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.

The Fan Chat

Kevin Ryan, a contributor to the Observor, owned by Guardian Media Group – UK, reached out to us recently to answer questions re: our dedication to Tears for Fears. If you’d like to participate please answer the following and send them to PapaSFans@gmail.com. We’re going to combine all these answers per question and note your first name and last initial then send them off to Kevin. We’re looking for the first 10 people to respond by Sunday June 11th, one of the TFF Atlanta Concert Anniversaries. All who submit get entered to win some Tears for Fears merch store cash.

Kevin also invites everyone to come out and listen to the Tears for Fears Tribute/Cover Band (Cheers for Tears) that will be having a show in Dallas on 16 June at the Granada Theatre.

Questions – please send these to PapaSFans@gmail.com

1. If you wouldn’t mind, I’d love to get an idea of where you are and what you do so that I can describe Tears and Kooks as a truly international community.

2. What has drawn you to Tears for Fears? Did you have an experience that pulled you in, when you decided that you need to see every TFF show you can?

3. There are a few bands I travel extensively to see, so I completely get it, although it’s hard to describe. How would you describe your Is it a hobby? Is it fair to compare it to being a football supporter or the like.

4. What are your thoughts on tribute bands, in general? Have you seen any TFF tribute bands?

5. How many times have you seen TFF? (Including solo tours)

6. How many your dates do you typically make it to? And what do you expect each time?

7. Are you a musician? If so, do you play TFF songs? In a tribute/cover band?

8.This is a bit vague, but what, in your opinion, makes TFF unique and magical? (Feel free to use different adjectives)

9. Is there anything I didn’t ask that I should’ve? Anything you’d like to add?

Thanks for participating!
-Andye, TFF Travel Fan Team Moderator

Tears for Fears 26 & 27 October – London

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Accommodations: The Kensington

If you were one of the fortunate ones able to snag a very difficult-to-obtain ticket for the 27 October show, you might as well go all out with a nice stay at The Kensington. This hotel is actually one of the preferred hotels of the Royal Albert Hall. Of course, if you’re local I’m sure you’re giving me the two finger salute.

Now, for those of us stateside who usually pay anywhere from $50-$275 a night for a standard to slightly upgraded room (with the exception of Vegas shows where we just pretend money is no object and go buck wild with cabanas for 3 days and parties), the Kensington is going to cost you around $400 US a night after tax. And…the room will be half the size of the swank abodes we’ve been spoiled with on tour. So, just be mentally ready for that. It’s gorgeous though. Take a look at the photos.

For those of us not going, myself included, this is like missing a Royal Wedding. The venue is unbelievable. It’s quite the answered prayer in many ways. There have been hundreds (I’m not exaggerating) of fans in the UK who have all but sold their insides begging and pleading Tears for Fears to have a show there (as if the band really has total control over that). And here it is…and damn if something funky didn’t happen the day the tickets went on sale to prevent us from going in addition to what was already a stab in the heart with short notice of ticket sales (remember when we said your 6 months of savings should also include $300 for a couple of Tears for Fears tickets? People think we’re trying to be funny – Nope, this is a prime example). Thankfully, Good Man Curt Smith – G-d love him – tweeted forward with a statement that once again proved his knowledge and sentiment to the cause of the fans. They know WE TRY hard to be at every show and that is an understatement.

Let me tell you right now… these “schemes” don’t hurt. Consider joining for future. You never know…

I have been that fan that literally flies home, goes to work and flies out that same evening JUST to see them one more time and in many cases, over and over again. It’s just THAT healing. But it’s even better when you’ve got a great venue with amazing seats and don’t have to contend with standing in queue 6-7 hours prior to the show for the dreaded Gen Am. THIS my dear fellow fans, is the show of shows to be at and I pray that something works out so that it happens again (maybe annually for a few years) so that we can all show up and show out in lovely frocks with our handkerchiefs in tow crying like a bride’s mother over these songs that have left us shook as f*ck.

Speaking of being shook, check out who is opening for the band… Freya Ridings. Check her out…powerful voice!

If by chance you just want to be in the area and hang around (there are people that do that), take British Airways or Delta. Use a car service to get you to and from London Heathrow and spoil yourself with a night at the Kensington. Then walk over to RAH and just be somewhere near without being disruptive. Just do it. Stay the weekend, leave on a Sunday. Walk around, be in the energy of historic London…just do it. If you have the resources to just get there…GO!

Are You Serious? What the hell are we gonna do?
RAH has guided tours, tea and much more. While you’re there, hire a car and go to Bath, England. Plan to stay a night there as well. Make the most of it!

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26 October Show with BBC2
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So, this is also happening and we’ve yet to have heard who the blessed Earls of Fortune are that got the tickets. But just “For Everyone’s I” as Curt would say, this is taking place. Bookmark it and follow it, you never know what you may see or find out on the day of the show. Gonna be pretty sweet for sure.

