Tina Turner has died

One of the most energetic voices of my youth is no more.

In a statement on Wednesday night, a representative said: “Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock’n Roll’ has died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland. With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model.”

Who is going to run the Thunderdome in the absence of Aunty Entity?


  1. wzrd1 says

    I had just mentioned that in the comments on a previous entry.

    OK, OK, I’ll run the Thunderdome. I already did equip up to do so at lunch time, had a can of beans…
    Don’t think there will be a gas embargo for a while.

  2. dontlikeusernames says

    Aww, that’s sad :( … but it is the way of the world.

    Of course, we all know what “long illness” is code for, but I hope it was as painless as possible for this absolute legend.

  3. Oggie: Mathom says

    I was discussing this phenomenon with my sister when I was up in Maine after Mom died. We remembered being kids and, at least once a week, our mom (sometimes Dad, but more often Mom) would say something along the lines of, “Oh, thus and so just died. I danced to his music in Junior High,” or some such reminiscence about people that I had either never heard of, or was only aware of them through old movies or TV shows (I was blown away that Angela Lansbury was, when younger, the object of young men’s lust. . . ). Now, of course, my sister and I keep getting hit, about once a week, by “Oh, thus and such died. I danced to her music in Middle School . . . ” or some such.

    There is a difference, though. The internet has made the actors and musicians of my youth approachable to all generations. The Beatles are still significant and, to a certain extent, quite popular and still culturally significant. So is Lynyrd Skynyrd, AC/DC, Madonna, and many, many others (some of whom I really disliked due to over-exposure via radio (Phil Collins, for example) but now I can appreciate the talent).

    Each death, such as Tina Turner’s, removes a creative mind from the world. Luckily, thanks to cable, and YouTube, and music streaming, and satellite radio, and all of the other hundreds of conduits for new and classic and oldies music, her talent will still be appreciated by those to young to remember the Mad Max movies (which aren’t nearly as good as I remembered (maybe the descent of a certain actor has something to do with that?)).

    My first exposure to her was, however, watching the movie version of Tommy.

  4. R. L. Foster says

    I danced to her music many times in my youth. Fare-the-well, Tina. I’m 99% certain there’s nothing awaiting you after that last breath was taken, but, to be honest, there’s a part of me that wishes a heavenly chorus greeted you in some as of yet undiscovered quantum field.

  5. hemidactylus says

    Yeah it’s cool to see Tina and Mick do a duet. But reading up on that “Brown Sugar” song I never realized what a hot mess it was underneath. Different times. Shudder! Cringe!

    And there’s this for more background from an Ikette: https://amp.smh.com.au/culture/music/mick-jagger-was-not-gonna-marry-no-black-woman-p-p-arnold-on-the-ugly-face-of-the-swinging-60s-20220722-p5b3re.html

    All that was way before I came of age. I wasn’t super familiar with Tina Turner. When I was more into music I recall “What’s Love Got to Do with It”. Miami Vice, a very under appreciated music driven show, used a few of her songs: https://miamivice.fandom.com/wiki/What%27s_Love_Got_to_Do_With_It

    Regardless of the mess of the “Brown Sugar” song it’s still really cool to see Tina Turner singing with Mick Jagger. I’m not huge into the Stones though I saw them at my first ever concert, because this little known band Van Halen was there. “Paint it Black” is the only song that still catches me, though I hesitate to deep dive the lyrics.

  6. hemidactylus says

    Ok this has Crockett and Tubbs departing from somewhere in a go-fast boat with the sun in the backdrop. Perhaps a beautiful fitting scene for a music legend:

  7. Matt G says

    I had a girlfriend many years ago who said the only person she would have a lesbian relationship with was Tina Turner!

  8. keinsignal says

    Your former girlfriend has good taste. What a legend. An incredible talent, and a fascinating human being. And that voice! There was no mistaking Tina’s singing for anyone else’s. I hope her passing was peaceful, at least.

  9. gijoel says

    Who is going to run the Thunderdome in the absence of Aunty Entity?

    I was going to be facetious and say Immortan Trump. I had an image of war boys with shiny, red MAGA hats yelling, “Hold my beer,” as they launched themselves at other cars.

    Honestly though, they couldn’t organize a fuck-up in a brothel, and will probably be the first to die due to a conspiracy theory declaring that “Radiation is a liberal plot to take away our guns.”

  10. brightmoon says

    ( sigh) Shy nerdy me wanted to be as wild as she was on stage . I eventually did find out it’s fun to act like that occasionally. RIP Tina !

  11. wzrd1 says

    @15, naw, more like “a lack of radiation is a liberal plot to take away our guns” and a special discount on cobalt-60 capsules for “contributors”.

  12. silvrhalide says

    First David Bowie, now Tina Turner.


    At least Annie Lennox is still with us.

  13. John Morales says

    Silentbob, that Bonnie Tyler cover song by Tina was a good version. Not original, but.

  14. jo1storm says

    And, I wonder when we are ever gonna change, change
    Living under the fear, ’til nothing else remains

    We don’t need another hero
    We don’t need to know the way home
    All we want is life beyond Thunderdome

    Looking for something, we can rely on
    There’s gotta be something better out there
    Ooh, love and compassion
    Their day is coming (coming)
    All else are castles built in the air