In 2009, Tina Turner said goodbye to the stage, also to her audience in Munich. © Pekka Sakki/dpa
Tina Turner has died in Switzerland at the age of 83. In 2009 she said goodbye to the stage – and was also a guest at the Munich Olympic Hall for four evenings.
Here you can read our review of Tina Turner's farewell concerts in Munich in February 2009: Forget the AOK Health Days. Anyone who has watched Tina Turner do her powerful-voiced and movement-intensive work in the Olympic Hall for a little more than two hours has enough motivation to do enough sport: At the start of her four concerts in Munich, the 69-year-old presented a brilliant, cleverly thought-out, crashing show. It's a sweaty spectacle with explosions, fireworks, lights and video clips – with the music and, above all, Turner's voice always taking centre stage. If this woman hadn't already been the queen of rock music, it would probably have been her coronation party.
In 2009, Tina Turner played four evenings in Munich's Olympic Hall
She later performs "Private Dancer" with restraint, almost shyness, with a voice that still sounds wonderful, from which eroticism and lamentation, disappointment and promise can be heard. It's clear that "Simply The Best" has to crash against it. After the half-hour break, she proves that she can also do it intimately, when she interprets the Beatles hit "Help" sitting on a bar stool in the dim light during the acoustic block: vulnerable, full of blues, Turner's voice is there.
Tina Turner is the "Queen of Rock"
No, Tina Turner doesn't have to prove anything anymore. Nevertheless, it is nice to see how fearlessly she, who celebrates her 2009th birthday in November 70, deals with her own age. There she surrounds herself with athletic dancers whose grandmother she could be. Others would probably not have dared to challenge the comparison so openly. But of course she passes it easily, dances, jumps, sneaks and struts on her high heels through this night, which had begun with the steaming "Steamy Windows".
During the first bars of this song, the red velvet curtain in front of the stage was still closed. When he opened, Turner was standing on a meter-high pillar. Presumptuous? No. This is the place of a "Queen of Rock". (Read our obituary for Tina Turner, who died in Switzerland at the age of 83.)