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.
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!
Some early notes for Tears for Fears Travel Fans coming in from the states…
By now, you know, you need a passport. We are recommending flying Delta or British Airways to get to the U.K. and, once there, use the series of trains and ground transportation to get to the hotel and venue. If you have questions, we’ve got of TONS of fans who are on standby willing to assist with how to get from point A to point B. For this tour, we will be choosing hotels that are a little different from our norm in order to cut down the cost (though some are far from a steal). Remember, buy your pre-sale tickets first, let everything else fall into place.
*picture: First Direct Leeds Arena concert venue seating
This venue offers hospitality experiences and since we have a few days between shows this is a perfect time to think about something nice prior to the concert (not after).
POSTPONED 30 April SEC Armadillo – Tickets – Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow Seating Chart
*Some of the Travel Fan team members have lots of friends in Glasgow and with this added show, it might be nice to just stay on a few days – if you do it’s understandable. Great opportunity to do some real meeting up and hanging out. If you can’t do the first two shows, try to do this one!
*You have time to relax a little for this show with that one day in between so be sure to use the suggested hotel. Save the cheap ones for the nights you’re not really staying long in that particular city. This is more about seeing the band and hanging out with fellow fans vs. site seeing for us. Now, about those untiered floor blocks…whaaat? Gracious me!
POSTPONED 7 May – SEC Armadillo – Tickets – Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow
This is the original show that was planned, a new one was added above due to demand. Remember – *Don’t bring a large bag to this venue. Try to leave large purses, etc. at home for this show.
POSTPONED 8 May – Echo Arena in Liverpool – Tickets – Seating Chart – Hotel: You’re spoiled for choice – from furnished flats that are within walking distance to one with The Beatles theme…you already know which one we’re gonna pick! You get a little time here so make it count!
10 May – The O2 – Tickets – Seating Chart – Hotel: Intercontinental The02
*That venue link takes you to their VIP experience. This is different from buying a premium seat VIP ticket to see TFF. Our idea of premium seating is on the stage or in front of it…preferably the aforementioned. LOL! O2’s venue option provides extra comfort around “a” show. This is a great pre-game/pre-show thought that we will explore. We certainly don’t plan to sit in their VIP suite to watch R&C on a screen. But it would be nice to do something in advance or afterwards.
POSTPONED 11 May – Bournemouth BIC Windsor – Tickets – Seating Chart– Hotel -this hotel isn’t that close to the venue as others but it’s really nice. It’s also a bit less expensive than the closer options which include Park Central and a the Bournemouth Marriott.
VIP options – just read through them all and see if you want to do something fun pre-show. Great time to meetup with fans. Pick one, let us know which is your favourite.
POSTPONED 12 MayBrighton Centre – Tickets – Seating Chart– Hotel
*Sometimes we say, “Hey, if you’re gonna go…go all out” and you certainly will with our hotel choice. It’s over $200 a night USD but worth it. If by this time you’re broke from buying enough merch to wear a different TFF t-shirt each day of the month there’s a Travelodge nearby as well.
Airfare hasn’t really dropped but if you book now you can save a couple of hundred dollars on Delta. If you’re in Europe already I’d say fly Air Italia or Lufthansa to all of these locations. If you’re flying Air France, let us know because we’re just curious about the service. There are also a number of trains that will help you get from point A to point B but we’re going to stick with planes because it’s just a little faster and if you miss something you can usually get the next flight to the following concert location within an hour. With shows this close together we can’t take any chances.
What to expect next year – a good, powerful set list! We’re hoping Michael Wainwright will stick with the band as well for the majority of 2018. He is very enjoyable and friendly. He’s known to come out and speak to fans as he is a very personable person. We consider him to be a member of Tears for Fears as much as many others before him. MW of whom you may see us refer to as Nice Guy Mike (NGM) was with the band prior to Carina Round in case some of you who are just now getting back on the fan train didn’t know. He’s real cool and we’re looking forward to more. We’re also hoping Mr. Moyer gets a good spin with the band so we can enjoy his marvelous sax on The Working Hour.
Meet & Greets + Fan Conferences – no word yet…still on the EMFH RSVP for that. So we’ll see…
Stick around, more news to come in this space…
Thanks for reading,
AA, TFF Travel Fan Team Moderator
*Feature Photo Cover used with permission by Captain Julian Orzabal
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!
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!!
The phone rang, people emailed, the media reached out… “Are you going to Tel Aviv? Can we speak with you?” Everyone was excited about this show! It was one of the first to be officially announced this year on the grapevine so to speak.
Here’s some footage from that show. Please be sure to reach out, follow and befriend all who are sharing! It’s awesome to build your circle with fellow Tears for Fears fans! Congratulations to Carina Round as she is expecting a child soon. We wish her well.
This post is dedicated to Liran Dan who was so excited about the show and reached out to pour his heart and soul into the greetings for the band. G-d bless you!
This is dedicated to our #TravelFan team member Cindy who for years has followed a number of bands capturing the amazing shows and archiving them with attention and care. You can always count on Cindy aka ConcertChick. She is easy to spot with her gorgeous golden curls and perfect make-up down to the shoes honey! The nail polish and the glam go hand in hand as she represents the superfans of her favourite bands, Tears for Fears being on her list. For the record, she also does a darn good job looking after Duran Duran concerts, who, as we all remember, are good friends of TFF.
