It’s been kind of quiet in band land. Aside from the continuous 365 chatter on various fan boards and group pages, there really hasn’t been a lot of news. Big shoutout to Curt for being so near and to Ms. Emily, Roland’s fiancée, who drops a share or two of she and Roland out and about. Big salute to Charlton for giving us a deep peep into what it’s like to tour from their perspective. We as travel fans spend so much time behind the bus or in the air, we really don’t know much about the comfort (or discomforts) that they may experience. This article made us feel it’s best that we start going to them. It’s not going to be easy for everyone but we did visit Curt during that residency of 2011 at the Whitefire Theatre. That was fun. We should consider carrying part of the load and give them a bit of a break with all that hardcore travel.
So FAN WISH 2020 – travel to L.A. or maybe NYC and watch the band at one venue for a couple of days (back to back shows at the same venue). Several of us have come to agree that this is best for their health. 3-4 shows back to back in one location, we fly to them, they stay in a nice hotel, relax, no early flights. It’s a win-win for us all.
In other news:
This past summer, we got the word that DD Horns’ Mr. Moyer is now teaching at the Herb Alpert Music Center. He’s now faculty. We first met him in 2014 at the Wiltern when he wow’d the crowd accompanying Tears for Fears on The Working Hour. We’re grateful that Roland helped us get to know him and now we’ve stayed in touch. He’s a great guy and we’re excited about his band and his teaching. If you’re a Tears for Fears fan in the area, checkout his band and register for a class through Los Angeles City College. Here’s a link to his biography.
Another A+ moment was this great award won by Roland Orzabal’s son, Raoul. He has been gracious to share with the world his incredible artwork that makes you want to crawl into the picture and walk around. Many of us have been absolutely smitten with his online showcases and are thrilled to know he was the co-winner of a $15,000 award or his work “Carbon Deck” featuring an amazing city scene that takes the image of urban stillness to a whole other level. See it here:
The Smith Family Angels have some things to sing about…Lady D and Lady W are both heavily involved it the art and design scene. Lady D’s music has been shared on Instagram and Lady W attended a great design program this summer in the northeast, USA. Both seem to be doing really well and that makes us feel good too as we want the best for them and their family.
Today, being Black Friday, the band’s merch team participated in the global sale with up to 50% off on merch from the store. It wasn’t clear if all the items were on sale but the hoodies were and some of us were finally able to get one in our size! If you click on the link provided by the band during the tweet you’ll see just a select few items but click on apparel and you’ll see even more.
We were going to add a nice montage of photos from the past quarter but Charlton took care of that in his article so we’ll just reshare this lovely tweet of Curt’s amazing Thanksgiving dinner with his friends and family (angels at the head of the table). 🙂
*Dedicated to Gwen, Darren, Wendy, Tamara, Bobo and the amazing fans who did everything they could to be present at each UK show! Also a big shoutout to those who joined in online to celebrate Curt’s birthday!
Thanks Carri for creating the 2019 card.
The past 6 days have been filled with celebration as Tears for Fears’ fans in the UK and those who flew in from the Americas came together to enjoy shows at pristine, immaculate venues. People who’d never met before shared accommodations and cars to make sure they arrived present and accounted for visible to the band. Tamara even got a shout out from Good Man Curt after flying in from Minnesota. Poor baby, despite losing her dog to illness, she’s been literally flying around the world supporting them. She finds the shows very healing and comforting to say the least. This was her 5th or sixth show this year in 3 different countries. Gwen and Wendy are breaking records as well by going to 16 shows and Darren got the guys together for group hugs and hanging out. Members of the band joined in as you can see in the photo. Big thanks to Reverend Charlton Pettus, Ms. Carina Round and Drummer Genius Jamie Wollam for taking a moment out of your packed schedules for some fan hellos and handshakes. We live for this!
*It should be noted that Curt Smith came down with a TERRIBLE cold that he referred to as just a flesh wound. He sacrificed his health so he could perform for everyone. We owe him! He enjoyed a lovely birthday with his family on the 24th and we were happy to celebrate it virtually as a group.
