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St. Petersburg concert, April 26th

St. Petersburg, April 26th

Morten ended the Russian part of the tour on Thursday, with a concert at the Little Ice Palace in St. Petersburg.

No changes in the setlist, which has been the same since the second concert in Novosibirsk.

But after Morten missed his cue (once again), Crying In The Rain turned into a real trainwreck – demonstrating how difficult it is to correct things when you’re using a lot of pre-programmed sounds.

Check out other YouTube clips from the concert here.

Number 1 in Norway

Out Of My Hands climbs up to #1 in its second week on the Norwegian album chart, making it the third of Morten’s solo albums to reach the top spot in Norway.

The album is also starting to appear in album charts outside Norway and Germany:

  • Switzerland: #23
  • Austria: #30
  • Netherlands: #77
  • Belgium: #90

And in the German single chart, “Scared Of Heights” climbs up from #92 to #60 in its third week.

Minsk concert, April 25th

Minsk, April 25th 
(Picture from ultra-music.com)

Morten and his band visited Belarus yesterday, to perform at the Palace of Sport in Minsk.

Before the concert Morten did a half-hour press conference with local journalists.

Setlist was the same as before, but there are only a couple of YouTube clips online so far: Spanish Steps and Take On Me.

Photo galleries:
strenger.livejournal.com

ultra-music.com

Moscow concert, April 24th

Moscow, April 24th 
(Picture from lifemusic.ru)

Morten played at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow on Tuesday, where the setlist remained the same as in the three previous concerts. After the concert he did a signing session.

As the tour reached the capital, there were are lot more videos being uploaded to YouTube. So instead of linking to individual clips here, you can explore them yourself:
Moscow on YouTube

And check out this great photo gallery:
tony-blackberry.livejournal.com

Yekaterinburg concert, April 22nd

Yekaterinburg, April 22nd

Reports from Russian fans indicate that yesterday’s concert at the Cosmos hall in Yekaterinburg had the same setlist as in Tomsk.

Video clips on YouTube so far include Burn Money Burn, Crying In The Rain, Forever Not Yours and Take On Me.

The tour continues in Moscow tomorrow.

 

And some news from Morten’s official website; Out Of My Hands enters the German album chart at #3 in its first week, which should be considered a very good result.

Out Of My Hands at number 2

Despite bad reviews, Out Of My Hands has entered the Norwegian album chart at #2 in its first week, only beaten by Hver Gang Vi Møtes – a collection of songs from a popular TV2 show, where various artists perform cover versions of each others’ songs.

In comparison, Wild Seed and Letter From Egypt both entered the album chart at #1. Vogts Villa entered at #21, while Poetenes Evangelium did not chart.

In Germany, “Scared Of Heights” falls from #48 to #92 in its second week on the single chart.

Tomsk concert, April 19th

Tomsk. April 19th

Morten’s tour continued at the Palace of Sport in Tomsk yesterday. The setlist was the same as in Novosibirsk, except “Scared of Heights” opened the first encore, instead of ending the main set.

Here is the setlist, with YouTube links:

1. Burn Money Burn
2. I’m The One
3. Keep The Sun Away
4. Crying In The Rain
5. Out Of Blue Comes Green
6. Move To Memphis
7. Forever Not Yours
8. When I Reached The Moon
9. Los Angeles
10. Spanish Steps
11. A Kind Of Christmas Card
12. We’re Looking For The Whales
13. Just Believe It
14. Lightning
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15. Scared Of Heights
16. Stay On These Roads
17. Foot Of The Mountain
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18. Lay Me Down Tonight
19. Take On Me

There are also some YouTube clips of Morten introducing the band and dedicating “We’re Looking For The Whales” to Paul and Magne.

Novosibirsk concert, April 18th

Novosibirsk, April 18th

Morten continued the tour today, at the Circus venue in Novosibirsk. And apparently this concert ended up being radically different from the first.

The setlist was almost completely shuffled around, compared to Krasnoyarsk. In addition, three solo songs were added; “When I Reached The Moon”, “Just Believe It” and “Lay Me Down Tonight”, plus one additional a-ha song; “We’re Looking For The Whales”.

