Proving the adage that old pop stars don't ever really retire (they just fade away until the time is right for a comeback), iconic soul/R&B; diva Tina Turner announced that she would return to the road for the first time in eight years.
The 68-year-old Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy-winning singer will embark on a North American tour scheduled to reach Staples Center on Oct. 13.
In 2000, Turner played a farewell world tour marking the end of her career as a live performer. But her part in a well-received duet at this year's Grammys lured the singer back to the touring circuit.
"After performing with Beyonce at the Grammy Awards, the response was overwhelming," Turner said in a statement. "Everywhere I went people were asking me when I was going back on tour. So after a lot of thought and planning, I can answer the only way I know how: See you in Kansas City, where we'll kick the tour off!"
-- Chris Lee