- 05 Nov 18
The 80s synth-rockers will take on two Irish gigs for their upcoming tour in October next year
A new a-ha tour comes on the 35th anniversary of the original version of ‘Take On Me’.
The shows are expected to be completely different from anything they’ve done before. Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket and Pål Waaktaar-Savoywill 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.
Back in October 2010, a-ha played the whole of Hunting High And Low just twice, first at Oslo’s Konserthus and then at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Now, from France to Poland and from Germany to Scotland, audiences will have the unique chance to experience a-ha revisiting their first album while staying faithful to its spirit.
“We played the full Hunting High And Low album live once before and that was a great experience,” says Pål, looking back on the pair of 2010 concerts and how he, Magne and Morten feel now:
“There’s not one song on that album that we’re not looking forward to playing live. We had done quite a few versions of the songs before recording the actual album and they all contain great bits and cool ideas which will be nice to incorporate into the new show.”
“Recording Hunting High And Low was such a defining moment and an exciting time in our career and joint collaboration,” stresses Magne. “So revisiting this body of work now – more than 30 years later – feels like inspiration rather than obligation. I just need to dust off the old synths a little...”
The two dates will take place October 29 2019 in the 3Arena Dublin, and October 30 2019 in the SSE Arena in Belfast. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, 9th November at 9am.