Genius’ Work – Deep Dive into Head Over Heels

Tears for Fears is a clean band. They don’t make unsavoury news or cause problems that make anyone wish they had never followed, or invested emotionally or otherwise in their work, music and events. Since Friday morning, numerous conversations have been “floating” about Tears for Fears and the future of all that encompasses them – from band members to fan life. This occurred after our moderator wished Curt a happy rehearsal. While “enough” veered off in an unsavoury direction of assumption and panic from his response which made us aware that he wasn’t present, a gargantuan number of fans have rerouted by focusing on how the band has healed them personally. That’s what’s so great about this band and the fans! Something odd might happen from time to time – nothing dangerous or worthy of tabloids – but no matter what, we’re always brought back to the band’s genius work. It’s all genius work. Every single song is a piece of genius work. Few will argue with us on that.

Rick Beato, who hosts the show “What Makes This Song Great?” took some time to explore and highlight the genius of “Head Over Heels.” We fans lovingly call the song HOH (literally saying the letters) for short when writing about it and now we’ve come to say it while chatting amongst ourselves the same way we call TFF’s 2004 hit Everybody Loves a Happy Ending “ELAHE” ( but in this case ‘eh-LAH-hee’). HOH is one of those songs that will make your knees buckle. As soon as you hear the first chord (or for some ‘that first note’) YOU KNOW what it is. Then there’s the build in the song that often involuntarily prompts fans worldwide to begin playing air drums and keyboard before bursting into first verse with whatever item in your hand you have – be it a hairbrush as you stand at the mirror getting ready for work or a mobile phone – as the microphone.

The way in which Mr. Beato highlights the genius of this song is unreal and simply spectacular. It’s “genius” in itself. Please take a moment to watch it and bask in the beauty of the spectacular way in which this song is constructed. Let this song heal you! Use it right now to think of amazing moments for which you are truly grateful this band (Curt, Roland and team) exist. Think of the alumni (Nicky, Oleta, Manny, Mr. William, and many other contributors) and current members (Charlton, Jamie, Doug, Carina) that help keep this healing alive. Feel the gratitude, put your intent toward the continuation of the band and their contributions to music and deep thought. Their work is worth twice their combined weight in gold! Go on…bask!

Thanks for reading
TFF Travel Fan Team

Tears for Fears at Shaky Knees Festival – Atlanta, Georgia

…and yes, this time the band is playing a venue in the heart of Atlanta. It’s not Duluth, it’s Atlanta. Shaky Knees Music Festival is a pretty big deal in ATL. Atlanta is a festival city, it’s always on and poppin’ so expect some intense crowds. Get there early and read all the fine print. The wristbands can’t be transferred. It’s 3 days long. In the past, there have been one-day ticket sales but we’re not seeing those available at the moment. Starts on Friday (the day that Tears for Fears will perform) and ends on Sunday. All hotels will be booked solid and rates will be high so get in now! Can’t stress this enough, if you are flying in, you MUST book your hotel in advance. You, of course, do not have to pay for it right now, you just need to hold your space by not selecting advance payment. The reservation now will lock in your rate. As you get closer to the festival date, these rates may not be as friendly.

Our suggested hotel is the Hyatt Regency Centric Midtown. This hotel is one of the closest 4 star hotels. Others are Marriott, Hyatt Regency and The W as well. Current price is around $200 a night at the Hyatt Centric for festival dates. That may change if you wait and book at a later date. The park is the equivalent of Central Park in New York, only much much smaller…but not that small.

