Some Cool Stuff Featuring Curt

This post is dedicated to James Colah, who is featured next to Roland and Curt in the photo above. We’re happy to welcome him back to the world of Tears for Fears. Read more about him and his music below…you’ll want to check him out! He’s pretty cool!

Yesterday, Curt was featured on SiriusXM’s 1st Wave sharing his amazing playlist with stories and commentary. Big thanks to Richard Blade for notifying all fans about the amazing song filled weekend featuring incredible artists that we’ve loved most of our lives! Big shoutout to a fan on the Tears for Fears Fan Forum hosted by Darren Hull. That fan (we didn’t catch her name) started the conversation about it and we shared the link.

Richard Blade Curt Smith Schedule 1st Wave

Why 1st Wave/SiriusXM is Important for TFF Fans
We understand that some fans had issues accessing the spectacular. While it’s too late now to catch the live-ish set on the livestream, we want to give you information for the future. First of all, Richard Blade is the reason these great things happen. He is a well-known DJ and host of 1st Wave programming. Richard Blade was important and instrumental in featuring Tears for Fears on air since the early 80s. Please follow him, read his book and learn about his influence. We wouldn’t have the amazing bands we follow today if it weren’t for Richard Blade. He helped keep them in the public eye. He still does. Richard Blade provided the link we shared the night before the show. When you select the link, three stations appear and the first one is 1st Wave. From there, you select the 1st Wave icon and it will stream for you. If you do not have a SiriusXM account it’s free through 31 May. Curt was featured right at 12pm ET on the dot. His amazing voice soothed us through the airwaves like a peaceful stream. You can hear just a snippet of it here:

Curt took us on a journey through his childhood with stories of why these selections are important to him. There was a lot of really cool information that he shared and we’d like to hear that again. Some of the bands (and songs) on his list are below. Please note these are not all in the order as they aired:

-The Sex Pistols’  The God Save the Queen 
-The Jam Going Underground

-Madness One Step Beyond
-Adam and the Ants Ant Music
-Gary Numan’s Cars
-Blondie’s Atomic
-Peter Gabriel’s (with Kate Bush) Don’t Give Up
-David Bowie’s Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
-Talking Heads’ I Zimbra
-Elvis Costello’s Everyday I Write the Book
-Julian Cope’s World Shut Your Mouth
-The Stranglers’ Golden Brown
and to our double delight the Mad World Duet featuring Curt and his daughter, the incredible, Diva Smith

(From Andye) I’m very sorry I couldn’t list every single song or the specific songs not listed next to the band name. I was just so into the music, only got so many of them written down.

If you missed it, Curt will be a host for Tim Burgess’ “Tim’s Twitter Listening Party” (Alison Moyet was just on) in just a few weeks – 14 June to be exact. You can find Tim on Twitter @Tim_Burgess.

MORE MUSIC

Jamie Wollam has new music that he released on his recent big birthday celebration. The amazing drummer genius turned 50 years old earlier this month! Give his music a listen and let him know your thoughts.

Play Jamie’s new music here

Play Carina’s new music here

Shaun Smith (Curt’s brother) is also a musician and had a band called RAKA – they are quite a sleek and sophisticated group from the 1990s. Shaun shared it with Andye and Andye asked to post it in a few places. Shaun gave permission and the response from fans was very nice! Have a listen and spot Shaun throughout the video on guitar (e.g. 03:09-03:11).

After we all enjoyed it, Darren suggested that Shaun join the TFF Fan Discussion Forum. Andye asked him and Shaun joined within the hour. We were all ecstatic! Shaun has some great stories from as far back as the Graduate band. He also helped us out with our band fun facts (enjoy those at the end of the post).

MORE COOL PEOPLE FROM THE BAND’S LIFE AND TIMES ON TOUR

Speaking of cool people joining the conversations, this month we are joined by James Colah, who is now in two Tears for Fears fan groups including the fan forum. James was with an opening band called The Adventures. James writes:

“I was the keyboard player in a band called, ‘The Adventures’ that opened up for TFF throughout America and Canada. It was probably the biggest tour of that year and we did around 32 shows and basically lived with TFF staying in all the same hotels.”

James was often stopped for autographs because people thought he was Roland! We can see that. He’s super nice, has a production company and is noted as the UK’s #1 indie Smooth Jazz artist! Get his music here and subscribe to his YouTube channel!

James Colah

TFF Tuesdays – the Next Level
So many have been sharing creative photos of themselves posed like members of the band – a sort of tribute photo or recreation of their album covers and iconic pictures. Tears for Fears Tuesdays featuring the t-shirts are still encouraged but if you’d like to go a bit further and recreate your favourite photo by grabbing your favourite salmon coloured polo and circle specs to salute EWTRTW that’s cool too. We’re giving away a prize (cash to use in the TFF store) to one person for their cool photo of the album or band photo of their choice. Continue tagging your photos #TFFTuesday on Facebook, Instagram and or Twitter. We’ll find you and add you to the drawing!

