The Early Years

The Early Years

1982, September 14: Morten joins the band formed by Magne and Paul. This marks the birth of a-ha.

1983, January 2: Morten and Paul travel to London, UK, followed one week later by Magne, to search for a recording contract. During their search, they have very little to live on and have to return to Norway to earn more money.

1983, April 1: Back in London, a-ha record demos at John Ratcliff’s Rendezvous Studio. Ratcliff is impressed with a-ha’s unique sound and he introduces them to Terry Slater, who becomes their manager.

1983, December: a-ha are signed to Warner Brothers. They hold their first press conference on December 4 to announce the recording contract.

 

The Hunting High And Low Era

1984, May: a-ha record most of the Hunting High And Low album over eight weeks.

1984, October 19: First release of “Take On Me”; it sells 300 copies and peaks at #137.

1984, October 20: a-ha’s first television appearance. They perform four songs on the Norwegian show “Lørdagssirkus,” but only “Take On Me” (in its early version) is broadcast.

1984, November 1: “Take On Me” debuts on the official Norwegian chart, VG-Lista.

1985, April 5: The second single “Love Is Reason” is released in Norway. Concurrently, “Take On Me” is re-released in the UK with a different mix by Alan Tarney and a different record sleeve. Jeff Ayeroft from the WEA head-office in Los Angeles decides that “Take On Me” deserves a third chance, and finances 100 000 pounds for a groundbreaking new video directed by Steve Barron.

1985, July: “Take On Me” debuts on the US Billboard chart at #91, making a-ha the first Norwegian artist to enter the US charts. Concurrently, the video is #4 in the US videos chart and one week later, the Hunting High And Low album enters the US Billboard chart at #167. The album and single continue to climb the charts.

1985, August 30: a-ha travel to the US for a promotional tour, appearing on four TV shows, including “Solid Gold”, “Soul Train”, and “American Bandstand”. They complete promotion in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York. In Los Angeles, they film the video for “Train of Thought”, which features Michael Patterson’s art cartoon “Commuter”.

1985, September 16: Due to the success of the video and single in the US, “Take On Me” is re-released in the UK for the third time. “Take On Me” re-enters the UK singles chart at #55 and peaks at #2, behind Jennifer Rush’s #1 single “The Power of Love”.

1985, October 9: a-ha film “The Sun Always Shines On TV” video at Saint Alban the Martyr Church and Udney Hall Gardens at Teddington, Middlesex, in England, with director Steve Barron. That evening, a-ha are notified that they achieved #1 in the following week’s US Billboard chart.

1985, October 11: a-ha travel to Australia and then to Japan for more promotion.

1985, November 6: Back in Norway, a-ha hold a press conference at the Grand Hotel in Oslo. This is the band’s first press conference in Norway since achieving #1 in the US, and they are overrun by journalists. Afterwards, they travel to Sweden, UK, Spain, France, and Germany for more promotion.

1985, December 8: a-ha perform “The Sun Always Shines On TV” at the New Year’s Gala with the Queen for “The Royal Celebration of Youth”. After the show, they meet the Queen of England.

1986, January 11: a-ha appear on the UK TV show “Saturday Superstore”; they answer fans’ phone calls, participate in a video vote, and perform “The Sun Always Shines On TV”. More than 300 fans storm BBC studios in London. This event kicks off another round of TV promotion for the second single, released in the UK on December 16.

1986, January 18: a-ha win two awards at the Norwegian award show “Spellemannspris 85” in Oslo: “Best Album” and “Årets Spellemann”.

1986, January 19: a-ha achieve their first #1 hit on the UK singles chart with “The Sun Always Shines On TV”. Meanwhile, they continue working on their second album at a West London studio.

1986, January 23: a-ha appear at the HMV store in London for a signing session. The volume of fans stops traffic on Oxford Street.

1986, February 25: a-ha are nominated for the “Best Newcomers” Grammy award. Their first live appearance on TV, they perform “Take On Me” and “The Sun Always Shines On TV”.

1986, February 29: a-ha film the “Hunting High And Low” video, with director Steve Barron.

1986, April 10: a-ha hold a press conference in London to announce their nine-month long world tour. The tour is planned to kick off in Australia in June and includes 25 countries over five continents. Again, the volume of fans stops traffic, this time around Piccadilly Circus, where the conference is held.

1986, May 8: a-ha perform four songs at the Kasino for the “Golden Rose Festival” in Switzerland. On May 10, the music and media conference (IMMC) takes place in Montreux, where a-ha win the “Best Video” award.

QUOTE

“Whilst I love much of what a-ha have produced as a band in the intervening years, there is no escaping the fact that, especially live, it is the tracks from the very first album that really send a shiver down my spine. It is amazing how music can instantly transport you back in time, not just years but decades. How great it is to feel 13 again.”

Cathryn Falconer

The Scoundrel Days Era

The Scoundrel Days Era

1986, June 3: a-ha kick off their world tour in Perth, Australia, performing their first live concert. This event marks the first of nearly 150 concerts for this tour. The backing band includes Leif Karsten Johansen (bass), Michael Sturgis (drums), and Dag Kolsrud (keyboards). The forthcoming Scoundrel Days album is several tracks short; therefore, they write “I’ve Been Losing You” and “Maybe Maybe” in Sydney.

1986, July 2: a-ha kick off the Japanese leg of the tour in Tokyo, which includes 15 concerts.

1986, August 8: a-ha perform a concert at the Waikiki Shell in Hawaii. While there, photographer Knut Bry shoots the cover photos for the Scoundrel Days album.

1986, August 15: Six hours before playing the first concert in Canada at the World EXPO Theatre in Vancouver, Morten has an operation at St. Paul’s hospital for a vocal cord blister. Over 40 concerts follow in the US and Canada. a-ha continue to do radio and TV promotion. In Hollywood, a-ha film the “I’ve Been Losing You” video. Photographer Knut Bry is on the team working on the video.

1986, September 5: a-ha are nominated for ten MTV Music Video Awards in Los Angeles. They accept the “Best Concept”, “Best New Artist”, and “1986 Viewers Choice” MTV awards remotely from the backstage of their Houston concert. a-ha also win the “Best Video” Golden Europa award in Germany for “Take On Me”.

1986, November 1: a-ha kick off the European leg of the world tour in Vienna, Austria. The Stadthalle hall (capacity 10 000) is approximately three times larger than other venues the band had played to date. The concert is sold out for weeks. They then perform concerts in Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and UK.

