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…
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!
There’s also the Super Deluxe option which includes the colourful vinyl and the cd plus the bonus tracks.
Standard copy will include:
No Small Thing
Tipping Point (the single)
Long, Long, Long Time
Break the Man
Rivers of Mercy
Please Be Happy (revised since we last heard it sung by Roland)
End of Night
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.
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!
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.
As of the 15th of July, the remainder of the tour is cancelled. The September show however is still on…
*Curt has sadly hurt his rib, he is injured. We’ve learned it is impossible for him to sing in this very painful condition. We pray he can breathe better and take the time to heal. Due to this injury, several shows in the UK were cancelled and refunds are being issued. We continue to lean on the information from Alison Moyet, the venues (and the band when they are able to post). We as a fan team are beyond worried for them and wish them the very best as well as a full recovery for Curt so he can get on with this life. How sad to be paused like that. We can’t wait to see him in good spirits and dancing around again. Please see the shows with an asterisk that have been cancelled.
Featured Event: Tears for Fears at The Lytham Festival
(Alison Moyet and Natalie Imbruglia took care of this show on behalf of the band. It was amazing! See Alison’s social pages for video and more).
This festival now has a part II that includes a day for Tears for Fears. We are happy to note that our dear Alison Moyet is going to join them as an opener as will Natalie Imbruglia known for her song ‘Torn’ which is such a perfect “festival” song. Go ahead and envision yourself sipping Mimosas with that song being played. But can we take a moment and also say how excited we are about Alison Moyet being with the band again? Can this just be forever? Alison Moyet with TFF as much as possible please! We definitely want to her to be at the elusive fan conference alongside Michael Wainwright, Michael Magno and other amazing artists. But we digress, let’s stay focused on this event.
Date: Saturday, 9 July, 2022 Location: Lytham Festival in Lancashire Hotel Suggestion: Hy Hotel on Clifton Street Buy Tickets here
For those that have issues getting around you may want to spend a little more and get the garden pass so you can sit down and not stand the whole day. Have a look at this video to understand the space and see the scan of the area.
What to know about this show…why is it special? It’s in an absolutely beautiful place. Try not to want to up and move there once you arrive. It’s near the sea! The sea! Those of us residing in landlocked areas rejoice! The breezy air and enjoyable environment alongside their new music and presence will make this one of those really nice memorable shows. It’s on motherland turf for the band in many ways. Family and friends will be there. Get your tickets and prepare for an excellent weekend!
Tour 2022 Dates & Tickets – Announced on Friday 12 November, 2022
Logistics: (if you don’t care about saving money, getting insurance and have no Covid questions, skip to the tour dates below) Prepare to attend shows prior to and after the festival as well as enjoying the new music from the upcoming album The Tipping Point (get your merch now on the site). You are also encouraged to wear Libre Stone and or Tears for Fears merch at the shows in order to be identifiable by other fans. The band has noted that with our subscription we can get the artist’s presale ticket options so we hope everyone has taken care of their signing up. Otherwise you can use the other option or buy the tickets on Friday the 19th of November. You can access the direct ticket sales through the site, so we’re not going to list that information this time because the band has already provided it on the official site. Below are the links to each place plus hotel and flight suggestions. We will likely meet up at each place and travel together.
Dose of Reality – we hope we can erase this part of the update in the next 3 months. However, let’s talk about Covid. Due to its highly contagious nature, it’s likely the band is not doing a meet and greet. So if you’re attending shows with the sole purpose of some band time…let’s be real. Go for the music alone and the opportunity to celebrate the band with fellow fans. Do not even bother asking us if we’re going backstage. We’re not asking nor expecting any opportunities like that. (Please note that the UK has lifted their Covid restrictions as of February 2022. The band’s management arranged a number of appearances by the band including a Q&A where fans were able to take photos and speak to Roland and Curt without restrictions. It was quite nice. We don’t imagine anything like that happening in the United States.)
