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1993 concert date rediscovered

 
I have now added a new date to the Memorial Beach Tour page:

4 September 1993: Fylde College, Lancashire, UK

Not much is known about this concert, but it was probably a “secret” rehearsal gig before the Memorial Beach tour in Holland, Denmark and Germany, which started three days later. If anyone reading this attended the concert at Fylde College, let me know here.

Thanks to Christopher Hopkins for the info.
Concert photos by Still Photography.

a-ha perform on German TV

a-ha in Hamburg, 8 December 2017

a-ha were in Hamburg yesterday, where they performed the acoustic version of “Take On Me” on the “NDR Talk Show” on NDR.

Up until an hour before the show it was not clear if they would be performing, as Morten was struggling with a cold. But they did, and it sounded good.

A video of the performance + interviews with Morten and Magne can be seen here.

a-ha also played the acoustic version of “Take On Me” on the RTL talkshow “Die 2- Gottschalk & Jauch gegen ALLE” last Friday, 1 December, but that performance was taped in Cologne on 23 October. A video clip is available here.

New a-ha documentary to air on TV2

a-ha at Giske, June 2017 (Picture: TV2 promo)

A new 1-hour documentary called a-ha Unplugged – På innsiden (a-ha Unplugged – On the Inside), about the process leading up to the concerts at Giske this summer, is set to air on TV2 in Norway next Monday, 11 December at 22:40.

A couple of previews can be seen at TV2.no and on Facebook.

TV2 will also air a 1-hour edited version of the MTV Unplugged concert itself on Wednesday, 13 December at 21:40.

New tour dates in Ireland and Germany

Ten new tour dates on next year’s Electric Summer tour have now been announced; one in Ireland and nine in Germany:

12 June: Live At The Marquee, Cork, Ireland
13 July: Domplatz, Fulda, Germany
21 July: Marktplatz, Balingen, Germany
22 July: Freilichtsbuhne, Freiburg, Germany
10 August: Almased Arena, Uelzen, Germany
11 August: Freilichtsbuhne, Lorelei, Germany
22 August: Schlossplatz, Coburg, Germany
24 August: Elbufer, Dresden, Germany
25 August: Domplatz, Magdeburg, Germany
27 August: ZFR Festival, Bochum, Germany

This brings the total number of tour dates up to 27, which means almost half of the dates have now been announced – if they’re really planning to do 60 concerts during next summer/fall.

Twelve new dates announced for a-ha’s ‘Electric Summer’ tour 2018

Another batch of ‘Electric Summer’ 2018 tour dates have been announced today, including a stadium tour in England, their first concerts in Sweden and Estonia since 2002, and their first ever concert in Israel.

07 June: The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury, UK
09 June: Huish Park, Yeovil, UK
10 June: Cambs Glass Stadium, Cambridge, UK
14 June: Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, UK
16 June: Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, UK
17 June: Mowden Park, Darlington, UK
21 June: Exhibition Gardens, Tel Aviv, Israel

04 July: Dalhalla, Rättvik, Sweden
16 July: Trakai Castle, Trakai, Lithuania
17 July: Sigulda Castle, Sigulda, Latvia
19 July: Tartu Song Festival Grounds, Tartu, Estonia
25 July: Theatre Antique de Vienne, Vienne, France

Support acts in the UK will be OMD and Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey. One exception is the concert in Yeovil, where Marc Almond will appear instead of OMD.

For more details and ticket info, visit the official a-ha site.

Magne: “The tour keeps growing”

Magne promises an “electric summer”

When tickets for the a-ha concert in Hamar were released on Tuesday, 8,000 out of 10,000 available tickets were sold within a short time.

“It’s good to hear the tickets are selling well. And it’s nice to be playing somewhere we haven’t been before. Hamar has built a good reputation as a city for concerts, and has had visits from both Sting and Elton John lately. It’s really fun to be a part of establishing and building new, solid venues for people to experience live music”, Magne says in an interview with Hamar Arbeiderblad (paywall).

Although only five summer concerts in Norway have been announced so far, a lot more shows will be added in other countries:

“We’re doing a small unplugged tour in Europe early next year, which has lead to a lot of requests for a summer tour. So we decided to set aside the summer for touring, which has since been extended in both ends. The tour keeps changing and growing from day to day.”

But, as we know, the summer tour will not be unplugged:

“The two concerts [at Giske] formed the basis for the [MTV Unplugged] recording and TV-special, but we’re not sure if we’ll keep touring with that concept. Those are vulnerable instruments that are difficult to bring on tour. It’s a somewhat more demanding format, and with less energy than a fully electric show. We did some pondering if we should continue unplugged, or if we’d celebrate the summer with full power. We’ll be playing a number of football stadium concerts in the UK next summer, which naturally means we’re doing a full ‘electric summer’.”

“We have expanded our backing band for the unplugged tour, and we’ll keep going with a larger band. There will be full power at Hamar. We’re coming to create a good vibe, as best we can”, Magne says.

a-ha concert in Hamar announced

From a-ha’s outdoor concert in Bergen, May 2016 (Picture by Jakob)

A fifth and final outdoor concert in Norway next summer has been announced today; a-ha will be playing in the city of Hamar on 14 August 2018.