No fancy cute clothes, we suggested full on soldiers of sound Doc Martens, Curt Smith Tour Couture, super snazzy t-shirt with some comfy jeans and a secure bag within regulation of the festivals’ bag laws (oh yeah, there are bag laws) and enough money to enjoy the deliciousness that is ATL. We have some serious restaurants here. We’re saying “we” because this is where MANY serious long time Tears fans live. We have what we like to call the Travel Fan HQA near the second place that Tears played back in 2010 (Chastain Amphitheatre, now State Bank Chastain Amphitheatre). The second is in Los Angeles. The mothership HQ is in Bath …at Kath’s house. But we digress…

Let’s get down to cash chat… Tickets
Regular Gen Am is about $179+tax, fees, etc. VIP Tier one is now $595, tier 2 is $1600+. Is it worth it? If you’re flying in and going for just one day, just get the general admission. If you plan to stay all three days and you’re not concerned about front row or being close to the stage, get the general admission. If you can’t handle crowds and you need a seat, you may want to invest in the Tiers that the festival provides.

Meet and Greet – we have a venue next to the festival itself already on standby, a catering crew, ridiculously tight security booked, etc. to name a few things. Henceforth, a plan is in place just in case the band/band member(s) can actually be present. But all bookings for such things will depend on their schedule. Meet and greets at the venue itself with the band are not orchestrated by us unless requested by higher authorities. For travel fan meetups, carpools and general ATL questions, send us an email via Facebook. You will get a response.

As a whole, Atlanta festivals are pretty clean. This isn’t going to be a repeat of Woodstock 2 with mud pits from the rain, etc. Kids will be there. A ton of security will be there. Most of this area is most likely under heavy surveillance like downtown ATL where there are cameras everywhere. It’s super hard to get away with anything in this town. It’s family friendly and there are lots of rules so be sure to read the fine print as mentioned. Study the map so you can better understand where to pick up your wristband. Once we know on what stage Tears for Fears will perform we’ll have walking details.

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If you want to make a long holiday of this, please reach out to us on Facebook and we’ll happily give you the best advice we have on ATL, this is one city we know extremely well. We’ll eventually do a video to go over everything, perhaps an FB Live or Periscope. Again, do not delay on the hotel bookings if you’re flying in. We usually say get the ticket first and let everything else fall into place. However, the hotel booking, in this case, may be more important than the ticket just because this is a conference and festival city, hotels are always booked in May. Book now to avoid delays!

Past Shaky Knees Festivals

Join in other discussions about the festival here.

Summary:
Shaky Knees Festival Friday Night features Tears for Fears
Stage Time: TBD
Admission: $179-$1600 plus taxes and fees
Hotel Suggestion: Hyatt Centric Midtown $200 a night average, 4 star hotel near venue
Airfare: Fly with Delta, the metro/subway/train will take you straight to the hotels that are next to the venue. But we suggest Uber or a car service.
Food: There are over 450 restaurants in Atlanta alone, 50% of them are in this area. You will not starve. Use Yelp to help you pick the cuisine you love the most. Or use the Postmates app and have it delivered to you. The hotel has pretty good food too, slightly pricey but worth it.

FAQs We’ll collect these here…
Will there be a TFF merch table? – TBD
Is this the only show in the USA 2019? – TBD
Will we get to hear the new tracks at the show? – TBD
How many songs will be played? – TBD

As always, follow that band! You can find them online at…
http://www.tearsforfears.com
@curtsmith and @tearsforfears on Twitter
Curt on Facebook
Tears for Fears on Instagram

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Saluting Musicians!

Every now and again you run into someone that isn’t aware that (insert band) is still touring. It’s overwhelming when you have so much information on said band and you don’t know the person well enough to even say, “Hey, did I hear you say you like Culture Club?” For many of us, finding out that someone isn’t aware that Tears for Fears have had newer music past Seeds of Love is enough to make us faint and fall out. Who else has chocked on their drink or clutched their pearls on those rare occasions you hear someone ask, “Whatever happened to Tears for Fears?” By the time you get your bearings the person has already wondered off and it’s too awkward to say anything in passing.

But there you are the loyal soldier of sound attending shows, active on the bands’ social and interacting with other fans. You are the meat and potatoes of the music industry! But so are the bands. These guys are spending their days and nights working hard to get music to us, leaving behind families and relatives, other money making opportunities to bring you a song from your past. It’s a cyclical support and each of us plays a part. So pat yourself on the back and dance your arse off at the show. May we always be able to support and be there for one another…long live the band and fan relationships!

