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

Birthday Love for Curt in Boston!

So, Curt celebrated his birthday in Boston this year and the coolest part was the crowd singing to him annnnnd his family was there with him! How nice! Crunch Cake Day went off without a hitch!

But first, a little Bath in Boston from a fellow fan who worked hard to get to this show. See her story below.

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Deb, Darby, Pam and others went to the show and had an amazing time! Check out some of these videos from shares online! Reach out to DB519 and say thanks!!! Make a new friend with those who post videos online! These are amazing fellow fans!

Sowing the Seeds

Creep

Head over Heels
*It’s crazy how much this sounds like the actual cassette tape from back in the day. It’s insane really how one can maintain that quality! In most cases, we’ve found they sound even better and they alreadyyyyy were powerful and outstanding… THIS! THIS is why we break our necks and the bank to get to every show. There’s a lot of good energy that just flows like a river at these concerts. You gotta be there to see and feel it!

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Birthday Party in Boston!
*Dear person that sang that with such feeling and emotion (do you hear them? soooo sweet! – And Roland’s nice suave ending! Goodness, get the tissues!)

You can’t miss Ms. Sylvia’s cakes! Every year she outdoes herself with a fine creation that captures the band in detail. Here’s Curt’s 2017 cake! We bet it has crunch toffee inside! Yum to the NTH degree!

And his family of angels showed up!!!

Hope everyone had a blast!

Shoutout to Darby who finally made it to a show after years of almost making it to one. She also had tickets for Canada as well…offered to give them away to fellow fans. What a gem of a friend! Read her story below!

“Bought tickets for a concert at the Capital Theatre in NY last last year (but couldn’t go last minute.. THEN bought tickets at New Market (UK) as I have loads of friends there and was visiting… but again , had to reschedule my trip and gave my premier enclosure tickets away to another fan… THEN bought VIP tickets for the Boston show AND the Montreal tickets (our family has a summer home about two hours away and thought that might work as well).. in the end I can only make the Boston concert.”

Glad she made it!!

Thanks for reading!
-AA, TFF Travel Fan Team

Duluth’s Lovely & Loving Night with Tears For Fears

Andye’s experience…

Photo by Karon from Asheville

Photo by Karon from Asheville, best show partner of the evening!! Love that lady!! She and her husband were so supportive!

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*Dedicated to Adam and the couple from Asheville!

Many of us are still in a state of Euphoria…
Wow…please give me a minute. This show…was just…it felt good. From the hotel to the seats and fellow fans…it felt GOOD! I’d say great…but GOOD in all caps is what works here with the intonation of “MEGA INSANELY GROOOOVY smothered in euphoric bliss.” I’ve had euphoric experiences in the presence of this band since 2010 but this one took the cake! My friends and fellow travel fans felt the same! People spent quality time that night and the next morning discussing how outstanding that show was! It was more than a water cooler moment…it was lunch and dinner as well! Here’s a few snippets from conversation!

“I felt like I was 20 again! They sound just as good as 1985 when I first saw them live!” – Adam H.

“It was like I was in my parents car again hearing them from the first time! They sound just as good!” – Tyler

“From a technical perspective it was excellent…from the lights to the sound…it was great! I’m going to more shows this summer and will be comparing them all to Tears for Fears.’” L. L.

“They Sound Amazing!!!!!” M.W. texting us during the show 🙂

Where is Duluth, GA? Is that near Atlanta? Yes, it’s sort of the same…

I arrived a day in advance, skipping Florida because I was fearful I’d be worn out in the summer’s heat and humidity trying to truck it on time Sunday morning. So, I got there on Saturday after a lavish French tea party (you all know I’m all about a good tea social) for a fellow fan who recently graduated from one of the many Universities in Atlanta. Speaking of Atlanta… the make-up of this city is very different. One might live in Duluth…but you still call it Atlanta. It’s all connected. Duluth is a neighbourhood that touches Atlanta…but I still call it Atlanta. Many people do. In the last few years it has come into its own and has beautiful restaurants, venues and residential areas. Not to mention it is in Gwinnett County which is filled with culture no matter what view one might get of it otherwise. It’s 30 miles up the road from Atlanta city center and it is spectacular when it comes to events (and the parking is usually free). So, everyone was right and Curt said it best when calling it Duluth and noting that people drove in from Atlanta. It’s also noted that it has one of the highest numbers of Japanese speakers/Japanese-Americans in the southeast and hosts Japan Fest annually! 🙂 It is one of my favourite places to visit in the state! So green and serene with lots to do!

