Just A Little Note of Thanks! #TravelFans #TearsForFears

Compliments from Carolyn, thank you!
Compliments from Carolyn, thank you!

Dearest Fellow TFF Followers, Tears for Fears Travel Fans and friends!
It’s Andye here with a little love note to you all! I want to first thank all of the readers from around the globe. Over the summer, SK and I sat in L.A. and took a good look at the stats. We were well over 35,000 visits with people checking in from all over the world including parts of the Middle East, several nations in Africa, Italy, you name it. That is very encouraging and very helpful in our goal to provide information to all interested parties.

We get a lot of thank you notes from fans for providing the info and I appreciate each and every one. But be sure to pat yourselves on the back because none of this is possible without the slew of 70+ registered travel fans who come out to shows year after year. We can’t always go to the same show together but where one person can’t go, another will, bringing the Tears for Fears Travel Fan spirit to the forefront. Because our band fan activities have been mainly at shows, I’d personally like to take it up a notch and expand our gatherings (there’s so much more we want to do and host). Still, I’m grateful for the progress we’ve made in getting more people to concerts, sharing extra tickets and now doing larger carpools and spending more time together in person and online.

Thank you from Alisa. Big Hugs to her!
Thank you from Alisa. Big Hugs to her!

I have a list a mile long of contributors. All of the names mentioned in this blog, from Carri and Becky to Alisa and Rise, SheeShee, Lady J and Lady K, plus CH and Jenny WBDA are to be thanked. Each person has gone out of their way to make this group fun and exciting. The band has been very generous with their time, their families have been very sweet and tolerant plus we’ve experienced great responses and outreach from the venues and hotels like Loews Santa Monica who provided us an incredible 500+ sq ft suite overlooking the ocean in 2012 during Brit Week. Boy did we put on a performance out there on that patio in our Curt Smith tshirts and swimwear. Sometimes you just have to be there to see it. We’re just incredibly grateful. These are memories to last a lifetime.

There’s been a lot going on over the last 3 months, some noticable and some unnoticed. Carolyn is right, we are doing this as volunteers. We are not on anyone’s payroll and have not requested to be. We are human and have challenges like most. For example, a few of you know I’m attempting to organise fan travel and juggle local challenges. So, yeah it’s a bit much. I may not be able to do a whole lot of parties and gatherings at the moment but I trust that fellow fans will step in and help each other get to and from shows this year. Meanwhile, we’ll do what we can to get any info we receive on upcoming shows, airline deals, etc. If you are having a hard time getting to a show or just don’t know the first thing to do, feel free to send us email through our FB Travel Fan page or send us a tweet on twitter. We’ll do whatever can.

Let’s take these gatherings up a notch! #TFFIsFineWine

We are not “exclusive” so there is no initiation or crazy requirement to be a travel fan. If you show up, contribute a story/photo and have genuine love for the band you are in. Come by at shows (or if you see us in the lobby) and say hello, we are open to taking selfies/usies that can be posted to the blog to show everyone’s participation. The goal is to promote the awesome fun that Tears for Fears (Roland, Curt and Team) provide at shows; dancing and swaying in front of the fans. #ItsAllAboutTheBand!

We’re pretty laid back minus being kind of wild and always up for a party. So jump right in with friendliness and hugs! Also, thank you Lady K for the gift of the rice maker! I’ve been on the fence about buying one and now, problem solved #SushiEveryday! For those who sent the gift of macarons francaises from around the world, a separate blog was created to praise thoses delicious french desserts because they are THAT crucial. LOL!! Wishing everyone safe travels this #TFF2015 season and again, thank you tons for the love! Hugging everyone right back! #GroupHugs #TeamWork #TFFTravelFans

We are very happy that the band appreciates the fan teams. We received a tweet from Good Man Curt Smith.
We are very happy that the band appreciates the fan teams. We received a tweet from Good Man Curt Smith. Thanks Marcio for capturing that awesome moment 🙂

Tears for Fears Concert Alert – Arizona – 19 June

Tears for Fears will appear in Arizona at the Wild Horse Pass' Ovation Showroom
Tears for Fears will appear in Arizona at the Wild Horse Pass’ Ovation Showroom
One of the stops on the week-long Tears for Fears concert series will be on the 19th of June at the Wild Horse Pass Casino and Hotel. Tickets for this show will range from $65 to $119 and will go on sale the 1st of April 12 noon MST. Lots of discounts available to the casino’s members. Fans under 18 must be accompanied by an adult of 21 years or older. Doors open at 8pm. To buy tickets, click here.

