Tears for Fears Travel Fans Q2 Update

Dedicated to Lady Tamara and the Friday Night Fry Up Team who led us up to the day of the release. Their team and many at Radio Bath (i.e. Dave Mason) continued to play Tears for Fears’ music as well as provide amazing in-depth interviews with the band. We remain grateful for it. *Featured photo is Gwen of TFF UK with Roland and Curt at an event celebrating The Tipping Point’s release.

The album is a roaring success. It’s in the hands of a lot of long-time loyal fans as well as returning fans plus new ones and an additional generation of music lovers. The album came out at a very important time and right near the anniversaries of that which started it all.

The Tipping Point led to even more fans celebrating the band’s first official album under the name Tears for Fears – The Hurting – released the 7th of March in 1983. It is still being incorporated into events, sampled by so many artists and still being sung today- even in schools, choirs and important political movements. Alongside the new album, The Hurting has been highly discussed/mentioned in recent interviews by producers, podcast hosts and tweeted by fans, some of whom stateside noted they discovered it after SFTBC.

Unlike other albums and releases, we feel The Tipping Point was brought into the world in proper fashion. Huge thanks to Tears for Fears management’s marketing team or whomever on the management side that ensured this album was highlighted on all social platforms including sponsored hashtags. The best part of all the highlights and countdowns were the numerous interviews, Q&As and in-person events in which the band participated. From Graduate to present day, the interviews with the band touched on every nook and cranny of their history. This list may not have all the interviews but it does include some of the agreed upon top favourites!

Bespoke Interviews

The top favourites were Dave Mason of Radio Bath and Nihal Arthanayake of BBC radio 5’s as they gave listeners incredible listening experiences. If you haven’t heard them you missed out on an incredible moment!! Schedule time to dive into the replays tonight or sometime this week.

Listen: https://www.mixcloud.com/radiobath/tears-for-fears-album-special-the-tipping-point-part-1/

BBC’s Nihal Arthanayake conducted another stunner that is deep, well-executed and brilliant on every level. Mr. Arthanayake did his homework and research so thoroughly that he was able to touch on some of the even earlier beginnings of the band which prompted Roland and Curt to go even further with glimpses and descriptions of their childhood that went far beyond knowing that Roland was appreciative of Curt’s voice after hearing him singing a song by Blue Oyster Cult. It goes MUCH further than most interviews. There are so many new pieces of info and memories shared than previous years. It’s certainly worth the listen.

Additional gems include the following and don’t miss out on Drummer Genius Jamie’s interview on The Real Hope podcast noted below.

Sunday Morning on CBS:

Good Morning America

The Colbert Show

Break the Man Debut with Band Q&A on YouTube

TFF articles

France:

GQ

Creative Independent

Vulture:

Reset Podcast

Kyle Meredith

Newsweek

Full Cry

https://recordcollectormag.com/issue/february-2022

Pocket Mags

Zoot

Dreams of Children

Tape Op

Audacity: (Facebook)

Associated Press (AP):

BBC

Classic Pop Magazine:

Deezer:

iHeart Radio – Inside the Studio:

Irish Times

Another from Irish Times

Metal Talk:

Music Week:

New York Times

NPR:

Nostaligie

Parismatch:

PurePopForNowPeople

Record Store Day Podcast:

SiriusXM –

Spin Magazine:

Sodajerker:

The Afterword:

The Independent:

The Post:

The Real Hope Podcast (featuring Drummer Genius Jamie)

The Star: https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2022/02/11/tears-for-fears-discuss-the-long-road-to-the-tipping-point.html

Tidal:

Variety:

Vertigo: (may be over)

Virgin Radio UK:

These interviews have been extensive and while most of us hardcore folks know these answers to the questions, we did learn something new with each one. Yes, we knew Roland heard Curt singing a song by Blue Oyster Cult but we learned more about their interactions prior to Roland hearing him sing and the things that led up to the blessed day these twin flames kindled their bond of musical brotherly love.

It’s worth it to listen to each interview twice – they’re THAT good! It’ll take you a month but if you’re a loyal lover of music you’ll be glad you did. Lots of good stuff!! (There were also podcasts and newspaper articles (i.e. Songcraft and Sacramento Bee newspaper))

The Arrival…

The Tipping Point released right on time. We got it at midnight Friday the 25th – same day as SFTBC in 85. Like New Year’s Day, we watched it come into existence starting in The Philippines with Joyce from the Tears for Fears Phils Kook group and eventually to the states with Andye.

