a-ha are back – reunited, and with a new album and tour.
The Norwegian trio Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen, and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy revealed their reunion in March along with the news of their 10th studio album ‘Cast In Steel’ – their first in six years.
And now they’re set to return to the UK’s stages, culminating with a show at The O2 in London on 26 March 2016.
Tickets go on sale on 5 June and are available at AXS.com or by calling 08448 24 48 24.
“I’m definitely looking forward to touring,” said Harket. “I think it will be great. We will pace it so that the conditions are there for us, but it will be a full-on a-ha experience.”
As to what the band will play, he added: “We don’t need to do the same run through as last time. When people come to see the band, they’ll expect the cornerstone songs, of course, but this time it will be a different pick.”
For Furuholmen “both the planning and executing of a good show or a large-scale tour is an exciting challenge, but ultimately, without a good reaction from the audience, it would make no sense. The magic is in the space between them and us somewhere.”
It’s clear the band members missed that feeling in the five years since they played the Oslo Spektrum in December 2010 to close the ‘Ending on A High Note – Farewell Tour’.
As Harket said: “It has been a genuine and real disbanding. There has been no a-ha in the sense of the word during that time.’ For Harket, Waaktaar-Savoy and Furuholmen, the break allowed them to explore a rich seam of various creative projects, both musical and artistic.
The return came about in a simple, organic way, as Waakter-Savoy explained: “It started off very easy and low-key with Morten dropping by my studio at various occasions, and I would show him songs that I was working on. He would sing on the songs he felt a connection with and leave the ones that didn’t and it just went like that until we had done 10 or 12 songs.”
The lack of pressure and deadlines was definitely a bonus.
“The making of our album has so far been such an uplifting experience,” explained Waaktaar-Savoy. “It is a really unexpected pleasure to be writing songs for Morten’s voice again,’ added Furuholmen.
“I knew sitting down with Paul and Magne,” Harket continued, “that this would be a real genuine effort. We have never been ones to look back so you can take for granted all three of us are doing this because we know we can create something new. The songs have to be good: the benchmark is always the same.”
Along with the reunion, new album, and tour news 2015 also marks the 30th anniversary of a-ha’s international career when their first number one single, ‘Take On Me’, topped the charts in 27 countries. Since 1985, a-ha have released nine studio albums and 41 singles, sold in excess of 35 million album, and performed over 560 concerts in 36 countries.
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