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.
@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
@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
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
It’s official! As mentioned early yesterday, the band will tour with Hall and Oates beginning in May of this year. AA met Hal and Oates while working at CNN International and the concert was a true “experience.” So, keep that in mind, you’re going to have more than a good time! Below are the dates of the tour. Many of the venues are places Tears for Fears played in 2016. Others are new places such as Duluth GA’s Infinite Energy Arena (which is actually Atlanta but a suburb/adjacent city that is 45 mins from Atlanta’s city center – we’ll go into full detail on each city in the coming weeks). Pre-sale for those who subscribe to Tears for Fears’ newsletter go on sale Monday (check your inbox for code). Tickets go on sale starting Tuesday for various card holders.
Subcribers – Monday: please visit, www.tearsforfears.com, click on tour dates and pick the show you wish. If you’re having trouble with scrolling down, the Hall and Oates All Access membership page (yes, it’s just under $30) will allow you to buy pre-sale tickets. VIP is about $300- $400 per ticket and comes with a huge gift bag FILLED with stuff. You also get to sit in the first few rows just like we did with the band’s friends Duran Duran.
9 May – Kansas City, Missouri @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
11 May – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
13 May – Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center
15 May – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
17 May – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
18 May – Ft Wayne, IN @ Embassy Theatre
20 May – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
22 May – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
24 May – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
27 May – Philadelphia, PA @ Hoagie Nation Festival
5 June – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
9 June – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
11 June – Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
13 June – Pittsburg, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
16 June – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
17 June – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
19 June – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
21 June – Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre
24 June – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
26 June – Washington DC @ Verizon Center
7 July – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
12 July – Austin, Texas @Moody Theatre ACL Live
13 July – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
15 July – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green
17 July – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
19 July – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center Arena
21 July – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
23 July – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
25 July – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
28 & 29 July – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
*Tears for Fears will also be in Israel, UK and Brasil this year. Dates are noted in the blog and our social media sites.
Meet n’ Greets… we’ve had over 50 people request to meet the band. Just remember, we’re not in charge of who goes backstage. It’s usually a surprise to us. So work through your venues to get VIP options and of course keep an eye out for #RollCall tags in updates. When you see that, it means we have gained access to something cool for those travelling to see the band. More info on the way as we get tour preparations underway!
Well, we woke up this week …to this… Tears for Fears live in Austin Texas on the 17th of September (coincidentally the 3rd year anniversary of #TeamCS). It was a shock… As one person put it, “So much for not touring in 2014…we’ve got to get into emergency band fan mode and come up with a game plan to get to these shows!”
17 September – Austin Music Hall This is a general admission show. Here are the Trip Advisor and Yelp Reviews on this venue. Your experience may be different so keep that in mind while reading this information. Suggested Accomodations: The W Austin, Extended Stay America Austin, Radisson Hotel and Suites & Hyatt Place. We’ve stayed at branches of all of these hotels and they’ve proved pleasant and enjoyable.
24 September – The Fox – Oakland California – Closest hotel is the The Clarion. 3 mins driving distance.
26-28 September – Project Pabst www.projectpabst.com Tickets are already on sale, the line-up is indeed pretty amazing with bands like Violent Femmes. This is a 21 and up show. You may have to present ID to get in. Please read the site carefully to understand this is a festival type event. There is a list of what you can bring and can’t bring (i.e. blankets yes, chairs of any kind are a no) Suggested Accommodations: Hotel DeLuxe
Fan Reactions…It’s a Mixed Bag
Several expressed gratitude that the band will be in concert because:
•They miss Curt and Roland and want to see them in person.
• This is the only time there’s any LIVE & IN PERSON interaction with the band they grew up listening to.
We’re also seeing a little angry solidarity. There’s the ‘what the heck?’ reactions…those that are going on the ‘probably not touring til 2015’ tweets. Then, there are those that seemed to have booked other events for the summer and early Autumn because they were under the impression there wouldn’t be a tour or shows until next year. On top of that, some of the fans are getting the concert info after the fact. We’re hearing fans ask why the band’s management didn’t send out information through the subscription mailing list but through social platforms instead. We [TFF Travel Fan Team] understand that not everyone can take time out of their day to sit by social media waiting on what’s next. Our suggestion is to try to make the most of technology and stay in tune with notifications and reminders as much as you can. You can certainly bet we’ll RT and forward any info as soon as we get it and any extra information that is approved for release. Occasionally, we get info before the band has tweeted it but until they say it, we’re not releasing anything out of respect. We’d rather they confirm it first.
Let’s Get Excited!!
Okay, so let’s move beyond the fact that these shows are complete surprises. We knew they wanted to do some festivals and we’re glad they’re doing one that has a charity focus for weekend pass purchasers. This is really cool. So for those trucking over to Oregon, know it’s for a good cause. For those who loathe Gen Am shows and don’t feel like standing in line for hours to get a good spot to see the band, consider the Oklahoma show. For those who want to hang out and drink in the open air, Portland may be what you need. If you’re looking for a fun end of summer tourist attraction Austin’s got music action.
Important Reminders: For all accommodations we suggest you book through the hotel site directly. Bring a print out of your reservation with you when you check in so there aren’t any “lost” confirmations. For those attending the Project Pabst event, read through all the info thoroughly and perhaps this review so you don’t get any surprises upon show day. We do plan to have at least one fan generated meet up at one show during this time period. More info on that will be available in early September. Meanwhile, get your tickets early, don’t wait!!
*Graphics courtesy of Facebook emails received from a shocked fan.