Tears For Fears Concert History

Tears for Fears is an English pop rock band formed in Bath, England, in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate, Tears for Fears were associated with the new wave synthesizer bands of the early 1980s, and attained international chart success.

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Jan 02, 2024
Tears For Fears
Nov 18, 2023
Darker Waves
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Huntington State Beach Huntington Beach, California, United States
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Sep 16, 2023 –
Sep 17, 2023
BBC Radio 2 In The Park
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Victoria Park Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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Sep 14, 2023
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Prysm Nightclub Kingston upon Thames, England, United Kingdom
Aug 02, 2023
Tears For Fears / Cold War Kids

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Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, California, United States
Aug 01, 2023
Cold War Kids / Tears For Fears

The Tipping Point Tour Part II

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Acrisure Arena Thousand Palms, California, United States
Jul 29, 2023
Cold War Kids / Tears For Fears

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Toyota Amphitheatre Wheatland, California, United States
Jul 27, 2023
Tears For Fears / Cold War Kids

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Climate Pledge Arena Seattle, Washington, United States
Jul 26, 2023
Cold War Kids / Tears For Fears

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Hayden Homes Amphitheater Bend, Oregon, United States
Jul 24, 2023
Tears For Fears / Cold War Kids

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Rogers Arena Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Jul 22, 2023
Tears For Fears / Cold War Kids

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RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater Ridgefield, Washington, United States
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Jul 20, 2023
Cold War Kids / Tears For Fears

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Ball Arena Denver, Colorado, United States
Jul 17, 2023
Cold War Kids / Tears For Fears

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Moody Center, University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas, United States
Jul 16, 2023
Tears For Fears / Cold War Kids

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The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, Texas, United States
Jul 14, 2023
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Starlight Theatre Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Jul 13, 2023
Tears For Fears / Cold War Kids

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Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis Maryland Heights, Missouri, United States
Jul 11, 2023
Cold War Kids / Tears For Fears

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FirstBank Amphitheater Franklin, Tennessee, United States
Jul 08, 2023
Cold War Kids / Tears For Fears

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Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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Jul 07, 2023
Tears For Fears / Cold War Kids

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Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Jul 05, 2023
Tears For Fears / Cold War Kids

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Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, New York, United States

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Jul 8, 2023
 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas
Dec 13 - 14, 2014
 Inglewood, California, United States
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Jul 13, 2023
 Maryland Heights, Missouri, United States
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Jul 13, 2023
 Maryland Heights, Missouri, United States
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 Maryland Heights, Missouri, United States
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Nov 18, 2023
 Huntington Beach, California, United States
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 Huntington Beach, California, United States
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 Huntington Beach, California, United States
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 Huntington Beach, California, United States
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 Huntington Beach, California, United States
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 Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
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 Huntington Beach, California, United States
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May 24, 2017
 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What genre is Tears for Fears?

While Tears for Fears falls under the pop category, some of their songs fall under the pop-rock or synth-pop category. For example, “The Hurting” is a synth-pop hit that spread across the UK, pushing them towards stardom while “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” is a pop-rock song that brought them international fame.

When did Tears for Fears come out?

Tears for Fears began in Bath, England in 1981 with the release of its first single “Suffer the Children.” Their early music was inspired by the work of Arthur Janov, an American psychotherapist who founded Primal Scream Therapy. This kind of therapy lets repressed childhood memories and trauma resurface through intense screaming and crying.

When did Tears for Fears break up and why?

Tears for Fears broke up in 1991 after the release of their hit album The Seeds of Love. There were a few theories surrounding the breakup of the band, but most assume that personality differences between the band mates led to the split. Notably, Orzabal’s perfectionism in music production and Smith’s laid back approach and lavish lifestyle are thought to have clashed too heavily and reached a boiling point which led to the band’s break up.

How old are the members of Tears for Fears?

All of the past and present members of Tears for Fears were born in the 1950s or early 1960s:

  • Roland Orzabal, the band’s primary songwriter and joint vocalist is the only member to appear on every Tears for Fears album. He was born on August 22, 1961 and is 62 years old.
  • Curt Smith was the band’s bassist and joint vocalist between 1981 and 1991. He rejoined Tears for Fears in 2000 and is 1961-06-24. years old, having been born on June 24, 1961.
  • Manny Elias, the band’s percussionist and drummer between 1981 and 1986, was born on February 21, 1953 and is 71 years old.
  • Ian Stanley, the band’s keyboardist and backing vocalist between 1981 and 1987, was born on February 28, 1957 and is 67 years old.

What was Tears for Fears biggest hit?

Tears for Fears conquered the charts for decades with their top hits “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Shout,” “Head Over Heels,” “Sowing The Seeds Of Love,” and “Mad World” still playing on radio stations across the world. Arguably, their biggest hit remains “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”

What is the song “Everybody Wants To Rule the World” about?

“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” was written during the Cold War between Russia and the United States. Context-wise, it depicts a controlling government and the lust for power and authority that are detrimental to society, especially the youth. Orzabal also viewed the song as a “cynical” anthem about life, given the disastrous effects of politics.

When was “Everybody Wants To Rule the World” released?

“Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” was released in 1985 and reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and sold over 1.2 million units in the UK, reaching 2x Platinum status in the country.

What movie is “Everybody Wants To Rule the World” in?

There are several movies where the song was played or chosen as a part of the soundtrack: Peter’s Friends, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Sky High, and White Bird in a Blizzard. Lorde covered the song for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” in 2013.

How old was Roland Orzabal’s wife Caroline when she died?

Roland Orzabal's wife, Caroline Orzabal, passed away in July 2017 when she was 62 years old. She struggled with depression and alcoholism for a long time, leading to the cirrhosis and dementia that would cause her death. It was reported that her depression only came about after her menopause.

How many concerts has Tears For Fears had?

Tears For Fears has had 625 concerts.

What genre is Tears For Fears?

Tears For Fears is most often considered to be Rock, Pop, Pop Rock, Soft Rock, New Wave, Psychedelic Pop, Britpop, Synthpop, Art Pop, New Wave Pop, Synth-Pop, Permanent Wave, New Romantic, and Sophisti-Pop.

When was the last Tears For Fears concert?

The last Tears For Fears concert was on January 02, 2024.

What setlist does Tears For Fears play live?

The songs that Tears For Fears performs live vary, but here's the latest setlist that we have from the November 18, 2023 concert at Huntington State Beach in Huntington Beach, California, United States:

  1. Stay
  2. No Small Thing
  3. The Tipping Point
  4. Everybody Wants to Rule the World
  5. Sowing the Seeds of Love
  6. Long, Long, Long Time
  7. Break the Man
  8. My Demons
  9. Rivers of Mercy
  10. Mad World
  11. Memories Fade
  12. Suffer the Children
  13. Pale Shelter
  14. Break It Down Again
  15. Head Over Heels / Broken
  16. Shout

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