1986, November: a-ha film the “Cry Wolf” video in and around an old castle in Couches, France, with directors Steve Barron and David Yardley; the final cut of the video is completed in Hollywood.

1986, December 4: a-ha kick off the UK and Irish leg of the world tour in Aberdeen, Scotland. This leg includes 40 concerts. Nine concerts are scheduled for London, including a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on New Year’s Eve. “We’re Looking for the Whales” is recorded live at Fairfield Hall in Croydon for the B-side of the forthcoming “Manhattan Skyline” single.

1987, January 24: a-ha win three awards at the Norwegian award show “Spellemannspris 86” in Oslo: “Best Pop”, “Best Video”, and a special honour award. They perform “Manhattan Skyline”.

1987, January 30: a-ha film the “Manhattan Skyline” video in a London studio, with director Steve Barron. a-ha then travel to Norway to complete their world tour at home, with the first concert at Gimlehallen in Kristiansand. They donate the profit from the last concert in Drammen on February 10 to organisations for cancer aid, Amnesty International, and desert reclamation. a-ha ask that the audience wear only red, blue, or white.

1987, February 10: King Olav of Norway invites a-ha for an audition. Following this event, the President of the Parliament Jo Benkow invites a-ha for tea.

1987, February 26: News spreads in Norway that a-ha will record the next James Bond title song.

1987 April 24: After a long deserved holiday and sporadic TV performances to promote the “Manhattan Skyline” single, a-ha travel to Italy, France, Switzerland, and Spain for promotion.

1987, June 19: a-ha kick off a short tour in Japan, where they perform seven sold-out concerts. While they are in Japan, the new James Bond film premieres in London.

1987, August 2: Morten accepts the Peer-Gynt award at Vinstrahallen in Norway, on behalf of a-ha. This award is presented to recipients who have promoted Norway abroad.

1987, August 5: a-ha kick off a six concert tour in the South of France.

1987, August 27: a-ha perform “The Living Daylights” at the “Berolina”. They receive the “Best international group” award.

1987, October 18: a-ha participate in the Norwegian “TV-Aksjonen: Hjerter for livet”. An interview with the band is broadcast, and they perform “Cold River”. a-ha receive the Australian “Most popular international act” Count Down award; they accept it remotely via a video greeting from England, where they are working on their forthcoming album.

QUOTE

“Some of the best moments of my life were always with a-ha in my ears… I still don’t really know why Scoundrel Days had always played an important part in some of the best moments of my life. When I was feeling sad or happy, alone or in love, hyped up or tired, the music and lyrics of this album were always there to put me back in the swing of things.”

Eric Primeau

The Stay On These Roads Era

The Stay On These Roads Era

1988, February 26: a-ha perform their new single “Stay On These Roads” on two consecutive nights at the “Festivale di San Remo” in Italy. They also complete TV promotion in Italy. After returning from San Remo, a-ha begin filming the “Stay On These Roads” video on the Norfolk coast in England, with director Andy Morahan.

1988, March 19: a-ha kick off their second world tour at the Showering Pavilion in Shapton Mallet, UK, after completing TV and radio promotion for the new single. They recently completed the new album and did not have time to rehearse new material. The new backing band includes Randy Hope-Taylor (bass), Matthew Lettley (drums), Ian Wherry (keyboards), and Danny Gayol (percussion). The second world tour starts and ends in the UK and includes 80 concerts in nine countries. For the Birmingham concert on March 25, a-ha organise an “a-ha-express”: a special train transporting 200 press and media representatives journeying from Euston Station in London to the concert in Birmingham.

1988, April 7: a-ha kick off the Italian leg of the tour at the Palasport in Naples. They remain in Italy for ten concerts and several TV appearances.

1988, April 26: a-ha travel to Paris to complete promotion, which includes an FNAC press conference and a signing session in Montparnasse, Paris. They then continue their tour in Austria and Switzerland.

1988, May 3: a-ha kick off the French leg of the tour at the Palais des Sports in Dijon. Later this month, a-ha film “The Blood That Moves The Body” video at the Regina Hotel and Rue de Rivoli in Paris, with director Andy Morahan.

1988, June 1: a-ha travel to Germany for TV promotion. They hold a press conference in Cologne, where they also kick off the German leg of the tour on June 2. This event marks the first of 15 concerts in Germany. Afterwards, a-ha return to Paris for more TV promotion and a free concert at Paris Bercy: the SNCF train company sponsors the concert for 20 000 people; this is a-ha’s largest audience to date.

1988, June 25: a-ha hold a press conference at the SAS hotel in Oslo. They then perform as the main act at the summer festival on Kalvøya island, outside Oslo.

1988, August 1: a-ha film the “Touchy!” video, featuring synchronized swimmers, in Deauville, France, with director Kevin Moloney.

1988, August 12: Magne and Morten attend the Balloon festival in Bristol and have their own a-ha hot air balloon. While in the UK, they complete further TV promotion.

1988, September 3: a-ha kick off the Japanese leg of their tour at the Sun Palace in Fukuoka. This event marks the first of 18 concerts in Japan.

1988, October 27: a-ha travel to several countries for TV and radio promotion, including Italy, The Netherlands, France, Spain, UK, and Germany.

1988, November 21: a-ha film the “You Are The One” video in New York, with director Damon Heath. The song is released as a single and promotion follows on various UK and German TV shows through early spring 1989.

1988, December 4: a-ha kick off the last leg of the 1988 world tour at the Brighton Centre in Brighton, UK. This event marks the first of five concerts in the UK and Ireland, as well as more TV promotion.

1989, March 10: a-ha perform the first of two concerts at Place of Apoteose in Rio, Brazil, to an audience of approximately 90 000 people. On March 15, a-ha travel to Sao Paulo, hold a press conference there and play three more concerts at the Estadio de Palmeiras.

1990, January 28: a-ha complete TV promotion in Frankfurt, Germany, with an appearance on the “Die 80er” TV show. Two weeks later, Paula Yeates interviews a-ha for “Hitstudio”.

QUOTE

“Stay On These Roads sums up a-ha at it’s best: epic instrumentals, combining electronic with analogic, and Morten’s falsetto soaring like a driving force of nature.”

