Tina Turner to Retire From Touring

L O N D O N, July 1, 2000 -- It’s official. Tina Turner will be giving her famous raspy voice and high-energy stage show a permanent rest when she retires at the end of her current tour.

Turner, 60, announced her plans to a 75,000-strong crowd in Zurich as she kicked off the European leg of her “24-7” tour on Friday night, her London-based publicist Bernard Doherty told Reuters today.

“I’ve done enough,” Turner said. “I’ve been performing for 44 years. I really should hang up my dancing shoes.”

Turner, a grandmother, said she couldn’t possibly sing without “jumping around,” and acknowledged her performances were getting harder and harder to do.

“I can’t keep up with Janet Jackson. I’m not a diva like Diana Ross,” she said. “I’m rock and roll, but I’m happy I can do it one more time so people can remember me at my best.”

Doherty told Reuters on Friday that Turner wanted to make the announcement in Zurich, where she lives with her partner of 15 years, record boss Erwin Bach.

Turning to the Silver Screen?

He said the American singer would still perform live but only at special concerts for charity or old friends.

“Tina said she wants ‘simply a rest’,” Doherty told Reuters on Friday, echoing the title of her hit “Simply the Best.”

“She wants to go out on top, while she is at her best. She doesn’t want to become a faded caricature of herself,” he said.

Turner was looking at film scripts but would play only strong, determined women, Doherty said.

“She says she has lived the role of a victim and playing one doesn’t interest her,” he said. “She would have loved to be in ‘Gladiator’.”

Born Annie Mae Bullock in Tennessee, Turner found fame as a singer in the 1960s with her husband Ike.

The relationship was notoriously stormy, with Ike reputedly abusive and controlling. Turner walked out on Ike in 1975, incurring the wrath of music bosses who initially snubbed her attempts to forge a solo career.

After working through a series of nightclub gigs, Turner released “Private Dancer” in 1984, which returned her to the charts and heralded a string of hits. She found new fame for her energetic vocals and high-octane live shows.

Turner will perform 23 concerts in Europe and 40 shows in the United States before calling it a day. Her last concert will be in San Francisco in November.