The shot… some of us can tolerate it and others can’t due to allergies. For those that can’t handle it, please, buy 3 take home tests. Use one in advance to make sure you can get your results with ease or you can take a test at some of the venues if you schedule your test in advance with the venue. If you’re following the whole tour and need continued Covid testing, let Andye know. She is working to ensure all fans have as much info as possible so they don’t get to a show and get turned away due to lack of required documents.
Post-Surgery – if you’ve had a hip replacement, are on a cane or dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome and are worried you’ll have issues getting to your set, arriving, etc. contact Andye so she can work with you to help you get in touch with the accessible service. We’re not spring chickens anymore and we can’t walk a football field to the parking lot and back.
Flights – we’re going to suggest going with Delta for all travel during the US leg of the tour due to their Covid policy which seems to accommodate all the various conditions one might be in during these questionable times. They also offer credit for flights if things go wrong. The link we provided is directly to the Sky Miles program. You need to save yourself some money and collect points. They come in handy when you least expect it. You’ll have options to use the sky lounge and relax between long layovers. You’ll pay less for flights by adding your points and using upgrades.
Get the Insurance – remember when the band had family illnesses? Remember when certain festivals cancelled? Remember Covid? Oh wait, Covid is still here. Yeah, get the insurance. You never know if you’ll need to call the airline and say, “I need a refund because…” It’s about $10 extra dollars but you’ll feel safer and be less upset if this sickness causes us any other issues. We can only hope none of us, nor the band gets sick. Insurance (ticket and flight) will save you a lot of money in the long run. Expect to pay about $1000 total if you attend every single show and get the insurance on flight and tickets. Not a bad deal given you’ll get back the $5,000+ you’re spending on flights and tickets.
26 Jan, 2022 – Virtual Artist Confidential featuring Tears for Fears – performance and interview event is hosted by 80s on 8’s Alan Hunter and 1st Wave & Volume Host Lori Majewski. To enter, email email@example.com and include Tears for Fears in the subject line of the email and include your full name, valid email and cell phone number in the email. Must be sent in by the 25th of Jan. Only 40 people can join. Must be a U.S. resident and 18 years of age.
21 February, 2022
Rough Trade East presents a In-Conversation with Tears for Fears at EartH Theatre Hackney. Tickets went on sale on the 21st of Jan. Many UK based travel fans were able to get tickets. We have requested a virtual participation ticket. If they allow it we’ll let you know.
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.)
Hotel – this is the Marriott that is closest to the venue. *You’re going to want to stay at this location – take our word for it!
May 25th, 2022
** this show was announced the week of 17 Jan. TFF in Houston, Texas. Tickets are on sale on the Tears for Fears site in the tour section. Location: Smart Financial Centre at Sugarland.
MAY 27, 2022
AK-CHIN PAVILION (We noticed this site is already selling tickets before the actual presale of the band – but through a marketplace or third party – you may want to go straight to the Tears for Fears website vs. relying on this site if you’re looking for early options. We’ve gone that route before but only at the last minute to accommodate additional travel fans. Not ideal.)
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!)
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!)
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.
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.”)
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.
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.
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.
Hotel – the Hyatt Regency in this location is just gorgeous!
Transport – TBD – this place is a wildlife sanctuary and offers transportation for tourist purposes. It’s best to call them yourself and let them know your plans so they can decide what is best for you. There is a train station not too far away but you know us, we prefer you’re safe and sound in a car that can pick you up and drop you off at the gate. Enjoy this video of the property to get an idea of what it’s like to visit. Maybe stay an extra day as you’ll have time between shows.
July 5th, 2022
Tears for Fears announced this show in February after literally tweeting out to fans and followers the question, “where in London would you like to see us?” Fans responded as did Royal Albert Hall. The final location was the O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire. Tickets went on sale the 23rd with a pre-sale code given by the band/management. General sale was 25th of February, the day of The Tipping Point’s release.
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.
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)
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.
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:
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).
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve been waiting’ for this day! We counted down, we got well so we could live to see the day, we worked out to be fit enough to party hard and we made it! We are with you Curt as you take this 60th turn around the sun!
