Some Cool Stuff Featuring Curt

This post is dedicated to James Colah, who is featured next to Roland and Curt in the photo above. We’re happy to welcome him back to the world of Tears for Fears. Read more about him and his music below…you’ll want to check him out! He’s pretty cool!

Yesterday, Curt was featured on SiriusXM’s 1st Wave sharing his amazing playlist with stories and commentary. Big thanks to Richard Blade for notifying all fans about the amazing song filled weekend featuring incredible artists that we’ve loved most of our lives! Big shoutout to a fan on the Tears for Fears Fan Forum hosted by Darren Hull. That fan (we didn’t catch her name) started the conversation about it and we shared the link.

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Why 1st Wave/SiriusXM is Important for TFF Fans
We understand that some fans had issues accessing the spectacular. While it’s too late now to catch the live-ish set on the livestream, we want to give you information for the future. First of all, Richard Blade is the reason these great things happen. He is a well-known DJ and host of 1st Wave programming. Richard Blade was important and instrumental in featuring Tears for Fears on air since the early 80s. Please follow him, read his book and learn about his influence. We wouldn’t have the amazing bands we follow today if it weren’t for Richard Blade. He helped keep them in the public eye. He still does. Richard Blade provided the link we shared the night before the show. When you select the link, three stations appear and the first one is 1st Wave. From there, you select the 1st Wave icon and it will stream for you. If you do not have a SiriusXM account it’s free through 31 May. Curt was featured right at 12pm ET on the dot. His amazing voice soothed us through the airwaves like a peaceful stream. You can hear just a snippet of it here:

Curt took us on a journey through his childhood with stories of why these selections are important to him. There was a lot of really cool information that he shared and we’d like to hear that again. Some of the bands (and songs) on his list are below. Please note these are not all in the order as they aired:

-The Sex Pistols’  The God Save the Queen 
-The Jam Going Underground

-Madness One Step Beyond
-Adam and the Ants Ant Music
-Gary Numan’s Cars
-Blondie’s Atomic
-Peter Gabriel’s (with Kate Bush) Don’t Give Up
-David Bowie’s Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
-Talking Heads’ I Zimbra
-Elvis Costello’s Everyday I Write the Book
-Julian Cope’s World Shut Your Mouth
-The Stranglers’ Golden Brown
and to our double delight the Mad World Duet featuring Curt and his daughter, the incredible, Diva Smith

(From Andye) I’m very sorry I couldn’t list every single song or the specific songs not listed next to the band name. I was just so into the music, only got so many of them written down.

If you missed it, Curt will be a host for Tim Burgess’ “Tim’s Twitter Listening Party” (Alison Moyet was just on) in just a few weeks – 14 June to be exact. You can find Tim on Twitter @Tim_Burgess.

MORE MUSIC

Jamie Wollam has new music that he released on his recent big birthday celebration. The amazing drummer genius turned 50 years old earlier this month! Give his music a listen and let him know your thoughts.

Play Jamie’s new music here

Play Carina’s new music here

Shaun Smith (Curt’s brother) is also a musician and had a band called RAKA – they are quite a sleek and sophisticated group from the 1990s. Shaun shared it with Andye and Andye asked to post it in a few places. Shaun gave permission and the response from fans was very nice! Have a listen and spot Shaun throughout the video on guitar (e.g. 03:09-03:11).

After we all enjoyed it, Darren suggested that Shaun join the TFF Fan Discussion Forum. Andye asked him and Shaun joined within the hour. We were all ecstatic! Shaun has some great stories from as far back as the Graduate band. He also helped us out with our band fun facts (enjoy those at the end of the post).

MORE COOL PEOPLE FROM THE BAND’S LIFE AND TIMES ON TOUR

Speaking of cool people joining the conversations, this month we are joined by James Colah, who is now in two Tears for Fears fan groups including the fan forum. James was with an opening band called The Adventures. James writes:

“I was the keyboard player in a band called, ‘The Adventures’ that opened up for TFF throughout America and Canada. It was probably the biggest tour of that year and we did around 32 shows and basically lived with TFF staying in all the same hotels.”

