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By Suzanne

Interview with James Roday and Curt Smith of "Psych" on USA Network 8/31/10

NBC UNIVERSAL Moderator: Lynn Weiss August 31 2010 1:50 pm CT

Operator: Good day ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for standing by and welcome to USA Networksí Psych conference call. During the presentation all participants will be in a listen only mode. Afterwards, we will conduct a question and answer session.

At that time, if you have a question please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. If at any time during the conference you need to reach an operator please press star 0. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded Tuesday, August 31, 2010.

Iíd now like to turn the conference over to Lynn Weiss, Director Publicity, USA Networks. Please go ahead.

Lynn Weiss: Thank you. Hi everybody. Thanks so much for joining our call today. Weíre just talking about the next episode of Psych which airs tomorrow night. Itís called Shawn 2.0. And joining us on the call is Curt Smith from Tears for Fears.

James Roday who plays Shawn Spencer, will be joining us as soon as he gets a signal from his director that he can get on the phone. But we appreciate your calls and if you have any questions you can call myself or (Farah Hirsch) when this call is over. Thank you (Jennifer). We can begin.

One last thing I did want to mention is Mr. Smith has done a cover version of the Psych theme song that you will all get to listen to tomorrow night. Thank you again.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen if youíd like to register for a question at this time please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. One moment please. Our first question comes from the line of (Joshua Maloney). Please proceed with your question.

Joshua Maloney: Hey Curt. Thanks for your time today.

Curt Smith: My pleasure.

Joshua Maloney: So I caught your band up in (unintelligible) a couple of weeks ago and I have to say right off the bat that that was without a doubt, one of the best concerts Iíve ever seen in my life.

Curt Smith: Thank you.

Joshua Maloney: I want to know what can you tell us about the Tears for Fears version or the Curt Smith version of the Psych theme song. Obviously itís become a very popular theme song. Itís a very fun theme song. How did you sort of want to reinterpret it?

Curt Smith: Well taking cues from James primarily I made it as retro as I possibly could with some humor. So basically what we get is the visuals of the, you know, the closing credits and everything which the theme song goes over and then we play with that.

So rhythmically youíve got to match that so that it all kind of fits in and thereís an explosion and different things. So basically it was a mixture of going back to very old synthesizers and adding some humor to that as well which, it was actually a really enjoyable experience I have to say.

Joshua Maloney: Right. Now I talked to you before the concert and you had told me that, you know, you found it obviously pretty easy to play yourself. But, you know, in retrospect now, now that youíve done a little bit of acting I mean do you think that this is something you want to do again?

Do you think youíd maybe want to make a cameo in another series or two?

Curt Smith: It depends if I ever get asked. I mean the joy of doing the Psych thing I have to say, is that, you know, Iíd met them beforehand, James and Tim specifically. I met Dule when I got up there. But theyíre just, you know, a nice bunch of people.

So it actually makes the whole experience easy and enjoyable. And in that sense I didnít find it particularly hard especially as you say, playing myself. But playing other people, who can tell? But, you know, Iím kind of game for things.

Joshua Maloney: All right, well I appreciate your time. Thanks.

Curt Smith: Thank you.

Operator: Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of (Reg Seaton). Please proceed with your question.

Reg Seaton: Hi Curt. Thanks for taking the time today.

Curt Smith: My pleasure.

Reg Seaton: Can you talk about how the guest spot came about for you and what it was like to work on set?

Curt Smith: It initially came about that James and Tim from the show came to a Tears for Fears show at the Wiltern theatre in Los Angeles and then somehow managed to wangle their way backstage. I have no idea but security was very lax that night.

And I was introduced to James in - backstage. And then he said, you know, would you come and do a guest spot on the show? And I thought well why not? The show is amusing. The kind of humor is kind of right up my alley because itís pretty much chock full of sarcasm.

So it seemed like a good thing to do. And shooting it was really - I actually was tweeting while I was up there and I think I summed it up in one sort of sentence when I said it was like being at a two day frat party which it pretty much was.

Reg Seaton: Great. Now so many years removed from the í80s in what ways can you hear the impact of Tears for Fears in todayís music?

Curt Smith: Well I mean you hear it from newer bands. You obviously - I mean I can hear our influences of - over certain newer music. But, you know, itís not something Iím sort of conscious of all the time. When youíre continuing to make music you donít really think of, you know, the mark youíve left.

