August 13, 2022

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

Typical knowledge is perhaps to save lots of such an iconic hit for the latter half of the set or the encore. However Tears for Fears will not be a mere legacy act capitalizing on Gen X-er nostalgia. You may determine the preferred songs by how many individuals begin recording on their telephones. However deeper cuts, like epic multi-parter “Dangerous Man’s Music,” have been equally impactful. And the transitions from one tune to a different have 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 evening 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 nearly twenty years earlier this yr, 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 grow to be 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 just lately, the duo stated this set could be their “finest one but.” Perhaps somebody who noticed them tour Songs from the Large Chair in 1985 would disagree. However this wasn’t a “effectively, no less than you bought to see them stay’” efficiency; it was spectacular with out grading on any type of curve.

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

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