Wildest Dreams Tour

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Wildest Dreams Tour
Tt wdt96.jpg
Promotional poster for Turner's 1997 tour
Tour by Tina Turner
Associated album Wildest Dreams
Start date April 13, 1996
End date August 10, 1997
Legs 5
Shows 1 in Asia
4 in Africa
146 in Europe
26 in Australasia
78 in North America
255 Total
Box office $130 million ($190.98 in 2015 dollars)[1]
Tina Turner concert chronology
What's Love? Tour
(1993)
Wildest Dreams Tour
(1996-97)
Twenty Four Seven Tour
(2000)

Wildest Dreams Tour is the seventh concert tour by American singer Tina Turner.The tour supported her eighth studio album Wildest Dreams. The tour is Turner's biggest outing to date, performing over 250 dates in Europe, North America and Australasia—surpassing her Break Every Rule Tour in 1987. Lasting nearly 16 months, the tour is estimated to have grossed over $100 million. The tour was sponsored by Hanes, as Turner became the spokesperson for their new hosiery line.[2] The tour was financially successful, especially in North America. It is estimated that tour grossed over 20 million dollars with an attendance of over 650,000 spectators.[3]

Background[edit]

Shortly after the release of the James Bond theme GoldenEye, Turner announced that she will embark on a tour in the Spring of 1996. The tour unofficially began with six rehearsal dates in Asia, Africa and Europe. In April 1996, Turner performed a private concert for the niece of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei.[4] During rehearsals, Turner performed her only concerts to date in the southeast Asia region and Africa. While performing in Johannesburg, Turner was joined onstage by Vusa Dance Company to perform "Do What You Do". After the performance, Turner approached dancer David Matamela and gave him a scholarship to the Alvin Ailey Dance School.[5] Despite current issues in South Africa for concert tours, Turner's South African leg proved to be successful playing to over 100,000 spectators.[6] During rehearsals, Turner was not impressed with the stage design. She felt the stage was too dark and felt awkward to perform on. It was later reworked to Turner's liking. Elements of the stage can be seen in Turner's 50th Anniversary Tour.

While promoting the North American leg of the tour, it was announced talk show personality Oprah Winfrey would follow the tour with her syndicated talk show from Houston to New York City. Winfrey described the event as her dream stating,[2]

"She is our goddess of rock 'n' roll. We are going to be right there with Miss Tina. We're going on tour with Tina. 'The Oprah Show' is actually going on the road with Tina. I am the biggest Tina Turner fan there is. It is my wildest dream."

In her own words, Turner believed this could be her best tour in North America. She further commented,[2]

"It could be my best tour ever in America. When I walk on stage, there's such a feeling of faces looking back at me with love and admiration. [And] it turns into a togetherness. It really is about a desire from the people. The last tour I actually announced to my audience that I would be back. It was only because of that feeling, because that's the kind of audience I have."

Death of Kenny Moore[edit]

During the tour, pianist Kenny Moore suffered health problems. In Sydney, New South Wales, he was admitted to the hospital and later pronounced deceased due to apoplexy. Moore had worked with Turner since 1977. Chuck Booker replaced Moore for the remaining dates of the tour. Turner dedicated every performance thereafter to Moore.[7]

Bomb scare in New Zealand[edit]

After successfully touring New Zealand with her last feat, Turner returned to an expanded tour in the region. The leg proved to be a success for Turner as dates quickly sold out. However, during her concert in Wellington, New Zealand, Turner was removed from the stage and the building was later evacuated by local police due to a possible bomb at the venue. After a full sweep of the building, Turner resumed the concert nearly three hours later. The same incident happened in Palmerston North.

