Concert Reports


Tears For Fears

09/19/2015, Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles

Tears For Fears played Vina Robles Amphitheatre on Saturday, September 19 to a Sold Out crowd. The band is currently on tour through September   



All Photos: Gary Lambert



Chart toppers Tears For Fears’ most recent studio album, 2004’s critically acclaimed Everybody Loves A Happy Ending, signaled a welcome return for one of the biggest and best-loved bands of the post-MTV age, as well as one of the most eagerly anticipated reunions in pop music history.


“This is the album that should have followed Seeds Of Love in many ways,” said singer-songwriter Roland Orzabal, who for the first time since the album’s 1989 release was rejoined by TFF co- founder Curt Smith.


The results were standout tracks like “Closest Thing To Heaven,” “Call Me Mellow” and “Who Killed Tangerine.” They spent the next year and half on a world wide tour supporting the album playing to sold out crowds and enthusiastic fans.


In addition to successful U.S. tours in 2007 and 2009, Tears For Fears have toured Europe, performing in the renowned concert series Night Of The Proms with a seventy-five-piece orchestra and full choir.



The shows, a combination of pop music and popular classical music, are the biggest annually organized indoor event in Europe. Over the last three years TFF played the series in Holland, Belgium, France, Spain and Germany.


An omnipresent fixture in the early days of music video, Tears For Fears brought Orzabal and Smith into the pop music spotlight via their 1983 debut album The Hurting, a sophisticated collection of inward-looking, electro-tinged pop songs including “Mad World”, which was recently covered to enormous international success by Gary Jules on the “Donnie Darko” soundtrack, “Pale Shelter” and “Change”, all Top 10 hits in the band’s British homeland.


1985’s Songs From The Big Chair was an international sensation, boasting three Top 5 singles in the U.S. alone, dual No. 1’s “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” and “Shout,” and “Head Over Heels”, and catapulting the pair to superstardom.


In an attempt to satisfy the international demand for the band, the group then spent an extended period touring and promoting the new album around the world—a time that, as we would later see, would take its toll on the band in the days to come. Tears For Fears continued, and indeed when Big Chair’s follow-up Sowing The Seeds Of Love emerged four years later, it soared into the Top 10 and offered the No. 2 smash “The Seeds Of Love.”


A joyous, profoundly Beatle-esque burst of rich melodic pop accompanied by an equally memorable video, it proved well worth the wait to those fans who’d been clamoring from more from Roland and Curt.


Tears For Fears continues to sell out shows throughout the world, and Orzabal and Smith maintain their status as one of pop music’s more productive musical collaborations.


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