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Cast In Steel Tour: Moscow

Moscow, 12 March

Moscow, 12 March
(Picture by Oksana Orlova)

a-ha played at the Olimpiyskiy [Olympic Stadium] indoor arena in Moscow on Saturday, 12 March. This was their sixth concert at this particular venue and their eighth concert in Moscow, having previously played in the city in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2010.

The Olimpiyskiy arena is so large that a-ha’s stage setup appeared quite small this time, compared to the other arenas.

The setlist in Moscow was the same as in St Petersburg on Thursday, meaning “Giving Up The Ghost” and “Mythomania” were still absent, while “We’re Looking For The Whales” and “You Are The One” remained. “I’ve Been Losing You” opened the show again.

Instead of standing at the front during “Velvet” and “Lifelines”, Tini was standing further back on the stage this time. The left screen seemed to malfunction during some of the songs.

“[The setlist] has been a mixture of old and new so far. But it’s kind of changing on a nightly basis, or has been on this leg of the tour. It’s easy, in a way, to settle into playing all the big hits, because you know the reaction is always great to that. At the same time, you try to put some new songs in there and re-arrange some of the songs, so that they are different than you’ve done before and what people have heard before”, Magne told BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley on the phone from Riga tonight, as it was announced that a-ha will play an exclusive concert for Radio 2 at the BBC Radio Theatre in London on 24 March. More info at

Video clips from Moscow:
Move To Memphis
Mother Nature Goes To Heaven
You Are The One
The Sun Always Shines On TV

Other links: – article about Paul, Magne, Tini and Even attending a private dinner in Moscow on 11 March – big photo gallery from the press conference and concert in St Petersburg
YouTube – 40-minute video from a-ha’s press conference in St Petersburg

Dates added in Russia, Latvia, Belarus and Luxembourg

An ad for the Moscow concert

An ad for the Moscow concert

Seven new dates on a-ha’s Cast In Steel Tour 2016 have now been announced:

6 March: Sports Palace, Yekaterinburg, Russia
8 March: Basket-Hall, Kazan, Russia
10 March: Ice Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia
12 March: Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia
15 March: Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia
17 March: Minsk Arena, Minsk, Belarus
27 April: Rockhal, Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg

Tickets are already on sale for St. Petersburg, Moscow and Esch/Alzette.
The links can be found on

This will be the first a-ha concert ever in Luxembourg, although Morten performed there on the Night of the Proms Tour in 2013.

Moscow concert announced

Morten will return to Moscow on October 20th, to play a concert at Crocus City Hall, management announced today.

He played at the same venue on the Out Of My Hands tour in April 2012. No further Russian concerts have been announced yet.

Moscow concert, April 24th

Moscow, April 24th 
(Picture from

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:

Apparatjik in Moscow

The cube in Moscow
(Picture by Marina Lystseva)

Apparatjik played their first concert in Russia this Friday, May 13th, at the newly established Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow.

There were initially only 200 invitations available for two people each, by registering on the Strelka website, but this week anyone who added their name to the event on Apparatjik’s Facebook page were automatically added to the guestlist (which ended up being 188 people). So there must have been at least 600 people in the audience (a Russian fan claims there were as many as 1500-2000 people).

A selection of pictures from the Moscow performance can be seen here.

And here are some YouTube clips:
Deadbeat    Datascroller    Snow Crystals    Supersonic Sound    Look Kids    Quiz Show

Simen and Peder from Moods of Norway accompanied the other apparatjiks on the trip to Moscow, and a couple of pictures have been posted on their Facebook page, including one with Magne and Karl Oluf Wennerberg in front of the Bolshoi Theatre.

Update: Check out this cool video clip from the Moscow concert on Vimeo.

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