The show takes place inside the Ovations Showroom. It holds up to 1,400 and there are “seats” this is not general admission. The seats surround the stage in a crescent shape so there aren’t any bad seats or poor views.

Ovations Showroom - imagine that gorgeous curtain rising to reveal that band!
Ovations Showroom – imagine that gorgeous curtain rising to reveal that band!
We suggest you stay at the hotel, remain close to the venue. The hotel is the Wild Horse Pass Hotel. You can make reservations by clicking here. The accommodations include a lounge which is open from 10am – 2am daily. The one thing we love about casinos is the option to hang out after a show and just enjoy post-show chit chat and making new friends. No need to stand in line at this venue, so all of the socialising will take place at the end of the show.

We do have a few registered Travel Fans in the Arizona area and once we confirm their participation we’ll let you know who to reach out to if you have questions about the area. This page will be updated with more info closer to the date.

Thanks for reading!

Update: Lael will be organising an activity. Be sure to reach out to her before the show. We’ve tweeted about this previously, hopefully all who wish to hang out have received this. Click here for info.

Tears for Fears Concert Alert – Kansas City, Missouri

Tears for Fears in Kansas - Summer of TFF -
Tears for Fears in Kansas – Summer of TFF –
This dream come true announcement nearly sent our Travel Fan Team member Carolyn (Kansas/Midwest Travel Team Rep) swirving off the road a week or so ago. Tears for Fears are scheduled to be in concert on the 15th of June 2015 at the Uptown Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. Fans in the area were have made it clear that they are absolutely excited about this and so are we. Tickets go on sale on Saturday morning (28 March) via Ticketmaster. Click here to buy.

About the Venue
It has a lot of history! It opened in the 20s and looks to be well maintained with several different rooms for various types of events. We’re assuming that the concert will be in the Theater Room which has a luxurious red decor and folding seats for concerts it seems. While there is an open floor section in front of the stage, we imagine that for the show there will be seats in its place as seen in other on site concert pictures.

Address: The Uptown Theater 3700 Broadway Suite 300 Kansas City Missouri, 64111

Uptown Theatre in Kansas City Missouri
Uptown Theatre in Kansas City Missouri

Suggessted Hotels

Best Western
Holiday Inn
*These are close to the venue and just under $200 a night.

Carolyn is our Travel Fan team contact for Kansas
Carolyn is our Travel Fan team contact for Kansas
TFF Travel Fan Team Contact for Kansas is Carolyn as mentioned. Note that this isn’t her first TFF rodeo, all travel fan team members have been doing this for quite a while and that does mean since the 90s latest. Many since their pre-teens in the early 80s (sneaking into shows or begging parents to take us). Carolyn is a pro at the Travel Fan come and go so reach out to her via the Travel Fan Page or Twitter (@Truman555).

Fun Stuff/MeetUps
We always try to have dinner together and trade pictures, fun stories and all that jazz 🙂 – Slip on your concert t-shirts and come have a drink the night before and after the show. Tentative hangouts spots will be provided by Carolyn. This particular page will update once we solidify the schedule and addresses of these cool Kansas City hotspots.

Southwest Delta and United are quoting low fares right now. Don’t forget to use credit card points or miles toward your purchase as you can already see it’s a week of flying and hotel stays. That can add up to a few thousand dollars and we’ve got the receipts to prove it. No need to go broke for a show, as much as it is that crucial it’s not smart or safe. Find savings where you can. If you’re not a member of these hotel chains we suggest you need to be. Most memberships are free. Even the basic entry level for a hotel membership allows you to get a few upgrades or free nights on your third or fourth stay. So keep that in mind. It takes about 10 minutes to sign up, you get a couple of emails throughout the week. It’s not much to bear given you get deals. We also suggest pairing up with a great pal and splitting the costs. We usually pair off in the Travel Fan Team and save upwards of $400 per excursion. If you have any questions, reach out to us on the Travel Fan Facebook page or Twitter.

