Tears for Fears

Joel Voorman

Tears for Fears were associated with the new wave synthesizer bands of the early 1980s and attained international chart success. Tears for Fears were part of the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US.

The band’s debut album, ‘The Hurting’ (1983), reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. Their second album, ‘Songs from the Big Chair’ (1985), reached number one on the US Billboard 200, achieving multi-platinum status in both the UK and the US. ‘Songs from the Big Chair‘ contained two Billboard Hot 100 number one hits: “Shout” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” The latter song won the Brit Award for Best British Single in 1986.

TFF OG”s Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith reconciled in 2000 and released an album of new material, ‘Everybody Loves a Happy Ending,’ in 2004. The duo have toured on a semi-regular basis since then. After almost a decade in development, the band’s seventh album, ‘The Tipping Point,’ was released in February 2022!

‘The Tipping Point’ is the band’s first album 2004. The band have toured extensively, including a sold-out UK arena tour and in 2017 released ‘Rule The World,’ a best-of compilation that returned the band to upper reaches of the album charts once more. Earlier this month the band was honored with the Outstanding Song Collection Award at the 2021 Ivor Novello Awards.

“We couldn’t be more excited to start playing concerts again. We’ve missed seeing our friends on the road around the world and the energy of performing live,” said Curt Smith. “The Tipping Point has been a long time in the making and we are looking forward to playing our favorites from the new album as well as our classics from throughout the years,” shared Roland Orzabal.


Opening act Garbage, consisting of non-ugly Scottish singer Shirley Manson (vocals) alongside her American bandmates, Duke Erikson (guitar, bass, keyboards), Steve Marker (guitar, keyboards), and former Nirvana producer, Butch Vig (drums, production)—has remained unchanged since its inception. All four members are involved in the songwriting and production process. Garbage has sold over 17 million albums worldwide.

The band’s eponymous debut album was critically acclaimed upon its release, selling over four million copies and achieving double-platinum certification in the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia. It was accompanied by a string of increasingly successful singles from 1995 to 1996, including “Stupid Girl” and “Only Happy When It Rains”. Follow-up ‘Version 2.0,’ released in 1998 after a year in production, was equally successful, topping the UK Albums Chart and receiving two Grammy Award nominations. Garbage followed this by performing and co-producing the theme song to the nineteenth James Bond film The World Is Not Enough (1999).

Garbage’s third album, ‘Beautiful Garbage‘ was also critically acclaimed. Garbage quietly disbanded amidst the troubled production of their fourth album, ‘Bleed Like Me,‘ but regrouped to complete the album, which was released in 2005 and peaked at a career-high number four in the U.S. The band cut short their of Bleed Like Me concert tour and announced an indefinite hiatus, emphasizing that they had not broken up but rather wished to pursue separate interests. The hiatus was briefly interrupted in 2007, when the band recorded new tracks for their greatest hits album, ‘Absolute Garbage.’ The band reunited in 2011, and self-released their 2012 album ‘Not Your Kind of People’ on their own label Stunvolume to positive reviews. Their next album, ‘Strange Little Birds,’ followed in 2016. Their seventh studio album, ‘No Gods No Masters,’ was released in 2021.


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