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. It’s 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.
At the Australian leg, Tina’s long-time pianist Kenny Moore suffered health problems in Sydney, New South Wales. Kenny had worked with Tina since 1977. Chuck Booker replaced Moore for the remaining dates and the band dedicated every performance thereafter to him.
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)
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The 32-page programe book is available in three different versions. The first European book contains no live pictures, but many promotional pictures and a biography. 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.
From the American tourbook:
I’m happy that I’m not like anybody else. Because I really do believe that if I was different I might not be where I am today. You asked me if I ever stood for anything. Yes, I stood up for my life.
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."