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a-ha at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

a-ha and Kygo closing the Nobel Peace Prize Concert with "Take On Me"

a-ha and Kygo closing the Nobel Peace Prize Concert with “Take On Me”

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:

1. Scoundrel Days (YouTube)
2. The Sun Always Shines On TV (YouTube)
3. Stay On These Roads (YouTube)
4. Sycamore Leaves (YouTube)
5. Take On Me – Kygo Remix (w/Kygo) (YouTube)

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:

Cover image of new single "Cast In Steel" (Steve Osborne Version)

Cover image of new single “Cast In Steel” (Steve Osborne Version)

“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.

Morten speaks out against bullying

Morten speaking in Oslo, Jan. 30th

Morten speaking in Oslo, Jan. 30th

Morten was one of the guests invited to speak at a government meeting in Oslo today, to launch a new campaign against bullying in Norwegian schools.

In his speech, Morten talked about his own experiences being bullied as a child:

“I have wide experience of what it means to be bullied. The years between 3rd and 6th grade in elementary school were painful years for me”, he told the audience. “After school, other pupils would gather around me and beat me up. […] But on the inside, I felt that I would eventually become stronger than all of them.”

“Children live in a world of their own, where adults don’t have much access. But that’s also where we need to be as adults, to provide children with the means to handle this. Self-esteem is important in order to fulfill your own potential. I am certain that all of us represent a greater potential than we realize ourselves”, Morten added in an interview after the meeting.

A video of Morten’s speech can be viewed here. There is also a video interview with Morten and Prime Minister Erna Solberg here.

Other links:
Harket speaks out on bullying (newsinenglish.no)
Morten Harket om fortiden som mobbeoffer: – Det var vonde år (VG)
Morten Harket fortalte om egen erfaring med mobbing (Bergens Tidende)
– Det var vonde år for meg (Klar Tale)
Ble banket opp daglig (NTB)

a-ha Fan Weekend 2014

Terry Slater, Harald Wiik, Magne and Tini Flaat Mykland on stage at Samfunnsalen, Oslo

Terry Slater, Harald Wiik, Magne and Tini Flaat Mykland on stage at Samfunnsalen, Oslo
(Picture by Jakob)

Fans from all over the world once again gathered in Oslo on October 24-25 for the a-ha Fan Weekend 2014, which included Morten’s last two concerts of the Brother tour at Sentrum Scene, an a-ha convention with a Q&A session and a fan party.

Many were looking particularly forward to hearing former a-ha manager Terry Slater, who provided interesting stories from his long career and shared his thoughts on the music business then and now.

Current a-ha/Morten Harket manager Harald Wiik talked about the upcoming release plans in connection with the 30th anniversary of Hunting High and Low in 2015:

“The plan is – don’t hold it against me if not everything happens – but as of now there are plans for a 5-disc set of Hunting High And Low, with lots of new material. Plus heavy vinyls of all the first five albums. Also a box set of the vinyls called The Warner Years, for the first five albums. And then Deluxe Editions of Stay On These Roads, East Of The Sun and Memorial Beach. And some other things that I can’t tell you about now. But save your money!”

Morten at Sentrum Scene, October 24th

Morten at Sentrum Scene, October 24th
(Picture by Jakob)

Magne came to Oslo straight from the opening of the new concert house in Fosnavåg, where he did two performances with Apparatjik on October 23 and 24. He brought along two early copies of the long-awaited Apparatjik World book, of which Terry Slater was given one copy, while the other was donated as a prize in the Red Cross charity raffle held during the fan party:

“It should be out before Christmas at some point. I was hoping to have enough copies to bring tonight, but the printers couldn’t make it in time.”

While on stage at the a-ha convention, Magne also talked candidly about how he wasn’t satisfied with how the Beatles movie turned out:

“I wanted to make a much more radical score than what ended up [in the movie]. There was a struggle, a fight between me and the director, who came in a little bit late in the process, to make him understand what I was trying to do. So to my mind, the last version that I heard was a compromise where they had used my music in a way that I wasn’t a hundred percent satisfied with. I won’t be able to give you a percentage, as I haven’t seen the finished one. (…) The album is different, because I made the album afterwards, a bit more like I wanted the movie to sound.”

Magne previously talked about his problems with the Beatles film project in a radio interview on NRK P13 last month.

