Tears for Fears Travel Fans Q2 Update

Dedicated to Lady Tamara and the Friday Night Fry Up Team who led us up to the day of the release. Their team and many at Radio Bath (i.e. Dave Mason) continued to play Tears for Fears’ music as well as provide amazing in-depth interviews with the band. We remain grateful for it. *Featured photo is Gwen of TFF UK with Roland and Curt at an event celebrating The Tipping Point’s release.

The album is a roaring success. It’s in the hands of a lot of long-time loyal fans as well as returning fans plus new ones and an additional generation of music lovers. The album came out at a very important time and right near the anniversaries of that which started it all.

The Tipping Point led to even more fans celebrating the band’s first official album under the name Tears for Fears – The Hurting – released the 7th of March in 1983. It is still being incorporated into events, sampled by so many artists and still being sung today- even in schools, choirs and important political movements. Alongside the new album, The Hurting has been highly discussed/mentioned in recent interviews by producers, podcast hosts and tweeted by fans, some of whom stateside noted they discovered it after SFTBC.

Unlike other albums and releases, we feel The Tipping Point was brought into the world in proper fashion. Huge thanks to Tears for Fears management’s marketing team or whomever on the management side that ensured this album was highlighted on all social platforms including sponsored hashtags. The best part of all the highlights and countdowns were the numerous interviews, Q&As and in-person events in which the band participated. From Graduate to present day, the interviews with the band touched on every nook and cranny of their history. This list may not have all the interviews but it does include some of the agreed upon top favourites!

Bespoke Interviews

The top favourites were Dave Mason of Radio Bath and Nihal Arthanayake of BBC radio 5’s as they gave listeners incredible listening experiences. If you haven’t heard them you missed out on an incredible moment!! Schedule time to dive into the replays tonight or sometime this week.

Listen: https://www.mixcloud.com/radiobath/tears-for-fears-album-special-the-tipping-point-part-1/

BBC’s Nihal Arthanayake conducted another stunner that is deep, well-executed and brilliant on every level. Mr. Arthanayake did his homework and research so thoroughly that he was able to touch on some of the even earlier beginnings of the band which prompted Roland and Curt to go even further with glimpses and descriptions of their childhood that went far beyond knowing that Roland was appreciative of Curt’s voice after hearing him singing a song by Blue Oyster Cult. It goes MUCH further than most interviews. There are so many new pieces of info and memories shared than previous years. It’s certainly worth the listen.

Additional gems include the following and don’t miss out on Drummer Genius Jamie’s interview on The Real Hope podcast noted below.

Sunday Morning on CBS:

Good Morning America

The Colbert Show

Break the Man Debut with Band Q&A on YouTube

TFF articles

France:

GQ

Creative Independent

Vulture:

Reset Podcast

Kyle Meredith

Newsweek

Full Cry

https://recordcollectormag.com/issue/february-2022

Pocket Mags

Zoot

Dreams of Children

Tape Op

Audacity: (Facebook)

Associated Press (AP):

BBC

Classic Pop Magazine:

Deezer:

iHeart Radio – Inside the Studio:

Irish Times

Another from Irish Times

Metal Talk:

Music Week:

New York Times

NPR:

Nostaligie

Parismatch:

PurePopForNowPeople

Record Store Day Podcast:

SiriusXM –

Spin Magazine:

Sodajerker:

The Afterword:

The Independent:

The Post:

The Real Hope Podcast (featuring Drummer Genius Jamie)

The Star: https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2022/02/11/tears-for-fears-discuss-the-long-road-to-the-tipping-point.html

Tidal:

Variety:

Vertigo: (may be over)

Virgin Radio UK:

These interviews have been extensive and while most of us hardcore folks know these answers to the questions, we did learn something new with each one. Yes, we knew Roland heard Curt singing a song by Blue Oyster Cult but we learned more about their interactions prior to Roland hearing him sing and the things that led up to the blessed day these twin flames kindled their bond of musical brotherly love.

It’s worth it to listen to each interview twice – they’re THAT good! It’ll take you a month but if you’re a loyal lover of music you’ll be glad you did. Lots of good stuff!! (There were also podcasts and newspaper articles (i.e. Songcraft and Sacramento Bee newspaper))

The Arrival…

The Tipping Point released right on time. We got it at midnight Friday the 25th – same day as SFTBC in 85. Like New Year’s Day, we watched it come into existence starting in The Philippines with Joyce from the Tears for Fears Phils Kook group and eventually to the states with Andye.

As part of the release, several fans got to hear more than just the singles at events. In addition to NST, TTP and BTM, fans heard the remaining songs from the album. At a Q&A in Hackney, several fans got to ask questions including Tears for Fears Fan Forum members Gwen and Darren. Both of their questions were referred to on separate occasions not long after the Q&A. Darren’s ended up in the newspaper. Certainly a really cool moment compared to the last time one of our fan conversations made headlines (i.e. Q1 2019 Andye and Curt re: some discomfort Curt was having – of which we learned more about in the subsequent interviews of 2021 and 2022 and the backstory to the song Stay – track 10 on TTP. That conversation, of course, will go down in history like SK and FOW – insightful, but let us lay it to rest. We’re focusing on these guys’ loving future together).

Thankfully, in this process we learned that the two angels were not fighting but moreso they, in the end, were not excited with what they were working on. Musical “speed dating with some of today’s most notable musicians” did not produce the results and quality they wanted. This lack of satisfaction with the early songs led to conversations with one another and the two had a sit down in Curt’s beautiful and blessed house with their acoustic guitars. There, they began these miraculously sublime songs – ‘No Small Thing’ being one. The two bonded and deep dived into all the feels. The result, with the help of Charlton plus a few others, we, the fans, were gifted with 13 songs. Each one is performing a ton of emotional surgeries virtually for fans who were longing for the band’s healing voices. In the fan forum, testimonials about how The Tipping Point is getting followers through some tough times are peppered throughout the comments. Their voices are the medicine we need.

The spot where the healing began…beautiful!

The mental image of fans resting with their eyes closed, headphones on while the lyrics mend their hearts, minds, past and present hurts is a phenomenal scene. Tweets, posts and videos discussing the magnificence of it all made it clear that the magic and blessing of the band is still as strong as ever. CDs plus several of the colourful vinyls sold exponentially leading them to the #1 and #2 spots on a variety of charts for a little over two weeks. Some fans don’t even own a record player but bought the LPs anyway. Thank you Chris Hammond, Matthew Stewart and others for sharing your vinyl photos.

The reviews have continued to pour out the praise!

DJs from back in the day to present spent a lot of time discussing the album. One of the best online dedication events was with Jake Rudh. His Transmission show was hours of Tears for Fears music videos including Graduate plus TFF peers like Kate Bush and Yaz/Alison Moyet. He even played ‘Russians’ by Sting/The Police. Imagine being at a video party with a big screen and every gem from the decade’s UK based bands playing alongside deep cuts by Tears for Fears and Graduate. It was incredible!!!! Thank you DJ Rudh!

Fan Interactions/Band Chats

As mentioned, the band took time immediately following the release to hang out with UK fans. And when you think it’s all over…it’s not over…it’s not over ::takes a bite out of this tangerine::. Tears for Fears went further by partnering with various records stores and dedicated music locations. They met up with fans AGAIN, answered questions, signed autographs and got to meet even more of their loyal base ahead of the tour. It should be noted that hundreds have bought, not one ticket, but, as we encourage, multiple so they can follow the tour from start to finish. The band will see a lot of their dedicated Travel Fans in the audience. Maybe we’ll all fill up our gas tanks at the same station along the way. Big shoutout to Darren, Gwen, Stephen and team for getting out to these UK events and ensuring the soldiers of sound are well represented.

There was also a chance to chat with Curt on Reddit. Sadly if you didn’t already have an account, your questions did not appear. But we suggest holding on to your account in case there’s another Reddit chat opportunity. Listen: https://reddit.app.link/3fVKoq1V4nb

Tim made good on the listening party opportunity. We got to sit with Curt and thousands of fans on Twitter and go over each track together with backstory information on every song. It was an amazing hour! Tim made good on his word – Twitter Listening Party

Tears for Fears also hosted their own “Twitter Q&A” by allowing us all to send in questions. One of the highlights was learning about the lone woman in BTM. She does represent the fact that some people will go along just to get along. BTM is a powerful song that we hope will be used in anthems to come as the globe pushes for more equality on multiple levels including women having more of a say in healthcare laws that pertain to issues that only women are forced to deal with due to biology (e.g. ovarian cancer, etc.).

Reactions to the album have prompted several to dedicate themselves further to the band. Lady Tamara got a TFF license plate and a new tattoo. Body art seemed to be the most popular way to show one’s love for the band. Others made their own merch in addition to that which was provided by the band.

All while the album was being celebrated, lots of other cool things were going on simultaneously. Charlton and Michael Wainwright celebrated a birthday, Jamie joined A&F Drums. Oleta Adams started her 2022 tour and several fans got to see her and get their merchandise signed. We also learned that Doug Petty put together some piano arrangements of the band’s work and Curt mentioned they’d likely be releasing that in the future. We expect a residency show to accompany it where we can dress to the nine’s and listen in a grand theatre setting. We’ll likely nag them to pieces until this actually happens because…well…that’s kinda what we do. We were swept off our feet with the BBC Piano Room show and there’s no way on earth we can settle for just that one occurrence. We can’t wait for more.

If you somehow have to miss this tour, more shows have been added for the fall. There’s a Banquet Interview and Q&A to come. It is sold out but we do have some spare tickets. Contact us on Facebook or Twitter if you need them. Also, if you didn’t hear back from the band personally, that doesn’t mean they didn’t see what you said. The response to the album and all that went on was INTENSE and overflowing. They sent out a thank you. See these kind words from the band…

The Returning Fans

As mentioned, the band’s management’s marketing teams brought in a ton of returning fans. Some mentioned their fandom kind of dropped off after Seeds of Love. And the headlines around the band’s album have all been about a “comeback” as if the band has been hiding away in some cave for the last 20 years…and we know that’s not true. The band has been touring almost annually since ELAHE was released. So at the top of the Tears for Fears’ Travel Fans accounts you’ll find a summary and guide that helps new people and returners.

Examining the Music

As much as we want to move forward and not hold the band to their early hits so we can enjoy all that they are providing for us in the present and future, it’s hard not see Rick Beato’s video on Everybody Wants to Rule the World. He’s done another featuring Tears for Fears but this one specifically really touched our hearts. EWTRTW hits different…it has a universal power that has been blessed. Mr. Beato really digs in and lays the song out in layers. It’s like looking at the anatomy of something great. Enjoy this. Leave him a note and let him know you appreciate it! He’s fan like the rest of us.

Curt reminded us that 1 April is the original Tears for Fears Live Concert Day. Tears for Fears had their first show at Moles 40 years ago this year. That’s the age of many of us (or close to it) in the Toddlers for Tears for Fears sub group. We were running around in our little dresses, short pants and tiny t-shirts singing the words all wrong. Meanwhile an amazing review was written and was preserved. So grateful for this wonderful digitised keepsake.

More Amazing Artwork

Another piece of fine artwork was created during this time. We thought it was a unique one time thing but apparently the artist made several copies. Lady Tamara and others were able to get one and it is stunning!

