TFF – Absolutely Awesome in the O2

“I have had the unbelievable opportunity to play some amazing shows and places in my career, but tonight definitely is one of the highlights of my journey…. O2 Arena, London, England.” – Jamie Wollam (aka Drummer Genius)

Tweet of the day was this beauty from ‘All on the Board’

from all on the board

This was a really big deal. The O2 sold out! Capacity is close to 20,000. There was literally no extra space in this entire venue – every seat was purchased and or occupied. Tonight solidified the fact that Tears for Fears are indeed one of the top bands of all times. Their work and ability is timeless. Their message eternal!

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Get a better scope of the space with Kadelbach’s video.

Lady Alison Moyet was crystal clear and amazing as always! Check out this video from Cheryl Cision!

One of our favourite moments during any show is the proximity of Curt and Roland. Don’t ask us why. It’s something about these two angelic beings getting close together that excites us on a whole other level! Big thanks to Mr. Ibarra for this share!

R and C2

Video

Alison Moyet

EWTRTW

Head Over Heels

SOL

SHOUT

Fun moments from Fans

(Joyce got it in slow motion and you should see Mr. O’s face…hilarious)

Merch for the win!

If you can’t wait until you get to a show then consider buying early from the merch store online http://www.tearsforfears.com. Items are arriving pretty quick.

Curt got a cool salute from fans. Check out this quick sing-a-long and hello to his family from his ‘fan family.’

Roland first began handing the microphone down into the audience in 2011 at the Wiltern. He’s continued the tradition quite kindly. Here he is in action!

Roland at the o2
 

 We try to add in a bit of a bonus including reviews. Here’s one from ES Insider featuring Roland’s thoughts on touring.

https://www.standard.co.uk/insider/alist/tears-for-fears-singer-roland-orzabal-touring-again-has-helped-me-get-over-loss-of-wife-a4059436.html?amp

Get some rest…more shows!! Let’s go!

-TFF Travel Fan Team

TFF’s Big Surprise in Brighton

Let’s get straight to the point…they played Suffer the Children. Now, a few nights ago we posted a video from the In My Minds Eye treasure box. That video is a full show of The Hurting plus two songs from SFTBC. And no one in YEARS has heard that song live…until today. The internet lit up!

And MVP Darren H got an audio recording of it. He wanted badly to make sure he didn’t break the rules so he didn’t hold his phone up. Mad respect for this!

Gwen got a copy as well. Tilt your head so you can see it…

This post is dedicated to Andrew W. He has been loyal and he shows up! Here he is with Drummer Genius Jamie Wollam 🙂

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Woman In Chains (angle 1)

Woman in Chains (angle 2)

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Woman in Chains

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Mad World

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Suffer the Children (photo)

Set List – with Suffer the Children (that’s worth $1000)

Shout

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Fans having fun!

And wow, thanks Mr. Reardon!

Big thanks to all the Tears for Fears Travel Fans who are modestly travelling alongside the band, zipping in and out of shows. Some are working and still finding a way to make it to shows. You are troopers! Much love to you from your fellow fans! Reach out if you need anything! We’re on standby.

-Tears for Fears Travel Fan Team

TFF – Great Crowd Chemistry in Cardiff!

This post is dedicated to Shaun Smith – Curt’s brother. He’s super kind and very nice! That’s also his photo above. He took that great photo during the show and permitted us to use it. We’re very grateful. He also recorded Shout for us! Tilt your head a little. It’s the best part of the song. We’ve embedded it from his page. An edited version in horizontal is below that.
And here’s Curt Smith looking out in the audience. Isn’t this the cutest?

There were some really great moments in the show today. Both Roland and Curt gave great shoutouts. From Roland sending out a loving salute to his family and house manager to Curt showing some love for North Carolina fans who came all the way to Cardiff…the love was flowing making for a very special and intimate night. You can’t beat that!

Below are some of the fun moments fellow fans and friends captured. Enjoy – more to come as we fill each synopsis with great moments from the tour and travels.

Thank you Radisson! Taking good care of fans!

