Friday, August 10, 2012

Tears for Fears tidbits Part 2: Sad separations and Happy endings

Tears for Fears tidbits Part 2: Sad separations and happy endings
Written by Jamie Ortega

                Here is part 2 of our MCS Exclusive on English rock band Tears For Fears:

·         After the success of the record-breaking album The Seeds Of Love, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith decided to end their partnership in 1991.The reason? Irreconcilable differences.  Orzabal’s intricate and detailed approach to work clashed with Smith’s desire to slow down the pace of their work. Possibly adding to Smith’s desire to slow things down was the ending of Smith’s marriage. The band kept their music alive by releasing a compilation enttled Tears Rolls Down (Greatest Hits 92-92) which featured every single to land in the top 20 either in the UK or internationally.

     Orzabal and Smith went on to establish separate music careers. Smith released his first solo album in 1993 entitled Soul On Board. The album didn’t do so well. Smith himself has said on many occasions that he recorded it only to fulfill his responsibilities to his record company. Orzabal, on the other hand, released an album entitled Elemental which bore one hit, Break It Down Again. The song swiftly entered the top 20 UK, Canada, France and Italy charts.

·         There’s a really sweet story behind how the duo reunited: in 2000, routine obligations involving paperwork led to the duo running into each other after Orzabal signed a document on Smith’s behalf. According to Smith, Orzabal’s manager  contacted Smith’s manager about the possibility of reuniting. Smith and Orzabal eventually had dinner and after just nine minutes of awkwardness, laid the groundwork for a new album, Everybody Loves A Happy Ending ( what a cute name!)

·         14 songs were written and recorded in six months for Everybody Loves A Happy Ending which was released in September 2004. Two US tours to promote the album followed. After their reuniting it’s quite evident how the band began to focus on immortalizing their work – their live performance at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris recorded in June 2006 sold 70,000 physical copies plus downloads! It also included a new studio song Floating Down The River plus a remastered Curt Smith/Mayfield track entitled What Are We Fighting For.

·         Tears For Fears joined another 80’s pop group Spandau ballet on 7-date tour of Australia and New Zeland before headlining their own tour in South East Asia, Philippines. The band’s 2010 show was a big success and we are sure their upcoming concert in Manila will be an even bigger hit so grab your tickets before they are sold out!

Here is info on how to get your tickets for Tears For Fears Live In Manila featuring the voice of Fra Lippo Lippi, Per Sorensen on August 10 and 11 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and August 12 at the Waterfront hotel, Cebu  

Ticket Prices:
LOWER BOX(LB) – P4,755
UPPER A (UA) – P2,640
UPPER B (UB) – P1,585
Tickets available at Ticketnet or call 911-555

Cebu Concert
Tickets available at 232-6888/09176228705

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