Who was there?
When I moved to Atlanta roughly 12 years or so ago, I noticed they played 80s music everywhere. They didn’t play the band’s new stuff, but older cuts and sometimes deep cuts of various albums from Duran Duran, TFF and the like. I’d often hear conversations when the music was played at a grocery store or hair salon…people talking about how much they loved that band. Of course, anytime they said they loved Tears for Fears I had to go on fan duty and tell them all about the online activities and opportunities to still see the band because, “they tour!!” This led to making new friends and keeping people informed via social media re: band things they may miss or what have you. So when all   of these people, new and veteran fans, showed up at the concert I was floored!

I arrived at 6pm on the dot and the awesome Michael Magno, who is a local superstar and tours with various musicians in addition to a great solo career, showed up with his stellar wife Meg, I almost fainted! I was thrilled that they took me up on the invitation! Not just Michael but many of my media colleagues and industry pals from around the city showed up. COOs, VPs and heads of various companies were present and had floor seats. They weren’t trying to just “attend” the show…they meant business! They were there to celebrate the band! So, big hugs and shoutouts to those who took time away to be true fan on a Sunday night (that’s a big deal around here because Monday mornings/the work week in ATL/Duluth, etc is no joke – it starts at 5am and you need all the sleep and rest you can get on a Sunday to get through it).

The Travel Fans
As mentioned many times, a travel fan is one who travels to shows. That’s it. It’s a nickname. On the front row, there were many! On the second row were several others who were local and drove in from various counties up to Duluth. Third row was filled with fans in their own cool TFF designs. It was awesome and the venue looked full!

I was a bit worried for us because everyone knows we stand up and dance for every show. Why not, why wouldn’t we? Would the Hall and Oates fans understand? I turned around and shook hands with several people as they touched my shoulder to ask questions about various things. Some knew that I was the blog moderator and I wanted to make sure to thank them for following along as well as make new friends. I let them know up front that I’d be on my feet the whole time but would leave for H&O as to not carry on throughout the concert. I leave more for courtesy purposes as I’ve come to see that some H&O fans just prefer to stay seated. I’ve heard this from other fans as well. I can’t go for that. 😉 I have to get up and groove. So, hey, let them enjoy the show without me wiggling around to every single song. I also left because…Monday morning. I’ve met H&O before through work functions so I don’t feel deprived of the experience for the most part. Most of my other friends and media colleagues stayed for a bit of time after TFF. They text and tweeted afterwards…they ADORED TFF… Hall and Oats received mixed reviews from those I know.

THE SHOW!!

Let the videos do the talking… Somebody hug Christine Zap and get her a gift card to the TFF Merch store for this! Seriously!

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Thank you to Christine Zap for recording Secret World and many others! Gotta get her a t-shirt!

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*laughing at myself in my Japanese Street Fashion Skull dress and book purse dancing gleefully in a state of absolute bliss.

Change

Creep

Pale Shelter

Band introductions

Because Charlton shall be loved!

*it’s called a zaghareet… google it…cultural thing. #NigeriansInTheAudience

Head over Heels

*As much as this song means to me, it makes me sad to hear it at shows cause I know it’s almost over. Crowd response before encore! Curt’s “Wow” makes so much sense!!

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Awesome photos from Adam are on our Instagram page – we just opened a new one because YT was down for a moment and we didn’t want to delay getting this recap online.

Contribution from Adam H of #Atlanta! Long time fan of the band! #tearsforfears #duluth 🇬🇧🇺🇸#Atlanta #Concerts

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Back on the Road… Pause for me…

After the show, many went up to get merch. I felt faint, so I went to sit down. The familiar and strangers came over to compliment my skull dress. That was very sweet.

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Made a lot of new friends and saw a lot of unity that night. The suburbs of ATL really showed up that night hand in hand and all in love with the band and each other. Lots of “Loving” couples representing our great ethnicities and cultures. It was awesome!

Adam danced his way into the 1000s on his fit bit! We all had a good time!

Curt practically called us Peach Cobbler! Now that’s a compliment cause that’s like the official state food down here! I’m all about this Narwhal’s nightie. Can I get that in extra large?

I could say a lot more but I’ll pause here… we won’t forget that night. I, and many others, pray that ATL/Duluth stays on the TFF tour plan for decades! Just keep coming back Roland, Curt and Team! We welcome you here with open hearts!

Meg and Tyler said it all!!!

The band went quickly to Pittsburgh for the Paints Arena show the next morning. It was like waking up from the best all night slumber party and realising the guests of honour were gone! Come back! Come baaaaaccckkk!

We didn’t know a lot of people in Pittsburgh so our stock of contributions is rather low. If you have friends that went to this show let us know. Would love to recognise them and send some shoutouts and thank yous. So many fans got great photos and videos. Be sure to follow these great YT contributors and make new friends!
Shawn Dando captured the intro from a rare angle… stunning!


