I saw her on stage with Mick. I said, “Well, Mick is awesome,” and he’s doing his thing. But when Tina arrives, you look at her. There is no one who can hold a scene in Tina Turner! And I don’t care how many choreographers you have, how many dancers, how much bullshit on stage, all Tina has to come out and do is this little thing. She called it a little jig, and I thought, “I don’t know if that’s what she really meant.” That little thing, she said, “It’s just a little thing …” And I said, “Baby, it’s a little thing that no one else can do, and you do. . “
Tina Turner’s stage presence is undeniable, and I love how she is still so strong and confident on stage. I’ve always loved Tina’s story too.
She started in the shadows, then stood up to find herself and her voice. She triumphed in a huge way, despite very difficult life circumstances.
And, of course, Tina is one of my LEG inspirations!
Billy F Gibbons
When Tina Turner performed our song “Legs”, it was really a case of life imitating art. I mean the song was, in a way, written about her – and here she sings it with so much panache! It’s so meta, it could make a hole in the universe! To borrow from Ms. Tina herself, she is “simply the best.”
Tina was a trailblazer for women and women of color because she never took “no” for an answer. She never stood in line. She never conformed to anything other than her truest self. And she was a shining example to the rest of us on how to maintain our own dignity and our own strength and our own sense of self; not trying to dress up in the wrong way, not changing who we are or how we present ourselves to make others feel more comfortable. She never did that. And that was an example to all of us, all women.
Plus, what other pop icon can advertise pantyhose, and you never forget it? Who? Anybody. No one else, just Tina Turner.
The first time I heard Tina Turner, I danced. The first time I saw her play, I cried. She was my first absolute crush for the artist! She taught me to ride the wave of energy that comes every moment. Her stage presence fascinates me because unlike a master performer – who makes it seem effortless – she doesn’t. She leaves EVERYTHING outside.
Once she shifts into high gear, she dissolves the barrier between body and voice, performer and crowd. She opens the floodgates. It’s my kind of mastery.
For me, Tina’s voice and body are one entity. They cannot be separated. She rolls intensely for her musical catharsis. She leaves no stone unturned and channels emotions so vividly that it hurts (in the best way.)
Her voice is a weapon of emotional delivery. She can make you feel what she feels, an empathy skill. as well as charisma. If you’ve ever seen her sing “Please Please Please” with your parents as she raises the microphone to her dog, you’ll know exactly what presence looks like.
Tina sings in a voice full of trials, tribulations, love and hope. I felt like understanding his voice helped me understand mine. Where would the gravel be and how to use it, drive it in, arm it with emotion. Its place in (rock) music and across genres is important for artists of color, but especially for artists who wish to occupy a number of spaces in their career. Knowing that the person who sang “River Deep, Mountain High” also sang “Nutbush City Limits” despite their different style is proof that music is linked by artist and how they metabolize music.
Patty without love
When Tina was coming in strong, headlining all the places the biggest rock stars played, I loaded my bus and took all the girls who work with me to see her in St. Louis. I wanted us all to see this kind of fire up close and together.
She was so strong she just tore the night apart from the moment she stepped out. I was overtaken by the power of his presence on stage.
I was brought to tears of joy! It was SPIRITUAL for me.
My dad, who was this big fan of bluegrass, was also Tina Turner’s biggest fan. She was on TV doing “Proud Mary”, and he said, “Now there’s an amazing WO-man.” Dad wasn’t a rock & roll fan; he loved those powerful emotions that were in the voice of Ralph Stanley of the Stanley Brothers, but Tina went through it all. He could feel it.