Pam Roden

We appreciate everyone who has helped make the quarantine bearable with your amazing weekly photos and check-ins! This was a hard time for so many and we were thankfully able to focus on the band and fun in fanland!

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read and stay updated on fun band and fan news! See you shortly on Tears for Fears Tuesday!

-Tears for Fears’ Travel Fan Team
Moderator Andye
Follow the band @tearsforfears @curtsmith @jameswollam @chartonpettus @dougpetty @carinaround

For fan and concert travel updates follow Tears for Fears Travel Fans @papasfans on Twitter and Kerfuffle of Kooks on Facebook

SHAUN’S FUN FACTS

Did you know Curt’s beloved mother is in the Mad World video? May her sweet soul rest. Shaun also noted that he would have been in it as well but he was headed off to college that day. Shaun also directed the lighting for Tears for Fears’ first show at Moles. He only had one lighting rehearsal which is significant because that is super important to get correct! Way to go Shaun! We appreciate your band facts! Cheers all!

Quarantined with the Coolest Fans – TFF Travel Fan Q2 Updates

We imagined, by now, we’d be out of quarantine completely. It’s surely temporary, right? Either way, we’re getting on by focusing on one of the main sources of healing for many of us which is Tears for Fears’ music. This update is dedicated to Superfan Shelly who let us know she’s getting through her battle with the COVID19 virus – a virus which makes any other ailment twice as complicated. We wish her continued healing! Here’s a message she recently shared…

Shelly Healed

Another way we are staying focused on the music that heals all ails is #TFFTuesdays. How did this come about? It happened during a conversation between moderator Andye and Superfan Lady Tamara. Tamara lit the fire by deciding that we should all wear our merch on Tuesdays during the lockdown. Andye originally called it  “Tour Couture Tuesdays” because Roland liked the term “tour couture” which was coined back in 2013 but Tamara had an even better idea of calling it #TFFTuesdays because it allows everyone to mention Tears for Fears. So, there you have it! And yes Curt approves! We’ve been participating in TFF Tuesdays since the second week of the quarantine and we’re still going strong. We imagine we’ll be dressing up every week until the end of June or right up to Curt’s birthday which comes to us by the Grace on a Wear it Wednesday – have two shirts ready for that week if you can. But we’re not just wearing t-shirts, we’re in everything from earrings and pins to a field of sunflowers. Take a look at a few of Tears for Fears’ soldiers of sound in uniform!

You name it, we’re wearing it and sharing it while enjoying great conversations online –  some of which include band members! One really meaningful conversation was sparked when fan, Rodney W., decided to gently nudge Curt that someone wanted to ask him a question. Curt kindly decided to spend what was initially to be 15 minutes (it  joyfully turned into well over an hour – thank you, Jon Cryer “Duckie” from Pretty in Pink and many other great productions) with fans, chatting and discussing all sorts of fun topics. One of the questions asked was when could we expect a virtual show like so many other musicians have been doing with their fans. Curt mentioned that when he starts scratching at the walls, sharing a song was likely to happen. Well…boy did it! World renowned designer Tory Burch and dear friend of the blessed Smith family, got a video of Curt and Diva singing Mad World.

Over 3 million have viewed it in a month! We knew within the first few days that it was going to go big and it was. Ended up on KTLA where an extraordinary interview took place. Lady Tamara grabbed her phone and recorded it for us and Curt sent this link from KTLA.

While on camera, the pups (yes, we know Bella and Ivy are no longer small dogs, but they’ll always be pups to those of us that watched them grow up virtually) sat quietly in the background as the interview took place. KTLA was really respectful (you know what we’re talking about) and focused on the band’s bright future as well as Diva’s current career in music.

Tory Burch also shared some cool pieces from Curt’s second daughter, Ms. Wilder and we love it! While we don’t and won’t focus too much on their children as we like to respect their privacy,  we can’t help but shout our joy in seeing that Lady Wilder has chosen a career in graphic design and perhaps more. We hope to get some things commissioned and designed for our future events. Again, HUGE THANKS to Tory Burch and to KTLA. Be sure to check out Lady Wilder’s work and designs. Here’s one tweeted by Tory Burch.

Wilder's photos

The buzz around that video, the interaction with Good Man Curt Smith and his delightful daughter Diva (she put on a show for @music2meals later on that day after the interview) were some of the most exciting parts of the quarter thus far. We appreciate getting to spend time with Curt and his family especially during this time of COVID19 madness. Speaking of spending time, Curt mentioned he’s down for the fan conference which is a green light for us to continue with the plans and pray that we can move forward with it. Dawn and Jack have agreed to be there too! They’ve been travelling to shows for years and helping create amazing fan experiences – they are part of the original Travel Fans from the 80s. So much respect for these two and how they make sure everyone get to Tears for Fears events!

