Genius’ Work – Deep Dive into Head Over Heels

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

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

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

Thanks for reading
TFF Travel Fan Team

Saluting Musicians!

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

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

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

Scenes from Plato de Oro – Benefit Show @ Cafe Pinot

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

 

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

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

Seven of Sundays – from Curt Smith’s solo work

Shoutout to 3TenEvents for this great video!

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

Thanks again!
-AA, TFF Travel Fan Team Moderator

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

Curt Smith (plus Tears for Fears) at Cafe Pinot

Good News! Mari Moon, an organiser with Plato de Oro Dinner & Auction, sent this message to us this week. We are permitted to attend and take part in the Plato de Oro Dinner & Auction which will feature Curt Smith and members of Tears for Fears (likely Charlton, Doug and Jamie). This is a great opportunity to donate and be a part of an amazing cause. Read more…

Tears for Fears Travel Fans and Kooks! You’re invited on SUNDAY, JUNE 3 @ Cafe Pinot in DTLA to a special, intimate performance by CURT SMITH and the TEARS FOR FEARS band at Homeless Health Care Los Angeles’ Plato de Oro Annual Fundraising Dinner & Auction. It will be a spectacular night of music, dinner and cocktails at Cafe Pinot in DTLA, and an exciting silent & live auction.

Tickets are $250 and sponsor tables are also available. We’re already close to selling out so please buy your tickets soon! For tickets, go to hhclaplato.org or click on the link below. To know more about the wonderful charity you’ll be donating to, please visit hhcla.org. See you on Sunday, June 3! Get excited!!

Stay at the Line Hotel near the Wilshire Hotel. It’s a nice spot and you can Uber to the venue. Because this is such short notice we are willing to send a proxy on our behalf. You can reach out to us on the Tears for Fears Travel Fans & Kooks FB page if you plan to attend.

Those nearby do your best to attend. Otherwise consider making a donation. Hashtag it #TFFFan so they know that the band’s fans are supportive of their work. Our goal is to push and promote philanthropic causes and teams. We’re not just enjoying the music, we are helping people as much as we can.

If you’ve been following this Travel Fan blog for any length of time you will know how much FUN it is to see Curt Smith in Los Angeles. It’s a really big deal and it’s spectacular! You’ll be happy you went!

Sunday 3 June
Cafe Pinot
700 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
$250 tickets – includes dinner & show (worth EVERY penny)
5:30pm – 9:30pm PST

Thank you for attending!
AA, TFF Travel Fan Moderator

Tears for Fears – BBC Appearances 2018

You must be living under a sound proof rock if you’ve not been bombarded with the news about Tears for Fears and the numerous times they’ve been on the BBC in the past six months! It’s brilliant and soul stirring all the same. Week after week there’s a post about a replay of the 2017 appearances. So here we go again with another chance to see them live and we are all steeped in excitement!

This time it’s for 27 May. Tickets already went on sale – this was another one of those reasons to always have your Travel Fan Cash Stash stacked as much as possible so you can be “perched” to purchase the good stuff.

If you’re familiar with how Coventry works, click for direct ticket link. Otherwise you may want to explore the site first with “purchase the good stuff.” As for accommodations and where we plan to stay. Our suggested hotel is the Ramada Hotel and Suites simply because we can’t find much closer that we like. However, do note that there are plenty of others at reasonable rates. You’re looking to pay about $100USD a night for this one after taxes and fees. That’s not bad. You will want to go through the website directly simply because we’ve seen way too many third party snafoos. Now, if you’re one of those Travel Fans that NEVER has a problem with discount sites and third party vendors, you go right ahead with your bad self and book through whomever. But we’re going to play it safe, get the membership and book directly through the hotel to take advantage of the perks that booking through the brand entails. Those who travel with us regularly will understand! Some of us will already be in the UK at this time so airfare is not what we’ll focus on but if you’re flying in just for this show – we suggest booking with Delta NOW for the best prices.