For several fans this set of shows meant the world. Another hug fest broke out and people were loving on each other, their eyes filled with tears of joy – the band does that to people you know. They evoke emotions that are so strong and powerful, it’s difficult to write these synopsis and keep a dry eye. Tamara sums it up well.
Words from Tamara:
It’s been a short, eventful, educational, entertaining, emotional, healing and unforgettable experience! I am forever grateful and thankful to have had this opportunity to come over on such short notice. It was a pleasure to meet so many of you I see online often and put a face with a name. Also so wonderful to spend the past few days with two fabulous fans who take this stuff seriously! I have no idea how I am going to function on the little sleep with all the traveling and running around from city to city, standing in lines for hours and doing it all over again. I managed for 3 shows in a row. My travel mates are going to 16 of these and have already been to 13 so far. Wow! That’s dedication! We shared a lot of laughs and other shenanigans. Those I probably best not mention 😂 I will never forget the kindness by so many like I’ve known you forever. Many of us already share one commonality with our love and appreciation of Tears For Fears music, but I find with every person I meet and talk to, I have a deeper connection with them on some other level which just validates another sign that I was meant to come here. There were many signs on this trip for me. Some of you may or may not believe in that sort of thing. I was moved to the words of Woman in Chains as I expected I would be. This trip was booked only a week before I had to make the decision about my BoBo. So again thank you Gwen, Wendy, Curt, Roland, Jamie, Charlton, Doug, Carina, Bill, Gooch, Andy and crew and Andye. Also my work for giving me the time off short notice and my husband for understanding why I needed to go. And so nice to meet all of you at the shows and I’m sorry if I leave anyone out as I’m a bit teary eyed being Ms Sensitive Pants that I am 😳Darren, Paula, Dion, Paula’s mom, Liz from New Zealand, Martin, Martin’s lady friend and all of the others. Someday I hope to come back to visit again. Until next time…#bunnylousadventures #tearsforfearssummertour2019 #tearsforfears #tffff@bunnylous_adventures @tfftravelfans
Trip Highlights from Derik Robins
Highlights from the TFF Travel Fans & Soldiers of Sound
(few more videos from the Hampton Court Palace shows)
Gwen drove the official Tears for Fears Travel Car everywhere with fans in tow. This was day 6 with Paula S.
Canterbury – The Spitfire Grounds *ABC Opened For TFF – follow @ABCFry
*We’re especially grateful to you the readers. You support the band by being present online and in person. You are appreciated! Adam H in Atlanta, we’re thinking of you and Lisa! Thank you both for being amazing! See you soon!
Captain Julian Orzabal and Dion Smith recently released a new album under their band Libre Stone. It is available on iTunes and makes an excellent road trip companion as you head out to see Julian’s brother and music comrades, Tears For Fears in the UK this summer. Julian has collaborated with musicians in the past including Tears for Fears, DelaQ and with Alisa McCathern to name a few as mentioned on the Members section of this archive. He’s got some great work and it has a style of its own that is captivating and hits the spot. You’ll really like it so be sure to get your copy while it’s available.
Being swept up in this circle of audio artistry and musicians is actually quite relaxing and euphoric. The emotions their music bring forth are spiritual in nature meaning it feels rather divine and rooted deep in the universal bond we as humans have with rhythm. Whether you feel you can dance or not, we all move to music in our own way. Tears for Fears have certainly pulled on our emotions, often from a place we didn’t know existed. When you listen to tracks from Captain Orzabal under DelaQ such as Butterfly and 20th Century, which are top picks, one can easily be swept away. Like a good meal, you want to hush up and enjoy it. It’s the kind of music that fills the void of silence in just the right way as you travel or contemplate. It’s a piece of fabric that is woven into a moment in your life. When you listen to it you don’t forget where you were or what was going on in your life. It becomes part of your life’s soundtrack.