That nearly sums it up for Q2…there’s lots more and you can find it on the Tears for Fears Travel Fan & Kooks page and the Fan Forum. Also checkout a new group “The Tears for Fears Gratitude and Appreciation Group” on Facebook. We’re looking forward to partnering with them on a cool fan generated project. Big thanks to The Curry Family and the Tears for Fears Fan Forum for all their work to ensure everyone got an album, the deluxe set, Raoul’s new artwork and so much more during this time. Members and the Curry family went above and beyond to make sure that teams got tickets, travel accommodations and so much more. The Tears for Fears Travel fan team has distributed all the tickets except the VIPs which will have to be picked up at Will Call with the designated ticket holders. We’ll be having additional meetings and logistics discussions along the way. We’ll be tweeting along the way. We do not expect to do any M&Gs with the band this time around but if you see “Roll Call” on our Twitter or Facebook accounts get in touch right away to check-in for a fan activity.

So what’s next? The live shows! See you in a few weeks! Big thanks to management and the local authorities for making it possible for more people to attend the shows. Thanks to you, our readers, for reading! Be sure to follow the band on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. They’re also on TikTok.

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Tears for Fears’ Travel Fan Team

Tears for Fears Travel Fans’ Quarterly Update

Dedicated to the birthday week lovelies, Lady Wilder Smith and Young Lady Vivi Orzabal, plus dedications to the Curry family and Radio Bath who have been super supportive of the band and Travel Fans worldwide!

!!SO MUCH GRATITUDE!!

We got more than we asked for or expected from the band in the fourth quarter. The new music, more new merch, great notifications, email, reminders, tour schedule and the requested ticket options were incredible to say the least. These gifts were followed by a number of truly impactful and touching interviews with Roland and Curt. Big shout out to Gwen of TFF UK for often making sure we had those interviews as soon as we woke up. As far as the year goes, we had a ton of great gifts from the band’s families as well. Be sure to revisit their music and art noted in the Q2 & Q3 updates of this site. Shoutout to the Curry family for providing some great pieces from Raoul Orzabal’s artwork. Truly extraordinary! Also, big high fives to the families who bought their children tickets to the shows! There were lots of cool photos of kids getting their concert tickets for their birthdays and as holiday gifts. Proves how multigenerational the band is as we’ve noted for several years now.

The Second Single

Most of you have already heard it and play it often. For those that haven’t, it’s called ‘No Small Thing’ and as much as it has excited many, it has also flustered some. Thankfully, for most it was a “wow, they went there, good on them” moment. Not going to sit here and act like everyone embraced it immediately. After watching and reading comments for several days after it was released, here’s what several of us noticed. There were a number of men who said they didn’t “get it.” They questioned why the band did not (in their opinion) produce a “catchy pop song with a hook.” Dudes, since when have Tears for Fears produced music for superficial reasons? For some of us, we feel just producing pop for pop’s sake is a cheap distraction. Instead, the guys gave us a rich and bold song that acts as a mirror to look at ourselves – be we the problem or part of the solution (and or, may we dare say, the picked on – which in itself can make one think of how one can improve one’s situation). The song shows us who we are as a global community. This is what Tears for Fears have done so eloquently, in their way, for years.

It’s a very strong song and just like Darren Hull, moderator of the Tears for Fears Fan Forum says, (paraphrase) “get a good headset and have a listen – it makes all the difference.” And it does. The song is what you’d want in a strong smart global leader. If humans could embody this song, we’d be close to Utopia.

It came at a very auspicious time, as with The Tipping Point. The 3rd of December is a very tough day for a few fans. It’s the anniversary of family members’ passing, our condolences. The song thankfully comforted several of those individuals experiencing loss and we’re all just taking a moment to accept we’re in the middle of a world at a crossroads. We hope the band will include this song on the tour. We all need a moment of reflection as we enjoy our freedoms – or what’s left of them. *Several pieces of imagery in the song feature photos that coincidentally reflect recent laws that have caused major issues for some citizens or in some cases were created to protect the freedoms of others. The reactions that followed the song’s release revealed a lot about certain individuals – some of whom we may need to just stay away from because the root of their “anger” was inequality and that’s not the way of TFF or their music. Thankfully, as the weeks went on, posts emerged noting how people play the song daily, or in the morning and how it is the first song on their minds at the start of their day…and, by miracle, a lot of former critics said… “We get it now and we love it!” Thank goodness.

The Tickets & The 2022 Tour

We examined things that went well with the ticket buying process and things that may need to be addressed. The prices for the tickets ranged from the low $100s up to $495 before taxes and fees. The higher end tickets included some great incentives such as VIP entrance, lounges for some venues and the beloved soundcheck plus other gifts. This coincidentally matches a request made back in 2019. So that was a good thing. Many feel this offering will make up for the absence of meet and greets due to Covid. We can add this to what went right as we kind of got what we asked for two years ago. We got a presale code that allowed us to buy our tickets ahead of others. We did not have to fight with scalpers who often bought the tickets for $150 then drove the price up 300% on a third-party site. This also removed the need for those desperate to be able to see the band, from going bankrupt purchasing third party seats only to find out that some of them are not even valid tickets. It also eliminated the pain of sitting in a Ticketmaster waiting room one hour early only to still find that premium seats were completely gone. So we got a deal this year, gifts and great seats all for one price. Now let’s pray Covid and all its complicated restrictions are removed by then so we can go to the shows with ease and little to no anxiety.

So, what went wrong? Some fans reported they didn’t get the code until late at night. We don’t know why and we should really investigate what happened. Some thought they could only use the code once which meant they bought one ticket with the code and then fandangled a way to get tickets to other shows when they should have been using the same code for every venue. Many of us were online trying to explain to others and hopping on calls throughout the day to show other fans they can use the code and go to more than one show.

But overall, that code saved us! Would really appreciate that becoming a standard with the band and the ticket distributor.

A lot of us bought a lot of extra tickets because some just weren’t able to get tickets at that moment. We do recognise there was some sticker shock for some. Looking back at prices, $400 is the highest we’ve ever paid for a show in the past and that was 2017 when the guys tagged along with H&O (Shaky Knees $1000 each tickets were the exception as that was a 3 day festival with free beer all day). Knowing this, we have, as mentioned, purchased extra tickets. We distributed some already to those we knew needed a few more days. Here’s what tickets are left that we know of. They are all for face value, no one is selling for higher than they paid.

Reach out to us on Facebook if you need one of these. We’ll get you in touch with the original purchaser.

2 Orchestra seats for Atlanta

2 VIP for Cincinnati

1 extra non-VIP for Cincinnati

2 VIP for Cuy OH

1 extra non-VIP for Cuy OH

2 left side orchestra non-VIP San Diego (on hold)

2 center for Los Angeles

1 right center Los Angeles

2 VIP Irvine TX (Dallas)

2 extra Irvine

2 VIP Tampa

RSVP to the Show

Right now when you search Tears for Fears + city of the show you plan to attend on Facebook, it should produce an event page where you can note you’re attending. The purpose of the event pages are to help fans connect and travel together if they wish. These are fan generated event pages meant for fan generated fun.

Annual Holiday Song

Curt’s WamU video in Psych 3: This is Gus is the holiday song this year and it was so damn good, people took cold showers to calm down after watching it. That ice cream though… If you haven’t seen the new Psych movie featuring Curt and all his pals, you need to go watch it. It’s funny and you’ll be rewatching the ending if not the whole movie at least three times. It’s delicious! Here’s some behind the scenes chatter on it – minus Curt though, damnit – where is he in this!? And who is serving ice cream sandwiches?

More Music:

photo by Wiley Price of SLA

TFF Alumni member, Oleta Adams, had a great start to winter. She was featured in a holiday parade and also performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and IN UNISON choir. It was absolutely beautiful! Be sure to catch her on tour in spring 2022.

Michael Wainwright also has a new holiday song called ‘Don’t It Feel Like Christmas‘ and we’re super thrilled! Be sure to get your copy of that!

Libre Stone released a beautiful enriched black vinyl of their latest album Mark of Cain. It’s a real beauty. Like a black stallion horse, it’s got power and is an awesome album for a road trip. We’ll definitely be playing it as we get around town.

TFF for a Good Cause

The UK’s largest independent music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins uses music to enrich the lives of people with life-limiting illnesses, disabilities and feelings of isolation. They are currently partnered with the band on this marvelous piece of art. It’s the audio from EWTRTW. The music therapist within the travel fan team, Deb, would be able to better explain how powerful music therapy is for patients. This is another amazing way to salute the band all while participating in a wonderful cause. It looks like all are signed and you can also choose framing depending on which option you pick. Be sure to have a look.

Next Steps:

So now, we count down to the 25th of February, an auspicious date. This is the day that the new album is released (and coincidentally the same date that the band’s SFTBC album was released in ’85). The Tipping Point will be available in full and our merch will be released from SandBoxLLC. If you haven’t purchased it, please do not hesitate because the album and merch might all be sold out by that time. Go ahead and grab your tour couture and garb now!

Also take time to listen to the interviews. There are many and they are so important to understanding the roots of the band if you have, for some odd reason, never done that deep dive. You will love them more and feel closer to your fellow fans as we surge forward in support of the band’s extremely healing work. Here are a few of the ones that really stood out:

Consequence of Sound

Consequence of Sound – a second one

#474 Greatest Music of All Time Podcast

NME

SDE – on how Tipping Point unlocked the whole album

Tape Op

The Creative Independent

The Stereogum

Rolling Stone

The New Cue

Rocksonteurs

Retropop Magazine

Ken Bruce – BBC2 (all week featured Curt Smith from 2-7 Jan, 2022

My Turning Point

Fans’ Reality

We have to understand we have a bit of a threat on our hands. While many are so eager to get the vaccine and said they’ll get as many vaccines as necessary, some people can’t do that. For medical reasons and more, some just aren’t physically able to take the current Covid vaccine. There’s also questions about the health and safety of vaccines and how many are too many. Therefore, a lot of Covid testing has to take place if current venue rules stay in place. Prior to the show, those without the vaccine(s) have to be tested and if they are positive they are mandated to rush away and isolate. What a heart crushing and horrible thing to endure. If you are for whatever reason testing positive (Vaccinated or not) you can’t enter most venues as of now – we hope that as this virus goes away the rules will change. Because, here’s the deal, you spend all that money on a great seat, you’ve got your tour couture on and all of the sudden you can’t even enter and are sent away like an outcast? We get it…health and safety first. We want everyone to be able to get to the show and actually get in. So, for now, consider isolating and testing two weeks to a month prior to the show. Make sure you’re in best health (take your vitamins, exercise, sweat in a sauna, eat more veggies, etc.) and ensure that you are travelling with healthy people. If you have to take a flight, be sure to wear a mask or maybe rent a car, disinfect it and drive to the venue yourself. Our goal is to get to the shows and actually enter, Covid free and spend the summer together.

