Tina Arena is about to embark on her national ‘Reset’ tour – a self-produced trek that will see her play 18 dates around Australia in support of her latest album. Arena has been teasing fans with word that she will be performing lots of new material, along with delving into the archives.
Tina has an expansive repertoire to choose from, and must find herself in an unusual position when it comes to selecting a set list. Unlike most artists who consistently rely on the same selection of their hits, Tina has different songs she performs in specific markets around the world.
While a few of these songs were never released locally as singles, they’re widely known through their inclusion on her various hits compilations. As such, they’ve become some of her most loved – despite having never been performed on home soil. Elsewhere, there are some long forgotten pop moments that the sheer thought of her revisiting would have concertgoers giddy with excitement.
For this tour, we’d love to see all of her worlds collide – Australian favourites, European million-sellers, and showstoppers from her leading roles on the West End.
So here we’ve gathered this selection of gems we’d love to see her perform. Check them out by clicking NEXT.
Live For The One I Love
Night after night, Tina wowed the West End with this one. While the musical ‘Notre Dame de Paris’ never came to Australia, this song remains a blockbuster, having also been released by Celine Dion. However, critics were unanimous that Tina’s was the superior rendition. Tina also performed the song on the World Music Awards before being presented with the award for Highest Selling Australian Artist.
Strong As Steel
The title track from her 1990 debut, ‘Strong As Steel’ is one of the few songs from the album that could fit comfortably in a current set list without sounding dated. This classic Diane Warren ballad would make a beautifully sentimental throwback.
Aller Plus Haut
Tina often treats Aussie audiences to a song from her French repertoire, most commonly her cover of Edith Piaf’s ‘Les 3 Cloches’ or the haunting ‘Je M'appelle Bagdad’. However, the song that remains her most enduring French hit (although strangely never appearing on any Australian tour) is ‘Aller Plus Haut’. Aussie fans know it well, from its inclusion on the ‘Greatest Hits’ & ‘Souvenirs’ compilations. It’s the song that really kicked her career into high gear in Europe.
Never (Past Tense)
Another corker! This track was a huge hit in the clubs across the US. After featuring heavily on the US TV drama, ‘Queer As Folk’ Tina performed it at G*A*Y in London and in Sydney at Mardi Gras. This might also provide an opportunity to show off some of the cha-cha moves she picked up during her time on ‘Dancing With The Stars’.
Whistle Down The Wind
In 1998 Tina was asked to record the title track from Andrew Lloyd Webber & Jim Steinman’s musical, ‘Whistle Down The Wind’. A UK chart hit, Tina performed it on Top Of The Pops and on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th Birthday TV Concert at Royal Albert Hall.
We felt this was a fitting choice, because this fan favourite from the ‘In Deep’ record probably hasn’t been performed in sixteen years. While the album version was great, this stripped back TV performance is EVERYTHING!
No More Tears
For someone who regularly performed Donna Summer hits on ‘YTT’, being invited to join the disco queen onstage in New York during her televised comeback concert must have been a truly full-circle moment. Along with ‘Macarthur Park’, this would be a fitting tribute, but who could she duet with? Hmmm…
If I Was A River
Recorded for inclusion on the US release of ‘In Deep’, this is another Diane Warren composition. Patti LaBelle would later cover it, but Tina’s version remains the best.
Show Me Heaven
This one was recorded for the US release of ‘Don’t Ask’. Originally by Maria McKee for the ‘Days Of Thunder’ soundtrack, Tina took this well-known song to new heights.
I Need Your Body
We always thought Sydney Mardi Gras would be the place Tina would most likely perform this song again. But perhaps following the release of her autobiography, it may just feel like the perfect time to reclaim this truly iconic moment in Aussie pop, that hasn’t been revisited in several decades. ‘I Need Your Body’ (and its accompanying video) was the original career “reset” for Tiny Tina. Our fingers are crossed!