TFF Oklahoma = Ohhh So Amazing!!

image(Andye’s Experience)

OMG!!! OKLAHOMA WAS OHHHH SOOOO AMAZING!!! After the awesome show in Austin, attended by several members of the #TravelFan team (way to go guys, fandangling plane tickets at the last minute), we found ourselves back in the airport on the way to Dallas Fort Worth. Some of us literally flew into Austin, flew back home and then hopped back on a plane to Dallas. We had  already booked round trip tickets when the additional shows were announced so…we found ourselves adding flights.  Big Shout Out to Becky, Cammie, Carri and Colleen for their unbelievable contributions. Becky literally drove from Southwest Texas up to various parts of Oklahoma and Texas to pick up travel team members and get them to the casino. She clocked 1100 miles in 3 days.

Sage & her husband - proud #TravelTeam members 2014
Sage & her husband – proud #TravelTeam members 2014

Are We There Yet??? After fighting traffic, Becky and Carri find me in a little corner in the Dallas airport…slightly bedraggled but totally happy. We race off to the Winstar Casino to try and make it for the Friday night #TravelFan mini-meetup, hoping to hug the new people who were flying in for the Saturday show (we like hugs). Traffic was a breeze as we did our TFF sing-a-long to songs we imagined would be on the set list – and no, we’re still not giving it away, few more shows to go. With 3 GPS maps in place, we got to the grand venue with plenty of time to spare. Our room was quaint but still much more spacious than we imagined. We had some last minute changes so we needed a bigger room than originally planned and it worked out beautifully. It was very neat and clean…but just when we tried to get online and do an online roll call, we realised we had very little internet connection. We tried in the corner, near the window, leaning on the foot of the bed, the hallway, outside, everything…nothing. @!#$ how are we going to alert the #travelfans of our mini-meetup spot? Fortunately, we were able to get service on Becky’s phone where we used Twitter to get in touch with everyone. We didn’t have dinner but lingered in the Casino to the tune of slot machines while napping photos of Tears for Fears signs neatly highlighted all over the venue.


Signs, signs, everywhere signs
Signs, signs, everywhere signs

Find the Sign At 11pm (and after a quick pic w/Mr. B) we played a game of ‘Find the Sign’ – that is we drove, ran, walked and crawled through wet grass, parking lots and inbetween fellow TFF fan  gamblers to get pictures of as many Tears For Fears concerts signs as we could find. It’s a lot funnier and exciting than it sounds. Imagine, grown adults squealing with joy every time a Tears for Fears sign is seen, we jump out of the vehicle arms flailing and perch in various positions to get a picture of these gigantic signs while Tears for Fears play on the stereo. The best shot was the Tears for Fears sign near the ‘Big Ben’ clock of this iconic casino with its multiple nations and country corners complete with salutes to Paris, Rome and the UK. We had a blast!!! “Bill!! Hey Bill!!”


Arriving in Oklahoma - Silver Kitty leading the travel team! Region #MiddleAmerica #TFF
Arriving in Oklahoma – Silver Kitty leading the travel team! Region #MiddleAmerica #TFF

No Sleep Marathon Once all the anxiety was drained out of us, and every sign snapped, it was back to the bar for more drinks and in bed by 3am where we sat up ALL night, taking cat naps between watching TV and talking about memories of tours past. With what little internet connection we had, we sent a few tweets, found some more fans who had arrived at the last minute (we weren’t sure if Colleen was going to make it- thank G-d she did. We missed Jeannie P though 😦 ) and checked-in with the band. “Yes, we’re here.”


Jamie -Drummer Genius, Silver Kitty and Bobby #TravelFans


Show day! Bright and early for the daily race, we rush downstairs for the 11am meetup, running into Jamie Wollam the magnificent – Drummer for TFF. “Jamie!!” we squealed as we both stepped out of opposite lifts simultaneously. He looked great! “I just woke up! :)” he said. Didn’t look like it, he was cool as a cucumber and lookin’ QUITE fine. We got some group shots with travel team members, handed out tickets to the new members and looked for a spot to perch. We managed to hug and hangout for nearly 5 hours then scampered upstairs to change and get ready for the show.



