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Thursday, October 28, 1999 Published at 17:16 GMT 18:16 UK


Tina's final world tour

Tina Turner celebrates her 60th birthday next month

Superstar Tina Turner, who has announced a major world tour for June 2000, says it will be her last.

"This will be my final big stadium rock tour. I want to change my working habits... smaller, you know, less is more - that kind of thing," the singer told a Paris press conference.

But the soul star made it clear that she wasn't yet considering retirement from the music scene.

"I will be out there... I'll go on to do something else... but I don't know when I'm finishing," she added.

Turner, who celebrates her 60th birthday next month, also announced the release of a new album.

Twenty Four Seven will be released on 1 November and is produced by the team behind fellow veteran star Cher's hit album, Believe.

[ image: Simply the best: Tina Turner performs at the MOBO Awards]
Simply the best: Tina Turner performs at the MOBO Awards
The Millennium 2000 Twenty Four Seven tour will visit 17 European cities, beginning in Zurich on 30 June.

It features four UK dates, including Wembley Stadium, where Tina will be the last star to perform before the famous Twin Towers are demolished.

The singer also made it clear that she was not disturbed by the prospect of turning 60.

"How does it feel being sixty? Do I act like a 60-year-old woman? No, we don't need to act like that anymore. We have a whole new era ahead of us and I think we are given that opportunity to not feel like 60," said Turner.

The singer, famous for hits such as Private Dancer, Nutbush City Limits and The Best, started her music career with the St Louis group, Kings of Rhythm.

She married the male lead, Ike Turner and moved to Los Angeles where the couple formed a group called the Ike and Tina Turner Revue.

The couple divorced in 1978 and Tina embarked on a hugely successful solo career.

To date she has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and was recently honoured for her lifetime achievement at the Music of Black Origin awards.

She is currently at No 10 in the UK singles chart with When The Heartache Is Over.

Born Anna Mae Bullock in Brownsville, Tennessee, Tina celebrates her 60th birthday on 26 November.

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