Tears for Fears brought The Tipping Point tour to Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, MD last night in support of their new album of the same name. I have always loved their music, but somehow never wound up seeing them live until this show. When their new album was released in February, I immediately fell in love with it and have played it so many times that I already consider it a classic. My love for The Tipping Point album made me determined to finally catch Tears for Fears in concert.
When most bands tour, they focus heavily on their greatest hits and might throw in a few songs from their newest album, much to the audience’s chagrin. But with The Tipping Point tour, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith made the bold decision to include a hefty assortment of songs from the new album. A whopping seven songs from The Tipping Point were played during last night’s show. This wasn’t unique to the Columbia stop of the tour. The band has built their core setlist for their entire tour around these seven songs while also including a crowd-pleasing selection of their biggest hits and fan favorites. The result is an inspiring, joyous show that celebrates the band’s past and present in a strong, 19-song set. It’s a gamble to include so many new songs in a show, but the reason that it works in this show is due to the strength of the songs on The Tipping Point album. I would argue that the new album is equally as good as — if not better than — Songs From The Big Chair, their classic eighties masterpiece. I am aware that this is a bold statement, but I stand by it. The Tipping Point is not just a good album, it’s fantastic. The show is so great that I decided to catch another date on this tour, June 21 in Philadelphia at The Mann Music Center. I can’t wait to experience the thrill of this show one more time before the band heads overseas for the rest of their tour. Thank you Roland and Curt for a beautiful night!
Here are a few photos and a video compilation of short clips from the show.