While Curt is over in Italy lookin’ fine and fit as ever (We see you! Alright now!), fan pages have been jumpin’ all week with celebrations! Katie Sunflower got so excited she just threw her face in the cake!
As mentioned, Curt is living his best life this week in Toscana, Italia, his home away from home. We’ve seen him on a fun run and his daughter also shared some blissful moments with her majestic Papa Smith. Don’t forget to download Diva’s new music. Subscribe to her YouTube channel, hit that like button on ‘Bet’ and be sure to follow her on Spotify!
While we can’t possibly fit every single birthday wish on the page because this would be an update that lasted for several days, we do want to draw attention to the beautiful Penny Dahl who went all out in one of her iconic album cover remakes. She didn’t know we were giving out prizes! She got first place and her gift card was sent this morning. Cheers Penny!
Shoutout to Sharon and her classroom of kids who helped her create a Happy Birthday Curt collage! Karla Amaya gets a high five from us as she has taken on the challenge of learning how to play ‘Pale Shelter.’ She did this in honour of Curt. Well done, Karla!
Aileen honoured Curt with this cool remake of him in Head over Heels. She’s even sporting Doc Martens! She knows what’s up!! She was also a winner today and received a cash bundle in her currency today! Congrats Aileen!
We enjoy celebrating 🥳 Curt’s birthday annually and one of our faves was in 2011 when we got to spend some time with him at Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. This wonderful man even bought several fans dinner. What a phenomenal memory that stays with us and thank you Sheila “Sheeshee” for helping us get a chance to sing to him on stage. To say we love our dear Curt and his family is a huge understatement. We ADORE AND APPRECIATE Curt & The Smith-Pennington family to the NTH DEGREE!!
Speaking of love, what’s not to love about the many fans who rushed out at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning in the rain, humidity and stale Covid air to get to specific record stores for Tears for Fears Live at Massey Hall Vinyls! Darren, moderator of the TFF Fan Forum was the music magician this year! Much like Carri and team helped fans get copies of ‘Ready Boys n Girls,’ Darren made sure many were able to grab the limited Massey Hall masterpiece! Thank you, Darren!
Go out and get some cake, share Tears for Fears music with the world the rest of this week and right on through the weekend! Get copies of Halfway Pleased and Deceptively Heavy for your music collection! Let’s keep the Curt Smith celebration going! Honourable mentions to JT of Duran Duran who also turned 61 this week! Curt and JT go way back! Love that! And hey…if somebody asks us how old they are the response will be, “They’re 60 and SEXY AS F***!”
Laissez lês bons temps rouler!!!
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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.
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
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!
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…
-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
As some of you may remember we started off our new year with Shaun Smith, who happens to be Curt’s brother, and members of Radio Bath! It was filled with our favourite songs and lovely shoutouts from Shaun and his colleagues. We had a blast together counting down to the start of 2021. So many fans joined in with tweets and calls. Fan family joined in from New York to Napoli, Italia! We made a lot of new friends and learned a lot about each other. Because this year may also prove challenging, we’ve got fan family professionals who can help us get through it all including Paul Christino. Huge thanks to him for helping us manage those moments when we need to Shout, Shout, let it all out! The online gathering continues and we’re online weekly having fun together with the band’s family as well as fans. You can also see the most recent Q&A hosted by the Tears for Fears Fan Forum. More on the interviews and band chats a bit later in the post.
Lunar New Year with TFF – Year of the Ox
In addition to the Gregorian New Year we welcomed the Year of the Ox this month. Both Roland and Curt were born in the year of the Ox back in 1961. Those who arrived to the world under this specific symbol are known as EXTREMELY hard workers who are perfectionists at their craft. They don’t give you just anything, they give their best. Roland and Curt certainly do that! They are trustworthy and not keen on failure. They are also rather quiet but when they speak it’s well thought out and has power! We salute these strong Ox symbol musicians, our heroes. Shaun Smith also noted this on Radio Bath, so happy to celebrate all the cool new year celebrations with him!
