Duluth’s Lovely & Loving Night with Tears For Fears

Andye’s experience…

Photo by Karon from Asheville

Photo by Karon from Asheville, best show partner of the evening!! Love that lady!! She and her husband were so supportive!

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*Dedicated to Adam and the couple from Asheville!

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

“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.

THE SHOW!!

Let the videos do the talking… Somebody hug Christine Zap and get her a gift card to the TFF Merch store for this! Seriously!

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Thank you to Christine Zap for recording Secret World and many others! Gotta get her a t-shirt!

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*laughing at myself in my Japanese Street Fashion Skull dress and book purse dancing gleefully in a state of absolute bliss.

Change

Creep

Pale Shelter

Band introductions

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!!

Shout

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.

Contribution from Adam H of #Atlanta! Long time fan of the band! #tearsforfears #duluth 🇬🇧🇺🇸#Atlanta #Concerts

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Back on the Road… Pause for me…

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.

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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!

Curt practically called us Peach Cobbler! Now that’s a compliment cause that’s like the official state food down here! I’m all about this Narwhal’s nightie. Can I get that in extra large?

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!

Cheers!

-Andye, TFF Travel Fan Team moderator

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

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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’ Concert Schedule 2017

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.

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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.

6 May St. Louis, Missouri @ Scottrade Center
Tickets
Hotels
TFF Travel Fans: Several including the core Travel Fan team and moderators

8 May – Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
Tickets
Hotel
TFF Travel Fans: Robert M.

9 May – Kansas City, Missouri @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Tickets – Premium seats available
Holiday Inn Kansas City Downtown
TFF Travel Fans: B-blaze, Lady Carolyn

11 May – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Tickets: starting at $35
Hotel: several from which to choose, suggested by venue

13 May – Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center
Tickets market rate is $32 – $126
Hotels Venue has several from which to choose that are very near event

15 May – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
Tickets market rate is $35 – $300+
Hotel aLoft has a shuttle, it is listed as the first choice
TFF Travel Fans: Todd S., Lori

17 May – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
Tickets prices range and can get into the 1000s if you use the third party site
Hotel Hilton is your best bet price wise…

18 May – Ft Wayne, IN @ Embassy Theatre
Tickets $46 – $180+
Hotel Holiday Inn – it’s very close to venue and reasonably priced
TFF Travel Fans: Becky M.

20 May – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
Tickets up to $129 – VIP packages are more (but should be the same as H&Os offer)
Hotel aLoft!

*Becky M’s extra tickets are sold for this show.

*Congrats Susan B and her daughter on winning the tickets to the show!

21 May – Louisville Kentucky @ Louisville Palace
Tickets
TFF Travel Fans: Becky M.

22 May – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
TicketsTickets $35 – $391
Hotel The Blackwell Inn is the official hotel. Tell them you are booking b/c of the show!
TFF Travel Fans: Becky M.

24 May – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Tickets VIP are still available in section 3 (Curt & Charlton’s side)
Hotel Omni Nashville Hotel is really nice!

27 May – Philadelphia, PA @ Hoagie Nation Festival/ Learn more about this festival
Tickets – get the VIP!
Hotel (still trying to figure this one out! wth!)                                                                                  TFF Travel Fans: Deb C.

5 June – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
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9 June – Orlando, FL @ Amway CenterAmway Center
Tickets
Hotel
TFF Travel Fans: Melissa M.

10 June Jacksonville, Florida @ Daily’s Place
Tickets
Hotel

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.

13 June – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Tickets & Hotel – the Cabria is the official hotel of the venue

14 June – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark
Tickets
Hotel Sheraton Hotel was the official hotel last year

16 June – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
Tickets
Hotel use booking code ‘FRONTROW’ when booking at the Ace
TFF Travel Fans: Rachael, Pam R., Cindy

17 June – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
Tickets $35 – $430
Hotel
TFF Travel Fans: Bob, Deb, Deb 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.

5 July Tel Aviv, Israel @ Menora-Mivtachim Arena (former Nokia Arena)
(see original post via link above, not much info has changed)
TFF Travel Fan: Tai (TBD)

8 JulyLondon, England @ British Summer Time in Hyde Park
TFF Travel Fan Legacy Team: Lady Angela and Lady Kath  TBD: Nathalie de France

*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.