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

Additional notes[edit]

  • During performances at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris, France (May 1996), Turner performed "Unfinished Symphony" with Bruce Willis and his band, "The Accelerators".
  • During the performances at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands, Turner performed "Something Beautiful Remains" for the concert filming. The song was performed in lieu of "Dancing in My Dreams and was not included in any other performance during the tour.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Asia[4]
April 13, 1996 Kallang Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
Africa[6]
April 16, 1996 Cape Town South Africa Newlands Cricket Ground
April 18, 1996 Durban Kings Park Stadium
April 21, 1996 Johannesburg JHB Stadium
April 22, 1996
Europe
May 1, 1996[A] Ischgl Austria Silvrettaseilbahn AG
May 3, 1996 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
May 4, 1996
May 5, 1996
May 6, 1996 Lyon Halle Tony Garnier
May 9, 1996 Ghent Belgium Flanders Expo
May 10, 1996
May 11, 1996
May 12, 1996
May 13, 1996
May 16, 1996 Rotterdam Netherlands The Ahoy
May 17, 1996
May 18, 1996
May 19, 1996
May 23, 1996
May 24, 1996
May 25, 1996
May 26, 1996
May 28, 1996 Berlin Germany Deutschlandhalle
May 29, 1996 Hanover Niedersachsenstadion
May 30, 1996 Munich Olympiahalle
May 31, 1996
June 1, 1996
June 2, 1996
June 6, 1996 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena
June 7, 1996
June 8, 1996
June 9, 1996 Gothenburg Scandinavium
June 12, 1996 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
June 13, 1996
June 14, 1996
June 15, 1996
June 16, 1996 Bremen Germany Weserstadion
June 21, 1996 Copenhagen Denmark Parken Stadium
June 22, 1996 Hamburg Germany Volksparkstadion
June 23, 1996 Rostock Ostseestadion
June 25, 1996 Nancy France Zénith Nancy
June 28, 1996 Dublin Ireland Croke Park
June 30, 1996 Edinburgh Scotland Murrayfield Stadium
July 4, 1996 Vienna Austria Praterstadion
July 5, 1996 Basel Switzerland St. Jakob Stadium
July 7, 1996 Rome Italy Olympic Stadium
July 10, 1996 Vienna Austria Praterstadion
July 12, 1996 Gateshead England Gateshead International Stadium
July 13, 1996 Alton Alton Towers
July 14, 1996 Cardiff Wales Cardiff Arms Park
July 18, 1996 Sheffield England Don Valley Stadium
July 20, 1996 London Wembley Stadium
July 21, 1996
July 23, 1996 Wembley Arena
July 24, 1996 Nîmes France Arena of Nîmes
July 25, 1996
July 27, 1996 Cologne Germany Müngersdorfer Stadion
July 28, 1996 Karlsruhe Wildparkstadion
August 1, 1996 Berlin Waldbühne
August 2, 1996
August 3, 1996
August 4, 1996
August 7, 1996 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Olympic Stadium
August 8, 1996 Kolding Denmark Kolding Stadion
August 9, 1996 Gothenburg Sweden Ullevi
August 10, 1996 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
August 11, 1996
August 21, 1996 Budapest Hungary Népstadion
August 22, 1996 Prague Czech Republic Dannerůvstadion
August 23, 1996 Warsaw Poland Gwardia Stadium
August 26, 1996 Ghent Belgium Flanders Expo
August 27, 1996
August 29, 1996
August 30, 1996
August 31, 1996
September 1, 1996
September 2, 1996
September 4, 1996 Luxembourg Luxembourg Stade Josy Barthel
September 6, 1996 Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam Arena
September 7, 1996
September 8, 1996
September 11, 1996 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
September 12, 1996
September 13, 1996
September 14, 1996 Liévin Stade Couvert Régional de Liévin
September 15, 1996 Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi
September 17, 1996
September 18, 1996
September 19, 1996 Milan Italy Forum di Assago
September 20, 1996 Istanbul Turkey BJK İnönü Stadium
September 22, 1996 Lisbon Portugal Estádio José Alvalade
September 25, 1996 Milan Italy Forum di Assago
September 26, 1996
September 27, 1996 Bologna PalaDozza
September 28, 1996
September 30, 1996 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier
October 2, 1996 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
October 3, 1996
October 4, 1996
October 5, 1996
October 6, 1996
October 7, 1996
October 10, 1996 Kiel Ostseehalle
October 11, 1996
October 12, 1996 Hanover Hanover Fairgrounds
October 13, 1996
October 17, 1996 Maastricht Netherlands Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre
October 18, 1996 Leipzig Germany Leipziger Messe Fairgrounds
October 19, 1996
October 20, 1996
October 23, 1996 Toulon France Zénith Oméga de Toulon
October 25, 1996 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhalle
October 26, 1996
October 27, 1996
November 1, 1996 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
November 2, 1996
November 5, 1996 Moscow Russia State Kremlin Palace
November 6, 1996
November 7, 1996
November 9, 1996 Stuttgart Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
November 10, 1996
November 13, 1996 Frankfurt Festhalle
November 14, 1996
November 15, 1996
November 16, 1996
November 18, 1996 London England Wembley Arena
November 19, 1996
November 20, 1996
November 21, 1996
November 23, 1996 Heerenveen Netherlands Isstadion Thialf
November 24, 1996
November 25, 1996 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhalle
November 28, 1996 Sheffield England Sheffield Arena
November 29, 1996
November 30, 1996
December 1, 1996 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
December 2, 1996
December 4, 1996 Manchester England Nynex Arena
December 5, 1996
December 6, 1996
December 7, 1996
December 10, 1996 Birmingham NEC Arena
December 11, 1996
December 12, 1996
December 13, 1996
December 14, 1996
