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.

The Voice: Season finale

Morten singing “Something Just like This” by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

Last night it was time for the big season finale of The Voice, live from Fornebu in Oslo, where Andrea from Team Yosef, Sebastian from Team Morten, and Thomas and Agnes from Team Lene were competing to be named “the best voice in Norway”.

The show opened with Morten and the other mentors performing together for the first time, doing a cover version of the 2017 hit song “Something Just like This” by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, before the four finalists took over on stage.

Watch the video here:
Morten, Lene, Yosef and Martin: “Something Just Like This”

The four finalists then performed one song each:
1. Sebastian James Hekneby: “Earth Song” by Michael Jackson
2. Thomas Løseth: “Heal” by Tom Odell
3. Agnes Stock: “Home for Christmas” by Maria Mena
4. Andrea Santiago Stønjum: “Halo” by Beyoncé

The two finalists who received the most votes from the viewers would then go on to the “super finale”, and that turned out to be Thomas and Andrea. After a break, they each performed another song:

1. Andrea: “Try” by Pink
2. Thomas: “With or Without You” by U2

Thomas Løseth is the winner of The Voice 2017

And the winner was…Thomas!
He wins a new car and a recording contract with Universal Music.

“There’s been a lot of great talents on the show. The level of quality has been very high. (…) Shows like this offer a great learning curve. It’s a taste of what [the music business] can be like. It’s a fantastic opportunity, and that’s one of the things I like about The Voice”, Morten said at the end.

A picture of Morten at the afterparty with the last five talents on his team; Dina, Sebastian, Knut, Ingeborg and Isabelle, was posted by Isabelle on Instagram.

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.

The Voice: Semi-final

Morten on The Voice, 1 December

Five talents remained in the contest before the semi-final of The Voice on Friday 1 December, including Sebastian on Team Morten. Here are links to YouTube-videos of all five performances:

1. Agnes Stock: “Vintersang” by Sarah McLachlan
2. Andrea Santiago Stønjum: “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” by Etta James
3. Thomas Løseth: “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn
4. Elise Nærø: “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon
5. Sebastian James Hekneby: “Remember When It Rained” by Josh Groban

“They have been doing this for many weeks now and have become quite experienced, compared to where they started out. It’s been a fantastic journey for all of them. And I think we as mentors have become invested in all the artists”, Morten said.

The one who had to leave the contest this time was Elise. The four others will compete in the final, which airs live on TV2 this Saturday, 9 December at 20:00.

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.

‘See The Beauty In Your Drab Hometown’ tracklist

Album cover

The tracklist of the upcoming Savoy album See The Beauty In Your Drab Hometown (12/01/18) has now been posted on amazon.co.uk and other Amazon sites, along with 30-second samples of each song.

1. Night Watch
2. A Month Of Sundays
3. Falls Park
4. Manmade Lake
5. Bump
6. January Thaw
7. Shy Teens Suffering Silently
8. We’re The Same Way
9. Sunlit Byways
10. (My) Weathervane

As we can see, the album includes new Savoy-versions of the previously released “Manmade Lake” and “Weathervane”. The song Lauren wrote for her short film Scent of a Woman is now called “Bump”.

Besides the digital release, the album will be available on CD and as a gatefold vinyl.

Tonight, Ørjan Nilsson and Audun Vinger will be doing another conversation about Tårer fra en stein, this time held at the library in Tromsø. It will include the premiere of one of the songs on the album, “Falls Park”, exclusively for the audience.

The Voice: Seventh live show

Morten at rehearsals with Sebastian

Here are the six performances from The Voice on 24 November:

1. Thomas Løseth: “Run” by Snow Patrol
2. Malin Joneid Ellefsen: “Elastic Heart” by Sia
3. Andrea Santiago Stønjum: “What Now” by Rihanna
4. Sebastian James Hekneby: “As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Bieber
5. Elise Nærø: “Think Before I Talk” by Astrid S
6. Agnes Stock: “Stjernesludd” by DumDum Boys

Malin received the least votes from the viewers, and had to leave the contest.

“Night Watch” available now

“Night Watch”, the first single from Savoy’s upcoming album See The Beauty In Your Drab Hometown has now been released digitally worldwide. Listen on your preferred streaming service here, and watch the music video on YouTube.

Single cover

“Night Watch” is a surprisingly potent and contemporary track and is – besides “Foreign Film” and “Fearlist” – the closest Savoy has ever been to the dancefloor.

A classic Waaktaar-Savoy song, with carefully layered synths and guitars – but with a gritty edge and pounding beat, or “dark dance” as Lauren called it in a recent interview. Especially halfway through the song, when you’re suddenly transported to a dark and sweaty club.

Paul has said he’s “super excited” about the new album, and this is certainly a very promising start.

Although Savoy have had several gold- and platinum-selling albums in Norway, international success has been elusive so far. It “could have happened / almost did”, as Paul sings in “Night Watch”. Maybe the new album will open new doors, and 2018 will prove to be Savoy’s year?

Savoy announce release concert in Oslo

Savoy live at Rockefeller, 21 May 2008 (Picture by Jakob)

Savoy have announced they will be doing a release concert at Parkteatret in Oslo on Thursday 11 January 2018, the day before their new album See The Beauty In Your Drab Hometown is released.

This will be the first Savoy concert in nearly ten years. The last time they performed together were the five shows at Rockefeller and Royal Albert Hall in May 2008.

It will also be the first time they perform at Parkteatret, which has a capacity of 500 people. Magne did a solo concert at the same venue in 2004.

Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster on Friday 24 November at 9 am, but there will be an a-ha.com presale on Thursday.

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