Tears for Fears

Sunset Station Amphitheater, Aug. 4

“We appreciate a lot of you that have flown from all over the States and all over the world to be here—and gamble,” said Tears for Fears’ Roland Orzabal. Throughout the evening, the British new-wave band interacted with the crowd: They took a Twitter request for “Mad World”; Orzabal joked about pushing their new merch; and they announced that a Tears for Fears doll was affixed to the bottom of one lucky fan’s chair, who shouted out upon discovery. (Unfortunately, amid all this communication, there was no mention of a new album.)

On this night of nostalgia, anything a Tears for Fears lover craved was eventually satisfied. The band played their ’80s hits—“Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Sowing the Seeds of Love,” “Head Over Heels”—and even their 2005 comeback single, “Closest Thing to Heaven.”

Tears for Fears’ musical performance was unwavering and lighting was equally on point. The only flaw was Sunset Station cramming in as many chairs as possible near the stage, creating an uncomfortable and claustrophobic experience. Quite a few people abandoned their seats and danced in the aisles (until stopped by security) or on the grassy area in the back.

Sounding almost as fresh and original as when they first emerged in the early ’80s, the band saved “Woman in Chains” and “Shout” for the encore, topping off the solid night of melodic synth-pop reminiscing. ★★★☆☆

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