Tina Turner - The Bitch is Back
I really wanted to hear this last night, but no dice. I even got my hopes up that it would be the first song of the night because "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" was played a few songs before she went on.
She obviously loves the Stones and often credits them with helping get her career back on track. In the show last night, she did Jumpin Jack Flash and It's Only Rock and Roll - which you may remember her performing with Mick at Live Aid when he ripped her skirt off and she's 'surprised' and then elated. Bless.
The second half of the show starts with an intimate sit-down with her band, where she played some of my favorite songs including "Let's Stay Together" and "I Can't Stand The Rain." It was my favorite part of the show. I wish I had a recording to share with you. Instead, here is her cover of a Joni Mitchell song from Herbie's last album. I think it's marvelous to hear Tina sing in a setting like this and wish she would record an entire album of acoustic music.
Unbeknownst to me, it was her birthday yesterday, and she mentioned during intermission that she had two birthday presents waiting backstage for her during the break: Beyonce and Jay-Z! I have to hand it to Beyonce. Although she's clearly inspired and borrowing from Tina - the dancing, the rock stance, the hair, the legs - she obviously loves her too.
At the end of the show, the band was in high gear during an amazing rendition of "Nutbush City Limits" - literally upon hitting the last note, the power went out on stage. That's how fucking hot Tina Turner is. She can short circuit the electrical system at a major concert arena.
Anyhoo, the show was suddenly over and Tina stood on stage alone - speaking to us without a mic. And spontaneous choruses of Happy Birthday were ringing out from the audience from all over the stadium. And mama looked humbled.
What a tremendous woman. I can't wait to see her again on Monday.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.