'It just rocked': Remembering Tina Turner at Summerfest

’It just rocked’: Remembering Tina Turner at Summerfest

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The world's largest music festival is reflecting on Tina Turner's two visits to the Summerfest stage.

Fans around the world are mourning the "queen of rock and roll" after she died on Wednesday, May 24.

"It's a shocker, you know, I'm sad," Patricia Knorre said. "She was simply the best."

Knorre said she saw Turner perform at Summerfest in 1997.

"I made (my sister) get up at four o'clock in the morning because I said we got to be in line," Knorre said. "At that time with Summerfest, you didn't have to pay to get in, but you had to get a stamp."

The early hours and long lines were surely worth every second of an unforgettable concert.

"Her legs and the high heels and the dancing was incredible," Knorre said.

Turner made her mark in Milwaukee long before the 90s. 

Bob Babisch, the former vice president of entertainment, booked Turner to play at Summerfest in 1983.

"It just rocked. I mean it was just, it was way over the top. I mean she was a dynamo. That was 'rollin' on the river' and all those songs she was doing at that time and it's just a smokin' show," Babisch said.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is coming to Marcus Center in Spring 2024.

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