The Concert There wasn’t enough Benadryl, Ibuprofen or smelling salts to keep us calm, cool and collected. Our hearts were racing as we walked toward the Global Events Center. We were also blesssed beyond our wildest imaginations to get some “band time.” To say Good Man Curt and Roland were immaculate in their reception and sweet as peaches to us is a huge understatement. They treated us like family and we are forever indebt to their grace and love. After our chat, we went back out into the audience and made sure that any fans that came by to say hi were offered the chance to change their seats, moving them into the VIP section because we happened to have some extra tickets (we usually have about 3-5 extra this time we had 6). We were so excited to give them out. We wanted to make sure that every fan who travelled was close so we could sway and sing together. Nothing like having a team. Many thanks to Traci Smith of TeamCS for her ticket donation as well as Cammie who also made this possible.


Amazing Performance - unreal!
Amazing Performance – unreal!

Lights Camera Action There was a film crew there, we do not know if this was arranged by the band or the venue but I pray there will be purchasable copies of the show. Perhaps it will be used for advertising purposes in 2015? We have no idea but despite there being a clear visible sign that said no videos and photos, this rule didn’t seem to be enforced for audience members. Cameras and video were everywhere and Carri found about 16 that same night online. A few fans in Brasil have already shared others’ videos on their regional TFF pages.

Roland is a Genius - photo shot from Colleen, screencap from Joyce
Roland is a Genius – photo shot from Colleen, screencap from Joyce
Bobby & Andye got the #SKITTLES!!!
Bobby caught the #SKITTLES!!!

THAT Show…omg… was so FREAKIN’ PHENOMENAL. The accoustics are just stellar and the whole team did such an incredible job on each song. There were some hilarious lyrical moments – we’ll let the band chat on that if they choose. Carina looked and sounded great. She was serving – as they say – on that stage. I mean, just belting beautifully in her cute dress and scarf. Loved it! Roland and Curt shined like the heavenly beings they are with so much amazing crowd interaction…AND SKITTLES!!!!! Threw them right at the crowd, we got orange and strawberry. We are still unsure how in the world they reached us on the 4th row. He threw them toward the end of the show. We had hoped he would but we didn’t really see him doing it as much as usual. When we saw the tiny things spring out from his hand, Bobby and I were like, heck yeah!! Skittles!!!! They really should be an official sponsor, who do we need to call to make that happen? Seriously ::checks contact list:: Lol!


Curt on stage - courtesy of Silver Kitty
Coolest of the cool, Curt Smith on stage – courtesy of Silver Kitty


TFF Feel Like Family! There was a lot of interaction at this show. Two fans, one named Patricia who was turning 60 years old, got a happy birthday song during the concert. Roland honoured and recognized attendees, gave some really cool Kooks salutes, honouring fans who flew in from all over the states and beyond. We LOVE THIS!! I mean, we LIVE for those on-stage roll calls. That stuff is so MEGA FREAKIN FANTASTIC I can’t even think of any non fan-speak to describe it. Curt’s waving at fans, coming over to various parts of the stage to wave and and make contact is more than we could ever ask for. We can’t wait for that. The combination of the excellent songs, the well-thought out strategic placement of each one on the set list and all that comes with it, i.e. Charlton, Jamie, Doug and Carina…they pay attention. Somehow they are able to see past those bright lights into that audience and they give their nods in various ways. We appreciate it, we see it, it’s obvious and it is appreciated to infinity. So much love in those shows, it’s no wonder half the travel fans’ new friends came to the front after the event saying, “I’m healed! I’m healed!” These shows are more than entertainment or a cassette tape/CDs come to life, they are theraputic, spiritual services that fill you up and make you feel whole again… they are life changing events and if it was up to us, this would be 80% of our lives…we’d travel non-stop for this band. Their energy and their life’s work is unmatched talent.


Roland - photo by Snap Happy Pam
Roland – photo by Snap Happy Pam

Tears for Fears DEFINE the term LEGENDARY. THEY ARE IT! If you haven’t been to a show, put it on your list…you can’t leave the planet til you attend a TFF concert. Tell St. Peter and other saints to hold on…you’ve got unfinished business with the band. Go to a show! There’s are several more… Wiltern, Oakland and Pabst…just GO!!


