Tears for Fears rocks Vina Robles
– By DuPree Dial
– Being 90 degrees at 7 p.m., it was a hot evening at Vina Robles Saturday night, as the crowd got ready for the Tears for Fears concert.
The opening act was Carina Round, who would later be joining Tears for Fears as their backup singer. Many in the audience scratched their heads at this choice since her songs, performed alone on acoustic guitar, were rather slow, a bit somber in tone and folk-sie.
But as she transitioned between songs, her wit and humor won over the audience. During one of her songs, Curt Smith joined her in a duet that brought cheers from the crowd. But she really shined when she came out later to join Tears for Fears. The audience was finally able to hear her strong vocal range and energy that was missing when she was solo.
With a packed house, Tears for Fears had the audience on their feet in the first song. Mixing their popular hits such as “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Head Over Heels,” and their encore “Shout,” with a few cover songs, they had everyone on their feet dancing and singing along.
With a couple of decades under their belts, Roland Orzabel and Curt Smith looked like they came more from the grunge nineties, in jeans and flannel, than their pop rock eighties. There wasn’t the synthesizer band sound of the early eighties but, but more of a rock driven feel to their songs. One thing is for sure – they definitely rocked the house.