No Fears: Orzabal, Smith Reunite
Tears For Fears principals Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith have reunited and inked a deal with Arista Records, which will release the duo's first album together since 1989 early next year. The pair perfTears For Fears principals Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith have reunited and inked a deal with Arista Records, which will release the duo's first album together since 1989 early next year. The pair performed together for the first time in over a decade Saturday (Oct. 4) at Andre Agassi's "Grand Slam for Children" benefit in Las Vegas.
Tears For Fears came to prominence in the mid-1980s while signed to Mercury Records. The band's breakthrough album, "Songs From the Big Chair," spent five weeks at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and was certified five times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Amercia (RIAA) for U.S. shipments of 5 million copies. That album featured the back-to-back No. 1 hits "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "Shout," as well as the No. 3 "Head Over Heels."
Smith left Tears For Fears in 1991 to pursue solo projects, while Orzabal released two more albums under the group name -- 1993's "Elemental" (Mercury) and 1995's "Raoul and the Kings of Spain" (Epic). Both musicians released solo albums in recent years: Smith's "Mayfield" (Zero Disc) in 1998 and Orzabal's "Tomcats Screaming Outside" (Eagle Records) in 2001.
A greatest-hits album celebrating the band's Mercury years, "Tears Roll Down: Greatest Hits 1982-1992" (Fontana), peaked at No. 53 on The Billboard 200 in 1992, and has been certified triple-platinum by the RIAA.