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August 9, 2012

For Tina, with admiration

Show is tribute for superstar music pioneer

— Starr Fisher says she must remember one thing when she performs a high-energy show.

“Breathe,” she said. “When you’re doing a high-energy show and you stop breathing, you can pass out.”

Take a deep breath, folks. Fisher is about to celebrate one of the highest energy performers of all time — Tina Turner.

“Celebrate Tina” is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Roxy Theater.

Fisher said her performance would be a tribute, not a re-enactment.

“I’m not doing an impression,” she said. “I want to pay homage to her stage show, her dancing, he energy. I am really paying homage to the hard work of Anna Mae Bullock.”

That was a reference to the name Turner was born with in Nutbush, Tenn.

She went on to rock the world, first as an act with her then-husband, Ike Turner, then as a chart-topping solo act. Her hits include “Proud Mary,” “Private Dancer” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”

“She was one of the founders in female rock,” Fisher said. “She set the precedent for other females in rock ’n’ roll and rhythm and blues.”

Famous singers such as Beyonce “basically pay tribute to Tina Turner,” said Fisher, who will go to Nutbush to perform a tribute concert Sept. 28-30.

“Celebrate Tina” covers several aspects of Tina Turner’s career, reaching into a variety of music — rock, rhythm and blues, even some gospel, she said.

Fisher won’t be the only performer sharing the energy Saturday – she will be joined by Michelle Love, who toured with Ike Turner as one of the Ikettes, the duo’s backup group.

Love, who lives in Tulsa, said she was an “amateur” singer and linked with Ike “just to get some experience.”

“We did casinos along the East Coast,” she said, adding that she toured with Ike after Tina Turner left, including a tour after Ike got out of prison — he served 18 months for cocaine possession — in 1991.

“He was a real stickler for showmanship,” Love said. “He gave my career a jump-start. I have nothing negative to say about him. The time I spent with him was grand.”

Ike Turner died in 2007.

Love attended Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow and now has her own ministry as well as singing career.

Fisher said working with Love “has been one of the greatest experiences I’ve had.”

She said she learned from Love “that I was actually on the right track.”

“I know where she came from. I know how much of a perfectionist Ike was,” Fisher said. “The more energy she gives, I give. And the more energy I give, she gives.”

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: “Celebrate Tina” tribute concert.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Roxy Theatre, 220 W. Okmulgee.

TICKETS: $10.

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