Australia (1977)

Tina Turner - Australia 1977 - Tour

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 Graam, 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 go 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.

Opening Night: August 31, 1977 / Brisbane, Festival Hall
Closing Night: September 14, 1977 / Wellington, Opera House
Regions: Australia

  1. Turn It Up
  2. Crazy Cajun Cakewalk Band
  3. Carnival
  4. That’s A Plenty
  5. Good Time Lady’s Rag
  6. Honky Tonk Woman
  7. Hold On I’m Coming
  8. Don’t Let Go
  9. Funny How Time Slips Away
  10. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  11. Watch Closely Now
  12. Proud Mary
  13. I Want To Take You Higher

The Band: 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

The Dancers: Marcia Thacker / Michael Stephenson / Denise Echols / Anthony Walthers / Dee Dee Mack 

Liner Notes

from the tour book

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 Time Slips Away“ and „Watch Closely Now,“ tempering her image so that her sexuality is touched with 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 is capable of, hearing her rich, open-mouthed laugh, that it's a whole new beginning for Tina Turner. 

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