Tears For Fears Travel Fan Blog Write – Up: Glendale (Phoenix) – Gila River Arena by Lael, TFF Travel Fan Team
Kenya and I arrived just on time, as the gridlock in Phoenix rush hour traffic was much worse than I thought it would be, especially considering we had use of the carpool lane. Opening act Allen Stone started earlier than 7:00 pm, and Tears For Fears took the stage at 7:15 pm. We made it to our seats on the floor just as TFF were taking the stage!! They sounded wonderful, and kept the volume at a nice level, considering the size of this arena.
Jamie Wollam was hitting on all cylinders, and his style of drumming just seems to suit larger venues. Actually, I feel that arenas bring out the optimum performance in TFF as well, due to the sing – along anthem style of their biggest hits. Other hits like “ELAHE” also shimmered in this setting.
I ended up dancing and singing, and remained standing during all of TFF’s set, even though in parts it felt kind of strange, almost a little inappropriate, as most of the audience was sitting down in the middle of their set. I loved the lighting effects that TFF had in place for “Change”, as these effects brought the song’s clean sound and pointed message to life.
The highlight of their concert was Kenya receiving a shout – out from Curt Smith, on the intro to “Shout”. I will never forget the look on Kenya’s face when she realized he had said her name! It took both of us a couple moments to realize it, as Curt Smith said her name in his adorable British accent, and she just did not believe it at first. I then turned to her, “Yeah, he said your name…”
Here are some of the amazing songs featured in Phoenix show, posted by fellow fans that were present. Be sure to like their YT channels and connect!
Gorgeous Valerie and her amazing friends/fellow fans!
The screams at the start are the best part…hear the love!
After the concert, we met up with Valerie Matherne and her cousin, Deanna. We ended up going to this nondescript taco bar at Westgate, and had non – alcoholic drinks, as the kitchen had already closed and it was getting late, with long drives still ahead…
-TFF Travel Fan, Lael
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Many of us are still in a state of Euphoria…
Wow…please give me a minute. This show…was just…it felt good. From the hotel to the seats and fellow fans…it felt GOOD! I’d say great…but GOOD in all caps is what works here with the intonation of “MEGA INSANELY GROOOOVY smothered in euphoric bliss.” I’ve had euphoric experiences in the presence of this band since 2010 but this one took the cake! My friends and fellow travel fans felt the same! People spent quality time that night and the next morning discussing how outstanding that show was! It was more than a water cooler moment…it was lunch and dinner as well! Here’s a few snippets from conversation!
“I felt like I was 20 again! They sound just as good as 1985 when I first saw them live!” – Adam H.
“It was like I was in my parents car again hearing them from the first time! They sound just as good!” – Tyler
Adam has been a fan since ’85!
Meg and T have been fans since their toddler years!
“From a technical perspective it was excellent…from the lights to the sound…it was great! I’m going to more shows this summer and will be comparing them all to Tears for Fears.’” L. L.
“They Sound Amazing!!!!!” M.W. texting us during the show 🙂
Where is Duluth, GA? Is that near Atlanta? Yes, it’s sort of the same…
I arrived a day in advance, skipping Florida because I was fearful I’d be worn out in the summer’s heat and humidity trying to truck it on time Sunday morning. So, I got there on Saturday after a lavish French tea party (you all know I’m all about a good tea social) for a fellow fan who recently graduated from one of the many Universities in Atlanta. Speaking of Atlanta… the make-up of this city is very different. One might live in Duluth…but you still call it Atlanta. It’s all connected. Duluth is a neighbourhood that touches Atlanta…but I still call it Atlanta. Many people do. In the last few years it has come into its own and has beautiful restaurants, venues and residential areas. Not to mention it is in Gwinnett County which is filled with culture no matter what view one might get of it otherwise. It’s 30 miles up the road from Atlanta city center and it is spectacular when it comes to events (and the parking is usually free). So, everyone was right and Curt said it best when calling it Duluth and noting that people drove in from Atlanta. It’s also noted that it has one of the highest numbers of Japanese speakers/Japanese-Americans in the southeast and hosts Japan Fest annually! 🙂 It is one of my favourite places to visit in the state! So green and serene with lots to do!
Who was there?
When I moved to Atlanta roughly 12 years or so ago, I noticed they played 80s music everywhere. They didn’t play the band’s new stuff, but older cuts and sometimes deep cuts of various albums from Duran Duran, TFF and the like. I’d often hear conversations when the music was played at a grocery store or hair salon…people talking about how much they loved that band. Of course, anytime they said they loved Tears for Fears I had to go on fan duty and tell them all about the online activities and opportunities to still see the band because, “they tour!!” This led to making new friends and keeping people informed via social media re: band things they may miss or what have you. So when all of these people, new and veteran fans, showed up at the concert I was floored!
