05/01/2008 AT 04:30 PM EDT
Retirement is for wimps. After a seven-year hiatus, Tina Turner – looking svelte in this exclusive photo – will grace the stage again starting with a Kansas City show on Oct. 1, all thanks to some nudging by another legendary siren, she tells Oprah Winfrey
"I was at the Armani show in Milan just chatting with Sophia Loren. I told her I was taking a break. She said for how long … I said oh, seven years. She said, 'Break over. People want to see you. Get back to work,' " Turner says on the May 8 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Her famous fans weren't alone in their zeal for Turner's return: "After [performing at] the Grammys when I got home to Zurich, people would come up to me in the restaurant, in the ladies room, on the street … everywhere. I started getting lots of little slips of paper and napkins with notes from fans. Some of them were so touching about my life, or a song and how it helped them. Each time I kept the note ... and suddenly there was a pile. I called my manager and said, 'It's time! '"
– Mary Margaret