Carlos Macia

The East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon Era

The East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon Era

1990, August: a-ha complete their studio work in London for the East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon album, produced by Ian Stanley and Chris Neal. Guest musicians include Norwegians Per Hillestad and Jørun Bøgeberg.

1990, September 15: a-ha begin a flurry of promotion, starting with the most popular TV show in Germany, “Wetten Dass!”. They take a break from promotion to film the “Crying In The Rain” video in Montana, US, with director Steve Barron.

1990, October 9: a-ha resume TV and radio promotion until December in the UK, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and Germany. Promotion is briefly interrupted to film the “I Call Your Name” video in London, UK, with director Lauren Savoy.

1991, January 14: a-ha kick off their tour at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway. a-ha are the first act to perform at the new venue. The new backing band includes Jørun Bøgeberg (bass), Per Hillestad (drums), and Sigurd Køhn (saxophone).

1991, January 26: a-ha perform at the “Rock in Rio II” festival at the Maracana Stadium in Brazil, where they set a world record: largest paying audience with 198 000 people. This feat earns a-ha a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. The “Early Morning” video, directed by Michael Burlingame, features the band during the Rock In Rio II festival.

1991, February 16: a-ha kick off another round of TV promotion in Paris, France and focus their promotion in France and Italy, where they again perform at the “Festivale di San Remo”.

1991, February 22: a-ha kick off the UK leg of their tour at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester, UK. This leg includes four concerts in the UK. They then travel to Germany for eight concerts, and to Austria and Switzerland for one concert in each of these countries.

1991, April 4: After a short break, a-ha continue their tour with a concert in Den Haag, Holland. They then travel to France for eleven concerts and radio promotion, before continuing to the UK for seven concerts.

1991, May: The NRK special “Østenfor Sol, Vestenfor Måne” is recorded over three intensive days at an Oslo TV studio. NRK’s journalist Odd Arvid Strømstad focused on their music, and Norwegian writer, Lars Saabye Christensen wrote and recorded the text. The show is broadcast in Norway on September 7.

1991, May 17: a-ha kick off a South American tour with a concert at Estàdio Mané Garrincha in Brasilia, Brazil. This event is the first of 14 concerts in Brazil, three concerts in Argentina, and three concerts in Chile. Lauren Savoy films the concerts and backstage clips during this leg of the tour for a forthcoming video to be released in 1993.

1991, June 18: a-ha return to London to begin work on a compilation album. The new single “Move To Memphis” is planned for release in October, with a video directed by Erick Ifergan.

1991, October 12: a-ha begin a new round of promotion starting with the TV show “Fra Galleriet” in Oslo and with individual interviews at the Grand Hotel. Starting in November, they complete TV promotion in Sweden, UK, The Netherlands, Italy, France, and Germany.

1991, November 4: Release of the Headlines And Deadlines – The Hits Of a-ha album and a greatest hits video of the same title in the UK and France. The video release includes all promotional videos to date excluding “I’ve Been Losing You”, “The Living Daylights”, and “Move To Memphis” (included on a forthcoming DVD release). The video also includes live renditions of “I’ve Been Losing You” and “Sycamore Leaves”, recorded at NRK studios in May 1991, as well as the “There’s Never a Forever Thing” video, directed by Lauren Savoy.

1991, December 2: Morten accepts a BMI Award in London on behalf of a-ha. They win an award for one million radio plays of “Take On Me” in America.

QUOTE

“East of the Sun West of the Moon marked an artistic change, a development of style and a growth as musicians for the members of a-ha. The sound of this album is darker, tense and more rock oriented – with influences of American soul and even jazz – which creates a moodier atmosphere and state of mind for the listener.”

Cosmin Epurescu-Pascovici

The Memorial Beach Era

The Memorial Beach Era

1992, autumn: a-ha rent Studio B at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassan outside Minneapolis to record the Memorial Beach album. They work with producer David Z.

1993, May 12: a-ha perform their new single “Dark is the Night” at the World Music Awards in Monaco, Monte Carlo. They win an award for best-selling Norwegian artist. They film two videos for “Dark is the Night”, with director Erick Ifargan. One of the videos is banned by MTV America because it is ‘too disturbing’.

1993, May 24: a-ha perform a promotional concert at the Subterrania Club in London, UK for an audience of 600. The same 1991 backing band supports a-ha for this and forthcoming concerts.

1993, May 26: a-ha kick off promotion in Germany for the new album and single, followed by promotion in France, UK, and Italy.

1993, June 11: a-ha attend a release party for the new album, followed by a private gig for 200-300 invited guests at the Månefisken Kulturverksted in Oslo. The next day, they meet with the press at the Grand Hotel in Oslo for interviews. They then continue promotion in Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Germany.

1993, August 30: a-ha film the “Angel” video on the Silvertown Bridge in the Docklands, East London and at a house outside London, with director Howard Greenhalgh. Two versions of this video are produced.

1993, September 7: a-ha kick off a small European club tour at Roxy in Amsterdam. They travel by tour bus and enjoy playing more intimate venues than in recent years. a-ha perform seven concerts in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany.

1993, December 17: a-ha complete five days of publicity for TV and radio in Beirut and their single climbs to the top of the charts. They also perform two concerts at Mot Laselle in Beirut.

1994, January 12: a-ha record the official Paralympics song, “Shapes That Go Together” at a studio near Oslo. They film the “Shapes That Go Together” video one month later, with director Barry Maguire.

1994, February 12: a-ha perform the first of three Norwegian concerts in connection with the Olympic Games at Stampesleita in Lillehammer.

1994, February 23: a-ha kick off their South African tour in Johannesburg, including radio and TV promotion. The first concert is held at the Good Hope Centre in Kapstadt on February 25.

1994, March 10: a-ha return to Norway to perform “Shapes That Go Together” for the opening ceremony of the Paralympics at Håkons Hall in Lillehammer. They give interviews, perform at the award show “Spellemannspris 93”, and “U-musikk”. They also complete a short Norwegian tour that includes six concerts over ten days.

1994, June 19: a-ha play their last concert for the next several years at the “White Nights Festival” in St. Petersburg. The festival is organised to raise money for an AIDS campaign and also to re-open St. Petersburg as a cultural centre.

1994: After unsuccessful attempts at recording demos, a-ha disintergrate into solo projects.