Youíre really looking for the next thing. So Iím not really one for looking back that much and seeing if weíve left an indelible mark on the music industry. Iíd rather move on and keep doing what I do.

Reg Seaton: And just one last question. And for you and Roland today what types of compromises do you have to strike in order to make it work?

Curt Smith: Well we donít go on tour for long periods of time which is always a good thing. You know, weíve been together for rather a long time now. So, you know, the idea of - at our age, doing very long tours is definitely not something that weíre into.

And I mean I think, you know, trying to make it enjoyable. I mean that - doing shorter tours makes it enjoyable for us. And, you know, changing some of the older songs so that they relate to us more now emotionally than they would have done when we were in our 20s.

You know, songs like Shout really donít resonate with us the same way as it did back then when we were angry young men. So, you know, we change a few things and make it - we basically update things.

Reg Seaton: Great. It was a pleasure Curt. Thank you very much.

Curt Smith: Thank you.

Operator: Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of (Mac Carter). Please proceed.

Mac Carter: Hi Curt. How are you doing?

Curt Smith: Iím good.

Mac Carter: Great. Well Psych is really a show that puts so much of their writing talent into trying to create this sort of homage to the 1980s and the music, the films.

How comfortable was it for you going into this kind of setting where you already knew I mean your music was loved, it was respected and I mean you were basically surrounded by people who looked up to you?

Curt Smith: Yeah, I mean I think that made it enjoyable. Yes. I mean, you know, I donít like - I donít mind my ego being rubbed now and again. You know, I mean they - and, you know, they were a nice bunch of people as well. So filming it was really easy.

You know, I think also what sort of helps is with all of the people on the show, you know, maybe apart from Tim to a certain degree because he does play a character thatís not exactly like him but, you know, what you see on the show is pretty much the way these people are off the show.

So that made the whole experience a lot easier for me. I wasnít dealing with, you know, seeing a bunch of actors act and then discovering theyíre completely different people off the set. Theyíre really not. Theyíre pretty much the way you think they are.

Mac Carter: All right, great. Well if Psych asked you back in the future to do another cameo would you do it?

Curt Smith: Oh, absolutely. Yeah.

Mac Carter: Great. Well thanks so much Curt.

Curt Smith: Thank you.

Operator: Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of (Rosa Cordero). Please proceed.

Rosa Cordero: Mr. Smith, as a local I want to welcome you properly to Fort Lauderdale.

Curt Smith: Thank you. I will be there in a little while. Iím sitting in Miami right now and then weíll be leaving in about an hour I think.

Rosa Cordero: Weíre very excited about the show tonight here.

Curt Smith: Thank you. It should be fun.

Rosa Cordero: I also wanted to thank you for making the Psych panel at Comic Con one of the most memorable panels.

Curt Smith: It was - it was amusing I have to say. That was - I actually got there and thought that the Psych panel consisted of talking in front of a few hundred people. Obviously I was a little shocked to see how many people were there.

But I thought it was funny the way that the, you know, because we did that trailer video - the way it came out of that into it. It was quite amusing.

Rosa Cordero: Yeah. It was fantastic. Actually I wanted to hear a little bit more about - because actually I saw an interview where you said that James was a big, fluttery fan girl when he went up to you after the concert.

Curt Smith: Yeah, that pretty much is - sums it up Iím guessing. Yeah. But thatís, you know, thatís kind of the way James is. And then he - the next thing he did was he came to my house to sort of talk seriously about it, this was after the concert.

And I think it was about 90 degrees and he came up in his big, you know, skiing jacket and a woolen hat trying to look all cool in the baking sunlight. It was quite amusing. But we got on well was the main thing.

Rosa Cordero: Oh, thatís great. I hear that you tested also for American Idol. Any developments?

Curt Smith: No. I mean it wasn't a test as such. They asked me to go in and they wanted to talk to me about it. I honestly donít see that I am the kind of person theyíre looking for to be honest if you look at the names mentioned. I donít think I would put myself in that kind of bracket of individuals.

So I, you know, I donít think the kind of thing I would offer would be the direction theyíre going in.

Rosa Cordero: Oh well I look forward to seeing you tonight and to see you on Psych. Good luck.

