Morten is playing in Dorsten, Germany tonight, as part of WDR2’s “Sommer Open Air”. The whole concert will be streamed online at 7:20 PM (local time) here.
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Morten will be one of the artists performing at an open air concert in the city of Dorsten, Germany on June 30th.
He is scheduled to perform a 1-hour set, which will be broadcast live on the radio and streamed online (from what I understand).
The concert is presented by radio station WDR2, and other acts performing include Rea Garvey (singer in the band Reamonn, which supported a-ha on the MEMS Tour) and the Norwegian band Katzenjammer.
The organizers are expecting an audience of 30.000 people, and the concert is free of charge.
To promote the event, WDR2 has posted a video clip where Morten has to answer the questions he’s asked by miming.
The questions are as follows; 1. Your favourite instrument? 2. How proud are you of the new album? 3. Where is the most beautiful place in Norway? 4. How do keep so fit? 5. What do you see in the mirror in the morning? 6. How will your performance in Dorsten be?
Morten will be appearing on a couple of TV-shows in July:
2 July: “Ultimative Chart Show” – RTL, Germany
14 July: “Starnacht am Wörthersee” – ORF, Austria
“Starnacht am Wörthersee” is broadcast live from Klagenfurt, while “Ultimative Chart Show” is taped in Cologne – to air at a later date.
It’s not known if he’s going to perform a song on these shows, but “I’m The One” seems to be the next single off the album.
There is a 5-page interview with Morten in the current issue of Norwegian women’s magazine KK (week 21).
There is also a selection of additional photos on photographer Charlotte Spetalen’s website.
Morten was in Cologne, Germany yesterday, to be a guest on Stefan Raab’s talkshow TV Total on ProSieben.
During the interview, Raab asked Morten what the album cover was all about:
“I was in the water. I was fed up doing the regular photo shoots, and I did that with a photographer, a brilliant guy, his name is Just Loomis. He photographed us with a-ha, for the first cover we did, Hunting High And Low. So there’s a lot of history there. I met up with him in Los Angeles last year and we went for a shoot. And we ended up in the water – well, I did, anyway”, Morten said.
You can see the whole 10-minute interview at tvtotal.prosieben.de (without dubbing).
Morten’s European tour ended yesterday, with a concert at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. The setlist seems to have been the same as it has been at 17 out of 18 concerts on this tour.
There’s a lot more YouTube clips from Sunday’s concert at the indigO2 in London, though. And here are some other London links:
Morten was a guest on “Good Morning Sunday” with host Aled Jones on BBC Radio 2 this morning. The interview can be heard here (starts at 2:30).
And Friday’s interview on BBC Radio Manchester can be heard here (starts at 0:11).
But keep in mind that these BBC programmes are only available for a week or so.
Absolute Radio will broadcast a 1-hour special with Morten next Thursday, May 17th. More info at absoluteradio.co.uk.
Meanwhile, the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv had a 7-page article yesterday, which followed Morten on tour in Germany last week, travelling from Düsseldorf to Dortmund, and via Peine to Berlin.
Morten started his 3-date tour of the UK at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester yesterday.
And there is a photo gallery at wireimage.com.
Tomorrow he’s playing at the indigO2 in London, before this first leg of the tour ends at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Monday.
Morten was a guest on BBC Breakfast this morning. A video clip of the interview can be seen here.
Yesterday he was interviewed by Alan Thompson on BBC Radio Wales, which can be heard here (Part one at 1:15 and Part two at 1:45).
Asked by a listener if there are any plans to record a live album, Morten answered:
“There are no plans at the moment, but it will happen. It’s a given, I think. But not right away, as we need to get warmed up first – which we are actually starting to, you know. The machinery is starting to get oiled. We’ve done about three to four weeks now on the road and the band is coming together.”
He also expressed an interest in playing countries that haven’t been a part of the current tour:
“There are in fact, a lot of places I would really want to visit. We’re doing a run, which is mainly the waterholes of a-ha over the past years, to start with. I would love to go in and do Spain and also Italy and a number of places. I am not doing Ireland now, for instance, which I would love to.”
He was also a guest on Alan Simpson’s show on BBC Radio Ulster yesterday, available here (starts at 1:10).
Other interviews coming up include Matt White’s show on BBC Radio Manchester tonight and “Good Morning Sunday” on BBC Radio 2 this Sunday, May 13th.
Wednesday’s concert at La Cigale in Paris included an unexpected moment, when – during “Forever Not Yours” – first the lights went out, followed by the sound disappearing. There’s a clip of it here.
Thankfully, the technical problems were sorted out shortly afterwards.