Fans’ dedication is shown in so many ways. For example, there are several who keep immaculate collections of their work, the concert t-shirts and guitar picks thrown into the crowd. Some have been lucky enough to get more than one set of drumsticks from Jamie Wollam and have shrined those as well. Just look at those well kept, next to new soldiers that were part of the EWTRTW collection. As soldiers of sound, we certainly find this to be a thing of beauty! Nice job Mr. Wenner!
Again, the way Tears for Fears’ music has become vastly memorable and important to pop culture, the Orzabal and Smith families’ work has created a sort of virtual island for many fans to live on daily. A great example is a newly formed Facebook group called Tears Roll Down (administered by Darren Hull). After being a part of another of the 56 TFF dedicated groups on Facebook, Darren wanted a space where superficial details were not the focus. Instead, it’s about the collection of the band’s music as well as gathering with others at concerts. But most important, it’s to celebrate the legacy of the work and the various tracks.
While sharing photos of his recent concert attendance at Hampton Court where Tears for Fears played back to back on the 18th and 19th of June, Darren mentioned the reaction of a guy three times his size and how overcome with emotion he was at the show. He states,
“Last nite was the nuts 4 rows from stage. TFF on fire Best crowd reaction/atmosphere I’ve been in. The guy crying next to me, a lady in front kept turning round and fist bumping me while we sang. A couple behind me dancing away like crazy Amazing it was.”
He also noted that the man bear hugged him after the show and then went his merry way. It should be noted that this happens A LOT at shows. The band brings out some of the most comforting, soothing and, again, euphoric energy. It’s very lifting. People who did not know each other before, soon know each other VERY well. For example, in 2015, at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, a man turned around and smooched Andye, the TFF Travel Fan Moderator. They’d never met before and he was vaguely familiar with the work of the travelling crew.
“We were all drenched with sweat from head to toe and as if it were Woodstock. He had been taking amazing photos all night. At one point we were all intertwined on that front row, as if we’d all just shared an UBER ride to the show. When the concert ended no one left. Instead, people just starting turning toward their neighbour hugging and smooching. It was like someone had sprinkled brotherly love dust over the venue. I’ll never forget that night. It was surreal. You usually only see people that interlocked at airports when a loved one is about to move away.”
This isn’t the first time, it continued in 2017 in Tulsa Oklahoma after the show among the fans. Tears for Fears and those musicians that are a part of the sphere bring out a sense of humanity, brotherhood and humbleness that is indescribable.
The dedicated love the band and respect their families. Their level of respect and love goes as far as being willing to sacrifice a moment to say hello if the band members are spotted heading back to their hotels or on their way out. Julian, DelaQ, Alisa and others that are present in the TFF Universe, are a bit more accessible and one can pour their feelings into their appreciation of them via Facebook wall posts, Twitter feeds and Instagram. But we still want to keep our wits about us. One fan from Boston noted that she’s often just looked the other way because she knows they need their privacy. “After the show I went back to my hotel and I just happened to be on the same elevator as one of the band members. I politely smiled and then got off on the wrong floor because I didn’t want them to think I was going to share their location. I’m very aware of that type of behaviour and I didn’t want them to live with that fear.” She also noted that she’s seen them before at their hotels on countless trips to enjoy and support their music but she goes the other way because she just doesn’t want them to feel like they have to keep performing even after they get off stage. “They’re musicians, they need their rest more than most. That’s an hour and a half show. That’s a lot to give. Once it’s done, they’re done. That’s all we should respectfully expect.”
We hear that! That’s all we should respectfully expect.
“It is tough when you’ve flown over one or two continents and you REALLY want to tell them what an impact they have made on us. Or perhaps they finally came to your town after you waited to see them for 20 years…however, we have to learn to enjoy the energy they have at that moment and call it. It is one of the hardest things we have to be brave enough and self-controlled enough to do/be as fans. It’s excruciating really.” -ANM
All emotions and expressions of admiration within the space of those shows or online when conversing with members of Libre Stone, TFF and those residing in this sphere are valid, understood, shared and expected. Many talk about how much they cry at the shows or while listening to the band’s music. They don’t know where this emotion is coming from but it is such a release. You literally let it all out. All your woes drain you and you are on cloud 9 for quite a while. Coming down from that can be as painful as sugar, coffee and stimulant withdrawal. In some cases, it is essential to seek medical attention just to get through it. That’s how intense the shows are in addition to new albums or events where they are present. It’s a miracle we can even hold it together.
