“Alright, where’s Tina?” A look back on Tina Turner and The Rolling Stones through the years.
*By Marcelo Sonaglioni
Even when the Stones had a great influence on Tina’s career, it also happened the other way round. In fact, along James Brown, she’s the one who Mick Jagger got some of his best dance steps from. It all started back in 1966, when with the success of songs like River Deep, Mountain High in England, Ike & Tina Turner were invited to perform with the Stones as an opening act of the band’s UK tour.
A message from Mick, Brian, Keith, Charlie and Bill (1966):
“Hi, Here we are, on the road again. We are all very excited about this tour, it’s been nearly a year since our last tour of England and we have really missed it… We’ve tried to get together a great bill for this tour, and we know you’ll enjoy the fantastic Ike and Tina Turner Revue, which we saw some time ago in the States. We thank you for coming to see us tonight and hope you enjoy yourselves, ’cos that’s the general idea”
In November 1969 the Stones asked Ike and Tina once more to open their American tour, which raised their profile among young rock audiences three years later. The 1970 concert film Gimme Shelter featured the performance of I’ve Been Loving You Too Long, and the anniversary edition of the album Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!, released in 2009, featured the entire opening set performance.
The US tour by The Rolling Stones in 1969 began in November of that year. Ike and Tina Turner, Terry Reid, and B were present. B. King as the supporting acts, with Chuck Berry filling in on some dates.
The tour was referred to as “history’s first mythic rock and roll tour” by rock critic Robert Christgau and “one of the benchmarks of an era” by rock critic Dave Marsh. The tour was named one of The 50 Greatest Concerts of the Last 50 Years by Rolling Stone magazine in 2017.
“Opening for the Stones were B.B. King and then World War Three, also known as Ike and Tina Turner….“
Janis Joplin unexpectedly joined Tina on stage for the final song, “Land of 1.000 Dances,” at the concert on November 27 at Madison Square Garden in New York while she was in the audience. Then next year, in 1970, Ike & Tina recorded, Honky Tonk Women, their first song from the Stones’ catalog, which was released on the album Come Together. Tina and her manager Roger Davies concentrated on developing her solo career after she split from Ike, while she also performed cover versions of their songs.
Twelve years later the Stones invited Tina once more to open for them for three shows at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford in 1981 while they were on tour in the country to support their then-new album Tattoo You. She joined the band onstage during Honky Tonk Women in addition to her own set as an opening act at the Stones’ shows at he Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey on November 5, 6 and 7.
Following her comeback, Tina collaborated with Mick and Keith numerous times, including the 1985 Live Aid Festival (when Mick and Tina duetted after Jagger’s question to the audience “Alright. Where’s Tina?“) the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the 1989 International Rock Awards.
Later on, in 1988, Tina also joined Mick on two of his solo shows in Tokyo )March 23) and Osaka (March 27) to duet on Brown Sugar, It’s Only Rock’n Roll and Honky Tonk Women.
May 24, 2023: The news announce Tina’s gone. Reactions from Mick and Ronnie.
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