Tina Turner Ready To Shake Up Stage One Last Time

Legendary performer to hit 40 North American cities in exhaustive final tour.

Tina Turner has mapped out what she's calling her final tour, 44 years after first rocking onstage with the groundbreaking Ike Turner Revue.

The singer said on her official Web site (www.tina-turner.com) that she is not retiring, but this will be her last extensive tour. The five-month trek includes 60 shows, beginning March 21 in Minneapolis and hitting 40 cities in North America. She'll then head to Europe for 16 dates.

Turner, popularly referred to as "the hardest-working legs in show business," was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

"There's not a female performer in pop music that doesn't owe something to Tina Turner," said Howard Kramer, an associate curator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. "In the '60s there was nothing like [the Ike and Tina Turner Revue] — nothing as brazen, as energetic and with a woman at the front. Women were cajoled and instructed to be far more demure. ... She knocked down the door."

Initially a backup singer in Ike Turner's traveling soul-music review, Tina Turner (born Annie Mae Bullock) soon became the star of the show, singing on hits including "A Fool in Love" (1961) and "Proud Mary" (RealAudio excerpt).

After divorcing Ike Turner in 1976, she disappeared from the spotlight for several years before returning in the mid-'80s with the hits "What's Love Got to Do With It" (RealAudio excerpt) and "We Don't Need Another Hero."

Turner released Twenty Four Seven, a project inspired by her work on last year's VH1 "Divas Live" show, on Feb. 1. Released last fall in Europe with the single "When the Heartache Is Over" (RealAudio excerpt) the album has sold 2 million copies overseas.

R&B singer Lionel Richie will appear as a special guest throughout the tour.

Tina Turner tour dates:

March 23; Minneapolis, Minn.; Target Center

March 24; Madison, Wis.; Kohl Center

March 25; Rosemont, Ill.; Allstate Arena

March 26; Auburn Hills, Mich.; Palace of Auburn Hills

March 30; Cleveland, Ohio; Gund Arena

March 31; Louisville, Ky.; Freedom Hall

April 1; Greensboro, N.C.; Greensboro Coliseum

April 3; Philadelphia, Pa.; First Union Center (tentative)

April 7; New York, N.Y.; Madison Square Garden (tentative)

April 8; New York, N.Y.; Madison Square Garden

April 9; Buffalo, N.Y.; Marine Midland Arena

April 12; Atlanta, Ga.; Philips Arena

April 15; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; National Car Rental Center

April 19; New Orleans, La.; New Orleans Arena

April 20; Dallas, Texas; Reunion Arena

April 21; San Antonio, Texas; Alamodome

April 23; Houston, Texas; Compaq Center

April 27; Phoenix, Ariz.; America West Arena

April 29; Las Vegas, Nev.; MGM Grand Garden

May 3; Sacramento, Calif.; ARCO Arena

May 5; Anaheim, Calif.; Arrowhead Pond

May 6; San Jose, Calif.; San Jose Arena

May 8; Oakland, Calif.; Oakland Coliseum Arena

May 10; Portland, Ore.; Rose Garden Arena

May 12; Tacoma, Wash.; Tacoma Dome

May 13; Vancouver, British Columbia; General Motors Place

May 15; Salt Lake City, Utah; Delta Center

May 17; Denver, Colo.; Pepsi Center

May 19; Kansas City, Mo.; Kemper Arena

May 20; Moline, Ill.; Mark of the Quad Cities

May 21; St. Louis, Mo.; Kiel Center

May 26; Indianapolis, Ind.; Conseco Fieldhouse

May 27; Rosemont, Ill.; Allstate Arena (tentative)

May 28; Cincinnati, Ohio; Firstar Center

June 1; Auburn Hills, Mich.; Palace of Auburn Hills, tentative

June 2; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Van Andel Arena

June 3; Columbus, Ohio; Schottenstein Center

June 4; Toronto, Ontario; Air Canada Centre

June 8; Albany, N.Y.; Pepsi Arena

June 9; Boston, Mass.; FleetCenter

June 10; Montreal, Quebec; Molson Centre

June 11; Ottawa, Ontario; Corel Centre

June 14; Bristow, Va.; Nissan Pavilion

June 15; Hartford, Conn.; Meadows Music Theatre

June 16; East Rutherford, N.J.; Continental Airlines Arena (tentative)

June 30; Zurich, Switzerland; TBA

July 3; Hannover, Germany; Niedersachsenstadion

July 5; Paris, France; Stade de France

July 7; Glasgow, Scotland; Hampden Park

July 9; Cardiff, Wales; Millennium Stadium

July 11; Dublin, Ireland; RDS Showgrounds

July 13; Sheffield, England; Don Valley Stadium

July 15; London, England; Wembley Stadium

July 19; Hamburg, Germany; Volksparkstadion

July 21; Berlin, Germany; Olympiastadion

July 23; Munich, Germany; Olympic Stadium

July 27; Frankfurt, Germany; Waldstadion

July 28; Cologne, Germany; Mungersdorfer Stadium

July 30; Leipzig, Germany; Festweise

Aug. 3; Copenhagen, Denmark; Parken Stadium

Aug. 5; Gothenburg, Sweden; Ullevi Stadium