PREVIEW: Tears For Fears to play Leeds Millennium Square

Legendary pop duo Tears For Fears are back with their first studio album in nearly two decades and a world tour – including a date at Leeds Millennium Square.

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Thursday, 18th November 2021, 6:47 am
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BUY TICKETS: Tears For Fears = with with special guest Alison Moyet – play Leeds next year on July 14 – tickets are on general sale from Friday, November 19 CLICK HERE.

Fans who pre-order The Tipping Point from the band’s official store will be eligible for an exclusive ticket pre-order two days before the tickets go on general sale.

PRE-ORDER THE TIPPING POINT: To pre-order the album, out on Concord Records on February 25, 2022, visit

Also on sale from the band’s official store as of this Friday is an exclusive limited edition PINK vinyl version of The Tipping Point, which is due out on February.

Tears For Fears were one of the most iconic bands of the ‘80s, selling over 30 million albums worldwide with singles such as Shout, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Mad World, Sowing The Seeds Of Love, and Woman In Chains acknowledged as classics.

Speaking about going back out on the road Curt Smith said, “We couldn’t be more excited to start playing concerts again.

"We’ve missed seeing our friends on the road around the world and the energy of performing live.”

Roland Orzabal shared “The Tipping Point has been a long time in the making and we are looking forward to playing our favourites from the new album as well as our classics from throughout the years.”

Arriving on February 25, The Tipping Point is the band’s first album since their reunion album, Everybody Loves A Happy Ending, in 2004.

Since then, the band have toured extensively, including a sold-out UK arena tour and in 2017 released Rule The World, a best-of compilation that returned the band to upper reaches of the album charts once more.

In September of 2022 the band were honored with the Outstanding Song Collection Award at the 2021 Ivor Novello Awards.

When asked why make The Tipping Point now? Roland Orzabal says, “Before everything went so right with this album, everything first had to go wrong, it took years, but something happens when we put our heads together. We’ve got this balance, this push-me-pull-you thing – and it works really well.”

Curt Smith agrees, “If that balance doesn’t work on a Tears For Fears album, the whole thing just doesn’t work. To put it in simple terms, a Tears For Fears record and what people perceive to be the sound of Tears For Fears – is the stuff we can both agree on.”

Tears For Fears - Roland Orzabal (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Curt Smith (vocals, bass, keyboards) formed in Bath, England 1981.

With 30 million albums sold worldwide, performing to countless sold-out audiences, and winning various awards, the band represent an inimitable intersection of pop palatability, clever and cognisant lyricism, guitar bombast, and new wave innovation.

Tears For Fears to play Leeds Millennium Square

Their 1983 debut The Hurting yielded anthems such as Mad World, Change and Pale Shelter, reaching RIAA Gold status in the United States.

1985’s Songs from the Big Chair became a watershed moment for the group and music at large.

Boasting the signature BRIT Award-winning Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Shout, Head over Heels, Mothers Talk and I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording).

it went quintuple-platinum and captured #1 on the Billboard Top 200.

Slant dubbed it one of, “The Best Albums of the 1980s,” it was featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and Consequence of Sound awarded it a rare A+ rating in a 20-year retrospective.

1989’s Seeds of Love proved to be Orzabal and Smith’s last collaboration together until Everybody Loves A Happy Ending in 2004, which rekindled the creative fire between them.

The band engaged in a three-year touring whirlwind across North America, Japan, South Korea, Manila, and South America beginning in 2010.

2013 saw them return with their first recorded music in a decade: a cover of Arcade Fire’s “Ready to Start.” The band returned once more in 2017 with the Rule The World best of collection, which once more catapulted the band back to the upper echelon of the UK album charts.

The duo’s DNA remains embedded within three generations of artists on both subtle and overt levels. Quietly casting a shadow over rock, hip-hop, electronic dance music, indie, and beyond, Kanye West interpolated Memories Fade on The Coldest Winter from the seminal 808s & Heartbreak,

The Weeknd infused Pale Shelter into Starboy’s Secrets, David Guetta sampled Change for Always, and Drake utilized Ideas as Opiates as the foundation for Lust For Life, while Ally Brooke Hernandez, Adam Lambert, and Gary Jules recorded popular covers of Mad World and Disturbed took on Shout, and that’s only to name a few.

Lorde cut a haunting cover of Everybody Wants To Rule The World for the Soundtrack of the blockbuster The Hunger Games – Catching Fire, which Tears For Fears gleefully would use as intro music live and thus bring everything full circle.

Meanwhile, classic songs figure prominently everywhere from The Wire and Donnie Darko to Straight Outta Compton and Mr. Robot. Long before they became a cultural cornerstone Tears For Fears simply consisted of two school friends growing up in Bath, Somerset UK.

With The Tipping Point and touring on the horizon Orzabal and Smith remain as loud as ever, while yet another generation gets ready to Shout with them all over again.


July 1st Telford QEII Arena Telford, Shropshire

July 2nd Longleat Warminster, Wiltshire

July 5th Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

July 7th Utilita Arena Newcastle Newcastle Upon Tyne

July 8th Floors Castle Kelso, Scotland

July 9th Lytham Festival Lytham St Annes

July 12th The Incora County Ground Derby, Derbyshire

July 14th Leeds Millennium Square Leeds, Yorkshire

July 15th Warwick Castle Warwick, Warwickshire

July 16th Scarborough Open Air Theatre Scarborough, North Yorkshire

July 19th Chewton Glen New Milton, Hampshire

July 20th The Spitfire Ground Canterbury, Kent

July 22nd The 1st Central County Ground Hove, Sussex

July 23rd Cardiff Castle Cardiff, Wales

July 24th Hatfield House Hatfield, Hertfordshire

July 26th Powderham Castle Exeter, Devon