I arrived at 6pm on the dot and the awesome Michael Magno, who is a local superstar and tours with various musicians in addition to a great solo career, showed up with his stellar wife Meg, I almost fainted! I was thrilled that they took me up on the invitation! Not just Michael but many of my media colleagues and industry pals from around the city showed up. COOs, VPs and heads of various companies were present and had floor seats. They weren’t trying to just “attend” the show…they meant business! They were there to celebrate the band! So, big hugs and shoutouts to those who took time away to be true fan on a Sunday night (that’s a big deal around here because Monday mornings/the work week in ATL/Duluth, etc is no joke – it starts at 5am and you need all the sleep and rest you can get on a Sunday to get through it).
The Travel Fans
As mentioned many times, a travel fan is one who travels to shows. That’s it. It’s a nickname. On the front row, there were many! On the second row were several others who were local and drove in from various counties up to Duluth. Third row was filled with fans in their own cool TFF designs. It was awesome and the venue looked full!
I was a bit worried for us because everyone knows we stand up and dance for every show. Why not, why wouldn’t we? Would the Hall and Oates fans understand? I turned around and shook hands with several people as they touched my shoulder to ask questions about various things. Some knew that I was the blog moderator and I wanted to make sure to thank them for following along as well as make new friends. I let them know up front that I’d be on my feet the whole time but would leave for H&O as to not carry on throughout the concert. I leave more for courtesy purposes as I’ve come to see that some H&O fans just prefer to stay seated. I’ve heard this from other fans as well. I can’t go for that. 😉 I have to get up and groove. So, hey, let them enjoy the show without me wiggling around to every single song. I also left because…Monday morning. I’ve met H&O before through work functions so I don’t feel deprived of the experience for the most part. Most of my other friends and media colleagues stayed for a bit of time after TFF. They text and tweeted afterwards…they ADORED TFF… Hall and Oats received mixed reviews from those I know.
Let the videos do the talking… Somebody hug Christine Zap and get her a gift card to the TFF Merch store for this! Seriously!
Thank you to Christine Zap for recording Secret World and many others! Gotta get her a t-shirt!
*laughing at myself in my Japanese Street Fashion Skull dress and book purse dancing gleefully in a state of absolute bliss.
Because Charlton shall be loved!
*it’s called a zaghareet… google it…cultural thing. #NigeriansInTheAudience
Head over Heels
*As much as this song means to me, it makes me sad to hear it at shows cause I know it’s almost over. Crowd response before encore! Curt’s “Wow” makes so much sense!!
Awesome photos from Adam are on our Instagram page – we just opened a new one because YT was down for a moment and we didn’t want to delay getting this recap online.
After the show, many went up to get merch. I felt faint, so I went to sit down. The familiar and strangers came over to compliment my skull dress. That was very sweet.
Made a lot of new friends and saw a lot of unity that night. The suburbs of ATL really showed up that night hand in hand and all in love with the band and each other. Lots of “Loving” couples representing our great ethnicities and cultures. It was awesome!
Adam danced his way into the 1000s on his fit bit! We all had a good time!
I could say a lot more but I’ll pause here… we won’t forget that night. I, and many others, pray that ATL/Duluth stays on the TFF tour plan for decades! Just keep coming back Roland, Curt and Team! We welcome you here with open hearts!
Meg and Tyler said it all!!!
The band went quickly to Pittsburgh for the Paints Arena show the next morning. It was like waking up from the best all night slumber party and realising the guests of honour were gone! Come back! Come baaaaaccckkk!
We didn’t know a lot of people in Pittsburgh so our stock of contributions is rather low. If you have friends that went to this show let us know. Would love to recognise them and send some shoutouts and thank yous. So many fans got great photos and videos. Be sure to follow these great YT contributors and make new friends!
Shawn Dando captured the intro from a rare angle… stunning!
TGrant42 got Head over Heels…. Amazing!
Thanks to all who contributed to the show recap with photos and videos!
Hope our dream of a fan conference comes to life soon!
This is dedicated to our #TravelFan team member Cindy who for years has followed a number of bands capturing the amazing shows and archiving them with attention and care. You can always count on Cindy aka ConcertChick. She is easy to spot with her gorgeous golden curls and perfect make-up down to the shoes honey! The nail polish and the glam go hand in hand as she represents the superfans of her favourite bands, Tears for Fears being on her list. For the record, she also does a darn good job looking after Duran Duran concerts, who, as we all remember, are good friends of TFF.
