Foreign Affair: The Farewell Tour

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Foreign Affair: The Farewell Tour
Tour by Tina Turner
Tt ticketstub fatft.jpg
Ticket stub for a concert in the UK
Associated albumForeign Affair
Start dateApril 27, 1990 (1990-04-27)
End dateNovember 4, 1990 (1990-11-04)
Legs2
No. of shows121 in Europe
Attendance3 million
Box office$70 million
($139 million in 2020 dollars[1])
Tina Turner concert chronology

Foreign Affair: The Farewell Tour (also known as the Foreign Affair: European Tour 1990) is the seventh concert tour of American-born Swiss singer Tina Turner. The tour supported her seventh studio album Foreign Affair (1989). The tour was Turner's first stadium tour and only reached European countries. Overall, the tour was attended by approximately three million people—breaking the record for a European tour that was previously set by The Rolling Stones.[2][3][4]

The tour is notable as Turner's only tour to not reach North America[a]. Since the tour was considered a farewell tour (at that time), Turner wanted to exclusively tour Europe to thank her fans for supporting her career after she became a solo artist.

Background[edit]

The tour was advertised as a "farewell" tour as Turner began to concentrate on potential acting roles.[5] During an interview, Turner stated,[2]

"I've always thought this would be the final one but I must admit I now have mixed feelings. I'm the first woman to fill all these stadiums and the feeling from all those fans night after night was fantastic. I don't want to close that door completely. I'm going away for about a year and when I'm ready to return, I just hope the fans will want whatever I have to offer."

Turner would return to touring in 1993 with her North American tour, "What's Love? Tour".

Broadcasts and recordings[edit]

Turner bidding farewell during the concert at Woburn Abbey

The groundbreaking tour was filmed at the Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc in Barcelona and was released on VHS titled, "Do You Want Some Action?". To celebrate Turner's 2021 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a remastered version of the recording was released in 2021, alongside an audio CD of the full concert.[6]

Fan-recorded footage of opening night in Antwerp is available on YouTube. The concert at Pallatrussadi, Milan was filmed and was also used as part of the MTV film. Although the real professional, multi-camera recording is not in circulation, there is a fan-shot, full-length video of the concert on YouTube.

The concert at Woburn Abbey was filmed and part of which was used in an MTV mini-documentary, promoting Turner's tour. The intro to this show was used as part of an interview with Turner and the music video to "Be Tender with Me Baby" is the encore to this show. It is available on YouTube and the single for the song. There are no known copies of the full-length in circulation.

Additionally, the concert in Athens was broadcast live on ET2.

Personnel[edit]

  • Bass guitar: Bob Fiet
  • Dancers: Annie Behringer and LeJeune Richardson
  • Drums: Jack Bruno
  • Guitar: John Miles and James Ralston
  • Keyboards: Timmy Cappello and Ollie Marland
  • Percussion: Timmy Cappello
  • Piano: Kenny Moore
  • Saxophone: Timmy Cappello
  • Supporting vocals: Timmy Cappello, John Miles, Ollie Marland, Kenny Moore, and James Ralston

Opening act[edit]

Setlist[edit]

May 24, 1990 - November 4, 1990
Act 1
  1. "Steamy Windows"
  2. "Typical Male"
  3. "Foreign Affair"
  4. "Undercover Agent for the Blues"
  5. "Ask Me How I Feel"
  6. "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)"
  7. "Private Dancer"
  8. "I Can't Stand the Rain"
  9. "Nutbush City Limits"
Act 2
  1. "Addicted to Love"
  2. "The Best"
  3. "I Don't Wanna Lose You"
  4. "What's Love Got to Do with It?"
  5. "Let's Stay Together"
  6. "Proud Mary"
Act 3
  1. "What You Get Is What You See"
  2. "Show Some Respect"
  3. "Better Be Good to Me"
Encore
  1. "Be Tender with Me Baby"