James was often stopped for autographs because people thought he was Roland! We can see that. He’s super nice, has a production company and is noted as the UK’s #1 indie Smooth Jazz artist! Get his music here and subscribe to his YouTube channel!

James Colah

TFF Tuesdays – the Next Level
So many have been sharing creative photos of themselves posed like members of the band – a sort of tribute photo or recreation of their album covers and iconic pictures. Tears for Fears Tuesdays featuring the t-shirts are still encouraged but if you’d like to go a bit further and recreate your favourite photo by grabbing your favourite salmon coloured polo and circle specs to salute EWTRTW that’s cool too. We’re giving away a prize (cash to use in the TFF store) to one person for their cool photo of the album or band photo of their choice. Continue tagging your photos #TFFTuesday on Facebook, Instagram and or Twitter. We’ll find you and add you to the drawing!

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We appreciate everyone who has helped make the quarantine bearable with your amazing weekly photos and check-ins! This was a hard time for so many and we were thankfully able to focus on the band and fun in fanland!

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read and stay updated on fun band and fan news! See you shortly on Tears for Fears Tuesday!

-Tears for Fears’ Travel Fan Team
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SHAUN’S FUN FACTS

Did you know Curt’s beloved mother is in the Mad World video? May her sweet soul rest. Shaun also noted that he would have been in it as well but he was headed off to college that day. Shaun also directed the lighting for Tears for Fears’ first show at Moles. He only had one lighting rehearsal which is significant because that is super important to get correct! Way to go Shaun! We appreciate your band facts! Cheers all!

Celebrating Milestones – TFF Travel Fan Quarterly Update – Q1 2020

Dedicated to Tears for Fears UK & Tamara!

We have a lot to be grateful for today. It’s the 35th Anniversary of Songs from the Big Chair’s original release. Man oh man, look at us now. This band has quadrupled its fan family filled with dedicated followers that go to every show, pack venues, buy/share merch with each other online, go on visits to see each other and call one another when they are sick. Are you one of those people who has more friends from your interactions with Tears for Fears than anything else? How many times have you passed by the band while on tour or out and about? Are you one of us that logs in everyday to see how the fan family is doing any what’s new? Then we need to recognise and celebrate those moments. We archive just about everything and Lael, the Tears for Fears Travel Fan team lead in Arizona is working on a huge project that details some of these key interactions and moments of bliss. You can reach out to her with your story, photos and favourite “band moment” or interaction with the band (be it online or in person) by sending her an email here: TFFfanproject@gmail.com (try to get your entries in before 7 March).

Fan Family Fun
The Pilgrimage & Rockrimage – Lady Tamara is out and about in England this week. She and Tears for Fears UK – Captain Julian Orzabal, Darren, Wendy, Stephen, Lady Gwen and team are on their pilgrimage to Durdle Door and Moles. We wish them all continuous fun! If she decides to stay forever, we totally understand!

Band Family News
Pascal Orzabal, Roland’s second son, released this amazing hit under his music project “Quarterboy” that is now playing on Spotify. It’s called “Never Meant To” and it blew our minds! Be sure to take some time to listen in here: https://quarterboy.bandcamp.com/releases – be sure to buy a copy. It’s less than $2USD donation. We’ve gone ahead and paid $20 on behalf of the team. If you do make a donation be sure to sign up so that you are noted as owning a copy of the song because you will only be able to listen a few times for free. That photo of him is so bada$$ we’re all in a joy frenzy with the song on repeat!