As part of the release, several fans got to hear more than just the singles at events. In addition to NST, TTP and BTM, fans heard the remaining songs from the album. At a Q&A in Hackney, several fans got to ask questions including Tears for Fears Fan Forum members Gwen and Darren. Both of their questions were referred to on separate occasions not long after the Q&A. Darren’s ended up in the newspaper. Certainly a really cool moment compared to the last time one of our fan conversations made headlines (i.e. Q1 2019 Andye and Curt re: some discomfort Curt was having – of which we learned more about in the subsequent interviews of 2021 and 2022 and the backstory to the song Stay – track 10 on TTP. That conversation, of course, will go down in history like SK and FOW – insightful, but let us lay it to rest. We’re focusing on these guys’ loving future together).

Thankfully, in this process we learned that the two angels were not fighting but moreso they, in the end, were not excited with what they were working on. Musical “speed dating with some of today’s most notable musicians” did not produce the results and quality they wanted. This lack of satisfaction with the early songs led to conversations with one another and the two had a sit down in Curt’s beautiful and blessed house with their acoustic guitars. There, they began these miraculously sublime songs – ‘No Small Thing’ being one. The two bonded and deep dived into all the feels. The result, with the help of Charlton plus a few others, we, the fans, were gifted with 13 songs. Each one is performing a ton of emotional surgeries virtually for fans who were longing for the band’s healing voices. In the fan forum, testimonials about how The Tipping Point is getting followers through some tough times are peppered throughout the comments. Their voices are the medicine we need.

The spot where the healing began…beautiful!

The mental image of fans resting with their eyes closed, headphones on while the lyrics mend their hearts, minds, past and present hurts is a phenomenal scene. Tweets, posts and videos discussing the magnificence of it all made it clear that the magic and blessing of the band is still as strong as ever. CDs plus several of the colourful vinyls sold exponentially leading them to the #1 and #2 spots on a variety of charts for a little over two weeks. Some fans don’t even own a record player but bought the LPs anyway. Thank you Chris Hammond, Matthew Stewart and others for sharing your vinyl photos.

The reviews have continued to pour out the praise!

DJs from back in the day to present spent a lot of time discussing the album. One of the best online dedication events was with Jake Rudh. His Transmission show was hours of Tears for Fears music videos including Graduate plus TFF peers like Kate Bush and Yaz/Alison Moyet. He even played ‘Russians’ by Sting/The Police. Imagine being at a video party with a big screen and every gem from the decade’s UK based bands playing alongside deep cuts by Tears for Fears and Graduate. It was incredible!!!! Thank you DJ Rudh!

Fan Interactions/Band Chats

As mentioned, the band took time immediately following the release to hang out with UK fans. And when you think it’s all over…it’s not over…it’s not over ::takes a bite out of this tangerine::. Tears for Fears went further by partnering with various records stores and dedicated music locations. They met up with fans AGAIN, answered questions, signed autographs and got to meet even more of their loyal base ahead of the tour. It should be noted that hundreds have bought, not one ticket, but, as we encourage, multiple so they can follow the tour from start to finish. The band will see a lot of their dedicated Travel Fans in the audience. Maybe we’ll all fill up our gas tanks at the same station along the way. Big shoutout to Darren, Gwen, Stephen and team for getting out to these UK events and ensuring the soldiers of sound are well represented.

There was also a chance to chat with Curt on Reddit. Sadly if you didn’t already have an account, your questions did not appear. But we suggest holding on to your account in case there’s another Reddit chat opportunity. Listen: https://reddit.app.link/3fVKoq1V4nb

Tim made good on the listening party opportunity. We got to sit with Curt and thousands of fans on Twitter and go over each track together with backstory information on every song. It was an amazing hour! Tim made good on his word – Twitter Listening Party

Tears for Fears also hosted their own “Twitter Q&A” by allowing us all to send in questions. One of the highlights was learning about the lone woman in BTM. She does represent the fact that some people will go along just to get along. BTM is a powerful song that we hope will be used in anthems to come as the globe pushes for more equality on multiple levels including women having more of a say in healthcare laws that pertain to issues that only women are forced to deal with due to biology (e.g. ovarian cancer, etc.).

