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 rollin' 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: At London’s Wembley Arena, she performed with Eric Clapton and Robert Cray, who was also the opening act at some dates. With Paul Brady, she did Paradise Is Here on May 30, 1987 at the Royal Dublin Showgrounds. In Osaka, Mick Jagger joined Tina on stage with the duet „Honky Tonk Women,“ after she was four days earlier guest on Mick's „Tour of Japan“ in Tokyo, where both performed the songs „Brown Sugar“ and „It’s Only Rock’n Roll“. This concert is available on the From Far East To Down Under bootleg.
For promotion, Pepsi released a special version of the Break Every Rule album with a wonderful gatefold cover, featuring pictures from the advertising We Got The Taste.
Opening Night: March 4, 1987 / Munich, Olympiahalle (Germany)
Closing Night: March 27, 1988 / Osaka (Japan)
Regions: Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Australia
Visitors: 4 Mio.
Home Video: Live In Rio (1988)
Opening Acts: Level 42, Wang Chung (North America) / Glass Tiger (Germany) / Marshall Crenshaw (Canada)
The 36-page program book was the same over the entire tour. The only difference were the tour dates, which changed between the regions. It contains no live pictures from the tour, only from the Break Every Rule TV-Special, which was released just in time for the tour. In addition, it features some promotional pictures and from her recent videos for Typical Male, Two People and What You Get Is What You See.
Deric Dyer: Saxophone, Keyboard / Don Snow: Keyboard, Saxophone, Vocals / James Ralston: Guitar, Vocals / Steve Scales: Percussion / Bob Feit: Guitar, Vocals / John Miles: Keyboard, Guitar, Vocals / Jack Bruno: Drums / Laurie Wisefield: Guitar/ Ollie Marland: Keyboard, Vocals