Oleta Adams Amazes Atlanta! – SOLD OUT SHOW! (8 July, 2019)

Dedicated to Adam and Lisa – two loyal music fans and friends!

I had the pleasure of working with Adam H, a fellow Tears for Fears Travel Fan, for a short while at an office in Midtown Atlanta. One day he came walking down the hall and settled his arm across my cube with his phone lit up. “Did you see it?!” he asked. “No…,” I said a bit afraid of what I had missed. He handed me his phone and there was the announcement we’d been waiting for…Oleta Adams was finally, officially scheduled at City Winery in Atlanta. I was overwhelmed with emotion. That upcoming weekend I literally went back to the hotel where many of us stayed during Tears for Fears’ May 2019 visit and ordered my tickets(with Adam on the phone)while enjoying the immaculate views of that location. So much good had happened there just a month before as we sat there reading Charlton’s book and catching up with one another as a family of fans. It was SUCH a memorable weekend. Now we’d get to do it again with Oleta Adams?! OMGoodness! She is award winning all on her own but also a beloved alumni of our bespoke band and this was like a gift from the Universe to have this opportunity.

I booked another weekend there, this time arriving on Sunday afternoon and leaving Tuesday morning as she was coming in on the 8th of July. I’d have stayed there and perched from Thursday through Tuesday if I could have. Teresa was driving in, Adam and Lisa and I had seats right next to each other and we were right up against the stage.

About the Venue
City Winery is a very intimate and tight setting as chairs and tables are very close together with little room for aisles. I knew I wouldn’t be getting up too much and would need to rely on the waitress for anything vs. going to the bar by myself. This was a SOLD OUT show so there was not one seat that wasn’t taken. Though living in ATL I hadn’t spent a lot of time at this venue because I wasn’t exactly sure where it was. But now that I know where it is, I want us to have some TFF gatherings here. It’s amazing! We all know Roland loves a great glass of wine and it would be lovely to get the band here for a Platinum Level weekend of fun and maybe invite Oleta Adams to return around the same time. I know we all want it on this side of the fan world. We understand that they do not have a performing relationship as they tour separately but can’t help but long for the day they sing WIC and other amazing hits together again. It’s hard not to want that. So, when Oleta Adams walked out on stage, it was that same rush of emotion that we get when ROCS appear. For better or worse, I immediately started crying. Their music was attached to an era of challenge for me and, much like it has for so many others, accompanied me through those trying times. And here I am on the other side of discomfort, working my way through the world and they are still here with us bringing comfort with their award winning collections. This venue was a perfect setting for absorbing her amazing energy and comforting presence not to mention her immaculate voice.

The Show
Oleta Adams has her own music, her own songs. This was not a Tears for Fears concert and I’m not comparing it to their independent work but you could feel the tunes and hear the familiarity in her piano playing as one would with the band’s. We kept whispering and nudging each other how it was like being with Tears for Fears with Oleta at the lead. She has an amazing band that does great on support. Her husband is on percussion and cajon. She also dances during the sets. She interacts with the audience a lot! I think my bright sparkling Anthony Bourdain pin must have caught her eye because she kept looking in our direction. Maybe it was more than that, an angel in the audience standing over us? We were just so happy and though I cried the whole show, I hope she understood that they were tears of joy. She knew we were coming so had I fainted she probably would have said, “must be one of the TFFers.”

One of the best parts about the show is when she comes closer to the audience and sits near. She and her band go acoustic for a few songs more or less and it turns into this incredible jam session that is energetic and regal. That alone is worth attending. So, imagine you get that and a whole lot more. You know how we love stories and conversations between songs? She provides that as well and they are full, rich accounts and memories that segue into songs. It’s indescribable and if I had the cash, I’d take some holiday time and follow her around as much as we follow Tears for Fears. The energy and vibe she and her band produce is one that is healing, warm and cleansing. I felt renewed after that show, completely renewed.

I won’t list out the whole set list but “Get Here” is on it as is “Circle of One.” It’s very moving. Even typing this has been difficult and has taken a very long time to put into words because it’ll leave you speechless.