Morten visiting the fan party (Picture by Jakob)

Morten visiting the fan party
(Picture by Jakob)

At the fan party in the evening, Morten showed up on stage to meet the fans. One fan asked him about his plans for next year:

“I’m being asked if I have plans – big plans – for next year, which I believe I have. And those plans might include you guys. (…) It will be an interesting year, next year”, Morten said.

“We should have a lot of fun with numbers over the next year. Keep on guessing!”, Harald Wiik told the fans earlier on Saturday – referring to the numbers recently posted on a-ha.com’s Facebook page; 44 and 365, which have led to fan speculations about a possible a-ha reunion in 2015.

Check out more coverage of the a-ha Fan Weekend on a-ha.com’s Twitter profile and Facebook page.

Other links:
TV2 Nyhetskanalen – interview with Morten at soundcheck, Oct. 24th
NRK Østlandssendingen – report from Sentrum Scene
dbmag.no – Morten Harket concert review (5/6)
Vimeo – Safe With Me (Oct. 24th) by After Event Productions
Vimeo – Whispering Heart (Oct. 24th) by After Event Productions
Vimeo – Brother (Oct. 24th) by After Event Productions
Facebook – Sentrum Scene photos by StageWorks
Facebook – Sentrum Scene photos by Christina Galbraith
YouTube – Morten visiting the fan party
YouTube – Harald Wiik speaking at the fan convention
YouTube – Terry Slater speaking at the fan convention

‘Do You Remember Me?’ music video

From the music video; Morten on stage in Kristiansand, July 11th

From the music video; Morten on stage in Kristiansand, July 11th

The new music video for “Do You Remember Me?”, directed by Stian Andersen, premiered on VGTV today.

The black-and-white video was shot during Morten’s solo tour this summer and includes footage from the concerts at Over Oslo Festivalen, Paris, London, Stavernfestivalen and Odderøya Live in June and July.

VG also has an interview with Morten, who turns 55 years old today.

Update: the video has now been added to YouTube by a-ha.com.

a-ha fan weekend update

This week a-ha.com has posted some updates about the a-ha fan weekend in Oslo next month, including info on an extra concert and guest speakers at the fan convention:

Morten’s concert at Sentrum Scene in Oslo on October 24 has sold out, and a second night has been added! There will be a concert on October 25 at Sentrum Scene, and tickets will go on sale on Monday, September 8 via Billettservice.

We are so pleased to announce that we have confirmed two very special guest speakers for the fan convention: Stian Andersen & Terry Slater!

The ticket sale for the concert on October 25 actually started yesterday on Billettservice, not September 8.

Visit a-ha.com and the 2014 a-ha Fan Party & Convention Facebook page for more info about the events.

Morten on Sommeråpent

Sommeråpent, August 15th

Sommeråpent, August 15th

Morten was interviewed and did an acoustic performance of “Do You Remember Me?” on NRK1’s Sommeråpent last night.

He was joined by Karl Oluf Wennerberg and Vicky Singh on the show, which was broadcast live from the roof of the Oslo Opera House.

The episode is available on NRK’s web-TV:
Interview with Morten
Morten and Marte Stokstad on “The Hit”
“Do You Remember Me?”

Pictures and videos from soundcheck and backstage:
NRK Sommer on Instagram – 1
NRK Sommer on Instagram – 2
Karl Oluf on Instagram – 1
Karl Oluf on Instagram – 2
Sommeråpent on Facebook

Over Oslo Festivalen, June 20th

Morten and new guitarist Vicky Singh at Over Oslo Festivalen, June 20th

Morten and new guitarist Vicky Singh at Over Oslo Festivalen, June 20th
(Picture by Jakob)

Morten played the first of his Norwegian summer concerts last night, at the Over Oslo Festival at Grefsenkollen – quite a spectacular venue overlooking the city.

He was backed by Lars Danielsson (bass), Per Lindvall (drums), Christer Karlsson (keyboard) – and new guitarist Vicky Singh from Denmark, who seems to be replacing Peter Kvint on the summer tour.

Morten’s voice seemed to be back in good shape after last month’s throat infection.

Picture by Jakob

Picture by Jakob

Being a festival, the setlist was five songs shorter than on last month’s solo tour. And there was no encore. But two songs from Letter From Egypt were added; “Movies” and “Send Me An Angel”.