Meanwhile, please know that we’ve got some great moderators out there in a few groups. Shoutout to the fan forum for providing a free ticket opportunity recently. The Travel Fans were approached by Live Nation for a ticket giveaway but as with all things we get band permission first before conducting giveaways in their name. We’ll let you know how that goes. Right now, interacting with fellow fans on Facebook and Twitter is enjoyable. Yes, sometimes there’s a lot of repeat information and often the same songs and photos show up but the moderators have been great about deleting things that were previously posted. The Travel Fan team and the TFF Fan Forum will continue with the Tears for Fears Tuesdays #TFFTuesdays. We’re chatting and happily highlighting cool things from the band. Be sure to join in and interact with other fans!

Be good to yourself, be good to each other! Thanks for reading! Have a great new year!

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The Tipping Point …A Summary of the Single’s Release

Dedicated to Shaun Smith and the Friday Night Fry Up team at Radio Bath! Thank you for making release day a two-day party! THAT was awesome!

It’s been an exciting three weeks to say the least. First Tears for Fears win an Ivor Novello award on the 21st of September 2021. Then we get a single release of Tipping Point from the anticipated album whose title the majority of us who huddle daily had solidly confirmed as early as 2017…and really, there was hinting of it prior to that. Music writers were discussing in depth by 2017. Many of us have had a sixth sense about the album. For example, we took one look at Curt’s tweet featuring Cinta Vidal and her gallery and said, “That has a Tears for Fears feel to it…possibly the cover artwork?” And what do you know? There it is…

Artwork by Cinta Vidal

Many thanks to Robert for confirming our prediction the morning of the release! We were right!

Much like Libre Stone featuring Captain Julian Orzabal, Roland’s brother’s band, the guys came correct with it by having not only the CD ready but all merch in place plus the video. All dropped simultaneously and we lept on that immediately. Note that they obliged us by having their names down the side of the sleeve. They know we LOVE that! We always want the name of the band on as much merch as possible. Represent!

One of many official items in the merch store…

There’s also the Super Deluxe option which includes the colourful vinyl and the cd plus the bonus tracks.

Standard copy will include:

  1. No Small Thing
  2. Tipping Point (the single)
  3. Long, Long, Long Time
  4. Break the Man
  5. My Demons
  6. Rivers of Mercy
  7. Please Be Happy (revised since we last heard it sung by Roland)
  8. Master Plan
  9. End of Night
  10. Stay (revised since we last heard it)

Deluxe copy will include:

All of the above plus ‘Let It All Evolve,’ Secret Location,’ and ‘The Shame’

That Video! It was directed by photographer and director Matt Mahurin. Many thanks to David Wild for that confirmation.

Two of the first radio stations to announce that they would play the single from the album were Radio Bath in Curt’s hometown and BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball Breakfast show. Zoe had Curt as a featured guest. From what we learned from him, he was able to join the broadcast from his home in Los Angeles. While he and Zoe spoke, fans from all over the globe tuned in awaiting this moment. Fans as far away as Malaysia were tuned in and kudos to them. High five to everyone stateside who stayed up almost 48 hours planning and prepping for the moment. By 5am ET, we not only heard the new song, but had purchased our merch and shared the release on a number of Tears for Fears fan huddle spots (e.g. Tears for Fears Travel Fan page, Tears for Fears Fan forum, Tears for Fears Peru, etc.). From Facebook to Twitter and beyond, the Tipping Point single was spreading like wildfire to much praise and adoration. The random few who dared to deny its excellence were quickly shut down by numerous people including some negative guy who thought he was special because he had 10K followers on YouTube. That lackluster count was also shut down and he was left looking like a clown. Everyone else has not only applauded the Tipping Point but are writing about it within media and corporate circles.

“A fair number of corporate leaders in various industries got in touch with me by phone and text noting how much they loved it – including one from a certain famous soda company. I heard from colleagues past and present and made sure to share it with fellow media peeps. However, I do hope they are remaining vigilant in their entertainment news beat and will reach out to the band or management without prompt. I also plan to gently check-in with producers to see if they have any interview plans.” – Andye

Meanwhile, the print media in music has jumped right on it. The best thus far is The Guardian interview, first shown to us by Gwen of Tears for Fears UK. Take a moment to read it. It is important.

More articles featuring the band’s release:

Rolling Stone

NME Japan

Spotify has them on the cover of the Legends category playlist.

Omgahd, Like Where Have They Been?”  RIGHT HERE, THEY NEVER LEFT! PAY ATTENTION!

The number of people coming out of the woodwork on Instagram with this question is astonishing. The good thing is none of those people self-proclaimed to be their number one fan…cause if they did we’d need to have a serious intervention to bring them off that high horse. The band has been producing music and they have given us all kinds of treats and music since ELAHE. Curt was kind enough to re-release Mayfield AND put together an incredible bundle for us with candy and keepsakes. He even put a full long-sleeved shirt in some of the bags. If you go to shows you’ll see people with yellow bands on their arms, lanyards that say VIK and they’re probably carrying a bag of Skittles because that is the official unofficial candy of Tears for Fears. He also had several events in L.A. and was a featured guest at Brit Week 2012. There was also this album ‘Deceptively Heavy,’ online chats and promotions around his frequent appearances on Psych with James Roday and Dule Hill. Roland joined Twitter for a few years and released Sex Drugs and Opera: There’s Life After Rock n’ Roll which included a book signing at the Winstar Hotel show in Oklahoma. Then, there were 2 Record Store Days where we got ‘Ready Boys & Girl,’ Massey Hall Toronto concert. There was also The Greatest Hits with ‘I Love You But I’m Lost’ and ‘Stay.’ That’s not something to ignore, it was fresh new music! They did this ALL WHILE caring for their families – with pets, two children each, getting their now young adults to University and helping them with their careers in music and art/design. Roland’s wife passed and he somehow pushed through the tears and found a way to create steeped in grief. No, they haven’t gone anywhere. We’ve all been walking side by side this whole time…which brings us back to the article.

If you note, the article describes how the band is living their life all while managing a music career. Meanwhile, in fan land, several of us are hilariously in our “between concerts routine” …like birds on a wire we’re perched and ready with our packed bags, checking the time for the daily Tears for Fears fan huddle hour online, checking Twitter for official band member tweets, and putting away travel money so we can leap up and get to a show at the drop of a hat.

The Family Is on a Roll!

As mentioned in the quarterly update, Libre Stone’s album has arrived in the mailbox of many and fans are loving it! Be sure to join in the fun!

Andye has put this playlist together featuring not just (the) ‘Tipping Point’ but also the aforementioned that the band released since 2013. There’s also Quarterboy – Roland’s son Pascal’s music as well as ‘Bet’ by Curt’s eldest daughter Lady Diva Smith. Be sure to purchase their music and enjoy the Spotify Playlist so the analytics behind it all will capture our enthusiasm for their music. The algorithm will work that into featured areas of the site and more will begin to listen to it as well. It has also been advised by fan forum moderator and members that it sounds even better when you listen with a good set of headphones…like, the real deal headphones. Try it and see the difference for yourself.

What’s next? Curt is going to be on Psych 3 singing “Thong Song” with Mr. Hill. Get your cold water ready…just kidding. Seriously, Curt will be on Psych 3: This is Gus (The Sequel to the Sequel). The movie streams on PeacockTV on the 18th of November, 2021. Peacock is currently free but you can get a premium membership that is so worth it! Check it out!

Courtesy CD/Silver Kitty Twitter

And of course, the band noted that additional concert information and plans will be coming up in some weeks…so, watch their space, this space and subscribe to their site so you don’t miss out. We’ll be here with summaries but it’s always great to see that email in your inbox from Tears for Fears!

For those in the Tears for Fears Fan Forum, there will be a t-shirt coming out soon. It looks really good. We’ll discuss that more when the purchase link is ready. Thanks for reading! Enjoy your band merch! *Little tip – that merch might release before the cd…if it does then you’ll want to make two separate orders. One for the merch and another for the cd. Read the fine print when you purchase.

Thanks again,

Tears for Fears Travel Fan Moderator Andye

Follow @tearsforfears (TW) @tearsforfearsmusic (IG) @curtsmith (TW) @stone_libre @LibreStone (IG) @pascalorzabal (TW) @papasfans (TW) @tfftravelfans (IG)

Another BIG THANKS to David and Mr. Mahurin as well as Shaun Smith and team at Radio Bath!!!

Tears for Fears Tour 2022

Featured Event: Tears for Fears at The Lytham Festival

This festival now has a part II that includes a day for Tears for Fears. We are happy to note that our dear Alison Moyet is going to join them as an opener as will Natalie Imbruglia known for her song ‘Torn’ which is such a perfect “festival” song. Go ahead and envision yourself sipping Mimosas with that song being played. But can we take a moment and also say how excited we are about Alison Moyet being with the band again? Can this just be forever? Alison Moyet with TFF as much as possible please! We definitely want to her to be at the elusive fan conference alongside Michael Wainwright, Michael Magno and other amazing artists. But we digress, let’s stay focused on this event.

Date: Saturday, 9 July, 2022
Location: Lytham Festival in Lancashire
Hotel Suggestion: Hy Hotel on Clifton Street
Buy Tickets here

For those that have issues getting around you may want to spend a little more and get the garden pass so you can sit down and not stand the whole day. Have a look at this video to understand the space and see the scan of the area.


What to know about this show…why is it special? It’s in an absolutely beautiful place. Try not to want to up and move there once you arrive. It’s near the sea! The sea! Those of us residing in landlocked areas rejoice! The breezy air and enjoyable environment alongside their new music and presence will make this one of those really nice memorable shows. It’s on motherland turf for the band in many ways. Family and friends will be there. Get your tickets and prepare for an excellent weekend!

Tour 2022 Dates & Tickets – Announced on Friday 12 November, 2022

Logistics: (if you don’t care about saving money, getting insurance and have no Covid questions, skip to the tour dates below)
Prepare to attend shows prior to and after the festival as well as enjoying the new music from the upcoming album The Tipping Point (get your merch now on the site). You are also encouraged to wear Libre Stone and or Tears for Fears merch at the shows in order to be identifiable by other fans. The band has noted that with our subscription we can get the artist’s presale ticket options so we hope everyone has taken care of their signing up. Otherwise you can use the other option or buy the tickets on Friday the 19th of November. You can access the direct ticket sales through the site, so we’re not going to list that information this time because the band has already provided it on the official site. Below are the links to each place plus hotel and flight suggestions. We will likely meet up at each place and travel together.

Dose of Reality – we hope we can erase this part of the update in the next 3 months. However, let’s talk about Covid. Due to its highly contagious nature, it’s likely the band is not doing a meet and greet. So if you’re attending shows with the sole purpose of some band time…let’s be real. Go for the music alone and the opportunity to celebrate the band with fellow fans. Do not even bother asking us if we’re going backstage. We’re not asking nor expecting any opportunities like that. (Please note that the UK has lifted their Covid restrictions as of February 2022. The band’s management arranged a number of appearances by the band including a Q&A where fans were able to take photos and speak to Roland and Curt without restrictions. It was quite nice. We don’t imagine anything like that happening in the United States.)

The shot… some of us can tolerate it and others can’t due to allergies. For those that can’t handle it, please, buy 3 take home tests. Use one in advance to make sure you can get your results with ease or you can take a test at some of the venues if you schedule your test in advance with the venue. If you’re following the whole tour and need continued Covid testing, let Andye know. She is working to ensure all fans have as much info as possible so they don’t get to a show and get turned away due to lack of required documents.