New Year celebrations around the world come with gifts and the band released some new merch. Our fan family member Brian W. posted this from a recent buy. Be sure to stock up on what you want from the Tears for Fears merch store. The items run out rather fast. We didn’t waste any time grabbing these great hoodies and tees. They are spectacular! New Merch usually means a new album and we got that too! It’s finished! Curt confirmed it as did Roland in an interview noted below. While the Curt is eager for us to get the #FauciOuchie so we can get back to shows, from the way things are looking, there will not be anything until late 2021 or likely 2022. We trust this wait time gives us all plenty of time to prepare.
Meanwhile we’re still eMeeting and it’s quite fun. Just keep in mind that words never come across as well as they would in person. Before assuming someone’s silence, be it the band or a fellow fan, is a sign of their disdain, remember it’s just like a text. Without emojis after each sentence or the band and fans checking all platforms and phones all day, their meaning and demeanor will be missed as could the text. So give everyone time to respond or reach out to them through DMs and PMs before immediately assuming the worst. Speaking of missing, chatting about the band is fun but there are lots of people who have missed opportunities to meet-up and chat with the band. So many are shocked at how others have been able to do this. Well, the fan family has been around a long time. If you’ve been out of the loop or don’t do the notorious 365 Days a Year fan fun then you might find it hard to meet the members. The band posts events and they often get invited to a variety of stages. Most of those include opportunities for the fans to join in and fans do no matter how big or quaint the event. So be sure to check-in each day on Twitter and FB, set your notifications so that you get the notices and can be a part of online and in-person events with the band and sometimes their family.
Everybody Wants to Rule the World in Film
Tears for Fears’ Everybody Wants to Rule the World is being featured in the film titled “Land” by Director Robin Wright. She recently spoke about it on NPR. Have a listen.
Happy Birthday Captain & Reverend!
Captain Julian Orzabal and band member Reverend Charlton had birthdays recently. Captain’s is on the 21st of Jan and Charlton’s is the 13th of Feb. Captain received some fun gifts including a delicious batch of white lightnin’ from the fan fam in the southern states. We’re glad he survived it, that stuff is wild! We celebrated Charlton’s birthday with a revisit of his book, Exit Strategy. Get your copy here.
Keeping with the theme of new things, the United States received a new President. This is big because the band does not hold back on encouraging fans to remain aware of the way politics have an impact on their lives. We’re super happy that their stance has certainly influenced others. Many members serve in their communities to help make life better for others. Nikki Merritt, a state senator for Georgia, is one of those. She introduced a bill this week that helps save people from being denied the opportunity to lease or rent in the event they have been evicted during the financial crisis that Covid19 brought on. That is extraordinary and the band would be proud to know fans like her are going far to look after their fellow man in this way.
in that same vein, Curt also shared a link to David Dinerstein’s film, The Summer of Soul. This film is from footage of an iconic music festival that took place in Harlem in 1969. The world, and in particular the United States, is faced with some really tough socio-economic truths and this film will help anyone who is confused about the plight of the stereotyped in America. It’s important to see this for many reasons, if you love Tears for Fears and understand the message of their music you’ll surely understand why this movie is important. Tears for Fears are more than a song, they have meaning, they have a cause and so do these musicians. Learn more here.
We’ve recently been graced with a number of absolutely amazing interviews. It started last year and has continued into this one including this one with Lady Nicky Holland. It’s one of many from the 80’s discography – worth a follow on Twitter. Then there was this incredible interview that was the best interview we’ve heard yet! It was a candid conversation with Roland and included some brilliant compliments and lovely words for Curt as well as a glimpse of what’s to come. It left many of us feeling very warm and comforted. Listen in here via YouTube.
