Tear for Fears Newcastle City Hall 6th April 1985 (and Knebworth 1990)

Tear for Fears Newcastle City Hall 6th April 1985 (and Knebworth 1990)
Tearsforfears85tixIn 1985 Tears for Fears released “Songs from the Big Chair”, their second album. It was a massive worldwide success, reaching No. 2 in the UK, and staying in the Top 40 album chart for over a year. It also reached No. 1 in the US, and gave them a string of international hit singles: “Mothers Talk”, “Shout”, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Head over Heels”. The album was well received by the music press and fans alike, and saw them move from their previous dark pop synth style to more poppy upbeat music. They toured extensively to promote the album, and called at the City Hall in April 1985 for a concert which sold out well in advance. Support came from Vitamin Z who had a hit with the single “Burning Flame”. My memory of the concert is of a joyous fun night with some serious audience singalongs during “Shout” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”. This was definitely the best time I saw Tears for Fears.
tearsforfears85prog1985 Setlist: Mothers Talk; Broken / Head Over Heels / Broken; Start of the Breakdown; The Prisoner; The Working Hour; Pale Shelter; Suffer the Children; Memories Fade; I Believe; Mad World; Shout; Everybody Wants to Rule the World; The Hurting; Change.
The next and final time I saw Tears for Fears was when they appeared low down on a multi-band bill at Knebworth in 1990. The day was headlined by Pink Floyd and Paul McCartney. Tears for Fears opened the day around noon, and we were listening to them as we drove in (it was broadcast live on the radio) and then caught the end of their set as we entered the park. They were having a big success at the time with “Sowing the Seeds of Love”.
Setlist at Knebworth 1990: Women of Ireland;Head Over Heels / Broken Change; Pale Shelter; Sowing the Seeds of Love; All You Need Is Love (The Beatles); Advice for the Young at Heart; I’ve Got To Sing My Song; Badman’s Song; Everybody Wants to Rule the World

2 responses to this post.

  1. Remember this gig well Peter, it was indeed a cracker! Went to see them in Liverpool last year and they were great, the lads can still sing, and they ran through their entire history, all the hits, some new stuff and even some deep cuts; really underrated band


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