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Here’s some photos from MVP Gwen. For all those cheering for her to get a moment to chat with Curt, she got it! She also got to speak to Roland this evening as well and got an autograph. We’re super happy about that. We trust in the future there will be a fan conference so we can all take several big group photos against an amazing backdrop with Roland and Curt on SOL royalty chairs. Oh we’ve got plans!

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Call Me Mellow followed by fun moments of conversation with the audience and additional songs. Enjoy and please leave a message for the videographer, Gwen. As you follow along you’ll see she has taken time out to go to 12 shows. She’s an incredible person and she deserves a great deal of respect and love. She’s an honourary member of the band practically at this point.

 

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We’ll add some video in as we get it. A few are working on theirs and a few others need go get permission to post and share on a public site. Stay tuned!

Goodnight!

…again, more to come!
Thanks for reading, interacting and showing up!
-Tears for Fears Travel Fan Team

TFF – Looking Good in Liverpool!

*Dedicated to Marcio Campos in Brasil! Thank you for connecting us with additional fans for this show!

Wow, Liverpool! How exciting and historic given the Beatles’ beginnings here! We spoke to Jamie before this show and got permission to post some photos (one above). We’re excited to have some pictures from their point of view. It’ll be nice to add to the archives.

Also got this great photo from Claire Hartshorn Photography! Thank you, Claire!

Mr. L came through on the guitar picks and yes we asked that they be put into the online store so we can stock up. The last time we had such exquisite ones was 2012 during Brit Week.

*Some items will not be visible as they are linked to Twitter accounts. We’ll be sure to post photos vs. links to accounts in future in case fans decide to go private going forward. You can ask to be friends which will allow you to see all the great pictures.

Gig Girl’s video of EWTRTW

Set List – Gwen’s getting good at this! LOL!

BILL is the BEST!

Our dear lady Alison Moyet

Showtime!

The Gorgeous Lady Alison Moyet 

EWTRTW with Lorde Intro

EBWTRTW up close with Curt

SOL

Pale Shelter

Woman in Chains

Shout

Band to Fan Love

(post show nostalgia and chat with Joy)

Falling Down – courtesy of Chris and Caroline

Wishing our good sweet Tamara a safe trip home!

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Hello and Goodbye Amsterdam. I landed in Gate D and had to bee line it to Gate E. No time to stop in any of the shops for souvenirs. I was only able to stop to give myself one last shot of lovenox in my stomach before my long flight to hopefully prevent me from getting another blood clot from my adventure. Once you get one you are always at risk. I made it on board my flight and am awaiting take off. I think it’s about 8.5 hours home from here. It’s truly been a great trip! I’m so glad I did this on my own. Thank you Tears For Fears for your music. I grew up listening since I was a young girl living in Central Wisconsin. When my little sister was maybe 2 years old she sang the chorus to Shout. We are 14 years apart. I hope you will continue to bless us with your music for many years to come. Hopefully someday I will be lucky enough to meet Roland and Curt. For all of you going to the European tour Have A Blast!!! It is awesome and I’m sure it will continue to get better and better each and every show. Gwen, I hope you get your meet and greet and keep getting those set lists! You need to make that scrapbook! Taking off now! See you back in America! Xoxo 🌻🎸❤️🌜🌞#bunnylousadventures #tearsforfears #tearsforfearstour2019 #bye @tearsforfearsmusic @tfftravelfans @cusackcat @jamiewollam @carinaround @charltonpettus

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Fun Bonus: Ever seen this cool feature Jamie?! Nice!

TFF – Loved in Dublin

This post is dedicated to Tamara who flew all the way from Minnesota to Europe to follow the show. Tamara has been through a lot in her life. Like many, she has been able to find healing and energy in the music of Curt, Roland and team. Tamara you are appreciated and loved! Please remember that. What you did for fans, capturing the moments and experience then sharing it online was the real deal! You are awesome (and super pretty – look at that face)! We’re excited to have learned about Evan being in company as well.

From the eyes of our dear Gwen, she provided a lot of photos of the venue. Note how much larger this one is than the night before. It was soon just as packed.

Tamara got a view of the packed house.

crowd from Dublin

Here’s their proximity to the stage.