Curt Smith: Thanks very much.

Operator: Our next question is from the line of (Jim Halterman). Please go ahead.

Jim Halterman: Hey Curt. Good to talk to you today.

Curt Smith: How are you doing? Thank you.

Jim Halterman: Hey, I wanted to - it sounds like you had a pretty good time filming on the show. Were there any surprises or things that you didnít expect to experience while you were there?

Curt Smith: I think the main one was having to film the little trailer thing for the Comic Con Iím guessing.

The Comic Con trailer when Iím supposed to be acting all cool and I didnít quite know what James and Dule were going to get up to and at the end of it Dule is humming the back of my chair and Iím supposed to be keeping a straight face, was probably the hardest - one of the hardest things Iíve done.

Jim Halterman: Thatís great. And, you know, you really embraced social media and as we all are starting to do even more. You know, how do you see it affecting the culture I guess even for something youíre doing in music? Is it just an easier way to bring people together or what do you think the impact is then?

Curt Smith: Well itís a far more direct way of bringing people together. Itís no longer having to go through, you know, seven layers of hell to get to an individual.

I mean, you know, it used to be in my case if we talk purely music, that you would have to go through, you know, youíd have to go through a record company which means the publicist. And then theyíd have to talk to someone else and then theyíd have to talk to the manager.

And then theyíd work out exactly, you know, theyíd spend time working out what your circulation was and everything else. And nowadays someone just tweets me a question and I answer it. It seems a lot simpler.

Jim Halterman: Yeah. Thatís great. All right. I canít wait to see the show tomorrow.

Curt Smith: Thank you.

Jim Halterman: Thank you.

Operator: Thank you. Our next question is from the line of (Patty Grippo). Please proceed with your question.

Patty Grippo: Hi Curt. Thanks for talking with us today.

Curt Smith: My pleasure.

Patty Grippo: So obviously youíre no stranger to being in front of the camera doing music in the video age. How different was this from just making a music video for you?

Curt Smith: Well you have to talk. Thatís the biggest difference. You know, you donít realize - and the thing is I think that, you know, obviously not being an actor. Whatís hard is that youíre talking someone elseís lines, you know, someone else has written them for you.

I mean luckily in my case I could - because that bitís so small that I can say well do you mind if I say it the way I would actually say it because it will be easier for me? But I can, you know, to try and put yourself in - and I was playing myself so thatís, you know...

Patty Grippo: Yeah.

Curt Smith: ...thatís not a stretch. Acting acting is a different (unintelligible). Iím not sure that Iíd be able to do that but who knows.

Patty Grippo: And also were you aware of Psych, like in the second season when they used Shout and everything before you did this - before you...

Curt Smith: Yes. Yes, I thought that was hilarious. I actually got that - sent that by someone which I think it was my manager I believe, who, you know, it was, you know, James doing Roland and Dule doing Michael Jackson and it was pretty hilarious, especially...

Patty Grippo: Okay, well thank you very much.

Curt Smith: Especially the (sham on).

Operator: All right, thank you. Our next question comes from the line of (Tracy Grant). Please go ahead.

Tracy Grant: Hi there. Thanks for taking the call.

Curt Smith: My pleasure.

Tracy Grant: I was just hoping you could talk a little bit about just the overall experience and of doing Psych and just kind of what it means to you overall.

Curt Smith: I mean like I mentioned, the experience was great. You know, we - I mean I just flew up to Vancouver for two days because the shock/horror is itís actually not really filmed in Santa Barbara. And, you know, it was just a couple of nights in Vancouver.

The filming side of it - I mean, you know, when youíre actually filming Iíve got to say it was a boiling hot day so that was - that was not that pleasurable that bit of it when youíre sitting in the sun trying not to sweat. But it was - it was kind of easy.

I mean I suppose Iím - I was already used to it with videos before. Although, you know, in a short video youíre normally called upon a lot more often than you are doing one part in a show. So it was an awful lot of sitting around in a trailer waiting to get called.

But I guess thatís the nature and people are used to that. It was - that was a little sort of strange that you spent most of the time doing nothing. But, you know, the filming was great. And as I mentioned earlier, you know, the guys on the show are pretty much that way anyway.