Full setlist, with links to some video clips I filmed:

1. Do You Remember Me?
2. Oh What A Night
3. Spanish Steps
4. End Of The Line
5. Movies
6. Safe With Me
7. Send Me An Angel
8. Did I Leave You Behind
9. Wild Seed
10. Los Angeles
11. Whispering Heart
12. Brother
13. A Kind Of Christmas Card

Morten at Sentrum Scene in October

Morten will return to Sentrum Scene in Oslo on October 24th, for a special concert in connection with the a-ha fan weekend on October 24-25, the official site announced on Friday:

We are excited to share the news that Morten will return to Sentrum Scene in Oslo, Norway on October 24! The fan pre-sale will take place on Monday, June 16 at 9:00am CET. The public ticket sale begins on Thursday, June 19.

Here is the link to buy tickets in the fan pre-sale on Monday, June 16 – please note it will not work until 9:00am CET: FAN PRE-SALE

For more details, visit mortenharket.com.

Royal birthday celebration

Heidi and Magne arriving

 

Princess Märtha Louise celebrated her 40th birthday at the Royal Palace in Oslo tonight.

Magne and Heidi were among the celebrity guests attending the party, along with people such as director Harald Zwart and singer Lene Marlin.

Pictures of some of the guests arriving can be seen at VG.no and Dagbladet.no.

 
 
 
 

Ullevaal concert

Confetti at the end, followed by fireworks. (Picture by Jakob)

Confetti at the end, followed by fireworks.
(Picture by Jakob)

a-ha impressed audience and critics alike when they opened their Norwegian tour at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo on Saturday, featuring a massive stage and an amazing video show.

The concert was a special celebration of a-ha’s career in front of their home crowd, and after performing “Butterfly, Butterfly”, Morten said:

We would like to thank you for 25 years. [Long applause] During these 25 years that we have created together, the three of us… I read in the paper today that we are incompatible. I’m no a-ha expert myself… [Audience laughs] …but that statement is not compatible with how I have experienced things. But these are 25 years that you have been a part of as well, and which I would like to thank you for.

The reviews in VG, Dagbladet, Aftenposten and Dagsavisen all give the concert 5 out of 6.

An amazing video show. Here's the moon during "Minor Earth, Major Sky" (Picture by Jakob)

An amazing video show. Here’s the moon during “Minor Earth, Major Sky”
(Picture by Jakob)

The concert had a bizarre opening though, with the classical Tchaikovsky intro suddenly interrupted by Nelly’s hip-hop tune “Hot in Herre”, before leading into “The Sun Always Shines On TV”. Who came up with that combination?

No new songs in the setlist, but “Butterfly, Butterfly” was done acoustically for the first time, “Crying In The Rain” was back and “(Seemingly) Nonstop July” was performed live only for the second time since 1994. And unlike all the other concerts on the Farewell Tour, the songs were not played in reversed chronological order this time, but instead old and new songs were mixed up. “The Sun Always Shines On TV” was back as the opener, like it was on the FOTM tour in 2009.

 

Picture by Jakob

Picture by Jakob

Setlist (with YouTube links):
1. The Sun Always Shines On TV
2. Move To Memphis
3. The Blood That Moves The Body
4. Scoundrel Days
5. Stay On These Roads
6. Manhattan Skyline
7. Hunting High And Low
8. The Bandstand
9. Looking For The Whales
10. Butterfly Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)
11. (Seemingly) Nonstop July
12. Crying In The Rain
13. Minor Earth, Major Sky
14. Forever Not Yours
15. Summer Moved On
16. I’ve Been Losing You
17. Foot Of The Mountain
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18. Cry Wolf
19. Analogue
20. The Living Daylights
21. Take On Me

 
More video clips:
TV2 interview with Magne and the vocalist in Shining before the concert:
Magasinet

The opening song filmed by TV2:
The Sun Always Shines On TV

On Saturday, NRK had an interview with P. A. Stenersen, who owns the biggest a-ha collection in the world. Stenersen, who has donated parts of his collection to the upcoming a-ha exhibition at the national museum in Oslo, meets up with Morten in the clip and receives a few very rare additions to his collection:
Lørdagsrevyen

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