Post-Surgery – if you’ve had a hip replacement, are on a cane or dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome and are worried you’ll have issues getting to your set, arriving, etc. contact Andye so she can work with you to help you get in touch with the accessible service. We’re not spring chickens anymore and we can’t walk a football field to the parking lot and back.

Flights – we’re going to suggest going with Delta for all travel during the US leg of the tour due to their Covid policy which seems to accommodate all the various conditions one might be in during these questionable times. They also offer credit for flights if things go wrong. The link we provided is directly to the Sky Miles program. You need to save yourself some money and collect points. They come in handy when you least expect it. You’ll have options to use the sky lounge and relax between long layovers. You’ll pay less for flights by adding your points and using upgrades.

Get the Insurance – remember when the band had family illnesses? Remember when certain festivals cancelled? Remember Covid? Oh wait, Covid is still here. Yeah, get the insurance. You never know if you’ll need to call the airline and say, “I need a refund because…” It’s about $10 extra dollars but you’ll feel safer and be less upset if this sickness causes us any other issues. We can only hope none of us, nor the band gets sick. Insurance (ticket and flight) will save you a lot of money in the long run. Expect to pay about $1000 total if you attend every single show and get the insurance on flight and tickets. Not a bad deal given you’ll get back the $5,000+ you’re spending on flights and tickets.

Q&A Sessions:

26 Jan, 2022 – Virtual Artist Confidential featuring Tears for Fears – performance and interview event is hosted by 80s on 8’s Alan Hunter and 1st Wave & Volume Host Lori Majewski. To enter, email rsvp@siriusxm.com and include Tears for Fears in the subject line of the email and include your full name, valid email and cell phone number in the email. Must be sent in by the 25th of Jan. Only 40 people can join. Must be a U.S. resident and 18 years of age.

21 February, 2022

Rough Trade East presents a In-Conversation with Tears for Fears at EartH Theatre Hackney. Tickets went on sale on the 21st of Jan. Many UK based travel fans were able to get tickets. We have requested a virtual participation ticket. If they allow it we’ll let you know.

MAY 20, 2022

RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER seating chart

CINCINNATI, OH

Hotel (You can stay at the venue’s suggestion on the Kentucky side or you can opt for accommodations further out – this seems to be the best for the money and the location. We’ve tried this brand and it was actually very comfortable, clean and neat).

MAY 21, 2022

BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER seating chart (at the time we did research on this location, we noticed their site was not up to date)

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH

Hotel Country Inn and Suites is owned by the Radisson. This specific location is closest to the venue. We’ve also tried this brand and it was very nice and well maintained.

MAY 24, 2022

THE PAVILION AT TOYOTA MUSIC FACTORY (this venue is offering Covid testing on site, you’ll also be expected to carry a clear plastic PVC bag vs. a purse. The reason they want it clear is to keep from having to touch the items of guest.)

IRVING, TX

Hotel – this is the Marriott that is closest to the venue. *You’re going to want to stay at this location – take our word for it!

May 25th, 2022

** this show was announced the week of 17 Jan. TFF in Houston, Texas. Tickets are on sale on the Tears for Fears site in the tour section. Location: Smart Financial Centre at Sugarland.

MAY 27, 2022

AK-CHIN PAVILION (We noticed this site is already selling tickets before the actual presale of the band – but through a marketplace or third party – you may want to go straight to the Tears for Fears website vs. relying on this site if you’re looking for early options. We’ve gone that route before but only at the last minute to accommodate additional travel fans. Not ideal.)

PHOENIX, AZ

Hotel – This is the Hilton and it’s in the same area as that the venue. It’s in a gorgeous location so if you can take advantage of the break between the Texas and AZ shows, explore the area. Tears for Fears Superfan Lael should be available to assist you.

MAY 29, 2022

LEVITT PAVILION (This looks like a very festival type atmosphere with a huge lawn and open air, no cover. It has a beer garden and lots of food. Might be fun for a family outing and enjoying the show. Gorgeous area and surroundings!)

DENVER, CO

Hotel – This hotel is the closest we could find. It’s a Courtyard by Marriott and again, one we’ve tried in the past. It was very convenient.

JUN 1, 2022

CONCORD PAVILION (we couldn’t find any safe sites and info for this show just yet – wild!)

CONCORD, CA

Hotel – This is a Crown Plaza Hotel. We found cheaper and closer ones but they didn’t have great reviews. The last thing you want after a great show is go back to an uncomfortable hotel. We don’t play that in the Tears for Fears Travel Fan world. This hotel is about 5 miles from the venue. .

JUN 2, 2022

SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE – this venue is all about the premium experience. You may want to sign up in advance and see what perks are available for VIP seating experiences.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA

Hotel – this hotel is in the heart of Silicon Valley and it is gorgeous. Right there near the venue. Very comfortable and extremely convenient!

JUN 4, 2022

THE FORUM – The band has played here before. In a recent intereview, Roland noted that they’d be playing the Hollywood Bowl. We think he meant The Forum. Those of us who bought season passes to the Hollywood Bowl… smh.

INGLEWOOD, CA

Hotel (Guys, it’s L.A. – we have so many favourites it’s impossible to list them all – if you’re looking to stay near the venue, then go with the linked suggestion – but we’re likely gonna take a few days at one of our favourites be it Loews Santa Monica or “elsewhere.”)

JUN 5, 2022

NORTH ISLAND CREDIT UNION AMPHITHEATRE

CHULA VISTA, CA

Hotel – this is a Best Western near the venue. We’ll likely change this.

JUN 9, 2022

ITHINK FINANCIAL AMPHITHEATRE

WEST PALM BEACH, FL

Hotel – this is a Hampton Inn not far from the venue. The whole area is gorgeous, be sure to read all reviews and remember this is also the city of SunFest where the rain and “hot” stage caused cancellations of the show. Get the insurance for this show due to the weird weather which causes havoc.

JUN 10, 2022

MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION AMPHITHEATRE

TAMPA, FL

Hotel – something a little swank for us!

JUN 12, 2022

AMERIS BANK AMPHITHEATRE – if you get in early for this show, be sure to check out the Avalon. It’s an eatery and lovely shopping area with a movie theatre and great food. This is Andye’s neighbourhood. If you have any questions, reach out to her on Twitter @andyeisthenews. If you’re looking to enjoy any tourist attractions – remember that Atlanta traffic is famous for a reason. Downtown is about a 30 min drive from this location on the weekends. You’ll want to arrive early if you’re not staying near the venue.

ALPHARETTA, GA (this is an Atlanta suburb)

Hotel

JUN 13, 2022

PNC MUSIC PAVILION – the Charlotte show is about 4 hours from the Atlanta location. Be ready to wake up early and get there to avoid any issues because it’s a Monday and you might encounter traffic.

CHARLOTTE, NC

Hotel

JUN 15, 2022

DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE CARKSTON

CLARKSTON, MI

Hotel

JUN 16, 2022

HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATRE – CHICAGO

TINLEY PARK, IL

Hotel

JUN 17, 2022

RUOFF HOME MORTGAGE MUSIC CENTER

NOBLESVILLE, IN

Hotel (really nice place to stay after a long day of driving and dancing! This is a Fairfield Inn and Suites)

JUN 19, 2022

MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION

COLUMBIA, MD

Hotel (VIP option available that is related to the show)

JUN 21, 2022

MANN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

PHILADELPHIA, PA

Hotel

JUN 22, 2022

LEADER BANK PAVILION – this venue is in such a beautiful place. Boston is a gorgeous city. Lots of fans there including Deborah G. We hope to be able to do a small reunion there as we did in 2017 after the tour.

BOSTON, MA

Hotel – the Hyatt Regency in this location is just gorgeous!

JUN 24, 2022

PNC BANK ARTS CENTER

HOLMDEL, NJ

Hotel

It’s Curt’s 61st birthday – be ready to sing Happy Birthday to the Good Man Mr. Smith

JUN 25, 2022

NORTHWELL HEALTH AT JONES BEACH THEATER

WANTAGH, NY

Hotel (preferred hotel)

JUL 1, 2022

QEII ARENA

TELFORD, UK

Hotel (it’s in walking distance from the venue)

Transport

JUL 2, 2022

LONGLEAT

WILTSHIRE, UK

Hotel

Transport – TBD – this place is a wildlife sanctuary and offers transportation for tourist purposes. It’s best to call them yourself and let them know your plans so they can decide what is best for you. There is a train station not too far away but you know us, we prefer you’re safe and sound in a car that can pick you up and drop you off at the gate. Enjoy this video of the property to get an idea of what it’s like to visit. Maybe stay an extra day as you’ll have time between shows.

July 5th, 2022

Tears for Fears announced this show in February after literally tweeting out to fans and followers the question, “where in London would you like to see us?” Fans responded as did Royal Albert Hall. The final location was the O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire. Tickets went on sale the 23rd with a pre-sale code given by the band/management. General sale was 25th of February, the day of The Tipping Point’s release.

JUL 5, 2022

WADDESON MANOR

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, UK

Hotel

Transport (use a car service to get there if you can)

JUL 7, 2022

UTILITA ARENA

NEWCASTLE, UK

Hotel

Transport – this is Blacklane, an awesome private transport service that offers a variety of ways to get around the area. We’ve used this in past travel and it was awesome to say the least!!

Band contributor, Phil Collins the great, was recently at Utilita. Adam of TFF Atlanta got to see him the other night. Check out this video of Genesis performing together at the venue. See what your experience may be when you arrive for Tears for Fears.

JUL 8, 2022

FLOORS CASTLE

KELSO, UK

Hotel

Transport

JUL 9, 2022

LYTHAM FESTIVAL (please see featured concert at the top of the page)

JUL 12, 2022

THE INCORA COUNTY GROUND

DERBY, UK

Hotel (This is one of the first brands we tried when we began following the tours over 10 years ago. It is not our preferred hotel, but this is the closest to the venue.)

Transport

JUL 14, 2022

MILLENNIUM SQUARE

LEEDS, UK

Hotel

Transport

JUL 15, 2022

WARWICK CASTLE

WARWICK, UK

Hotel

Transport

JUL 16, 2022

SCARBOROUGH OPEN AIR THEATRE

SCARBOROUGH, UK

Hotel (this is not close at all, nearly 12 miles from the venue but we can’t seem to find anything up to par that is closer)

Transport (you’ll need to take a car to get there, this company offers private transportation. If you’re not local to the area, you don’t need to be fumbling around in the dark after a show. You need a car service to come and get you and take you back to the hotel/BB so you can get a good night’s rest especially if you’re going to the show the night before)

JUL 19, 2022

CHEWTON GLEN

NEW MILTON, UK

Hotel

Transport

JUL 20, 2022

THE SPITFIRE GROUND

CANTERBURY, UK

Hotel (this is a tough one, we suggest connecting with one of the TFF UK Travel Fans attending this show and and see what their recommendations are)

Transport (not sure if Blacklane services this area but they have been super helpful to us and can likely help you get to this location)

JUL 22, 2022

THE 1ST CENTURY COUNTY GROUND

HOVE, UK

Hotel – TBD – unable to find anything closeby

Transport

JUL 23, 2022

CARDIFF CASTLE

CARDIFF, UK

Hotel

Transport

JUL 24, 2022

HATFIELD HOUSE

HATFIELD, UK

Hotel

Transport

JUL 26, 2022

POWDERHAM CASTLE

EXETER, UK

Hotel

Transport

Post-Tour Rest, Pause and Party…

September 18th, 2022

Pryzm and Banquet Records host the band at 5:30 GMT for an intimate show. Tickets also come with an LP. View more on the site. These tickets go on sale the 2nd of March, 2022.

