As I've already written,
Ike controlled every aspect of his show. Every
note played, every dance step, everyone's stage clothing, lighting
effects - everything was Ike's idea. Everything
was done exactly the way Ike wanted it, down to Tina's
facial expressions, hand movements, the precise way the girls
moved, threw their hair
around - everything.
In 1971, Ike toured Europe for about one
month. I didn't go
on that tour, although Ike argued with me about it, and
offered me a small fortune. I mentioned earlier
that I was working at STAX in Memphis, and
couldn't just leave for one month. I would
have lost my staff position at
STAX - and I didn't want that. I
really would have enjoyed going, but I was
committed to STAX.
This is a video you
have to see
It will educate you, with your own eyes and ears, how good Ike was at putting
together a super-show.
it's also one of the worst shows I ever remember I&TT doing.
The audience was
far too conservative - they
acted like they were comatose.
Maybe they weren't allowed to
make some racket? Do some yelling and hollering?
gave very little feedback to the group, and that makes things very
hard on the group.
Suits and ties? What
the hell is this? Symphony orchestra night?
I guess that's
"Normal In Norway".
Watch it anyway.
Ike pretty much stays in the
background and directs the group - but it will kick your ass.
I&TT Europe video
.flv format - 55
minutes play time
download time - I can't control this.
you're on a high-speed internet connection - if not, you might be
waiting a long time.
can believe me - the wait will be worth seeing this.
As you watch this
video, keep in mind that ONE MAN designed everything
you're about to see.
any player which supports .flv format should play the video