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Los Angeles concerts rescheduled

The three a-ha concerts at The Wiltern in Los Angeles are the latest to be rescheduled for next year. Here are the new dates:

07 April 2022: The Wiltern, Los Angeles, USA
08 April 2022: The Wiltern, Los Angeles, USA
09 April 2022: The Wiltern, Los Angeles, USA

Original tickets remain valid.

New tour dates for Japan

The seven a-ha concerts in Japan have now been rescheduled again, to January 2022. Here are the new dates:

13 January: Civic Hall, Fukuoka, Japan
15 January: Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo, Japan
16 January: Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo, Japan
18 January: Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya, Japan
19 January: Grand Cube Osaka, Osaka, Japan
21 January: Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo, Japan
22 January: City Culture Hall, Shizuoka, Japan

Original tickets for all shows are still valid – except for the concert in Osaka, where the venue has been changed from Festival Hall to Grand Cube Osaka. All original Osaka tickets will be refunded and new tickets put on sale soon. More info on the website of Japanese concert promoter Creativeman.

Meanwhile in Portugal, the Rock in Rio Lisboa Festival has been postponed once again – to June 2022. It remains to be seen if a-ha will still be a part of the lineup for a third time.

European tour rescheduled for 2022

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As expected, the European Hunting High and Low tour planned for April and May this year has now officially been rescheduled for 2022, due to Covid-19.

Here are the new dates, as announced on a-ha.com:

28 April: Partille Arena, Gothenburg, Sweden
29 April: Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark
01 May: O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
04 May: AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands
05 May: Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
07 May: Le Zenith, Paris, France
09 May: Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
11 May: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany
12 May: Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany
14 May: Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
15 May: Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany
18 May: DNB Arena, Stavanger, Norway
20 May: Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
21 May: Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
24 May: BIC, Bournemouth, UK
25 May: M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, UK
27 May: The SSE Arena, Wembley, London, UK
28 May: Utilita Arena, Birmingham, UK

Original tickets remain valid. See a list of all upcoming dates here.

Update: The special screening of a-ha – The Movie has also been rescheduled accordingly. The new date is 19 May 2022 at Colosseum Cinema in Oslo. Original tickets remain valid for this screening as well.

Please note that the world premiere of a-ha – The Movie is now planned for sometime in 2021, meaning 19 May 2022 is now billed as a “special screening” instead.

2021 tour probably rescheduled for 2022

It might be a while until this happens again

Last week saw the announcement that next month’s a-ha tour in Japan will be rescheduled again. Today, a-ha manager Harald Wiik tells VG that all the other dates planned for next year are also likely to be rescheduled.

“30-40 concerts were postponed to 2021. Unfortunately, I assume we’ll have to postpone everything once again, to 2022. It is unlikely that large concerts and festivals will be going ahead until the third or fourth quarter of 2021”, he says.

“I wish we could tour in 2021, but I don’t think that will be possible. In Norway alone there is estimated to be 1,3 million people in the risk group, who are the first who should be vaccinated. Even if most things goes according to plan, it’s hard to imagine a return to normality until late fall.”

VG asks Wiik if it will be at all possible to do a world tour on a similar large scale as was planned before the pandemic.

“I think it can be possible in 2022, but even that is uncertain. We’re planning to tour all over South America, plus the USA, which is facing big challenges, and there could also be new waves [of coronavirus] in Europe. We are, as everyone else, dependent on the situation to get under control, and we also have to do a specific risk assessment on behalf of our employees and not least our audiences”, Wiik says.

He also tells VG that the a-ha camp is currently working on both a feature film and a musical, in addition to the already finished documentary film. And a lot of new music is being written, although it remains to be seen how it will be used.

“a-ha can handle another tour postponement. But it hurts to see how our crew and backing musicians are struggling, who, in addition to our postponements, are also losing other tour opportunities.”

a-ha aiming for Portugal (again)

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a-ha were supposed to perform at Rock in Rio Lisboa in Portugal this summer, but the festival had to be cancelled due to Covid-19.

The organizers are trying again next year, and a-ha have now once again been confirmed to be headlining together with Duran Duran on 26 June 2021.

This will be the very first time a-ha perform live in Portugal. The Rock in Rio spin-off festival in Lisbon has been held every other year since 2004, and is one of the largest of its kind in Europe, with an attendance of around 350,000 people.

Tickets are on sale now, while tickets already bought for this year’s festival are still valid for 2021.

A total of 38 a-ha concerts are currently planned for 2021.

New reissues and German book release

Purple vinyl reissue

A limited edition 30th anniversary reissue of East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon was released on 180g purple vinyl yesterday. This marks the first time the album is available on this format since the original 1990 vinyl release.

The East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon vinyl reissue can be ordered from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de.

In connection with the reissue, Ørjan Nilsson has written a little piece for the Norwegian magazine Jazznytt, focusing on the man talking about “endless pain or endless pleasure” at the end of “(Seemingly) Nonstop July”. To find out more about him, Ørjan phoned up Paul in Los Angeles.

“I remember that day well. The song was recorded at Prince Street in Soho, in the middle of a heat wave. I was on the fifth floor with the window slightly open, when I heard this guy starting to yell out doomsday prophecies down on the street”, Paul says.

He hurried to point a microphone out the window.

German book cover

“The guy had great timing, as I didn’t need to edit the recording or move parts around afterwards. A one take wonder. He kept going for several minutes after the song had finished, with the same intensity, but the voice gradually became more distant as he disappeared down the street”, Paul tells Ørjan.