Thanks for reading!
-TFF Travel Fan Team
P.S. Friendly reminder the online birthday party starts at midnight BST on the morning of the 24th. Get your crunch cakes ready and sing happy birthday to Mr. Curt Smith!
The first two shows of the Tears for Fears Rule the World tour part II – sizzling summer edition left fans quite satisfied, to say the least. More like…THRILLED TO BITS! Roland brought back the Flying Wombat and family members in the UK, like Curt’s brother Shaun, were also in the audience. The venue is quite fitting for our Rock Royalty. It was an impeccable two days. Big thanks to Gwen, Wendy, Darren, Simon and many others who shared their entire experience from start to finish.
One of the highlights of the fan experience were fans, Gwen and Wendy’s, cool AirBNB that was right next to the venue. They were able to hear soundcheck loud and clear. Little Lulu was dancing along and is carrying the torch for Toddlers for Tears for Fears – and there are many. For the Millennials of the group (Gen Y) do you remember when that was us?!!
Roland’s jokes were fantastic and funny! It was great to see him in such great form. Curt was kind to pause for some pictures with fans and kept us on his own stroll as he arrived with daughter, Lady Diva last week. Enjoy all the highlights and moments from this magical show. Connect with fellow fans and be good to each other. This is a fan family motto! We’re soldiers of sound, loving Tears for Fears as we sally forth through this life.
We’re SUPER happy that the TFF Mexico fan team got to enjoy some time in the presence of the band. Big congrats to all who where there and to the band on having an awesome show! Here are a few shares from the venue itself and a bit of video. Note the power in the voices of our dear fellow fans en Mexico. There are people (men and women) noting how much they love Tears for Fears. People know all the words, they are very animated and present…this was indeed a gift to the concert goers and to the band themselves. What a gorgeous cyclical showing of love and affection…it’s hard not to cry. Enjoy!
*Dedicated to Angel Dawn of Louisiana who went out of her way to get fans to this specific show! Big hugs to Bobby R in Oklahoma and all his efforts as well!
Wow! What an awesome show, performed with perfection and all the cool things you dream of when it comes to Tears for Fears. The crowd was mixed with all ages. The VIP section where many long time fans stood faithful, singing every word, was filled with the sweetest fans a band could ask for…Dardy, Ms. Wooten, Kendaly, Adam H, Lisa and Patty…just phenomenal people that many of us, as fellow fans, love to have right next to us. We were also graced by some serious icons that work globally but are based in Atlanta – Model Cairo and singer/songwriter Michael Roland Magno. We were thrilled to be with some of our favourite friends and family. We missed those who were not able to make it including some of the core travellers – you know who you are! May the love train fly again with you all included! Happy Anniversary to Jim S and his wife! Thank you for being so loyal!
Michael Magno and his wife Meg
VIP Platinum and Tier 1
We’d been thinking a lot about this show since it was announced. After the Jan UK & EU extravaganza we had time to really sit down and think about the logistics. After countless email back and forth with Shaky Knees Festival staff, we were convinced that going all out for VIP Platinum just for one day at $750 or 3 days at $1600 after tax and shipping – was the best option for fans to have a really wonderful experience. We also suggested VIP Tier 1. We were under the impression that Tears for Fears would be on the main stage. The app showed the band to be on a sponsored stage of which several of us thought was a main stage. The main stage allowed fans to stand there on the side of the stage at the band’s discretion and watch the show. However, the Piedmont stage was not a main stage and their VIP Tier 1 and Platinum area did not have the comfortable chairs, shade or the perks of the Platinum area like the main stage which was called Peachtree. So if you followed our suggestion and hung out in the Piedmont VIP you probably got a bad sunburn and your legs hurt! Great music but…we expected all VIP lounges to be the same and they were not.
