We’ve been here before…

After a lot of teasing, they finally shared the tour poster yesterday:

And the idea sounds pretty awesome:

Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy will be performing in An Evening With format, with an interval. For the first half of the concert, they will play new and old, familiar and less-familiar songs. Then, after returning to the stage, they will play the ten songs of their 1985 debut album Hunting High And Low in the running order of the original release.

Which, as I recall from my cassette tape days is this:

Take On Me
Train of Thought
Hunting High and Low
The Blue Sky
Living a Boy’s Adventure Tale
The Sun Always Shines on T.V.
And You Tell Me
Love Is Reason
I Dream Myself Alive
Here I Stand and Face the Rain

I thought that I’d missed their last ever concert. And then I thought I’d seen it.
It turns out that I was wrong on both of those.

But it’s always been a privilege for me to see a-ha in concert, and I’m happy that they’re still around and – hopefully – producing even more new material. While this all sounds very special, the surprising omission of a South African leg on the tour, together with the frankly terrifying state of the South African Rand means that we won’t be going along this time.

Still, if they’re going to do all their albums this way, there’s always the 2020 Scoundrel Days tour to consider. And then another 8 to follow that…

I’ll start saving now.

We Love The 90’s

[sic]

I’ve somehow remained on the mailing list for concert organising company Bergen Live, almost two years since we popped over to Norway to watch a-ha there. They (Bergen Live, not a-ha) have been in touch again to tell me about an upcoming concert, conveniently arranged for our wedding anniversary (although Natt Till 1.Mai, as well).

Wow.

That’s quite the line up (completed in no small part by the MC: Howard). From headliners Hanson (Mmmbop, obvs), through German techno experts Scooter (The Logical Song, Nessaja), with a touch of Dutch Eurodance in The Venga Boys (We’re Going To IbizaBoom Boom Boom BoomWe Like To Party) and some Spanish Latin Pop and Dance with Los del Rio (Macarena)*.

And we haven’t even begun on the third, fourth, fifth and sixth lines of the bill.
(Although we did jump ahead and mention Howard already.)
(Just too exciting to resist, see?)

Lob in some American House from Robin S (Show Me Love), a bit of the infamous Italian Eurocheese outfit Capella (U And Me, Move On Baby, U Got 2 Let The Music – you know, this one):

…mix it up with some Trinidadian/German legend Haddaway (What is Love?LifeI Miss You) and add a pinch of the Swedish/Nigerian hip-hop/reggae sounds of Dr Alban (It’s My LifeHello Afrika) and you’ve already got way more than half your 1993 Dance MegaMix Double CD covered.

And some Hanson. Sticking out like an aging, long-haired hippie trio.

Incredible.

Tickets for this amazing gig are an absolute snip at anywhere between 794 NOK (R1,202) and 1,209 NOK (R1,831).

And given the ages (Dr Alban is sixty years old. Eish.) and energy of the performers, you’d surely be foolish not to go top end for what must likely be one of their last ever performances.

To be honest, I can’t afford the time or money to go to Bergen again next month. But if I could, I would.

The concert (and Howard) would just be an added bonus.
Bara pappa pappa pap baam.

 

* And you thought some of the others were one hit wonders!

A video

Busy day. Done lots. Achieved lots. But now tired, and leg hurts.
Stitches out tomorrow.

So, here’s a monochromatic acoustic lyric video from a-ha:

So much moss…

Because when life is just a bit of a struggle, it’s important to retreat to one’s happy place.
Smoky black and white images of Norwegian boathouses, coupled with that voice, seems to be mine.

Bergen love

I have waxed lyrical about Bergen several many times on here. And here we go again.
Remember Faded by (Bergen-based producer) Alan Walker? Well, then came the “acoustic version” of that track, documented here.

After that came the follow up, Alone. It featured here, not just because of the jaunty EDM beats within, but also because everyone was on their way to Bergen. Now, there’s an acoustic version of Alone, too.

It’s called Alone (Restrung):

Once again, there is a mad rush with everyone trying to get to Bergen, but this time there’s a FPV shot of some of those individuals (having arrived bang on time, I’ll bet) leaving the local railway station.
And that’s significant in that there’s one of those round, poster billboard things (they must have a real name, but I don’t know what it is) in shot across the road.
That round, poster billboard things is the very one that my partner in crime and I – fuelled by expensive beer, cocktails and whale meat – may have liberated an a-ha concert poster from on our final night in the city.

You’ll want to run through to 2:29 to see it. Or you could just look at this helpfully annotated screenshot below:

Oh, the memories! Such a carefree time of alleged poster borrowing and general liberty. (Sadly, we were cruelly reminded of the crushing reality of our return to South Africa the following morning when we passed a beagle while walking down Kaigaten moments later, but that’s beside the point.)

Acoustic a-ha

Just when you thought it was all over…

a-ha will make a live acoustic album and concert film from a series of intimate performances to take place between June 26 – June 30, 2017.
The album, DVD and broadcast are scheduled for release in November 2017.
In early 2018, a-ha will take this special acoustic set on the road, giving the fans a new way to experience the music they love.

So… where are we going to see them this time, I wonder? After all, there’s still time to slip a couple of tickets into my Xmas stocking, darling…

The a-ha.com page is currently oversubcribed, suggesting that there is significant interest in this endeavour. The venues for the “series of intimate performances” haven’t yet been announced, but the first confirmed dates are in January 2018 and are in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Presumably, the Cape Town leg of the tour will be in February or March.

I guess we’ll find out soon enough.