Tina Turner shakes out new tour dates
Tina Turner has extended her upcoming comeback tour, a globe-spanning trek that will keep the 68-year-old performer on the road for more than half a year.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and eight-time Grammy winner kicks off the North American portion of the outing Oct. 1 in Kansas City, MO. New additions to the schedule include dates in Dallas (10/26) and Houston (10/27), and a Dec. 1 show in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Turner is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles at the Staples Center Monday Oct. 13, Thurs. Oct 16. She’ll also appear at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Tuesday, Oct 14.
Turner has also added second nights in several cities, including Atlanta (11/9-10), Washington, DC (11/23-24) and Toronto (12/12-13). Following the December shows, Turner will head overseas for a European run that stretches through next spring. Tickets for those extended dates go on sale September 15.
Although she unofficially retired from touring eight years ago, Turner–who appeared at last February’s Grammy Awards ceremony, performing “Proud Mary” with Beyonce–announced her comeback plans in May on an episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
“The girls and I are dancing every day, 8 to 10 hours a day,” Turner said in a press statement. “It’s feeling super. I can’t wait to get started!”
The singer is planning to release a tour-companion CD on Sept. 30, the day before the tour gets underway. The 18-track “Tina!” features songs the legendary singer plans to perform during her upcoming concerts, including hits from throughout her career and two new and exclusive tracks, “It Would Be a Crime” and “I’m Ready.”
Turner’s most recent studio album, “Twenty Four Seven,” surfaced in 1999. Last fall, the eight-time Grammy winner released “Celebrate: The Best of Tina Turner,” a 95-minute DVD taken from a 1999 concert that celebrated her 60th birthday.
Actress Thandie Newton “all Condi’d up” for her New Role
“Oliver woke me up,” she tells Britain’s Times Online. Stone had an “absolute belief that I could play this character who was absolutely nothing like me. She didn’t look like me; she’s a couple of decades older than me. And I’m English, for goodness’ sake.”
Newton, who appears opposite her “Crash” co-star Ludacris in the upcoming film “Rock n Rolla,” says she didn’t even know how to spell Condoleezza when she first discussed the role with Stone.
“I knew she was secretary of state and that was about it.” But the script was on point, she said, which led her to accept the offer. “I decided to close my eyes and leap. I wanted to take the risk.”
Newton said she immediately got to work studying Rice’s every move. “That was when it got really f***ing fun,” she says, rubbing her hands with glee. “It was like doing a really involved paper back at Cambridge and my paper was Condoleezza Rice.”
She poured through biographies, articles, books on the Bush administration, on Cheney, on torture, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo. “You name it, I read it,” she says. “I had two things going on: reading about this young woman, and the incredible story of the Bush administration. This gigantic beast, this machine and how it was cranking toward war. I wanted to become drunk with knowledge.”
By the time rehearsals began in Louisiana, Newton said she was beginning to have second thoughts. “I was thinking, ‘F***, have I made a mistake?’” The make-up team told her that prosthetics were out of the question because they would melt in the heat. “That was a bit of a blow,” she said. “They told me they would do a ‘feel-alike’ rather than a lookalike, and I knew that was going to be a real problem for me.”
During the six week rehearsal period in Louisiana, Newton struggled to find a way to accurately portray Rice, finding inspiration in the way she used her own voice to conquer the challenges of playing the ghost-child in “Beloved” ten years ago.
“I suddenly realized that I had this weird, very deep voice that I could use,” she said. “I remember Jonathan [Demme, the director]’s face when I started speaking. It was priceless. We didn’t need the voiceover.”
As for the physical transformation into Rice, she consulted with a close friend who happens to be a make-up artist. “I thought we could create something with some clever make-up and shading,” said Newton. “We just hadn’t got close to her in rehearsals and they were trusting me to come up with a character under my skin, but the truth is that I needed a lot on my skin. We spent the afternoon experimenting. By the time the kids came home from school I was all Condi’d up, complete with some fantastic false teeth. She nailed it for me. I was still terrified, but now I had the equipment.”
Influential R&B artist Maxwell inks deal for StubHub to be the preferred destination for tickets to sold-out shows
StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, has been named the Official Fan to Fan Ticket Marketplace for Maxwell’s North American Tour, which kicks off October 8 in Boston. Maxwell’s LA show hits the Shrine Auditorium on Nov. 1 and StubHub will serve as the artist preferred destination for fans to buy or resell their tickets.
Described as one of neo-soul’s best vocalists and most defining artists, Maxwell is a six-time Grammy Nominee, as well as a four-time Soul Train Award winner. The Brooklyn-born star is whetting fans’ appetites with a trilogy of albums to be released over three years, as well a host of soulful live dates to close out the year. The eagerly anticipated “BLACK” album is scheduled to be the artist’s first release in over six years.
“Maxwell is a seminal artist whose fan base is unique and previously under marketed to as a group by the secondary ticketing industry,” said Chuck La Vallee, Head of Business Development for Music at StubHub. “This deal will serve as a first step to engaging these fans and promoting increased collaboration with other notable artists across various genres to bring the best ticketing options to fans of all styles of music.”
John Amos Radio Show
TV/film actor John Amos is now gracing the radio airwaves with the premiere of the John Amos Radio Show on Urban Network Radio-broadcasting daily, Monday through Friday, 9am -10am, Pacific Standard Time on www.urbannetwork.com
Mr. Amos is best known as the stern father and husband, James Evans, who starred in the hit series GOOD TIMES. He co-starred as Admiral Percy Fitzwallace on the Emmy-winning WEST WING, and played the adult Kunta Kinte in the acclaimed miniseries, ROOTS.
A native of Newark, New Jersey and veteran of the New Jersey state National Guard, Amos will take his listeners behind the scenes interaction with his celebrity friends as well as his friends from the world of the military. Amos will engage us with special guests in a one on one reality talk based format.
Tameka Foster and Usher are expecting again
Usher is going to be a father for the second time. The R&B star and his wife Tameka Foster are expecting their second child together, a source close to the singer confirms. Recently, Foster was spotted wearing a belly-disguising outfit during Usher’s Sept. 4 NFL kick-off concert in New York. The dress was “very deceiving,” the source says. “You couldn’t tell she was pregnant when she was sitting down.”