Our dear lady Alison Moyet opened the show and we couldn’t be more pleased! We love her and wish she was a permanent member of the band. She will forever be a part of the Tears for Fears experience. Be sure to follow her on Twitter @alisonmoyet

How about this treasure from the Stone Forums. They claim they will be recording the entire show, every show until the tour ends! What a gift! You can barely hear Curt on EWTRTW because the crowd is singing so strongly it’s almost overpowering. Enjoy while it lasts because we don’t know if they’ll get flagged for posting this or not. *For the record, that’s not Andye singing Falling Down. She’s learned to pipe down at the concerts with all the singing. We don’t know this rogue singer but it was super cool to hear someone else enjoy it as much as we do!

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Bill gave Gwen Doug’s set list. One of the many Roland Orzabal fan pages on Instagram reposted it.

It’s hard to discuss these shows right now because they are so fresh and the excitement is intense. A few of us are simply speechless and trying come down from cloud 9. It takes a while. Returning to earth after a Tears for Fears show is like…well, imagine being somewhere between heaven space and heaven. It’s mindblowing! An Irish Times writer seems to have gotten her bearings and quickly published this piece about the show. It is one of our favourites thus far.

Read the article in full here: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/tears-for-fears-review-sad-bangers-from-a-brilliantly-gloomy-band-1.3778833

“Pure perfection tonight. So happy they included ‘Falling Down’ and ‘Woman in chains’ tonight. Ro’s voice sounds incredible, as good as ever & you could tell he was enjoying himself again tonight, pulling faces and huge smiles for everyone. 2 down, 10 to go…” – Gwen, TFF Travel Fan about the Dublin show

If you are a die-hard soldier of sound you know we had some scares at the start of the year. Like a hot cup of coffee filled to the brim, we’ve been walking slowly and carefully hoping the cup didn’t run over and burn us all in some form or fashion. We were really scared out of our wits with so much legalese and uncertainty with the show reschedule and journalists on the outside picking up bits and pieces of our online conversations and then writing about what they “think” is going on with the band and fans. We’re so glad to have moved on from that to be present in the presence of Tears for Fears – their concerts wash away all pains, all negative emotion. It’s like being lifted to a whole other realm and completely healed. May the Universe bless the band and all of us on the road and in the air this year!

Thanks for reading,
Cheers!
TFF Travel Fan Team

 

Tour 2019

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

*Killarney did happen on the 30th of Jan. Click here for the show synopsis.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FEB 16, 2019
Tempodrom
Berlin, Germany
Hotel Movenpick
TICKETS

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

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

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

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

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

May 3, 2019
Shaky Knees Music Festival Atlanta, Georgia
Tickets
Hotel
*Tentative Meetup at a private clubhouse
*If you don’t want to buy the 3-day pass, single tickets usually go on sale closer to the event (update – the single tickets are now on sale as of Jan 21st). Be sure to buy only for the 3rd of May. TFF will perform on that day only. The 3-day pass is not transferable. It’s a wristband.

May 5, 2019

SunFest in West Palm Beach (Florida) – regular tickets are still available and several 4 day VIP. Sunday only VIP pass at $399 is sold out…that’s the day Tears for Fears perform. If you’ve got 2,000 to spare get the 4-day pass so you can hang out backstage. More details to come!

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

June 21 2019
Delamere Forest, Cheshire UK
Tickets
Hotel

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

June 25, 2019 
Neumeunster Abbey, Luxembourg
Tickets
Hotel

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

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

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

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

July 3, 2019
Roskilde Festival – Roskilde, Denmark
Tickets
Camping on site

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

July 9, 2019
Rome Fest – Rome, Italy
Tickets
Hotel (let us know if you find something because we did not)

July 10, 2019
Lucca Summer Festival – Lucca, Italy
Tickets
Hotel (still checking)

At this point several of us are not going to be in Germany. So we don’t have hotel information – just venue and ticket info – very sorry!

July 12, 2019

Tollwood Festival – Muchen, Germany
Tickets
July 13, 2019
Schloss Bruchsal Festival – Bruschal, Germany
Tickets

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

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

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

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

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

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

-I need to sell my ticket. Email us…

And just for fun…have a look at this…

Tears for Fears Tour 2018

New Dates – Unofficially announced – see article: https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/tears-for-fears-cancel-uk-tour-including-glasgow-show-with-new-dates-scheduled-for-2019/

Tears Updated

*NEW DATES ADDED!

