Monday, April 20, 2009


Last night Cecilia, Carl-Axel and I hit up Globen (Stockholm's appropriately named big indoor arena) to check out one Tina Turner, born November 26, 1939 in Nutbush, TN. That makes her 69, going on 70. It's truly amazing what exercise and a boatload of money can do for your appearance. She was a fantastic performer and still has full control of her trademark rough and raspy voice. It was good to hear some of the old classics of days with Ike, but I wasn't too much of a fan of the later solo stuff. One very strange moment came with "We don't need another hero", the song she wrote for "Mad Max and the Thunderdome" where she starred along Mel Gibson. She came out dressed up in her outfit from the movie, and sang next to a 7ft tall roid popping "dancer" decked out in what appeared to be a futuristic characature of a Trojan warrior outfit. I was dumbfounded.

However, she more than made up for it on Proud Mary and Nutbush City Limits. I didn't realize how excited I was to see Proud Mary, her rendition of which is pretty high up there in the list of Iconic performances in Rock history (see link above). I'm glad I got to see it. Me and the 60 year old lady in front of me were definately enjoying ourselves.

On another completely unrelated note, my most recent gastronomic gem of a find is Kräft Ost, or literally Crawfish Cheese. It's a delicious blend of spreadable cheese, bits of crawfish, salt brine and dill. Sounds repulsive, but tastes so mmmmmm. Great after concert snack.

On a sad note, my cousin is in the hospital in Cleveland with a mass in her brain and is going to have surgery this week. It's pretty serious. My thoughts are with you Steph.

(mmmm....fishy cheese)

(Enjoying a beer at intermission. Intermission at a concert you say?? I'm convinced they were watching out for all the old folk's and thier overactive bladders. I think I saw maybe 10 people as young as Cecilia and I there. It's a shame kids today don't respect the classics...what with thier heavy metal and rap music)


(Fancy retracting arm thing that took her over the crowd during Nutbush City Limits)


Märy said...

Åh, vilken härligt bild på knäckemacka med kräftost! Blir så sugen på det nu!
Låter som en kanonkväll med Tina!
Ha det gott och vi saknar er!
Kramar från Marie med pöjkarna

sunick said...

Brad - I have no good reason as to why I found this blog at 11:00 at night, here in Nebraska. Since I haven't seen you in years, and I've had four brain surgeries, it seems I don't know you at all anymore. (as opposed to our previous "closeness") When I was in the hospital I remember mom saying you sent me an e-mail that said you were thinking of me. Thanks! Of course, we can't find that e-mail now, but I'm still touched.
I'm also a little jealous you got to see Tina Turner. In 2004, right before I left for China the first time, I saw Cher in concert. Your commentary on Tina made me think of that concert. It was a fantastic concert, and probably not at all similar to Tina Turner, but I thought I'd throw that out there anyway.
Have a happy Christmas! And tell your mom thanks for all the e-mails and cards she sent us while I was in the hospital!
- Steph