August 14, 2022

Addressing the gang on Friday (Could twentieth), the primary night time of their amphitheater tour with Rubbish at Cincinnati’s Riverbend Music Middle, Tears for Fears founding member Roland Orzabal pinpointed the band’s temper as “satisfied,” as in “deeply happy in a very British method.” The band had introduced out “Everyone Desires to Rule the World” three songs into their set, sounding simply as pristine and cathartic now because it did when first recorded practically 40 years in the past.

Standard knowledge is perhaps to avoid wasting such an iconic hit for the latter half of the set or the encore. However Tears for Fears usually are not a mere legacy act capitalizing on Gen X-er nostalgia. You may establish the preferred songs by how many individuals begin recording on their telephones. However deeper cuts, like epic multi-parter “Dangerous Man’s Music,” had been equally impactful. And the transitions from one track to a different had been so easy that the viewers had barely sufficient time to applaud for one earlier than one other was underway.

The sense of pleasure emanating from Orzabal, co-founder Curt Smith, and the remainder of the band was comprehensible on a number of ranges. It was the primary night time of their first tour since 2019, and their first American tour since 2017 (get tickets right here). Then there was the truth that they launched their first album of recent materials in virtually 20 years earlier this 12 months, the superb The Tipping Level. And eventually, if there was ever a time to “shout” and “let all of it out,” it’s now, for higher or worse.

At-home listenings of Tears for Fears are rewarding sufficient. Skilled stay, these songs turn into all of the richer, enhanced by moments human (Orzabal’s ad-libs throughout “Sowing the Seeds of Love”) and extra serendipitous (a fragile wind as he sings of how “the breeze blows gently” on “Dangerous Man’s Music”).

Talking with Consequence lately, the duo stated this set could be their “greatest one but.” Possibly somebody who noticed them tour Songs from the Massive Chair in 1985 would disagree. However this wasn’t a “properly, not less than you bought to see them stay’” efficiency; it was spectacular with out grading on any form of curve.

Tears for Fears, picture by Alexander Pirro for Riverbend Music Middle

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