QUOTE

“Memorial Beach is a unique testament to the variety of moods and styles a-ha have been able to deliver throughout their career, which is probably one of the ingredients that have ensured the band’s continuing appeal to music lovers.”

Maria Mikhailova

The Minor Earth, Major Sky Era

The Minor Earth, Major Sky Era

1998, summer: a-ha meet up again to discuss their future, after being asked to play at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. They are ready to re-unite and they record “Summer Moved On” in November. a-ha reveal their plans for a future album and tour at a press conference at the Frognerseteren restaurant in Oslo on December 4.

1998, December 11: After several hours of intense rehearsal, a-ha re-unite on stage at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, where they perform “Summer Moved On” and “The Sun Always Shines On TV”. The audience’s response is overwhelming.

1999, June 11: Several record company representatives travel to Oslo to listen to ten demos a-ha have recorded. a-ha sign their new record deal with WEA Germany on July 9.

2000, February 25: a-ha perform their new single “Summer Moved On” at the Norwegian Award show “Spellemannspris 99” in Oslo. They film the “Summer Moved On” video in Cádiz, Spain at the beginning of March, with director Adam Berg.

2000, March 16: a-ha kick off promotion with an international press conference in Paris. They perform on the German “Wetten Dass?” TV show on March 25 and continue promotion in Hungary, Austria, Germany, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, UK, Switzerland, Finland, the Netherlands, and Italy until the end of summer.

2000, November 8: a-ha kick off their new tour with a concert at Ken-Minh-Hall in Osaka, Japan. This event is the first of seven concerts in Japan and seven concerts in Germany. The members of the backing band include Sven Lindvall (bass), Per Lindvall (drums), Christer Karlsson (keyboards), and Anneli Drecker (vocals).

2000, November 24: a-ha release the video for ‘I Wish I Cared’. This video is the first web-based, fully animated flash music video to be released, narrowly beating Madonna’s video for this title. The video was created by Magne and director Henrik Haugen.

2001, March 2: a-ha perform “Minor Earth Major Sky” at the Norwegian award show “Spellemannspris 00” in Oslo and win the award for “Best Video” and again the special honour award.

2001, March 18: a-ha perform a concert in Moscow, followed by concerts in St. Petersburg, Tallinn, and Oslo.

2001, March 24 and 25: a-ha perform two concerts at Vallhall in Oslo to fans from 28 countries; the March 24 concert is broadcast live online and is viewed by millions worldwide.

2001, May 19: a-ha perform at a concert in a stone pit in Grimstad held in memory of two murdered children: Lena and Stine Sofie. a-ha’s set is nearly one hour long and is later broadcast on TV.

2001, June 2: a-ha perform at several major German festivals: “Rock am Ring” at Nürburgring and “Rock im Park” in Nürnberg on the following day. It is so cold that they have to wear thick winter jackets. Both concerts are broadcast on TV later. They also play four more summer open-air concerts in: Wohlen, Switzerland; Langesund, Norway; Stuttgart, Germany; and Skanderborg, Denmark.

2001, July 28: a-ha appear at the Norwegian premiere of the movie “One Night at McCool’s”, which includes the song ‘Velvet’ on the soundtrack.

2001, December 11: For the second time, a-ha perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo. They perform the songs “Hunting High and Low” and “Differences”.

QUOTE

“The opening chords of the title track seemed to pass straight to my heart, without stopping at the ears. Whatever had gripped me from Hunting High and Low onwards was still there.”

Lucy McCaul

The Lifelines Era

The Lifelines Era

2002, February 19: a-ha film the “Forever Not Yours” video, with director Harald Zwart. The song premiered online on a-ha.com four days earlier.

2002, March 5: Promotion for the new album begins in Germany. Over the next three months, a-ha travel to Germany, Norway, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, and Austria.

2002, June 8: a-ha kick off their new tour with a stadium concert at Ullevål Stadion in their hometown Oslo. To rehearse for this show, a-ha perform a private concert at the Oslo Spektrum to an audience of 800 people. The event is an “Afternoon High”, where several Scandinavian bands precede the a-ha gig. This event kicks off 44 concerts in 18 countries, including Scandinavian countries, Eastern Europe, Brazil, Germany, and UK. The same backing band as the last tour supports a-ha for this tour. Lauren Savoy films the concert and footage appears in the “Did Anyone Approach You?” video, which she directed.

2002, July 8: The “Lifelines” single is released in Germany and other countries. For the video footage, a-ha purchased the rights to the Norwegian short film “Året gjennom Børfjord” by Morten Skallerud. Morten Skallerud shot the footage between 1987 and 1991, and won ten prizes for the film.

2002, December 7: Although the official world tour ended in Dublin on October 16, two more concerts are added: a-ha perform at the snow festival in Zell am See, Austria, and at the Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg on December 13.

The How Can I Sleep With Your Voice In My Head Era

2003, March 17: a-ha begin promotion for the new live album How Can I sleep With Your Voice In My Head, recorded at the concerts in London, Zurich, Paris, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt. a-ha complete TV and radio promotion in Germany, Norway, and Spain. “The Sun Always Shines On TV (Live)” is released on March 10 in conjunction with the video, directed by Lauren Savoy.

2003, October 27: a-ha perform six concerts in Russia and the Ukraine, starting at Novosibirsk and ending in Moscow. a-ha perform only two concerts in Western Europe in 2003; these concerts are part of a Student festival in Trondheim on November 3 and 4.

2004, May 7: a-ha announce a new worldwide deal with Universal Records.

2004, June 4: a-ha perform a concert on a floating stage at a Bergen harbour for an audience of 13 000. They perform only one more concert in 2004, which is part of the “Rock under broen” festival in Middelfahrt, Denmark on June 12.

2004, October 21: Jan Omahl’s book “The Swing of Things – 20 år med a-ha” is released in Norway. It includes a CD of unreleased demos of early songs. The same evening, a-ha attend the Norwegian Music Awards at the Oslo Spektrum where they receive a special prize.

2005, July 2: a-ha headline the German part of the Live8 concert; simultaneous concerts in London, Philadelphia, Paris, and Berlin are organised by Bob Geldof as a follow-up to Live-Aid. a-ha play “Hunting High and Low”, “Take On Me”, and “Summer Moved On”.

QUOTE

“Lifelines captures the band self-consciously reaching the peak of their musical journey; we are treated to a variety of musical ideas that are thrown together in a refreshingly disjointed way. Ultimately, this is an album of musical contradictions and not at all what I expected when I first listened in wonderment – a feeling still enthusiastically ignited by each successive play several years later.”

