One thing I left behind the last time I moved was a very old Tina Turner poster. (How old? It was a promotional poster for a video, which was available in Beta, fercrissake.) It was tucked away on the inside of a closet door, which may explain why I forgot to bring it with me to the palatial estate at Surlywood: simple brain fart.
After her 2000 tour, after which she was supposedly going to pack it in, Tina had said:
It’s time to hang up my dancing shoes. I can’t sing without jumping around and it’s getting harder. I’m happy I can do it one last time so people can remember me at my best rather than as a caricature.
Oh, she can still jump around. This particular shot came from a performance in Germany in January 2009, kicking off the European portion of her 50th Anniversary (!) tour, at which time she was sixty-nine years old and still manifestly poster-worthy.
A caricature? Never. This is Tina. This is the only woman on earth who could cover both Elton John’s “The Bitch Is Back” and Dan Hill’s “Sometimes When We Touch” — on the same album.