot with Ike in 1960; developed a romping, free-wheeling stage persona and string of r&b hits as the undisputed star of the Ike & Tina Turner Review, with three female singers, the Ikettes, emulating her style; stepped into the spotlight with the 1965 Phil Spector-produced "River Deep Mountain High" — the song that first earned her a loyal legion of European fans; and captured the hearts of the hippie nation with her early Seventies smashes "I Want To Take You Higher," "Proud Mary," "Come Together" and her self-penned "Nutbush City Limits.
"By 1976, Ike's emotional and physical abuses became too much; Tina's new-found spiritual faith gave her the strength to break away. Broke, with four kids to support, Tina had the courage to start all over again, completely alone, using food stamps, grabbing whatever gigs she could get. Television game shows, cabarets, supper clubs, Vegas — anything to survive. And survive she did.
In 1979, manager Roger Davies revamped her act and revitalized her career, pointing her in the direction of pure rock 'n' roll. In the Eighties, her comeback was one of the most dazzling ever — from "Let's Stay Together" to "Private Dancer," from her role beside Mel Gibson in "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" to the #1 "We Don't Need Another Hero," Tina surpassed colleagues like Elton John, David Bowie and the Rolling Stones in her ability to fill football stadiums around the world. (She still holds the Guinness Book of Records for her 1988 concert in Brazil where 182,000 fans jammed Maracana Soccer Stadium, amounting to the largest paying crowd for a solo artist in history).
History has already recorded Tina Turner as one of the consummate performers of our time — an artist who is still growing, still expanding her power and range. With What's Love Got To Do With It, Tina has tapped into the inspiration of her beginnings, rekindling the original fire and forging together all the elements past, present and future of her remarkable life.