Grinder Randhawa

The Analogue Era

The Analogue Era

2005, August 27: a-ha play a free concert at Frognerparken in Oslo. The concert, sponsored by Hydro, is part of Hydro’s Centennial Festival. Between 120 000 and 150 000 people attend this free open-air concert at the most famous park in Oslo. After this concert, a-ha film the “Celice” video in Berlin, with director Jörn Heitmann.

2005, September 11: a-ha are in New York, where they attend Fashion Week for Strenesse’s new collection. They give several press interviews and team up with an Inka street combo on Times Square to perform a spontaneous version of “Take On Me”.

2005, September 12: a-ha perform a concert in New York for the first time since 1986. The concert sold out in 52 minutes.

2005, October 6: a-ha begin promoting the new single in Germany, and continue their promotion in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Greece, Poland, and France.

2005, October 29: a-ha play another concert for Hydro and their corresponding Centennial Festival at the Kölnarena in Köln, Germany. This event kicks off their European tour, which includes 23 concerts in eight countries. Before the concert in Vienna in November, a-ha film the “Analogue (All I Want)” video at Littlebrook Power Station in Dartford, Kent, UK, with director Howard Greenhalgh.

2006, January: a-ha return to the UK for more promotion. “Analogue (All I Want)” debuts at #10 in the UK Singles chart on January 29. They appear at HMV on Oxford Street for a performance and signing on January 30. Fans queue outside the shop overnight to obtain a wristband guaranteeing them entry to the performance and signing.

2006, January 31: a-ha perform the first of several very intimate concerts at the Old Shepherd’s pub in Coventry on February 1. This concert is followed by another small concert for an audience of 300 at ABC in Glasgow. The third concert takes place at Shepherd’s Bush in London on February 2.

2006, February 24: a-ha perform at the “Viña Del Mar Song Festival” in Viña del Mar, Chile.

2006, March 1: a-ha perform at the “Plan International” charity event in Dakar, Senegal.

2006, March 4: a-ha film the “Cosy Prisons” video at the Abbey Mills Pumping Station, Abbey Lane in East London, with director Paul Gore.

2006, April 1: a-ha return to the UK for more promotion and live performances, including “Saturday Sessions” on April 1, Tiscali at Cargo in London on April 3; and the “Album Chart Show” at Koko Nightclub in Camden on April 3.

2006, July 15: a-ha kick off their summer tour in the UK, Norway, and Germany with a concert at the “Guilfest” festival in Guilford, UK. They also perform at the “Summer Pops” festival in Liverpool, the “Dock Rocks” festival in London, two stadium concerts in Trondheim and Ålesund in Norway and the “IFA-Sommergarten” festival in Berlin.

2006, October 26: a-ha perform a concert in Kiev, Ukraine. This event is the first of eleven concerts in the East. They interrupt the tour briefly to attend the “Q Awards” in London.

2006, October 30: a-ha receive the “Q Inspiration Award” in London.

2007, August 17: After a quiet start to 2007, a-ha perform at several summer concerts, starting with a stadium show in Fredrikstad. They also perform at the “Døgnvill Festival” in Tromsø on August 25 and play an open-air concert in Haugesund on September 1. The summer concerts wrap up with a free show celebrating the Christening of the Color Line ship “Color Magic” in Kiel on September 15.

2007, October 16: Morten and Magne attend the London BMI Awards at the Dorchester Hotel, where a-ha receive a multi-million performance award for “Take On Me”; this song was played more than three million times on the US airwaves since its release.

2008, May 19: Morten, Paul (with Savoy), and Magne perform a series of concerts featuring three solo sets (one set per band member). At the end of the solo sets, a-ha team up to perform two of their classics and two new songs from their forthcoming album. The first concert, a warm-up rehearsal for invited guests, takes place at the Rockefeller in Oslo. They perform three additional concerts there, before the final performance in this series at the Royal Albert Hall in London on May 24.

QUOTE

“Analogue might be a-ha’s most perfect album. It sounds as if all three band members are on top of their game. Much of the credit must go to producer Martin Terefe; you do hear the distinct style of all three band members, but after their comeback, Terefe finally makes it all sound cohesive.”

Jeremy Clowe

The Foot Of The Mountain Era

The Foot Of The Mountain Era

2009, March 25: After spending most of late 2008 in the studio working on the forthcoming album, a-ha return to touring with three concerts in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Pepsi Music Festival in Santiago, Chile. The new backing band includes Karl Oluf Wennerberg (drums) and Erik Ljunggren (keyboards and bass).

2009, April 24: a-ha announce a surprise internet premiere of the new single “Foot of the Mountain” mere hours after the song was completed.

2009, May 19: While in Germany to promote the new Foot Of The Mountain album, a-ha film the “Foot Of The Mountain” video, with director Olaf Heine. For this round of promotion, a-ha perform at “Germany’s Next Top Model” in Cologne, “The Dome” in Munich, and at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards in London.

2009, June 15: a-ha return to Norway for an album signing session at Oslo City. They also participate in radio interviews and web chats, and perform four songs at the free VG Top 20 chart show in front of the Town Hall in Oslo on June 19.

2009. July 2: a-ha kick off a round of exclusive events. The first event for competition winners takes place in London for the “Magic” radio station: an evening of champagne, cocktails, dinner, and an exclusive performance by a-ha. They perform additional acoustic sets and exclusive gigs in July, including the iTunes festival at the Roundhouse in Camden and several BBC shows. They also perform a short set of two songs at the Westfield Shopping Centre in West London before they head off to HMV for a signing session. Between events, a-ha complete intensive radio and TV promotion.

2009, August 2: Foot of the Mountain enters the UK album chart at #5.

2009, August 6: a-ha perform a concert at Engers Castle in Neuwied, Germany for approximately 1600 competition winners. On 14 August, they attend the opening show of the “World Championships in Athletics” at Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, where they perform two songs for an audience of 10 000. “Foot Of The Mountain” is selected as the official song of the Berlin championships held on August 15-23.

2009, early September: The videos for the singles “Nothing Is Keeping You Here” and “Shadowside” are filmed in Berlin, directed by Uwe Flade.