Meet and Greets
We get this question for every show. Unlike years past, we just don’t see these like we used to for a variety of reasons. It’s sort of an every man for himself, just ask and see what happens kind of thing. All we can say is for goodness sake, hold on to the no scream policy. Do not freak out around the band if you see them. Keep it cool. For some it’s hard because it’s literally like watching an angel manifest before you. Some may disagree but for those that “know” …you know it’s true.

Travel Fan Team on the Ground
For every show there is a loyal one who usually comes through and provides the coverage that we archive. We all pool our videos, whomever got the best one for each song is what goes online. Everyone uploads their selections to YouTube or sends us a file via email. We don’t know what will happen this time around because that ticket debacle just threw us off. We’re hoping for the best.

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What to expect?
The set list we’ve been hearing and hopefully some surprises. We’re checking to see if Mr. Moyer will join because that means Working Hour gets played! Heck yes!!! We’re also hoping the “Broken” ending for HOH will be played as well. That’s one to make you faint…bring your smelling salts and look alive. We can only pray that I Love You But I’m Lost will be permitted to the public at both shows. We’ll see!

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Cheers all, have a great time and stay in touch! We’ll be either within a mile of the venue being present and respectful or reachable by phone. Keep your passport card with you, keep the passport in the hotel. Trust us on that one!
-AA, Tears for Fears Travel Fan Team

Birthday Love for Curt in Boston!

So, Curt celebrated his birthday in Boston this year and the coolest part was the crowd singing to him annnnnd his family was there with him! How nice! Crunch Cake Day went off without a hitch!

But first, a little Bath in Boston from a fellow fan who worked hard to get to this show. See her story below.

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Deb, Darby, Pam and others went to the show and had an amazing time! Check out some of these videos from shares online! Reach out to DB519 and say thanks!!! Make a new friend with those who post videos online! These are amazing fellow fans!

Sowing the Seeds

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Head over Heels
*It’s crazy how much this sounds like the actual cassette tape from back in the day. It’s insane really how one can maintain that quality! In most cases, we’ve found they sound even better and they alreadyyyyy were powerful and outstanding… THIS! THIS is why we break our necks and the bank to get to every show. There’s a lot of good energy that just flows like a river at these concerts. You gotta be there to see and feel it!

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Birthday Party in Boston!
*Dear person that sang that with such feeling and emotion (do you hear them? soooo sweet! – And Roland’s nice suave ending! Goodness, get the tissues!)

You can’t miss Ms. Sylvia’s cakes! Every year she outdoes herself with a fine creation that captures the band in detail. Here’s Curt’s 2017 cake! We bet it has crunch toffee inside! Yum to the NTH degree!

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And his family of angels showed up!!!

Hope everyone had a blast!

Shoutout to Darby who finally made it to a show after years of almost making it to one. She also had tickets for Canada as well…offered to give them away to fellow fans. What a gem of a friend! Read her story below!

“Bought tickets for a concert at the Capital Theatre in NY last last year (but couldn’t go last minute.. THEN bought tickets at New Market (UK) as I have loads of friends there and was visiting… but again , had to reschedule my trip and gave my premier enclosure tickets away to another fan… THEN bought VIP tickets for the Boston show AND the Montreal tickets (our family has a summer home about two hours away and thought that might work as well).. in the end I can only make the Boston concert.”

Glad she made it!!

Thanks for reading!
-AA, TFF Travel Fan Team

Tears for Fears x New York = Love!

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!!

Sending Good Man Curt some sugar! #Mwaaaah! #FanLove #SweetGestures

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!

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SOL

BIDA

Mad World

Pale Shelter

Change

HOH

Shout

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 😉

Intro

Mad World

SOL

Hair conversation, a zaghareet from a fan….and Creep cover 🙂

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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!

Thanks for reading!
-TFF Travel Fan Team

Tears for Fears in St. Louis – Now that was something! #HeckYeah

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!!!!


Change

Creep

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…

Shout

Merch was amazing! All this was $350 for those planning to get one of every shirt.

We try to have dinner after every show or before… the tour isn’t the same unless you’ve got your squad! Very grateful for all the Tears for Fears Travel Fans!!! Thanks for the drumsticks, Jamie!!!

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!

TFF Forever!!
-Andye, Tears for Fears Travel Fan Team Moderator

Louisville Got Lucky! TFF Came To Town!

Louisville Kentucky… Fans said time and time again, they couldn’t BELIEVE that Tears for Fears were there. One guy mentioned that this was the last place he expected to see them …he just couldn’t believe they were there. Well, man, you got your wish! Glad you enjoyed it! Dedicated to Zanne…nice job! Thank you! Great show too, eh? So much extra fun and conversation! We love band convos!

Rough week, very touching marquee

Everybody Wants to Rule the World Intro

Memories Fade:

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"Memories Fade"! #tearsforfears

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Mad World: \

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"Mad World"! #tearsforfears

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Pale Shelter:

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"Pale Shelter", my fave! #tearsforfears

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BIDA:

Shout:

Head Over Heels

Badman’s Song

Pale Shelter

Curt Chat LIVE!

Roland F’ckn’ Orzabal Baby!

CREEP

Shout

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See you on the road guys! Stay hydrated!