by Judith Henrich, Petra Meier and Judith Fasler
The last 2 days in Rio almost felt like a little touring holiday. Everyone is soaking up the sun (temperatures around 33 degrees!) and views from the roof top pool of the hotel overlooking Copacabana beach and Sugar Loaf certainly make you feel being in paradise. And combining work with pleasure, Magne & Paul take the cable car to Sugar Loaf for a bit of a foggy photo shoot for the upcoming photo book.
We bump into familiar fan faces – loads of them. You don’t really know them though you feel like you’ve known them forever. It’s an instant connection and we’ve made friends for life over the past couple of days. Whenever anyone of the band leaves the hotel it feels like organised chaos – fans appear from everywhere, having their photos taken with Morten, Magne & Paul.
Thunder, lightning & rain fill the electric air in Rio in the evening. A sign of what show to expect – it would be electrifying. Expectations are high for any concert in Rio but a-ha master every second of it. The audience is one of the best ones we have seen so far – energetic, passionate & vocal. The crowd erupts to the beat of ‘The Blood That Moves The Body’. The newly added version of ‘You Are The One’ with Magne and Paul on acoustic guitar receives one of the biggest cheers of the night and Morten doesn’t even have to remember the words to the song, the fans know the lyrics inside out. Undoubtedly the highlight of the evening is ‘Take On Me’ – the audience resembles an ocean of digital cameras and phones, all trying to capture a piece of this historic moment. Memories of ‘Rock in Rio 1991’ come alive and it’s been a tremendous privilege to attend the last ever a-ha show in Rio.
It’s after midnight, our taxi driver keeps us in the mood putting on the ‘a-ha on tour in Brazil’ CD, singing along with us to old time a-ha classics.
There’s never a forever thing but this concert will be an everlasting memory.
Photos by Petra Meier.