December 16, 1996 London Wembley Arena
December 18, 1996
December 19, 1996
December 20, 1996
Australia
February 27, 1997 Canberra Australia Manuka Oval
March 3, 1997 Launceston NTCA Ground
March 4, 1997 Hobart North Hobart Oval
March 5, 1997
March 8, 1997 Newcastle Breakers Stadium
March 11, 1997 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
March 12, 1997
March 15, 1997 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
March 18, 1997 Melbourne Centre Court
March 19, 1997
March 21, 1997
March 25, 1997 Townsville Townsville Entertainment Centre
March 27, 1997 Cairns Bundaberg Rum Stadium
March 29, 1997 Darwin Marrara Hockey Centre
March 31, 1997 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
April 3, 1997 Perth Perth Entertainment Centre
April 4, 1997
April 5, 1997
April 9, 1997 Wellington New Zealand Queen's Wharf Event Centre
April 10, 1997
April 12, 1997 Auckland Ericsson Stadium
April 13, 1997 New Plymouth TSB Stadium
April 15, 1997 Palmerston North Palmerston North Showgrounds
April 16, 1997
April 18, 1997 Nelson Trafalgar Park
April 20, 1997 Christchurch Lancaster Park
North America
May 1, 1997 The Woodlands United States Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 2, 1997
May 3, 1997 San Antonio Alamodome
May 4, 1997 Dallas Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre
May 6, 1997 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum
May 7, 1997 Phoenix America West Arena
May 9, 1997 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
May 10, 1997 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 12, 1997 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
May 13, 1997
May 15, 1997
May 16, 1997
May 17, 1997 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
May 18, 1997 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
May 20, 1997 Fresno Selland Arena
May 21, 1997 Concord Concord Pavilion
May 22, 1997 Sacramento Cal Expo Amphitheatre
May 23, 1997 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
May 24, 1997 George Gorge Amphitheatre
May 25, 1997 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place
May 29, 1997 Salt Lake City United States Delta Center
May 30, 1997 Greenwood Village Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
May 31, 1997
June 1, 1997 Minneapolis Northrop Auditorium
June 2, 1997 Bonner Springs Sandstone Amphitheater
June 3, 1997 Maryland Heights Riverport Amphitheater
June 6, 1997 Nashville Starwood Amphitheatre
June 7, 1997 Memphis Pyramid Arena
June 8, 1997 Birmingham BJCC Coliseum
June 9, 1997 New Orleans Lakefront Arena
June 11, 1997 West Palm Beach Coral Sky Amphitheatre
June 12, 1997 Orlando Orlando Arena
June 13, 1997 Tampa Ice Palace
June 14, 1997 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheatre
June 15, 1997
June 16, 1997 North Charleston North Charleston Coliseum
June 17, 1997 Knoxville Thompson–Boling Arena
June 18, 1997 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
June 19, 1997 Raleigh Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
June 20, 1997 Richmond Classic Amphitheatre at Strawberry Hill
June 21, 1997 Bristow Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
June 22, 1997 Columbus Polaris Amphitheater
June 23, 1997 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
June 24, 1997
June 25, 1997 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
June 27, 1997 Moline MARK of the Quad Cities
June 28, 1997 Tinley Park New World Music Theatre
June 29, 1997 Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheater
July 2, 1997 Winston-Salem Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
July 3, 1997 Virginia Beach GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater
July 5, 1997 Montreal Canada Molson Centre
July 6, 1997 Ottawa Corel Centre
July 7, 1997 Toronto Molson Amphitheatre
July 9, 1997 Darien United States Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 10, 1997 Burgettstown Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater
July 11, 1997 Camden Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre
July 12, 1997 Atlantic City Etess Arena
July 13, 1997 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 15, 1997 Wallingford Chevrolet Theatre
July 16, 1997
July 18, 1997 Mansfield Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts
July 19, 1997
July 20, 1997 Holmdel Township PNC Bank Arts Center
July 22, 1997 New York City Radio City Music Hall
July 23, 1997
July 25, 1997
July 26, 1997
July 27, 1997
July 29, 1997
July 30, 1997
August 1, 1997 Wantagh Jones Beach Marine Theater
August 2, 1997
August 3, 1997 Mansfield Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts
August 5, 1997 Noblesville Deer Creek Music Center
August 6, 1997 Cleveland Gund Arena
August 8, 1997 University Park Bryce Jordan Center
August 9, 1997 Atlantic City Etess Arena
August 10, 1997 Hartford Meadows Music Theater
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
November 3, 1996 Geneva, Switzerland SEG Geneva Arena
April 19, 1997 Temuka, New Zealand Temuka Domain Oval
May 3, 1997 Austin, Texas Frank Erwin Center This performance was moved to the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
May 22, 1997 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena This performance was moved to the Cal Expo Amphitheater.
June 17, 1997 Holmdel Township, New Jersey PNC Bank Arts Center This performance was moved to July 20, 1997. A date in Knoxvlle was scheduled in its place.
June 26, 1997 Noblesville, Indiana Deer Creek Music Center This performance was moved to August 5, 1997
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert is a part of Festival Ischgl/Top of the Mountain Concert