11 July – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Tickets VIP packages available…same as on H&O site
Hotel

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

15 July – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green
*Use the info from 2015

17 July – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
Tickets
Hotel
TFF Travel Fans: Lael and Valerie!

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Valerie is ready to meetup and give some band fan hugs!

19 July – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center Arena
Tickets
TFF Travel Fans: Rise, SnapHappy Pam, Lady K, Lorna P and husband

21 July – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Tickets
Hotel It’s Vegas, stay at the Mirage!
TFF Travel Fans: Penny, TBD: Becky, Alex, Lael, SnapHappy Pam, Andye

23 July – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
Tickets
Hotel
TFF Travel Fans: Rise

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
Hotel
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 SeptemberRio 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.

Live discussion on Facebook

Follow on Twitter: @tearsforfears, @curtsmith, @rolandtff, (for travel fan info: @papasfans)

Thanks for reading!

-TFF Travel Fan Team

Drummer Genius – Jamie Wollam’s New Website

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We love to keep track of and follow musicians that work with Tears for Fears. We’re thrilled the band’s drummer, Jamie Wollam (The Drummer Genius – that’s what we call him as do others), has a new site. Now we can wallow all in Mr. Wollam’s world as we know it’ll be filled with updates and cool information. Thanks are in order here to Dion and Paula Smith who worked hard to make sure this actually happened.

Be sure to visit: http://www.jamiewollam.com/ and follow along on all social platforms to see the latest cool news. Jamie is so much fun and one of the nicest people on the planet. Don’t take advantage of that by sending him a list of wishes but be sure to yell his name and say hey when you see him out on tour! 🙂

Thanks for reading!
@papasfans Tears for Fears Travel Fan Team
 

Saving the Best for Last, Tears for Fears San Diego #TFF2016 (Tour Wrap Up)

This is dedicated to Lax, our travel fan pal from 2015. He is so hardcore he went to David Lynch’s concert and Tears for Fears all in the same night. He’s been doing shows for quite a while. Glad we got to do a couple with him. Also dedicated to Alan Todd who shared some amazing videos. Shout out to Mr. Mendoza who was also there!

Jason DeBord was in attendance. Long time fans will remember him from San Francisco 2012. Took some great shots and did an amazing write up on the show. Looking forward to sharing his work.

Some really cool things happened at this show. You all may remember Bill from way back when. He’s been with the band for a long time. Bill is a hard worker and is very kind, thoughtful and intelligent. He opened the Humphrey’s show with some bandmates and that was awesome. Thanks to his pal Sammy for allowing us to share this photo.

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With that said, we think it’s important to highlight some of the amazing people who make these tours so majestic. Bill is certainly one of those people. On numerous occasions he has gone above and beyond to be kind. We appreciate it. We’re aware that it’s a task to remember faces and names. Not everyone can get a set list or a pair of drumsticks from the band but he, Jamie and others do try very hard to be fair and do extra things like that and it’s always appreciated by the recipients be they a part of our Travel Fan Team or someone who is just joining in the fan shenanigans.

Again, Bobby drove fans from place to place as did Becky (who was responsible for taking care of our travel fan t-shirts that were such a hit). So many people stayed in touch the entire time via email, Twitter and other social platforms. New friendships were made and the pictures say it all. The teamwork was terrific and was noticed!

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TFF Travel Fan for over 15 years – Bblaze!

Meet Your Fellow Fans Online! Click through and like the content. Be sure to leave a hi and connect. It’s awesome to make new friends in the name of music.

We finally got connected online with cool guy Alan Todd. Check out his work!

Advice

Change

Mad World (Very similar to the version Mr. Jules did when he was on Stripped Down Live with Curt Smith – we miss that show!)

Steven Mendoza was there too. Is that the same Mr. Mendoza we ran into years ago?

Pale Shelter

Head Over Heels

Shout

Shout – another angle

There were also a few social shares…

Sowing the Seeds of Love

Sowing the Seeds of Love #TearsForFears

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Head Over Heels

Shout

Did you miss a show? You can find links to all the concert recaps and photos on the reschedule note. Feel free to share your concert experience on the Tears for Fears Travel Fans and Kooks FB page. Get some sleep, replenish your travel fan cash and perch! Also, please see the note below from the moderator to wrap up what has been a really amazing couple of weeks.