TGrant42 got Head over Heels…. Amazing!

Thanks to all who contributed to the show recap with photos and videos!

Hope our dream of a fan conference comes to life soon!

Cheers!

-Andye, TFF Travel Fan Team moderator

Tears for Fears’ Concert Schedule 2017

Update: Need tickets Los Angeles? We’ve got a set on the 12th row for the first show of the reschedule! Leave us a message on our Facebook page or Tweet us – both @papasfans (gmail or Twitter). Concert recaps and travel fan experiences are noted below. You can find your city by using the search or the check the side navigation for the latest blog updates. Each show will be linked to its city noted here once the North American tour concludes.

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As a team of  dedicated fans who travel to follow the band, we’ve been gathering and celebrating Tears for Fears for over 2 decades. In the last 7 years (started archiving our travel in 2010), we’ve made a lot of efforts to be inclusive and keep our fellow fans in the know. Some of our fun includes where to meet up for photos, notifications on the band’s prompts to hang out and spend a few minutes with fellow fans and more. Many of us are back on the road again for #Tour2017. Below is an updated list of the full 2017 Tears for Fears concert schedule (global) and those who have checked-in to say where they’ll be during the tour. Cheers-cheers!

Dedicated to Valerie who will be in Arizona and to Katie who cashed out her 401K (not uncommon) to see the band this year. We wish everyone safe travels and a great time!

Air Travel: We suggest Delta or Southwest – please be sure to join their frequent flyer club programs. There is no extra charge and the perks are worth it. In 2014, we were able to use points each time we wanted to see the band. You can earn enough points for free tickets, free hotel stays and more.

4 May Tulsa,Oklahoma @Bok Center
Tickets
Hotel Get the Bok Center package – it’s the better deal
Several TFF Travel Fans will be present including Carolyn our Midwest rep.

6 May St. Louis, Missouri @ Scottrade Center
Tickets
Hotels
TFF Travel Fans: Several including the core Travel Fan team and moderators

8 May – Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
Tickets
Hotel
TFF Travel Fans: Robert M.

9 May – Kansas City, Missouri @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Tickets – Premium seats available
Holiday Inn Kansas City Downtown
TFF Travel Fans: B-blaze, Lady Carolyn

11 May – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Tickets: starting at $35
Hotel: several from which to choose, suggested by venue

13 May – Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center
Tickets market rate is $32 – $126
Hotels Venue has several from which to choose that are very near event

15 May – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
Tickets market rate is $35 – $300+
Hotel aLoft has a shuttle, it is listed as the first choice
TFF Travel Fans: Todd S., Lori

17 May – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
Tickets prices range and can get into the 1000s if you use the third party site
Hotel Hilton is your best bet price wise…

18 May – Ft Wayne, IN @ Embassy Theatre
Tickets $46 – $180+
Hotel Holiday Inn – it’s very close to venue and reasonably priced
TFF Travel Fans: Becky M.

20 May – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
Tickets up to $129 – VIP packages are more (but should be the same as H&Os offer)
Hotel aLoft!

*Becky M’s extra tickets are sold for this show.

*Congrats Susan B and her daughter on winning the tickets to the show!

21 May – Louisville Kentucky @ Louisville Palace
Tickets
TFF Travel Fans: Becky M.

22 May – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
TicketsTickets $35 – $391
Hotel The Blackwell Inn is the official hotel. Tell them you are booking b/c of the show!
TFF Travel Fans: Becky M.

24 May – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Tickets VIP are still available in section 3 (Curt & Charlton’s side)
Hotel Omni Nashville Hotel is really nice!

27 May – Philadelphia, PA @ Hoagie Nation Festival/ Learn more about this festival
Tickets – get the VIP!
Hotel (still trying to figure this one out! wth!)                                                                                  TFF Travel Fans: Deb C.

5 June – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
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9 June – Orlando, FL @ Amway CenterAmway Center
Tickets
Hotel
TFF Travel Fans: Melissa M.

10 June Jacksonville, Florida @ Daily’s Place
Tickets
Hotel

11 June – Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
Tickets (up to $129)
Hotel (This venue is 35 mins from Atlanta – you need to stay in Duluth, not Atlanta if you want an easy to commute to the show – tweet @andyeisthenews for additional info)
Travel Fans: Teresa, Andye, Adam, Meg & Michael Magno, Tyler & Meg, M.W. & family, Karon and husband from Asheville, N.C.

