69 year-old Tina Turner reprises Mad Max costume for NY concert

A few years ago, I went to see Cher during her very extended “Farewell” tour. The fifty-something singer busted out that black fishnet body stocking she wore in her “Turn Back Time” video back in the 80s. It was kind of nostalgic, but it was also kind of unnecessary. Not to mention, there’s no way it was the same body stocking because even though she looks great, she’s not in the same shape she used to be. That’s kind of how I felt looking at these photos of the great Tina Turner reprising her over-the-top Aunty Entity costume from the movie “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.” Now, don’t get me wrong. Tina, who just turned 69, looks fantastic, but some memories just need to stay sacred – and that Mad Max costume is one of them.

Tina Turner, who just turned 69, stood on a pedestal 30 feet in the air to greet her cheering legions at the opening of last night’s sold-out show in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Hydraulics eased her down as she sang “Steamy Windows.” An affirmative roar greeted her question: “Is everybody all right?”

The eight-time Grammy Award winner has hit the road again after announcing her retirement in 2000 following a tour that grossed $110 million. Turner’s 36 North American performances are almost wrapped up; 43 dates in Europe follow.

[From Bloomberg.com]

Look, I know I’m going to catch hell for this opinion. I know that 50 is the new 40 and so on. And Tina is still amazing, at any age. But she’s also a great-grandmother. My own grandmother is 72 and the though of her flashing cleavage and leg makes me …well, uncomfortable. Maybe it’s time for Tina to cover up a little. People would still come see Tina’s show if she didn’t wear the skin-baring outfits. She doesn’t need them. It’s not like she’s Madonna and only has her sexy image to fall back on – the woman is a legend.

Before you start calling me sexist, I feel the same way about Mick Jagger – the guy needs to keep his shirt on. Call me ageist but I could live very happily the rest of my life without seeing old man pigeon chest in addition to elderly cleavage. Wouldn’t it be better to see them live, looking and acting their age, and simply look at the old album covers to remember them young and sexy?

Photo credit: WENN

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  1. Wif says:

    I think it’s the wig that is particularly unflattering. It’s makes her look her age. I don’t have a problem with her showing her legs, she’s famous for them, but that long red drapy number has me terrified that she’s going to trip and break her hip.

  2. KPod says:

    I’m 40, and I would kill to have Tina’s “elderly cleavage”.

  3. Amy says:

    You go Tina! show ‘em how its done.

  4. boomchakaboom says:

    Simply the best!

  5. Bea says:

    WOW!! 69 She looks GREAT!! :D :P

  6. Ron says:

    Some things, like say Culottes or the Mad Max get up, are best left in the closet for all eternity. And even though there is nostalgia, I don’t want to see Granny’s naughty bits.

  7. Christina says:

    wow, that guy is HUGE… i didn’t know that made humans that size… 8O

  8. Syko says:

    I love this woman. She’s still got it going on, if you didn’t know her age, you’d never guess it. Amazing legs. I NEVER had legs like that on my best day.

  9. Anna says:

    I think that as long as you’ve got it (and Tina clearly does), you can flaunt it. If she feels comfortable showing that much skin (and she really hasn’t got your typical 69-year old wrinkles, if I may generalize so shamelessly), then more power to her. If one is uncomfortable with seeing Tina or Mick or others in their age group like this, then they are easy to avoid looking at. As for her grandchildren etc, they’ve got Tina Turner the Legend as a grandma, she’s cool with being sexy and I think that’s a healthy new perspective and novel role model. I agree about the wig and the Mad Max costume though. They are rather unflattering and they’re just passé. The short red number is pretty hot though!

    And yeah, that hulking hunk o’ man behind her is something else! I’d love to get me a piece of that! :) How’s that for sexist…? ;) :D

  10. prissa says:

    I agree with the other posters. Tina Turner is a legend and her legs are what she’s known for. Besides, she’s a performer and this is a performance. I’m sure she doesn’t wear these outfits when her great-grandkids are visiting.

  11. vdantev says:

    Love her- hate the get-up :(

  12. Just Amanda says:

    I absolutely love that she did this. I am 26 and grew up watching the Mad Max movies. Seeing Tina Turner in that costume at her age just made me all giddy. Can you imagine being at the concert and actually seeing that? It would be such a great story to tell not to mention hilarious! (in a good way :) )

  13. Cari says:

    I don’t get it. Is she supposed to wear polyester pull-on pants, a floral print sleeveless shirt, knee-highs and Aerosoles just b/c she’s a great-grandmother??

    :roll:

  14. MSat says:

    I’ll just point out that there’s a huge double standard here. Madonna gets crucified for her revealing outfits onstage- people calling her granny, etc.

    I like to use Lena Horne as an example of class and aging gracefully. Beautiful, sexy woman. As she got older, she still dressed sexy but age-appropriate sexy.

    Robert Plant is another example of a rock guy who is getting older but doing it right. He doesn’t feel the need to pour himself into the skin tight pants and wide open shirts he wore in the 70s. Thank god.

