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 for 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 with a Las Vegas style cabaret show. She started in America at Caesars Palace in July, following her first solo Australian tour after she was already twice on tour Down Under with Ike and continued with concerts at the Casa Manana theatre in Forth Worth, Texas.
Caesars Palace: July 21 - August 03
Australia: August 31 (Brisbane) - September 14 (Wellington)
Casa Manana: September 27 - October 03
The 20-page Australian program book contains mostly pictures from the Ike & Tina period and beside a biography (also mostly Ike & Tina), some facts about her new show, an itinerary, a short discography and lot of advertising.
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 / Marcia Thacker: Dancer / Michael Stephenson: Dancer / Denise Echols: Dancer / Anthony Walthers: Dancer / Dee Dee Mack: Dancer
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 of knowing who she is.
It’s a whole new beginning for Tina Turner and welcome to Casa Manana’s world!
Las Vegas, Caesars Palace (Circus Maximus) / Copyright: JET Magazine, January 05, 1978