Shaky Knees VIP Tier 1
Dinner provided to Platinum VIP
So, some fans went to the VIP lounge at Peachtree to relax and others, our dear Adam, made sure he was perched and ready in VIP Piedmont. He literally held down the fort for a few hours and we’re super grateful. An hour or more before the show, he was there with several other amazing friendly beloved fans. Shoutout to Adam for taking care of business and looking out for others. We were all able to bunch up together to the left of the stage (Roland’s side – that’s the only place VIP viewing was set up for this stage). No, we didn’t get to stand side stage because, again, this was not the main stage, but the band saw us and knew their hard core soldiers were there…some of us with our books so Charlton would know we support his work as well.
Prior to the start of the show, Bill was out working. Andye grabbed this photo and shared it with him. We really like him and have always appreciated his kindness. There was a moment in the show where Curt’s guitar cord or something was falling out and there was Bill, like a vigilant angel, to hurry and get it reconnected. He did it with a smile and it was beautiful.
And big thanks to Jamie for taking a nice photo with Patty!
— Patty Dimond Stuckmeyer (@pattystuckmeyer) May 3, 2019
Let the photos and videos speak for themselves… still speechless. These are from awesome fellow fans. In some cases you can hear a chorus of people of a variety of ages singing along. *Note that Roland did say he would have been happy if Weezer was there too. We’re okay with a Weezer – TFF show. So…next year?!
After the show, fans didn’t move from the area. They stood there and chanted, “One more song, one more song!” It wasn’t a small group, it was like…the whole crowd that got into it. It was wild and one of the most loving gestures. These were people of all ages just chanting in unison with energy and fervor the likes we’ve not seen since Duluth 2017. Fans at other venues stick around but this was like an army or what you’d see at a protest. It was intense, that was strong love. People were crying, one larger group stayed until every set list had been distributed. We finally left after taking some photos of Lisa and Adam with the set list.
Huge thanks to all who showed up and went that extra mile. That was an investment and one of the most expensive shows we’ve paid for in years. It was super glamping and I think we’ll be better prepared in the future. I don’t know if this is a precursor to Coachella or what but this all happened for a reason. We loved spending time with EVERYONE. It was incredible…just incredible and unforgettable. A few of us are going to need some time to really let this sink in because this was just…very spiritual and overwhelmingly beautiful.
One of our goals was to help create that sense of community and fun along with drinks and food. However, VIP at Shaky Knees was a little hard to navigate…and sometimes things just didn’t have a lot of clarity. Several of us are still in absolute shock at what felt like lack of consistency for the Piedmont stage. We understand that people work hard for their money and for some of us this is our only holiday time. We want to encourage fans to enjoy these deluxe packages and it just didn’t feel like a Platinum experience at the Piedmont stage. The band’s performance made up for a lot of discomfort in the earlier part of the day. We were able to overlook some of the things we were expecting to a degree but consistency is crucial when a festival is asking for hundreds or over $1000 per person for these experiences. We’re happy the band was there and that matters most but some of us will need some additional assistance for future in order for things to go smooth.
Lots of love to all who were there and your beautiful faces! You all are such beautiful people! Adam, Patty, Lisa, Dardy, Cairo, Kendaly, Michael and Meg, Joe and Katie – the energy was a blessing in itself!
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P.S. we’re going to check on the TuneIn app to see what on earth happened. The festival noted that they’d live stream but in hindsight, if it’s just one radio station they can’t do every stage. So, we’re checking to see if it was archived. Hugs to all!
For so many years, Tears for Fears fans from Milan wrote in on multiple fan walls asking WHEN the band would be in their area. Several went as far as to travel to stateside shows and helped add to the magic that is associated with fan travel. We had a lot of fun. But it warms our hearts to see them enjoy the band in their own land! Tears for Fears stop in Italy was quite memorable! Enjoy these snapshots from those who shared.
We’re excited about the new friendships we made and some rekindled from our fellow fans in Italy! So glad they got to experience this. We know how important it was for so many there!