  15. Syko says:

    I don’t think the double standard is as big as you make it out to be, MSat. Tina is hot, Tina is sexy, but at all times you have no doubt that this is a LADY. You don’t see her hunching dancers or grabbing the guys’ dicks. She struts and shows off, but somehow it’s always tasteful.

    Madonna, on the other hand, is all about the crotch, and loves nothing more than to push it in someone’s face.

    Madonna makes sex filthy. Tina makes it hot.

  16. Julia says:

    I’m with you Syko. And I think she even could’ve pulled off the Mad Max outfit if the wig had been better quality :wink:

  17. Cinderella says:

    Tina has always exuded confidence and class, so she can pull off any look on stage.

  18. daisy424 says:

    Well said Syko :wink:

  19. JaundiceMachine says:

    Right on Syko.

    Tina is looking great – I enjoy the Mad Max nostalgia.

  20. Aethylred says:

    Where’d he loot those epic shoulders?

  21. whattheheck says:

    Still has gorgeous legs…

  22. tigerlille says:

    I adore Tina. She was young and sexy then, and now she is old and sexy. Really, she is incredible. I look 20 years older than Tina, and I am 15 years younger! Madonna looks bad because she is not beautiful, and is not sexy, period. As for Tina’s skin baring, the costumes in the photographs displayed are actually quite discrete.

  23. xiaoecho says:

    Sorry people – the emperor has no clothes

    SHE LOOKS RIDICULOUS in that silver contraption and wig

    whatever happened to dignity and grace in old age?

  24. Tabby says:

    xiaoecho: surely you’re not serious? Tina exudes dignity and grace whatever she wears, she’s an icon. She doesn’t need to wear this stuff, but she can, and still look good for her age. Funny isn’t it, Madonna and Cher have both had various surgical changes and they look awful, while Tina still looks great.

  25. Giz says:

    I agree, the Mad Max costume is very unflattering! Although, originally, I don’t think it was suppose to be flattering, at least not in the film. However, the short red dress is great! Ms. Turner as aged well. If she has had work done, it’s minimal. Unlike Cher who looks as if he has got enough botox in her face to donate leftovers.

    The fact is, very few people are allowed or want to grow old gracefully.

    Nicole Kidman looks as if her face would combust it you put a match too close. Given all the obvious work she’s had done. The woman isn’t even 50 yet.
    Renee Zellewegger (sp) is starting to get that look as well.

    When the cosmetic work is the very obvious and overdone that’s when becomes distracting and sad.

  26. Dave says:

    For 69, she has great… I think the appropriate term is “gams”.

  27. LISA says:

    I love Tina Turner and she may feel great and look good “for her age”, but she doesn’t look young and for sure she looks much too old for those outfits which are suitable for youthful body-types. What’s wrong with studio albums?

  28. Codzilla says:

    Tina has amazing legs for any age.

  29. DissentingVoice says:

    Yeah, she looks great … if your idea of great is YODA!

    ARE YOU PEOPLE DAFT???

  30. Claire says:

    Tina’s my idol and as long as she still has the golden pipes God graced her with and at 69 legs that still can strut on towering heels, and the most important thing, her love of music and entertaining, may she proudly flaunt it. I saw her show Dec 4th at the coliseum and the audience went wild. She sweated up a storm giving the audience what they paid for and more. God bless this elegant lady.

  31. Freelancer says:

    Hey, this is the time of the women…I am sixty and last night….I got told I had Tina Turner legs…I am always thought to be twenty years younger than I am. I say: no matter what your age…if you’ve got it and can still do it and rock it…then do it. Go Tina, you are hot, hot, hot.

  32. Venus in Blue Jeans says:

    Frankly, I’m the odd woman out here. Tina Turner, even when young, had the shortest neck and waistline imaginable, especially in proportion to her height (I think she is short overall). Her so-called great legs are muscular-chunky but appear long when compared to her troll-like body. The way she poses them (lewdly)accounts for the legendary status they have achieved. If you look closely, she is always wearing very heavy hosiery, probably custom made, to hold in any flab. The Mad Max outfit is a travesty and she’s had a great deal of plastic surgery. Her neck has by now completely disappeared. I am not really a fan but admire her fierce spunk. Now as far as legs go, Princess Diana had the very best, end of story. Tina’s legs are overrated and her voice grates after awhile. But of course I am in the minority, because she’s been hyped so much people believe it after hearing it over and over…also, I think her calves are not especially beautifully shaped but sort of clunky. Sorry.

  33. MadBill says:

    She’s Tina. She can do whatever the hell she wants!

    I think she put on the Aunty Entity and had Thunderdome costumes for the big muscles guys to give her fans a show, its for the fans, and I love that sort of recapture tribute!

    Of course, its 20+ years later but just be glad she made that effort, its showbiz! It’s rock n roll!

    Paul Stanley still rocks his outfits, fantastic!

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