Fans of Tears For Fears who were lucky enough to snap up a ticket to the sold out show at the Ovations! Live Theater at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino Friday night were treated to a very special show.
Formed in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, the duo, Tears For Fears made a magical musical combination that resulted in massive success in the ‘80s, diverted paths in the ‘90s and in recent years recovered the magic all over again. Orzabel and Smith are hard at work on the band’s seventh, and much anticipated, album — and while they did not play any songs from the forthcoming work, based on the still-intact chemistry and brilliant musical chops displayed, the album should not disappoint.
As soon as the opening sounds of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” were heard, the crowd were on their feet and rarely sat down during the almost two-hour set. During this, and several of their biggest hits, it seemed at times like the crowd’s unified voices singing along were almost louder than the guys – the kind of magical moments that give you goose bumps, feeling like a moving and living part of the music.
Their set was peppered with something for everyone and well-paced. Highlights included a brilliant cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” that showed off Orzabal’s still-amazing vocal range and a fantastic jam on “Badman’s Song” that prominently featured the amazing Carina Round whose voice mixed so well with Orzabal’s. Personal favorite’s “Mad World,” “Pale Shelter” and “Change” were breath-catchingly great.
Of their many hits, those most notably missing from the set were “Elemental,” and “Mother’s Talk.” I had hoped that they would play the hauntingly beautiful “The Working Hour.” It’s a song they have played live in recent years and it would have been a thrill to hear. But admittedly, any of the songs they performed were a thrill. I’d had the chance to see them in 1983 and the show was cancelled. 32 years later, I finally got my chance – and the wait was well worth it.
Both Orzabal and Smith still have amazing voices, unlike some, nothing has been lost in the years that have passed – in fact, this duo may have gotten even better and that makes the forthcoming new album all that much more anticipated.
As Orzabal noted, this was one of the more intimate venues they have played—and what a treat that was. To see a band of this caliber and talent in the imitate setting of the Ovations! Live Theater was a special treat indeed.
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Sowing the Seeds of Love
Advice for the Young at Heart
Break it Down Again
Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
Closest Thing to Heaven
Billie Jean (listed on the band’s set list, but not played)
Head Over Heels
Woman In Chains
Special thanks to Sharon and Roylynne for sharing their copy of the set list!