2009, September 19: a-ha perform four songs at the SWR 3’s New Pop Festival in Baden-Baden, where they receive the “Pioneer Of Pop” award for their outstanding position in pop music.

2009, October 15: a-ha announce their intention to retire by the end of 2010, after their final upcoming world tour. Tickets for the final a-ha show at the Oslo Spektrum on December 4, 2010, are released for sale the next day, and sell out immediately.

2009, October 27: a-ha kick off the “Foot of the Mountain” tour in Cologne, Germany. This tour includes 18 concerts in eight countries, ending in Tokyo, Japan on November 25.

QUOTE

“Each song on Foot of the Mountain has its own character, tells its own story. But the songs are arranged in such a way that the boundaries between tracks seem blurred, one song seamlessly flows into another, and the album is perceived as a whole.”

Natalia Ryzhkova

The Ending on a High Note Era

The Ending on a High Note Era

2010, March 1: At a press conference in Oslo, a-ha announce details about a stadium tour of Norway in August and September. Also in connection with the farewell tour, a-ha announce their intention to give support for new talent by granting four promising Norwegian artists/acts 1 million Norwegian Kroner each – giving away a total of €500.000 of the band’s own money.

2010, March 4: a-ha kick off their last tour “Ending On A High Note” at the sold out Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The next concert is planned for Santiago, Chile, on March 6, but has to be re-scheduled for March 23 due to a devastating earthquake and damage in Chile.

2010, May: The next leg of the tour brings a-ha back to the US, Canada and Germany for nine shows.

2010, June 14: The worldwide premiere for a-ha’s final single ‘Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)’ takes place on the Norwegian news site VG.no.

2010, June to August: a-ha perform summer concerts in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Japan, and Norway.

2010, July 12: Working again with director Steve Barron, a-ha film their final music video for the song ‘Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)’ near Brighton, UK. The video is premiered on MySpace on August 13.

2010, Summer: a-ha release deluxe remastered editions of their first two albums, “Hunting High and Low” and “Scoundrel Days”. Both albums debuted in the Top 40 Billboard Internet Sales Chart, making this the first time a-ha enters the US charts in nearly 25 years.

2010, August 5: The best-of compilation ’25’, including 39 tracks spanning a-ha’s career, is released in Norway and Germany, with releases in other countries to follow.

2010, August 21: a-ha’s final stadium tour of Norway opens at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo, with five additional stadium concerts to follow. The production is on a grander scale than any ever seen in Norway. Also on this day, the updated edition of Jan Omdahl’s a-ha biography “The Swing of Things: 1985-2010” is released.

2010, October to November: An intensive concert schedule is planned for the autumn, including concerts in Norway, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Switzerland, Belarus, Ukraine and UK.

2010, October 4 and 8: a-ha perform their breakthrough album in its entirety, backed by a symphony orchestra, at Oslo Konserthus and Royal Albert Hall. The proceeds from the October 4 concert at Oslo Konserthus go to the charity organization Mercy Ships.

2010, October 6: To celebrate the UK release of ’25’ a-ha does a signing event at HMV’s Oxford Street store in London. Later that night, a-ha perform at HMV’s club Heaven for an audience of approximately 1000, making this the most ‘exclusive’ concert on the “Ending on a High Note” tour.

2010, October 20: From October 20 until the end of the year, the “Hunting High And Low: 25 years with a-ha” exhibition takes place at the National Library in Oslo.

2010, December 3: An official fan party is organized by a-ha.com with over 1000 fans from 42 countries expected to attend. The party will be held in Oslo, Norway.

2010, December 4: The final a-ha show to end a beautiful and significant chapter in Norwegian music history is scheduled to take place at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway.

QUOTE

“It is difficult to pick out particular highlights as every single song is superb. the album provides old a-ha fans with some familiar majestic electronic sounds but there is also a plethora of new material, showing how a-ha have evolved into a even better band than they were in the 1980s.”

Anne-Marie Forker

The Quiet Era

The Quiet Era

2011, March 5: a-ha is awarded the Spellemann Award of Honor. Morten and Magne are present to accept the award.

2011, March 25: To celebrate the release of the ‘Ending on a High Note The Final Concert’ DVD, aha.com hosts a party in Berlin. Guests have a special ‘sneak peek’ full screening of the DVD before its release, followed by an a-ha disco.

2011, March 25: A two-track CD single including the live recordings of ‘Summer Moved On’ and ‘Scoundrel Days’ from the forthcoming ‘Ending On A High Note: The Final Concert’ CD is released by Universal in Germany.

2011, April 1: ‘Ending On A High Note: The Final Concert’ is released, and is available in four formats: Blu-ray, DVD, Deluxe (2 CDs + DVD) and CD only.

2011, August 21: a-ha perform ‘Stay On These Roads’ during a national memorial service after the attacks on the executive government quarter and Utøya. The ceremony takes place at Oslo Spektrum.

2011, November 6: a-ha is among the first five artists to be inducted into the Norwegian Music Hall of Fame, located in Trondheim, Norway. There is an induction ceremony on November 6 at the Rockheim Museum in Trondheim. The purpose of the Rockheim Hall of Fame is to honor people who have contributed to the development and distribution of Norwegian popular music. To qualify for induction, the artist must have made their debut at least 25 years ago (1986).

2011, December 3: a-ha.com hosts a fan convention and party in Oslo on the anniversary of ‘The Last Hurrah’ fan party. Over 200 fans attend from 25 countries. Guest speakers at the fan convention are a-ha and Morten Harket drummer Karl Oluf Wennerberg and a-ha historian PA Stenersen.

2012, June 7: Sir Peter Blake opens his first solo exhibition in Norway, ‘The Oslo Suite’, at Stolper + Friends gallery in Tjuvholmen. The exhibition includes ten new, custom-made works inspired by Norwegian landmarks and iconic Norwegians. Among them are Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen, Sonia Henie, Edvard Munch and a-ha. The Norwegian flag is also incorporated in one of his designs.

2012, August 30: Stian Andersen’s photo exhibition ‘a-ha: The Photographs 1994-2010’ opens at Stolper + Friends in Oslo.

2012, September 12-14: The National Library of Norway holds a mini-exhibition called ‘From Bridges to Butterfly’, which presents a selection of their extensive a-ha archive including memorabilia from three decades of a-ha’s career.

