Legion set for ‘Tina Turner’ show

Duane Hicks

World champion Tina Turner tribute artist Luisa Marshall will be performing at the Fort Frances Legion next Thursday (April 28) as part of her cross-Canada “Hope Beyond Thunderdome” tour.
Legion vice-president Warren Anderson said the local branch is excited to host Marshall, who is performing at Legions from Vancouver to St. John’s, Nfld. on her tour to promote awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
“It’s an interactive show,” Anderson noted. “She gets people up.
“If people sit at the back and they think they’re safe, she’ll walk around the whole hall and grab people from the back,” he added.
“Next thing you know, they’re wearing tiaras and feather boas and stuff.”
Doors open at 6 p.m., at which time attendees will be able to buy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, with the concert starting at 8 p.m.
Tickets cost $25 each, which are available at the Legion or online at brownpapertickets.com
Anderson said only 200 tickets are being made available—and close to half were sold as of yesterday afternoon.
“Tickets sales are going good but we’d like a lot more,” he remarked.
“Obviously, we’re hoping for a sell-out.”
Five dollars from each ticket will be donated to the Veterans’ Transition Network to aid those with PTSD, Anderson said.
He also noted this could be just the first of a series of featuring top-notch tribute artists.
“We’re going to have more them if we have a good turnout,” he pledged.
Marshall has performed around the world.
The named of her tour, “Hope Beyond Thunderdome,” stems from something she observed when she performed for the UN Peacekeeping Force in war-torn Bosnia, and then later the Multinational Force and Observers in Israel and Egypt.
The most requested song on both tours was “We Don’t Need Another Hero [Thunderdome],” which Tina Turner first sang for the soundtrack of the 1985 film, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.”
Marshall realized the song was a metaphor for the state the troops were in at the time and that hope is what they needed.
“They were like babies to me,” Marshall said of the soldiers. “They need our help.”
She embarked on the nation-wide “Hope Beyond Thunderdome” tour in March to raise awareness of PTSD for Canadian soldiers and firefighters, and commit $5 from each ticket sold to go to the Veterans Transition Network.
In addition to being the World Rock ’N Roll Tribute Artist Champion 2003, Marshall has appeared on the Opera Winfrey show twice.
More recently, she was on the mega-popular talk show, “Ellen,” where she got a 25-second standing ovation.
Marshall has walked the red carpet at the 2014 Golden Globes, and attended after-parties where she was spotted with the likes of Taylor Swift, Oscar winner Jared Leto, and Jon Voight.
Marshall was voted as one of RBC’s Top 25 Immigrants of 2014.
To find out more about Marshall and see videos of her performances, visit www.luisamarshall.com