Tears for Fears Basking in the Love of Bournemouth

This post is dedicated to Andy B – loyal fan who waited nearly 35 years to see the band and Shaun Smith, a great world traveller who also happens to be the Good Man’s brother! We’re so happy for their contributions tonight to the travel fan site, allowing us to share their experience with the world!

And we do mean the world! As of today, this site has seen almost 20,000 visits per year since 2014. We joined this labour of love in 2004 and started going live publically in 2011 with the travel portion on this platform. Big thanks to all who contribute and share. This is all about featuring the absolutely fantastic moments of fans on tour and the great moments with the band…and there are plenty. Let’s dive into tonight’s show.

Andy had the time of his life!

Check out that full venue! Amazing! So much support!

Alison Moyet!!

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Loaded Post with lots of video!

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Cool Fan Milestones & Fun Moments

@curtsmith, you tweeted me happy birthday on my 15th, now I’m 21 and FINALLY got to see you live tonight, thank you and @rolandtff for the tunes, see you at Blenheim Palace… Play The Working Hour and I might just die 🙇‍♀️ #TearsForFears @tearsforfears – Maggie

Good Man Mr. Smith always tweets out his thank you! We love this!

“Thank you Bournemouth you warm & wonderful people. Now I understand why Eddie Howe likes it here 😍” -Curt Smith

Our bonus tonight is from Cindy P. She shares the Liverpool review which is thankfully focused on their music! The previous writers who seemed to be aching for bromance with Curt and Roland as if the band’s show was a Tinder swipe are completely absent here! We rejoice! Read Here

We’ll add more videos as they are received! Thank you for reading, sharing and enjoying! See you at the show!
-Tears for Fears 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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Alison Moyet

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Head Over Heels

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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

TFF’s Big Surprise in Brighton

Let’s get straight to the point…they played Suffer the Children. Now, a few nights ago we posted a video from the In My Minds Eye treasure box. That video is a full show of The Hurting plus two songs from SFTBC. And no one in YEARS has heard that song live…until today. The internet lit up!

And MVP Darren H got an audio recording of it. He wanted badly to make sure he didn’t break the rules so he didn’t hold his phone up. Mad respect for this!

Gwen got a copy as well. Tilt your head so you can see it…

This post is dedicated to Andrew W. He has been loyal and he shows up! Here he is with Drummer Genius Jamie Wollam 🙂

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Woman In Chains (angle 1)

Woman in Chains (angle 2)

Head over Heels

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Woman in Chains

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Mad World

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Suffer the Children (photo)

Set List – with Suffer the Children (that’s worth $1000)

Shout

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Fans having fun!

And wow, thanks Mr. Reardon!

Big thanks to all the Tears for Fears Travel Fans who are modestly travelling alongside the band, zipping in and out of shows. Some are working and still finding a way to make it to shows. You are troopers! Much love to you from your fellow fans! Reach out if you need anything! We’re on standby.

-Tears for Fears Travel Fan Team

TFF – Great Crowd Chemistry in Cardiff!

This post is dedicated to Shaun Smith – Curt’s brother. He’s super kind and very nice! That’s also his photo above. He took that great photo during the show and permitted us to use it. We’re very grateful. He also recorded Shout for us! Tilt your head a little. It’s the best part of the song. We’ve embedded it from his page. An edited version in horizontal is below that.
And here’s Curt Smith looking out in the audience. Isn’t this the cutest?

There were some really great moments in the show today. Both Roland and Curt gave great shoutouts. From Roland sending out a loving salute to his family and house manager to Curt showing some love for North Carolina fans who came all the way to Cardiff…the love was flowing making for a very special and intimate night. You can’t beat that!

Below are some of the fun moments fellow fans and friends captured. Enjoy – more to come as we fill each synopsis with great moments from the tour and travels.

Thank you Radisson! Taking good care of fans!

Waited So Long

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Here’s some photos from MVP Gwen. For all those cheering for her to get a moment to chat with Curt, she got it! She also got to speak to Roland this evening as well and got an autograph. We’re super happy about that. We trust in the future there will be a fan conference so we can all take several big group photos against an amazing backdrop with Roland and Curt on SOL royalty chairs. Oh we’ve got plans!

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Call Me Mellow followed by fun moments of conversation with the audience and additional songs. Enjoy and please leave a message for the videographer, Gwen. As you follow along you’ll see she has taken time out to go to 12 shows. She’s an incredible person and she deserves a great deal of respect and love. She’s an honourary member of the band practically at this point.

 

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We’ll add some video in as we get it. A few are working on theirs and a few others need go get permission to post and share on a public site. Stay tuned!

Goodnight!

…again, more to come!
Thanks for reading, interacting and showing up!
-Tears for Fears Travel Fan Team

TFF – Looking Good in Liverpool!

*Dedicated to Marcio Campos in Brasil! Thank you for connecting us with additional fans for this show!

Wow, Liverpool! How exciting and historic given the Beatles’ beginnings here! We spoke to Jamie before this show and got permission to post some photos (one above). We’re excited to have some pictures from their point of view. It’ll be nice to add to the archives.

Also got this great photo from Claire Hartshorn Photography! Thank you, Claire!

