Magne says in the press release:
“The huge concert at Maracanã Stadium in 1991 is one of the absolute highlights of a-ha’s career. It was just impossible to turn down this request to celebrate the festival’s 30 year history, especially as it coincides with the 30 year anniversary of the band itself. This felt like I imagine it must be to hear about the 1000-year wave approaching shore; even as a retired surfer you just want to dust off your board and throw yourself into the water.”
“We have been invited as so-called “special guests” at Rock In Rio 2015. We have been getting a lot of offers since we disbanded, but this was so unique that it was hard to say no”, Magne added to NRK tonight.
“Money has not been an issue at all, as far as I know. There’s not much money involved in this, it’s just something all three of us wanted to do”, he says.
“We had retired for good, and I guess we still are. But in this case we were all three so surprised that this was something the festival wanted. And one should be allowed to change one’s mind.”
Magne can’t confirm additional concerts in 2015 at this point:
“We haven’t made any additional plans beyond Rio, and it was difficult enough to rally the troops for this concert. In a moment of bravado we agreed to do this, and then we’ll see if it leads to something more. The plan now is just to appear at Rock In Rio once more to celebrate the festival and ourselves.”
Morten, Magne and Paul appeared at Maracanã Stadium tonight, to announce the news for the Brazilian press. A group of around 10 specially invited a-ha fans were also there to meet the band.
News articles, videos and photos:
Jornal Nacional: Banda A-Ha volta para tocar no Rock in Rio 2015 (video)
O Globo: Rock in Rio e A-ha se unem na celebração… (with video)
G1: A-ha toca no Rock in Rio em 2015…
VG: a-ha gjenforenes til sommeren
Flickr: Photo set of a-ha at Maracana Stadium
VG: 30 år med a-ha-opplevelser
VG: Slik kan a-ha finne konsertformen