Thanks so much for reading! We hope you found this information helpful!

Andye has always wanted an excuse to use this song, we think this is the perfect time. Enjoy! Kansas City here we come!

Tears for Fears Concert Alert – Tulsa Oklahoma

Brady Theatre hosting Tears for Fears in 2015
Brady Theatre hosting Tears for Fears in 2015

Tears For Fears are confirmed to perform at the Brady Theatre in Tulsa Oklahoma, Tuesday the 16th of June. Tickets for this show go on sale next Friday morning 27 March at 10am CST (Centeral Standard Time  or 11am ET for East Coast, 8am for those flying in from Los Angeles). The Brady Theatre is quite historic, having opened at the beginning of the last century. A plethora of A-listers have performed here. This is not a general admission show, so no need to arrive at the crack of dawn and stand in line in the summer heat (thank you TFF booking). Doors open at 7pm and the show is start at 8pm. No word on who will open for the band or if anyone is opening at all. We also read that the seats are tiny. We don’t know what that means. See reviews on the venue and make the choice that fits you best.

Given that Bonnaroo will be the week prior and no shows have yet to have been officially announced/scheduled between the 14th and the 16th (that could change in 10 minutes or 10 days, do not plan your travel schedule around that sentence), you may want to get into town the night before and party.
Location: The official address of the Brady Theatre: 105 West M.B. Brady Street Tulsa Oklahoma 74103. So put that in your GPS if you’re renting a car from the airport. It’s about a 10-15 min ride from the theatre to the airport. That’s $20-$30 average using hired transporation/car services. Arrive a day early, don’t stress yourself. Tentative Roll Call: Monday 15 June 8pm. Purpose: Just because…you never know.
We like swank, Mayo hotel is stellar.
We like swank, Mayo hotel looks stellar and is highly praised.

A) The Mayo Hotel – this has become quite the hotspot with top reviews. They also have a rooftop bar. Prices start at $129.00 but that’s with third party hotel chains. We recommend booking all stays through the hotel directly. Yes, it costs more but from our own travel experiences and field research so to speak, we find that it’s just easier all around. However, if you’re going to use a third party be sure to join that site’s membership so you can take advantage of free nights on future stays at various hotels.

B) Ambassador Hotel Tulsa – looking at about $200 a night with taxes. If you’re looking for something luxurious and a bit further away from the venue you may want to stay here. Click on hotel name for details.
C) Courtyard Tulsa is about $119 per night before tax. It is near the venue.
Food: We’re big on in-room dining, piling up in hotels and munching on fries and sandwiches (gluten free for Andye, she has an allergy, if you see her with bread, take it away and give her macarons instead). But we understand that it’s cool just to get out and go to a great restaurant. The area near the venue is full of Taverns, Mexican and Americana fare. There’s also a highly rated Italian restaurant called “Hey Mambo.” So keep that in mind.
Tears for Fears loyalists and travel fans ready for ROCS! #ItsMagic
Tears for Fears loyalists and travel fans ready for ROCS! #ItsMagic

Fan Fun: We usually conduct the roll call at dinner time the night before a show. Location TBD depending on the number of attendees. We always go for drinks afterwards which will be Tuesday night unless we have another show to attend the next morning/have to rush to the airport.

Song Line-Up/Set List: Most likely it will be some of the great hits we heard in 2014. So check the past blog posts for set list, those of you who will be in the elusive Tears for Fears clap section. Choreographies will not change, choir robes and costume changes not necessary but welcome. LOL! You know we’re serious.

Hope this helps! Thanks for all who follow along, email, send appreciation notes and meetup at shows. You are appreciated. Your hellos and selfies are okay with us and have been lots of fun! Most of all, thanks to the band for continuing to come out on tour each year. Trusting to see everyone very soon! #TFF2015

Thanks for reading!
You’ll also want to follow: @tearsforfears @curtsmith @rolandtff for official band news.
…and us if you’d like @papasfans for updated fan fun and band travel excursions!

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