Mr. L came through on the guitar picks and yes we asked that they be put into the online store so we can stock up. The last time we had such exquisite ones was 2012 during Brit Week.

*Some items will not be visible as they are linked to Twitter accounts. We’ll be sure to post photos vs. links to accounts in future in case fans decide to go private going forward. You can ask to be friends which will allow you to see all the great pictures.

Gig Girl’s video of EWTRTW

Set List – Gwen’s getting good at this! LOL!

BILL is the BEST!

Our dear lady Alison Moyet

Showtime!

The Gorgeous Lady Alison Moyet 

EWTRTW with Lorde Intro

EBWTRTW up close with Curt

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Pale Shelter

Woman in Chains

Shout

Band to Fan Love

(post show nostalgia and chat with Joy)

Falling Down – courtesy of Chris and Caroline

Wishing our good sweet Tamara a safe trip home!

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Hello and Goodbye Amsterdam. I landed in Gate D and had to bee line it to Gate E. No time to stop in any of the shops for souvenirs. I was only able to stop to give myself one last shot of lovenox in my stomach before my long flight to hopefully prevent me from getting another blood clot from my adventure. Once you get one you are always at risk. I made it on board my flight and am awaiting take off. I think it’s about 8.5 hours home from here. It’s truly been a great trip! I’m so glad I did this on my own. Thank you Tears For Fears for your music. I grew up listening since I was a young girl living in Central Wisconsin. When my little sister was maybe 2 years old she sang the chorus to Shout. We are 14 years apart. I hope you will continue to bless us with your music for many years to come. Hopefully someday I will be lucky enough to meet Roland and Curt. For all of you going to the European tour Have A Blast!!! It is awesome and I’m sure it will continue to get better and better each and every show. Gwen, I hope you get your meet and greet and keep getting those set lists! You need to make that scrapbook! Taking off now! See you back in America! Xoxo 🌻🎸❤️🌜🌞#bunnylousadventures #tearsforfears #tearsforfearstour2019 #bye @tearsforfearsmusic @tfftravelfans @cusackcat @jamiewollam @carinaround @charltonpettus

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Fun Bonus: Ever seen this cool feature Jamie?! Nice!

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!

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TFF – Loved in Dublin

This post is dedicated to Tamara who flew all the way from Minnesota to Europe to follow the show. Tamara has been through a lot in her life. Like many, she has been able to find healing and energy in the music of Curt, Roland and team. Tamara you are appreciated and loved! Please remember that. What you did for fans, capturing the moments and experience then sharing it online was the real deal! You are awesome (and super pretty – look at that face)! We’re excited to have learned about Evan being in company as well.

From the eyes of our dear Gwen, she provided a lot of photos of the venue. Note how much larger this one is than the night before. It was soon just as packed.

Tamara got a view of the packed house.

crowd from Dublin

Here’s their proximity to the stage.

Our dear lady Alison Moyet opened the show and we couldn’t be more pleased! We love her and wish she was a permanent member of the band. She will forever be a part of the Tears for Fears experience. Be sure to follow her on Twitter @alisonmoyet

How about this treasure from the Stone Forums. They claim they will be recording the entire show, every show until the tour ends! What a gift! You can barely hear Curt on EWTRTW because the crowd is singing so strongly it’s almost overpowering. Enjoy while it lasts because we don’t know if they’ll get flagged for posting this or not. *For the record, that’s not Andye singing Falling Down. She’s learned to pipe down at the concerts with all the singing. We don’t know this rogue singer but it was super cool to hear someone else enjoy it as much as we do!

Additional Footage

Bill gave Gwen Doug’s set list. One of the many Roland Orzabal fan pages on Instagram reposted it.

It’s hard to discuss these shows right now because they are so fresh and the excitement is intense. A few of us are simply speechless and trying come down from cloud 9. It takes a while. Returning to earth after a Tears for Fears show is like…well, imagine being somewhere between heaven space and heaven. It’s mindblowing! An Irish Times writer seems to have gotten her bearings and quickly published this piece about the show. It is one of our favourites thus far.

Read the article in full here: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/tears-for-fears-review-sad-bangers-from-a-brilliantly-gloomy-band-1.3778833

“Pure perfection tonight. So happy they included ‘Falling Down’ and ‘Woman in chains’ tonight. Ro’s voice sounds incredible, as good as ever & you could tell he was enjoying himself again tonight, pulling faces and huge smiles for everyone. 2 down, 10 to go…” – Gwen, TFF Travel Fan about the Dublin show

If you are a die-hard soldier of sound you know we had some scares at the start of the year. Like a hot cup of coffee filled to the brim, we’ve been walking slowly and carefully hoping the cup didn’t run over and burn us all in some form or fashion. We were really scared out of our wits with so much legalese and uncertainty with the show reschedule and journalists on the outside picking up bits and pieces of our online conversations and then writing about what they “think” is going on with the band and fans. We’re so glad to have moved on from that to be present in the presence of Tears for Fears – their concerts wash away all pains, all negative emotion. It’s like being lifted to a whole other realm and completely healed. May the Universe bless the band and all of us on the road and in the air this year!

Thanks for reading,
Cheers!
TFF Travel Fan Team