TFF Tuesdays are going on into 2021 but we’re doing this with a theme on the Travel Fan Side. Stay tuned to the weekly shares and trivia. We’re chatting and talking about other fun too that we can have as we await the greenlight to go out again. Aside from an album release, what else are you looking forward to enjoying in fan land? Let us know! Let’s go! The first one of the year is hosted by the Tears for Fears Fan Forum, administered by Darren Hull. Join the fan forum and participate in the drawing to win Everybody Loves a Happy Ending memorabilia. There will also be a Seeds of Love giveaway, so keep your notifications on to learn more.
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.
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!
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!!
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!
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Our moderator, Andye Andinha, had a cool conversation with James Colah – keyboardist for ‘The Adventures’ (an opening band for Tears for Fears during the band’s most notable years on the road). Fans of the magazine called ‘Record Mirror’ dated October 26, 1985 should check out the last two back pages as there is a write up about ‘The Adventures.’ On the very last night of the tour, The Adventures were invited on stage to sing ‘Shout’ with Tears for Fears. That’s an honour that many of us cherish!
James recently joined two Tears for Fears online fan groups, one of which is the fan forum where other band members can be seen from time to time. It’s such an honour to have him in the fold, get to know more about him, his work and love of music on his website. But first, enjoy this great chat!
Andye: James, thank you so much for re-joining the world of Tears for Fears. We’re so honoured to have you with us. We cherish everyone that played alongside them past and present. Let’s start with your incredible background and upbringing. You’re one of identical triplets?! Did you all enjoy the same music growing up or did you enjoy each other’s musical tastes? Let me also ask if you’re still close and perform together…and Jazz, why Jazz? Who were your influences for this incredible genre of music?
James Colah: Hi Andye. Yes, I’m one of identical triplets, and if you’re interested to know I’m the eldest by 10 minutes and then approx 10 minutes later Marke arrived and then Peter approx 10 minutes after that! We have another brother, Simon who is 16 months older than us.
Our parents were classical music and opera freaks so you may be surprised to know that we didn’t really listen to modern music until we were about 12 years old. I remember my brothers and I at about 8 years old being taken to many Classical music and Opera concerts including at ‘The Royal Albert Hall’ (here in London) to watch an opera although to be honest I think we all fell asleep after a few minutes, LOL!
My father studied to become an opera singer but I think was persuaded to get a proper job, Lol! He also studied classical piano and started teaching me the piano at 4 years old and I continued to have formal piano lessons until I was about 17 years old.
We are third generation musicians, although our mother was not a musician all her siblings were. One of her brothers was the lead cellist in “The Mantovani Orchestra” and am always proud to tell people that he performed in the orchestra with ‘The Beatles’ on the very first global BBC ‘All You Need Is Love’ satellite broadcast in 1967. Our mother’s father was a session musician and wrote music for film.
At the age of around 12 years old we were somehow introduced to modern music and that music was called Jazz Rock or Fusion music and still my favourite band of all time is ‘The Mahavishnu orchestra.’ Our minds were blown away by that style of music so at still 12 years old we formed a Jazz Rock band called ‘The Colah Brothers.’ Marke played Bass guitar and lead vocals and Peter played guitar and I of course was on keyboards. We did our first concerts at 13 years old and toured Europe at 16 years old and at 22 years old were signed to Sony/CBS/Epic records.
We were signed for 2 years and then I decided to leave my brothers and became a session musician and in 1989 started up my music production company ‘James Colah Productions’ composing, performing, producing, mixing and mastering music for Singer/Songwriters which I still do to this day!
Unfortunately my brothers and I haven’t performed together for many many years however my brother Marke is still a professional musician/singer and also teaches singing. Peter is no longer in the music business but has been a very successful Financial Consultant running his own business for many years.
Andye: Absolutely incredible! What a truly impressive music family you come from! You’ve got relatives playing with The Beatles, you are certainly blessed! We’ll have to follow your brother too. We’re all about music careers of siblings. Both Roland and Curt have brothers in music and we follow them like puppies. Given that ‘The Adventures’ were the band that toured as an opener to Tears for Fears, we’d love to know where they discovered you.