Meanwhile in Germany, Ørjan Nilsson’s 2019 book about Morten Harket’s solo career between 1993 – 1998, Hjemkomst, was published by Hannibal Verlag in a German version on Thursday, entitled Heimkehr.

The book has been translated into German by Daniela Stilzebach, who also translated Nilsson’s previous book Tears From a Stone. Heimkehr is available in a paperback edition, while the original Norwegian book came as a hardback edition with dust jacket.

Heimkehr is available from Amazon.de and Amazon.co.uk.

Våkenatt CD cover

This week also saw the announcement that Våkenatt, the second Bridges album from 1981, will be getting a wider release on vinyl, CD and digital on 20 November. The first single “Asleep” can be heard here.

Våkenatt was first released on green vinyl in a limited edition box set (900 numbered copies) by Rockheim Musical Archives in 2018, but will now get a worldwide release by Korova Records, which is a Warner Music imprint.

The vinyl and CD can be pre-ordered from thisisdig.com.

Rescheduled dates for USA and Latin America

Rescheduled a-ha concert dates for USA and Latin America in 2021 have now been announced, this time starting in the north and ending in the south:

23 May: The Wiltern, Los Angeles, USA (rescheduled from 25.09.20)
24 May: The Wiltern, Los Angeles, USA (rescheduled from 26.09.20)
25 May: The Wiltern, Los Angeles, USA (rescheduled from 27.09.20)

11 August: Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico (rescheduled from 22.09.20)
14 August: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil (rescheduled from 19.09.20)
18 August: Expominas Arena, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (rescheduled from 16.09.20)
19 August: Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (rescheduled from 13.09.20)
21 August: Espaço das Americas, São Paulo, Brazil (rescheduled from 11.09.20)
24 August: Teatro Positivo, Curitiba, Brazil (rescheduled from 08.09.20)
27 August: Movistar Arena, Buenos Aires, Argentina (rescheduled from 05.09.20)
29 August: Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile (rescheduled from 03.09.20)
31 August: Parque de la Exposición, Lima, Peru (rescheduled from 01.09.20)

Please visit a-ha.com for more info on ticket sales and refunds.

Japanese tour, European tour and Norwegian film premiere rescheduled for 2021

Picture by Stian Andersen

After a long period of silence, the official site has announced rescheduled Hunting High and Low tour dates in Japan and in Europe for 2021, due to Covid-19 preventing large public events from going ahead this year. Rescheduled dates for South- and North America are also expected to follow soon.

In addition to the original five dates in Japan, two extra shows have now been added, in Shizuoka and Tokyo. Additionally, the concert in Nagoya seems to have been moved from the NTK Hall to the Aichi Arts Center.

As for the world premiere of a-ha – The Movie, that event has also been moved to next year: 22 April 2021 at Colosseum Cinema in Oslo (rescheduled from 26.11.20).

Here are the new dates for 2021 so far:

20 January: Civic Hall, Fukuoka, Japan (rescheduled from 14.03.20)
22 January: Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan (rescheduled from 16.03.20)
23 January: City Culture Hall, Shizuoka, Japan (New show added)
25 January: Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo, Japan (rescheduled from 10.03.20)
26 January: Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo, Japan (rescheduled from 11.03.20)
28 January: Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya, Japan (rescheduled from 17.03.20)
30 January: Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo, Japan (New show added)

16 April: Partille Arena, Gothenburg, Sweden (rescheduled from 20.11.20)
17 April: Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark (rescheduled from 21.11.20)
19 April: O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic (rescheduled from 28.10.20)
21 April: Forest National, Brussels, Belgium (rescheduled from 17.11.20)
23 April: Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, Norway (rescheduled from 27.11.20)
24 April: Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, Norway (rescheduled from 28.11.20)
26 April: DNB Arena, Stavanger, Norway (rescheduled from 24.11.20)
29 April: Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany (rescheduled from 05.11.20)
30 April: Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany (rescheduled from 02.11.20)

02 May: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany (rescheduled from 06.11.20)
03 May: Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany (rescheduled from 03.11.20)
05 May: AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands (rescheduled from 18.11.20)
06 May: Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany (rescheduled from 31.10.20)
09 May: Le Zenith, Paris, France (rescheduled from 30.10.20)
11 May: BIC, Bournemouth, UK (rescheduled from 10.11.20)
12 May: M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, UK (rescheduled from 11.11.20)
14 May: The SSE Arena, Wembley, London, UK (rescheduled from 14.11.20)
15 May: Utilita Arena, Birmingham, UK (rescheduled from 13.11.20)

Please visit a-ha.com for more info on ticket sales and refunds.

a-ha in new Volkswagen commercial

Last autumn a-ha visited the area around Kristiansand, Norway to shoot a commercial for a new and electric version of the classic Volkswagen Caravelle. The 4-minute commercial premiered on YouTube yesterday. More pictures and info about the collaboration (in German) can be found at volkswagen-nutzfahrzeuge.de.

Rock in Rio Lisboa performance cancelled

Only six weeks after the announcement that a-ha would performing at this year’s Rock in Rio Lisboa in Portugal on 27 June, the festival organizers have decided to cancel this year’s event and postpone it to June 2021 instead. This is because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which will probably have an impact on live concerts and other public events for a long time to come.

Tickets already purchased will remain valid for the 2021 festival, but it remains to be seen if a-ha will still be part of the lineup next year.

This means the next a-ha dates scheduled will now be the South American tour after the summer, starting in Lima, Peru on 1 September 2020.

NME: Rock in Rio Lisbon postponed to 2021

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