Less than a month before Tears For Fears is scheduled to embark on an arena tour of the U.K. and Europe, co-founder Curt Smith — who split with musical partner Roland Orzabal once before — is hinting that his future with the group may be uncertain.

On Friday, a fan tweeted “enjoy rehearsal” at Smith, seemingly referencing a photo of Orzabal taken at a tour rehearsal that has been circulating. Smith’s response: “Thanks for the thoughts, but I’m not there.”

Another fan asked later that day: “We need to know if your in or out for the long haul? Are rugs being pulled once more??” Smith replied: “Not my decision at this point, but I’ll happily let you know when I know.”

Then, earlier today, another fan asked Smith whether ticketholders will know prior to the upcoming shows whether he’ll be there or not. To that, he replied: “Obviously I will know before then & I will let you know as soon as I do. Again, all circumstances beyond my control at this point.”

UPDATE: On Jan. 13, Smith tweeted “See you in Europe,” suggesting — though still not explicitly addressing — that he will be on the tour.

The band itself has made no announcement regarding Smith’s participation in the Tears For Fears tour, and the group’s Facebook page features advertisements for upcoming gigs and festival appearances with photos showing both Orzabal and Smith. The band is slated to open its UK and Ireland tour on Jan. 30 in Killarney, and play a total of 18 arena dates across Europe — many of which were rescheduled from last year, when the band’s tour was canceled over undisclosed health issues.

Beyond the arena dates, Tears For Fears has been announcing European festival appearances in June and July, as well as a lone U.S. date: an appearance in May at the Shaky Knees festival in Atlanta.

If Orzabal were to press on as Tears For Fears without Smith, it wouldn’t be the first time. Smith left the band in 1991, and Orzabal released two albums — 1993’s Elemental and 1995’s Raoul and the Kings of Spain — under the Tears For Fears name. Smith and Orzabal eventually got back together in 2000, and released Everybody Loves a Happy Ending in 2004.

The two have been working on a new Tears For Fears album for five years, and, in postponing their tour dates last year, had said it would be released in fall 2018 — but so far, no release has been announced.

See the band’s current tour dates below.






Tears For Fears tour dates

Jan. 30: INEC Killarney, Killarney, Ireland
Jan. 31: 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
Feb. 2: Echo Arena, Liverpool, UK
Feb. 3: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, UK
Feb. 4: Brighton Centre, Brighton, UK
Feb. 6: The O2, London, UK
Feb. 7: Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth, UK
Feb. 9: First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK
Feb. 11: SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
Feb. 12: Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK
Feb. 13: Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, UK
Feb. 16: Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
Feb. 17: AFAS Live, Amsterdam Zuidoost, Netherlands
Feb. 19: Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt, Hamburg, Germany
Feb. 20: Lotto Arena, Antwerp, Belgium
Feb. 21: Accorhotels Arena, Paris, France
Feb. 23: Mediolanum Forum, Milano, Ialy
Feb. 24: Kioene Arena, Padova, Italy
May 3: Shaky Knees Music Festival, Atlanta, GA, USA
June 18: Hampton Court Palace Festival, London, UK
June 19: Hampton Court Palace Festival, London, UK
June 21: Delamere Forest, Cheshire, UK
June 22: Blenheim Palace – Nocturne, Woodstock, UK
June 25: Neumünster Abbey, Luxembourg
June 26: Galaxie D’Amneville, Amneville, France
June 28: KUNST! Rasen, Bonn, Germany
June 29: Parkpop, Den Haag, Netherlands
June 30: Retro C’est Trop, Tilloloy, France
July 3: Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
July 7: Beauregaurd, Hérouville-saint-clair, France
July 9: Rome Fest, Rome, Italy
July 10: Lucca Summer Festival, Lucca, Italy
July 12: Tollwood Festival, München, Germany
July 13: Schloss Bruchsal Festival, Bruschal, Germany
July 14: Summer in The City, Mainz, Germany





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