Some early notes for Tears for Fears Travel Fans coming in from the states…
By now, you know, you need a passport. We are recommending flying Delta or British Airways to get to the U.K. and, once there, use the series of trains and ground transportation to get to the hotel and venue. If you have questions, we’ve got of TONS of fans who are on standby willing to assist with how to get from point A to point B. For this tour, we will be choosing hotels that are a little different from our norm in order to cut down the cost (though some are far from a steal). Remember, buy your pre-sale tickets first, let everything else fall into place.

*picture: First Direct Leeds Arena concert venue seating

POSTPONED – 27 AprilFirst Direct Arena LeedsHotelTickets
We’re in for a treat, this venue was voted Best New Venue in the World 2014!

POSTPONED – 28 AprilMotorpoint Arena in Nottingham, United KingdomHotelTicketsSeating Chart

This venue offers hospitality experiences and since we have a few days between shows this is a perfect time to think about something nice prior to the concert (not after).

SEC Armadillo Seating
SEC Armadillo has a big gap between the stage and the front row but really nice! Room for dancing!

POSTPONED 30 April SEC Armadillo – Tickets – Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow Seating Chart
*Some of the Travel Fan team members have lots of friends in Glasgow and with this added show, it might be nice to just stay on a few days – if you do it’s understandable. Great opportunity to do some real meeting up and hanging out. If you can’t do the first two shows, try to do this one!

POSTPONED 2 May3 Arena Dublin Ireland – TicketsSeating Chart – Hotel: Hilton

Cardiff Motorpoint Arena detailed seating plan
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena detailed seating plan

POSTPONED 4 May Motorpoint Arena Cardiff – This venue is 30 minutes from the airport. Hotel suggestion is: The Big Sleep Hotel prices are as low as 57 GBP a night and this hotel just underwent a renovation.

Birmingham NIA National Indoor Arena seating plan

POSTPONED 5 MayArena Birmingham Buy Tickets – Seating Plan – Hotel: Hilton Birmingham

*You have time to relax a little for this show with that one day in between so be sure to use the suggested hotel. Save the cheap ones for the nights you’re not really staying long in that particular city. This is more about seeing the band and hanging out with fellow fans vs. site seeing for us. Now, about those untiered floor blocks…whaaat? Gracious me!

POSTPONED 7 MaySEC ArmadilloTickets – Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow
This is the original show that was planned, a new one was added above due to demand. Remember – *Don’t bring a large bag to this venue. Try to leave large purses, etc. at home for this show.

Arena-Floor

POSTPONED 8 MayEcho Arena in Liverpool – TicketsSeating Chart – Hotel: You’re spoiled for choice – from furnished flats that are within walking distance to one with The Beatles theme…you already know which one we’re gonna pick! You get a little time here so make it count!

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10 MayThe O2 – TicketsSeating Chart – Hotel: Intercontinental The02
*That venue link takes you to their VIP experience. This is different from buying a premium seat VIP ticket to see TFF. Our idea of premium seating is on the stage or in front of it…preferably the aforementioned. LOL! O2’s venue option provides extra comfort around “a” show. This is a great pre-game/pre-show thought that we will explore. We certainly don’t plan to sit in their VIP suite to watch R&C on a screen. But it would be nice to do something in advance or afterwards.

Bournemouth

POSTPONED 11 MayBournemouth BIC WindsorTicketsSeating Chart– Hotel -this hotel isn’t that close to the venue as others but it’s really nice. It’s also a bit less expensive than the closer options which include Park Central and a the Bournemouth Marriott.

VIP options – just read through them all and see if you want to do something fun pre-show. Great time to meetup with fans. Pick one, let us know which is your favourite.

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POSTPONED 12 May Brighton CentreTicketsSeating Chart– Hotel
*Sometimes we say, “Hey, if you’re gonna go…go all out” and you certainly will with our hotel choice. It’s over $200 a night USD but worth it. If by this time you’re broke from buying enough merch to wear a different TFF t-shirt each day of the month there’s a Travelodge nearby as well.

