Tina Turner begins the European leg of her "Twenty Four Seven" world tour in Zurich with concerts in the city where she has a residence.
Originally only one performance had been scheduled for Zurich’s Letzigrund stadium. But the demand for tickets was so great that a second - on Saturday - was organised.
Turner returns to Europe after a highly successful series of concerts in North America on a world tour, which she has said will be her last. "This will be my final big stadium rock tour," she told reporters before it began, but added that she was not yet considering retirement from the music scene.
Born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, Tina Turner began her singing career over 40 years ago first as a solo artist then as a partner with her former husband, Ike Turner. Her numerous hits include "River Deep Mountain High", "What’s Love Got To Do With It", the "Private Dancer" album and, of course, "Simply The Best".
For the Zurich concerts she will be joined on stage by John Fogarty, a former member of Creedence Clearwater Revival and composer of another of her hit recordings, "Proud Mary".
Before embarking on the tour, which is named after her latest album, Turner said once it was over she wanted to spend more time with her partner of the past 14 years, the German record executive, Erwin Bach, at their homes in Switzerland and France.
swissinfo with agencies