1980’s synth-pop band, Tears for Fears, reminds us music is timeless

In many ways, this year has felt like a massive trip down memory lane for me. I am not ashamed to admit that I am a child of the ’80s, and while I may have been too young to completely remember the music of that era, I am still a massive fan. Thinking back to the days of hearing my aunts play bands like Depeche Mode and Duran Duran while babysitting me, it’s safe to say that new wave music was imprinted on me at an early age. I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to see both bands on tour this summer, and this past Tuesday, I had the pleasure of adding my favorite to that list: Tears for Fears.

The First Bank Amphitheater in Franklin, TN, is by far one of my favorite places to catch a show during the summer. This repurposed rock quarry provides one of the most beautiful backdrops for concerts anywhere east of Red Rocks.

It’s an understatement to say that I was beyond excited to spend my Tuesday evening here with such amazing musical talent.

Cold War Kids started the evening off, and while this was my second time seeing them, I feel like they have made tremendous progress since the last time I saw them many years ago in a small club. Even though the sun had not yet set, they seemed happy to be performing for the early concertgoers in attendance. Lead singer Nathan Willet had the crowd screaming the lyrics of their most notable hit, “Hang Me Out to Dry.” Despite going on early, you could see people dancing as they tried to find their seats. It’s not always easy for bands to perform for the early attendees still heading into an arena, but you could tell they were happy for such a raucous ovation as they said their goodbyes.

The Tears for Fears concert was an unforgettable experience that transported the audience back in time while also showcasing the band’s continued relevance. Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith delivered an impeccable performance, combining their timeless classics with new and captivating material. It was a night of pure musical bliss, a testament to the enduring power of Tears for Fears’ music and their ability to captivate fans across generations. As I left the venue that night, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the opportunity to witness such a phenomenal show, leaving me with cherished memories and a renewed appreciation for the iconic ’80s sound that still resonates today. 

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