Wednesday 30 December 2020
Magne's WXL live concert available online now
On Saturday the 26th of December, a-ha.com hosted a live Facebook premiere of Magne's 'White Xmas Lies' concert, recorded at Kulturkirken Jakob in Oslo on December 4, 2019. Before the premiere began, Magne sent us a video from his cabin in the mountains, where his family celebrates Christmas. You can watch the video here.
Following a three minute countdown, the premiere started at 5pm CET. The concert recording lasts about an hour, and the setlist includes 11 songs:
1. Snow is Falling
2. The Light We Lost
3. A Wintry Silence
4. The Season to be Melancholy
5. Caprice Des Dieux
6. This is Now America
7. You Can’t Have it Both Ways (featuring Tini Flaat Mykland)
8. So Cold It’s Hard to Think
9. White Xmas Lies
10. Revelation Song
11. There Goes Another Year
All of the songs are from Magne's album 'White Xmas Lies', except "You Can't Have It Both Ways", which was written by Magne, and can be found on Tini's 2014 album 'Undo My Heart'.
Performing with Magne are Karl Oluf Wennerberg, Even Ormestad, Morten Qvenild, Madeleine Ossum, Emilie Heldal Lidsheim, Ingvild Nesdal Sandnes, Dan Sunhordvik and Tini Flaat Mykland.
During the concert stream, Magne responded to questions from the audience in the chat area next to the video; there were so many questions that it was hard for him to keep up! In the end there were over 4,500 comments posted in that hour, which makes it time-consuming to find all of Magne's interesting and often humorous responses to questions from the fans.
To save you some time, we've compiled all of Magne's answers below - with big thanks to Alexandra Schäfer for sharing her screenshots of the chat, which made this transcript so much easier to type up and share with you all!
oops...didn't remember i had gone for the george michael faith period look ;D
re new songs - yes. i am planning to release some new demos (non xmas related) on my insta profile first over the holiday period :-)
the prose i wrote for juleroser (in norwegian) was my first published prose in my own language...scary stuff :-0
wow...worldwide - thanks for watching guys...
your questions are coming in thick and fast...i'll try to keep up!! :-0
and please excuse the banter in norwegian in-between songs...
haha...someone asked if there is a way to charge his electric car while watching. i am pretty sure the car will charge off the energy of y'all
re the taped over letters on the piano...just trying to find words wherever i can ;-)
re cities in japan - i love them all, but my favourite is...fukuoka, or was it kyoto, or osaka, or tokyo...mount koya? i honestly can't decide.
re lockdown: us artists are in one way lucky...even if we can't play, we can produce music...or art, and in hard times, this is a real privilege..
keep the questions short people...i'm getting too old to read long sentences - and then type responses ;D
the name of our dog is kira - but i'm pretty sure she thinks her name is 'emperor of the furuholmen-family'
yeah, thanks for all contributions to troubled times video everyone!
someone asked what it is like watching my own concert. pulling teeth comes to mind...
someone wrote thank you morten - there is a compliment in there somewhere ;D
re further plans for WXL concerrs: yup, will try to schedule some for next year - we had booked spaces in london, berlin and oslo this year (on off days with a-ha) - but alas covid happened. hope to resume next year!
re another unplugged album for a-ha - in fact i pushed for that to happen a coupla years ago, but the others were not interested. maybe later!
someone asked if my preference is sweet or savoury...is bitter not an option? ;D
are you guys even watching the show, or just chatting wildly??? ;D
the concert will be available on my youtube channel after this event - in chapters, so you can skip the songs you don't like ;-)
WXL was always a magne f project
i'm glad y'all don't speak norwegian when i have to hear my own comments in-between...
'we don't get out much'...HAHAHA!
re my lyrics: of course there is a lot of me in there, but there is also a lot i take from other people's situation.
caprice dex dieux - in addition to a (rather brilliant) song, it is also a (rather brilliant) french cheese! ;D
'am i a melancholic person?'...is there another kind?
who would win a punch between the three a-ha members?...my money would be on paul.
i compose songs on guitar or piano - but record everything on pro tools
this is now america. feel sad to be right. and becoming more right as we go...please, please america, we love you guys!
if you haven't see the video my son thomas did together with the great theatre performance due vinge/müller you have to go to youtube and see it - it is so good.
you guys are too funny...i am having difficulty reading and writing for tears in my eyes ;D
a perfect day - i just had one yesterday: skiing and playing with my dog
someone has a daughter named celice??? brilliant!
this is exactly like a good xmas party: everyone is talking over everyone else! ;D
hello to india - thanks for watching. wishing you happier times in 2021!
tini getting fired up...
every time i try to roll back to read your q's new ones try to push me back down...give me a couple of months - i WILL master it!
hey italy - a-ha not coming there for so long is a travesty! my guess is, the chefs around every great restaurant in the country got tired of me gate-crashing their kitchens for tips, and all joined forces to put a petition in to stop a-ha ever coming back ;D
yeah, i put tini in there to give everyone a little break from my vocals...tsk tsk
spain and france...of course - there is so much good food to sample. i try my best to organize a-ha shows based on the whims of my stomach...
my wife warned me about wearing sunglasses for this show, but i see now that i was right ;-0
yup...got a calendar this year
just to remind me i guess...there goes another year
headbanging emoji for WXL - lol
hello peru - can't wait to come!
someone doesn't like the vocoder effects on the vocals - you perv! ;D
i DID write a song for 2020 though...quite a few actually - i'm in is one of them (on my insta account) more to come over the xmas period
the guitar is mine...mine i tell you, mine - don't tell paul ;D
hello singapore - we missed you buy a few days this year @lockdown...damn
hungary was amazing - fingers crossed we come back.
thank you germany - stay safe!
my art exhibits were planned to happen inbetween tours, now it is all a great train wreck in 2022 ;-)
haha...someone is waiting for a real punchup! well, it is boxing day after all
stoke is still my team - go potters!
hey joanna - i DID release a xmas album!! this is it. ;D
yeah, for many iguess 2020 was one of those 'erase and rewind' years...
here's a tip: whenever you play a wrong chord - play it again! then it doesn't sound like a mistake!
hello aussie! thank you for the memories this year - a real highlight to be back down under!
coming up to the end now folks - i'm knackered, but happy to see so many in here - enjoy the hols and best for 21!
now to prep for the outro...
help, i need a drink!
We hope you enjoyed the concert premiere, whether you experienced it live, or watched online afterwards. Thank you to Magne for making the show available and for taking the time to hang out a bit with us over on Facebook.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year - may 2021 be a much better year for us all!