Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry, Diana Ross, Brian Wilson, Karen O, more pay tribute to Tina Turner
Tina Turner passed away at the age of 83 today (5/24), and tributes to the late legend have been pouring it from fellow musicians and others, including The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood, Blondie's Debbie Harry, Diana Ross, Brian Wilson, Living Colour's Vernon Reid, MC Hammer, Beyoncé, Margo Price, KISS' Peter Criss, Janelle Monae, Mariah Carey, Garbage, Moor Mother, Bethany Cosentino, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Dawn Richard, Sleaford Mods, Al Green, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O, Questlove, Sheila E, Bette Midler, Grandmaster Flash, Kid Cudi, The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, John Fogerty, The Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, City Girls' JT, Diane Warren, Ciara, Aaron Neville, Rick Astley, Tim Burgess, Lol Tolhurst (formerly of The Cure), Low Cut Connie, Sage Francis, Melissa Etheridge, Pee-wee Herman, John Cleese, Elijah Wood, Angela Bassett, Stephen King, and more. Read them below.
Beyoncé posted her tribute on her site. ""My beloved queen," it reads, "I love you endlessly. I'm so grateful for your inspiration, and all the ways you have paved the way. You are strength and resilience. You are the epitome of power and passion. We are all so fortune to have witnessed your kindness and beautiful spirit that will forever remain. thank you for all you have done."
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey's tributes were posted to The Who's official site, and read:
Sad to hear we have lost Tina Turner. She had been ill for a long time, and struggling to stay in touch with old friends. She will have some peace now.
An astonishing performer, and astounding singer, she was also an R&B groundbreaker. We don’t want to say too much about Ike Turner – her abusive husband – but her early records with him were simply out of this world. She always took flight when she worked with him, leaving him like a fifth wheel, chipping away at his basic riffs. When she was finally free of him her work ascended to new, even higher heights. It didn’t seem possible.
If you ever had the privilege of seeing Tina perform live you will know how utterly scary she could be. She was an immense presence. A female Little Richard. She seemed like a giant: shaking, sexual, physical and stunningly beautiful. In the flesh she was fragile, vulnerable and a truly sweet and empathetic person.
She was of course my Acid Queen in the Tommy movie, and it is often my job to sing that song with The Who, so she always comes into my mind. It isn’t easy to deal with. The song is about abuse at the hands of an evil woman. How she turned that song on its head! All the anger of her years as a victim exploded into fire and bluster and a magnificent and crazy cameo role that will always stay with me.
She has been in my mind for the last ten years, I kept meaning to track her down, and see how she was. I truly thought she would live forever.”
“What a singer! What a performer! What a life! A true original artist, and simply the best.”
Angela Bassett (who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Turner in 1993's What's Love Got to Do with It) told The Hollywood Reporter, "How do we say farewell to a woman who owned her pain and trauma and used it as a means to help change the world?"