So theyíre very easy to deal with. And, you know, the whole thing was pretty pleasurable I have to say. Plus, you know, we all went to dinner afterwards which was nice.

Tracy Grant: Definitely. Thank you so much.

Operator: Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of (Travis Tidmore). Please proceed with your question.

Travis Tidmore: Hi Curt. Thanks for talking with us today.

Curt Smith: Thank you.

Travis Tidmore: I just - my question is, you know, Mad World has been a great song for years and in the last few years it seems like itís made kind of a comeback being in Donnie Darko and a couple of years ago on American Idol. I was just wondering what your thoughts were on the resurgence of that song.

Curt Smith: Well itís going to get even bigger after tomorrow night when itís in Psych also. But...

Travis Tidmore: Excellent.

Curt Smith: But it will be the acoustic version of it, not to give the plot away or anything. But I mean it - itís gratifying I guess. I mean itís a testament to the strength of the song that it can be done in various different ways and it still has the same, you know, emotional draw.

You know, I like to hear other peopleís versions of it providing theyíre good. And I think that, you know, Gary Julesí version was great, Gary and Michael Andrews.

And I think that Adam Lambert kind of did their version of it more than they - he did our version of it which I thought was, you know, pretty cool also. So, you know, Iím good with it.

Travis Tidmore: All right. Well thanks. I look forward to hearing the song tomorrow night.

Curt Smith: Thank you.

Operator: Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of (Kristen Clark). Please proceed with your question.

Kristen Clark: Hi Curt. Thanks so much for taking our call today.

Curt Smith: Hey (Kristen).

Kristen Clark: I was curious if there was a memorable moment or a favorite moment that you had during your time on the set of Psych.

Curt Smith: I mean, you know, I mentioned one earlier, the Dule humping my chair. I guess that, you know, James - Mr. Roday who tends to adlib a lot had a few funny moments.

You know, when heís looking at me and saying - I donít know if this one made the cut by the way so, you know, I - whether itís in the show or not but heís supposed to be, you know, being the slobbery fan girl when he meets me. And he sa

id - I think he says itís you, the fleshy you, which, you know, itís very hard to keep a straight face when someone says that to you which, you know, was my job at that point in time. But yeah, I mean just it being amusing was the most memorable part of it.

Kristen Clark: Thatís good. Well Iím sure that wasnít too far off from what the experience was like when he met you after the concert in LA too, right?

Curt Smith: Yeah, a little bit. Although, you know, in reality heís a little cooler than the character he plays.

Kristen Clark: Thatís good to know. And as a final question, what does the rest of the year hold for you and Tears for Fears?

Curt Smith: Well weíre just finishing up this tour which ends next Sunday. And then Iím back to LA. I actually have a Web show thatís on every Wednesday night starting again next Wednesday called Stripped Down Live. Itís a music show that I host. So Iíll be doing that every week. And Iíve got some solo things in LA. But thatís, you know, Iím probably going to be pretty much based back in Los Angeles for the rest of the year, until we probably go out on tour again next year.

Kristen Clark: Great. Thank you so much.

Curt Smith: Thank you.

Operator: Thank you. Our next question is from the line of (Drew Morehouse). Please proceed.

Drew Morehouse: Hi. Thanks for taking the call.

Curt Smith: My pleasure.

Drew Morehouse: Everybody has mostly answered my questions but one quick one. Why isnít Roland participating on the show?

Curt Smith: Rolandís in England. He lives in England. So...

Drew Morehouse: All right.

Curt Smith: So basically itís - the timing and everything else kind of didnít work. I mean it would have involved him having to come to us basically doing the recording trans-Atlantically which is not ever a good thing. Plus they were kind of - Psych were - had a very tight time schedule to deliver the song.

And him - he hates flying with a passion, my partner. So the idea of him flying just all the way from London to Vancouver for a day and a half probably wasnít at the top of his list of things I need to do because heís the worldís worst flier.

Drew Morehouse: So is he jealous of you representing?

Curt Smith: No, I donít think so. Normally these kinds of things are - I tend to enjoy more than he does. So, you know, that would be normal.

Drew Morehouse: All right, great. Well I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night.

Curt Smith: Thanks.

Operator: Thank you. Our next question is from the line of (Margie Seroletta). Please proceed with your question.