We also want to say a big thank you to @80smusiclovr for her follows and reports back on the good, the bad and the tough life of a fan following a band. There are few things easy about this. Also, much love to the fans that had to stand in line for a long time as they entered? Was reading concert notes and understanding the fan experience. Heaven bless everyone who was patient as they made it inside. Venue was massive, eh? 🙂 It looked full of fans and concert goers! Great!!
It looks like hopping a plane and just showing up but those of you who know the drill understand that just like the band, we too are haulin’ it across country to be present. Some travel alone, some follow as a flock…either way, there’s an unspeakable amount of work involved including taking time away from jobs, family and making a living for ourselves as musicians, writers and industry contributors. We appreciate what TFF does to get to each city because we’re experiencing it as well. Shoutout to the awesome flight attendants who help musicians and fans get from point A to point B with ease! Enjoy this collection of concert clips and relive the amazing memories and magic the band bestows upon us!
Forest Hills Thanks Cindy!
Sending Good Man Curt some sugar! #Mwaaaah! #FanLove #SweetGestures
Couple of clips from Art Park (48 hour prior).
Subscribe to The Kamherst and DepecheGore3 please and say thanks for these great clips! All kinds of daylight in this show… the sun wanted to see the guys for a change…given its rays had such cameos in the SOL album 😉
Hair conversation, a zaghareet from a fan….and Creep cover 🙂
Were there any issues? Thankfully only a few!! 🙂
Sadly we don’t always have a smooth sailing as we jump aboard the SS DelaQ to go to the shows. This is a double ticket with a total of 3 sets of musicians… Allen Stone, TFF and Hall & Oates. While our primary focus is Tears for Fears, we understand and respect that there are H&O fans in the audience. We as TFF’s crew tend to stand and dance the ENTIRE time. Given that we are usually in the VIP section that means we are up front in the first 10-15 rows doing our routine like clockwork. With respect to the Deadheads who followed faithfully alongside GD, we, too, have solid routine of movements and swoon the whole show. So, those who may be looking to take a load off and have a seat and a drink are probably annoyed by our enthusiasm. Too bad!
We spend on average $5000 each to travel to handful of shows on these tours. We do not come to sit and have a silent night while the band of our dreams is giving us 110% on stage. No apologies here! Get up and join us or deal with us wiggling around. We paid as well. We also do not believe any venue should follow suit and expect people to stay seated during a CONCERT!! It’s a CONCERT! This is not the OPERA or the symphony where staying seated is expected and respectable. This is a rock concert at the end of the day and we as fans are going to respect the band by standing up and singing along. That’s how we show our love and dedication and we hope others understand that. We do not have a reputation of getting drunk and being insane…we simply stand up and show respect. Please respect us in return.
Kudos to all who stood their ground and sang…especially to those who were not in VIP and got hurled insults because they came to represent. In future, contact us so we can get seats together. We don’t travel in numbers for no reason…it’s for safety’s sake. Goal is to have a good time and build new fan family ties! Continue to enjoy!
Wow, St. Louis, Missouri… what an interesting place! The hotel I stayed in was the former train station now turned into an awesome Hilton owned property. It was so big I had to leave my room an hour before the show (which was two blocks away) just to give myself extra time in case I got lost! LOL! I have no idea where TFF stayed when they were there but I had a great time at this property. The food was amazing and the rooms were more than comfortable!
The show was overwhelming! We had great seats on the 3rd row center. The band gave a lot of face time and interaction which we loved! The H&O fans on my side were very tolerant of our dancing and dance routines. TThe Hall and Oates fans behind Becky were not so nice! Karma will find them!
The guys look and sound angelic!!! This is no surprise but it’s hard to believe they can sound so good and even better than the year before…when the year before they blew us away… I mean…it’s like they just elevate themselves with every tour! Wild! We love it!!!! More please! Here’s a few videos from the night… enjoy!
Intro & Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Memories Fade Snippet – Listen to this compared to the original recording…
This is even better!!!!
Head over Heels
For the shared shows, they go straight into Shout.. no stepping away and coming back encore, just straight through to the song…
Merch was amazing! All this was $350 for those planning to get one of every shirt.
Thanks for reading and supporting our efforts! We take our love for this band very seriously! This band life is no joke and we aim to be present, accounted for and supportive. Shoutout to others doing the same! We see you and stand by you!
-Andye, Tears for Fears Travel Fan Team Moderator
Update: Need tickets Los Angeles? We’ve got a set on the 12th row for the first show of the reschedule! Leave us a message on our Facebook page or Tweet us – both @papasfans (gmail or Twitter). Concert recaps and travel fan experiences are noted below. You can find your city by using the search or the check the side navigation for the latest blog updates. Each show will be linked to its city noted here once the North American tour concludes.