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands 26,072 / 26,072 (100%) $539,550[10]
Alamodome San Antonio 18,019 / 18,019 (100%) $433,243[11]
Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre Dallas 18,380 / 18,380 (100%) $324,694[11]
America West Arena Phoenix 12,504 / 12,504 (100%) $324,694[11]
MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas 13,267 / 13,267 (100%) $448,485[11]
Greek Theatre Los Angeles 30,088 / 30,088 (100%) $1,194,346[12]
Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Anaheim 12,505 / 12,755 (98%) $465,920[12]
Gorge Amphitheatre George 18,066 / 20,00 (90%) $530,825[13]
Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge Bristow 17,893 / 17,893 (100%) $530,825[14]
Molson Centre Montreal 13,189 / 14,114 (93%) $485,482[15]
Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre Camden 11,764 / 24,967 (47%) $485,482[14]
Radio City Music Hall New York City 41,650 / 41,650 (100%) $2,651,000[16]
Jones Beach Marine Theater Wantagh 21,814 / 21,814 (100%) $850,400[17]
TOTAL 255,211 / 271,523 (94%) $9,142,010

Broadcasts and recordings[edit]

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Microsoft Music Central joined Turner on tour to give spectators a "behind the scenes" diary. Entries are written by Turner and her crew as they performed throughout Australasia and North America. The program also contained backstage footage and photos, along with, exclusive concert footage, music videos and interviews with Turner and Oprah Winfrey.[18]

Additionally, Turner's performance in Johannesburg was broadcast on SABC 3 in April 1996. Turner's Moscow performance was broadcast on Channel One.