After The Show There were tears before the show, there were tears after the show…we cried, we hugged, we were a mess…just overwhelmed with joy, steeped in healing vibes, all that and so much more. We have so many people to thank. Ms. Tanya is like the love of our lives, we’ve been admirers of hers since we first laid eyes on her. She is a gem and a treasure. We pray she will always be by “their” side. Mr. Bill, thanks for the conversation and good laughs. To ALL the fans that travelled in, hung out for hours, ate together, roomed together, drove in, carpooled and the whole nine yards, let’s aim to do this again! To Colleen, Carri, Bobby and especially Becky, THANK YOU!!!! LOVE YOU!! Cammie…muuaah! Big hugs to Angie, a long time fan from wayyyyyy back – it is ultra awesome to see and hug those who have been flying out like loyal soldiers of sound.

Curt and Roland continue to give their fans the world! Fan Travel is a unique and incredible experience. We’re so grateful for these opportunities. The band makes this very easy and worth every stitch of effort.

Fan Experiences

Ready to Start (by a lovely fan named Melissa – YouTube post – very cool)

Funny Moments – Bloopers  & Logistical Nightmares I had nearly missed my flight into Dallas due to some changes made at my home airport. There I was in ATL sitting around wondering why I was the only one sitting at the gate. I later overheard a couple say, “honey, our gate changed and they didn’t announce it.” I asked them if they too were headed to Dallas and only then did I get to my correct gate after a long set of testy DMs with my airline of choice for not making the announcement. I was there HOURS in advance so there’s no excuse for no alerts, I’m sorry. I’m not even going to take the blame on that…that could have been a disaster.


7 hours in the Airport I ran into some fellow travel fans just before I began my 7 hour sit in the airport waiting to return to ATL to then hop on a plane to L.A. and we hung out at the lounge and enjoyed re-living the concerts …so no complaints!! I’d do it all over again! Too much fun!

We’re Gonna Do What? There’s nothing like getting quality moments with the band… We literally sat stunned after that show and said, “OMG, did ALL of that just happen?” We keep pinching ourselves. It still feels surreal 🙂

What time is it? Bill Time!!! #TFF #CoolCrew #AfterMidnight
What time is it? Bill Time!!! #TFF #CoolCrew #AfterMidnight

Memorable Phrases Bill!! Hey Bill!! Tannnyaaa, we love youuuu! (fan girl gushing)

OMG, did that just happen? – every time there was band interaction

Where am I? Where are we? What day is it? -happens every tour when you city hop

Ooops, pardon me for (insert silly moment), I haven’t slept yet. -when in doubt, blame lack of sleep

What time is it? We should seriously be sleeping – said at 3am every morning

Annnd The Curt Smith Grilled Cheese


Okay, who is gonna be bold enough to ask management for a fan wagon? How much are those Mega RVs? -at this point, we need to charter a plane or buy an RV for travel fans. $150 per person, per trip to cover gas and a driver. LOL!


Thanks for reading!

*I know I had to have forgotten something! Send your Travel Fan stories, let the tour celebration continue!!

*separate show blog to be posted re: shows

Show Synopsis: Austin Was Awesome!


Austin was …AWESOME! That is the consensus from various fans and the band themselves. The show had a crowded house, with a sold out floor section and two fairly full balcony and VIP areas. Curt tweeted about the night’s success as did others. Several pictures are floating around of the guys on stage. It was certainly a successful evening and a great first show for the band. We’re all excited and happy for them as well as all who are on the road travelling from concert to concert.

Critics? Perhaps just one? A person who left the show before Everybody Wants to Rule the World was played. Now in the past 2 years the show started with EWTRTW and while it still does, it’s not the version from Songs From the Big Chair. We’ll leave it at that. But it is on the set list and it’s not near the start but also not quite near the end so we’re hoping that the person was in a rush to get somewhere and that’s the only reason they skipped out early. We wouldn’t mention at all but we have to be fair.

The Crowds!!
There have been no reports of miserable, rowdy folks or bad crowds for this gen am event. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite? Only a few called the mass “maddening” but that is a lot of people and well…we’re glad everyone is happy and safe.