Enjoy some snippets from the recent 80s Music Extravaganza Tour and two artists from Retro Futura’s summer sensational series!

Tour 2019

We hope this basic info will provide you with reasonable hotel options during your fan travel and stays. There are also links to the venue so you can explore and be ready for each show. Remember to take care of your travel documents such as passport and passport card. Keep your passport card with you at all times. If anything happens to your passport, you have the card and it can help you obtain a replacement quicker. Total cost for new passport and passport card is $130 USD. A short list of FAQs are below. You can click through the links to obtain hotel info. Feel free to email us throughout the tour if you have any issues as you travel. We’re happy to help guide you logistically.
*This is the partial schedule. Full schedule is on http://www.tearsforfears.com – we’ll be updated once we get final prices on each hotel.

JAN 31, 2019
Ireland, Dublin, 3Arena
Hotel – The Gibson
Tickets

FEB 02, 2019
Echo Arena
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Hotel – Staybridge Suites Liverpool
TICKETS

FEB 03, 2019
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Hotel Cardiff
TICKETS

FEB 04, 2019
Brighton Centre
Brighton, United Kingdom
Hotel – Hilton Brighton Metropole
TICKETS

FEB 06, 2019
The O2
London, United Kingdom
Hotel – The Radisson Blu
TICKETS

FEB 07, 2019
Bournemouth International Centre
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Hotel – Marriott
TICKETS (SOLD OUT)

FEB 09, 2019
First Direct Arena
Leeds, United Kingdom
Hotel
TICKETS

FEB 11, 2019
SSE Hydro
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Hotel – Hilton
TICKETS

FEB 12, 2019
Genting Arena
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Hotel – Arden Hotel
TICKETS

FEB 13, 2019
Motorpoint Arena
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Hotel Hilton Nottingham
TICKETS

FEB 16, 2019
Tempodrom
Berlin, Germany
Hotel Movenpick
TICKETS

FEB 17, 2019
AFAS Live
Amsterdam Zuidoost, Netherlands
Hotel Holiday Inn
TICKETS

FEB 19, 2019
Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt
Hamburg, Germany
Hotel (seeking recommendations)
TICKETS

FEB 20, 2019
Lotto Arena
Antwerp, Belgium
Hotel Van der Valk
TICKETS

FEB 21, 2019
Accorhotels Arena
Paris, France
Hotel – Variety of Hotels in this link provided by the venue
TICKETS

FEB 23, 2019
Mediolanum Forum
Milano, Italy
Hotel
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FEB 24, 2019
Kioene Arena
Tickets
Hotel

May 3, 2019
Shaky Knees Music Festival Atlanta, Georgia
Tickets
Hotel
*Tentative Meetup at a private clubhouse
*If you don’t want to buy the 3-day pass, single tickets usually go on sale closer to the event. Be sure to buy only for the 3rd of May. TFF will perform on that day only. The 3-day pass is not transferable. It’s a wristband.

June 18&19 2019
Hampton Court Place Festival, London England
Tickets
Tickets for the 19th
Directions/How To Get there with ease
Hotel

June 21 2019
Delamere Forest, Cheshire UK
Tickets
Hotel

June 22, 2019
Blenheim Palace-Nocture, Woodstock UK
Tickets
Hotel

June 25, 2019
Neumeunster Abbey, Luxembourg
Tickets
Hotel

June 26, 2019
Galaxie D’Amneville, Amneville, France
Tickets
Hotel

June 28, 2019
KUNST! Rasen, Bonn, Germany
Tickets
Hotel

June 29, 2019
Parkpop, Den Haag, Netherlands
Tickets
Hotel

June 30th, 2019
Retro C’est Trop – Tilloloy, France
Tickets
Hotel

July 3, 2019
Roskilde Festival – Roskilde, Denmark
Tickets
Hotel

July 7, 2019
Beauregaurd – Herouville-saint-clair, France
Tickets
Hotel

July 9, 2019
Rome Fest – Rome, Italy
Tickets
Hotel

July 10, 2019
Lucca Summer Festival – Lucca, Italy
Tickets
Hotel

July 12, 2019
Tollwood Festival – Muchen, Germany
Tickets
Hotel

July 13, 2019
Schloss Bruchsal Festival – Bruschal, Germany
Tickets
Hotel

July 14, 2019
S
ummer in the City – Mainz, Germany
Tickets
Hotel

FAQs
What do I do if I’m on tour and lose my passport?

