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Tears for Fears with Carina Round
AVA Amphitheatre
Tucson, AZ
July 20, 2017
Tears for Fears
Tears for Fears
Carina Round
Carina Round
Tears for Fears
Tears for Fears

Review and photos by Frances Sealy

Tears For Fears (TFF) is currently touring with Hall and Oates. They managed to bring a taste of the second British invasion to Tucson. The duo, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, has sold approximately 30 million albums. Orzabal mentioned early in the show that they were happy to be doing their own show. This was mainly so they could make the show more personable. The fans were happier for the extended performance as seen by the overwhelming applause and their eagerness to act as the chorus during the show.

The evening started with a short set by British singer/songwriter Carina Round. Round is a very familiar face and voice with the band, Puscifer. She actually has been a solo artist since 1996 and she has been associated with artists like Ryan Adams, David Gray, Dave Stewart, Billy Corgan, and Brian Eno. Round has been a member of Puscifer since 2009.

It was very clear as soon as she took the stage that Round was sporting a baby bump. She confirmed that she was 32 weeks in her gestation later in the set. Round accompanied herself during the set with an electric guitar. She performed songs from her most recent album, Deranged to Divine. Round's vocals were exceptional. Her songs, as she described early in the set, could be interpreted as depressing. They were good nonetheless. Curt Smith of TFF joined Round for the last song of her set. Round was also providing her powerhouse vocals singing background for TFF during their set.

The TFF set started with the very familiar "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." The mood was set for the rest of the evening. Everyone was out of his/her seat. There were no chair dancers for this show. The set was filled with hits dating back to the duo's first album. Many of the songs were extended versions of the original compositions. There were many great moments during the show. Smith seemed to shine particularly during "Mad World." Orzabal gave a haunting version of the Radiohead cover of "Creep." Their "Beatlesque" arrangements of the songs like "Sowing the Seeds of Love" were uncanny in the way they mimicked the 'Fab-Four.' But they worked because they were so good..

Orzabal was the master of ceremonies for the evening light-heartedly engaging the fans. His voice was excellent. Smith's vocal upper register seemed to be strained at times possibly from overuse during the tour. Both singers were very animated. The encore of the show was their biggest hit, "Shout." The fans did just that.
Set List:
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Secret World
Sowing the Seeds of Love
Pale Shelter
Break It Down Again
Everybody Loves a Happy Ending

Mad World
Memories Fade
Creep (Radiohead cover)
Advice for the Young at Heart
Head Over Heels


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