James Colah: As a session musician I had adverts everywhere looking for work and I remember one year performing with 10 bands. I had an advert in the prestigious ‘Melody Maker’ magazine and ‘The Adventures’ actually called me up and invited me over for an audition and as the saying goes, the rest is history, LOL!
Andye: Ah okay, wow! They found you! We’re so glad they did. We as fans are very much attached to our memories of concerts and we make note of all who opened for Tears for Fears. We see that there are fans remembering you and you responded to them in the fan group. It’s beautiful to see and we’re happy that your presence made an impact on their concert experience. Speaking of connections…we’re all about connecting with musicians on a level beyond standing in front of them at a show listening. We like to write and keep in touch, help promote music and various projects. How were the crowds in the 80s? Did you feel you could do that back then? Was it safer? Were you stalked?
James Colah: ‘The Songs From The Big Chair’ tour in 1985 was one of the biggest tours of that year playing to audiences of up to 13,000 people! I had previously not played to such huge crowds so the experience was mind blowing and loved every second of it. The people were amazing and was always treated like a star.
Andye: That’s so good to hear! They are super polite and kind that’s for sure. Being in their presence and always having something material in our hands that they touched or produced is important to a lot of us. I know some carry their music everywhere in one form or fashion. We often won’t open the original music but will keep it and then go buy or download an mp3. That goes for the songs of the bands that have opened for them as well as their siblings music. That brings me to this…there are so many differences in the way we consume music now vs. the 80s and 90s. Digital media is the staple with streaming services, etc. What are your thoughts on that? Is it helping you distribute better or do you miss anything from the way it was before?
James Colah: Unfortunately for independent songwriters/artists like myself the internet has generally been our downfall because sadly the majority of people are stealing our music so we are receiving pennies for all our hard work. The streaming services are not supporting us either and to give you an example of how bad things are a legendary Guitarist/Songwriter with many hit records had 15 million streams on a major streaming website for one of his songs and earned just $1,500.
The main advantage today (due to the internet) is that anyone with a laptop, some software and no musical instrument training can create and release music for potentially the world to hear. Obviously before the internet that would not have been possible because you would have had to be signed to a record company who would have invested a lot of money in you in recording costs and promotion so only the most talented people would get signed.
The downside to anyone being able to release music is that there’s no quality control and now the world is over saturated with music including music from many inexperienced talentless musicians/ artists/producers!
Having been signed to the biggest record company in the world (Sony Records) I do now much prefer to be an independent artist because I can produce the music I want and not have anyone telling me how it should sound or be changed, etc, as it’s my way or the highway, LOL!
Andye: Mmmhmm…I see. We’ve always worried about top quality being buried or overlooked. Having worked in entertainment, news and media/technology all of my life I can relate to some of the pains you mentioned. It’s become a lot of noise of late, everybody has a song and their friend has a song and you multiply that by 1,000 and well…it’s a lot to watch and weed through to find the best. We’re happy that at least you can produce music, connect with audiences on a different level now and hopefully watch that dedication turn into currency.
Now, let me go on a deeper path here. You are very youthful and have a good energy. Do you find spirituality helps you in your art? Are you a praying man?
James Colah: I’ve been so blessed to have been in the music business all my life and have never done any other type of job. When you love what you do it’s bound to keep you young looking, and mentally and physically healthy. I have a strong faith in God and my constant mantra is ‘Thank you Lord.’
Andye: Amen. WE agree! And there is a power in music. Yours is so deep and so rich, that one can feel it way down deep in one’s Manipura Chakra, that’s wayyyy down deep. It’s clear that it’s from years of doing this, it seems like second nature to you. Do you ever find producing challenging?
James Colah: Thank you so much for your kind words about my music – it really means a lot to me. Composing/Producing music for clients is not so challenging because I’ve been doing it professionally since 1989 and when I’m contacted by a potential client the first thing I say is, “Please check out my music productions and over 4 decade professional career and then get back to me agreeing that you will trust me 100% because if you don’t I’d rather you found another producer!” Once I know they completely trust me they let me just get on with it so the process can run very smoothly. However, I must be honest and say when I produce my own music it can take a very very long time because I’m always trying new things. I’m a total perfectionist, which has cursed me all my life!
