1982 was quite the year—the Cold War remained in full swing, Ronald Reagan carried on with his budget-slashing, and a band from England called Tears for Fears soared the charts with its single “Mad World.” Nearly three decades later, Tears for Fears outlasted the Soviet Union and supply-side economics. Most reunion tours are retrograde curiosities, where the musicians and fans pay homage to an era they’ve long outgrown. That’s not the case here—Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith still possess some of the more distinctive vocals in rock, and thanks to Donnie Darko and the sampling habits of Nas and Kanye West, a whole new generation knows Songs from the Big Chair. Of course, the band has a new album to promote, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, which might signal a subtle, more pacified turn from one song the band is almost sure to play: “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
TEARS FOR FEARS PERFORMS WITH WAINWRIGHT AT 7 P.M. AT THE 9:30 CLUB, 815 V ST. NW. $45. (202) 265-0930.