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On-Air – In the News
BBC Classics Documentary featuring Tears for Fears
Big thanks to Darren, Dave and Lady Gwen for making sure fans have access to this documentary. Darren literally held his phone in hand and recorded the show as it aired live. Those in the UK should be able to access it using this link. However, you can also watch it via YouTube. See, how we all take care of each other? This is what we do. (update: The video has been blocked but we have a copy of it on file and will try to upload it here. It’s also available via the official TFF newsletter that has an iPlayer link)

Band Member News
Charlton celebrated a birthday on the 13th of February and alumna Nicky Holland celebrated on the 20th. We hope they are both doing well. As for new music and touring for 2020. We’re trusting that they’ll just NOT tour right now and resume in 2021. 2020 should be the year that Tears for Fears rest and work on the things that make them great – like their music and working together to produce such incredible content. We hope that 2021 will be the year they do the residency and stay out of the tour bus/sky. Let them stay focused on being featured at great venues for several days that we can fly to en masse vs. them always coming to us. This relationship shouldn’t be one sided. We support band residencies as an alternative to exhausting tours.

Oleta Adams had an exciting month! She played with the Atlanta Pops in Alabama and her team, the Kansas City Chiefs, won the Superbowl! You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@realOletaAdams). She’s also featured in the documentary and rightly so. She is a huge part of Tears for Fears. Anyone else wanting a huge Alumni show with like…every single person that ever worked with them?! We can have a loving memorial for those that have passed and celebrate their legacy. So many ideas, so many fan wishes. We usually get what we want so let’s see…

Music Releases
Super Deluxe Edition – Box Sets for SFTBC
It was released this month and even the company themselves was quite impressed with the response and desire from fans and supporters for the material. It had sold out and they got more in stock. So get yours while you can. These remastered and re-releases are really phenomenal. If you like the originals you’ll go bat sh*t bloody crazy on the later material. It’s top notch!

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Something to think about…
We’ll close this update with a suggested read which is an interview that dear guy Paul Halpern conducted with Good Man Curt Smith. It is a very important read and gives us insight into so much…just like that documentary but maybe even more. There are some eye opening points in it and one part was just painful to read, sending fear like lightening through the minds of several of us. It further emphasizes why we feel the band needs to take a year and rest, work on their material and stay off the road. We’ll be as bold to say if they never tour in the traditional fashion we’re okay with it. We will go to them. Their healthy, emotional state and camaraderie are more important to us than the industry’s expectation for them to fly around the world night after night. As fans it’s tough to do, so we know it’s hard for them. Let’s work on unity for all of us… enjoy the read and we’ll chat again soon next quarter and include information on the travel fan app.

We love you, Curt! May the Universe bless your family, your band, your sanctity, your soul, your well-being. Stay. Stay well, Stay with us. Stay amazing!

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Thanks for reading!
-Tears for Fears’ Travel Fan Team
@tearsforfears
@curtsmith
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Having A Blast with Tears for Fears at Hampton Court Palace

**Dedicated to Tamara, Gwen, Wendy, The Coopers and Shaun Smith.

The first two shows of the Tears for Fears Rule the World tour part II – sizzling summer edition left fans quite satisfied, to say the least. More like…THRILLED TO BITS! Roland brought back the Flying Wombat and family members in the UK, like Curt’s brother Shaun, were also in the audience. The venue is quite fitting for our Rock Royalty. It was an impeccable two days. Big thanks to Gwen, Wendy, Darren, Simon and many others who shared their entire experience from start to finish.

One of the highlights of the fan experience were fans, Gwen and Wendy’s, cool AirBNB that was right next to the venue. They were able to hear soundcheck loud and clear. Little Lulu was dancing along and is carrying the torch for Toddlers for Tears for Fears – and there are many. For the Millennials of the group (Gen Y) do you remember when that was us?!!

Little Lulu – Toddlers for TFF team lead

Roland’s jokes were fantastic and funny! It was great to see him in such great form. Curt was kind to pause for some pictures with fans and kept us on his own stroll as he arrived with daughter, Lady Diva last week. Enjoy all the highlights and moments from this magical show. Connect with fellow fans and be good to each other. This is a fan family motto! We’re soldiers of sound, loving Tears for Fears as we sally forth through this life.

