The Break Every Rule Tour was billed as Tina’s farewell tour, sponsored by Pepsi-Cola. It broke box office records in 13 countries and was the biggest tour by attendance for a female artist with over 4 million visitors until Tina broke her own record in 1996 with her Wildest Dreams Tour.
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. Parts of this concert were later released on the Rio '88 home video.
Tina did a lot of duets on this tour - especially at her concerts in London’s Wembley Arena, where she performed two songs with Robert Cray, who was the opening act at some dates, Paradise Is Here with the writer of the song Paul Brady and Tearing Us Apart with Eric Clapton. In Osaka, Mick Jagger joined Tina on stage with the duet „Honky Tonk Women“. Four days earlier, Tina was 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. This concert is available on the From Far East To Down Under bootleg.
Opening Night: March 4, 1987 / Munich, Olympiahalle (Germany)
Closing Night: March 27, 1988 / Osaka (Japan)
Regions: Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Australia
Home Video: Live In Rio (1988)
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, Deric Dyer, Bob Feit, James Ralston, and Steve Scales. The British contingent is comprised of John Miles, Don Snow and Laurie Wisefield.