Tears For Fears with special guest Alison Moyet performing their Rule The World Tour at The Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on Wednesday 13th February 2019

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

Thanking the packed Motorpoint Arena for waiting for them, Roland Orzabai and Curt Smith (Tears For Fears) last night played the songs that have helped them sell over thirty million albums with albeit a surprisingly short set, yet still managed to show the crowd that this re-arranged concert had been well worth the wait.

Supporting them on the last night of their UK tour was the classy Alison Moyet, who, accompanied by Paul Jones, Sean McGhee and a couple of neon lights, sang songs ranging from Yazoo classics Only You and Nobody’s Diary to tracks from her latest album Other including her sultry opener I Germinate, the expansive The Rarest Birds and hard rocking Beautiful Gun.

With her impressively powerful voice she received a compliment paid to few support acts, a well deserved standing ovation from this almost packed arena.

Touring the UK for the first time in over a decade, TFF arrived on stage to the dark and atmospheric Lorde’s cover of Everybody Wants To Rule The World, before they powered into their own version which is loved by so many.

With them both retaining astonishingly strong voices, they battled back and forth for vocals on the likes of Secret World and the elaborate Sowing The Seeds Of Love.

Having been ably assisted by their talented band and vocalist Carina Round who got to show her range on Suffer The Children, their set remained faithful to the original recordings, which was exactly what the audience wanted.

Pale Shelter was followed by Everybody Loves A Happy Ending before two standout tracks of the night, a wonderfully complex Badman’s Song and the heartbreaking Woman In Chains had the crowd on their feet in appreciation.

There was a segment from their 1983 debut album, The Hurting, which saw the crowd singing along to Change, the delightful Mad World and Memories Fade, before they ended the main set with Head Over Heels with took this crowd back to synth pop heaven.

They encored with Creep and perhaps their finest song, Shout.  And shout the Arena did as they stomped their feet and screamed along to the words as the closer showed that TFF had last night ruled Nottingham.