1. Burn Money Burn
2. I’m The One
3. Keep The Sun Away
4. Crying In The Rain
5. Out Of Blue Comes Green
6. Move To Memphis
7. Forever Not Yours
8. When I Reached The Moon
9. Los Angeles
10. Spanish Steps
11. A Kind Of Christmas Card
12. We’re Looking For The Whales
13. Just Believe It
14. Lightning
15. Scared Of Heights
——–
16 Stay On These Roads
17. Foot Of The Mountain
——–
18. Lay Me Down Tonight
19. Take On Me

So in total, there were 8 a-ha songs, 7 songs from Out Of My Hands and 4 songs from Wild Seed.

Trying out different setlists at the start of a tour is something a-ha have usually done as well, before settling on the “final” setlist after a few shows.

Fan pictures

Local news article

Interview in airport

Krasnoyarsk concert, April 16th

Palace of Sport, Krasnoyarsk, April 16th
(Picture from sibnovosti.ru)

Morten opened his Out Of My Hands solo tour in Krasnoyarsk, Russia last night, backed by Karl Oluf Wennerberg, Erik Ljunggren and Dan Sunhordvik.

The stage production was rather sparse, without any video screens, but Morten appeared to be in fine vocal form – despite some false starts and forgotten lyrics.

Here is the setlist (according to setlist.fm), with links to video clips on YouTube:

1. I’m The One
2. Keep The Sun Away
3. Move To Memphis
4. Scared Of Heights
5. Forever Not Yours
6. Lightning
7. Burn Money Burn
8. Los Angeles
9. Crying In The Rain
10. Spanish Steps
11. A Kind Of Christmas Card
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12. Out Of Blue Comes Green
13. Foot Of The Mountain
14. Stay On These Roads
15. Take On Me

“Out Of Blue Comes Green”, which won the fan voting on Morten’s website, was performed live for the first time since 1989.

This means there were 7 a-ha songs performed, 5 songs from Out Of My Hands and 3 songs from Wild Seed. Nothing from Letter From Egypt or other English-language solo songs.

It had been said beforehand that the tour would include “a selection of a-ha songs”. The fact that this “selection” turns out to be almost half the setlist – 7 out of 15 songs, is sure to disappoint those who had been hoping to hear mostly solo songs at his solo concerts.

Too bad he doesn’t have more confidence in his own material at the moment.

Picture gallery from the concert

Concert review at newslab.ru

Article from Krasnoyarsk press conference

Video from Krasnoyarsk press conference

Morten planning more cover versions

Doing a cover version of “Scared of Heights”, the song originally recorded by Espen Lind in 2008, was a suggestion by Morten’s manager Harald Wiik. Initially Morten didn’t like the idea, but eventually he agreed to do it.

But it was Magne who came up with the original idea of using other Norwegian hits, Morten said in an interview in VG’s paper edition on Saturday:

“Magne came up with the idea that I should pick out good, Norwegian songs and take them abroad. I like that thought, and it’s something that I will pursue on my next solo albums as well. Not just to be kind, but because these songs will be relevant and more than good enough in markets where they haven’t been released before.”

Morten’s solo tour is starting today, at Palace of Sport in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

“I haven’t toured in these areas as a solo artist before, and I don’t expect the audience to be familiar with my own material. But they do associate me strongly with a-ha, so it will feel natural to do some a-ha material as well“, Morten tells VG.

“Some of the songs feel more strange to perform than others. “Stay On These Roads” is an easy choice, as I played such a big part in creating it. But what about “Hunting High and Low”? Paul wrote it at an early stage, and for me it so clearly demonstrated our caliber. There are stories connected to it; when we were setting up to record it, Magne came up with this extremely beautiful piano part. Then he forgot what he had played. Things like that. Even if people associate that song with my voice, I’m not sure if I’ll perform it live”, he says in an extensive article in Aftenposten.

“Is the world ready for Harket without a-ha in 2012? We don’t know. Maybe we have the odds against us. But we do have a hope”, manager Harald Wiik says in the same article.

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