Reactions to the album have prompted several to dedicate themselves further to the band. Lady Tamara got a TFF license plate and a new tattoo. Body art seemed to be the most popular way to show one’s love for the band. Others made their own merch in addition to that which was provided by the band.

All while the album was being celebrated, lots of other cool things were going on simultaneously. Charlton and Michael Wainwright celebrated a birthday, Jamie joined A&F Drums. Oleta Adams started her 2022 tour and several fans got to see her and get their merchandise signed. We also learned that Doug Petty put together some piano arrangements of the band’s work and Curt mentioned they’d likely be releasing that in the future. We expect a residency show to accompany it where we can dress to the nine’s and listen in a grand theatre setting. We’ll likely nag them to pieces until this actually happens because…well…that’s kinda what we do. We were swept off our feet with the BBC Piano Room show and there’s no way on earth we can settle for just that one occurrence. We can’t wait for more.

If you somehow have to miss this tour, more shows have been added for the fall. There’s a Banquet Interview and Q&A to come. It is sold out but we do have some spare tickets. Contact us on Facebook or Twitter if you need them. Also, if you didn’t hear back from the band personally, that doesn’t mean they didn’t see what you said. The response to the album and all that went on was INTENSE and overflowing. They sent out a thank you. See these kind words from the band…

The Returning Fans

As mentioned, the band’s management’s marketing teams brought in a ton of returning fans. Some mentioned their fandom kind of dropped off after Seeds of Love. And the headlines around the band’s album have all been about a “comeback” as if the band has been hiding away in some cave for the last 20 years…and we know that’s not true. The band has been touring almost annually since ELAHE was released. So at the top of the Tears for Fears’ Travel Fans accounts you’ll find a summary and guide that helps new people and returners.

Examining the Music

As much as we want to move forward and not hold the band to their early hits so we can enjoy all that they are providing for us in the present and future, it’s hard not see Rick Beato’s video on Everybody Wants to Rule the World. He’s done another featuring Tears for Fears but this one specifically really touched our hearts. EWTRTW hits different…it has a universal power that has been blessed. Mr. Beato really digs in and lays the song out in layers. It’s like looking at the anatomy of something great. Enjoy this. Leave him a note and let him know you appreciate it! He’s fan like the rest of us.

Curt reminded us that 1 April is the original Tears for Fears Live Concert Day. Tears for Fears had their first show at Moles 40 years ago this year. That’s the age of many of us (or close to it) in the Toddlers for Tears for Fears sub group. We were running around in our little dresses, short pants and tiny t-shirts singing the words all wrong. Meanwhile an amazing review was written and was preserved. So grateful for this wonderful digitised keepsake.

More Amazing Artwork

Another piece of fine artwork was created during this time. We thought it was a unique one time thing but apparently the artist made several copies. Lady Tamara and others were able to get one and it is stunning!

That nearly sums it up for Q2…there’s lots more and you can find it on the Tears for Fears Travel Fan & Kooks page and the Fan Forum. Also checkout a new group “The Tears for Fears Gratitude and Appreciation Group” on Facebook. We’re looking forward to partnering with them on a cool fan generated project. Big thanks to The Curry Family and the Tears for Fears Fan Forum for all their work to ensure everyone got an album, the deluxe set, Raoul’s new artwork and so much more during this time. Members and the Curry family went above and beyond to make sure that teams got tickets, travel accommodations and so much more. The Tears for Fears Travel fan team has distributed all the tickets except the VIPs which will have to be picked up at Will Call with the designated ticket holders. We’ll be having additional meetings and logistics discussions along the way. We’ll be tweeting along the way. We do not expect to do any M&Gs with the band this time around but if you see “Roll Call” on our Twitter or Facebook accounts get in touch right away to check-in for a fan activity.

So what’s next? The live shows! See you in a few weeks! Big thanks to management and the local authorities for making it possible for more people to attend the shows. Thanks to you, our readers, for reading! Be sure to follow the band on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. They’re also on TikTok.

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Tears for Fears’ Travel Fan Team

Tears for Fears Travel Fans’ Quarterly Update

Dedicated to the birthday week lovelies, Lady Wilder Smith and Young Lady Vivi Orzabal, plus dedications to the Curry family and Radio Bath who have been super supportive of the band and Travel Fans worldwide!

