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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 20:09
a-ha are reunited for one album and one tour

Legendary Norwegian band a-ha made announcement in Berlin today that they are delighted to announce the release of a brand new studio album this autumn, with international tour dates to follow in 2016.

The new album, «Cast In Steel», will be the band’s tenth studio album, and the first new music by the group since the critical and commercial success of 2009’s «Foot of the Mountain». «Cast In Steel» will be released on September 4th, 2015, three weeks before the band return to play the Rock in Rio music festival in Brazil, and thirty years since their debut single, «Take on Me», reached number 1 around the world.

When a-ha played the Oslo Spektrum in December 2010 to close the Ending on A High Note – Farewell Tour, it felt a definitive full-stop on the band’s activities. As Morten Harket says, «it has been a genuine and real disbanding. There has been no a-ha in the sense of the word during that time.» For Morten, Paul Waaktaar and Magne Furuholmen, the five-year break has allowed them to explore a rich seam of various creative projects, both musical and artistic.

The return came about in a simple, organic way, as Paul explains: «it started off very easy and low-key with Morten dropping by my studio at various occasions, and I would show him songs that I was working on. He would sing on the songs he felt a connection with and leave the ones that didn’t and it just went like that until we had done 10 or 12 songs.»

The lack of pressure and deadlines was definitely a bonus, and reminded Paul of when the band first started out: «The beauty of it was that we could do this totally under the radar; there were no deals in place, no contracts, tours planned or deadlines looming … just our shadow endeavours. It was back to exactly how we started in my parents cabin way back when in the 80s. Some instruments, a song, a voice.»

This nod to the band’s early years wasn’t the only one during the recording process. Paul also got back in touch with Alan Tarney, the producer who worked on a-ha’s first three albums, «Hunting High and Low», «Scoundrel Days» and «Stay on These Roads»: «I made contact with Alan to get his input at a stage where I felt an outside opinion would be valuable. I always had tons of respect for his musicality and know-how and thought it would be a cool thing to get him involved now that we’re starting up again.»

As «Foot on the Mountain» showed, a-ha are a different beast to the vast majority of their contemporaries – still at the peak of their songwriting powers, rather than living off past glories. «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.

As well as the new album, a-ha are also delighted to announce tour dates for 2016.

There will be an initial 15 dates in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for April 2016, with further international dates to follow. The dates confirmed so far are:

3 Stuttgart Schleyerhalle •
4 Zurich Hallenstadium ••
6 Munich Olympiahalle ••
7 Leipzig Arena •
9 Nürnberg Arena Nürnberger Versicherung ••
10 Vienna Stadthalle •
13 Berlin O2 ••
14 Hamburg O2 World••
16 Bremen ÖVB Arena •
17 Hannover TUI Arena •
19 Halle Gerry-Weber-Stadium•
20 Oberhausen König-Pilsener-Arena•
23 Mannheim SAP Arena•
24 Frankfurt Festhalle•
26 Cologne Lanxess Arena•

«I’m definitely looking forward to touring,» says Morten. «I think it will be great. We will pace it so that the conditions are there for us, but it will be a full-on a-ha experience.» As to what the band will play, Morten says, «we don’t need to do the same run through as last time. When people come to see the band, they’ll expect the cornerstone songs, of course, but this time it will be a different pick.»

Morten makes it clear that «we are not getting back to stay together. We’ve agreed to come back for a set period: one album, one tour. It’s a great opportunity and allows us to write another chapter.»

Info submited by official a-ha web-site.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 23:22

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