As a team of dedicated fans who travel to follow the band, we’ve been gathering and celebrating Tears for Fears for over 2 decades. In the last 7 years (started archiving our travel in 2010), we’ve made a lot of efforts to be inclusive and keep our fellow fans in the know. Some of our fun includes where to meet up for photos, notifications on the band’s prompts to hang out and spend a few minutes with fellow fans and more. Many of us are back on the road again for #Tour2017. Below is an updated list of the full 2017 Tears for Fears concert schedule (global) and those who have checked-in to say where they’ll be during the tour. Cheers-cheers!
Dedicated to Valerie who will be in Arizona and to Katie who cashed out her 401K (not uncommon) to see the band this year. We wish everyone safe travels and a great time!
Air Travel: We suggest Delta or Southwest – please be sure to join their frequent flyer club programs. There is no extra charge and the perks are worth it. In 2014, we were able to use points each time we wanted to see the band. You can earn enough points for free tickets, free hotel stays and more.
4 May Tulsa,Oklahoma @Bok Center Tickets Hotel Get the Bok Center package – it’s the better deal
Several TFF Travel Fans will be present including Carolyn our Midwest rep.
11 June – Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Center Tickets (up to $129) Hotel (This venue is 35 mins from Atlanta – you need to stay in Duluth, not Atlanta if you want an easy to commute to the show – tweet @andyeisthenews for additional info)
Travel Fans: Teresa, Andye, Adam, Meg & Michael Magno, Tyler & Meg, M.W. & family, Karon and husband from Asheville, N.C.
19 June Toronto, Canada @ Air Canada Centre Tickets
Hotel (tweet @andyeisthenews for details about Pantages – she lived there!)
Travel Fans: Half of Andye’s Family
21 June – Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre Tickets *You need a valid US passport to attend this show as an American unless you already live in Quebec. The site is in French. Please contact Andye @AndyeIsTheNews if you need a translation or leave at note with @papasfans. Hotel
22 June – Montreal, Canada @Place des Arts
Tickets: (on sale Friday May 5th) Hotel (*Remember you need a passport to travel here if you’re not a citizen of Canada. The law changed and a drivers license is no longer enough ID to enter the country. If you are driving over, dispose of any unlawful items in advance or they will ask you to declare them at border patrol.)
24 June – Boston, MA @ TD Garden Tickets Hotel – Show your ticket at the hotel and get 30% off the best available rate!
TFF Travel Fan: Lady Deb, Pam R.
26 June – Washington DC @ Verizon Center Tickets Hotel – please book now at the rate of $213 – I can’t guarantee this price later/closer to the date of the show… it’s crucial you book now while the rate is still low…
TFF Travel Fans: Donna R.
*If anyone has an extra ticket to this show, let us know. It is sold out and we still have very loyal fans who were not able to get in on the early deals. Tweet @papasfans or email us on Facebook if you have any extra tickets. Open to paying market rate.
12 July – Austin, Texas @Moody Theatre ACL Live Tickets Gen Am standing tickets are in front of the stage. Most of us want these for proximity’s sake…but again it’s Gen Am. You’ll need to be there early and line-up. Hotel – use the same hotels that are used for the festivals…Hyatt preferably.
TFF Travel Fans: Dian, Michael L.
13 July – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center Tickets Hotel St. Anthony or Grand Hyatt are what we suggest
TFF Travel Fans: Dian, Becky
The remaining California shows have been rescheduled, please refer to the photo at the top for the latest dates and tickets available.
25 July – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center Tickets
TFF Travel Fans: Penni, Lady J, Lady K, Lael, SnapHappyPam
26 July – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl Tickets (Dishwalla is opening, how cool is that!?) Hotel *If anyone has another suggestion please let us know in the comments or via one of our social pages.
28 & 29 July – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center Tickets Hotel
TFF Travel Fans: Yvette & Family, Artemisa and Jolene B. TBD: Andye, Kai, Carri, Yvette, SnapHappy Pam, Penni, Lady K and Lady J
*Ticket for sale: Floor – Row 15 – conact @qtcdior28 on Twitter
22 September – Rio de Janeiro -Rockin’ Rio Concert Series (Day 4) Tickets (this is in English for our general audience – se voce queria Portuguese, escerve a Andye o Marcio).
Hotel: contact Marcio – get his advise for the entire trip!
TFF Travel Fans: Marcio Campos (Team Lead), Vivian
*Hotel indicates a suggested accommodation that has worked for us as Tears for Fears Travel Fans in the past. Names listed as TFF Travel Fans are those that usually frequent shows in that location, have checked-in or have been helpful to fellow fans travelling to those cities and venues. As always, please feel free to leave a message on our TFF Travel Fans and Kooks page on Facebook or Twitter @papasfans.