Hall & Oates and Tears for Fears to tour together

posted by Jim Curtis -

The summer just a little hotter with the announcement that Hall & Oates will hit the road with Tears For Fears for a 29-city North American tour. The trek featuring the power duos, kicks off on May 4th at Tulsa's BOK Center and wraps on July 28th at L.A.'s Staples Center. The tour is slated to criss-cross the country, making stops in Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Miami, New York, Denver, San Antonio, Dallas, St. Paul, Toronto, Denver, Las Vegas, and more. The arena tour will also feature a special acoustic performance by opening act, Allen Stone.

Daryl Hall talked about the summer run in the tour announcement, saying, "I am very excited to be touring with Tears For Fears. Their music has a timeless quality that complements what we do. I think everyone is going to love this show!" John Oates added: "I can't wait to get back out on the road in 2017.  Performing with Tears For Fears will be an exciting and musical experience for me and all the fans."

  • Tears For Fears said, "We're thrilled to be going out on the road with Daryl Hall & John Oates this summer. We've been longtime fans of the band so it'll be fun to reconnect and also to see our fans throughout the U.S."
  • When we last caught up with Curt Smith, he told us that fans need to understand that Tears For Fears remains a forward moving creative outlet: ["I can only do it if it were worth it. I have no desire to tour just to play old music. I want people to know the new music. I mean, we've been offered enough 'reunion tours' and '80s packages to, y'know, kill me. But we've turned every one down 'cause it's just not what we do."] 
  • Fans who have followed Hall & Oates' live career over the years know all too well, that every year the material seems to take on totally new dimensions from the original hits: ["These songs have morphed so much. I mean, that's what happens. You have a band that knows each other as well as we do (and) things happen on each song. We leave lots of room for improvisation, changing of the arrangements and stuff like that. That's what keeps them interesting to us, too. Otherwise it would be, just going through the motions."] 
  • John Oates will publish his autobiography, Change Of Seasons, on April 4th via St. Martin’s Press. 
  • JUST ANNOUNCED: Hall & Oates and Tears For Fears tour dates (subject to change):
  • March 29 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair (John Oates only)
  • May 4 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
  • May 6 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
  • May 8 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo ArenaMay 11 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
  • May 13 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Bradley Center
  • May 15 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
  • May 17 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
  • May 20 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
  • May 22 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
  • May 24 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone ArenaJune 7 - Miami, FL - AmericanAirlines Arena
  • June 9 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center
  • June 11- Duluth, GA - Infinite Energy Center
  • June 13 - Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena
  • June 16 - Queens, NY  - Forest Hills Stadium
  • June 17 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
  • June 19 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
  • June 21 - Quebec City, QC - Videotron Centre
  • June 24 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
  • June 26 - Washington, D.C. - Verizon Center
  • July 11 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
  • July 13 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
  • July 15 - Denver, CO  - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
  • July 17 - Glendale, AZ  - Gila River Arena
  • July 19 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center
  • July 2 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
  • July 23 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
  • July 25 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center
  • July 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples  Center
  • September 1 - Snowmass, CO - JAS Aspen Snowmass Experience at Snowmass Town Park (Hall & Oates only)

Source: Press release

FAST FACTS

  • Tears For Fears got its name from John Lennon's famed psychiatrist, Dr. Arthur Janov. The duo zeroed in on the line "tears as a replacement for fears" as found in Janov's 1980 book, Prisoners Of Pain.
  • They scored back-to-back Number One hits in 1985 with "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and "Shout."
  • The third single from their Songs From The Big Chair album, "Head Over Heels," peaked at Number Three.

DID YOU KNOW???

  • On July 13th, 1985 Tears For Fears was forced to pull out of the Philadelphia Live Aid concert the morning of the show due to two bandmembers two of their backing musicians -- guitarist Andrew Saunders and saxophonist Will Gregory -- quit due to the "expiration of their contract."
  • George Thorogood & Destroyers took their spot instead.

SIDE NOTES

  • Recently released is Hall & Oates' latest live double CD/DVD/Blu-ray release, Live In Dublin, which was taped on July 15th, 2014 at the city’s Olympia Theatre.
  • The tracklisting for Hall & Oates' Live In Dublin is: “Maneater,” “Out Of Touch,” “Say It Isn’t So,” “Family Man,” “It’s Uncanny," "“Back Together Again,” “Las Vegas Turnaround,” “She’s Gone,” “Sara Smile,” “Do What You Want, Be What You Are,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” “Rich Girl,” “You Make My Dreams,” “Kiss On My List,” and “Private Eyes.”

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