-Where are the fans meeting? See hotels, no official meetups, just hanging out.

-I want to go with other fans, I don’t want to travel by myself. Email us…Email us…

-Can I meet the band? We don’t arrange meetups with the band unless asked.

-Are the hotels on the list the same as the ones the band is staying? Rarely…

-I need to sell my ticket. Email us…

Fan Life – Reflections by Cindy P.

Planning to travel is an emotional, physical and financial commitment to drop your life and go out to these healing ceremonies aka Tears for Fears concerts for long stretches at a time.

The comforting twist in this year’s plans were the postponed shows were already re-booked and online with lightening speed while many pondered and tried not to panic upon hearing the Good Sir needed some rest. Crazy thoughts went through our heads. People panicked more from “are they okay?” than anything else. Let’s face it…we don’t literally follow this band for no reason. It’s become a rejuvination ceremony as much as it is a love fest of support and dedication. We rather “need” these shows because they are healing as much as they are fun. The mere idea of something happening to a band member can raise one’s blood pressure to levels unknown. If Curt doesn’t tweet at least once a day there’s a note in our inbox…”is he alright?” People care. People. Care.

In sort of a passionate pull toward fandom’s gate, several fans called, reached out, gathered, and some even travelled to Europe anyway, to be together and just wish the guys well…continuously sending happy thoughts. It’s all one could really do.

We often ask others to tell us their raw thoughts after the show. Many times, Andye will sit with fans and write down their words as they wipe off their soaked brows from sweating during the concerts. It’s air conditioned but there’s some other physical thing that takes place, a literal detox of all that ails you. Andye then sits up half the night collecting stories, videotaping and creating digital files from fellow fans and travellers to capture these moments because they are so important in the scope of what this band does and what type of effect they have on their followers and newcomers to their music. We got a chance to ask Cindy P to give us her raw, unedited thoughts about preparing for shows, what it feels like to take a crash course in TFF fandom plus her worries and fears when the shows were postponed. So many may be able to relate. We were shook to the core.

Read her story here…

Why am I even here? …”I Believe

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Why am I writing this?

They asked me to be raw and honest. Am I brave enough to be raw and honest? I marvel at how any artist can really put it all out there. Mr. Orzabal has been particularly honest expressing his own life and emotions both in his music and writing ..perhaps more than he ever intended. Although I think this vulnerability may be the secret to his appeal. It does seem that he closed down a bit after Raoul and the Kings of Spain. When the Tomcats album was released, he claimed in interviews that this one was only about the sound, the lyrics were secondary (or irrelevant? ) “Music that had no meaning. Vocal is part of the decoration” I read somewhere. But if you listen to those lyrics… They are some of the most searing yet. Poor man, I think he had just reached a point where he wanted to be able to exorcise a few demons in private without everyone speculating about what it all really was about. –

Another Postponement
My imagination is running wild about this: what kind of condition leads to a doctor’s order to wait 9 months until you can perform again? I hope this long postponement represents the difficulty of getting all the venues lined up at the same time while avoiding intervening holidays, etc. and not the severity of the medical condition that warranted it. Or maybe they just did not want to miss the royal wedding? Or got tickets to Hamilton?

Emotional Reaction
So I think it is apt to say that this band is taking us along on an emotional roller coaster ride these days. I may be more sensitive because I have been taking a crash course on the band. Having arrived late to the party, I had to do an “audio binge” to absorb over 35 years of creative output. I feel like I have been carried along on the emotional journey of the band at warp speed as a result. I was out to lunch with a good friend a few days after the postponement was announced when Head over Heels started to play in the background. Although I bought Songs from the Big Chair in 1985 because of Shout, Head over Heels ended up being my favorite song. – It is so joyful!.. But that afternoon, I was swept away by a wave of sadness as the opening bars played.

