Linda Scheppink - Concert De Doelen – 13 Nov. 1982

Dear Tina Turner fans,
To be honest, I was not a Tina Turner fan from the early beginning, but I am the living proof of somebody who became one in a split second! This is how it happened…

I met my husband in 1969. We enjoyed many concerts since then and we were married for quite some time already, when we heard Tina Turner would do a concert in "De Doelen" in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. We were in De Doelen many times before and, to be honest, we went to Tina’s concert just because we were curious.
Massada, a Moluccan band, opened up for Tina Turner.
The hall was sold out. Around 2200 visitors. We were on the second row, so we had a great view.
It is the 13th of November 1982, the beginning of the concert:

A chair is put backwards on the stage, the lights dim. In the dark Tina sits on the chair with her face to the audience, holding a microphone.
One spot on her only. On a low bass sound she begins to sing the very slow introduction of "Gasoline alley". It was almost like a lullaby…
But then she raises her voice, throws the chair away and the fireworks start! Even now, when I write these lines, I get the chicken pocks on my arms…..

From that moment on I was a fan and I was hooked, and I was hooked on everything.
Her voice, her stage presence, her dancing, just her charismatic performance as an artist in every single way.
Of course I am giving credits to her band and her great dance/backing vocals too.
This was the Band:
Kenny Moore – Piano
Jack Bruno – Drums
James Ralston – Guitar
Bob Feit – Bass
Chuck O’Steen – Keyboards
Ann Behringer – Dance
La Jeune Richardson – Dance

It was an evening we will never forget and we enjoyed every single second of it. It is already a long time ago, but the memories are still very vivid. Thanks Tina!

And here are some photos and Dutch newspaper articles.

Andrew Lee - You Were There
Linda Scheppink - Concert De Doelen - Rotterdam, the Netherlands - 13 Nov. 1982
Miriam Rouw - Tina fan since I was 14 years old
Scotty Stillman - Why I love Tina Turner's "Foreign Affair"
Sjors Arts - Seeing Tina perfom in the Gelredome - Arnhem, the Netherlands - 2009
Esther Vastenhout - Proud Mary, Lets stay together Dancing in my dreams!
Esther Vastenhout - Anna Mae Bullock – The girl in the field with no name
Bartosz Jagodzinski - Berlin – January 2009
Angie Spencer - Private Dancer Tour – Perth – 24 Dec. 1985

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