By: Renee Grant
In a new interview ahead of the opening of a new musical based on her life, Tina Turner reveals what she thinks about today’s artists, her feelings on being retired, and who really taught Mick Jagger his moves.
Turner, 77, says she never tried to be overtly sexual onstage, but that younger artists feel the need to outdo each other today. “One does it; and everyone does it. The costumes become less and less. I just take a deep breath and say: ‘When is it over?!'”
“But at least most of them can sing,” she adds.
While she feels acts could tone it down a bit, she does respect artists like Beyoncé, whose elegance she admires, and Rihanna.
“I love how Rihanna sings. I love how Jennifer Lopez looks — except her behind is a little bit heavy,” Turner says. “Those girls are the leaders.
“I can’t say they’re my favorites, but I enjoy watching them.”
She also shares that she enjoyed a special relationship with Jagger and David Bowie during the height of her career in the 80’s, referring to them as being “like the brothers that I never had.”
“We never slept together; and they never came on to me, because I think they saw me as a role model in some kind of way,” she says.
“Mick wanted to dance — and I was a dancer — but he never gave me the credit! He said his mother taught him how to dance. But we worked with him in the dressing room, me and the girls, and we taught him how to Pony.”
She says her relationship with Bowie was more about singing, stating, “I had a different kind of collaboration with David (Bowie) and it was more to do with the singing.
“All those English guys felt I could sing. They felt there was something to learn from my singing. My vocals are natural. I hit the note naturally and they’d go: ‘What?! How’d you do that?!!'”
Turner is currently searching for just the right person to play her in the upcoming musical TINA, which opens on April 17th. While she feels she might one day perform again, especially if her contemporaries were to be included, but she has no desire to return to a life of touring.
“I think something like that I’d be a part of,” she says. “But to actually go back to work on a tour or something? No. Retirement is retirement.
“Two years from now I’ll be 80, and I don’t want to be seen as a cruddy old woman, walking around on stage with a walking stick. I don’t need to go back. It’s over.”