*Tour Pause – Closing Note from the Moderator

Very sad I didn’t get to meet many of the new people that flew out to see the band. When the reschedule dates were released they were on days that I had committed to other events. I’ve literally been en route to something 90% of the past three weeks. Also, much like many others, I couldn’t believe the $1000 total to rebook flights. I would rather put that money toward Tears for Fears merch and tour accommodations. It was a very angering experience to see there was absolutely no way to remedy that. For me it was a sign that maybe I should put a stop to the whole “Stop, Drop and Go see Tears for Fears” way of life that I’ve had for the last 6 years. We always say we’re making up for lost time and that’s why we go to such extremes to get to so many shows. Well, maybe that time has been made up?

As I sat in hotels here and there, I was continuously on the phone or exchanging email with fellow fans as we scrambled to see if we could get better seats for those flying such a long way. Some even flew in from the UK (Obrigada Paula). Others drove for hours. It was a lot of work! Despite not being physically present I am terribly exhausted. But it was worth it because many of those very people claimed that the band was in ‘belle forme.’ I’m so glad that people who dedicate a chunk of their year to see TFF didn’t have to break with tradition. The extreme excitement of a Tears for Fears show rushed through not only myself as I logged on at night to pick up video being sent to me but it electrified everyone else as well. It was even with us throughout the day. So many of us were literally in a state of excitement for three weeks.

I don’t know which was my favourite show. If I had to pick I’d say it would be Red Rocks. The energy was just wow! There were some really cool moments for the core team and the ROCSaTears. I’m so grateful that the band took time with those that appreciate their music enough to move heaven and earth to be present as much as possible. I know that inner flame of travel fandom and a sense of peace came over me when I saw Tears for Fears actually smiling together with fellow fans wrapped around them like dolls. We adore Tears for Fears and their families. Nothing beats getting to physically stand with them even if for a brief moment. I felt a so much comfort and relief when I saw the band hugging fellow fans and the numerous interactions on Twitter and in person.

Why So Emotional?
I learned something about myself this time around and that is, I accidentally became emotionally invested in this band and didn’t even realise it. A few others have expressed the same. For those who are feeling “addicted” to the work of Tears for Fears, remember that the band created several albums and you have purchased all of them and perhaps several copies and remastered remixes as well. They hold concerts and you bought tickets and enjoyed every show. This is what they are offering and this is what we’ve got. When we start to ponder what else is available, we are reaching a level that may not be the healthiest way to exist in the Tears for Fears fan world no matter how cool a Tears for Fears museum or fan conference may be.

The band knows many of us have a wish list a mile long that includes everything from a group photo spot at every show to a website with a registered fan base. What they are offering right now is music, concerts and merch. We will bask in the availability of those things and do our best not to get caught up in a dream land filled with visions of Tears for Fears theme nights at Disneyland (yeahhh…that was someone’s wish and what a cool thing that might have been).

In closing…
I do hope that everyone had a good time. It’s really refreshing to see that Curt took note of the front row. I hope that, if anything, Curt can somehow get those front row seats and sell them to fans directly. It’s long overdue that those of us who follow the band religiously should never have to fear that we’re going to end up in the balcony being yelled at by some person who doesn’t even own a copy of ELAHE (let alone have a copy of Tomcats and Mayfield) and only came to hear them sing Shout. You deserve better than that and so does the band.

Long live the good work that Tears for Fears has produced and I pray all of us are able to enjoy it to the fullest in the future. And…don’t forget the flight and ticket insurance! Just keepin’ it real…
-AA

Heartfelt and Harmonious – Tears for Fears Return to Red Rocks || #TFF2016

*Dedicated to the TFF Travel Fan Team at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Curt’s Kerfuffle of Kooks. Huge thanks to Drummer Genius Jamie for the hugs!

