2/09/2010

Hunting High And Low Turns 25 And A-Ha Comes To America.


According to a-ha.com, the great Norwegian band will perform 3 dates in North America in May.

As part of their Ending on a High Note farewell tour, a-ha will visit the Nokia Theatres in New York and Los Angeles; a second show in Los Angeles just added Friday due to extremely high demand. This will be only the second time that the band have visited the U.S. since their 1986 tour. They last played the U.S. in 2005 at Irving Plaza in New York at a show which sold out in less than an hour.

2010 marks the 25th birthday of the band's debut album Hunting High and Low, the album that features the great single "Take on Me," which went to #1 in 27 countries.


The video for "Take on Me" was unlike any seen before, an exciting combination of live action film and an animation technique called rotoscoping. The video starred lead singer Morten Harket and his girlfriend at the time, model Bunty Bailey. The "Take on Me" video won six awards at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards: Best New Artist in a Video, Best Concept Video, Most Experimental Video, Best Direction, Best Special Effects, and Viewer's Choice.

The other singles released from Hunting High and Low were "Love Is Reason," "The Sun Always Shines on T.V.,""Train of Thought," and "Hunting High and Low." Hunting High and Low sold 10 million copies.

Since 1985 a-ha have released 9 studio albums, the last being Foot of the Mountain in June 2009. A-ha have won eight Spellemannprisen awards, the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy, and are one of the biggest-selling Norwegian acts of all time.

They have now decided to call it a day.

"We've literally lived the ultimate boy's adventure tale, through a longer, more rewarding career than anyone could hope for," the band explained. "Doing this now will give us a chance to get more involved in other meaningful aspects of life, be it humanitarian work, politics, or whatever else - and of course through new constellations in the field of art and music. We are retiring as a band, not as individuals."

A-ha 2010 Tour Dates:

03/04 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Luna Park
03/06 – Santiago, CL @ Movistar Arena
03/09 – Bauru, BR @ Alameda Quality Center
03/10 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Credicard Hall
03/13 – Rio de Janeiro, BR @ Citibank Hall
03/14 – Belo Horizonte, BR @ Chevrolet Hall
03/16 – Brasilia, BR @ Centro de Convenções
03/18 – Recife, BR @ Chevrolet Hall
03/20 – Fortaleza, BR @ Siara Hall
05/06 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
05/07 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
05/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
05/28 – Mönchengladbach, DE @ Warsteiner HockeyPark
05/29 – Trier, DE @ Arena Trier
05/30 – Hessentag, DE @ Stadtallendorf
06/01 – Kiel, DE @ Sparkassen-Arena-Kiel
07/18 – Salem, DE @ Schloß Salem
07/23 – Emmendingen, DE @ Schlossplatz
07/24 – Halle, DE @ Gerry Weber Stadion
07/25 – Dresden, DE @ Filmnächte am Elbufer
10/10 – Amsterdam, NL @ Heineken Music Hall
10/11 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
10/12 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith
10/14 – Madrid, ES @ Palacio Vista Alegre
10/15 – Barcelona, ES @ St. Jordi Club
10/18 – Munich, DE @ Olympiahalle München
10/19 – Stuttgart, DE @ Porsche-Arena
10/20 – Nurnberg, DE @ Arena Nürnberger Versicherung
10/22 – Leipzig, DE @ Arena Leipzig
10/23 – Rostock, DE @ Stadthalle Rostock
10/25 – Braunschweig, DE @ Volkswagen Halle
10/26 – Mannheim, DE @ SAP Arena
10/28 – Hamburg, DE @ Color Line Arena
10/29 – Berlin, DE @ O2 World
12/02 – Oslo, NO @ Oslo Spektrum
12/03 – Oslo, NO @ Oslo Spektrum
12/04 – Oslo, NO @ Oslo Spektrum


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