13 June – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Tickets & Hotel – the Cabria is the official hotel of the venue

14 June – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark
Tickets
Hotel Sheraton Hotel was the official hotel last year

16 June – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
Tickets
Hotel use booking code ‘FRONTROW’ when booking at the Ace
TFF Travel Fans: Rachael, Pam R., Cindy

17 June – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
Tickets $35 – $430
Hotel
TFF Travel Fans: Bob, Deb, Deb C.

19 June Toronto, Canada @ Air Canada Centre
Tickets
Hotel (tweet @andyeisthenews for details about Pantages – she lived there!)
Travel Fans: Half of Andye’s Family

21 June – Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre
Tickets *You need a valid US passport to attend this show as an American unless you already live in Quebec. The site is in French. Please contact Andye @AndyeIsTheNews if you need a translation or leave at note with @papasfans.
Hotel

22 June – Montreal, Canada @Place des Arts
Tickets: (on sale Friday May 5th)
Hotel (*Remember you need a passport to travel here if you’re not a citizen of Canada. The law changed and a drivers license is no longer enough ID to enter the country. If you are driving over, dispose of any unlawful items in advance or they will ask you to declare them at border patrol.)

24 June – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Tickets
Hotel – Show your ticket at the hotel and get 30% off the best available rate!
TFF Travel Fan: Lady Deb, Pam R.

26 June – Washington DC @ Verizon Center
Tickets
Hotel – please book now at the rate of $213 – I can’t guarantee this price later/closer to the date of the show… it’s crucial you book now while the rate is still low…
TFF Travel Fans: Donna R.

5 July Tel Aviv, Israel @ Menora-Mivtachim Arena (former Nokia Arena)
(see original post via link above, not much info has changed)
TFF Travel Fan: Tai (TBD)

8 JulyLondon, England @ British Summer Time in Hyde Park
TFF Travel Fan Legacy Team: Lady Angela and Lady Kath  TBD: Nathalie de France

*If anyone has an extra ticket to this show, let us know. It is sold out and we still have very loyal fans who were not able to get in on the early deals. Tweet @papasfans or email us on Facebook if you have any extra tickets. Open to paying market rate.

11 July – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Tickets VIP packages available…same as on H&O site
Hotel

12 July – Austin, Texas @Moody Theatre ACL Live
Tickets Gen Am standing tickets are in front of the stage. Most of us want these for proximity’s sake…but again it’s Gen Am. You’ll need to be there early and line-up.
Hotel – use the same hotels that are used for the festivals…Hyatt preferably.
TFF Travel Fans: Dian, Michael L.

13 July – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Tickets
Hotel St. Anthony or Grand Hyatt are what we suggest
TFF Travel Fans: Dian, Becky

15 July – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green
*Use the info from 2015

17 July – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
Tickets
Hotel
TFF Travel Fans: Lael and Valerie!

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Valerie is ready to meetup and give some band fan hugs!

19 July – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center Arena
Tickets
TFF Travel Fans: Rise, SnapHappy Pam, Lady K, Lorna P and husband

21 July – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Tickets
Hotel It’s Vegas, stay at the Mirage!
TFF Travel Fans: Penny, TBD: Becky, Alex, Lael, SnapHappy Pam, Andye

23 July – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
Tickets
Hotel
TFF Travel Fans: Rise

The remaining California shows have been rescheduled, please refer to the photo at the top for the latest dates and tickets available.

25 July – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
Tickets
Hotel
TFF Travel Fans: Penni, Lady J, Lady K, Lael, SnapHappyPam

26 July – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
Tickets (Dishwalla is opening, how cool is that!?)
Hotel *If anyone has another suggestion please let us know in the comments or via one of our social pages.

28 & 29 July – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Tickets
Hotel
TFF Travel Fans: Yvette & Family, Artemisa and Jolene B. TBD: Andye, Kai, Carri, Yvette, SnapHappy Pam, Penni, Lady K and Lady J

*Ticket for sale: Floor – Row 15 – conact @qtcdior28 on Twitter

22 SeptemberRio de Janeiro -Rockin’ Rio Concert Series (Day 4)
Tickets (this is in English for our general audience – se voce queria Portuguese, escerve a Andye o Marcio).
Hotel: contact Marcio – get his advise for the entire trip!
TFF Travel Fans: Marcio Campos (Team Lead), Vivian

*Hotel indicates a suggested accommodation that has worked for us as Tears for Fears Travel Fans in the past. Names listed as TFF Travel Fans are those that usually frequent shows in that location, have checked-in or have been helpful to fellow fans travelling to those cities and venues. As always, please feel free to leave a message on our TFF Travel Fans and Kooks page on Facebook or Twitter @papasfans.

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Follow on Twitter: @tearsforfears, @curtsmith, @rolandtff, (for travel fan info: @papasfans)

Thanks for reading!

-TFF Travel Fan Team