I was in the nosebleeds at the Sprint Center this evening for the kickoff of Tina Turner’s new tour and it was, by far, the best show I’ve seen yet at the venue. For a woman pushing 70, she shimmied and shook like a teenager across the stage. All the hits were there, the stage is incredibly dynamic and the sound was as good as can be expected. Ms. Turner still has the pipes and a crackling connection with the crowd. The final two numbers, “Simply the Best” and “Proud Mary” brought the house down, and the first encore, “Nutbush City Limits,” was a master class in how to involve a crowd in a classic. If you have a chance, catch the next show.
October 2, 2008