Dawn and Jack

Right now, all but a few band members and Tears for Fears alumni are spending time with fans in the “Tears for Fears Fan Forum (without the drama)” which can be found on Facebook. This specific group is filled with fans who like to focus on the non-superficial side of being a fan. It’s all about the music, savouring those cool moments of the band’s past and present and talking about how things came to be. Members of the Graduate band (pre-Tears for Fears) are present there and making friends with all in a wholesome, deep and thoroughly outstanding thread of insights into their music. They regularly share photos and video clips. Jamie Wollam just joined as well and participated in a Q&A. And today is his birthday!! Happy Birthday Jamie! Check out the drummer cake on the Tears for Fears Travel Fan social media channels.

To join the group, come with a focus on the band. No band family photos are allowed including the public ones that Roland’s fiancée, Emily, shares. It’s all about music. No long ballads of “Dear Charlton Pettus how I love thee, let me detail the ways in this long post and 40 photos of you in cute jeans.” Nope. That will get you warned and removed as it should. Both the Travel Fan Team and The TFF Fan Forum are strict about content and purpose. We stick to our mission statement: “it’s about the music.” If you truly love the lyrics, the shows, videos and the fun that comes with being present alongside fellow fans and the band, then you’ll love these teams and can link up with them via the connect tab on the header. Again, no one is allowed to rule the world except the band members in the forum and we’re super happy about that. These two groups are also where the majority of the #TFFTuesday photos are being shared in addition to Twitter and Instagram. You can find those when you search #TFFfanFamily and #TFFTuesday. Focusing on the band’s music been a great way to stay healthy and this dear fan hopes you’ll stay home and help flatten the curve so she can make it to some shows when this is all over.

Covid Response

Has “The Tipping Point” tipped?
Not yet. That teapot of tunes hasn’t steeped thoroughly. We did try to wait on that musical brew before going into the Q2 updates but we’re still excited about the new Music that was released from Roland’s son Pascal and Blessed Queen Oleta Adams.

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Pascal Orzabal released two songs this year – two singles that are absolutely incredible. We by no means want to compare him to his father. But the music is as powerful as several pieces on The Hurting. We’re in absolute LOVE with the work he put into his music. Yes, we’re also begging for merch so we can wear our fandom. The best way to support Pascal is to follow him on Spotify, YouTube, Instagram (search @Quarterboy ) and on Bandcamp. Now, when you use Bandcamp, it’s important to make a profile for yourself. Once registered you can listen for free a few times and then you get cut off. So, we suggest you buy the music at the equivalent of $2USD per song. Just for disclosure we paid about $10 for one track and $15 for another because it was THAT good and worth more than $2USD. No matter what donation, you can listen to it without restrictions when you pay for it. That’s how Bandcamp works. Make sure you get registered and enjoy. We look forward to hopefully a full album and some appearances by Pascal/Quarterboy. As much as we don’t encourage lusting and expressing “desire” (Lady K in Atlanta, we’re looking at you and your undie flashing friend from 2010), if somebody drools or passes out over him we’re gonna look the other way and understand because Quarterboy and his music are 100% fine as…(af)! 

Trope band did a cover of SHOUT! Many feel they made it their own and rightly so as it was not the exact same but a glorious tribute. We’re happy to see such a band with special history (and legends assisting with their production and success) find the same joy we do in the song. You can watch the video below and follow them online @tropeband. They’ve been very responsive and we’re happy to have them in the fold. Trusting they’ll be at shows in the future.

Our Queen, Oleta Adams has also released new music (complete with Spotify interview ) and has shows scheduled for summer 2020. We’re praying the July ones will be saved because we’re so ready to see her again and plan to meetup in Atlanta like last year. Be sure to download the song, follow her at @realoletaadams on Twitter and Facebook. Continue to support her and yes, we’ll always pray she shows up on this side of bandland  just like she showed up for interviews in that Tears for Fears BBC documentary. That was so cool! She also celebrated a birthday this quarter – 4 May!

Oleta Adams

Click here for another preview with a link to Apple Music where the release can be purchased

WonkyWoo

Here’s a release you can read – it’s from Captain Julian! His Wonky Woo series published a new book “The Wonky Woo & Friends Lockdown Adventure” and it’s ready for purchase. It was illustrated by his team member and fellow Tears for Fears fan Lady Rise of California. We love that all proceeds go to help great groups like the NHS. You can follow the Wonky Woo on Twitter @thewonkywoo and also follow the incredible @antonyedensays – the voice of the Woo family series. Buy your copy here.

