Review: Nostalgia trip with Tears for Fears

By Shani Tan

Posted at Aug 12 2012 11:24 AM | Updated as of Aug 13 2012 10:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- While most of the metro was still recovering from the devastating flood brought about by monsoon rains, a huge crowd braved heavy rains and traffic to watch Tears for Fears at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday night.

Tears for Fears concert at the Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Gretchen Fullido, ABS-CBN News

Earlier, the band pledged all merchandise profits from the two-night concerts to help the victims of the flood.

Nostalgia was definitely the theme of the night. The opening act was former Fra Lippo Lippi frontman Per Sorensen who began with a minute of silence to acknowledge the flood victims.

Starting with “Beauty and Madness,” Sorensen had the audience singing along to throughout most of his set. He performed many crowd favorites including “Angel,” “Stitches and Burn,” “The Distance Between Us ” and “Every Time I See You.” The songs and the voice were just as the crowd remembered them.

When introducing his band, Sorensen told the crowd that the evening’s gig was special for a different reason for him. He then introduced his son, Oskar Holldorf, on keyboard and said it was their first time to perform together.

British singer Carina Round followed with an acoustic set of her original songs. At one point, the singer ran a few lines and invited the crowd to sing along with her.

Karaoke time

After two opening acts, Tears for Fears finally took the stage, opening with “Everbody Wants to Rule the World.” The crowd got up, sang along, fists in the air and stayed up as the band followed it with “Sowing the Seeds of Love.” The stage background even projected images of the iconic sunflowers from the song’s music video.

The whole show was definitely a trip down memory lane for most of the audience. The shrieks and cheers that greeted the opening bars of “Mad World” and “Change” left no doubt that most of the crowd was definitely of a certain age group. Frankly, we didn’t care.

The nostalgia factor was even acknowledge by Roland Orzabal when he, with his hair flowing (just like we remember it on all their videos) courtesy of a fan strategically placed in front of the stage, recalls being stopped at a supermarket recently and asked, “Are you the guy from Tears for Fears?”

The question was immediately followed with “What are you doing these days?” Orzabal’s answer won the home crowd when he told the guy to “google Tears for Fears in Manila.”

In between songs, Orzabal also told the crowd that they were better able to appreciate the Philippines on their second visit since they had more time to try out the local delicacies. After some heckling from the audience, he specified that he was talking about the food.

Not to be outdone, Curt Smith got an even bigger cheer out of the audience when he dedicated “Advice for the Young at Heart” to his tweeps, saying he has more Filipino followers on Twitter than any other nationality.

The set continued with “Pale Shelter,” “Badman’s Song,” and “Break it Down Again.” When it seemed like “Head Over Heels” was their last song, the crowd went wild, chanting “Shout” and calling for more. We just can’t believe that the show would end without that song.

True enough, the band came back, teased us with “Woman in Chains” before giving us what we wanted.

At the familiair tinkly opening of “Shout,” we stood up, screamed and shouted. From our nosebleed seats, our view was of arms and glowsticks raised, and fists pumped in waves across the whole stadium. The whole crowd caught in a perfect moment of reliving the '80s.