a-ha headlined the Nobel Peace Prize Concert at Telenor Arena in Oslo tonight, where they performed five songs for an audience of 8000 people:
They were joined by their usual backing band; Karl Oluf Wennerberg on drums, Even Ormestad on bass and Erik Ljunggren on keyboard.
On “Take On Me” they were joined by Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll (aka Kygo) from Bergen, who did a tropical house remix of the song earlier in 2015.
This year the concert was streamed live on YouTube for the first time. But if you missed it, the concert can be viewed again at nrk.no – and through the official YouTube videos linked above.
At the press conference earlier in the day, Magne was asked how he feels things have changed since a-ha first played at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert 17 years ago, with regards to the situation in the world today:
“Well, it doesn’t seem to get easier, and everyone gets hopeless. But I think it’s really hopeful to see that the prize is given to someone who show the importance of dialogue in a time when dialogue often breaks down. So I’m very happy to be behind the Nobel Institute on this year’s award”, Magne said.
The whole press conference is available at vgtv.no.
a-ha were also interviewed live on NRK1’s evening news Dagsrevyen before the concert. The interview can be seen at nrk.no.
In other news, the new Steve Osborne Version of “Cast In Steel” was released digitally in Norway today. This is a more upbeat and radio-friendly mix, with added synth and guitar parts, quite different from the album version. Here’s an official link to buy/stream the song.