The Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey have paid tribute to their friend Tina Turner. Townshend said, "She will have some peace now.”
Townshend also said, "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 [ex-]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.”
He added, "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.
Finally, Pete said, "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 10 years, I kept meaning to track her down, and see how she was. I truly thought she would live forever.”
Daltrey added, “What a singer! What a performer! What a life! A true original artist, and simply the best.”
[Source: Classic Hits Today]