Because the venue is so close to the suggested hotel, you can get there in 6 minutes by ground transportation. Otherwise it’s a 30 minute walk to the venue. So just take ground transport and save your dignity vs. arriving bloody warm and tired.

There are tons of places to eat and hang out! That means it’s a perfect opportunity for a fan meetup. We’ll go ahead and make an event page on the main TFF Travel Fan Facebook page for each of the events including this one so that loyal travellers can plan accordingly and know who all will be in attendance. Numbers have grown exponentially in travel fans. We used to be about 75 per show – 80% of the time and now it’s in the 100s. Very hard to find venues to accommodate us all at once. So let’s just say we’ll see each other there!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave us a comment or an email on Facebook or Twitter. We are connected 20 hours out of the day and are pretty quick to answer. Can’t wait to see everyone partying in the name of Tears for Fears!

Thanks for reading!
TFF Travel Fan Team

Fandom is Friendship So Let’s Meet Up in 2018!

*Dedicated to the 40,000+ people that have visited the TFF Travel Fans site! WE appreciate you!

2017 was an impressive year but steeped in emotion for all those involved with Tears for Fears on every level. The tour was amazing and eye opening, bringing out loyal fans from all over the globe to the states and to specific global cities to celebrate all things Tears for Fears. The band managaed a devastating family tragedy and released new music that, as mentioned in past posts, left us …wait for it…shook…as f… yeahhh, that. There was also the refreshed website and reappearance of the online store. While quite a few people are still waiting for their cds and vinyl to arrive from said store that we promoted as the only place one should buy merch, those that did receive it agree that the upcoming album is going to be one heck of a masterpiece that may change our lives forever.

The camaraderie among fans in 2017 was pretty cool! The mutual respect online and interaction from one fan page with another was very nice. The focus on the music returned vs. the sole focus on how hot the band members look in their jeans. Given each one is married we try to find self-control in the crushing on Curt and Roland department. 😉 We saw a resurgence of followers from the UK and Europe join in the conversations and work to get to the closest show possible. Next year they’ll be treated to some pretty cool venues in a variety of major and trending cities. Fans have not only signed up for multiple shows, they are planning on bringing their spouses and families. Tears for Fears is a multi-generational experience. We as 365 fans know that TFF are timeless and literally move a multitude of age groups across many cultures. We need these shows as much as we need daily meals and water. The band’s shows as well as their music have become a life necessity…like medicine. Makes one long for the day concert tickets and airfare are covered by health insurance…what Tears for Fears give us is much more healing than any chemical produced by a pharmaceutical company.

On top of that, we saw the return of the Curt Chat, this time partnered with Spotify which made for quite a nice experience that brought a ton of us together to hang out with the Good Man Smith accompanied by the new Greatest Hits album.

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So, what’s next?!

There were so many gatherings and meetups, virtual and IRL that it feels like we’ve got a pretty good thing going on a BIGGER level. So, several of the travel fan team plan to host Tears for Fears Fan Appreciation gatherings in Atlanta and Los Angeles, our two HQs. The goal is a big dinner, listen to music and share concert stories…and maybe a few surprises.

The first one was actually in Boston, a sort of test run. Deb and I went out to tour Jamaica Plain in Boston and even passed by Charlton Pettus’ elementary school. We sat in the park, went out for lunch, visited Cheers in Boston and toured the city. It was pretty darn awesome! So, it’ll be cool to do this on a much bigger scale in between concerts. The conversations have begun on and offline and we’ll be sure to keep that info noted here in the Travel Fan Blog. Here’s a snippet of the Boston Road Trip…

So here’s to 2018! So many opportunities to see the band and they haven’t even announced the full schedule as of yet. We know the idea of flying all over the globe for the upcoming dates may not seem realistic. But as we say…just get the tickets…everything will fall into place. Let us know if you have any questions or need help with accommodations. We’ll be updating the schedule and adding details as we go along…

See you at the meetups and the show!
AA – Travel Fan Team Moderator