Notes
  • During the opening night concert at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Turner performed "You Can't Stop Me Loving You" and "Look Me in the Heart".
  • During the concerts in Oldenburg, Turner performed "New Sensation"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe[8][9]
April 27, 1990 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
April 28, 1990
May 1, 1990 Verona Italy Arena di Verona
May 3, 1990 Milan PalaTrussardi
May 4, 1990
May 5, 1990
May 7, 1990 Rome Palazzo dello Sport
May 8, 1990 Cava de' Tirreni Stadio Simonetta Lamberti
May 9, 1990 Florence PalaSport
May 12, 1990 Gothenburg Sweden Scandinavium
May 14, 1990 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Ice Hall
May 15, 1990
May 17, 1990 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena
May 18, 1990
May 19, 1990
May 20, 1990 Oslo Norway Valle Hovin
May 22, 1990 Gentofte Denmark Gentofte Stadion
May 24, 1990 Karlsruhe West Germany Wildparkstadion
May 26, 1990 Cologne Müngersdorfer Stadion
May 27, 1990 Munich Olympiastadion
May 29, 1990 Berlin Waldbühne
May 30, 1990
May 31, 1990
June 2, 1990 Stuttgart Neckarstadion
June 3, 1990 Frankfurt Waldstadion
June 4, 1990 Hanover Niedersachsenstadion
June 6, 1990 Oldenburg Weser-Ems Halle
June 7, 1990
June 9, 1990 Bremen Weserstadion
June 10, 1990 Nuremberg Zeppelin Field
June 13, 1990 Linz Austria Linzer Stadion
June 14, 1990 Vienna Praterstadion
June 16, 1990 Basel Switzerland St. Jakob Stadium
June 17, 1990
June 19, 1990 Dortmund West Germany Westfalenhallen
June 20, 1990
June 21, 1990 Essen Grugahalle
June 23, 1990 Rotterdam Netherlands Feyenoord Stadion
June 24, 1990 Maastricht Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre
June 26, 1990 Maizières-lès-Metz France Parc Schtroumpf
June 28, 1990 Versailles Palace of Versailles
June 30, 1990 Lausanne Switzerland Stade Olympique de la Pontaise
July 1, 1990 Lugano Cornaredo Stadium
July 2, 1990 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier
July 4, 1990 Madrid Spain Plaza de Toros Las Ventas
July 6, 1990 Barcelona Plaça de Toros La Monumental
July 8, 1990 Gijón Estadio El Molinón
July 11, 1990 Aix-en-Provence France Stade Pratèsi
July 14, 1990 Birmingham England NEC Arena
July 15, 1990
July 17, 1990
July 18, 1990
July 19, 1990
July 21, 1990 Gateshead Gateshead International Stadium
July 22, 1990
July 25, 1990 Ipswich Portman Road
July 28, 1990 Woburn Woburn Abbey
July 29, 1990
August 3, 1990[A] Monte Carlo Monaco Salle des Etoiles
August 4, 1990[A]
August 5, 1990[A]
August 6, 1990[A]
August 7, 1990 Albenga Italy Stadio Comunale Annibale Riva
August 8, 1990[A] Monte Carlo Monaco Salle des Etoiles
August 9, 1990[A]
August 11, 1990 Catanzaro Italy Stadio Comunale di Cantanzaro
August 13, 1990 Viareggio Stadio dei Pini
August 15, 1990 Lignano Sabbiadoro Stadio Comunale Teghil
August 16, 1990 Bolzano Stadio Druso
August 18, 1990 Velika Gorica Yugoslavia Gradski Stadion Velika Gorica
August 19, 1990 Belgrade Zemun Stadium
August 24, 1990 Utrecht Netherlands Stadion Nieuw-Galgenwaard
August 25, 1990 East Berlin East Germany Stadion der Weltjugend
August 26, 1990 Hockenheim West Germany Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg
August 28, 1990 Athens Greece Nikos Goumas Stadium
August 30, 1990 Floriana Malta Independence Arena
September 1, 1990[B] Lüneburg West Germany Flugplatz Lüneburg
September 2, 1990 Leipzig East Germany Zentralstadion
September 4, 1990 Innsbruck Austria Olympiahalle
September 6, 1990 Budapest Hungary Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
September 8, 1990 Vienna Austria Praterstadion
September 9, 1990 Salzburg Residenzplatz
September 11, 1990 Brussels Belgium Forest National
September 12, 1990
September 14, 1990 Glasgow Scotland SECC Concert Hall 4
September 15, 1990
September 16, 1990
September 17, 1990 Belfast Northern Ireland King's Hall
September 19, 1990 London England Wembley Arena
September 20, 1990
September 21, 1990
September 22, 1990
September 24, 1990
September 25, 1990
September 26, 1990
September 29, 1990 Lisbon Portugal Estádio José Alvalade
October 1, 1990 A Coruña Spain Pabellón de Deportes de Riazor
October 2, 1990
October 5, 1990 Barcelona Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc
October 6, 1990
October 7, 1990 Les Escaldes Andorra Aparcament al Pavelló del Prat Gran
October 9, 1990 Zaragoza Spain Estadio de la Romareda
October 10, 1990 Toulouse France Palais des Sports
October 11, 1990 Bordeaux Patinoire de Mériadeck
October 13, 1990 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
October 15, 1990 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
October 16, 1990
October 17, 1990 Nantes Le Grand Palais
October 19, 1990 Lille Espace Foire
October 20, 1990 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle
October 21, 1990 Munich Olympiahalle
October 22, 1990 Cologne Kölner Sporthalle
October 24, 1990 Birmingham England NEC Arena
October 25, 1990
October 27, 1990 Dublin Ireland RDS Simmonscourt
October 28, 1990
October 29, 1990
November 1, 1990 Heerenveen Netherlands Isstadion Thialf
November 2, 1990 Rotterdam Rotterdam Ahoy
November 3, 1990
November 4, 1990
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert was a part of the "Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival"[10]
B This concert was a part of the "NDR2 Open Air Festival"[11]
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
May 5, 1990 Turin, Italy Stadio Comunale Vittorio Pozzo Cancelled
August 9, 1990 Bari, Italy Stadio San Nicola Cancelled
September 5, 1990 Karlsruhe, Germany Wildparkstadion Cancelled
October 2, 1990 Bilbao, Spain Plaza de Toros de Vista Alegre Cancelled
October 31, 1990 Zürich, Switzerland Hallenstadion Cancelled