Before Turner toured North America, The Showtime Network aired her concert from the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam Netherlands on April 1, 1997. The concert footage was later made available on VHS in September 1997, followed by DVD released in 1999. The DVD contained an interview with Turner as well as the music video for "Whatever You Want".

In 1998, the VHS was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Long Form Music Video category. Losing to "Jagged Little Pill, Live.

Additional concert footage was displayed on "The Oprah Winfrey Show", herself and her television followed the tour from The Woodlands to New York City. In return, Turner performed a private concert on June 4, 1997 at the historic Navy Pier in Chicago, IL for the annual PROMAX International.[19]

Band[edit]

  • Drums: Jack Bruno
  • Guitar: James Ralston and John Miles
  • Bass guitar: Bob Feit and Warren McRae1
  • Keyboards: Ollie Marland and Timmy Cappello
  • Saxophone: Timmy Cappello
  • Percussion: Timmy Cappello
  • Piano: Kenny Moore and Chuckii Booker2
  • Supporting vocals: Chuckii Booker, James Ralston, John Miles, Kenny Moore, Timmy Cappello Ollie Marland, Karen Owens, Sharon Owens and Cynthia Davila
  • Dancers: Karen Owens, Sharon Owens and Cynthia Davila

1March–August 1997
2Replaced Moore after his death in March 1997.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Tina Turner returns to U.S. with "Wildest Dreams" World Tour". Jet Magazine (Johnson Publishing Company) 91 (17): 32–35. 1997-03-17. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Attend to It: The concur music year--by the numbers". The Atlantic Journal (Atlanta, Georgia: Cox Enterprises). 1997-12-26. p. P4. 
  4. ^ a b "People: Tina Turner". Lodi News-Sentiel (Lodi, California: Weybret Family). Associated Press. 1996-04-13. p. 15. 
  5. ^ Norment, Lynn. "Tina Turner On her younger beau, why she loves Europe and why she didn't appreciate her legs until she was 40". Ebony Magazine (Johnson Publishing Company) 51 (10): 44. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  6. ^ a b Goldstuck, Arthur; Pereira, Donna (1997-04-05). "Touring South Africa". Billboard Magazine (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 109 (14): 52. 
  7. ^ "Deaths: Kenneth L. Moore". Billboard Magazine (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 109 (18): 36. 1997-05-03. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  8. ^ "People and Places". Spartanburg Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, South Carolina: The New York Times Company). Associated Press. 1996-05-05. p. A2. Singer Tina Turner and actor Bruce Willis sing together Friday during a rehearsal at Bercy Stadium in Paris. Willis and his group, "The Accelerators," are the opening act for Turner's "Wildest Dreams World Tour '96." 
  9. ^ Thomas, Rebecca (1997-03-21). "Tina Turner O-rena Bound". The Orlando Sentinel. Tribune Company. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  10. ^ "Amusement Business Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses". Billboard Magazine (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 109 (20): 16. 1997-05-17. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Amusement Business Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses". Billboard Magazine (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 109 (22): 14. 1997-05-31. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  12. ^ a b "Amusement Business Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses". Billboard Magazine (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 109 (23): 15. 1997-06-07. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  13. ^ "Amusement Business Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses". Billboard Magazine (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 109 (24): 12. 1997-06-14. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  14. ^ a b "Amusement Business Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses". Billboard Magazine (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 109 (30): 16. 1997-07-26. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  15. ^ "Amusement Business Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses". Billboard Magazine (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 109 (29): 21. 1997-07-19. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  16. ^ "Amusement Business Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses". Billboard Magazine (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 109 (33): 14. 1997-08-16. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  17. ^ "Amusement Business Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses". Billboard Magazine (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 109 (35): 14. 1997-08-30. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  18. ^ "Microsoft Music Central Offers Exclusive Look At Life on the Road With Tina Turner" (Press release). Microsoft. 1997-06-20. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  19. ^ Robert, Feder (1997-06-04). "Oprah welcomes execs to broadcast convention". Chicago Sun-Times (Chicago, Illinois: Sun Times Media, Group). p. 61.