Quarterly Update – Tears for Fears Travel Fans (Q3)

Big thanks to those who participated in the online birthday fun for Roland Orzabal. Penny Dahl won the day with another amazing display that gave a salute not just to the man, but to the Seeds of Love album. She won an Amazon gift card and a copy of the Tears for Fears Massey Hall Vinyl. We learned after the fact that Roland had a lovely cake along with other niceties for his special day. Many thanks to his dear Emily for sharing the photos.

Penny is a member of the Tears for Fears Fan Forum

So, what are Roland and Curt doing right now? Well, unless you’ve been avoiding social media, you’ll know that they were finally able to announce one of the shows for 2022. On the 9th of July, Tears for Fears will be a part of the Lytham Festival in Lancashire. See the abbreviated info below.

Tears for Fears w/our beloved Alison Moyet plus Natalie Imbruglia (famous for ‘Torn’) Fast Facts:

  • What: Lytham Festival Tickets https://www.lythamfestival.com/tickets/
  • When: 9 July, 2022
  • Where: Physical location of the Festival: Lytham Green, Lytham St. Anne’s, Lancashire, FY8 5LB
  • Accommodations: hotel suggestion: Hy Hotel on Clifton Street
  • Suggestion: 5 Day Pass so you can see Duran Duran as well or 1 day pass if you can’t stay a week
  • Ticket Price: Approximately $70 USD with fees included (based on the current conversion rate for Sept 2021)
  • Several fans already have tickets to this, so get yours and be ready to meetup and hang out with the fan family. Be ready to get there early, as early as is allowed.

What else are they doing? Promo stuff ::enter all of us with our hands flailing in the air in excitement:: !!! That’s all we can say at the moment because the band hasn’t released official word on what that promo stuff is just yet. But if you checkout certain photos and tweets from hard core fans and Curt, you’ll already know what the promo stuff is. Someone took one look at the visuals and knew immediately. We’re not confirming anything until Tears for Fears does. That’s just how we roll. That’s their business to announce first. Thank you for understanding – we are so excited it’s hard to sleep. xxx Also, Doug seems to have taken a teaching role? Not sure what that means for his part in the band but given we can expect a lot of shows for the summer, he may have that time off from his University.

The New Album

There was confirmed word that the band would not tour again unless the new album was finished and ready for play. The album is complete and management is working on all the things that come with that. We expect that the album will be released between Q4 2021 and Q1 2022. We do expect to hear new music at the 9 July, 2022 show. It’s pretty much guaranteed.

In Related News and Tangents:

Libre Stone: Captain Julian Orzabal (Roland’s younger brother) and Dion Smith released Libre Stone’s 2nd set of work – Mark of Cain. It is now available on their site. They have merch, FB and IG pages to interact with the band and we’re loving it. They did this right. They came correct with great music and all the merch and accompaniments one would want with a band. Be sure to buy your copy, download the album, leave reviews on all platforms where you have purchased the album and continue to interact with the band and fellow fans on social media. We’ll be sharing a list of venues we’d like to see them play in the future. Dion Smith is also sharing some great musical insights. Checkout one of the videos from his series featuring his guitar expertise.

Shout out to our sponsors and April Russell for surprising Bobby B-Blaze with some jackets and cool Libre Stone merch. Bobby is a loyal Tears for Fears Travel Fan who is known for helping fans get to shows. He has often driven cross country and back again ensuring fans get from their front door to the show and home again. He deserves the world and a bag of gold (and some bitcoins).

These comfy Libre Stone collectives arrived at Bobby’s just a few hours ago.

Pascal Orzabal (Roland’s beautiful second son): Pascal has released a total of 4 songs online thus far and you can buy your copy on iTunes, Soundcloud and listen to him on other music platforms including Spotify. Please be sure to like, subscribe and follow his work. It’s really powerful stuff. If you loved The Hurting and Roland in the 1980s, you’ll have a huge appreciation for his son’s ultra-modern sound that has many tones of that era married with all things modern and future forward vibes. We’re going to do a playlist with all their music together. Checkout this video interview.

Diva Smith (Curt’s first angel daughter): Included in that set of music will be Diva Smith’s ‘Bet’ of which we have talked about previously. What an incredible family the band members have!

Wilder Smith (Curt’s second angel daughter) is doing design at college. We’re extremely happy for her. Hoping she opens an agency so we can get a logo commissioned and blessed by her.

Raoul Orzabal (Roland’s beautiful first son) has grown to become an outstanding award-winning artist and we’re obviously buying his work because it’s so good you want to leap into the paintings and live a second life!

The Fan Forum:

Darren and friends including current band members and alumni are actively sharing and posting in the forum. Tamara Hansens’ Tears for Fears Tuesdays (#TFFTuesdays) are still going strong in that space and each Friday members, which include TFF Travel Fans, listen in to Radio Bath which includes the Friday Night Fry Up. During ‘drive time’ and on into the night, DJ Shaun Smith (Curt’s Brother) and DJs from the FNFU interact with fans. It’s a really great way to glide into the weekend and get into a feel good mood. It’s very therapeutic! Be sure to log in weekly to the Fan Forum and set your notifications to receive updates from the Travel Fan site so you can keep up with everything that is going on and make new music friends.

Tasha LaRae’s Gratitude Hour

Singer, songwriter and Arrested Development Alumni (a band Tears for Fears named as the best opening act – and rightly so. We were there and they brought the house down in an incredibly energetic show on 26 August 2010) hosts a gratitude group where everyday friends gather to hear a word from her and a guided gratitude activity each day. Once a week the team have a live hour together to play games, chat and express what’s on their minds. It’s also very therapeutic and super chill! It’s the moment of peace in the week you didn’t know you needed…really helps you reflect and find a place of solace. Currently, the attendees are other musicians, actors and of course Tears for Fears hard core fans all enjoying a moment of absolute peace once a week.

Dave Grohl/Nandi & Mandi

So, those following along closely know that the Dave Grohl is a big Tears for Fears fan. He wanted to do some work with the band and who knows, it may happen. The Foo Fighters, the band Dave leads after the retirement of Nirvana due to tragedy, have a fan named Nandi Bushell who lives in Ipswich. She is an outstanding musician at such a young age and if you haven’t seen her, you need to… Well, a fan in the Tears for Fears Fan Forum where Darren from TFF UK is a moderator led us to Megan who did just as much justice to a young lady quickly nicknamed Mandi as she gave salute to ‘Break It Down Again (BIDA)’ – please enjoy and send her some encouragement on that specific video!

Advice: As we prepare to move into 2022, please be mindful of the following:

  1. You need to get a passport. Even if you do not plan to fly around the globe with other fans or you have no interest in leaving your location, get a passport. The world is very different now and you never know when you may have to up and leave without much notice be it for a great opportunity or some other reason. A passport is under $200 USD. If you’re having trouble getting or paying for a passport, let us know.
  2. Prepare for Covid restrictions. We don’t know when it’s truly going to be over and how long half these restrictions and requirements will be in place. Denmark has dropped their requirements but few other countries have. For those in the states, the vaccine is being pushed and expected along with Covid negative tests. So, if you can’t get the vaccine or don’t feel comfortable getting it, be sure to note where you can get a rapid Covid test or get a take home test so you can obtain proof of a negative status and be able to attend any events coming up without interruption. Nothing we’re doing personally in the fan lane will require a vaccine. You just need a negative Covid test and a mask as that’s the only thing we can ensure will keep people safe. Why not a vaccine mandate? We’ve seen that people can still catch and spread Covid even if vaccinated so a negative test and a mask are expected. The band and venues may have other rules…but these are ours.
  3. Band Changes and Features – They look amazing and perform live even better than they sound on the actual cassettes, CDs and vinyls we listen to…and they may look different from the last time you saw them if you haven’t been following along and spending time with all of us online. We saw that some aren’t comfortable with them not dying their hair dark colours to give an illusion of something superficial and unnatural. Five people had the audacity to show their discriminatory feelings in public on social media. That sentiment is called ageism and discrimination. We have seen those 5 people’s rude actions online and those individuals were named and will be blocked. There is a collective zero-tolerance policy toward any type of discrimination toward the band or fan family.
  4. As always , remember that our fandom is not a competition. We’re all in this to ensure we all get to shows and support the band by being present and wearing their name. Together online, all groups’ goals seemingly should be focused on the promotion of music. If one group announces information before another it is almost impossible to know where one got the information without key identification markers. But if you take a photo from that post or information, be sure to credit the source from which you got it or give a shoutout to those who made it known. Way too many people took photos off of Roland’s wife’s photo page and then said they found them elsewhere. We know that was false.
  5. We’re all one big street team. As for the Tears for Fears Travel Fan team – we don’t claim one sole owner of the team because there isn’t one. Andye is the moderator but we all work together to get information to each other. None of us claim ownership nor note it is as “our group.” We are a team. We tag and join in with the Tears for Fears Fan Forum moderated by Darren and give nods to the teams in France, Japan, The Philippines, Germany and beyond. We think team work first. No one owns this band. We are all faithful volunteers. Cheers to a successful Q4 2021-2022 music extravaganza and fun online and in person!

So, that’s it for the news as we conclude the quarter. More will be coming…just as the band said. Enjoy these photos from Curt in the countryside enjoying a morning run and one from David Wild! Be sure to follow everyone online.

  • @tearsforfears
  • @curtsmith
  • @DivaSmith IG
  • @quarterboy IG
  • Pascal Orzabal Art
  • @librestone IG
  • Libre Stone on Facebook (interactive Group)
  • @papasfans
  • TFF Travel Fans IG
  • Tears for Fears Travel Fans & Kooks

Thanks for reading,

– Andye,

Tears for Fears Travel Fan Moderator

TFF Travel Fan Quarterly Update – Q2

Summer is almost here and that means another year to celebrate Tears for Fears and their turn around the sun. It’ll be the guys’ 60th starting with Curt Smith on the 24th of June and Roland Orzabal on the 22nd of August. We’re dedicating every TFF Tuesday from now til the last bit of cake in August to celebrate their lives and contributions to music! We’ll have fun facts, travel fan flashbacks, giveaways and more!

The Tears for Fears Travel Fans and the TFF Fan Forum have already started with some cool gifts and trivia. Be sure to join the forum for daily discussions. Congrats to the most recent winners including those who guessed which two songs from ELAHE had not been performed live. That was a tough one! Be ready to answer questions like these and get entered to win some pretty cool keepsakes and merch. Big TFF high five to Craig, Mary, Lisa and Pam on their recent wins as well. Craig won an autographed Seeds of Love Album and Lisa won a digital copy of Roland’s book, SDO. More to come!

