‘My mum and I bonded over her’
I noticed Tina Turner in August 1990, at a live performance in Utrecht, the Netherlands. I used to be 20 and a veterinary science pupil. My mum was a Tina fan and requested me to go. I wanted convincing, however Gary Moore was the warm-up act. It was a particular bonding expertise for us and I’ve admired Tina ever since. My mum was 60 on the time and had by no means skilled something prefer it. We went to a different Tina live performance in Rotterdam collectively and just lately to Tina the musical in London in 2019. My first thought once I heard about her passing was to telephone my mum. Lenneke Boss-van der Houwen, 52, from the Netherlands, now residing in Wolverhampton
‘Her efficiency was totally mesmerising’
Round 1970 I went to the see a movie on the navy base the place I lived with my mother and father. I used to be simply coming into highschool, and, obsessive about classical music, I used to be learning the violin. The movie was Gimme Shelter – the Maysles brothers’ documentary on the infamous Rolling Stones Altamont live performance. One of many supporting acts we got a glimpse of was Ike and Tina Turner. Her efficiency was a slow-burn bluesy traditional, however her efficiency was totally mesmerising. I used to be hooked.
Years later, she had left Ike and got here out to do a present in Johannesburg, the place I had simply begun working. I blew my meagre wage on the ticket to see her stay and, naturally, we gave her a protracted standing ovation. Years later, I returned to Joburg after a few years in London, and he or she returned to carry out to a packed stadium this time. She sat right down to ship Let’s Keep Collectively – nevertheless it was an emotional second for me, because it was her collaboration with the BEF on the music that started her relaunch to megastardom, and her rendition of the music is so uplifting. Cyril Schumann, 66, Cape City
‘I used to be naughty sneaking backstage, however I used to be rewarded’
I snuck in to look at Tina Turner rehearse in 1999 for the Mobo awards on the Royal Albert Corridor. She caught me watching her from the facet and gave me a thumbs as much as ask if all was OK. I gave her a thumbs up and he or she gave me probably the most attractive smile and snicker. I used to be naughty sneaking in, however I used to be rewarded.
In all of the tales I heard about her whereas working within the stay music trade, she was form and would acknowledge you in the event you have been an usher or a creative director at a theatre. A pal instructed me they labored at a charity live performance the place she carried out in London through the Nineties for which they weren’t paid. However she acknowledged their work and put an envelope of their pocket with some £50 notes to point out her appreciation. I’ll miss her. Sheila Motani, 54, Forest Hill, London
‘I’m endlessly grateful to Tina’
My mom, who simply turned 67, is likely one of the world’s greatest Tina Turner followers. Each of us love the music, however for my mum it was greater than that. My mom survived an abusive relationship with my father within the 70s and early 80s, and ultimately discovered a option to escape, put herself by means of college and lift her kids in a secure and loving setting, whereas reclaiming her independence and womanhood. Tina was an inspiration to my mum and to hundreds of ladies all over the world who used her story to information them out of the cycle of abuse. My mum beloved the Angela Bassett biopic, and he or she additionally obtained the prospect to see Tina in live performance twice. Earlier this yr, I took her to see the play primarily based on Tina’s life, and it was a robust bonding second for us. I feel my mother would have triumphed in life regardless, however having Tina as a task mannequin helped present her learn how to be a robust, fierce, resilient lady. I’m endlessly grateful for my mom’s energy, and thus I’m endlessly grateful to Tina, for offering a roadmap of learn how to get there. Nick, 43, Orlando, Florida
‘My spouse beloved Tina for her music and what she represented’
My spouse had left a earlier abusive marriage when she found her internal energy. I might by no means equate the feisty assertive bugger I knew with one who had beforehand been victimised. Sandi beloved Tina for each her music and for what she represented.
The finale to Sandi’s funeral in 2014 was Merely the Greatest, performed at full quantity, along with her having left directions – not a request – that the mourners have been to sing together with gusto, with copies of the lyrics supplied. I now really feel fairly emotional over Tina’s demise, merely on the premise of that connection. Graeme, 62, Yorkshire
‘I sat proper on the entrance – about as near Tina as you will get’
I grew up loving Ike and Tina Turner. Then, in 1983, I noticed Tina in live performance at St David’s Corridor, Cardiff, on a moist weekday night. It was shortly earlier than Let’s Keep Collectively was launched so the corridor was two thirds empty and I used to be sat within the second row proper on the entrance – about as near Tina as you will get!
A yr later I went to a different Tina Turner live performance though this time it was me and about 60,000 different individuals. However she gave as a lot to the two-thirds-empty corridor as she did to the packed area. Each have been magical evenings. Mark Thompson, Riyadh