Tears for Fears and Alison Moyet Newcastle Arena 7 July 2022

TEARS TIXThis was a strong 80s double bill. It has been many years since I had seen either of these acts and, to be honest, I had forgotten just how great they both are. Tears for Fears were absolutely massive and I remember seeing them at the time “Shout” was in the charts at Newcastle City Hall and they were simply tremendous. Everyone walked out of the venue that night singing “Shout” at the top of their voices. A magic moment. And Alison Moyet, I remember seeing her in both Yazoo and as a solo artist. But enough of the past.TEARS 3
The first thing I noticed was just how full the venue was. I would say more than three quarters of the seats were taken. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. Two great acts on the same bill. Alison Moyet was first to take the stage and did a set of her own songs and Yazoo hits. The venue was almost full from the start; no ordinary support act this one, the bar must have been empty. Alison was dressed all in black, looked well and her voice was as strong and soulful as ever. If anything she has become a little darker in her approach, the songs taking on an almost Gothic style (that may be a slight exaggeration). The crowd gave her the great reception she deserved. A fantastic opening act, but the best was yet to come.TEARS 4
Something is different about Tears for Fears these days. In my memory (and I could be quite wrong) Curt was almost the front man and sang all the hits when I saw them “back in the day”. While Roland took more of a back seat. There seems to have been some sort of change around, at least for the newer songs. Roland looks very different with long white hair and a white beard and seems to almost have become the leader, talking a lot more than his partner. Roland jokingly said that he had been compared to Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen or a well-groomed Bill Bailey! The set was a mix of old and new. I had forgotten just how many hits they had. They drew heavily from their new album TEARS 1The Tipping Point which has been several years in the making and has returned them to the top 5 of the American album charts. This band are massive around the world. The hits just kept coming: early on we got “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and the wonderful “Sowing The Seeds of Love”. We were soon taken right back to the start and “Mad World” along with “Pale Shelter”. The encores included “Change” and the closing song was (of course) “Shout”. Everyone went home happy. A truly great 1980s double bill.

I was lucky to catch the tour. Shortly after I saw them the following announcement was made: “The remaining dates of Tears For Fears tour have been cancelled today because of Curt Smith’s rib injury. Ticket holders are advised to contact their point of purchase.”

TEARS 2In the three dates where Alison Moyet performed, she got massive praise from the press: “The Express newspaper noted “Pop chanteuse Moyet… put on an incredible last-minute headline performance”. The Blackpool Gazette welcomed “an uplifting evening of electro torch songs” and described Alison’s performance as a “triumph”. And All Music Magazine praised Alison as “a flawless performer”.”

Alison Moyet Setlist: I Germinate; Nobody’s Diary (Yazoo); Do You Ever Wonder; Beautiful Gun; All Cried Out; Wishing You Were Here; Situation (Yazoo); My Best Day; Only You (Yazoo); Love Resurrection; Don’t Go (Yazoo)

TEARS 6Tears for Fears Setlist: No Small Thing; The Tipping Point; Everybody Wants to Rule the World; Secret World; Sowing the Seeds of Love; Long, Long, Long Time; Break the Man; My Demons; Rivers of Mercy; Mad World; Suffer the Children; Woman in Chains; Badman’s Song; Pale Shelter; Break It Down Again; Head Over Heels / Broken.

Encore: End of Night; Change; Shout.

Many thanks to Jackie for the photos and Chris for helping me into my bed. A great night.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mark Watson on July 24, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    I had tickets for the cricket ground in Hove. We got 2 for 1 tickets and i did wonder if dates had been cancled because of low sales, the shows haven’t been re scheduled so, as i’ve said, i do wonder. I was at the 1985 show, they were superb. Do you by any chance have any Aztec Camera gigs to post.


    • Posted by vintagerock on July 24, 2022 at 6:41 pm

      Hi Mark, I very much doubt it would be lack of ticket sales based on the number of people who went to the Newcastle concert, but you never can tell. Sadly Aztec Camera is one band I never went to see (not sure why); my life is full of such regrets. Best wishes Peter


  2. Posted by John Johnstone on July 25, 2022 at 12:26 am

    Great review Peter. I was at the Newcastle gig and they blew me away. The setlist was full of strong songs and the band were so tight. Roland is a very engaging front man and seemed more relaxed compared to when I saw their previous performance at Glasgow a few years ago, and he obviously enjoyed being back in Newcastle (even if he made a dreadful attempt at a Geordie accent). Hopefully they will tour again and I’ll be lucky enough to get a ticket.


    • Posted by vintagerock on July 25, 2022 at 11:51 am

      Thanks John. I am pleased you enjoyed my review. I agree it was a great show. Fantastic band. Happy days Peter


  3. Hi Peter, great review as always, thank you for this. What a great evening. I’m singing both of their song repertoiress in my head. Nostalgia of Top of the Pops! I only had Alison Moyet on vinyl. Kind regards, Ned.


    • Posted by vintagerock on July 26, 2022 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks Ned. Pleased that you enjoyed my review. Vinyl is best! The more scratches the better. It makes me imagine how many parties it was played at! Happy days Peter


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