I am going to go there anyway!
I like to travel alone and often have during my adult years, but now it requires far more draconian effort than you might expect. The planning of the actual travel is the easy and fun part. The challenge is getting all the ducks lined up at home. Who is going to watch my children? What events do I have to schedule around? Luckily this year there were no major religious sacraments, or school or extracurricular functions to compete with my time. – I usually have to write several pages of play by play instructions to ensure everyone gets to the right place at the right time. At least my daughters are teens now, so they have to start accepting some responsibility for their own schedules, but it is really is comparable to air traffic control, this balancing of soccer games and dance classes, music lessons and baseball practices and the odd doctor or dental appointment. By the time this tour was postponed, I already had everything organized. That was-way too much work to let go to waste. Besides, I was planning to go overseas this spring anyway, the tour dates just helped me pick which week.

A Pilgrimage
I feel like I no longer go on just a vacation. Everyplace I go to now seems to require some mystical cosmic supernatural relevance- a pilgrimage, an epic journey. Okay, maybe I am just overly dramatic. – This time I felt like I was embarking on a pilgrimage a la the Canterbury tales: I was going to England- and was finally going to make it out of London for the first time and due to a bit of an overcorrection at the orthodontist last month, I even had a new gap tooth smile 🙂

April 27
I only had tickets for two shows: Dublin and Leeds. I was worried that the authorities in Dublin were going to arrest me for that unpaid speeding ticket incurred on my last visit there- but I managed to slip in and out undetected. My outgoing flight was delayed, so I missed my connecting flight in Dublin and ended up in Leeds about 6 hours late. It was a good day to be stuck travelling since it pretty much rained all day anyway and without the stress of crabby spouse and tired children, I did not let it get to me. I did visit the Direct Arena before going out for dinner. The rain had finally ended and the sun was breaking out from under the cloud cover as it descended to the horizon. We ran into a few unhappy campers who, unfortunately, never heard that the concert had been cancelled/rescheduled. “I am not on social media” one irritated woman told me. Apparently, she had even been on the arena’s website earlier that day to check parking or security I presume and saw no indication there that the show had been cancelled.

The next morning, we took a trip to visit the Bronte parsonage. It was a suitably wuthering: cool, windy, and gloomy. I could not help but muse about Roland as a Heathcliff like tragic Byronic hero. I feel like I am being haunted.

Speaking of haunting, my cousin could not sleep that night in her room in the old manor house we stayed in just outside Haworth. I asked her if Cathy’s hand was knocking on the window. She was not amused. I was glad I had taken the smaller room. I needed a good night’s sleep since -I was the one driving the next day- on the wrong side of the road, mind you, (somebody stole the bloody steering wheel!) so I did not need to be worrying about poltergeists, real or imagined. Although being still in jetlag recovery, I probably would not have noticed them.

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May 2-the night of the Dublin gig

Due to previously arranged travel commitments, I still had to go to Dublin that night. In honor of the band, I called up my Tears for Fears playlist (all 101 songs) and listened to it in my car all day: first as I travelled around County Cork, and then later on my drive from Cork to Dublin. I noticed the music sounded different. This was not just due to a different sound system. I realized I was hearing the stereo splits differently. – At home I sit on the left side, but in Ireland, I was on the right. I was noticing detail from the right speaker that I must usually miss.

Interesting to ponder the philosophical implications of this: how does my
experience of the music differ from someone across the pond just because I
sit by the left speaker in the car and not the right?

It has been awhile since I listened to the entire oeuvre straight through like that, and was reminded of the recurrent motifs of water, drowning, being engulfed by waves: Fires, embers and sparks and full on conflagrations; Light and darkness; Butterflies and angels (people who report out of body experiences will often feel as if they were being carried by or were butterflies as they left their bodies).