2012, September 14-15: a-ha.com hosts an international fan convention and party in Oslo, coinciding with two of Morten’s solo concerts. Guest speakers at the fan convention are Erik Ljunggren and Dan Sundhordvik – backing musicians for a-ha, Morten and Magne; James Maillardet, production manager for a-ha and Morten; and Harald Wiik, business manager for a-ha and Morten. Over 700 fans from around the world attend the convention and party.

2012, September 15: Morten and Stian Andersen did a Q & A session as part of the Oslo Bokfestival 2012 program. Following the session, Stian signed copies of his book, ‘a-ha: The Photographs 1994-2010’.

2012, November 6: a-ha were honoured to receive The Norwegian Royal Order of St. Olav, which is awarded for distinguished services for Norway and mankind. Each of the three members of a-ha, Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar Savoy, after a proposition by Music Export Norway, received this Royal Order for their outstanding musical contribution. The award was presented at an official ceremony at Gamle Logen in Oslo on November 6th.

2013, February 27: Stian Andersen’s photo exhibition ‘a-ha: The Photographs’ opens at London’s The Strand Gallery. Stian is present at the private view, and New York harpist Erin Hill performs during the event. Magne is also on hand, to say a few words about the exhibition and Stian’s work with a-ha.

2013, March 16: Almost 30 years after its initial release, the keyboard riff from ‘Take on Me’ enters the Billboard US Top 20 at #13, as part of the song titled ‘Feel this Moment’ by Pitbull / aka Mr. Worldwide and featuring Christina Aguilera.

2013, March 28: Prominent Norwegian graphic design and illustration organization Grafill announces the winners of the ‘Årets Vakreste Bøker’ (most beautiful books) award for books released in 2012. The award is given based on outstanding design, photography, paper and printing quality. Photographer Stian Andersen and designer Are Kleivan are recognized in the category for best photobook/artbook for ‘a-ha: The Photographs 1994-2010’.

2013, June 10: As is common practice, after receiving The Norwegian Royal Order of St. Olav, the members of a-ha are been granted an audience with His Majesty King Harald of Norway.

2013, September 16: a-ha.com dedicates September 16th as a special day to celebrate the song that started it all. As a very special part of our day-long celebration, Magne held his very first Live Q&A on the a-ha Facebook page.

2013, September 16: Volkswagen premieres a new commercial featuring ‘Take On Me’ to promote their Carefree maintenance plan.

2013, October 15: Morten and Magne attend the BMI London Awards at The Dorchester Hotel, where a-ha are awarded a Million-Air Award for ‘Take On Me’, which has had four million combined radio and television performances in the USA.

2013, December 29: The a-ha Facebook page reaches 1 million followers. Both Magne and Paul post messages of thanks to the fans, as well as New Year greetings.

2013, October 24-25: a-ha.com hosts an international fan convention and party in Oslo, again coinciding with two of Morten’s solo concerts. Guest speakers are a-ha’s first manager, Terry Slater; their current manager, Harald Wiik; their official photographer Stian Andersen and his colleague Erik Treimann, who together directed, filmed and edited Morten Harket’s latest music video; Norwegian singer Tini, who is Magne’s protégé from The Voice; and Magne himself. Over 500 fans from around the world attend the convention and party.

2013, December 4: At a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, a-ha announce that they have been invited to perform at the Rock In Rio festival for a second time, on September 27, 2015. This announcement sparks much speculation about a possible band reunion.

The Cast In Steel Era

2015, March 25: At a press conference in Berlin, a-ha announce a reunion and a new album and tour. The album is called ‘Cast In Steel’ and is a-ha’s 10th studio album – their first in six years. The first dates are also released for the ‘Cast In Steel’ tour – 15 dates in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 2016, with more international dates to be added later.

2015, April 18: A special ‘Take On Me’ 30th Anniversary picture disc is released on Record Store Day. Only 6,500 copies are made available, and sell out quickly. The disc includes the single version of ‘Take On Me’ and ‘Take On Me’ recorded live for Dermot O’Leary’s Saturday Sessions on BBC Radio 2 on 25 July 2009.

2015, May 25: ‘Hunting High and Low’ and ‘Scoundrel Days’ are reissued on vinyl. This is the first time these albums have been back on vinyl in over 25 years, they will be pressed on 180gm black vinyl. They were mastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios, and include a download code for an MP3 version of the album.

2015, July 3: a-ha release ‘Under The Makeup’, the first single from ‘Cast In Steel’. The song was written by Paul and produced by Paul and Erik Ljunggren.

2015, July 25: The track list and cover art for ‘Cast In Steel’ are released by Universal Music Germany, and presales of the album begin.

2015, August 25: The Music video for ‘Under the Makeup’ premieres on VGTV in Norway. The video for ‘Under The Makeup’ was directed by Bode Brodmueller, and along with the band members, features actresses Frida Farrell and Sofie Gråbol. The shoot took place in Telemark, Norway over three days in early August.

2015, August 27: Kygo releases his remix of the classic a-ha song ‘Take On Me’ on Apple Music. In this version of the song, Kygo has removed the iconic keyboard riff, and added a new one. The song came about in collaboration with Norsk Hydro and a-ha. According to Hydro, “To demonstrate that renewal is the source of eternal life, Hydro chose a pop cultural metaphor, and challenged the 24-year-old Kygo from Bergen to transform the world’s best pop song from 30 years ago into the best pop song of 2015.”

2015, September 2: a-ha meet fans at an in-store event at the HMV store in Manchester, UK. Because ‘Cast In Steel’ has not been released yet, fans receive a special signature card for the band to sign.

2015, September 4: a-ha release ‘Cast In Steel’, their 10th studio album. According to a press release about the album, “[A] sense of enjoyment and belief in the new material is clear from all three members […] ‘Cast in Steel’ picks up where their last studio album left off – this is the sound of band relaxed and refreshed, at ease with themselves and ready to take on the world once more.”

2015, September 8: The Platkompaniet music store in Oslo hosts an in-store event. Hundreds of fans from around the world meet the band and get autographs – and a little something more: an invitation to the band’s final rehearsal concert at Union Scene in Drammen before they leave for Brazil and the massive Rock In Rio festival later that month.

2015, September 9: a-ha holds a ‘Cast in Steel’ release party and rehearsal concert at Union Scene in Drammen, Norway. Guests for this exclusive event include fans invited by a-ha.com via the Platekompaniet signing event, as well as family and friends of the band.

