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Wednesday, May 7,1997 She's got legs What's age got to do with it? At 57 y Tina Turner's still rockin' By BRUCE WESTBROOK Houston Chronicle HOUSTON — At 57, Tina Turner is still rocking and strutting the most famous legs in the music business. What's age got to do with it? "Not a lot," said Turner who this past week launched her American tour. "I'm a healthy person. That's my gift.... Some people age, but I haven't gone through that as yet. "Well, to a point, of course. But not where I can't work as I normally do." For Turner, normal work means pulling out the stops onstage for two energized hours a night — as she's always done. "We'll perform in a traditional Tina Turner style," she says of the tour. "It's straight-ahead and high-energy, with a lot of dancing. The show moves into three phases and ends up on a high, I think." After Houston, Turner goes to San Antonio and then Dallas. By Aug. 1, she will have performed in 49 cities in the United States and Canada. Turner took the same show through Europe last year. With legs so famous they earned her a contract as a spokeswoman for Hanes Hosiery — the tour's no-run .sponsor — Turner likes to strut her stuff onstage. "I'm not one for standing and singing," she says. "You can listen to the record at ;home, but onstage, just standing there isn't enough. I'm not saying •everyone needs to run around onstage as I do, but I personally like a lot of production, a lot of action." Though she has no exercise regi-_ men, it's not hard for her to keep fit for such tours. "The show takes care of that," Turner says. "Once we get into it, that's enough to take weight off anyone." The only tough part, she says, comes with back-to-back one-night engagements in several cities. "Still, once I hit the stage, it takes over me, and I get into it," she says. Turner will perform songs from her latest album, "Wildest Dreams," as well as many chestnuts. But "Help" won't be among them. In the 1980s, when her Grammy- winning "Private Dancer" album revived her career, she often performed her interpretation of the Beatles' pop- rock tune, belting it out with bluesy, soulful extremes. "I don't do that anymore," she says. "It's a very sad song, and I can't brin^ myself down that low all the time. "It's digging-into-your-soul singing." Turner has added other covers, including John Waite's '80s' hit "Missing You (featured on her new album)" and Delbert McClinton's "Giving It Up for Your Love." Fans can also count on her to sing "Proud Mary," a relic of her performing days with ex-husband, Ike Turner, as well as solo hits such as 1984's "What's Love Got to Do With It?" That smash defined Turner's comeback after years of obscurity and struggle to make it on her own. But though Turner soon achieved superstar popularity — "Private Dancer" sold 12 million copies — radio airplay and album sales have been scarce lately. Her concerts' rapid sellouts are a testament to her staying power with a large, loyal base of fans, who troop to her shows regardless of what's hot. "Radio is difficult now unless File photo Tina Turner, who achieved stardom decades ago with then husband, ike, still rapidly sells out concerts, but radio play and CD sales are scarce. 'Radio Is difficult now unless you're rapping or It's very modem music. I'm not a trend. I've basically stayed true to my styles." you're rapping or it's very modern music," she says. "I'm not a trend. I've basically stayed true to my style. "But the new and trendy music usually doesn't last. "I think artists like the Stones, (David) Bowie or myself will last. We're still in. We're just not trendy." Turner takes pride in her professionalism and the longevity it has brought. "I think I'm a very down-to-earth person," she says. "I think I've done well with my life and with my career, and I have earned the success and the respect that I have from people." it'll be a beauty Film goes straight to video LOS ANGELES — Add the animated film "Beauty and the Beast" to the list of Disney sequels going straight to video. Angela Lansbury, Robbie Benson and the rest of the voice cast are returning in "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas" — set for video release in November. It will also feature the voices of Bernadette Peters and Tim Curry, Walt Disney Co.'s Canadian animation operation said Wednesday. Composer Rachel Portman, an Oscar winner this year for "Emma," and lyricist Don Black ("Sunset Boulevard") have written four songs. Walt Disney Animation Canada Inc. began operation a year ago creating films for video. Production is under way on video sequels to other Disney films, including "Toy Story" and "The Lion King." The original "Beauty and the Beast" had a $310 million box-office gross and sold 22 million copies in video. Another knockout? Paper says Tyson married WASHINGTON — Mike Tyson may be a married man, again. The former heavyweight champion wed longtime girlfriend Monica Turner at her Bethesda, Md., home several days ago, The Washington Post reported. Tyson's Muslim mentor, Muhammed Siddeeq, reportedly performed the small, private ceremony. Tyson's co-manager, Rory Holloway, and Siddeeq refused to comment to the paper. Turner, who visited Tyson regularly during his three-year imprisonment in Indiana for rape, is a pediatric resident at Georgetown University Medical Center. She and Tyson are the parents of a 1-year-old daughter. Tyson's stormy first marriage, a one-year union to actress Robin Givens, ended in divorce in 1989. The former champ's last fight was a loss against Evander Hollyfield. Their scheduled rematch had to be postponed because of an injury suffered by Tyson. 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