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

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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.

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.

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 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.

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…

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

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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)

Having A Blast with Tears for Fears at Hampton Court Palace

**Dedicated to Tamara, Gwen, Wendy, The Coopers and Shaun 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?!!

Little Lulu – Toddlers for TFF team lead

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.

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Mini Montage

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Lady Tamara is on her way. We wish her safe flight!!

Thanks for enjoying!
-Tears for Fears Travel Fan Team

Tears for Fears – Majestic in Milan

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!

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Berlin’s Beloved Night with Tears for Fears

Our friends from Germany did not disappoint when capturing great moments in the show. The Good Man Mr. Smith was kind enough to snap pictures and share the journey with all followers. We’re so grateful! This is dedicated to Ronnie, Mathias, the Tempodrom staff and the Good Man himself, Curt Smith. We’re super grateful for all that has been provided from the show. To our friends in Germany who were able to somehow get tickets at the last minute, good on you!

Rough Translation: It was worth the wait: Fans had to wait for it for nearly 30 years. On Saturday night, Tears for Fears played a concert again at the sold out Tempodrome.

Curt took some great photos as did several other members of the band. We’ll focus on Mr. Smith’s snapshots of beautiful Berlin. The city has seen a lot! And to think they had to wait all those years for a show…you know several of them have got to be suffering from Superfanitis…somebody send those fans some extra merch, they’re gonna need it! May this post help them remember the magical moments of the return of TFF to Berlin. Enjoy! Cheers!

Really great close up of the stage from Mr. Olsen.

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EWTRTW

SOL

PALE SHELTER

CHANGE

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MAD WORLD

CREEP

Head over Heels

Compilation (SOL, ADVICE)

SHOUT

Another Angle

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Bidding Adieu to Berlin

Thanks for watching and reading!
-Tears for Fears Travel Fan Team