How about that app?!
The Fan App is going through the complications of copyright laws. Our hope is that we will have a clickable prototype to play with this year. Much like the album, we’re not giving an exact release date. So many things to refine and get just right. Quality over speed and quantity in this case. We’re not asking for it to be implemented immediately but instead it will be a “a nice to have,” or something extra in the pocket of the band that they can use when they see fit.

We’ll pause for now with this great piece from the Cello Covid Project sent to us by Rob Bethel and shared by Curt Smith. Thanks for reading! Cheers!

-Tears for Fears’ Travel Fan Team
Follow: @CurtSmith @jameswollam @charltonpettus @dougpettyla @TearsForFears @carinaround on Facebook and Twitter

Moderator: Andye Andinha

P.S. If your superfanitis is flaring up, watch this video and visualise a healthy 2021 with fellow fans and the band. Ms. Diva Smith made it.

Celebrating Milestones – TFF Travel Fan Quarterly Update – Q1 2020

Dedicated to Tears for Fears UK & Tamara!

We have a lot to be grateful for today. It’s the 35th Anniversary of Songs from the Big Chair’s original release. Man oh man, look at us now. This band has quadrupled its fan family filled with dedicated followers that go to every show, pack venues, buy/share merch with each other online, go on visits to see each other and call one another when they are sick. Are you one of those people who has more friends from your interactions with Tears for Fears than anything else? How many times have you passed by the band while on tour or out and about? Are you one of us that logs in everyday to see how the fan family is doing any what’s new? Then we need to recognise and celebrate those moments. We archive just about everything and Lael, the Tears for Fears Travel Fan team lead in Arizona is working on a huge project that details some of these key interactions and moments of bliss. You can reach out to her with your story, photos and favourite “band moment” or interaction with the band (be it online or in person) by sending her an email here: TFFfanproject@gmail.com (try to get your entries in before 7 March).

Fan Family Fun
The Pilgrimage & Rockrimage – Lady Tamara is out and about in England this week. She and Tears for Fears UK – Captain Julian Orzabal, Darren, Wendy, Stephen, Lady Gwen and team are on their pilgrimage to Durdle Door and Moles. We wish them all continuous fun! If she decides to stay forever, we totally understand!

Band Family News
Pascal Orzabal, Roland’s second son, released this amazing hit under his music project “Quarterboy” that is now playing on Spotify. It’s called “Never Meant To” and it blew our minds! Be sure to take some time to listen in here: https://quarterboy.bandcamp.com/releases – be sure to buy a copy. It’s less than $2USD donation. We’ve gone ahead and paid $20 on behalf of the team. If you do make a donation be sure to sign up so that you are noted as owning a copy of the song because you will only be able to listen a few times for free. That photo of him is so bada$$ we’re all in a joy frenzy with the song on repeat!

Pascal Orzabal_Andye Find_IG

On-Air – In the News
BBC Classics Documentary featuring Tears for Fears
Big thanks to Darren, Dave and Lady Gwen for making sure fans have access to this documentary. Darren literally held his phone in hand and recorded the show as it aired live. Those in the UK should be able to access it using this link. However, you can also watch it via YouTube. See, how we all take care of each other? This is what we do. (update: The video has been blocked but we have a copy of it on file and will try to upload it here. It’s also available via the official TFF newsletter that has an iPlayer link)

Band Member News
Charlton celebrated a birthday on the 13th of February and alumna Nicky Holland celebrated on the 20th. We hope they are both doing well. As for new music and touring for 2020. We’re trusting that they’ll just NOT tour right now and resume in 2021. 2020 should be the year that Tears for Fears rest and work on the things that make them great – like their music and working together to produce such incredible content. We hope that 2021 will be the year they do the residency and stay out of the tour bus/sky. Let them stay focused on being featured at great venues for several days that we can fly to en masse vs. them always coming to us. This relationship shouldn’t be one sided. We support band residencies as an alternative to exhausting tours.

Oleta Adams had an exciting month! She played with the Atlanta Pops in Alabama and her team, the Kansas City Chiefs, won the Superbowl! You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@realOletaAdams). She’s also featured in the documentary and rightly so. She is a huge part of Tears for Fears. Anyone else wanting a huge Alumni show with like…every single person that ever worked with them?! We can have a loving memorial for those that have passed and celebrate their legacy. So many ideas, so many fan wishes. We usually get what we want so let’s see…

Music Releases
Super Deluxe Edition – Box Sets for SFTBC
It was released this month and even the company themselves was quite impressed with the response and desire from fans and supporters for the material. It had sold out and they got more in stock. So get yours while you can. These remastered and re-releases are really phenomenal. If you like the originals you’ll go bat sh*t bloody crazy on the later material. It’s top notch!

