After the release of the James Bond theme Goldeneye, Tina announced that she will embark on a world tour in the spring of 1996, to promote her upcoming album Wildest Dreams. This is Tina's biggest tour to date, with over 250 dates in nearly 16 month, surpassing her Break Every Rule Tour from 1987 / '88. In America, it was sponsored with a massive campaign by Hanes, as Turner became the spokesperson for their new hosiery line.
Before opening night, Tina gave a private concert in Brunei, to celebrate the 19th birthday of the niece of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. In Johannesburg, Tina was accompanied on stage by the Vusa Dance Company on the song „Do What You Do“ and at the three concerts in Paris, actor Bruce Willis and his band „The Accelerators“ were the opening act and Bruce joined Tina on stage for the encore song Unfinished Sympathy. Oprah Winfrey announced that she would follow the tour with her talk show from Houston to New York City. The hightlight of the show was the song Goldeneye, when Tina appeared in a golden iris. At some smaller venues like in Prague, Tina comes down from a swing only from behind a curtain.
At the Australian leg, Tina’s long-time pianist Kenny Moore suffered health problems in Sydney. Kenny had worked with Tina since 1977. Chuck Booker replaced Moore for the remaining dates and the band dedicated every performance thereafter to him.
To promote the European leg of the tour, the sponsor TDK released a Behind The Dreams video documentary, which follows Tina backstage and rehearsing the tour in South Africa.
Opening Night: April 13, 1996 / Indoor Stadium, Singapore
Closing Night: August 10, 1997 / Meadows Music Theater, Hartford (USA)
Regions: Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, North America
Home Video: Live In Amsterdam (1997)
Opening Acts: Jimmy Barnes (Australasia) / Cyndi Lauper (North America) / Belinda Carlisle, Toto (UK) / Tony Joe White (New Zealand) / The Accelerators (Paris) / Chris Isaak (Wantagh) / Grace Jones (Moscow )
The 32-page programe book is available in four different versions. The first European book contains no live pictures, but many promotional pictures. A second European version replaced some pictures with some very rare promo shoots and a different „a day in the life“ page. The Australian version comes with a totally new design and many live pictures from the European concerts. The US version replaced Kenny Moore with Chuck Booker and dedicates him with a separate page. Also some live pictures have been changed.
Sharon Owens: Dancer, Vocals / John Miles: Guitar, Vocals / Ollie Marland: Keyboard, Vocals / Cynthia Davila: Dancer, Vocals / Warren McRai: Guitar (replaced Bob Feit) / Jack Bruno: Drums / James Ralston: Guitar, Vocals / Karen Owens: Dancer, Vocals / Timmy Cappello: Percussion, Keyboard, Saxophone, Vocals / Chuck Booker: Piano, Vocals (replaced Kenny Moore) / Bob Feit: Guitar (Europe only) / Kenny Moore: Piano, Vocals
1951 - 1997
Your presence lit up our lives, your personality, your singing and playing will be impossible to replace. We all miss you and love you and will remember you always as „The Ambassador of the Tina Turner Band."