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Return of Tears for Fears
Curt Smith (left) and Roland Orzabal in the Breakfast studio
Smith and Orzabal: working together again
Fans of the band Tears for Fears will remember their smash 1989 single 'The Seeds of Love', and their album of the same name.

Those very fans will also remember that it was the last collection of songs performed together by Tears for Fears front men Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, before the band split.

But now they're back with a new album and tour of the UK and Ireland.

  • Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith dropped into the Breakfast studio this morning.

    Fifteen years after their split, they say that having their own families has helped them achieve a better sense of perspective on their differences:

    "We got too lazy for arguments, " says Roland Orzabal "Also, we're family guys now and that's our priority.

    "Music is a fantastic thing to do but it's not at the top of the list any more."


    When Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith parted company in 1990, it was Orzabal who kept Tears for Fears going.

    The pair announced the split after a charity concert at Knebworth, but Orzabal was to release three more albums before being reunited with Smith.

    With Orzabal fronting 'Tears' alone, three albums followed: Elemental (1993), Raoul and the Kings of Spain (1995), and a year later Saturnine Martial and Lunatic but by then he decided to call it a day.

    There was too much demand for the old stuff from fans, despite Orzabal's efforts to inject new life into 'Tears' and build an international profile.


    The duo were a phenomenal success during the 80s and 90s.

    Tears for Fears
    As they were: Roland and Curt in 1982

    Their albums 'The Hurting', 'Songs from the Big Chair' and 'The Seeds of Love' provided a constant supply of hits with style heavily influenced by Lennon and McCartney.

    Leap forward a decade and Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith have rekindled their musical relationship and produced a new album fittingly titled 'Everybody Loves a Happy Ending'.

    Ahead of their tour 'Tears' fans will be delighted to hear that there's also a new single released this week called 'Closest thing to Heaven'.

    "This is the album that should have followed Seeds Of Love in many ways," says singer-songwriter Roland Orzabal - but fans will also have the chance to experience the much awaited reunion at a series of UK gigs.

    Tears for Fears on Breakfast
    Back together, after 15 years

    BBC Breakfast


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