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Something to think about…
We’ll close this update with a suggested read which is an interview that dear guy Paul Halpern conducted with Good Man Curt Smith. It is a very important read and gives us insight into so much…just like that documentary but maybe even more. There are some eye opening points in it and one part was just painful to read, sending fear like lightening through the minds of several of us. It further emphasizes why we feel the band needs to take a year and rest, work on their material and stay off the road. We’ll be as bold to say if they never tour in the traditional fashion we’re okay with it. We will go to them. Their healthy, emotional state and camaraderie are more important to us than the industry’s expectation for them to fly around the world night after night. As fans it’s tough to do, so we know it’s hard for them. Let’s work on unity for all of us… enjoy the read and we’ll chat again soon next quarter and include information on the travel fan app.

We love you, Curt! May the Universe bless your family, your band, your sanctity, your soul, your well-being. Stay. Stay well, Stay with us. Stay amazing!

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Thanks for reading!
-Tears for Fears’ Travel Fan Team
@tearsforfears
@curtsmith
(Join us on Twitter and Facebook – @papasfans)

TFF Travel Fans’ Quarterly Update

It’s been kind of quiet in band land. Aside from the continuous 365 chatter on various fan boards and group pages, there really hasn’t been a lot of news. Big shoutout to Curt for being so near and to Ms. Emily, Roland’s fiancée, who drops a share or two of she and Roland out and about. Big salute to Charlton for giving us a deep peep into what it’s like to tour from their perspective. We as travel fans spend so much time behind the bus or in the air, we really don’t know much about the comfort (or discomforts) that they may experience. This article made us feel it’s best that we start going to them. It’s not going to be easy for everyone but we did visit Curt during that residency of 2011 at the Whitefire Theatre. That was fun. We should consider carrying part of the load and give them a bit of a break with all that hardcore travel.

So FAN WISH 2020 – travel to L.A. or maybe NYC and watch the band at one venue for a couple of days (back to back shows at the same venue). Several of us have come to agree that this is best for their health. 3-4 shows back to back in one location, we fly to them, they stay in a nice hotel, relax, no early flights. It’s a win-win for us all.

In other news:
This past summer, we got the word that DD Horns’ Mr. Moyer is now teaching at the Herb Alpert Music Center. He’s now faculty. We first met him in 2014 at the Wiltern when he wow’d the crowd accompanying Tears for Fears on The Working Hour. We’re grateful that Roland helped us get to know him and now we’ve stayed in touch. He’s a great guy and we’re excited about his band and his teaching. If you’re a Tears for Fears fan in the area, checkout his band and register for a class through Los Angeles City College. Here’s a link to his biography.

Another A+ moment was this great award won by Roland Orzabal’s son, Raoul. He has been gracious to share with the world his incredible artwork that makes you want to crawl into the picture and walk around. Many of us have been absolutely smitten with his online showcases and are thrilled to know he was the co-winner of a $15,000 award or his work “Carbon Deck” featuring an amazing city scene that takes the image of urban stillness to a whole other level. See it here:

The Smith Family Angels have some things to sing about…Lady D and Lady W are both heavily involved it the art and design scene. Lady D’s music has been shared on Instagram and Lady W attended a great design program this summer in the northeast, USA. Both seem to be doing really well and that makes us feel good too as we want the best for them and their family.

Today, being Black Friday, the band’s merch team participated in the global sale with up to 50% off on merch from the store. It wasn’t clear if all the items were on sale but the hoodies were and some of us were finally able to get one in our size! If you click on the link provided by the band during the tweet you’ll see just a select few items but click on apparel and you’ll see even more.

We were going to add a nice montage of photos from the past quarter but Charlton took care of that in his article so we’ll just reshare this lovely tweet of Curt’s amazing Thanksgiving dinner with his friends and family (angels at the head of the table). 🙂

Thanks for reading!
Don’t forget to follow the band @tearsforfears @curtsmith
Chat with us online and plan band travel via @papasfans (Twitter) and Tears for Fears and Kooks (Facebook)

Tears for Fears Feeling the Love From Fans on the Final Days of Tour 2019

Gwen, Wendy, Darren and Stephen, you all are the MVPs!!

You absolutely ROCK and so do so many of the incredible fans who literally took us along on the tour this year. We enjoyed meeting up with you in person! We loved talking to you on the phone. Conducting this year’s research and fan desires was made easy because of you and what an immaculate tour it was.

At least 3 nights a week we meditated and prayed for the fans, their travel, the band and for peace among us all. Being in a hotel room or suite with others for days on end can be taxing. But when you’re doing it to be with Tears for Fears it feels like the closest thing to heaven! We’re still on cloud nine when we think about the moments documented below. We had a great time on this tour because of your kindness and inclusiveness to all fans who put forth the effort to be present! You provided a service to those who are unable to leave their country and city due to reasons beyond their control with your pictures, resources and video. You made miracles happen by keeping us with you IRL and virtually! Thank you all! We can’t wait to do this again!

