There are so many supportive people behind, beside and even in front of Tears for Fears. Sadly, too many are practically invisible. Those we do get to see such as road crew, managers, family (from time to time) and others that slip in and out of view as we approach the venues and stages or steal a minute of the band’s time in a hotel lobby, are extremely important. It’s hard to count the number of people that truly make “Tears for Fears” a memorable, amazing entity and experience, be it in person or online. A visible and beloved person in this myriad of TFF members was Alan Griffiths. He was a key component, genius and mastermind in the making of Elemental, Raoul and the Kings of Spain plus the timeless Tomcats Screaming Outside (Roland’s solo album). Fans acknowledged him a lot, we appreciated him. He was so important to these aforementioned works. Learning of his unexpected passing from Roland this morning left several of us very sick and disturbed. There are few things worse than losing a loved one or a musician. Alan Griffiths was both.
Tim Palmer, another person that is interwoven with Tears for Fears and a person we also consider a band member, wrote on his FB wall today the below. We didn’t include his profile because we are so dedicated to giving the band privacy. Just know that this was a portion of what Mr. Palmer expressed.
“This is beyond a loss, it’s just tragic…he was a big part of why so many of us love the band. He, too, was Tears for Fears. This is a really sad moment…really sad.” -A. Andinha, Tears for Fears Travel Fan Team moderator
…so you see….an alumni/member of Tears for Fears passed away today. This is hard. This is a day we’ve dreaded and feared for years. It happened today. Let us comfort each other and be very supportive of one another and remember to continue to be appreciative, loving and supportive of ALL members of the band. Each person plays a huge role and has brought and continues to bring us to a place and state of bliss combined with a euphoric happiness time and time again. We’re grateful for Mr. Griffiths’ work and just like Roland said, he will be missed. Thank you, Alan Griffiths. Thank you so much for your time and dedication to art and a band that has carried us through so much of our lives. We pray we see you again when the saints go marching in. Amen.