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“Such an amazing show tonight!!! Gorgeous venue!! The band has never sounded better!!! The crowd was so stoked!! There are no words to describe how incredible tonight was! Not to mention, the incredible gift from Jamie Jamie Wollam! The cherry on top was a tweet from Curt Smith!!! Wow! I wonder if I’ll ever come back down to earth! PS: As always CD & I were representing!!!” – Becky Boom Boom – Travel Fan Soldier of Sound – a real ROCSaTear

Soldiers of Sound armour… many hard core travel fans wear it to every show. These are the “ID” bracelets from the coveted, limited edition “Curt Smith Bundle.” #VIKForLife

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Hard to say anything else really…just speechless. As mentioned in the travel fan info, so many fans headed out to this show. The venue was packed. Very grateful we had so many long time travel fans on the ground last night. Huge thanks to those who went the extra mile to support Tears for Fears. There’s a lot to be said about people who dedicate their time and energy to this group. Not enough thank yous in any language to sum up the gratitude felt all around. Cheers all, enjoy the shares below. Be sure to click through, like the posts, and make a new Tears for Fears fan friend…

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Thank you Jamie for taking the time and welcome Lindsey R to the crew.

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*Drummer Genius Jamie will probably never know or be able to fathom how much he  means to us. Some things are just left unsaid because it’s hard to express. Wishing he and the crew decades of good times ahead and we pray we get another 30+ years to enjoy them.

From Lady Carolyn: “The bag he is holding contains a couple gifts we got for him. Bobby Russell came up with the idea of finding out what brand of drumsticks Jamie Wollam uses and the size he prefers, and signing our names on them with different colored sharpies. Jamie is always giving the fans his drumsticks as precious souvenirs and we wanted to pay him back in some way. While we were at the music store, I saw a beautiful black cowbell, so we got that and wrote appreciative messages on it with a silver sharpie. He loved the gifts and said they were going in his collection. We (Bobby Russell, Silver Kitty, Becky and I….The ROCSatears) are extremely honored. Jamie is such a kind man.”

On that note, there’ve been many nights where we’ve wondered how to repay the band back for their kindness…nice to see he was open to receiving the gifts.

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TFF Travel Fan for over 15 years Bblaze!

Always amazing weather and scenery, great venue, stunning and lovely…

Magic 🎤🎸#redrocks #tearsforfears

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Walking to the seats

#TearsForFears #RedRock #Rado #Babe

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All the Beautiful Fans

@redrocksco #TFF #RedRocks #RedRocks75 @tearsforfearsmusic #Colorado #TearsForFears

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EWTRTW

Break It Down Again

Sowing the Seeds

Sowing the Seeds of Love, as you do. Great show! #tearsforfears #Denver

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Mad World

this was a real treat!! #tearsforfears #redrocksamphitheater #morrison #colorado

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Pale Shelter

Shout

Tears for Fears Shout #shout #redrocks #tearsforfears

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What a Beautiful Night

This place is magic💫 #redrocks #denver #tearsforfears

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To top of a great night, a nice note from the Good Man…

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Thanks for reading and subscribing!
-TFF Travel Fan Team

Concert Highlights || Tears for Fears in Canada 2016

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Want to give a shout out to all of the fans that travelled to the shows this past weekend. Jen, KPC, Stephen, Sad, Dave, David, the list goes on. In particular, we had fans from Atlanta and New York that made the journey. Stephen documented his travel on Instagram. His primary reason for heading to Ontario was for the band and he ended up making a mini-holiday out of the trip. This post is dedicated to each of these great people who went the extra mile literally.

Off to the land of maple syrup, kindness, and poutine! #canada #tearsforfears #everybodywantstoruletheworld

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Well, Tears for Fears in Canada came and went so fast. These videos and photos were shared with us  and brought to our attention aligning  our joint efforts to highlight fans in Canada, many of whom repeated their experience from last year. As Sad mentioned, we always aim to support this band. We addressed concerns about this leg of the tour below. For now, enjoy these shares from both shows.

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#everybodywantstoruletheworld #tearsforfears #latergram

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me moms favourite tune #tearsforfears #collaseum #wildshow

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Mad World

#tearsforfears #ceaserswindsor #fridaynight #madworld #funtimes #greatshow #princemichael

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Billie Jean

This #tearsforfears #billiejean cover got me all goose-bumped!

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HOH

#TearsForFears #HeadOverHeals

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#tearsforfears #caesarswindsor #concert #livemusic #headoverheels #best #song #ever

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Secrets

I finally got the chance to see them ! #tearsforfears Avec Ma mere !