!!SO MUCH GRATITUDE!!

We got more than we asked for or expected from the band in the fourth quarter. The new music, more new merch, great notifications, email, reminders, tour schedule and the requested ticket options were incredible to say the least. These gifts were followed by a number of truly impactful and touching interviews with Roland and Curt. Big shout out to Gwen of TFF UK for often making sure we had those interviews as soon as we woke up. As far as the year goes, we had a ton of great gifts from the band’s families as well. Be sure to revisit their music and art noted in the Q2 & Q3 updates of this site. Shoutout to the Curry family for providing some great pieces from Raoul Orzabal’s artwork. Truly extraordinary! Also, big high fives to the families who bought their children tickets to the shows! There were lots of cool photos of kids getting their concert tickets for their birthdays and as holiday gifts. Proves how multigenerational the band is as we’ve noted for several years now.

The Second Single

Most of you have already heard it and play it often. For those that haven’t, it’s called ‘No Small Thing’ and as much as it has excited many, it has also flustered some. Thankfully, for most it was a “wow, they went there, good on them” moment. Not going to sit here and act like everyone embraced it immediately. After watching and reading comments for several days after it was released, here’s what several of us noticed. There were a number of men who said they didn’t “get it.” They questioned why the band did not (in their opinion) produce a “catchy pop song with a hook.” Dudes, since when have Tears for Fears produced music for superficial reasons? For some of us, we feel just producing pop for pop’s sake is a cheap distraction. Instead, the guys gave us a rich and bold song that acts as a mirror to look at ourselves – be we the problem or part of the solution (and or, may we dare say, the picked on – which in itself can make one think of how one can improve one’s situation). The song shows us who we are as a global community. This is what Tears for Fears have done so eloquently, in their way, for years.

It’s a very strong song and just like Darren Hull, moderator of the Tears for Fears Fan Forum says, (paraphrase) “get a good headset and have a listen – it makes all the difference.” And it does. The song is what you’d want in a strong smart global leader. If humans could embody this song, we’d be close to Utopia.

It came at a very auspicious time, as with The Tipping Point. The 3rd of December is a very tough day for a few fans. It’s the anniversary of family members’ passing, our condolences. The song thankfully comforted several of those individuals experiencing loss and we’re all just taking a moment to accept we’re in the middle of a world at a crossroads. We hope the band will include this song on the tour. We all need a moment of reflection as we enjoy our freedoms – or what’s left of them. *Several pieces of imagery in the song feature photos that coincidentally reflect recent laws that have caused major issues for some citizens or in some cases were created to protect the freedoms of others. The reactions that followed the song’s release revealed a lot about certain individuals – some of whom we may need to just stay away from because the root of their “anger” was inequality and that’s not the way of TFF or their music. Thankfully, as the weeks went on, posts emerged noting how people play the song daily, or in the morning and how it is the first song on their minds at the start of their day…and, by miracle, a lot of former critics said… “We get it now and we love it!” Thank goodness.

The Tickets & The 2022 Tour

We examined things that went well with the ticket buying process and things that may need to be addressed. The prices for the tickets ranged from the low $100s up to $495 before taxes and fees. The higher end tickets included some great incentives such as VIP entrance, lounges for some venues and the beloved soundcheck plus other gifts. This coincidentally matches a request made back in 2019. So that was a good thing. Many feel this offering will make up for the absence of meet and greets due to Covid. We can add this to what went right as we kind of got what we asked for two years ago. We got a presale code that allowed us to buy our tickets ahead of others. We did not have to fight with scalpers who often bought the tickets for $150 then drove the price up 300% on a third-party site. This also removed the need for those desperate to be able to see the band, from going bankrupt purchasing third party seats only to find out that some of them are not even valid tickets. It also eliminated the pain of sitting in a Ticketmaster waiting room one hour early only to still find that premium seats were completely gone. So we got a deal this year, gifts and great seats all for one price. Now let’s pray Covid and all its complicated restrictions are removed by then so we can go to the shows with ease and little to no anxiety.

