Friday, December 14, 2007

R.I.P. Ike Turner

(this was a comment i left over to Bad Tux, the Snarky Penguin's)

about five years ago, i turned a young drummer friend over to ike. the kid had monsterous chops but he needed to learn the business. he needed to learn to be a professional. ike fucking schooled him. i never worked for, or with ike. i only knew him after he sobered up. thing was, if in the last ten or so years, if you worked for ike, you fucking worked. and you got paid. ike flat handled shit. club owners and producers didn't even think about stiffing ike. ike. would. cut. them. if you worked for ike you got paid what you were told you would be paid. and you worked.
other folks had to get day gigs to get by. not if you worked for ike.

ike knew how to put on a show. every tune, every note, every move was studied and chosen for effect. ike was a showman, a dying breed.

he is missed.

Goodbye Ike. I bet it won't be very long at all before you school a proper Doo-Wop line with those angels. God, Jesus, please take Ike, and try not to piss him off.



Anonymous tw said...

I only saw Ike once, 1974, outside at night. Red Bone was a no show so the Ike and Tina Turner Revue opened early and played long. Ike had a white or orange jump suit on(I can't recall the color for sure but I can remember that the Ikettes had skimpy pink chifon outfits on and could those girls ever shake it in time, but I digress) Ike had a biker type bass player who had his back to Ike and was lagging behind on the tempo. Ike did a Chuck Berry across the stage and kicked him in the ass. He turned around and Ike gave him instructions as to the tempo with the neck of his guitar. It was priceless and the most memorable moment in the concert, except maybe those chifon outfits, or those legs !!!!

What a great performer and producer and much more.

Ike, don't fuck with those angels, you'll get your ass in trouble !

9:25 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Yes, Ike was certainly the brains of the outfit, a fact which cannot be denied him.

His foul personal behavior is another matter altogether, but it does not dismiss his professional abilities. Unfortunately, that heavy karma weighed down his potentiality.

9:52 AM  

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