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Airfare hasn’t really dropped but if you book now you can save a couple of hundred dollars on Delta. If you’re in Europe already I’d say fly Air Italia or Lufthansa to all of these locations. If you’re flying Air France, let us know because we’re just curious about the service. There are also a number of trains that will help you get from point A to point B but we’re going to stick with planes because it’s just a little faster and if you miss something you can usually get the next flight to the following concert location within an hour. With shows this close together we can’t take any chances.

AFAS Live Berlin Seating

14 May AFAS Live – Netherlands
Venue Link: https://www.afaslive.nl/

Tickets: https://www.afaslive.nl/agenda/tears-for-tears

Hotel: Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Arena Boulevard $78+ USD

http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/netherlands/hampton-by-hilton-amsterdam-arena-boulevard-AMSZUHX/index.html

tempodrom

16 May Berlin Germany’s Tempodrom
Venue Link: https://www.tempodrom.de/en/

Tickets: https://www.tempodrom.de/en/event/tears_for_fears_2018-05-16_20/

Hotel: Crown Plaza Berlin – Potsdamer Platz
https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/reservation

Seating Plan: https://www.tempodrom.de/en/visitor_information/seating-plan/

mehr theatre

17 May – Hamburg Germany’s Mehr! Theatre
Venue Link: http://www.mehr.de/en/venues/mehr-theater-am-grossmarkt-hamburg/mehr-theater-am-grossmarkt/

Tickets (ticket link should be live soon): http://www.mehr.de/en/venues/mehr-theater-am-grossmarkt-hamburg/program-and-tickets/#jump

Hotel: Hyperion Hamburg
Link: https://www.h-hotels.com/de/hyperion/hotels/hyperion-hotel-hamburg

le dome

18 May Paris France’s Palais des Sports (Le Dome de Paris)
Venue Link: http://www.ledomedeparis.com/

Tickets: http://www.ledomedeparis.com/events/tears-for-fears/

Hotel: Okko Hotel Paris – good price! $118 USD approx. per night
http://www.okkohotels.com/en/hotels/okko-hotels-rueil-malmaison-mobipole

Travel Fan Contact: Patricia O. @PatricaTFF on Twitter

20 May Antwerpen Belgium’s Lotto Arena
Venue Link: http://www.lotto-arena.be/nl

Tickets: http://www.lotto-arena.be/nl/kalender/2017-2018/tears-for-fears

Hotel: Radisson Blue Antwerp
https://www.radissonblu.com/en/astridhotel-antwerp?facilitator=CSOSEO

Mediolanum Forum

23 May – Milan Italy’s Mediolanum Forum
Venue: http://www.mediolanumforum.it/en/

Tickets: http://www.mediolanumforum.it/en/musicen/eve/589-tears-for-fears/gestore/83/mese/undefined/pagine/41/cateve/Musica/

Hotel: Hotel NH Milano Congress
https://www.nh-hotels.it/hotel/nh-milano-congress-centre

26 May – Bath FestivalsClick here for details from venue

27 May – BBC Radio Biggest Weekend – Sunday Show – Click here for TFF Travel Fan detailsClick here for TFF Travel Fan details

What to expect next year – a good, powerful set list! We’re hoping Michael Wainwright will stick with the band as well for the majority of 2018. He is very enjoyable and friendly. He’s known to come out and speak to fans as he is a very personable person. We consider him to be a member of Tears for Fears as much as many others before him. MW of whom you may see us refer to as Nice Guy Mike (NGM) was with the band prior to Carina Round in case some of you who are just now getting back on the fan train didn’t know. He’s real cool and we’re looking forward to more. We’re also hoping Mr. Moyer gets a good spin with the band so we can enjoy his marvelous sax on The Working Hour.

Meet & Greets + Fan Conferences – no word yet…still on the EMFH RSVP for that. So we’ll see…

Stick around, more news to come in this space…

Thanks for reading,
AA, TFF Travel Fan Team Moderator

*Feature Photo Cover used with permission by Captain Julian Orzabal