It’s been 25 years since Tears For Fears released its sophomore album, “Songs From the Big Chair,” a five-time platinum smash that spawned the hits “Shout, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Head Over Heels.” But Curt Smith says he and creative partner Roland Orzabal are not planning any special commemoration when they start a North American tour next week in Detroit.
“We’ll play a couple of songs from it, but that’s pretty much it,” says Smith, 49, who co-founded the group with Orzabal in 1981 in England, then left acrimoniously in 1991 and rejoined circa 2000. “I think (‘...Big Chair’) is a really good piece of work, but some songs you don’t relate to as well anymore. We try and play what we can still relate to.
“That’s sort of one of the keys of continuing playing, is you have an emotional relationship with the songs, and certain songs you don’t feel anymore and certain ones you have to change somewhat to make you feel it. You just try to strike a balance, really.”
The chart-topping “Shout,” in fact, is one of those songs that’s stayed relevant to Smith and Orzabal via changes, he says.
“‘Shout’ is quite a bit different than it used to be,” notes Smith, who now lives in Los Angeles and is working on an Internet-based solo project, “All Is Love,” that pairs him with young musicians he discovers via social media. “It pretty much ends up where it was on the original recording, but it’s far more low-key at the start of the song, not like, Bam!, We’re in your face.
“We’re older, more mature and wiser now, so we like to build it. People seem to like it just fine this way too.”
Tears For Fears performs with Wainwright at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12 at SoundBoard in the MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Blvd., Detroit. Tickets are $42, $40 and $32. Call 313-309-4700 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.
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