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Mini Montage

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

Thanks for enjoying!
-Tears for Fears Travel Fan Team

Awesome Moments from TFF in Antwerp

We’re super happy to know that so many fans came out for this show. As travel fans we understand all the work that goes into just getting to the concert. Tears for Fears are more than just an exciting 90 minutes to an hour…they are an experience. Not only does it feel like your 80s cassette tapes have come to life, you, too, feel a euphoric and uplifting sensation that can’t be described. We try to capture the moments but no words can be assigned to explain it. You have to be there. If you haven’t had a chance to get a ticket to a show, reach out and let us know. We exist to help you get to shows!

Enjoy the photos from the shares earlier this year. Big thanks to Lael for helping us out with this recap.

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Berlin’s Beloved Night with Tears for Fears

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

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

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

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

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EWTRTW

SOL

PALE SHELTER

CHANGE

MAD WORLD

CREEP

Head over Heels

Compilation (SOL, ADVICE)

SHOUT

Another Angle

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

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Bidding Adieu to Berlin

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

Tears for Fears Basking in the Love of Bournemouth

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

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

Andy had the time of his life!

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

Alison Moyet!!

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Loaded Post with lots of video!

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Cool Fan Milestones & Fun Moments

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

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

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

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

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

TFF – Looking Good in Liverpool!

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

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

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

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

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

Gig Girl’s video of EWTRTW

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

BILL is the BEST!

Our dear lady Alison Moyet

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Showtime!

The Gorgeous Lady Alison Moyet 

EWTRTW with Lorde Intro

EBWTRTW up close with Curt

SOL

Pale Shelter

Woman in Chains

Shout

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Band to Fan Love

(post show nostalgia and chat with Joy)

Falling Down – courtesy of Chris and Caroline

Wishing our good sweet Tamara a safe trip home!

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

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

Scenes from Plato de Oro – Benefit Show @ Cafe Pinot

Wow! Whether you were on site or remote, we got to see a great show yesterday evening. Curt Smith and members of Tears for Fears including the awesome Rev. Charlton Pettus, author of Exit Strategy, performed one of their iconic acoustic sets last night at Cafe Pinot in Downtown Los Angeles. What a joy! We’re so happy that several amazing people were able to attend and represent! This post is dedicated to each of you and a BIG HONOURABLE mention to Artemisa, OWN Ambassador, for her check-ins, attendance at the show and continuous shares and follow-ups throughout the night. Such a lovely gesture.

 

Also want to thank Katia and YoGiNo for sharing glimpses from the night. Very kind of you all!

Thanks Katia! We were expecting this song and the Good Man Curt delivered!

Seven of Sundays – from Curt Smith’s solo work

Shoutout to 3TenEvents for this great video!

There’s still an opportunity to help others by visiting the Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles site. You can also follow them on twitter @TheHHCLA. Tell them you learned about them from Curt Smith of Tears for Fears. Let them know his fans are all about caring and supporting their efforts!

Thanks again!
-AA, TFF Travel Fan Team Moderator

Tour Pause

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As mentioned on the official FB page, site and by Good Man Curt, there’s been a pause. We’ll of course announce the new dates when we get them as well. Try to be at peace and not panic. If you need a refund on your flight and have any issues receiving it from your airline, let us know via Twitter or you can email us on FB and gmail. Also consider asking for a credit so you can use that money for the reschedule. Things are going to work out…they always do for these fine band members by the Grace. Amen.

-Andye, TFF Travel Fan Team Moderator

We Always Love Las Vegas – TFF 2017

We have a lot of great memories of travelling to Las Vegas and hanging out for a few days while we await the band to land and give us one of their epic musical nights. Tears for Fears concerts in Vegas are just EPIC! This one was thankfully indoors unlike some in the past (remember 2012’s heat – even the band asked for one during cooler weather LOL!). Thankfully each time the band has brought amazing, cool energy that creates a breeze of beautiful memories that have stayed with us. This was another one of those outstanding shows that you just can’t forget. There are so many wonderful posts about TFF Vegas 2017! Enjoy these videos from those that shared!

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One of many photos from Tour 2017

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CREEP

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Shout

Be sure to follow @tearsforfears and also these wonderful fellow fans that posted videos from the show!

-AA, TFF Travel Fan Team Moderator