Fun Fan Moments in the Final Days of Tour 2019

York Race Course Centre – 26 July, 2019

Durham County Cricket Club – 27 July, 2019
ABC Supported Tears for Fears at this show and we’re so honoured to have been in their presence!

Colchester, United Kingdom – 28 July, 2019

Big thanks to all who were patient as we collected everyone’s pictures and stories. We had some hurdles to jump over, people had surgeries, were battling diagnoses and finding a way to push through pain in between shows, hats off to all of you. It’s time we used this pause to do our best to heal and get well. We’re so happy for these moments together and we want many more. Keep in touch throughout the year, this is another beginning of a long life together with Tears for Fears!

Tears for Fears Travel Fans, welcome to your life!

Be sure to continue to follow @tearsforfears and @curtsmith online! Let’s ALL stay in touch!

Tears for Fears Touching Hearts in Europe (Tour 2019 Part II)

Dedicated to Lael, Valerie and Patricia – long time fans (over 20 years)

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Europe was blessed with some absolutely incredible Tears for Fears shows this year. The reactions, reviews and full on dedication by so many fans to follow suit with more than one show must be acknowledged. Of course people have been going to multiple shows for many years but this time it’s documented, we know who is showing up and being present. It’s not easy to take off that much time from your job and head out on tour. For me, the moderator, that’s part of my contract when I take a role. I want the opportunity to be with my band. I’m not working toward much else so I admire those who make Tears for Fears a priority as so many of us have. What is the benefit? Healing! There’s no other way to put it. It’s HEALING! This band has healing properties in their music, the experience of seeing them live is equal to a miraculous visit from the heavens. Let the photos and videos speak for themselves. Huge thanks to Lael, Valerie and many others who kept in touch throughout the summer to share photos, keep us posted on meetups and truly created an incredible community that Tears for Fears can be proud of 365 days a year.

As shown in the schedule, Tears for Fears visited the following European cities: Luxembourg, Amneville, Bohn, Den Haag, Tilloloy, Rokslide Festival, Zottegem, Herouville-Saint-Clair, Rome, Lucca, Munchen, Bruchsal, Mainz, Nimes, Lyon, Charhaix, and Valencia. Please enjoy highlights from these shows and connect with other fans who shared the material to form tighter bonds. We are ONE TFF Fan Family!

There’s a lot of content here so please take a moment and let it load so you can enjoy it all. Cheers!

Luxembourg (25 June 2019)

Amneville (26 June 2019)

Bonn, Germany (28 June 2019)

