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Tina Turner to play London's O2 Arena (2009)

Tina Turner

Story by Jack Foley

GRAMMY Award winning singer Tina Turner is to play four concerts in the UK next year (2009), including two nights at London’s O2 Arena.

The announcement was made on Tuesday (May 20, 2008) and comes eight years after the singer declared her retirement from touring with a ‘farewell tour’ in 2000.

The change of heart was made following the “overwhelming” response to Turner’s performance alongside Beyonce at the recent Grammy Awards in LA, which prompted her to rethink the decision to quit.

“Everywhere I went people were asking me when I was going back on tour. So after a lot of thought and planning we announced an American tour,” she explained earlier this month.

“Now Europe beckons and I don’t want to let down all my loyal fans over there.”

Turner, now 68, will perform shows in London and Manchester in March 2009, with tickets for the dates due to go on sale on May 28.

The show will feature songs from her entire career, including hits from past albums River Deep Mountain High, Proud Mary, What’s Love Got to Do With It and The Best.

The 2009 tour dates so far are (all March):
3 & 4 – London (O2 Arena)
30 & 31 – Manchester (MEN Arena)