And now for the raw and honest part…
So why do I care so much about the emotional ups and downs of the members of this band? Ok I t think we all know by now, that the one struggling here is Roland. It is all about the music isn’t it/ The music has touched some deep dark place in my soul and a connection was forged. Sometimes it seems that he is confused by the effect that he has had upon his listening audience. I have recently read a book about the power of music that is aptly called The Power of Music and it tried to articulate what is happening to us when we listen to music. What parts of the brain react and when. Why certain patterns seem to affect us more than others. Is it instinctual? Or is it learned? Like most physiology, it is far more complex than you expect. Has he inadvertently or purposely found some secrets to music composition? Or has he planted some subliminal messages into the music designed to drive otherwise intelligent and rational people into a frenzy?

Emotional reactions to music certainly have a precedent. Women and girls swooned or were driven into a frenzy when Beethoven performed, or even when they played the music themselves (I love the scenes in Room with a View, when Forster mentions the effect playing Beethoven has on his heroine) and there were similar responses in different times and places for Chopin and Liszt. By the 20th century this phenomenon continues: Frank Sinatra, and then Elvis Presley  (“You Gotta Be Sincere”… oh wait that was Conrad Birdie ) followed by the Beatles.

My friends and family, people who have known me all my life, cannot fathom what has happened to me –  and maybe it is just an irrational midlife crisis. But why am I suddenly so interested in this band? Why am I travelling across the country and even the ocean . “How many times do you need to see the same band?” “ Didn’t you already go to that concert?” Although I have pointed out to my questioners that the playlists have been different from one concert to the next. How many times have I heard the Tchaikovsky piano concerto performed? or the new world symphony? Or travelled to see another Matisse exhibit? No one gives me a hard time about that. This is, after all, just another art form.

Is it a midlife crises?. Irrational or otherwise? In keeping with this pilgrimage thing: As I am growing older, and hopefully wiser, I have allowed myself to trust the right brained intuitive side of myself much more. Now I just follow my instincts on some things. I try to resist that need to analyze it all. Okay, so maybe I am still analyzing, but I now throw caution to the wind and do seemingly crazy things that my younger and far more serious self would never have permitted. I am balking at years of scientific training, and have become more accepting of that which is unexplainable of serendipity, of the possibility that somethings that happen might not be just by chance, but that there really might be some unseen forces that will guide us if we let them. I do not think it is a random thing that I rediscovered this band when I did, but that this new interest is serving some, as yet not completely defined, purpose in my life.

I think the emotional journey of Roland’s life- which he has unwittingly and on occasion, unwillingly, opened up to us interests us, not because we are nosy or looking for gossip but due to its honesty. His journey is relevant because this mirrors all our own journeys. Don’t we all have some variant of dysfunction in our lives? I feel that he has proven that one does not have to be a victim of your circumstances. He shows us a way to move beyond a troubled beginning, A way to rise above it all. By honestly defining our feelings, they will no longer control us and in the end we can escape the negative forces and evolve to a better place… I admire his dedication to his marriage and parenting in the face of his own father’s failures. The way he has met the challenge of making something work when you lack an ideal role model. I think I searched his songs for inspiration in managing my own life and in the process found myself just as invested in the outcome of his life as in my own. When his wife passed last year, it almost felt like a personal loss. The day I heard the news, I mounted my bike and took off for the lake front. I stopped at one point and stared out into the vast blue as water met sky and listened to Freddie Mercury sing The Show Must Go On – and it did. Roland bravely returned to America and finished the tour. And I made a pilgrimage to California to cheer him on. My husband shook his head at me: They will be fine without you there, you know. Yes I know, but I guess I just want to be part of the collective.  My yoga instructor likes to include background info at every class and a few weeks ago she shared the concept of Tonglen with us “also known as ‘taking and sending,’ it reverses our usual logic of avoiding suffering and seeking pleasure. In tonglen practice, we visualize taking in the pain of others with every in-breath and sending out whatever will benefit them on the out-breath. In the process, we become liberated from age-old patterns of selfishness. We begin to feel love for both ourselves and others; we begin to take care of ourselves and others.”