Rockin’ n’ Rollin’ with Radio Bath

There are a lot of people involved in keeping the legacy and life of the band alive and well despite this past year of extended pauses for musicians and shows worldwide. Radio stations like Radio Bath and their Friday drive time led by Shaun Smith (yes, he’s Curt’s Brother) have kept us energised and excited about music past and present in addition to sharing the band’s music with multigenerational audiences. Radio Bath provides a classic radio experience that many of us who were toddlers in the 80s and 90s will remember. Back then, you turned on the radio and the DJ decided what would play along with a long list of requests from listeners. The cool thing about Radio Bath (located in the band’s hometown) is you actually get to hear the songs you requested. Each time we’ve requested a song – be it during New Years or a random Friday afternoon – it gets played. One of their loyal listeners is our very own super travel fan, Tamara Hanson, author of BunnyLou’s Adventures. She tunes in not just on Fridays but throughout the week. She’s great friends with the Friday Night Fry Up team as well – another absolutely awesome show that features the music you want to hear! We’re beyond grateful for the radio station and encourage you to click here and listen as you catch up on band land news. We’ll have that link at the top of the menu for fans to listen to while they visit the site and enjoy photos and information from the archives. You can also listen throughout the week, get to the know the team and have a blast!

Well Done, Diva!

While we await the new music from Tears for Fears, their children sure are taking care of the waiting aches. You talk about talent…maaan, these young men and women are THE BEST! We’re pleased to say we’ve been serenaded by this single of Lady Diva Smith (Curt’s daughter). If you haven’t heard her new song ‘Bet’ take some time to listen and watch the video. She worked really hard on this and put her soul into it. It’s absolutely phenomenal! Congrats to her! We hope she’ll go on tour or make some appearances with the band next year. This was truly impressive!

Stepping Out’ with Janice

In addition to Diva’s great work we were excited to hear from our friend Janice Whaley, who collabed with Curt on ‘Trees’ a few years ago. She’s got a new album out and her single share was promoted by Curt as well. Janice is an inspiration in many ways and we encourage you to follow her as she is a pillar of strength and super talented.

Roland’s Sons

Raoul Orzabal Art is Available for Purchase

Raoul, has an amazing series of art that has won awards of which we’ve mentioned a few times before. Our moderator Andye received a piece of his art recently and it is stunning and large! It will be framed and put on display. “I wish I could wear it, it’s the perfect print for haute-couture. I’m obsessed with this piece!” – Andye

photo by @bendath – Pascal referred to it as an “accidental photo,” how brilliant it turned out.

And we courage you to continue to keep Pascal (Quarterboy)’s music in your iPod and music list. He’s just confirmed he has new music on the way. You can find him on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and more. He’s an outstanding artist that we hope will tour also. Heck, why can’t the kids just be a part of the show open as well? We’ll pay and we’ll enjoy it! It would make for a very long show but we are here for it. Bring it on! Diva, Pascal and an Orzabal art show in the background of the music…we’re ready to petition for that!

Captain Julian just finished work on a new album as well and let us know his new music will be ready soon, that’s exciting!

Mazel Tov to Mr. and Mrs. Orzabal!

It’s not often we discuss the band’s family as we believe in privacy but they did make the following rather public. It’s very special. Mazel Tov to Roland and Lady Emily! They finally got a chance to have one of their first wedding ceremonies. Lady Emily wore a lovely white gown with complimenting flowers. She looked beautiful! We’re excited for them. Following that were several photos and fun moments shared including a curious Mr. Orzabal with his camera taking pictures. He looks like he’s having a great time and a great life. We wish him and them well!

Countdown to the 60th Bite of Birthday Cake!

Okay everyone, it’s the incredible 6-0 (which by today’s standards and longevity is equal to 30 years young) and we want the band to feel loved. Be sure to dedicate a few of your Tears for Fears Tuesday uploads to their coming birthdays. Post your big wishes for their future filled with lots of success, love and hugs. If you’re posting a video we may ask to use it in a montage that will be shared with the band. All those tagged with #TFFBDay will be included in a drawing for a cash gift card – there will be two winners. One announced in June and another in August. *Video or posts referencing any type of impatience for the new album release will not be included. We encourage everyone to share their appreciation for the band and note one of your favourite moments in the history of Tears for Fears. We’ll have a great summer together celebrating the band’s music and legacy.

Big Superfan Shoutouts!

Brian W made this! We love it!

So many fans take the Tears for Fears 365 life to a whole other level and it is not going unappreciated or unnoticed. Brian Wenner created the above incredible four leaf clover tribute piece, Carbrona’s nephew Alex was seen sporting his Songs from the Big Chair t-shirt and carrying iconic sunflowers – he’s just a toddler but he’s one of us. Remember when we were toddlers running around singing the lyrics with loyalty like this little kid? Love it! We also want to send some love to Ski, Becky’s husband who has been supportive of her band loyalty. We wish him good health! Big hugs to super fan Bobby Russell who sends out cool texts to fellow fans from moments on the front row. He’s always giving us a much needed reminder of the fun we’ve had with the band over the years. Patty in California recently retired from her service with Marriott hotels. We’re grateful to her for answering all of our questions re: reservations and accommodations when we were planning events. Our Lady Gwen has created a lovely sanctuary with the sun and the moon leading – this is the best backyard garden ever!

Speak to you soon!

That’s all we’ve got this time around. It is crucial to do your daily check-ins and spend time with fellow fans online just to say hello. As we move toward 2022, being able to recognize names and do roll calls will help you have a more engaged fan experience. When we plan events and more, we can easily go down the list of comments, responses, likes and tweets and make sure we get you included in anything we do together. We never promise that Roland, Curt, Charlton and team are going to show up, but obviously they do often enough and you don’t want to miss that. Stay in touch! Enjoy the fan family life. Big thanks to those past and present who have made fan life so much fun! You are loved, missed and appreciated! Big hugs to our global fan family in West Africa – nations including Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Ghana, The Gambia and Cameroon! So many fans in those beautiful countries! We see you!

Before we go, enjoy this throwback video from Nick’s archives

Cheers!

-Tears for Fears Travel Fan Team (@papasfans on Twitter)

Follow the band @tearsforfears on Twitter @tearsforfearsmusic on IG @curtsmith on Twitter and @curtsmithofficial on Facebook. All band members and some of the technical crew have accounts. You can find them online using their names. Charlton Pettus, Jamie Wollam, Carina Round, Doug Petty, Bill Lanham to name just a few.

*Travel fan activity moderator is Andye Andinha @andyeisthenews on Twitter

Tears for Fears Travel Fan Quarterly Update Q4 2020

This post is dedicated to The Curry Family, Darren H., Michael Magno, Lady Tamara and Lady Gwen! Huge thanks to each of them for being so super incredible and taking such good care of everyone. Gwen captured some media for us, Darren hosted some tune-in parties on the fan forum and musician Michael R. Magno always gives TFF shoutouts during his sets. Each of these fan family members always check-in with a lovely word and more to cheer up fans around the world.

Big thanks to Valerie Confections for delivering Curt’s birthday cake experience! It was so good and we still have some of the crunch pieces, mixing them into ice cream, morning coffee and everything else! It’s awesome to be able to enjoy it! #TeamCrunchCake

Let’s start off with Tears for Fears Alumni members!

There was an incredible interactive interview with Oleta Adams on Instagram hosted by Mykal Kilgore. She was his guest during his music show called “Singers Comprehension.” Fans were able to leave lots of love and questions in the comments section. Oleta answered MANY questions. Early on she confirmed that she’d get into conversation about Tears for Fears but time ran out as they got to singing and discussing what it feels like from a songwriter and singer’s point of view to deliver a song to an audience. It was incredible and quite spiritual. People were bawling their eyes out in the comments section. It really moved a lot of people and we’re so super happy to have been able to take part in that by representing the fans who travel to see her. She’s scheduled to return to Atlanta in two months at City Winery. The show was postponed after Covid broke out. Tickets were transferred to the January date and we expect to hear updates on that very soon. The City Winery has rearranged the seats so we’ll see how that works out. Meanwhile, see if you can rewatch the online show here. This link should take you right to the host’s page.

Oleta Adams was also a part of Divas Simply Quarantined hosted by the famous Sheryl Lee Ralph. During this deep conversation, we got to know how Oleta is doing during this time and what’s it’s like to be an artists during Covid. Many musicians are not working and that’s a serious situation to be in during a health crisis. She confirmed that she is okay but she talks about the fragility of the time and how important it is to re-examine the saying, “we’re in this together.” This is the first time in 102 years when people of all walks of life are having to live differently and empathise with one another about everything. She deep dives into all of that and includes the meaning of many of her important songs past and present. It was very helpful to see an artist up front and close like that and to know what it’s like for them during this tough time. Many are not sitting on the French Riviera with their feet up sipping cocktails as we await a vaccine and volunteers to actually get it. They are trying to feed their families with zero additional income and a year’s worth of cancelled shows. Their weekly gigs have been paused and, in some cases, vanished for good. This hour long interview helps you melt with others who are finding ways to survive this with all emotions on the table. We loved it for the realness! The show was sponsored by Cadillac. Rewatch using this link. Please leave a donation to Project Angel Food when you join the recast.

John Baker – Member of Graduate Band (pre-Tears for Fears)

Graduate member John Baker was also interviewed not that long ago on some of his work. Listen in and enjoy! (hopefully this link still works)

John has spent a good deal of time online interacting with the Tears for Fears fans and sharing graduate memorabilia. He also had a great pin that we’re hoping will be replicated so we can all wear one and show how far back we go as fans and the fact that we want a Graduate reunion (or at least an appearance at the conference). Also, check out this great piece of history that he shared. It’s the first time he and Roland had a gig as Graduate. This was in 1978. Curt joined the following year. This is great!

Tears for Fears

In September there was an incredible interview with Roland where the interviewer (a fan and media professional that works at Virgin Radio) did a deep dive that was very well orchestrated and free of cringe. Like a good fan, he let Roland speak and didn’t bombard him with the same run of the mill questions that commercial radio hosts and journalists have been known to ask. It’s one of the rare times they were not asked about the past in a very dramatic, nosy parker or inappropriate way. There are only a handful of great interviews where the band was engaged with intelligent topics related to the music business and being artists. In the past 20 years two of them have been the one at CNNfn (thanks Andye for alerting the network about the band’s new album release) and this one with Virgin Radio Classic artist host Eddie Temple-Morris. Listen here.

Shortly after that, the 80s Radio Show on BBC Radio 2 treated us to a Tears for Fears mashup of their top songs and we got to hear Roland and Curt talk about their favourite songs of the decade. If you participated in the recent contest where you could win a Tears for Fears vinyl from one of our TFF Travel Fan Team members and sponsors, you’ll know this already. The below was part of the trivia! Congrats Dave H. and Jennifer S. – winners of the Seeds of Love vinyl.

Roland’s top picks are World Party – Ship of Fools, The Smiths – How Soon is Now, Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) and Talk Talk – Happiness is Easy from The Colour of Spring.

Curt Smith’s were Robbie Robertson’s ‘Somewhere Down the Crazy River,’ Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child of Mine,’ Peter Gabriel’s ‘Biko’ and The Blue Nile’s ‘A Walk Across the Rooftops.’

The stories behind these songs and why they liked them are so moving and touching that merely typing this out led to tears streaming. It was a very emotional experience listening to it and that portion of the radio show should be played over and over. We need to start recording these – update we got that recording today.