Andye: Ahhh, the music perfectionist. Yes, that can be a challenge to oneself. But the outcome is so heavenly. So, with that in mind, of your work, which two songs are you most proud?
James Colah: In 2009 I released my first Smooth Jazz track called ‘Ocean Tide’ and to date have released 12 Smooth Jazz tracks and for many years have been very proud to be known all around the world as ‘The UK’s #1 indie Smooth Jazz Artist’ and have won many awards!
I compose/produce so many styles of music for my clients and have actually also had 7 #1’s in The UK Soul Charts for a client called ‘Kejam.’ I compose, perform, produce, mix and master all the ‘Kejam’ music and the guy that hired me to do all that was the ‘Executive Producer.’
In total with my music and the music I compose for my clients I’ve had at least 20 #1’s in at least 39 charts all around the world!
The two songs that I’m really proud of are ‘Ocean tide’ and a Soul/RnB track called ‘Could It Be’ Featuring ‘Belle.’ A few years ago ‘Could It Be’ was voted on BBC Radio, ‘Soul Track Of The Year’ which was an incredible honour!
Andye: Congratulations, your accolades and accomplishments are certainly noted and it’s honour to talk with someone who has done so much over the years including being one of the most important parts of a show – an opening set for Tears for Fears. Tell us, please, what are two of your most fond memories of touring alongside Tears for Fears?
James Colah: I have so many fond memories of supporting ‘Tears For Fears.’ I’ll never forget the loyalty and excitement of the fans and performing in some of the most famous venues throughout America and Canada including 5 nights at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, Red Rocks in Denver Colorado and The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee – to name a few!
Andye: Oh wow, the Grand Ole Opry, I haven’t been there in over 10 years. Those are some incredible venues. Makes us all hope that when this global illness passes we can get on with our concert attending and band loyalty. I’m sure you’re looking forward to upcoming projects. What can we expect to hear from you next? What’s coming down the pipeline that fans can start the countdown for this year or next?
James Colah: Due to the pandemic and lockdown work has obviously been very quiet but as soon as it’s lifted am itching to get back and work with clients, and by the way am always looking for new Singer/Songwriters to produce so if there’s anyone out there please feel free to contact me because my motto has always been, “As long as you can sing or hum a melody – I can make something great happen.” And actually even if you don’t have a vocal melody I can compose/produce all the music for you and then you can put your vocal melody over the top. It happened this way for a song I composed and produced for an amazing Singer/Songwriter called, ‘Helena Greber.’ The song was released earlier this year called, ‘Something Beautiful’ and reached #1 on ‘The cdbaby Electronic – Pop Crossover Chart.’
I have a lot of exciting projects to announce this year but right now I want to keep them a secret but rest assured if you follow me on social media you’ll be the first to hear about them!
Andye: James, this has been more than a pleasure getting to know you on a personal level and to embrace you into the world of people that we celebrate. Thank you so much for this great conversation. Let’s keep in touch and so we can continue to share your music and maybe send some new and seasoned singers your way to produce!
James Colah: Thank you so much for having me and just want to say a huge thank you to you Andye for contacting me and arranging this interview and to all the Tears For fears fans around the world who have discovered me through the TFF fans pages and my social media pages and have shown interest in me and my music. Please feel free to go to my website where you can hear a lot of my music and even purchase it by clicking on my ‘Store’ tab or from up to 300 stores around the world including iTunes, Amazon, Play, Spotify and more.
Andye: We’re already on it! Looking to do a fun listening party online featuring your music in the near future! Cheers!
James Colah: That’s awesome – thank you Andye. Oh and by the way, please send Curt my best wishes and wish him a Very Happy Birthday from me and I can’t quite believe it but we’re now celebrating 35 years since the ‘Songs From The Big Chair’ America/Canada tour so maybe a reunion with the boys is in order, LOL?