Margie Seroletta: Hi Curt. Was this something you did just for fun or will you be pursuing acting?

Curt Smith: Who can tell? I mean I did it for fun. Weíll see what people think tomorrow. I wonít be watching but - I might but I donít normally like to see myself talking because Iím used to seeing myself sing. I think I do that okay. The talking side Iím not - I guess itís the same for anyone.

You know, if you ever listen to your voice on an answering machine everyone thinks we sound dreadful. Thatís sort of the way I think when I hear myself speak. But - so and then - and in that sense I donít know. But, you know, weíll see. Weíll see how it goes and what the response is.

And I mean I did enjoy the experience I have to say. So if it means doing other things and never watching them then maybe thatís a route to go.

Margie Seroletta: What does acting do for you that music doesnít?

Curt Smith: Well itís just a chance to do something different. I mean I think the, you know, one of the other joys of social media is that a lot of these things come up. People, you know, get to you because they have direct contact with you and ask you to do things that are pretty much outside of your comfort zone.

And I think that for me I sit there and look and go well why not? Why not try it? You know, I mean I did - in LA a (Tedex) Hollywood Talk and, you know, me actually giving a talk with, you know, in front of a whole bunch of people as opposed to playing music, it was very alien to me.

But it was enjoyable because itís something different. So I look at the sort of appearance on Psych tomorrow as the same kind of thing where itís outside of my comfort zone but, you know, why not try it.

Margie Seroletta: Great. Thank you.

Curt Smith: Thanks.

Operator: Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of (Joseph Dilworth). Please proceed with your question.

Joseph Dilworth: Hi Curt. How are you doing today?

Curt Smith: Hey (Joseph). Nice to hear from you.

Joseph Dilworth: Yeah, you as well. So I was wondering if rescoring the Psych theme - has that at all sparked any interest in you possibly doing any other scoring for shows or movies.

Curt Smith: No. I would love to I have to say. Yeah. I mean I - Iíve definitely had in the back of my mind that I would love to do that at some point. Itís a question of, you know, sort of finding the right avenues to do it. You know, we did thoroughly enjoy redoing this song and having the visuals there to work with.

It just adds that extra element to the music that you have to incorporate which made - again makes it something a bit different which is fun. So yeah, I would love to do that.

Joseph Dilworth: And I have to say the first two I guess Twitter collaboration singles that youíve released so far have been wonderful. And Iím just wondering what kind of timeline youíre working towards actually doing a complete album or even the next single on that.

Curt Smith: Yeah. Iím definitely going to continue in the same vain. You know, obviously Iím going to readdress it once I get back from touring. I had to take a break because of the tour.

But yeah, I definitely want to keep doing some collaborations and probably make an album where theyíre a bit to release some kind of special edition of it at the end. But as Iím doing it which is, you know, another new thing for me, Iím just going to release it as, you know, as I finish a track Iíll release it.

And Iím going to do that for every song. And then if it seems like a wonderful cogent piece of work at the end then Iíll release it as some form of CD package.

Joseph Dilworth: Wonderful. Well thank you for your time and weíll see you tomorrow night on the show.

Curt Smith: Thanks (Joseph).

Operator: Thank you. Our next question is from the line of (Lena Lamori). Please proceed with your question.

Lena Lamoray: Hi Curt. Itís a pleasure to speak with you today.

Curt Smith: Hey (Lena).

Lena Lamoray: And what did you think about Jamesí and Duleís performance of Shout, an American Duo?

Curt Smith: It was fantastic. You know, I mean especially Dule doing Michael Jackson and as I mentioned earlier, the whole, you know, Shout, Shout, let it all out and the (sham on) was just - I was in hysterics at that bit. But, you know, and then Jamesí take on Roland was pretty amusing.

You know, and the whole American Duos/American Idol thing was funny.

Lena Lamoray: That was definitely my favorite episode. Any chance that James and Dule will join you on tour sometime?

Curt Smith: Well we did our one performance at Comic Con but thatís not to say it ends there but who knows, you know. Maybe if we ever get to play Vancouver theyíll come on.

Lena Lamoray: I think they would make a great addition. Thank you for your time.

Curt Smith: Thank you.

Operator: Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of (Earl Ditman). Please proceed with your question.

Earl Ditman: Hey Curt. How are you doing today?