After the Show
She changed clothes and then sat behind a nice table and signed every single CD of every person that purchased one. Fans near and far would not stop hugging and kissing on her. I don’t encourage that because she has to travel and if we pass on any unknown colds or anything during a loving smooch then she has to stop her work and rest which affects her wallet and we don’t want that. I didn’t get too close at all. I took pictures only.

Before we left, I thanked her for being so tolerant of our excessive notes, likes, loves and comments on her social media accounts. As promised, I also shared messages from fellow TFFers who wanted to be there but were out of the country with TFF themselves and also some in Brasil. She smiled really big and laughed because it all made sense to her now why we were glued to the stage, our eyes darting back and forth at her every move like loving kittens waiting to be picked up or petted. She stayed longer and took pictures with us and was just truly obliging. I didn’t want the night to end. I didn’t know what to do.
I was on such a happy euphoric cloud nine high that I left my keys in the ignition of my car the next morning. The doors were unlocked and all my things were in it including my computer with all our files. I was just so in a state of disbelief and joy. I couldn’t believe that we met her and that all that happened. Thankfully, my insurance brought a wonderful team out to get my car restarted and I was able to replace the car battery the next day. Angels must have watched over my suitcase, computer and belongings because they were all in place in the middle of the parking lot. I really needed to get myself together emotionally cause my heart and soul had gone on with her on tour. I was just a shell of myself wondering through the day, crying and wishing this was 365 like it used to be. May the Universe grant us the ability to follow TFF and the alumni for a constant state of joy and bliss! We Love You, Oleta!!!!

Thanks for reading!
-Andye, TFF Travel Fan Team Moderator

Scenes from Plato de Oro – Benefit Show @ Cafe Pinot

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

 

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

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

Seven of Sundays – from Curt Smith’s solo work

Shoutout to 3TenEvents for this great video!

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

Thanks again!
-AA, TFF Travel Fan Team Moderator

Tears for Fears Tour 2018

New Dates – Unofficially announced – see article: https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/tears-for-fears-cancel-uk-tour-including-glasgow-show-with-new-dates-scheduled-for-2019/

Tears Updated

*NEW DATES ADDED!

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

POSTPONED – 27 AprilFirst Direct Arena LeedsHotelTickets
We’re in for a treat, this venue was voted Best New Venue in the World 2014!

POSTPONED – 28 AprilMotorpoint Arena in Nottingham, United KingdomHotelTicketsSeating Chart

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).

SEC Armadillo Seating
SEC Armadillo has a big gap between the stage and the front row but really nice! Room for dancing!

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!

POSTPONED 2 May3 Arena Dublin Ireland – TicketsSeating Chart – Hotel: Hilton

Cardiff Motorpoint Arena detailed seating plan
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena detailed seating plan

POSTPONED 4 May Motorpoint Arena Cardiff – This venue is 30 minutes from the airport. Hotel suggestion is: The Big Sleep Hotel prices are as low as 57 GBP a night and this hotel just underwent a renovation.

Birmingham NIA National Indoor Arena seating plan

POSTPONED 5 MayArena Birmingham Buy Tickets – Seating Plan – Hotel: Hilton Birmingham

*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 MaySEC ArmadilloTickets – 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.

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POSTPONED 8 MayEcho Arena in Liverpool – TicketsSeating 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!

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10 MayThe O2 – TicketsSeating 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.

Bournemouth

POSTPONED 11 MayBournemouth BIC WindsorTicketsSeating 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.

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POSTPONED 12 May Brighton CentreTicketsSeating 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.

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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.