Tonglen- this may sum up perfectly what I hope we, his fans, just ordinary people who care, can do for him. We can all take a deep breath and help ease his suffering, help him through this tragic time, even if only for a little while.

When I said I was brought here by I believe, it probably is not what you think.
It was almost exactly two years ago, when I was working late one night packing up the contents of a bookcase in a house I sold later that year, that a line from the song popped into my head: “every time you hear a newborn scream, you just can’t see the shaping of a life.” I mulled it over. I don’t think that is what the lyric meant, did it? So I took a break, and went to my laptop and looked up the song. Ahh, there was a double negative that started in the line that preceded it. And as I watched the video that night, a few thoughts popped into my mind 1) they were much younger than I thought 2) that guy singing had a really good voice (I found out later that the audio of the video was different than that version that appeared on the US album, in fact I think in general the power of Roland’s voice was toned down for that entire album) and 3) what ever happened to them? And 4) yes I noticed the physique. But a) he looked a lot like my brother did in those days– (maybe it was the curly mullet and the teeth?) and b) I am now old enough that young man’s mother– so the whole potential visual appeal is sort of ruined for me.

The important part of this little earworm is that it led to a complete rediscovery of the band and the several albums I had somehow missed in the crazy crush of education, career and motherhood. And the postponement of the tour that summer, which I think had just been announced, meant that I was going to be able to attend one of the concerts that was rescheduled for the fall. And since I am an overachiever, I felt an obligation to research the band before making the commitment to attend this concert (because it was going to a pilgrimage in its own right- at a location a few hours from the large metropolis that I call home). So I spent the summer of 2016 working my way through the albums as I drove my children around. And spent evenings, listening to, and sometimes even watching, you tube videos of more recent performances as I worked —just to make certain they still had it. I had been on a search that year for the artists of my generation. David Bowie and Glenn Fry had passed a few months earlier, and I was realizing that the soundtrack of my life had mostly been written by artists who were quite a bit older than me. Where were the artists of my generation? Did I have a generation? I have felt that those of us born in the sixties are really just sandwiched in between other generations. We were really too young be baby boomers and too old to be Generation X. When I discovered the song, Closest Thing to Heaven, that line “act like a generation” really resonated with me. I realized that Tears for Fears was of my and for my generation.

I think it is too bad that the shows did not go on. I had a particularly busy day that Wednesday. I had not even been online all day but when I had to check the status of a meeting that evening I ended up on Facebook looking for a message and was shocked with an alert about the postponement of the tour. It was a cold, gray day and as I walked home, my mind was reeling-. not again? What could have happened?

I found myself seriously worried about his survival. The medical literature has defined the “widowhood effect.” A bereaving spouse has a much greater chance of following his or her deceased spouse. There has been more rigorous research into this phenomenon lately and with better studies and more exacting statistical analyses, they are now identifying gender and socioeconomic predispositions. Men are more likely than women to follow their spouses to the grave. The risk is the greatest in the first three months, but it does still exist well into and beyond the first year And now there is some evidence to suggest that there can be genetic reasons for increased health problems due to grief: mediated by inflammation, affecting the cardiovascular system, giving credence to the old adage “dying of a broken heart.”

I feel like this has already been stated over and over, but ultimately, the most important consideration is his health. We have already lost too many artists in this generation. So I join the ranks of those who will patiently wait for his recovery and hopeful return to his life work. He makes all of our lives better by sharing his creativity and talent.

Cindy P.

*We’re grateful to Cindy for putting her heart and soul out there, displaying her passion for the band. We’ve also collected the details of her refund process and how that went. Email us if you have any questions. It’s good to know we’ve got concerts to look forward to (aka some band time) because they’ve come to mean so much to us and we enjoy the up close and personal glimpses. See you all on the road…upcoming concert dates for 2019 coming right up.

