Singer Chanel Haynes says she was fired from Tina Turner musical on London’s West End after being given a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to perform with the Rolling Stones
- Haynes was performing in the musical Tina on London’s West End
- She received a last-minute invite to perform with the Rolling Stones in Milan June 21
- She wound up joining the band at San Siro Stadium and sang Gimme Shelter opposite Mick Jagger
- Haynes received an email from the Tina manager saying she was suspended from the production
- Haynes said her suspension was linked to singing for the Rolling Stones on the same evening Tina was running
- She said that ‘there’s no one person that can stop a show’ on the West End
The New Orleans-born entertainer told the outlet Rolling Stone that her employment with the musical was terminated, and she was kept off its final three shows, after accepting the last-minute invite from the iconic band.
Grammy-nominated performer Chanel joined the British rockers to sing the classic Gimme Shelter at San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy, on June 21, a night the musical was running.
The outlet noted that her chance to take the stage with the band was a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity – and a good chance to cede the stage to her understudy – even though it would ‘eventually cost her her’ job in the Tina musical.
The latest: Singer Chanel Haynes says she was fired from the Tina Turner musical Tina on London’s West End, after an impromptu performance with the Rolling Stones in Milan, Italy
Chanel was filing in for regular Gimme Shelter singer Sasha Allen, who was unable to perform at the show, and the band was familiar with her work and asked her to perform.
‘I can’t say exactly when I got the call because I don’t want to give timelines,’ she said, adding that ‘that there was very little notice’ from the band when asking to perform.
She said: ‘Everybody was biting their nails – “How are we going to pull this off?” But I tell you the machine the Stones have is like Buckingham Palace or the White House. They have the same level of personnel. Next thing I knew, I was on a plane to Milan.’
The singer said she and the Stones frontman delivered a rousing rendition of the 1969 classic after rehearsing with one another just once.
The New Orleans-born entertainer said her employment with the musical was terminated, and she was kept off its final three shows, after accepting the last-minute invite from the iconic band to sing the classic Gimme Shelter at San Siro Stadium in Milan June 21
Haynes was seen singing opposite Mick Jagger at the concert earlier this month
‘We’re just in each other’s face going “Just a shot away!” in a little room,’ Haynes said. ‘He had this little smirk on his face the whole time.
‘When we were done, makeup, catering, and everyone else there started clapping like, “This is going to work!”‘
Haynes said after the performance, she received an email from Mark Rubinstein, the general manager of the Tina musical, telling her she’d been suspended from the production, and should ‘not attend the theatre or any place of work’ until further notice.
Haynes announced her severance from the show in a June 23 post along with the note from Rubinstein.
She said she was ‘speechless’ over the decision and disappointed she would not be able to take the stage in front of a number of people who were traveling in to see her final shows as Turner.
Haynes said that she and Stones frontman delivered a rousing rendition of the 1969 classic after rehearsing with one another just once
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Haynes told the outlet that her suspension was linked to singing for the Rolling Stones on the same evening the Tina musical was running.
‘I will say that if you’re on the West End, there’s no one person that can stop a show,’ she told the outlet.
‘It’s not designed that way. Ultimately, everything was fine. There was a show and a show happened, as did the show in Milan. All the shows happened, and I was happy about that.’
A representative for the Tina musical told the outlet they would not comment on the issue, per company policy.
Haynes shared an email she received from the musical’s management after her outing with the Rolling Stones