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Tina Turner live in Kansas City | October 1st 2008

By David Cantwell for USA TODAY

The event: Wednesday's sold-out opening of the 68-year-old rock diva's first road show since 2000, when her Twenty Four Seven Tour made her the year's top-grossing concert act. The new 36-date North American tour is an extravagant production with choreography by Toni Basil and costumes by Bob Mackie and Giorgio Armani.

Location: The Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Attendance: 18,000

The opening number: Red velvet curtains part to reveal Tina in black sequins and 4-inch-high heels, perched atop a 20-foot steel rod; she belts out Steamy Windows as four women in fleshtone tap pants dance wildly at her sides. A moment later, to deafening applause, she tells the crowd, "I'm glad to be here, too!"

Explode on contact: With every bit of the energy of a woman half her age, Turner tears through Better Be Good to Me before disappearing backstage to an explosion of pyrotechnics. Then, members of her dance troupe play-act a stage crasher's altercation with "security," allowing the star a breather and a costume change.

Standout number: Tina demands to know What's Love Got to Do With It, each ravaged rasp making plain that it's got everything to do with it, all while moving about the stage in a red minidress.

First in line: Connie Steagall and her friend Marcia Stinnett, who had driven the three hours up from Branson, Mo. Wearing a Turner jersey purchased during the singer's last tour, Stinnett, 56, is incredulous when asked why she'd come. "Because Tina's great! At her age, still performing it's amazing."

Next stops: Turner heads to the Chicago area for shows Friday, Saturday and Monday. Then it's back to KC for a second date on Wednesday.

- Small video from the concert

Set list:

01. Steamy Windows
02. Typical Male
03. River Deep, Mountain High
04. What You Get Is What You See
05. Better Be Good To Me
06. Ninjas
07. Acid Queen
08. What's Love Got To Do With It?
09. Private Dancer
10. Ninjas
11. We Don't Need Another Hero

- Intermission -

12. Help
13. Undercover Agent For The Blues
14. Let's Stay Together
15. I Can't Stand The Rain
16. Medley: Jumping Jack Flash/It's Only Rock 'N' Roll
17. Ninjas (blonde girl dances)
18. Goldeneye
19. Addicted To Love
20. The Best
21. Band introductions
22. Proud Mary
23. Nutbush City Limits
24. Be Tender with me Baby



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