The concert will be held at Stortorget (main square) in Hamar, which has a capacity of 10,000 people. Previous shows at Stortorget have included Sting and Elton John.

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, 31 October, through Ticketmaster. There will also be a fan presale the day before.

This will be the first time a-ha perform in Hamar. Savoy played there in 2004.

Elsewhere, the a-ha concert in Trondheim on 15 August has sold out, and the concert at Kongsberg Jazz Festival on 6 July has sold 9000 out of 12000 tickets so far.

Articles:
A-Ha kommer til Stortorget
a-ha til Stortorget i Hamar – på en tirsdag

a-ha at BBC Children in Need concert

The SSE Arena, Wembley, October 19th
(Screenshot from YouTube video)

a-ha performed one song, the acoustic version of “Take On Me”, at the “BBC Children in Need Rocks the 80s” charity concert at The SSE Arena, Wembley in London on Thursday night, October 19th.

They were joined on stage by Martin Terefe on pump organ, who has arranged and co-produced this new version of the song on MTV Unplugged – Summer Solstice.

A video of the performance can be seen on YouTube (thanks to Chris).

Some pictures of a-ha on the red carpet have been posted on Getty Images.

The concert is set to air on TV sometime next month.

While in London, Paul posted a few pictures on Instagram and promised “lots of Savoy news coming soon”.

Morten talks summer tour 2018

Picture by Jakob

Morten was a guest on Richard Green’s show on BBC Radio Devon today. The interview is available here (starts at 23 minutes).

Among the topics discussed was next year’s summer tour/world tour. As we learnt several months ago, a-ha is planning to go on the road again next summer with a full electric band, starting in the UK in June 2018 before continuing through mainland Europe, the USA and South America.

Although only four outdoor concerts in Norway have been announced so far, a-ha manager Harald Wiik said there will be 30-40 concerts in total. Later reports have mentioned as many as 60 concerts.

When asked about returning to the UK for more gigs next summer, Morten says:

“I believe, from where I stand now, that it will be more outdoor venue influenced. It’s not gonna be like the [Cast in Steel] tour, for instance. It will have elements of that, I think. I can’t promise that, but it’s what I think today. It will have elements, to an extent, from the Giske sessions, to create the dynamics that we would want. Certain songs might work in outdoor arenas, based on what we did in Giske, but only some of them would work that way. Then certain songs work by far best the way we have normally set it up with our full electronic stuff. And then certain songs will come to their form in a sort of analogue type of live playing. Sometimes we’ve played to synthesizers and computers, so it’s a mix of our live playing against the computers, that’s partly a-ha’s music. And some will be like that, some will be maybe all analogue and some will be stripped. I think it will be a mix.”

Planning such a major tour has raised questions if the band might be aiming to release a new studio album before next summer, but that will not be the case, according to Morten:

“Not an a-ha album, [that’s] not planned. But we have plans in that we’re now releasing this album from Giske, which leads on to the acoustic tour in January and February. And then we go into rehearsals and planning of the shows in the summer later on. So that will take us through most of next year. But the autumn is fairly open. And then there are other plans, there are a lot of offers for the band. But we have no concrete plans for a studio album.”

There are also no immediate plans for another solo album, he says:

“It would be wrong for me to make plans for my own stuff now, but there is a lot of stuff that is available and ready to be responded to, whenever it opens up for that.”

Earlier in the week, on Monday, Morten and Magne were guests on Becky Want’s show on BBC Radio Manchester. That interview is available here (starts at 1:45:30).

‘MTV Unplugged – Summer Solstice’ enters album chart at #3 in Germany and #6 in the UK

MTV Unplugged – Summer Solstice

a-ha’s new live album MTV Unplugged – Summer Solstice has entered the German album chart at #3 in its first week. This is a-ha’s 13th top-10 album in Germany.

In the UK the album has entered the album chart at #6, making it their seventh UK top-10 album. A total of 6,982 copies were sold in the first week, this number includes physical sales, digital sales and streaming (1500 streams equals 1 album sale).

But if the UK album chart had been based on physical sales only, MTV Unplugged – Summer Solstice would actually have been at #2, only beaten by Liam Gallagher’s new album, as can be seen on the physical albums chart.

In Norway the album enters VG-lista at #14 in its first week.

Elsewhere, the album enters at #35 in Belgium (Wallonia), #50 in Ireland, #93 in Belgium (Flanders), and #98 in The Netherlands, according to the UKMIX forum.

Additionally, the DVD/Blu-ray has entered the German Top-30 Music DVD chart at #4, the Belgian (Wallonia) Top-10 Music DVD chart at #4 and the Dutch Top-10 Music DVD chart at #8.

As for the UK, below is a list of all first-week entries and first-week sales on the UK album chart in the last twelve years, including solo albums:
2006 – Analogue: #24 (9,911 copies)
2009 – Foot of the Mountain: #5 (18,744 copies)
2010 – 25: #10 (10,835 copies)
2011 – Ending on a High Note: #43 (2,966 copies)
2012 – Out of My Hands: #37 (3,455 copies)
2014 – Brother: #56 (1,461 copies)
2015 – Cast in Steel: #8 (7,828 copies)
2016 – Time and Again: #75 (???? copies)
2017 – Summer Solstice: #6 (6,982 copies)

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