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Since Turner's comeback in 1984. Turner toured Australia only in 1977

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Tina ends European tour and will take a year off". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. 79 (7): 35. 1990-11-26.
  3. ^ "Tina Turner At 52: What's Age Got To Do With It". Ebony. Johnson Publishing Company. 47 (3): 102. January 1992.
  4. ^ "Rocker Supreme 1958-2007". The Pop History Dig. Archived from the original on November 12, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  5. ^ "Tina Turner: Still sexy and going strong". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. 78 (13): 60. 1990-07-09. This is definitely my last tour [...] and I mean it!
  6. ^ Kreps, Daniel (June 3, 2021). "Tina Turner Readies 'Foreign Affair' Deluxe Reissue". Rolling Stone. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on July 20, 2021. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  7. ^ Saenz de Tejada, Ignacio (July 4, 1990). "Tina Turner comienza en Madrid su gira española tras anunciar su despedida de los escenarios" [Tina Turner begins her Spanish tour in Madrid after announcing her farewell to the stage]. El País (in Spanish). Archived from the original on July 12, 2021. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  8. ^ "Tina Turner: Foreign Affair - European Tour 1990" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 102, no. 51. New York City, New York: Billboard Music Group. December 22, 1990. p. 8-9. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved July 11, 2021.
  9. ^ "This Month in Maltese History". AboutMalta. MaltaMedia Online Network. August 2010. Archived from the original on August 9, 2010. Retrieved July 11, 2021.
  10. ^ "MONTECARLOTIMES' UPDATE OF QUALITY PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT SUMMER 2018". Monte Carlo Times. May 25, 2018. Archived from the original on July 11, 2021. Retrieved July 11, 2021.
  11. ^ "Stolzer Augenblick" [Proud moment]. Der Spiegel (in German). September 2, 1990. Archived from the original on July 11, 2021. Retrieved July 11, 2021.