Two of the big three dude duos from MTV’s '80s heyday (R.I.P. George Michael!), Hall & Oates and Tears for Fears are pairing up on a spring nostalgia tour coming May 11 to Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Tickets to see the "Maneater" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" hitmakers go on sale next Friday, March 10, at 10 a.m. for $35-$130 via Ticketmaster and the arena box office.
Philadelphian collaborators Daryl Hall and John Oates have been sporadically returning to the road together over the past decade and earned a rave reception at the Orpheum Theatre in 2010 rolling through some of their doo-woppy hits, also including “She’s Gone,” “Your Kiss Is on My List” and “Rich Girl.” (Hall also played the same venue solo in 2012).
Tears for Fears mates Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith have been less active, however, and haven’t played a Minnesota date since 2004 at the State Theatre. As their brand of harmonious synth-pop became en vogue with indie music hipsters in recent years -- other hits included "Shout," "Head Over Heels" and "Seeds of Love" -- the British bandmates have earned something of a cultish following of late, to the point where they were even invited to play the Coachella festival in 2014. But they still don’t have a popular tribute band honoring them in Minneapolis like Hall & Oates do.
Here's a reminder of their respective MTV high points (or a lesson for those of you who didn't know MTV used to play music videos).