- The Washington Times - Monday, October 9, 2000

Miss Turner does that to people renders them nearly speechless with the energy and charm she throws into a performance.

She did that Saturday night in what is being billed as her last concert tour, although it was her second time through the Washington area in the past 3 and 1/2 months.

The singer, who officially turns 62 next month, directed a great deal of attention to women in the audience. In her lengthy rendition of her classic "What's Love Got to Do With It" which became the title of a film about her up-and-down life she also parodied both women's "attitude" and men's "strength" in a sing-along with both sexes.

Miss Turner sure can beat her feet. The long limbs and high-heeled shoes are as much a part of her show as her sensuous, soulful voice competing with and often lost in the sounds of seven musicians who are part of the current "Twenty Four Seven" tour. Five dancers, two of them background vocalists, complete the crew.

Joe Cocker's tuneful "No Ordinary World" opener neatly paralleled the main feature in emotion. The final, rollicking R&B; hit "Unchain My Heart" ended with a robust Mr. Cocker executing a succession of childlike jumps. For joy?

In her decades-long career, Miss Turner has changed from being merely a spectacle into something of a phenomenon, becoming, like Cher, as much scene as singer. The two entertainers, who collaborated recently on a VH1 special, are noted as much for their staged theatrics as their songs.

Miss Turner's concert at MCI Center drew a sellout crowd of 20,000, which was alternately rapt and raving. After a flirtatious greeting ("Is everybody here?"), the entertainer with the trademark mop of blonded hair promised, "I'm going to take you on a journey."

What followed were some of her greater and lesser moments, complete with flashback clips of early images on film "There I was in 1960 … " with glittery and fiery (literally) technical effects underscoring the drama of her life.

The audience was treated to a slick "Private Dancer" sequence and a moving "Try a Little Tenderness," a homage to the late composer-performer Otis Redding.

"Nutbush City Limits" at the close an ironic homage to her Tennessee roots had the vibrant star in a white, fringed leather jumpsuit moving about overhead on a narrow steel platform that rose up from stage front like a phoenix in full flight.

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