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𝙳𝚎𝚜𝚙𝚒𝚝𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚞𝚏𝚏𝚘𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚑𝚊𝚕𝚏 𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚘𝚏 𝚠𝚊𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐😊 𝚗𝚎𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚝, 𝚗𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚙 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚠. 𝚃𝚘𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚙𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚎𝚍 𝚋𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚞𝚖𝚋𝚎𝚛 𝚘𝚏 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚌𝚊𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚊𝚕 𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚗𝚓𝚘𝚢, 𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚞𝚍 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚛 𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚐𝚜. 𝙸 𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚝 𝚘𝚛 𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚙𝚊𝚜𝚜 𝚑𝚒𝚖. 𝑅𝑜𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝚒𝚜 𝚖𝚢 𝚏𝚘𝚞𝚛-𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚏 𝚌𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛🍀 ♥ ️𝙽𝚘 𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚑𝚘𝚠 𝚖𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚐𝚛𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚘𝚛 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚢 𝚑𝚊𝚒𝚛, 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚕𝚠𝚊𝚢𝚜 𝚋𝚎 𝚎𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚒𝚗 𝚖𝚎. 𝚃𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚔 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚜𝚘 𝚗𝚒𝚌𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚖𝚎 𝚍𝚞𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚐𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚗 𝚖𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚋𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚜𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚎𝚜 𝚒 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚞𝚞𝚞 😘✨𝙰 𝚙𝚎𝚜𝚊𝚛 𝚍𝚎𝚕 𝚜𝚘𝚏𝚘𝚌𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚘𝚛 𝚚𝚞𝚎 𝚑𝚊𝚌í𝚊 𝚊𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚕 𝚍í𝚊 𝚟𝚊𝚕𝚒ó 𝚕𝚊 𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚊 𝚕𝚊 𝚖𝚎𝚍𝚒𝚊 𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚊 𝚍𝚎 𝚎𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚊😊 𝚗𝚒 𝚎𝚕 𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚘𝚛, 𝚗𝚒 𝚕𝚘𝚜 𝚍𝚎𝚜𝚖𝚊𝚢𝚘𝚜 𝚍𝚎 𝚕𝚊 𝚐𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚎 𝚙𝚞𝚍𝚒𝚎𝚛𝚘𝚗 𝚍𝚎𝚝𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚛 𝚎𝚕 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚠. 𝚃𝚘𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚎 𝚜𝚘𝚛𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚒𝚍𝚊 𝚙𝚘𝚛 𝚕𝚊 𝚌𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚍𝚊𝚍 𝚍𝚎 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚜 𝚚𝚞𝚎 𝚊𝚌𝚞𝚍𝚒𝚎𝚛𝚘𝚗 𝚊𝚕 𝚏𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚊𝚕 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚊 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚏𝚛𝚞𝚝𝚊𝚛, 𝚊𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚞𝚍𝚒𝚛 𝚢 𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚜𝚞𝚜 𝚌𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚜. 𝚈𝚘 𝚊ú𝚗 𝚗𝚘 𝚙𝚞𝚎𝚍𝚘 𝚜𝚞𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚊𝚛𝚕𝚘 𝚗𝚒 𝚜𝚞𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚊𝚛 𝚊 é𝚕😍𝑅𝑜𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚜 𝚖𝚒 𝚏𝚘𝚞𝚛-𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚏 𝚌𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛🍀♥️𝚗𝚘 𝚒𝚖𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚊 𝚌𝚞𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚑𝚊𝚢𝚊𝚜 𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚍𝚘 𝚘 𝚝𝚎𝚗𝚐𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚞 𝚌𝚊𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚘 𝚐𝚛𝚒𝚜, 𝚜𝚒𝚎𝚖𝚙𝚛𝚎 𝚜𝚎𝚛á𝚜 𝚎𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚗𝚘 𝚎𝚗 𝚖𝚒. 𝙶𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚜 𝚙𝚘𝚛 𝚜𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚊𝚗 𝚜𝚒𝚖𝚙á𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚘 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚖𝚒𝚐𝚘 𝚍𝚞𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚎 𝚎𝚕 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚢 𝚑𝚊𝚋𝚎𝚛𝚖𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚐𝚊𝚕𝚊𝚍𝚘 𝚍𝚎 𝚝𝚞𝚜 𝚖𝚎𝚓𝚘𝚛𝚎𝚜 𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚊𝚜 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚞𝚞𝚞 𝚖𝚒 𝚐𝚎𝚗𝚞𝚒𝚗𝚘 𝚁𝚘 💞💋💋💋✨𝑹𝒐𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒅 #rolandorzabal #TearsforFears #kunstrasenbonn #live #fronstage #concert #FOS #amazingnight #bonn #germany #cologne #summer #legend #RolandOrzabal #tearsforfearstour2019 #frontstage @kunstrasenopenair 📸@lorylaura_

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Den Haag, Netherlands (29 June 2019) (Parkpop)

Tilloloy, France (30 June 2019)

Roskilde, Denmark (3 July 2019)

Zottegem, Belgium (6 July 2019)

Herouville-Saint-Clair, France (7 July 2019)

Rome, Italy (9 July 2019)

Lucca, Italy (10 July 2019)

Munchen, Germany (12 July 2019)

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Tonight #tollwood #tearsforfearstour2019 #🎵🎸🎶

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Bruchsal, Germany (13 July 2019)

Mainz, Germany (14 July 2019)

Nîmes, France (17 July 2019)

Lyon, France (18 July 2019)

Coussins de Lyon from Valerie

Big thanks to Valerie for the gifts and candy the band enjoyed!

Bill in Lyon
Bill works hard! He’s been with the band for many years, helping make sure they look and sound great on stage. He’s currently enjoying a month in Japan.

Please be sure to join Valerie’s group if you’re in Europe and speak French. She provides a great service to our Francophone members

Carhaix-Plouguer, France (19 July 2019)

Valencia, Spain (21 July 2019)

Special thanks to Mario from the Lucca show, Rita Durant (may you and your sister be well) and again huge thanks to Lael and Valerie for assisting so much for keeping in touch with us throughout the tour. Thank you Marie Lafleur for this great photo!

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Tears for for Fears also spent a day in Tel Aviv – we appreciated Curt’s arrival photos and great pictures of the beach. It was beautiful!

– TFF Travel Fan Team

Oleta Adams Amazes Atlanta! – SOLD OUT SHOW! (8 July, 2019)

Dedicated to Adam and Lisa – two loyal music fans and friends!

I had the pleasure of working with Adam H, a fellow Tears for Fears Travel Fan, for a short while at an office in Midtown Atlanta. One day he came walking down the hall and settled his arm across my cube with his phone lit up. “Did you see it?!” he asked. “No…,” I said a bit afraid of what I had missed. He handed me his phone and there was the announcement we’d been waiting for…Oleta Adams was finally, officially scheduled at City Winery in Atlanta. I was overwhelmed with emotion. That upcoming weekend I literally went back to the hotel where many of us stayed during Tears for Fears’ May 2019 visit and ordered my tickets(with Adam on the phone)while enjoying the immaculate views of that location. So much good had happened there just a month before as we sat there reading Charlton’s book and catching up with one another as a family of fans. It was SUCH a memorable weekend. Now we’d get to do it again with Oleta Adams?! OMGoodness! She is award winning all on her own but also a beloved alumni of our bespoke band and this was like a gift from the Universe to have this opportunity.