Curt Smith: Iím good.

Earl Ditman: I just wanted to say that everybody pretty much has asked everything I wanted to ask but the biggest question I guess is so when youíre coming back off the road you are going to take some time off. And then the two of you will also work on an album do you think?

Curt Smith: Weíll see. I mean right now Rolandís plan is to go back to England and then we have some more touring to do next year. But, you know, as we tour we tend to write more. So who knows? Weíve not got it sort of planned right now...

Earl Ditman: Yeah.

Curt Smith: ...because weíre both...

Earl Ditman: And is that...

Curt Smith: ...sort of busy.

Earl Ditman: ...the best way to do it? I mean just kind of - kind of late - instead of being - everything being so structured to kind of play it as it lays?

Curt Smith: For us itís far better. Yeah. We canít really get into anything too structured purely because of geography. And the fact that Iím in Los Angeles and Rolandís in England. So, you know, we tend to sort of play it by year. We know...

Earl Ditman: Yeah.

Curt Smith: ...what weíre doing for the rest of this year individually and together. And then next year weíll decide what weíre doing next year. But, you know, weíve spent too many years, you know, weíre too experienced now to - not to think that making plans seems a little silly because...

Earl Ditman: Yeah.

Curt Smith: ...you know, things happen all the time. You never know whatís going to happen.

Earl Ditman: You never know whatís happening.

Curt Smith: No. So we tend to plan maybe six to nine months in advance at the most.

Earl Ditman: Yeah.

Curt Smith: Anything after that is - itís all up in the air.

Earl Ditman: Itís all up in the air. Are you still married?

Curt Smith: Yes. Yeah.

Earl Ditman: What is your wifeís name?

Curt Smith: Frances Pennington.

Earl Ditman: Frances. Frances Pennington. Gosh, I love - I used to know Frances when she was a publicist.

Curt Smith: Yes, she was.

Earl Ditman: I love Frances. Tell her that (Earl Ditman) said hi. Sheíll remember.

Curt Smith: I absolutely will.

Earl Ditman: Well itís great to hear that youíre branching out and doing other things. And like I said, everyoneís asked everything. All I can say is best of luck and weíre rooting for you and weíll - maybe we can see you on more films or TV or whatever.

Curt Smith: That would be nice.

Earl Ditman: Thanks so much. And tell Frances hi for me.

Curt Smith: I will. Thanks (Earl).

Earl Ditman: Thanks. Bye-bye.

Operator: Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of (Em Alkoff). Please proceed with your question.

Em Alkoff: Hi Curt. Itís really great to talk to you.

Curt Smith: Hey.

Em Alkoff: My question is a lot of the time when celebrities play themselves they end up playing these sort of very exaggerated like larger than life kind of versions. So is that what youíre going to do or is it more of a down key true to you kind of...

Curt Smith: Iím kind of playing more of a shrunken, smaller than life version of me. Because in real life Iím incredibly outgoing as you can tell. But in the show Iím kind of demure and quiet. No, I mean I think itís, you know, I think that itís a relatively fair representation of me I suppose.

But no, I mean I - the exaggerating and the sort of overt acting I donít think Iíd be so good at. I think the whole point of playing yourself is to try and be yourself, you know, otherwise it just kind of looks a bit strained. And hopefully I didnít do that. I guess weíll find out tomorrow night.

Em Alkoff: I guess we will. Iím looking forward to seeing it.

Curt Smith: Thank you.

Operator: Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, just as a reminder, to register for a question itís the 1 followed by the 4. We do have a follow up from (Joseph Dilworth). Please proceed.

Joseph Dilworth: Hi Curt. Hello again.

Curt Smith: Hello again. Again.

Joseph Dilworth: Yeah, exactly. I was just wondering - I know like last year you guys - you and Roland toured the West Coast, this year youíre doing the East Coast. Are you still going to kind of alternate each year or is there a possibility in getting you on both sides of the country in one year?

Curt Smith: Well to be honest, I donít know off the top of my head. Youíre just dying for me to say weíll be back on the West Coast so you can come. Is that the whole point of that one?

Joseph Dilworth: Yeah, basically. I want you to play Seattle so we can see you again.

Curt Smith: Exactly. So you can come again.

Joseph Dilworth: Yes.