We also want to say a big thank you to @80smusiclovr for her follows and reports back on the good, the bad and the tough life of a fan following a band. There are few things easy about this. Also, much love to the fans that had to stand in line for a long time as they entered? Was reading concert notes and understanding the fan experience. Heaven bless everyone who was patient as they made it inside. Venue was massive, eh? 🙂 It looked full of fans and concert goers! Great!!
It looks like hopping a plane and just showing up but those of you who know the drill understand that just like the band, we too are haulin’ it across country to be present. Some travel alone, some follow as a flock…either way, there’s an unspeakable amount of work involved including taking time away from jobs, family and making a living for ourselves as musicians, writers and industry contributors. We appreciate what TFF does to get to each city because we’re experiencing it as well. Shoutout to the awesome flight attendants who help musicians and fans get from point A to point B with ease! Enjoy this collection of concert clips and relive the amazing memories and magic the band bestows upon us!
Forest Hills Thanks Cindy!
Sending Good Man Curt some sugar! #Mwaaaah! #FanLove #SweetGestures
Couple of clips from Art Park (48 hour prior).
Subscribe to The Kamherst and DepecheGore3 please and say thanks for these great clips! All kinds of daylight in this show… the sun wanted to see the guys for a change…given its rays had such cameos in the SOL album 😉
Hair conversation, a zaghareet from a fan….and Creep cover 🙂
Were there any issues? Thankfully only a few!! 🙂
Sadly we don’t always have a smooth sailing as we jump aboard the SS DelaQ to go to the shows. This is a double ticket with a total of 3 sets of musicians… Allen Stone, TFF and Hall & Oates. While our primary focus is Tears for Fears, we understand and respect that there are H&O fans in the audience. We as TFF’s crew tend to stand and dance the ENTIRE time. Given that we are usually in the VIP section that means we are up front in the first 10-15 rows doing our routine like clockwork. With respect to the Deadheads who followed faithfully alongside GD, we, too, have solid routine of movements and swoon the whole show. So, those who may be looking to take a load off and have a seat and a drink are probably annoyed by our enthusiasm. Too bad!
We spend on average $5000 each to travel to handful of shows on these tours. We do not come to sit and have a silent night while the band of our dreams is giving us 110% on stage. No apologies here! Get up and join us or deal with us wiggling around. We paid as well. We also do not believe any venue should follow suit and expect people to stay seated during a CONCERT!! It’s a CONCERT! This is not the OPERA or the symphony where staying seated is expected and respectable. This is a rock concert at the end of the day and we as fans are going to respect the band by standing up and singing along. That’s how we show our love and dedication and we hope others understand that. We do not have a reputation of getting drunk and being insane…we simply stand up and show respect. Please respect us in return.
Kudos to all who stood their ground and sang…especially to those who were not in VIP and got hurled insults because they came to represent. In future, contact us so we can get seats together. We don’t travel in numbers for no reason…it’s for safety’s sake. Goal is to have a good time and build new fan family ties! Continue to enjoy!
It’s official! As mentioned early yesterday, the band will tour with Hall and Oates beginning in May of this year. AA met Hal and Oates while working at CNN International and the concert was a true “experience.” So, keep that in mind, you’re going to have more than a good time! Below are the dates of the tour. Many of the venues are places Tears for Fears played in 2016. Others are new places such as Duluth GA’s Infinite Energy Arena (which is actually Atlanta but a suburb/adjacent city that is 45 mins from Atlanta’s city center – we’ll go into full detail on each city in the coming weeks). Pre-sale for those who subscribe to Tears for Fears’ newsletter go on sale Monday (check your inbox for code). Tickets go on sale starting Tuesday for various card holders.
Subcribers – Monday: please visit, www.tearsforfears.com, click on tour dates and pick the show you wish. If you’re having trouble with scrolling down, the Hall and Oates All Access membership page (yes, it’s just under $30) will allow you to buy pre-sale tickets. VIP is about $300- $400 per ticket and comes with a huge gift bag FILLED with stuff. You also get to sit in the first few rows just like we did with the band’s friends Duran Duran.
9 May – Kansas City, Missouri @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
11 May – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
13 May – Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center
15 May – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
17 May – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
18 May – Ft Wayne, IN @ Embassy Theatre
20 May – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
22 May – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
24 May – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
27 May – Philadelphia, PA @ Hoagie Nation Festival
5 June – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
9 June – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
11 June – Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
13 June – Pittsburg, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
16 June – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
17 June – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
19 June – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
21 June – Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre
24 June – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
26 June – Washington DC @ Verizon Center
7 July – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
12 July – Austin, Texas @Moody Theatre ACL Live
13 July – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
15 July – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green
17 July – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
19 July – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center Arena
21 July – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
23 July – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
25 July – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
28 & 29 July – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
*Tears for Fears will also be in Israel, UK and Brasil this year. Dates are noted in the blog and our social media sites.
Meet n’ Greets… we’ve had over 50 people request to meet the band. Just remember, we’re not in charge of who goes backstage. It’s usually a surprise to us. So work through your venues to get VIP options and of course keep an eye out for #RollCall tags in updates. When you see that, it means we have gained access to something cool for those travelling to see the band. More info on the way as we get tour preparations underway!