Why is it they don’t do a more extensive headlining tour, but instead do these joint package tours? I would think they are a big enough name with enough hits to sustain a headlining tour? Tori Amos for example just finished an extensive headlining tour of the US.
Why can’t they continue playing theatres the size of the 9:30 club? I never thought they were a band that was that money driven. They don’t have a huge number of backing musicians, dancers or big production.
I find it hard to believe a band with such a high profile singer in the media such as Shirley and the number of hits they have couldn’t get booked by enough promoters to break even. Especially when other bands and artists from the same time period manage to do headlining tours.The tour still has to pay for itself, and all it takes is a couple of cancellations and non-sell-outs to fall into tour debt, especially at the theater level, even with a bare bones production and slimmed down crew. It's very likely that they just can't get booked by enough promoters right now to break even, so a support slot on a bigger acts tour is an option on the table when the big festivals aren't booking you either.
Are they going to go out on their own again? It’s been 3 package tours in a row, Blondie, Alanis and now Tears for Fears. It’s not as though they just did one supporting tour. Way more than just some support gigs. Honestly I’m starting to give up hope they will ever do an extensive headlining tour again. When did they say they would do their own headlining tour next year?I think you're overthinking this. It's just some support gigs before getting going again with their own shows next year. They supported some big acts when they were at their commercial peak as well - Garbage opened for Alanis, No Doubt and U2 in arenas and then within months played their own headline shows with a fifth of the audience capacity.