CD posted some shared photos from online, great picture! Hugs to the photog!
CD posted some shared photos from online, great picture! Hugs to the photog!
Where’s The Set List?!! Probably in the hands of a fortunate fan. What’s on the set list…well, let’s see… ha! No. NO spoilers on our end. But we will say it’s got some new(er) material and not just from Everybody Loves A Happy Ending. The set, we feel, is worth your time. If you don’t have a ticket to the upcoming shows please go to Ticketmaster or Pabst’s Festival page and get one. You won’t regret it.

Where Are The Show Tweets From the Band?
Perhaps they are busy getting ready, we don’t know. But we’ll do our best to do a few from a fan’s perspective in the next 24 hours.

Did Roland Wear Plaid? Did they wear their fancy suits from Hong Kong?
No and No

Any Fan Events or Gatherings & MeetUps?
Couple of the travel fans are trying to decide on the best place to meet up on Friday night in Oklahoma. Follow @papasfans for updates on that.

Share your Travel Fan Experience
Got Photos? You have pictures or a story you’d like to share of your fan travels? We want to celebrate it! Just send us an email, the name you wish to go by and permission to post your photos with your name and story. 🙂

Enjoy the shows!

On The Internet:
Woman in Chains – Live Austin

Everybody Wants to Rule The World

Loving Tears for Fears’ Music: Why so much passion, why do we care?

From the Moderator: Some weeks ago, the fantastic show Tell Me More, which ran on NPR for several years, featured a segment titled “In Your Ear.” This particular episode from the 20th of February was replayed this summer and wow did it touch a nerve.

Over the past few months, at media conferences I’ve gotten into deep meaningful conversations about Tears for Fears with various attendees and media industry pals. Each person has told me amazing stories of where they were when they first heard them. Just this past Sunday, over dinner, an operations director told me she was 14 years old when she first saw TFF on MTV around 1983, the video for the song “Change” came on. “MTV was still very new at the time, ” she said.  “It was the opening sound of the xylophone that drew me in. I was mesmerized by that song.” She also reminisced about enjoying Pale Shelter and couldn’t wait for Songs from the Big Chair. What an impact that album made…and on so many people including Bunji Garlin, a soca artist from Trinidad and Tabago.

(paraphrase) “There are so many things about that song. It just lifts my spirit. There’s serious nostalgia when I hear that song. My childhood days come back into play. I remember when my parents were still together, we were in the same household, whole atmosphere becomes something like dreamlike, I like to dream a lot so I constantly play that song.” ::Click here to listen to his words::

Bunji Garlin

I can truly relate to this. Hearing Mr. Garlin speak so passionately about EWTRTW with the same visions that I have, of being a child with family, many new to the USA, still by my side, long before any of life’s realities challenged hopes and dreams. Everybody Wants to Rule the World, was my first introduction to Tears for Fears at age 5/6 (had just turned a year older, wasn’t even a month into it, a cold winter day on the way to school in my blue English pea coat with red lining listening to the car radio). When I heard Mr. Garlin speak with the same soul stirring memories, I fought back tears because that’s the story of so many in our huge fan circle. So many fans write, tweet, post and share their “why I love Tears for Fears” stories. A number of the reports sound like those of Mr. Garlin. When I speak to people, their recollection is reiterated with the same passion…that soul stirring vision. Gives me happy chills. So many say the band’s music “saved” them from very difficult times in their lives…even preventing some from taking their own lives.

Tears for Fears have countless extraordinary songs. From the chart toppers to the B-sides of Saturnine Martial Lunatic, not to mention both Roland and Curt’s solo work, all of this music gets “replay” time in excess. It’s not just on our digital devices but in our hearts and minds. It comforts us during the wildest times in our lives…the good moments, the bad, the hopeful.

Now, here we go happily again, by popular demand, a new Tears for Fears album to change our lives. It’s a grand addition to our life’s soundtrack. We will remember this moment for years to come. We will talk for years about how we were bracing for it, asking for it and all the interactions and days that led up to it. Hold on and hug each other tight because the magic of their music is about to flood us with new memories and excitement. So, “cheers” to the great mini-tour which starts next week, warm wishes for safe TSO anniversary and sincere hopes for everyone to have a chance to live in the majestic marvelousness that is Tears for Fears Live. Your soul will soar, that’s a promise!

Thanks for reading!


Big thanks to Michel Martin for her amazing show. It is certainly missed.

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