After that our sister group, Tears for Fears Fan Forum hosted a huge giveaway. Our silent sponsors donated 4 box sets of the Seeds of Love album which sparked a lot of the interviews and reach outs to Oleta Adams and current members of Tears for Fears. The album reached #20 on the charts, what a come back for such a brilliant piece of work! Darren drew names out of container and one of those names was our very own Lael, TFF Travel Fan Team – Arizona. The first two box sets from our silent sponsor include a ton of cool things including books by the band and Captain Julian Orzabal. The contest was designed to allow hard core long time followers of the band to win. We helped donate some of the questions used in the trivia. The second two were just the box sets themselves which is a gem in itself.

Beautiful Roland was featured in a recent edition of Classic Pop xox.

An incredible photo released by ClassicPop featuring Roland appeared earlier this month. Be sure to read that article! Subscribe if you can. It’s a great magazine! Tears for Fears seem to stay in it!

Photo shared by Simon S – member of the TFF Fan Forum

THEN THIS HAPPENED!

The band was in the studio recently and Curt shared some inside pics including one of Charlton at the desk (Curt’s Docs included). What looked to be Roland’s feet were also in a second photo. This, of course, got tons of people excited and the photo began to circulate through the fan boards. Turns out they were wrapping up what may be ‘The Tipping Point.’ As always we do not announce releases or anything related to their work until the band stamps their approval on it. So, until they post it, we’ll say they were having a good ol’ time up in there and we are here for it!! Come through Tears for Fears, come through!!

Someone’s Docs are in the studio! @mydocsarehere

The Election – we feel that part of being a Tears for Fears fan is standing up for justice and what is right. How can we be fans of this band if we don’t believe in their message of “Shout, Shout, Let it All Out…”? It can mean many things but it also should apply to so much of what we’re going through in the world today. Curt has always been very clear on what he stands for and is a staunch supporter for equality in every sense of the word. Roland’s son Pascal, Curt’s daughters Lady Diva and Lady Wilder all voted and have provided lots of resources and links that can help people help themselves and their communities. The band also associates themselves with likeminded people and some years ago shared an event venue in Atlanta, Georgia with the band Arrested Development, who around the same time as the Greatest Hits Album was released, had the hit Mr. Wendall. They, much like Tears for Fears, have not stopped creating music and as many remember, Curt named them the best openers they’ve had. They are super kind, very conscious and awake to the news and global topics. Andye stays in touch and meets up with one of their members a lot and makes sure we stay abreast of their releases. Their latest is ‘Don’t Fight Your Demons’ and it is brilliant! It aligns with what Curt has been tweeting about throughout the election season and in general when it comes to staying conscious/aware of the world we live in and how to improve it while dismissing anything that can divide it. If you’re feeling like making a difference you will feel solace in this album. It’s all about unification and moving forward. There’s a lot of work to do in the world. Let’s move forward together. Congrats to Nikki Merritt, a Tears for Fears fan who won state senate seat district 9 in Georgia – a state that suprisingly flipped blue in an effort for change (Andye, Arrested Development and Nikki all reside there in the greater Atlanta area). Curt shared a photo in his blue Doc Martens to celebrate peace and moving forward in unity.

Coming Up Next! Tim’s Twitter Listening Party featuring key and core members of the band’s success. Curt will be hosting alongside David Bascombe and Chris Hughes! David and Chris! OMG! Long time fans will immediately recognise their names and lose their minds. This is EPIC!

Tim’s 4th of December Twitter Listening Party will feature Curt Smith, David Bascombe and Chris Hughes! OMGAAAHHH!

A Red Letter Day for Tears for Fears

Last but not least, an application was submitted to get Tears for Fears Day on the National Calendar for 7 March (hopefully 2021 but we can also request it for future years). Why? What does that mean? It means that we’d have a day on the National Calendar where Tears for Fears would be noted just like Valentine’s Day and other red letter days of the year. The 7th, 8th and 9th of March are actually red letter days already. Tears for Fears’ released The Hurting on the 7th of March. We also celebrate Michael Roland Magno’s birthday on the 8th. Michael is Filipino-American and we all know how much the band LOVES The Philippines and their Phils fans. They mean a lot to all of us. There are additional cool things on the 9th. It’s a great time to celebrate the band for these reasons and so much more. We’re still having meetings about how to best conduct this and what celebratory locations and parties would be realistic given Covid is still alive. We’ll keep you posted!

Shoutouts and Remembrances

Rest in Power Eddie Van Halen. He certainly was appreciated by members of Tears for Fears and their fans.

Big shoutout to all those bands who have remade Mad World and are sharing the power of Tears for Fears to multiple generations of fans all over the globe. Tears for Fears for life! There were so many remakes of the song this year and rightly so!!

Big thanks to Bonnaroo for adding Tears for Fears to the 2020 virtual line up. Loved starting off the event with their powerful music!

We’ll pause for now and start working on 2021! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to grab some cool holiday merch from the official Tears for Fears store this season!

-TFF Travel Fan Team @papasfans | Facebook.com/KerfuffleOfKooks

Follow the band at @tearsforfears on Twitter, @tearsforfearsmusic on Instagram, Tears for Fears on Facebook, @curtsmith on Twitter and @curtsmithofficial on Facebook. Please see past posts for contact information for additional members of Tears for Fears and TFF Alumni.

Thinking of Roland on His Birthday!

Today we’re spending time texting and calling one another, reminiscing about great moments with Roland Orzabal! We’re so grateful and appreciative of his music and the time he has made for fans over the years. Time spent in his presence is a surreal and euphoric experience to say the least!

We’re also raising our glasses in his honour this weekend as we celebrate the one and only Mr. O and his music. Enjoy just a few of the great salutes to Roland from his fan family.

My memories of speaking with Roland always leave me speechless, filled with gratitude and often peacefully overwhelmed with tears of joy. I still remember, September 2011, I’m standing in front of Curt at the Wiltern during a show and we’re all singing along to the first lines of shout then Roland comes over and puts the microphone at chin level for me to sing along. Thank you, fellow fans that got that on video, I totally went all “out of body” and only the next morning did I comprehend what happened. In all my years following the band via fan teams and in person I had never seen him do that before. He went on to provide that incredible experience for others throughout this past decade. I’m so grateful so many of us have had a chance to “Shout! Shout! Let it all out!”

While ‘Shout’ is one of their most iconic songs, and certainly one I honour by standing still wherever I am (even at Starbucks, I put my drink down, stand up and sing that song), I find myself diving deep into Tomcats Screaming Outside as well as selections such as ‘Out of Control,’ the ‘Madness of Roland’ and several others, some of which I was told were leaked and we weren’t supposed to have. I have pulled these songs apart and reached down deep into them to understand and learn about the past and the present – I’m even a Frida Khalo fan now. I completed my junior thesis with the band’s music and continue to use their lyrics as a way of understanding this complex world. Their music is timeless and yet futuristic. Most of my life’s memories are attached to Tears for Fears. I was born just after they became a band and share a birthday “day” and “day after” with Roland’s niece and Curt’s daughter. While I do my best to keep a professional distance and chat/reach out only when necessary or prompted, they feel like extended family – music family. Outside of my faith (which I consider them to be part of) their music provides a comfort and a place of respite unlike anything else. I cherish every moment I’ve had with them via band chats, online conversations via social media and most of all, the opportunity to stand next to the stage and support them by showing up with the fellow fans who travel to be in their presence at these majestic shows. May the memories and fabric of life continue to be woven with their good words and incredible music! – Cheers to Roland, the band and their work! – Andye (TFF Travel Fan Team Moderator)

Many More Birthday Wishes and Fun Memories from Members of the Fan Family

This time of year is very special as it is the anniversary of meeting the band for many fans. Alex W. remembers her dad getting her out of school and driving her across the desert to see Tears for Fears perform on the Tonight show one fine September day. Every year on that very day 14 September, 2004 to be exact, they text each other a special message:

She writes, “To Children of the World” and he responds “and daddy’s little girl.” – fans will know these lines from ELAHE. She shared that with me recently and we both started crying. Her dad lives near me as do several other fans and that is also a great comfort.

Becky “Boom Boom” also called recently and we laughed long and hard at the time we went to Oklahoma to see the band with our fellow travel fans. She drove all the way from the southern most of Texas to the Dallas airport and picked us up. We spent two days at the Casino and that included running around in the middle of the night to capture cool pictures of the band’s name lit up brightly on the many marquees for the blog post. We also got a note from Curt that we were all to meetup the next day. We were beyond thrilled as we did a roll call and gathered fans for a band chat and book signing with Roland. He had just published Sex, Drugs and Opera: There’s Life After Rock and Roll. Such a great book and we had a blast chatting with them before the show. That was incredible and perhaps one of my favourite memories with respect to many miraculous trips to California in the name of their awesome music.

TFF 2015 (2)

Alice E’s memories include her daughter’s pic from the Fox Theatre Oakland show in 2014. RO said to her, “My apple juice tastes funny.” Happy B-Day RO from Alice.

Alice Erskine

And the wishes continue! Be sure to post online and hashtag it #HappyBirthdayRFO

Desde Barcelona y con mucho amor, le deseo a Roland un feliz y bello cumpleaños, que lo más bello que ha tenido en su vida sea lo peor que lo pueda pasar en este año. Espero poder verlo pronto en Barcelona. Feliz cumpleaños – Nuria P. (Barcelona, Spain)

Happy Birthday to Roland! – Cindy W.

Roland, wishing you a very Happy Birthday from Tennessee. Cheers – Robin S.

Hi Roland, happy birthday. You are a great artist and thank for the your present: the music Tears for Fears! – Bimbomatto

Happy Birthday RFO! Wishing you happiness and health! – Wendy and Gwen (TFF UK)

Happy Birthday Roland! Your voice is so beautiful and so are your words…
– Kelly C.
Thanks for the music – Darren

Can’t wait for his birthday slightly nervous as I’ve sent a card just hope he likes it – Nathalie W.

Thank you for a wanderful show. Hope to see and hear you soon once again. Happy birthday. And if you had enough of cakes, we have a lot of hummus instead..
Yael Reches Hen-Tov (Israel)*There’s a great video that goes with this featuring Roland speaking to the audience in Israel. We’ll try to include it after it is sent to the archives.

Cheers everyone! Happy Birthday Roland, many happy returns!

*To view more birthday wishes, visit Facebook.com/KerfuffleofKooks where Travel Fans chimed in with love as well as The ‘Tears for Fears Fan Forum (without the drama)’ where more fans are sharing their love for Roland today.

-Andye, TFF Travel Fan Team

Follow: @TearsforFears @CurtSmith @PapaSFans (Twitter), @TearsForFearsMusic @TFFTravelFans (IG)

Thinking of Curt on His Birthday…

Happy Birthday, Mr. Smith!

It’s hard not to think about Curt Smith, he stays on our minds. It’s obvious! There are many days where we gather and talk about great moments that he helped make happen or relive the numerous fascinating pre and post show events he created for fans. When we need a moment of respite and joy, we think about how Curt has been there and helped us all. From the many conversations on his greatness, we’ve put together 59 amazing moments about Curt and incredible memories from the past 10 years. It’s one of our many ways of celebrating his birthday. Big shoutout to James Colah, UK’s #1 indie Smooth Jazz artist who met Curt back in 1985 while touring with Tears for Fears as the keyboardist for the band’s openers, The Adventures. He too sent a sweet Happy Birthday which is detailed in a recent interview featured here on the TFF Travel Fan site.

