Tina Turner will turn 69 next month. What's a grandmother to do? After an eight-year retirement from the stage, the rock 'n' soul wonder woman is strutting her stuff for two hours a night this fall.

How does she do it? "I have no secret," Tina told People magazine. "I have good genes. But I get a lot of sleep and eat healthy. I was never into drugs or smoking. I have an occasional glass of wine or champagne, but that's about it."

To prepare for her tour, Tina and her "girls" danced eight to 10 hours a day. Obviously, she -- and her career -- have legs, but lots of other parts have helped to create an extraordinary body of work.


When Anna Mae Bullock put on her wig, she became Tina Turner. Maybe she, like Samson, gained strength from her "hair."


Nothing was evah nice and easy for her. But she eventually worked things out through the Buddhist faith she developed in the mid-1970s.


Dripping with rural, Southern-fried soul, her loud, leathery voice makes every song her own -- even all those hits written by men.


Heartbreak and hardship have fueled her biggest songs. But you might as well face it, she's addicted to music.


For two decades, she worked for her man (Ike) every night and day. And she lost plenty of sleep. Eventually, she summoned the strength to say, "You'd better be good to me."


Simply the best. Better than all the rest. Onstage, she becomes Tina Tornado, a force of nature who taught Mick Jagger how to move and women how to walk away.

Tina timeline

1957 At 17, Anna Mae Bullock starts singing backup for Ike Turner & the Kings of Rhythm.

1966 The Ike & Tina Turner Revue scores a pop hit with "River Deep, Mountain High," produced by Phil Spector.

1971 Ike and Tina rock the Minneapolis Auditorium with their hit "Proud Mary."

1982 Tina, who left Ike in 1976, plays First Avenue solo. "People all over the world ask me when I'm gonna slow down," she says. "I tell 'em, 'I'm just getting started.'"

1985 Thanks to her Grammy-winning comeback album "Private Dancer," she plays to 14,000 at the St. Paul Civic Center.

1993 Angela Bassett stars in "What's Love Got to Do With It," a dark portrayal of Turner's life based on her '87 autobiography.

2000 Tina opens her farewell tour at Target Center in March and returns in November for a true adieu.

2008 After a surprise Grammys appearance, she launches a tour that started last Wednesday and arrives at Target Center on Thursday.