Tears for Fears return with Per Sorensen of Fra Lippo Lippi


Roland Orzabal (right) and Curt Smith

Even after almost thirty years since they released their debut album, “The Hurting,” Tears for Fears continue to be on top of the music world, proud and secure in their position as one of pop music’s most successful and enduring acts.

Local fans will have another opportunity to revisit the marvelous tunes of the 1980s as Tears for Fears, the popular duo whose stirring and powerful sound helped transform mainstream pop and rock music during that era, returns for their much-awaited 2012 concert series on August 10 and 11 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City and on August 12 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu.

“Tears for Fears Live in Manila 2012!,” is a presentation of Ovation Productions and also features Per Sorensen the voice of another iconic 80s duo Fra Lippo Lippi.

The return engagement of the popular English pop rock band reunites the tandem of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith with millions of Filipino fans more than two years after their successful debut concert also held at the Big Dome.

Acclaimed as a showcase pop rock act for what many consider as a golden era in popular music in the ‘80s, Tears for Fears will treat the audience to a thrilling blast from the past with their collection of hits that propelled them to the top of the music world as one of the biggest and best-loved bands of the post-MTV age.

Tears for Fears established numerous milestones that reflected the depth and breadth of their talent, starting with “The Hurting,” (1983) a sophisticated collection of inward-looking, synthesizer-based pop songs that included “Mad World,” “Pale Shelter” and “Change,” which became Top 10 hits in Britain.

Their second album, “Songs From The Big Chair” (1985), became an international hit with three Top 5 singles in the United States alone (dual No. 1’s:  “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” “Shout” and ”Head Over Heels”) that ultimately catapulted Tears For Fears to superstardom.

The huge success of the record — and the extensive world tour by the duo that supported it — was duplicated four years later by the follow-up album, “Sowing The Seeds of Love.”

The duo’s steady rise to the top came to an abrupt end when professional differences caused the split between Orzabal and Smith, with the latter leaving the band in 1991, moving to New York City and eventually pursuing a solo career.

With Orzabal solely at the helm, Tears For Fears continued on, releasing three new albums – “Elemental” (1993), “Raoul And The Kings Of  Spain (1995) and “Saturnine, Martial And Lunatic” (1996) – and touring internationally to promote them.

In 2004, due to clamor from millions of fans throughout the world for them to get back together, Orzabal and Smith agreed to mend their differences in one of the most celebrated reunions in music history that paved the way for the successful comeback of one of the greatest pop groups in the past half-century.

Their reunification after 13 years of separation was heralded by the release in the UK and Europe in March, 2005 of “Everybody Loves a Happy Ending,” the first collaboration of Orzabal and Smith in over a decade and which featured colorful and Beatlesque songs.

The release of the album came shortly after the comeback single, “Closest Thing To Heaven,” became the first Tears For Fears UK Top 40  hit in a decade.

Per Sorensen

Since then, Tears For Fears has continued to conquer millions worldwide with new hits and sold-out concerts as it recovered and solidified its stature as one of pop music’s most productive and successful collaborations.

Per Sorensen, on the other hand, has been the vocalist of Fra Lippo Lippi since 1983, a New Wave band from Norway which gained fame for its ‘80s hits “Shouldn’t Have To Be Like That,” “Everytime I See You” and “Light And Shade.”

For tickets to the Smart Araneta Coliseum concert call Ticketnet at 911-5555. For the Waterfront Hotel and Casino-Cebu show call 232-6888 or 0917-6228705.

“Tears For Fears Live In Manila 2012!” is presented by Globe Platinum with the  special participation of Philippine Airlines, Manulife and Top40 T-shirts and in cooperation with Chase, 2nd Avenue, Jack TV, History Channel, Mercedes Benz and Gerry’s Grill.  It is also supported by The Philippine Star, Edsa Shangri-la Manila, Manila Bulletin, BusinessWorld,  Monster Radio RX 93.1, Inquirer.net, Mellow 94.7, 97.9 Home Radio, Radio High 105.9, Philstar.com, RJ 100.3 FM, ABS-CBN and OptimaSignsolutions.

(Tickets to the Smart Araneta Coliseum concert are priced at P7,500, P5,500, P4,500, P2,500, P1,500 and P700.  For inquiries, call Ticketnet at 911-5555.  Ticket prices for the Waterfront Hotel and Casino-Cebu show are P6,500, P5,500, P3,500, P2,500, P2,000 and P1,000.  For inquiries, call 232-6888 or 0917-6228705.


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