Tears For Fears. photo Frank W Ockenfels III

Tears For Fears New Album And 2022 Headline Tour

by Geoff Ford

80s icons Tears For Fears are to release their first new studio album in almost two decades, in the New Year, with summer tour dates to follow including dates at Leeds Millennium Square on Thursday 14 July and Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Saturday 16 July.

The Tipping Point is set for release on 25 February 2022 via Concord Records Album Pre-Order Featuring An Exclusive Limited Edition and, as part of The Tipping Point World Tour in support of the album release, the band will be touring the UK in July 2022 with special guest, another 80s legend, Alison Moyet.

Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday 19 November via ticketmaster.co.uk

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.

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.”

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

The Tipping Point is the band’s first album since their 2004 reunion album Everybody Loves A Happy Ending. Since then, the band have toured extensively, including a sold-out UK arena tour and in 2017 and released a best-of compilation Rule The World that returned the band to upper reaches of the album charts once more. In September of 2022 the band were honoured with the Outstanding Song Collection Award at the 2021 Ivor Novello Awards.

When asked why make The Tipping Point now, Roland Orzabal explained: “Before everything went so right with this album, everything had to go wrong, first. 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.”

“If that balance doesn’t work on a Tears For Fears album, the whole thing just doesn’t work,” Curt Smith acknowledged. “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 and became one of the most distinctive bands of the 1980s representing a mix of pop palatability, new wave innovation with clever sophistication at the centre of their lyricism. They went on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide with anthemic singles such as Shout, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Mad World, Sowing The Seeds Of Love and Woman In Chains acknowledged as classics.

The Tipping Point is the bold, beautiful and powerful sound of Tears For Fears finding themselves together, once again.

Joining Tears For Fears, on tour, will be fellow 80’s-legend Alison Moyet, whose albums Alf and Raindancing, each earned platinum discs in the UK. Known for her powerful and bluesy vocals, Moyet first came to prominence as the vocalist with early-80s duo Yazoo before scoring six UK top 10 hits in her own right.

Tears For Fears UK Tour 2022, with special guest Alison Moyet, dates:

Friday 1 July, Telford – QE2 Arena              

Saturday 2 July, Warminster, Wiltshire – Longleat                           

Tuesday 5 July, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire – Waddesdon Manor                       

Thursday 7 July, Newcastle – Utilita Arena

Friday 8 July, Kelso, Scotland – Floors Castle                                 

Saturday 9 July, Lytham St Annes – Lytham Festival                                  

Tuesday 12 July, Derby – The Incora County Ground

Thursday 14 July, Leeds – Millennium Square

Friday 15 July, Warwick – Castle

Saturday 16 July, Scarborough – Open Air Theatre

Tuesday 19 July, New Milton, Hampshire – Chewton Glen                                     

Wednesday 20 July,Canterbury, Kent – The Spitfire Ground                      

Friday 22 July, Hove, Sussex – The 1st Central County Ground     

Saturday 23 July, Cardiff – Castle

Sunday 24 July, Hatfield, Hertfordshire – Hatfield House                            

Tuesday 26 July, Exeter, Devon – Powderham Castle

Tears for Fears, Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal. photo Frank W Ockenfels III

Tears For Fears, The Tipping Point, released 25 February 2022 via Concord Records, pre-order the album https://found.ee/tearsforfears_store