So, what went wrong? Some fans reported they didn’t get the code until late at night. We don’t know why and we should really investigate what happened. Some thought they could only use the code once which meant they bought one ticket with the code and then fandangled a way to get tickets to other shows when they should have been using the same code for every venue. Many of us were online trying to explain to others and hopping on calls throughout the day to show other fans they can use the code and go to more than one show.

But overall, that code saved us! Would really appreciate that becoming a standard with the band and the ticket distributor.

A lot of us bought a lot of extra tickets because some just weren’t able to get tickets at that moment. We do recognise there was some sticker shock for some. Looking back at prices, $400 is the highest we’ve ever paid for a show in the past and that was 2017 when the guys tagged along with H&O (Shaky Knees $1000 each tickets were the exception as that was a 3 day festival with free beer all day). Knowing this, we have, as mentioned, purchased extra tickets. We distributed some already to those we knew needed a few more days. Here’s what tickets are left that we know of. They are all for face value, no one is selling for higher than they paid.

Reach out to us on Facebook if you need one of these. We’ll get you in touch with the original purchaser.

2 Orchestra seats for Atlanta

2 VIP for Cincinnati

1 extra non-VIP for Cincinnati

2 VIP for Cuy OH

1 extra non-VIP for Cuy OH

2 left side orchestra non-VIP San Diego (on hold)

2 center for Los Angeles

1 right center Los Angeles

2 VIP Irvine TX (Dallas)

2 extra Irvine

2 VIP Tampa

RSVP to the Show

Right now when you search Tears for Fears + city of the show you plan to attend on Facebook, it should produce an event page where you can note you’re attending. The purpose of the event pages are to help fans connect and travel together if they wish. These are fan generated event pages meant for fan generated fun.

Annual Holiday Song

Curt’s WamU video in Psych 3: This is Gus is the holiday song this year and it was so damn good, people took cold showers to calm down after watching it. That ice cream though… If you haven’t seen the new Psych movie featuring Curt and all his pals, you need to go watch it. It’s funny and you’ll be rewatching the ending if not the whole movie at least three times. It’s delicious! Here’s some behind the scenes chatter on it – minus Curt though, damnit – where is he in this!? And who is serving ice cream sandwiches?

More Music:

photo by Wiley Price of SLA

TFF Alumni member, Oleta Adams, had a great start to winter. She was featured in a holiday parade and also performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and IN UNISON choir. It was absolutely beautiful! Be sure to catch her on tour in spring 2022.

Michael Wainwright also has a new holiday song called ‘Don’t It Feel Like Christmas‘ and we’re super thrilled! Be sure to get your copy of that!

Libre Stone released a beautiful enriched black vinyl of their latest album Mark of Cain. It’s a real beauty. Like a black stallion horse, it’s got power and is an awesome album for a road trip. We’ll definitely be playing it as we get around town.

TFF for a Good Cause

The UK’s largest independent music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins uses music to enrich the lives of people with life-limiting illnesses, disabilities and feelings of isolation. They are currently partnered with the band on this marvelous piece of art. It’s the audio from EWTRTW. The music therapist within the travel fan team, Deb, would be able to better explain how powerful music therapy is for patients. This is another amazing way to salute the band all while participating in a wonderful cause. It looks like all are signed and you can also choose framing depending on which option you pick. Be sure to have a look.

Next Steps:

So now, we count down to the 25th of February, an auspicious date. This is the day that the new album is released (and coincidentally the same date that the band’s SFTBC album was released in ’85). The Tipping Point will be available in full and our merch will be released from SandBoxLLC. If you haven’t purchased it, please do not hesitate because the album and merch might all be sold out by that time. Go ahead and grab your tour couture and garb now!

Also take time to listen to the interviews. There are many and they are so important to understanding the roots of the band if you have, for some odd reason, never done that deep dive. You will love them more and feel closer to your fellow fans as we surge forward in support of the band’s extremely healing work. Here are a few of the ones that really stood out:

Consequence of Sound

Consequence of Sound – a second one

#474 Greatest Music of All Time Podcast

NME

SDE – on how Tipping Point unlocked the whole album

Tape Op

The Creative Independent

The Stereogum

Rolling Stone

The New Cue

Rocksonteurs

Retropop Magazine

Ken Bruce – BBC2 (all week featured Curt Smith from 2-7 Jan, 2022

My Turning Point

Fans’ Reality

We have to understand we have a bit of a threat on our hands. While many are so eager to get the vaccine and said they’ll get as many vaccines as necessary, some people can’t do that. For medical reasons and more, some just aren’t physically able to take the current Covid vaccine. There’s also questions about the health and safety of vaccines and how many are too many. Therefore, a lot of Covid testing has to take place if current venue rules stay in place. Prior to the show, those without the vaccine(s) have to be tested and if they are positive they are mandated to rush away and isolate. What a heart crushing and horrible thing to endure. If you are for whatever reason testing positive (Vaccinated or not) you can’t enter most venues as of now – we hope that as this virus goes away the rules will change. Because, here’s the deal, you spend all that money on a great seat, you’ve got your tour couture on and all of the sudden you can’t even enter and are sent away like an outcast? We get it…health and safety first. We want everyone to be able to get to the show and actually get in. So, for now, consider isolating and testing two weeks to a month prior to the show. Make sure you’re in best health (take your vitamins, exercise, sweat in a sauna, eat more veggies, etc.) and ensure that you are travelling with healthy people. If you have to take a flight, be sure to wear a mask or maybe rent a car, disinfect it and drive to the venue yourself. Our goal is to get to the shows and actually enter, Covid free and spend the summer together.

Meanwhile, please know that we’ve got some great moderators out there in a few groups. Shoutout to the fan forum for providing a free ticket opportunity recently. The Travel Fans were approached by Live Nation for a ticket giveaway but as with all things we get band permission first before conducting giveaways in their name. We’ll let you know how that goes. Right now, interacting with fellow fans on Facebook and Twitter is enjoyable. Yes, sometimes there’s a lot of repeat information and often the same songs and photos show up but the moderators have been great about deleting things that were previously posted. The Travel Fan team and the TFF Fan Forum will continue with the Tears for Fears Tuesdays #TFFTuesdays. We’re chatting and happily highlighting cool things from the band. Be sure to join in and interact with other fans!

Be good to yourself, be good to each other! Thanks for reading! Have a great new year!

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Happy Birthday Curt!!

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! 

We ain’t mad at that – we get it! It got her 2nd place in our Curt Smith fun celebration fan fun! Speaking of cake, you all know that one of Curt’s favourites is the Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake from Valerie Confections. That thing is KING! Click here to order one. We’re getting another this weekend. It’s worth every cent!

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***!”

Cheers everyone!

Laissez lês bons temps rouler!!!

Long time fan, Danny Cricks shared his keepsake from Curt’s Soul on Board album in honour of Curt’s birthday!
Adrian Perucho wishes Curt a great birthday from his home in Argentina!

We’ll be partying all weekend, join us online @papasfans on Twitter

– TFF Travel Fan Team

Moderator @andyeisthenews

Band @tearsforfears on Facebook and Twitter, @tearsforfearsmusic on IG

Curt – @curtsmithofficial on FB @curtsmith on Twitter

New Year & New Things

New Year with Shaun and Radio Bath

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.

Thanks for reading,

Tears for Fears Travel Fan Team

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@Papasfans (TW) @tfftravelfans (IG) – All band members and some road crew have an account. Let us know if you can’t find a member and we’ll point you in the right direction.

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
Moderator Andye
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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!

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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Roland’s Interview With Eric Alper

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Something about Canada. All of my experiences with Canada have been surreal and incredible. The people are awesome and it’s just a fantastic place to visit, particularly Toronto. It’s no surprise that this very warm, somewhat candid, authentic interview featuring Roland happened to be conducted by Eric Alper of the Eric Alper show…a Toronto based broadcast. Loved every minute of it! I hope one day I can explain why this interview means so much to many of us at this very moment. There is a lot going on right now (life events) that pertain to this particular part of the world and it’s steeped in Tears for Fears goodness and angelic coincidences.

The interview is amazing because it’s just so raw and candid…and in some parts Mr. Alper asks Roland questions that a person like one of us might ask out of nervousness and just pure shock that he’s sitting in front of us. There are times when we just completely fan out and it’s so clear that Mr. Alper fanned out in some parts of this and admits that he had some second thoughts about a few of his questions…isn’t that us after every encounter with this man? We’re always like, “Omg, did that really happen? Wait, was my hair tidy?”