AFAS Live Berlin Seating

14 May AFAS Live – Netherlands
Venue Link: https://www.afaslive.nl/

Tickets: https://www.afaslive.nl/agenda/tears-for-tears

Hotel: Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Arena Boulevard $78+ USD

http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/netherlands/hampton-by-hilton-amsterdam-arena-boulevard-AMSZUHX/index.html

tempodrom

16 May Berlin Germany’s Tempodrom
Venue Link: https://www.tempodrom.de/en/

Tickets: https://www.tempodrom.de/en/event/tears_for_fears_2018-05-16_20/

Hotel: Crown Plaza Berlin – Potsdamer Platz
https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/reservation

Seating Plan: https://www.tempodrom.de/en/visitor_information/seating-plan/

mehr theatre

17 May – Hamburg Germany’s Mehr! Theatre
Venue Link: http://www.mehr.de/en/venues/mehr-theater-am-grossmarkt-hamburg/mehr-theater-am-grossmarkt/

Tickets (ticket link should be live soon): http://www.mehr.de/en/venues/mehr-theater-am-grossmarkt-hamburg/program-and-tickets/#jump

Hotel: Hyperion Hamburg
Link: https://www.h-hotels.com/de/hyperion/hotels/hyperion-hotel-hamburg

le dome

18 May Paris France’s Palais des Sports (Le Dome de Paris)
Venue Link: http://www.ledomedeparis.com/

Tickets: http://www.ledomedeparis.com/events/tears-for-fears/

Hotel: Okko Hotel Paris – good price! $118 USD approx. per night
http://www.okkohotels.com/en/hotels/okko-hotels-rueil-malmaison-mobipole

Travel Fan Contact: Patricia O. @PatricaTFF on Twitter

20 May Antwerpen Belgium’s Lotto Arena
Venue Link: http://www.lotto-arena.be/nl

Tickets: http://www.lotto-arena.be/nl/kalender/2017-2018/tears-for-fears

Hotel: Radisson Blue Antwerp
https://www.radissonblu.com/en/astridhotel-antwerp?facilitator=CSOSEO

Mediolanum Forum

23 May – Milan Italy’s Mediolanum Forum
Venue: http://www.mediolanumforum.it/en/

Tickets: http://www.mediolanumforum.it/en/musicen/eve/589-tears-for-fears/gestore/83/mese/undefined/pagine/41/cateve/Musica/

Hotel: Hotel NH Milano Congress
https://www.nh-hotels.it/hotel/nh-milano-congress-centre

26 May – Bath FestivalsClick here for details from venue

27 May – BBC Radio Biggest Weekend – Sunday Show – Click here for TFF Travel Fan detailsClick here for TFF Travel Fan details

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 Always Love Las Vegas – TFF 2017

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

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One of many photos from Tour 2017

EWTRTW

BIDA

CREEP

HOH

Shout

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

-AA, TFF Travel Fan Team Moderator

Snippets From San Diego – TFF 2017

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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!!

Candids of Curt and Roland

and the baby!

EWTRTW

Change

Was gonna add Pale Shelter but someone in the audience was chatty 😦

HOH

Wait, play that again! Whaaat, whaaaat? The Broken version for HOH? Don’t tease, TFF! Keep it up and consider a do over where it wasn’t done before!

Thanks, Yara!!! (Everybody knows Yara! She’s been following for years. She’s a TFFDDer)

Shout

Thanks for reading!
-Andye, TFF Travel Fan Team Moderator

Tears for Fears Touching the Hearts of Tel Aviv 2017

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!

Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Closest Thing to Heaven

Badman’s Song

Break It Down Again

Creep

Sowing the Seeds of Love

Advice (Listen to Tel Aviv sing every word!)

Memories Fade

Mad World (Tel-Aviv was not playin’ around… listen)

Very touching words by Roland and Pale Shelter

Woman in Chains

Head over Heels

Shout

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

Tears for Fears x New York = Love!

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!!

Sending Good Man Curt some sugar! #Mwaaaah! #FanLove #SweetGestures

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!

EWTRTW

SOL

BIDA

Mad World

Pale Shelter

Change

HOH

Shout

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 😉

Intro

Mad World

SOL

Hair conversation, a zaghareet from a fan….and Creep cover 🙂

HOH

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!

Thanks for reading!
-TFF Travel Fan Team