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Rama

#tearsforfears #casinorama #blackandwhitephoto

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EWTRTW

#tearsforfears

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Pale Shelter

Pale Shelter #tearsforfears #rama Is it 1983 again ?

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Billie Jean

Very classy …….. Billy Jean by #tearsforfears #rama

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Memories

#TearsForFears #memoriesfade #1980s #eightiesgirl #casinorama @robyndeborahm

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Shout

Something happens and I'm head over heels #tearsforfears

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Closing out the show with Shout. Fantastic show! #tearsforfears #rama

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Tears for Fears concert. #girlsnightout #tearsforfears

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That moment Roland leans down

 

Speaking of experiences, we had some complaints this time around. In fact, we’ve had some unhappy travellers in the past few shows and this is due to encounters with some in the audience who may not be so loyal or understand our dedication to the band. We can’t stress enough how important it is for us to have a fan section so we can stand up and sing along without people around us telling us to sit down. Throwing things at us, hitting us and other behaviour toward Tears for Fears fans because we won’t sit down is not acceptable. Snoozing through a show is also rude. If you were hurt during a show, email us. We have a lawyer, security and have no problems pressing charges quietly. Everything is in place to do so. A music holiday shouldn’t be a horror show and those that find these measures extreme should be mindful of karma. We’ve been following this band for years and have never seen or heard of people being assaulted until late 2014.

One of the reasons we have this team and try to keep in touch with everyone is make sure all who are making such an effort to take time out of their busy schedules actually get decent tickets and can sit together. Many travel fans (aka anyone that travels to see the band outside their home state or even 3 hours down the road) could be spending that time making money or being with their families but instead are spending a chunk of change to go see Tears for fears. However, the passion runs deep and people want to pay their respects to the band that made us cry so to speak. Many take their whole families, this is their summer holiday or in the case of the reschedule, an impromptu trip. Many went with their spouses and made the show a date night (i.e. famous musician Ted Yoder). We deserve the right to stand and enjoy a show without being heckled or abused. Due to the horrible behaviour we encountered last year, some sat this tour out and have no intention of travelling again unless we can be close to the band each and every time. No more sitting in balconies or random out of the way places. That’s over.

We don’t expect to meet the band nor do we beg for those things to happen (at least not all of us). The times that it has happened have been miraculous and we’re grateful for the many times we’ve experienced that blessing. Still, there are hundreds of us and they can’t meet us all. This is a concert, not a fan conference. But we do feel that fans who travel deserve some decent respect. That isn’t always happening. The only way to ensure that is with a fan club section at a show or an organised VIP of which isn’t “officially” available. So we work extra hard to literally “mine” tickets, sometimes paying  horrible prices that are 5x as much as market rate just to get everyone together.

We’ve managed to get decent seats at most shows so far …except Canada. We’ve never been able to really get great seats for everyone due to the fact that these are casino shows for the most part. We have no control over who gets on the front row. The casino often reserves those types of premium seats for their casino winners, etc. Or premium seats get “gifted” or rewarded to other people who are rarely hardcore fans. In the case of Friday’s show, two people in those seats fell asleep…and of course Good Man Curt noticed it…and called them out on it. We support his decision to do so.

Those seats could have gone to any one of the people who drove the long distance to see them or maybe another local fan who has waited years for these concerts. Not sure who those people were that slept. Maybe they were just really tired and didn’t feel well? Hope they are okay but in future we trust they’ll have the kindness to leave and hand over their tickets to someone behind them instead of sleeping through a band’s show. It’s just as bad as people who go to the front row and just sit there. Andye saw that happen at Duran Duran/Nile Rogers Chic too…it’s very disrespectful and a slap in the face to tons of fans who, again, went the extra mile.

Of all the good things that did happen, this tweet from Curt was one of them. He’s done it before (solo show Spring 2011). So Heaven be the faith that moves mountains allowing us to support this band in our merry travel fan way.

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Cheers! Be safe, stand your ground. You paid for it!
-TFF Travel Fans

Another Hit for Tears for Fears at an iHeart Festival (Sept 2016)

Wow, what a show!!

