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Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Hall & Oates teamed with Tears For Fears for a North American tour that visited the Schottenstein Center on Monday, May 22. Although the pairing seemed confusing at first, coupling two bands who so thoroughly shaped the landscape of ‘80s rock ultimately made for a stellar, roughly four hour show that had fans of either, or more likely, both bands relishing every second.

Singer/guitarist Allen Stone opened the show with a short, three or four song set that found the guitarist using a looping station to compose his funky sound on the spot. He’s clearly a competent musician who wears a Jason Mraz meets Stevie Wonder vibe well.

Tears For Fears has delivered anthemic rock music that is deeply in the DNA of electronic, rock, and dance artists for over 30 years. Taking the stage to Lorde’s cover of Songs From The Big Chair standout “Everybody Wants to Rule The World,” the band seamlessly slipped into their own version of the chart topper.

The core duo, bassist Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal, have always carefully balanced the line between fiery and vitriolic fist pumpers and pristine pop songcraft and their set was comprised of some of the best of those compositions, including the swinging “Sowing the Seeds of Love” and tender “Advice for the Young at Heart” and the edgier “Mad World” and “Change.” Additionally, the band took delivered an ambitious, moody version of the Radiohead hit “Creep.” On a side note, the band is employing back up vocalist Carina Round (also of Puscifer), whose contributions to the overall vocal sound cannot be understated.

Additionally, Orzabal offered some memories about Columbus, including lamenting about being sidelined during the SFTBC tour in middle Ohio with vocal ailments and remarking that the city reminds him of French onion soup, something he ate while in recovery. Distracted from that thought for a moment he surveyed the arena saying, “Look at all the exit signs,” before joking, “they’re beautiful.”

Following the bands note-for-note performance of “Head Over Heels” they left the stage briefly to return for an encore of “Shout.” It is challenging to articulate how absolutely huge this song sounded, but the buzz in the aisle ways when it finished, including during my own discussions with other seasoned music journalists on site, was that it was perhaps one of the best live performances by any band of any song we’d ever seen. An absolutely goosebump-inducing, tear jerking and epic finale.

In the headliner position for the evening, Hall & Oates delivered a longer set (around two hours) comprised of the most recognizable songs from their 40-year cannon, including “Sara Smile,” “Kiss On My List,” and Private Eyes.” The band opened with pop hit “Maneater” before delving in to more soulful R&B and blues oriented material.

Noteably, Hall & Oates’ Charles DeChant demanded attention with his passionate saxophone solos, which proved a highlight of the evening. “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” also shone a spotlight on the band’s back up percussionists who provided a funky backbone that gave the song its considerable groove. The band also delivered a soulful cover of Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost that Lovin Feelin’,” which provided some in the crowd (including the couple in front of me) to snuggle up to (or motorboat in their case) their companions.

The band also played some deeper cuts, including “Is It A Star” from their experimental album War Babies, which was just as enthusiastically received as their classic hits. If anything, Daryl Hall and John Oates proved that they are still sharp musicians who are at the top of their game, even at age 70.

Words by Tim Anderl. Photos by Christopher Corn



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In the mid 1980s new wave era, with feel good singles, such as “Love Shack” and “Footloose,” at the top of the charts, confessional songs of disheartening childhood experiences was the last thing one might expect from an aspiring young band. Yet it was the then newcomers Tears For Fears’ dark remembrances, supported by infectious melodies, that many rock critics now cite as having struck a chord with the young recession era generation causing their debut The Hurting to go to number one in the UK and the top ten in the U.S.

With all the pressure a success of this kind can bring, including a mass of fans anxiously awaiting new material, their next recording sessions could have easily been a play it safe affair. Instead the band pushed themselves ever further artistically, with arrangements of a much greater level of complexity and musicianship. While the lyrics of much of what would become their second album, Songs From The Big Chair, would remain introspective, it may have been the more mature, and universal, coming of age themes that contributed to the album having an even wider appeal than The Hurting.

In any case, with yet another string of hits from Big Chair — including “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Shout,” “Head over Heels,” and “I Believe” — Tears For Fears would find themselves not only standing head to head with the best acts of the day, it has since earned them the status of having one of highest grossing albums of the Eighties. Still today these songs remain permanent fixtures on classic radio, and Big Chair is now pantheon of seminal albums of the decade.


Brothertiger Plays Songs From The Big Chair pays tribute Tears For Fears’ influential gem by giving it a modern take. Brothertiger is the alias of electronically-fueled John Jagos, a musician and producer based in Brooklyn, New York. Jagos’ passion for making music started out of his college dorm room at Ohio University in 2010. The Vision Tunnels EP was his first proper release, and soon after, he signed with Mush Records to release three subsequent albums.

“Covering this album was gratifying, challenging, and truly inspiring” John Lagos says of the process. “I never thought I’d ever get a chance to be able to cover an entire album, let alone an album I truly care about. I feel so fortunate to be able to cover one of my favorite records in my own style and my own approach.”

Brothertiger’s style complies with the vision Tears For Fears had 32 years ago, and by working with Reimagine, Brothertiger Plays Songs From The Big Chair helps to shed new life and give new meaning to an iconic piece of music that should never be forgotten.

Brothertiger Plays Songs From The Big Chair is out May 19 on Reimagine Music and today Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of sharing his transcendent version of “The Working Hour.” Enjoy:

(Visit Brothertiger here: http://www.brothertiger.net/

Purchase the album at Reimagine Music: http://www.reimaginemusic.com/)


Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Daryl Hall & John Oates, are partnering with multi-platinum selling band, Tears For Fears, for a  North American tour.  The tour will kick off on Thursday, May 4 in Tulsa OK at the BOK Center and will include stops in Chicago, Nashville, Miami, New York, Dallas, Toronto, Denver, Las Vegas and more, before wrapping up in Los Angeles at the STAPLES Center at the end of July. The summer arena tour will also feature a special acoustic performance by opening act, Allen Stone.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Daryl Hall and John Oates, are the number-one selling duo in music history.

“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!” said Daryl Hall.

For the full list of dates, visit: http://www.hallandoates.com/tour.html

Eighties icons Tears for Fears, who are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their classic Songs from the Big Chair, continue to tour and have added a few shows.

Sep 19 Vina Robles Amphitheatre Paso Robles, CA

Sep 24 Freedom Hill Amphitheatre Sterling Heights, MI

Sep 25 Casino Rama Rama, Canada

Sep 26 Casino Rama Rama, Canada

Sep 28 The Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY

Sep 29 Mayo Performing Arts Center Morristown, NJ

Sep 30 Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