A Fan Moment with Tasha LaRae

I truly believe in the law of attraction after the encounters I’ve had with Tears for Fears and Arrested Development. I was about 10 or 11 years old when I first heard AD’s Mr. Wendal. I was actually living in Tennessee at the time in an international community. I carried my Tears For Fears music with me everywhere. I was also on the student news team at my school and I remember we used both bands as our opening show music. We used every single track from their discographies for an entire year.

When I started my slow move into network television at the young age of 13 by visiting CNN in Atlanta and meeting the staff, I actually heard Tears For Fears EWTRTW as we rode down Marietta Street in front of the building. That same song came on my first day on the job less than 10 years later on 26 August. I requested TFF’s booking for an interview on CNNfn (this video appears to be reposted from KMK’s page to YT by a fan in Brasil). Then the band returned to Atlanta on my 8th work anniversary and I nearly fainted. Guess who opened for them?! You guessed it! Arrested Development! It was a musical marriage made in heaven.

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Arrested Development
Arrested Development members actually live in Atlanta. I don’t get to attend their worldwide shows but I do keep in touch and got a chance to chat with them just after one of their interviews at CNN in 2010. I truly respect their work and have a fan attachment to Ms. Tasha LaRae.

Recently she offered voice lessons and out of pure fandom (and to be ready for those fan singalongs during TFF concerts) I LEPT at this opportunity. This was done via FB video messenger for a mere $25 but was worth  $75 at least. Ms. LaRae went over breathing techniques and how to hold notes. With her guidance I could easily be ready to rock it out with Roland on ‘Ready to Start,’ in our front row fan participation. I admit I took the lessons first and foremost because I just wanted some time with her. She could have said, “Who wants to watch me put my shoes on?!” and I would have signed up because I am “that fan.”

I walked away with some truly amazing tips and better knowledge of how much work goes into perfecting a performance. It’s not just about going out on stage and natural talent takes over. It’s clear that it helps but performance requires so much practice. I would have to make time for it and  find a spot or place where I won’t disturb my neighbours.

Tasha LaRae helped me understand the art of singing. She provided a deep glimpse, at a steal mind you, into the world of performance. Part of me wants to go all in and work hard to get picked up by a band and really play a huge role as a backup singer 👨‍🎤. Alas, I’m a writer, a show producer…and a fan. I plan to continue to take lessons because I feel deep down that it’s super important to know the craft beyond buying a ticket.

Gargantuan thanks to Tasha LaRae and Arrested Development for being super outstanding and inspiring beyond music. They live their message and stand by it. Followers of Tasha LaRae will always find her to be a ray of light and incredibly positive. She even has a clothing line and independent music of which you’ve got to check out! Tears For Fears love them and you will too!! Cheers to them from all of us who’ve been fans since the 90s!

May they always be blessed!

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Scenes from Plato de Oro – Benefit Show @ Cafe Pinot

Wow! Whether you were on site or remote, we got to see a great show yesterday evening. Curt Smith and members of Tears for Fears including the awesome Rev. Charlton Pettus, author of Exit Strategy, performed one of their iconic acoustic sets last night at Cafe Pinot in Downtown Los Angeles. What a joy! We’re so happy that several amazing people were able to attend and represent! This post is dedicated to each of you and a BIG HONOURABLE mention to Artemisa, OWN Ambassador, for her check-ins, attendance at the show and continuous shares and follow-ups throughout the night. Such a lovely gesture.

 

Also want to thank Katia and YoGiNo for sharing glimpses from the night. Very kind of you all!

Thanks Katia! We were expecting this song and the Good Man Curt delivered!

Seven of Sundays – from Curt Smith’s solo work

Shoutout to 3TenEvents for this great video!

There’s still an opportunity to help others by visiting the Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles site. You can also follow them on twitter @TheHHCLA. Tell them you learned about them from Curt Smith of Tears for Fears. Let them know his fans are all about caring and supporting their efforts!

Thanks again!
-AA, TFF Travel Fan Team Moderator