For some music fans, waiting out Friday’s severe and tornadic weather paid off generously. Cautiously, The Starlight pushed back the start time for Tears for Fears, and it timed off perfectly with weather so chilly and breezy, fans actually got a little cold. Even the fellas in Tears for Fears noted that the weather had “turned a little English.”
This was a special night for Tears for Fears fans. The band hasn’t released an album since 2004 (except for a few compilations and remixes), and on Friday they came touting their latest release, The Tipping Point. Accompanied by videos they made on their iPhones, the band delved into several tracks off the release, which they jokingly called 17 years in the making, with ten of those discussing if they wanted to make a new album. “The email trail is ridiculous,” they confided to the audience. The Tipping Point brings a whole new layer to Tears for Fears, particularly tracks like “My Demons,” a harder sound than we’re used to (having Carina Round’s powerhouse vocals on the lineup doesn’t hurt here). Contrasted with the cooler tone of “Rivers of Mercy,” the songs sat well with their dedicated fan base.
The rest of the evening was divided by detailing the ups and downs of the music industry, detailing which releases had them on the brink of losing it all, and which ones swooped in an put them back in the limelight. They credited a great deal to Oleta Adams, who they actually met in Kansas City, for saving their careers with her soulful vocals. “Kansas City is important in the history of Tears for Fears,” they told the crowd.
They were joined by Cold War Kids, who played a shortened set due to the weather but still got to treat the audience to their new song, “Double Life.”