Curt is one of those really great guys that the Universe gifts the globe. Enjoy some fun moments, remember cool things he has done and read the great things about him featured in the list below. Feel free to share some of your favourite memories as well! Tweet him @curtsmith today on Twitter.

59 Blessings and Moments of Bliss with Curt Smith

1. Making sure that all fans had a ticket to his show in 2010 at McCabes. One fan didn’t have a ticket and he made sure they got on the list anyway.
2. His incredible kindness at his show at Bardot Hollywood to fans who flew out from a variety of cities
3. Follow all the winners on Twitter for the charity project win in 2010
4. Having an amazing residency show at the Whitefire Theatre and buying dinner for fans
5. Always being polite and speaking to people despite his busy schedule
6. Sharing his family with us – we love his family! #TeamLadyFP #TeamDWAngels
7. Raising two incredible daughters
8. His love for nature and animals
9. The encouragement he gives fans
10. Being a real ally on EVERY level
11. Standing up for justice and what is right no matter what
12. Spending time online with fans well past the designated time during online events
13. Introducing us to great people in his circle of friends (e.g. Zoe Keating, Eric Alper, Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), John Taylor (Duran Duran) to name a few) *Happy Birthday John Taylor (21 July)
14. Being tolerant (of everythinnnng)
15. Playing on despite any discomfort (e.g. sang while sick in 2019 & on his birthday – Curt don’t do that, we want you well, we can wait.)
16. Taking us with him virtually on trips to Toscana, Italia
17. Sharing his dogs Bella and Ivy with us online
18. Being honest yet diplomatic
19. Keeping in touch and checking in when he didn’t have to
20. Honouring diversity in music
21. Psyche and everything he did on the show (we still want revenge on that panther)
22. Sharing his health routine and giving useful health advice
23. Humouring us as a Kerfuffle of Kooks
24. Great shows and events in California
25. The way he waves at the start of shows and walks the stage waving at everyone on all sides
26. Calling out fans at shows and saying hello is the most incredible thing EVER!
27. Being amazing without an ego
28. Birthday shoutouts
29. Incredible ability to forgive
30. Retweets on quality content
31. Nice hugs during photos – like genuine kindness and hugs
32. Being present and visible, accessible for a hello and thank you
33. Dancing at shows
34. Skittle Showers (if he had a hose..omg Make it Rain!)
35. The Mayfield Bundle with all that cool merch – we still wear it and use the cool bag
36. That Mayfield longsleeved tshirt
37. Suffering crazy fans (We have most of that under control but once in while…smh)
38. The ability to not get angry and remain composed during the most difficult of times
39. Proper use of the word ‘Fuck’
40. The love he displays and shares with his wife – it’s impressive to see couples like that!
41. Listening online
42. Answering tweets
43. Keeping us updated on shows and the latest information that he has on the band
44. Writing music – Deceptively Heavy was a really great gift
45. Staying the course – we know that being a musician isn’t all peaches and cream, yet he is here!
46. Saying, “’Insert city’ we are in you!”
47. Sharing the details of the crunch cake
48. Those Thanksgiving dinners!
49. Merch, there’s always good merch, either his or the band’s. It’s always good and wearable.
50. Kind words to audience members at shows
51. His memory – we love his memory – he just knows and remembers so much!
52. The great song selections at his shows!
53. Having Psych members and the pineapple on stage in 2010 at McCabe’s
54. Incredible opportunities to chat before shows on so many occasions and the overall miracles he provides for people he knows need them. We should call him St. Curt and not just Superman. Pretty sure he’s over these nicknames…but we can’t help it.
55. Being an amazing model and music ambassador for Tears for Fears, guitarists and musicians
56. Style – he knows how to wear anything very well and inspires us #TeamDocs
57. The time he featured Janice on Trees
58. The collaboration with Zoe Keating and All Is Love
59. Being an amazing humanitarian – he’s a master at it in every way

We’re not the only ones who had some amazing memories of Curt and Tears for Fears. During a recent Tim Twitter Listening Party, Curt and Tim took time to re-explore The Hurting. For over an hour, love and likes, RTs and replies flowed in from fans around the globe who stayed up late or made it part of their afternoon to enjoy these tracks and Curt tweeting about them. Curt and Tim spent quality time with fans deep diving into the music and it was marvelous! Checkout the replay of tweets and turn on The Hurting for the full effect if you missed the party.

Tim Burgess

We’ll never forget that time we got to sing him Happy Birthday in person (thanks Sheila “SheeShee”) and the time he lost a bet with Charlton and had to sing, “I Feel Pretty.” He’s hilarious! Let’s continue to celebrate him throughout the day! Celebrate Curt with us! We’ll be enjoying a collection of his personal solo music, praying, fasting and thinking of him as we are known to do. May he and his family remain blessed. If we had it “like that” we’d buy him a ton of cars and gifts he could share with charities. He’s super generous and led us to some great charity groups to which to give. That’s the kind of guy he is! We’re forever grateful for Curt Smith!

Mayfield
Halfway Pleased
Deceptively Heavy
Soul On Board

You can also celebrate by recreating your favourite album cover! Here are the recent winners from our Tears for Fears Travel Fan Fun – Tears for Fears Tuesdays #TFFTuesdays

Photo credit: Curt Smith photo shares from his collection

Winners: Katie Sunflower, Karlie, Penny D and Pam R. – won $15 each to use in the TFF merch store.

Thanks for partying!

– TFF Travel Fan Team (@papasfans)

Some Cool Stuff Featuring Curt

This post is dedicated to James Colah, who is featured next to Roland and Curt in the photo above. We’re happy to welcome him back to the world of Tears for Fears. Read more about him and his music below…you’ll want to check him out! He’s pretty cool!

Yesterday, Curt was featured on SiriusXM’s 1st Wave sharing his amazing playlist with stories and commentary. Big thanks to Richard Blade for notifying all fans about the amazing song filled weekend featuring incredible artists that we’ve loved most of our lives! Big shoutout to a fan on the Tears for Fears Fan Forum hosted by Darren Hull. That fan (we didn’t catch her name) started the conversation about it and we shared the link.

Richard Blade Curt Smith Schedule 1st Wave

Why 1st Wave/SiriusXM is Important for TFF Fans
We understand that some fans had issues accessing the spectacular. While it’s too late now to catch the live-ish set on the livestream, we want to give you information for the future. First of all, Richard Blade is the reason these great things happen. He is a well-known DJ and host of 1st Wave programming. Richard Blade was important and instrumental in featuring Tears for Fears on air since the early 80s. Please follow him, read his book and learn about his influence. We wouldn’t have the amazing bands we follow today if it weren’t for Richard Blade. He helped keep them in the public eye. He still does. Richard Blade provided the link we shared the night before the show. When you select the link, three stations appear and the first one is 1st Wave. From there, you select the 1st Wave icon and it will stream for you. If you do not have a SiriusXM account it’s free through 31 May. Curt was featured right at 12pm ET on the dot. His amazing voice soothed us through the airwaves like a peaceful stream. You can hear just a snippet of it here:

Curt took us on a journey through his childhood with stories of why these selections are important to him. There was a lot of really cool information that he shared and we’d like to hear that again. Some of the bands (and songs) on his list are below. Please note these are not all in the order as they aired:

-The Sex Pistols’  The God Save the Queen 
-The Jam Going Underground

-Madness One Step Beyond
-Adam and the Ants Ant Music
-Gary Numan’s Cars
-Blondie’s Atomic
-Peter Gabriel’s (with Kate Bush) Don’t Give Up
-David Bowie’s Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
-Talking Heads’ I Zimbra
-Elvis Costello’s Everyday I Write the Book
-Julian Cope’s World Shut Your Mouth
-The Stranglers’ Golden Brown
and to our double delight the Mad World Duet featuring Curt and his daughter, the incredible, Diva Smith

(From Andye) I’m very sorry I couldn’t list every single song or the specific songs not listed next to the band name. I was just so into the music, only got so many of them written down.

If you missed it, Curt will be a host for Tim Burgess’ “Tim’s Twitter Listening Party” (Alison Moyet was just on) in just a few weeks – 14 June to be exact. You can find Tim on Twitter @Tim_Burgess.

MORE MUSIC

Jamie Wollam has new music that he released on his recent big birthday celebration. The amazing drummer genius turned 50 years old earlier this month! Give his music a listen and let him know your thoughts.

Play Jamie’s new music here

Play Carina’s new music here

Shaun Smith (Curt’s brother) is also a musician and had a band called RAKA – they are quite a sleek and sophisticated group from the 1990s. Shaun shared it with Andye and Andye asked to post it in a few places. Shaun gave permission and the response from fans was very nice! Have a listen and spot Shaun throughout the video on guitar (e.g. 03:09-03:11).

After we all enjoyed it, Darren suggested that Shaun join the TFF Fan Discussion Forum. Andye asked him and Shaun joined within the hour. We were all ecstatic! Shaun has some great stories from as far back as the Graduate band. He also helped us out with our band fun facts (enjoy those at the end of the post).

MORE COOL PEOPLE FROM THE BAND’S LIFE AND TIMES ON TOUR

Speaking of cool people joining the conversations, this month we are joined by James Colah, who is now in two Tears for Fears fan groups including the fan forum. James was with an opening band called The Adventures. James writes:

“I was the keyboard player in a band called, ‘The Adventures’ that opened up for TFF throughout America and Canada. It was probably the biggest tour of that year and we did around 32 shows and basically lived with TFF staying in all the same hotels.”

James was often stopped for autographs because people thought he was Roland! We can see that. He’s super nice, has a production company and is noted as the UK’s #1 indie Smooth Jazz artist! Get his music here and subscribe to his YouTube channel!

James Colah

TFF Tuesdays – the Next Level
So many have been sharing creative photos of themselves posed like members of the band – a sort of tribute photo or recreation of their album covers and iconic pictures. Tears for Fears Tuesdays featuring the t-shirts are still encouraged but if you’d like to go a bit further and recreate your favourite photo by grabbing your favourite salmon coloured polo and circle specs to salute EWTRTW that’s cool too. We’re giving away a prize (cash to use in the TFF store) to one person for their cool photo of the album or band photo of their choice. Continue tagging your photos #TFFTuesday on Facebook, Instagram and or Twitter. We’ll find you and add you to the drawing!

Pam Roden

We appreciate everyone who has helped make the quarantine bearable with your amazing weekly photos and check-ins! This was a hard time for so many and we were thankfully able to focus on the band and fun in fanland!

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read and stay updated on fun band and fan news! See you shortly on Tears for Fears Tuesday!

-Tears for Fears’ Travel Fan Team
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SHAUN’S FUN FACTS

Did you know Curt’s beloved mother is in the Mad World video? May her sweet soul rest. Shaun also noted that he would have been in it as well but he was headed off to college that day. Shaun also directed the lighting for Tears for Fears’ first show at Moles. He only had one lighting rehearsal which is significant because that is super important to get correct! Way to go Shaun! We appreciate your band facts! Cheers all!