But THE BEST PART is his explanation regarding the tops to tails of the band’s history. He does not mention The Ducks, History of Headaches but he starts with Graduate and goes in respectful detail about the band’s rise…and gently addresses parts that are rather painful for some of us to revisit because we know too much due to some interviews that were published back in the 90s. Those interviews have since been removed and some of us, as ridiculous as it may be, have sworn with our lives that we are NOT EVER going to bring up those years when R&C were separated. This was bone crushing for us and though in hindsight we see the benefit of it, those were some emotionally heart wrenching years. Still some of the band’s greatest songs came out of it. Eric touches on all of this eloquently and with a style that NO OTHER interviewer or archivist has mastered.

Have a listen and savour it… some of us were up as early as 5am on a tour day listening to this and just crying. If you already appreciate Tears for Fears to the nth degree you are going to marry their music after listening to this… it’s unreal and so well-done. Again, no one else has explained the history of this band so well.

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Tears for Fears in St. Louis – Now that was something! #HeckYeah

Wow, St. Louis, Missouri… what an interesting place! The hotel I stayed in was the former train station now turned into an awesome Hilton owned property. It was so big I had to leave my room an hour before the show (which was two blocks away) just to give myself extra time in case I got lost! LOL! I have no idea where TFF stayed when they were there but I had a great time at this property. The food was amazing and the rooms were more than comfortable!

The show was overwhelming! We had great seats on the 3rd row center. The band gave a lot of face time and interaction which we loved! The H&O fans on my side were very tolerant of our dancing and dance routines. TThe Hall and Oates fans behind Becky were not so nice! Karma will find them!

The guys look and sound angelic!!! This is no surprise but it’s hard to believe they can sound so good and even better than the year before…when the year before they blew us away… I mean…it’s like they just elevate themselves with every tour! Wild! We love it!!!! More please! Here’s a few videos from the night… enjoy!

Intro & Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Memories Fade Snippet – Listen to this compared to the original recording…
This is even better!!!!


Change

Creep

Head over Heels

For the shared shows, they go straight into Shout.. no stepping away and coming back encore, just straight through to the song…

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Merch was amazing! All this was $350 for those planning to get one of every shirt.

We try to have dinner after every show or before… the tour isn’t the same unless you’ve got your squad! Very grateful for all the Tears for Fears Travel Fans!!! Thanks for the drumsticks, Jamie!!!

Thanks for reading and supporting our efforts! We take our love for this band very seriously! This band life is no joke and we aim to be present, accounted for and supportive. Shoutout to others doing the same! We see you and stand by you!

TFF Forever!!
-Andye, Tears for Fears Travel Fan Team Moderator

365 Days of Magno – Tears for Fears Fans In Music

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Many of our fellow Tears for Fears Travel Fan team members know of Michael Roland Magno because we mention his amazing work and those with which he has collaborated over the years. He and his band opened for America back in 2008. The band in which he is the lead singer has toured with Little Feat. He is always in demand in Atlanta and…loves Tears for Fears!

Michael Magno, or “Magno” to his adoring fans and family, is certainly one of the people we hope the band will collaborate with in the near future. He is always asked and recommended by top musicians as one of the best openers for events. The music and musicians he has in his circle are strong, powerful and talented young men and women. Everything he does is top quality!

The motto of the Tears for Fears travel fans is 365 Days a Year of Tears for Fears. That means there’s not a day that goes by that we are not discussing, thinking about or doing something related to TFF. Magno recently took on a challenge, 365 songs for 2017. Day 6 of the year, Michael featured EWTRTW, the very song several of our travel fan team saw him sing in 2008 upon first meeting this great musician. We think he did a great job and we appreciate him highlighting the band in his show of appreciation of great musicians this year. Hopefully we’ll see him on tour in the future with Tears for Fears. That’s our wish!

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Check out more of the awesome and super kind, easy-going, ultra talented and award-winning, MAGNO with these links below. Care to follow? Tell him the Tears for Fears Travel fan team sent ya! He follows back! p.s. He’s Filipino-American, fits right in with us yeah? #PhilsKooks rejoice. He’s one of us!

Twitter: @mrmagnomusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mrmagnomusic/?fref=ts

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOOSgiiXqgLhCrGtFL-AShg

Website: http://magnomusic.com/