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!
Be sure to follow @tearsforfears and also these wonderful fellow fans that posted videos from the show!
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.
Skipping ahead to the San Diego show while fellow fans finish sending in photos and posting. We haven’t a lot of commentary or detailed tales of how we got there and what hotel we stayed in. This tour has been different and long…very long. So, we’re just getting to the point…the music. This post is not much different. We’re sharing some snippets from the show that were shared by many.
MVP of the night is Yara for suffering through the glitches in the ticket system. The amount of work that goes into getting to a show can be unspeakable at times and so any delays at the finish line can send some people into a flat out meltdown. Kudos to all who kept their cool. Heaven knows we want to be at these shows. It’s not a pastime for us, it’s a pilgrimage so we work double hard to make sure as many of us that spend time chatting together online every single day as we have done since 2004 (and some of us before that) get into the venue. Sometimes Lady Carolyn goes as far as to just hand out tickets. This year she literally grabbed security and said help me find someone to give this ticket to…on the second row center. I mean…come one now. We take this very seriously and we could literally do this for a living and not burn out or tire…I’ve spent 34 years listening to this band and I’m not even 40 yet! This is our yearly reunion so for goodness sake, Ticketmaster, AXS, etc…solutions please to these ticket woes!
High Five to all the fellow fans who came out to San Diego and sang with passion to all the songs. Did anyone else notice the magic on Head over Heels? Was that not the remastered version come to life or what? Wow!!!!!! and that crowd…super awesome!
*Dedicated to Yara and that Sd Guy who shared it all! Thank you both!!
We had a great show in New Jersey back in 2014 in Red Bank. For that reason I have a great memory of that state, not to mention the incredible dinner that followed and all the great people we met. So many amazing loyalist from New York came down to visit as well. Our core team wasn’t able to make that trek across country this year but plenty of additional dedicated fans did! Check out these great videos and pictures! Big shoutout to Deb Charlesworth who captured some cool pictures to add to her collection. She shared these three with us!
It was packed in the Prudential Center!! Yes!!! Shout out to Pepe Cuh!!! Nice captures! EWTRTW
Head over Heels
Don’t ya love it when the band does a real encore despite this being a shared tour? SHOUT
Were you there? Let us know!
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*Update: Concert photos and recaps from this tour are below. Just scroll down.
“At the end of the day, we’re glad the sick family member is apparently going to be okay? Kindly, the band will be able to do some shows vs. cancelling the entire tour.”
-Travel Fan Concensus
Note from Moderator: This has not been a good year for music. We lost a lot of amazing icons and many are still mourning them online and in various memorial ceremonies in fan clubs and events worldwide. I’m actually attending a Prince memorial event with a Middle Eastern dance community very soon. I don’t know anyone that didn’t love Prince. Our musicians are what we take with us everyday. Be it their music, souvenirs, t-shirts and so much more, they are with us in spirit. I mean who doesn’t wear their Tears for Fears t-shirt or other cool things you get from the merch table on a weekly basis? You buy two shirts so one is preserved and the other you can wear as much as you like! Their music is a big deal!
So yeah, when the band let us know someone was sick in their family a quiet chaos ensued on fan walls and Twitter. WE WERE SO WORRIED! Thankfully, many fans were very understanding vs. being upset about the festival cancellations and postponed shows. I hope you all were able to resell your festival passes so you didn’t lose the hundreds of dollars you spent on them. In some cases the costs were up to $2,000 when you factored in airfare. We are aware of several that spent upwards of $4,000 total on premium seats for several shows. If you’re still having trouble getting refunds from the sites you purchased the tickets let us know.
Which brings me to a very important subject…entertainment insurance. It is now necessary to protect your purchases; every aspect from the plane ticket to the concert ticket itself. While Roland and Curt are still quite young, none of us are spring chickens. We get sick and things happen. After 20+ years of following this band closely I have only seen ONE TFF tour get cancelled and it wasn’t even a full cancellation, just dates in the Southeast (Atlanta, Tampa, New Orleans, etc.). So there was never a need to buy ticket insurance, flight insurance, etc. We felt we didn’t need it. Times have changed. Do you know that it’s $200 to change an airline ticket without insurance on Delta? Well, I do. Because I was just demanded to pay it. Imagine having to pay $200 “flight reservation change fee” for every show you planned to attend because you didn’t buy the extra ticket insurance which is about $15- $30 per ticket. It. Adds. Up.
I, like so many, consider myself a hardcore Tears fan. I have lived in a state of “Stop, Drop Everything and Go See Tears for Fears” for the last 7 years. Because Tears for Fears are rarely in my base city Atlanta, I have travelled alongside some amazing people on the Travel Fan Team and had the time of my life EVERY time. And the band has kindly made it more than worth our (and others’) while. But understand that this is not free. The experience is priceless but it is not completely free of cost and I don’t scoff at anyone who just decides not to drop everything in their life and follow this band year after year.
#ThisIsNotARant – these are facts. All of this travel costs at minimum $550 – $1500 per show. Even the cheapest hotel (of which we do not encourage) is $25 a night per person (if you are sharing a room), add in economy plane ticket of $169 minimum/$350 to go to west coast, food at $10 per day (if you eat cheap), car rental/car service/taxi/Uber, band merch and gas. That price goes up if you are disabled, need special seats because a cramped economy seat is not going to work on a 4 hour trip across the country, decide to fly in from Europe or have food allergies. You’re paying $1,500 to $2,000 per trip and sometimes per day. Not everyone can do that. And we as fellow travel fans understand that and do not fault anyone for saying, “No thanks. I just can’t right now.”
We understand these are the choices WE made. We skipped weddings, delayed buying important things, you name it…because we wanted to be able to go on tour at a moment’s notice without interruption. For some of us, this is our one splurge in life. As noted on many posts on this blog, tickets sales were announced merely a few days before they went on sale for about two years. 2016 was the first time in a while that we actually had a little more time to plan. Sadly, tragedy struck and we had to regroup while the band rescheduled. It was a sad situation for everyone involved.
We are now scrambling to re-arrange our flights (i.e. the $200 plane reservation change fee per city). It is not looking good for quite a few and I have read your email, tweets to me and responded. We don’t know what happened to the Iowa show, New York concert dates or the two in Oklahoma. So several of us can’t really plan anything for this tour because we don’t have enough information on the missing shows. For those who have tickets to Tulsa and Thackerville please see this response to one fan from the band’s FB account.