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One of the many things that stood out were the number of people at the event who tweeted and repeated “I had no idea they sang that song!” iHeart put a face to our legendary Rock gods for those who’ve merely been “listening” without devotion. People all over the world were watching online, listening via the iHeart app (sponsored by Tmobile and Twix) and the awestruck faces were priceless as people made the connection. Those folks were outnumbered by the numerous hardcore fans singing with passion and a sway in their step. The crowd was very mixed in age. Seemed to feature a myriad of generations from older teens to grown-ups getting into the groove. They may not have been standing for all of the stars that weekend but people stood up for Tears for Fears and they showed their respect for a few more minutes after the set was over. THAT was epic!

ROCS taking out ear tech…crowd is screaming and applauding…

There is a lot of material from that night including Instagram clips of fans recording the songs to mark the majestic fact that they witnessed it in person as well as YouTube clips that captured the evening. We were told the show will rebroadcast on CW next month. You’ll get to see all of the featured stars and of course experience the magic that is Tears for Fears. It was an excellent set! Huge salute to the fans and audience that stood up and honoured our favourite band of all time.

Photo Highlights

 

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Mad World

Head Over Heels

Sowing the Seeds of Love

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Social Highlights *Instagram

#shout #tearsforfears #iheartradio

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#TEARSFORFEARS OMG I'm in heaven ❤❤❤ #80sbaby

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#tearsforfears on stage!!…back in the 80' when i was born #iheartfestival #theplacetobe

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#shout #tearsforfears #iheartradio

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#shout #tearsforfears #iheartradio

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Shout, Tear for Fears!!! #iheartradio #iheartfestival #music #tearsforfears

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#tearsforfears #iheartfestival #tmobilearena

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#iheartfestival #tearsforfears

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#iheartfestival #tearsforfears

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Mad World…! K.I.L.L.I.N.G. IT!! #Tearsforfears #iheartfestival #music #ifitstooloudgotobed

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Awesome!! Tears for Fears!!! #iheartradio #iheartfestival #tearsforfears

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Tears for Fears #vegas #tearsforfears #iheartfestival #tmobilearena #goodtimes

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And who can forget the Billboard interview that followed?!! HA!!! What did the Good Sir say? Watch and hold on to your big chair, don’t have a drink because it’s a chocking hazard.

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Be sure to say thanks to all these great contributors! We’ve connected with quite a few. More to come! We’re on standby for fans who have travel info questions. You can email us on Facebook. We’ve had quite a few inquiries about age requirements for shows and meeting up. It looks like most people are with their spouses and families so we won’t hassle everyone to gather for group photos. We’ll plan something when we’re not so rushed.
-TFF Travel Fan Team

Tears for Fears Concert Highlights – Silver Legacy Casino Reno 2016

Well, that was one heck of a good time this past weekend. Huge thanks to all the travel fans, online party peeps and loyal interactive loves of the band who watched online and tweeted about it. Another grand thanks to all who posted videos and pictures. Hope everyone was able to access the video and found the travel fan notes useful. We had a good time all around. You can see pre-show sound check and other clips via Tears for Fears Instagram.

Please enjoy these videos from Friday’s show at the gorgeous Silver Legacy Casino in Reno. Lots of funny and cute things happened between ROCS during this show. Toward the end of the (during Shout) Roland runs underneath Curt to the other side of the stage. It may not be a big deal to others but it was another fine example of how cute they are. Speaking of cute, the Reno front row crew on Shout were awesome! Listen to them having a blast during Shout. We’re giving them the superfan MVP for this show!

Break It Down Again

Mad World

Head Over Heels (be sure to leave her a thank you…very sweet set of fans)

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More Clips from Reno
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Pale Shelter Angle 1
Pale Shelter Angle 2
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*Had planned to combine both the Reno and Las Vegas show material but Las Vegas’ was so over the top, despite being a standard 5-song festival set, it really needs its own post. Stay tuned for those clips and feel free to share the link to the blog post on your personal pages and with other fans. If you decide to use the photos from any of our Travel Fan publications be sure to give credit out of respect to those who have travelled and spent their hard earned cash to provide and share their experience with everyone.

