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.

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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.

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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!

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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

MAD WORLD

CREEP

Head over Heels

Compilation (SOL, ADVICE)

SHOUT

Another Angle

Great photos from fellow fans. Be sure to say hi, leave them a message on their pictures. If you choose to share them be sure to note the photographer.

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Bidding Adieu to Berlin

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

Nottingham was VERY Nice!!

Another shoutout to Gwen for her amazing contributions and absolute care! Pardon if you see a few of Birmingham’s clips in this one…it’s 4am in the morning…and we’re archiving on no sleep!

Jamie’s words sum it up quite well!
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Tickets!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLTON!

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BIDA
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#TearsForFears at #Nottingham. Great light show!

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Because socks are important!

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❤ #tearsforfears #socks from tonight's gig

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Quick note from our friend Andy B.

Dear Andy,
You have superfanitis. It takes about 3 weeks per show to truly recover. We feel your pain. You’re one of us now. That group of people that FEELS the show so much that life is just never the same afterwards…and all you want is more.
#MoreShow

So much more to say, so many letters to write and follow-ups with fellow fans! So grateful to everyone for the contributions and the love on this tour! It’s left us speechless! More to come indeed!

Cheers!
-TFF Travel Fan Team

TFF – Absolutely Awesome in the O2

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

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

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

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

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

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

R and C2

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EWTRTW

Head Over Heels

SOL

SHOUT

Fun moments from Fans

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

Merch for the win!

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

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

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

Roland at the o2
 

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

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

Get some rest…more shows!! Let’s go!

-TFF Travel Fan Team

Tears for Fears – 1st Show of 2019 in Killarney

There’s a space between your conscious, subconscious…that part of you that undergoes the out of body experience. For those that attend Tears for Fears concerts, it’s the moment where the show open begins. It’s begun with Lorde, previous to that was Dance of the Knights by the genius Tchaikovsky. But let’s back up just a bit. There’s also the walking into the venue. It feels just like the steps one imagines the astronauts take as they head to the ship. You’re walking and waving, excited as all get out. You’re about to experience something greater than most humans get to partake of in a lifetime. You feel blessed, special and carry a sense of “is this really happening?” Then, the aforementioned takes place. The rocket has launched, you are about to be propelled into an entirely different state of mind, state of being…your world is literally being rocked. Then they appear…Jamie heads to the drums, Doug Petty goes to the keys, Carina Round far right mic, Curt and Roland…and by this time the crowd is SO LOUD. Somebody starts crying, men and women are screaming as if their bride or groom has walked into the room on their wedding day or in some cases as if it’s the winning goal of the world cup. Children’s chins on are the floor because they’ve never seen their parents SO excited since they were born. It’s completely EUPHORIC! People are going insane!

And here’s why. Please enjoy the show synopsis from Killarney, Ireland. This post is dedicated to Gwen, who has dedicated her life this year to following the band for 12 shows. She was gracious enough to capture this show in it’s entirety LIVE for everyone to view in real time – making it possible for anyone who didn’t get a chance to travel to experience the “Tears for Fears Experience.” There’s no other way to really describe it. It’s an experience!

“My entire body feels like it’s being lifted up into another realm. It’s like your soul is floating and you know you may or may not be alive…because it feels too good to be true. There have been times I shake my head during the concerts as if something is hurting me because for a moment, I can’t tell if I’m daydreaming this as the little kid hoping one day I’ll get to see them. Or am I really back in the mid 90s as the pre-teen who was walking around venues where they once played, fasting and chanting for their reconnect. Or is this one of the many moments where I’m remember being at one of their shows? Then I realise it’s all REAL. That’s them, there they are and here I am. It’s a really WILD feeling to see your deepest Tears for Fears wishes and visions come to life over and over again. I encourage everyone to go to a show just once and experience the euphoria. It will blow your mind! You will never be the same! And you’ll want to do this again and again. The shows get better and better every year…which means they are immaculate!” -Andye, TFF Travel Fan Team

“Today is one of the best days of my life so far!” – Gwen, TFF Travel Fan Team

The Stone Forums captured the show as well – here’s EWTRTW in an very beautiful TFF blue…

Badman’s Song

SHOUT!!

It couldn’t have been that perfect, could it? Oh yes…yes it was. So much so that Patrick O Shea was furious when concert goers (note we didn’t say fans in this case) arrived late to the perfection. “A great show, very enjoyable, however the constant procession in and out to the bar was ridiculous, if you want to see Tears for Fears live, go to their concert, if you want to drink go to the pub, also the amount of people who arrived in late at the start of the concert, from the bar was very insulting to the band. Tears for Fears created a great atmosphere, you did not need to drink as well.”

We hear you Patrick. Don’t arrive late if you can help it. You miss the best parts. The chatter, the conversations and all that the band is known to delight their audiences with at each show. Every concert is as intricate as a snowflake. It’s unique and even more beautiful than the last. You want to soak it all in. Speaking of soaked. It began to rain and the weather was not so cool following this show. As we lead into details on Dublin. Tamara, Gwen and crew literally stood in line for HOURS in the cold, wet air of Dublin to make sure they had front row. That’s part of the travel experience when there’s a GA option at a show. We’re not fans of Gen Am but when it’s available it means we’re going to be close to the band. So we get up at the crack of dawn and stand at the venue so we can soak up all their energy during the show. And that’s exactly what they did! Be sure to read about it here.

Thanks so much for taking a moment to recap the show with us and our fellow team members, fans and friends! Subscribe and share with fellow fans you know. Get yourself some tickets and head out to a show!

-Tears for Fears Travel Fan Team
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Genius’ Work – Deep Dive into Head Over Heels

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

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

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

Thanks for reading
TFF Travel Fan Team

Saluting Musicians!

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

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

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