I booked another weekend there, this time arriving on Sunday afternoon and leaving Tuesday morning as she was coming in on the 8th of July. I’d have stayed there and perched from Thursday through Tuesday if I could have. Teresa was driving in, Adam and Lisa and I had seats right next to each other and we were right up against the stage.

About the Venue
City Winery is a very intimate and tight setting as chairs and tables are very close together with little room for aisles. I knew I wouldn’t be getting up too much and would need to rely on the waitress for anything vs. going to the bar by myself. This was a SOLD OUT show so there was not one seat that wasn’t taken. Though living in ATL I hadn’t spent a lot of time at this venue because I wasn’t exactly sure where it was. But now that I know where it is, I want us to have some TFF gatherings here. It’s amazing! We all know Roland loves a great glass of wine and it would be lovely to get the band here for a Platinum Level weekend of fun and maybe invite Oleta Adams to return around the same time. I know we all want it on this side of the fan world. We understand that they do not have a performing relationship as they tour separately but can’t help but long for the day they sing WIC and other amazing hits together again. It’s hard not to want that. So, when Oleta Adams walked out on stage, it was that same rush of emotion that we get when ROCS appear. For better or worse, I immediately started crying. Their music was attached to an era of challenge for me and, much like it has for so many others, accompanied me through those trying times. And here I am on the other side of discomfort, working my way through the world and they are still here with us bringing comfort with their award winning collections. This venue was a perfect setting for absorbing her amazing energy and comforting presence not to mention her immaculate voice.

The Show
Oleta Adams has her own music, her own songs. This was not a Tears for Fears concert and I’m not comparing it to their independent work but you could feel the tunes and hear the familiarity in her piano playing as one would with the band’s. We kept whispering and nudging each other how it was like being with Tears for Fears with Oleta at the lead. She has an amazing band that does great on support. Her husband is on percussion and cajon. She also dances during the sets. She interacts with the audience a lot! I think my bright sparkling Anthony Bourdain pin must have caught her eye because she kept looking in our direction. Maybe it was more than that, an angel in the audience standing over us? We were just so happy and though I cried the whole show, I hope she understood that they were tears of joy. She knew we were coming so had I fainted she probably would have said, “must be one of the TFFers.”

One of the best parts about the show is when she comes closer to the audience and sits near. She and her band go acoustic for a few songs more or less and it turns into this incredible jam session that is energetic and regal. That alone is worth attending. So, imagine you get that and a whole lot more. You know how we love stories and conversations between songs? She provides that as well and they are full, rich accounts and memories that segue into songs. It’s indescribable and if I had the cash, I’d take some holiday time and follow her around as much as we follow Tears for Fears. The energy and vibe she and her band produce is one that is healing, warm and cleansing. I felt renewed after that show, completely renewed.

I won’t list out the whole set list but “Get Here” is on it as is “Circle of One.” It’s very moving. Even typing this has been difficult and has taken a very long time to put into words because it’ll leave you speechless.

After the Show
She changed clothes and then sat behind a nice table and signed every single CD of every person that purchased one. Fans near and far would not stop hugging and kissing on her. I don’t encourage that because she has to travel and if we pass on any unknown colds or anything during a loving smooch then she has to stop her work and rest which affects her wallet and we don’t want that. I didn’t get too close at all. I took pictures only.

Before we left, I thanked her for being so tolerant of our excessive notes, likes, loves and comments on her social media accounts. As promised, I also shared messages from fellow TFFers who wanted to be there but were out of the country with TFF themselves and also some in Brasil. She smiled really big and laughed because it all made sense to her now why we were glued to the stage, our eyes darting back and forth at her every move like loving kittens waiting to be picked up or petted. She stayed longer and took pictures with us and was just truly obliging. I didn’t want the night to end. I didn’t know what to do.
I was on such a happy euphoric cloud nine high that I left my keys in the ignition of my car the next morning. The doors were unlocked and all my things were in it including my computer with all our files. I was just so in a state of disbelief and joy. I couldn’t believe that we met her and that all that happened. Thankfully, my insurance brought a wonderful team out to get my car restarted and I was able to replace the car battery the next day. Angels must have watched over my suitcase, computer and belongings because they were all in place in the middle of the parking lot. I really needed to get myself together emotionally cause my heart and soul had gone on with her on tour. I was just a shell of myself wondering through the day, crying and wishing this was 365 like it used to be. May the Universe grant us the ability to follow TFF and the alumni for a constant state of joy and bliss! We Love You, Oleta!!!!

Thanks for reading!
-Andye, TFF Travel Fan Team Moderator