Thanks for reading!
-TFF Travel Fan Team

Tears for Fears: Newmarket Racecourses 29 July

Most of you who are going to this show have your tickets already. Several more have confirmed they are going as well. So here are some extra details/a follow up from an earlier tweet we made about this show. This concert is to take place just shy of the Camp Bestival concert. While CB will offer a festive fun family atmosphere where it’s okay to get a little dirty, Newmarket Racecourses’ event is bursting with elegance…dress code and all. There are a ton of show packages much like CB. They boast individual and multiple ticket offerings such as:

-The Boys Party Package: Admission, Tote Voucher, Food & Drink voucher and 1 racecard
-The Girls Party Package: This one includes a bottle of champagne
-Newmarket Dining Packages: Each includes very nice dining
-Earlybird style packages: Offers tote voucher and more
*Keep in mind one of our dear fellow travel fans has a premium seat available that you can buy directly from her. She’s reliable and picky about her seats so this is a good deal. Let us know if you want it. We’ll get you in contact with her immediately.

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Official Flyer for the Newmarket Nights featuring Tears for Fears

Dress Code:
Treat it like an upscale wedding. No tennis shoes, athletic team jerseys or skimpy stuff. Seriously, this is a formal event and should be respected as such. So, invest in a nice pair of shoes, a really great shirt and snazzy trousers. Those from the Loli/JFashion community going to the show, you need not worry at all. Just open your outstanding Victorian closet and style away. You’ll be the talk of the show. If you need more info on what is expected, just send us a note and we’ll send you pictures. This is an incredible opportunity to have a lot of fun with fashion. *Note that fancy dress is not allowed within the Premiere Enclosure. Call and ask about that… in fact, if you’re worried about your appearance as it relates to your seating dial 01638 675500 (option 4) to get the official coordinate/clothing rundown.

Logistics:
Again, we suggest British Airways as the preferred air carrier. Virgin Air is our second suggestion as well as Korean Air if you can get a flight from your area. No, it’s not the cheapest option from the states but this is a long flight so you might as well fly in style with comfortable amenities.

Ground Transportation: Get a taxi from the airport. Download the local apps (e.g. gett.com) and schedule it so you’re not hanging around trying to figure out what to do.

Hotels: Stay on site (unless the Orzabal Family is having a slumber party 🙂 #ThatllBeTheDay #AndIfYouBelieveThat)
-The Jockey Club Rooms: jockeyclubrooms.co.uk (call for pricing)
-Bedford Lodge Hotel: bedfordlodgehotelmobile.co.uk (mobile friendly link)
*prices for BLH range from $400 USD to $600 USD per night or so depending on the type of room you get. It’s worth it given the amenities and proximity to the venue. It’s like staying at an English resort. If you’re going to Camp Bestival, you might want to find a room partner to decrease the cost of the “Newmarket Show stay.” USD only goes so far in the UK and prices can escalate into the thousands pretty quick if you’re not sharing travel.

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Seeing TFF Live is an Experience

Getting to the Venue:
You can pre-order your ground transportation package. Note that on the concert night a train will pick everyone up at 4:15pm local time and return you 30 mins after the concert ends. Now…before you consider that, think of what you plan to do before and after the show. A lot of times fans (and sometimes the band) end up seeing each other before the show. As we know from photos and personal experience, you never know what opportunities will come about. Even if nothing is scheduled you want to be “available” for surprises so we suggest you arrange a car service or taxi from the venue to and from your hotel. The meeting point for your taxi is just outside Premier Entrance 1 when they pick you up after the show. Order your taxi in advance. Here are a few suggestions:

-Newmarket Taxi: 01638 596465
-First Choice Cars: 01638 718686
-Crystal Cars: 01638 602 602

Food: You will not starve. There’s plenty of food at the hotel plus tons at the venue. Remember the show packages through the venue will have lots of food options. Again, another awesome opportunity to have some really rich, flavourful fare. #EnglishFoodies

Meetups and Meet & Greets: We’re still gathering info on who is going to be there. If we have enough people to do a nice group photo in cool race day hats then it shall be. *We WILL NOT ask Roland or Curt (or Jamie, Charlton and other band members and road crew) to let us hang out pre or post show. All band interactions remain at their discretion. Sorry. We know some of you are travelling a very long way and spent a ton of money to make this happen but we do not manage meetings without unprompted permission from the rock royals themselves.

If you have any questions we’re available around the clock. Find us on Twitter, Google+, Facebook or leave a message for us via the blog.

*Info on Bunbury, the 3 day music festival in Ohio, is coming up…