2015, September 18: a-ha release ‘Hunting High and Low: 30th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition’. The set boasts four CDs and one DVD, plus a 60-page hardback book filled with rare photos and stories about the making of the album. The set includes a remastered version of the original album, which has sold more than 10 million copies since its 1985 debut. The set also features various b-sides and more than two dozen rare and unreleased demos. Also featured is a full version of the album in early and alternate mixes. Unheard and all released for the first time.

2015, September 24: a-ha kicks off the ‘Cast In Steel’ tour at Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The band receives an enthusiastic welcome back from fans they meet during their stay in the city.

2015, September 27: A heavy rain is falling on Cidade do Rock when a-ha take the stage at the Rock In Rio festival. Around 90,000 people fill the festival grounds for the final two acts: a-ha and Katy Perry. The festival is streamed on the Internet by AOL in partnership with LiveXLive, and fans around the world watch the broadcast.

2015, October 15: The South American leg of the ‘Cast In Steel’ tour concludes in Curitiba, Brazil.

2015, October 16: On the 30th anniversary of ‘Take On Me’ topping the Billboard chart in America, NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corp) has some special programming in honor of the milestone, including concert recordings, cover songs, and documentaries.

2015, October 23: To mark the 25th anniversary of their fourth studio album ‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon’, a-ha release a series of remastered and expanded album reissues. These include ‘East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon’, ‘Stay On These Roads’ and ‘Memorial Beach’. Each reissue features the remastered original album, plus an additional disc of bonus content including demos, alternate versions and classic live performances. The sets are expanded further with new liner notes by renowned music journalist Kieron Tyler.

2015, November 29: Paul does a live Q&A on Facebook, answering questions posted by fans for over an hour. Later in the week, Paul goes back and responds by e-mail to many of the questions that he didn’t have time to answer during the chat. The entire transcript is posted on a-ha.com.

2015, December 11: a-ha are among the performers at the Nobel Peace Prize concert at Telenor Arena, and for the first time ever the concert is live streamed on YouTube. The band plays five songs – more than any other artist that evening – and are joined by Kygo for the concert finale, ‘Take On Me’.

2016, January 6: a-ha is nominated for a Spellemann in the ‘Pop Group’ category.

2016, February 26: Ahead of the spring tour, Magne does a Q&A with a-ha.com in which he talks about changes to the tour set list, his songwriting process for ‘Cast In Steel’, his visual art projects and more.

2016, March 6: The ‘Cast In Steel’ tour kicks off again in Yekaterinburg, Russia. There are a few significant changes to the set list from the previous concerts on the tour; not only is there an added dimension of vocals by Tini on several songs, but Magne and Paul both sing lead for one song each during the set.

2016, March 18: a-ha introduces a new double-disc compilation called ‘Time and Again: The Ultimate a-ha’ that features the band’s biggest hits, along with a selection of rare and unreleased remixes, including Kygo’s recent smash remix of ‘Take On Me.’ Boasting 16 tracks, the second disc brings together rare and unreleased remixes of the band’s hit music.

2016, March 21: a-ha.com announces that Anneli Drecker will perform as support and backup with the band at their UK shows. After the UK dates, Anneli continues as backup singer through the rest of the ‘Cast In Steel’ tour.

2016, March 24: a-ha perform a live In Concert for Radio 2 at the BBC Radio Theatre in Central London. Earlier in the day, listeners hear two exclusive tracks from a-ha’s sound check in the BBC Radio Theatre on Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 show, plus an interview ahead of the evening’s performance on Simon Mayo’s Drivetime Show. The band also joins Jo Whiley for an exclusive ‘Ask a-ha’ video Q&A from the stage. a-ha.com holds a contest to give away 10 pairs of tickets to the In Concert show.

2016, March 24: a-ha.com launches a new a-ha web shop with a selection of t-shirts and other products, including a mug, lighter, tote bag, tour program and poster.

2016, April 13: Following their show in Berlin, Morten and Magne hold an inpromptu meet and greet outside the O2.

2016, April 18: Once again participating in Record Store Day, a-ha releases an exclusive 5 track live 12” EP containing 5 previously unreleased tracks from the recording of the ‘Live in South America’ film in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1991.

2016, April 28: Photographer Stian Andersen opens the exhibition ‘Kollekt: Icons’ at Gallery Popop in Oslo. On display are iconic photographs of a-ha amongst other great names like Prince, David Bowie, Lemmy, Iggy Pop, James Brown and many more. The Gallery opens at special hours during the International a-ha fan weekend to allow visiting fans a chance to see the photography.

2016, April 30: a-ha.com hosts an International a-ha Fan Weekend in Oslo, to coincide with a-ha’s concerts at the Spektrum. Guest speakers at the fan convention are Viggo Bondi, Øystein Jevanord, Anneli Drecker, Even Ormestad and Tonje Waaktaar Gamst. The convention also features an exclusive music video premiere for Paul’s solo project, Waaktaar featuring Zoe Gnecco, called ‘Beautiful Burnout’. In addition, fan authors Larissa Bendel and Greg Lansdowne are present to sell and sign their books; the site hosts a Red Cross charity raffle with exclusive prizes, and more. That night, following a-ha’s concert, fans attend a party and dance until the early hours. Party guests receive an exclusive preview of the upcoming a-ha music video ‘Objects In The Mirror’.

2016, May 3: Following two regular concerts at the Oslo Spektrum, a-ha clears away their usual production to make room for a unique concert performance in collaboration with Void, a computational design studio working in the intersection between design, architecture, art and technology. The scenography is based on extensive use of volumetric lighting, 3d-scanning technology and audio reactive elements, creating a truly spatial experience that bridges the gap between the band and its audience. Ten a-ha.com contest winners receive an exclusive backstage tour and a meet & greet with the band before the show.

2016, May 7: a-ha performs their final ‘Cast In Steel’ concert at Koengen in Bergen, Norway. The concert ends with fireworks and a special thank you to the crew and production team by Magne on behalf of the band.

2016, May 11: The band releases the music video ‘Objects In The Mirror’. The video had its premiere during the fan convention in Oslo, and is intended to be a gift to all the fans; it is a condensed version of the visuals from the 2016 live shows, and was directed and produced by Jonas Bjerre.

2016, May 26: a-ha and Norsk Hydro make it possible for fans to experience a virtual reality 360 degree concert via an app on Google Play and iTunes.