Curt Smith: Yeah, I donít know what our plans are next year. I mean we do like, you know, the West Coast like we did last year was really enjoyable and itís kind of easy to do and easy, you know, I mean itís very pleasant in the summertime on the West Coast.

And all of us are based in Los Angeles apart from Roland or the band. So that makes it kind of easy. But the talk right now next year is South America and European festivals. So I donít know. Weíll see. Weíll see if that doesnít come off maybe the West Coast.

But yeah, it would be nice to do both in one but thatís - unfortunately America is so big that that would take us over our allotted how long we can take it on the road...

Joseph Dilworth: Got you.

Curt Smith: ...time. Which, you know, normally four to six weeks is our limit of - at one time just - otherwise we start feeling like itís a bit of a job. And...

Joseph Dilworth: Right. Right.

Curt Smith: ...weíre trying - weíre trying to keep it enjoyable.

Joseph Dilworth: So does doing the shows with - and knowing your road tolerance or intolerance - does doing the shows with Tears for Fears sort of preclude you doing any sort of extensive solo tour or anything like that?

Curt Smith: Oh, no. I donít necessarily - because thatís different, you know. I mean I think that, you know, a lot of the sort of time you want to spend on the road also is the time you want to spend with all the people youíre with on the road.

You know, it just - it tends to get too routine and a little dull by the end of sort of six weeks.

And I think that if you go off and do something else and it involves traveling and playing in different cities then - but itís different then, you know, I think that would be a different scenario because the dynamics are different.

Joseph Dilworth: Right. Awesome. Well thank you again. And Iíll see you around on Twitter and hopefully a show near here soon.

Curt Smith: Thanks (Joseph).

Joseph Dilworth: Okay.

Operator: Thank you. We have another follow up question from (Earl Ditman). Please go ahead.

Earl Ditman: Hi Curt. I just wanted to ask, you know, there have been several talks of, you know, a packaging tour from the í80s, you know, Human League, Flock of Seagulls, you know, a four or five bands put together and put on the road.

Curt Smith: Yes.

Earl Ditman: Have you all been approached to do that? And would you be ever interested in doing that?

Curt Smith: Iíll answer the first one. Have we approached about doing it? Yes. On many, many occasions. Part two of the question is we havenít done it so I feel you can figure that one out.

Earl Ditman: Yeah.

Curt Smith: You know, no. Most of them just donít appeal to me at all. No.

Earl Ditman: Is it the - is it the money or kind of the cheese factor of it, or...

Curt Smith: No, no. No, actually the money isnít bad. But itís just that whole kind of - I never want to feel like Iím sort of stuck in an era.

Earl Ditman: Yeah. Yeah.

Curt Smith: And when - and when someone does that and itís like this is the, you know, name the decade tour and Iím like excuse me, weíve done valid things outside of that decade and are still continuing to make music and still continuing to record new music. So I just donít like it. I find it depressing.

Earl Ditman: Yeah, well thatís...

Curt Smith: And so...

Earl Ditman: ...really valid. I mean because youíre still a valid band. Youíre not - youíre not an oldies band...

Curt Smith: Yeah.

Earl Ditman: ...anymore, you know.

Curt Smith: No. I mean so, you know, for me I think that would be a little soul destroying.

Earl Ditman: Yeah.

Curt Smith: And I have no interest. You know, and I - you know, because thereís - lifeís too short. Iíd rather be enjoying myself.

Earl Ditman: And of course youíd be making these gigantic movies from now on. So you never know.

Curt Smith: Exactly. Yeah. You know, Iím...

Earl Ditman: Well thank you Curt.

Curt Smith: Iím now aiming for an Oscar.

Earl Ditman: An Oscar. There you go. Thanks again for your time.

Curt Smith: Thanks a lot.

Operator: Thank you. Iím showing no further questions from the phone lines at this time.

Lynn Weiss: Okay everybody. Well thank you so much. Thanks to Curt Smith who will guest star in tomorrow nightís episode of Psych. And we appreciated your time. Thanks everybody.

Curt Smith: Thank you.

Lynn Weiss: Thank you. Bye-bye.

Operator: Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen that does conclude the conference call for today. We thank you all for your participation. And we ask that you please disconnect your lines. Thank you and have a good day.

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