a-ha have always set themselves challenges. Their November 2019 dates will be different from anything they have previously undertaken, performing in 'An Evening With' format, with an interval.
For the first half of the concert, they will play new and old, familiar and less-familiar songs. Then, after returning to the stage, they will play the ten songs of their 1985 debut album Hunting High And Low in the running order of the original release.
"We played the full Hunting High And Low album live once before and that was a great experience," says Pål, looking back on the pair of 2010 concerts and how he, Magne and Morten feel now. "There's not one song on that album that we're not looking forward to playing live. We had done quite a few versions of the songs before recording the actual album and they all contain great bits and cool ideas which will be nice to incorporate into the new show."
"Recording Hunting High And Low was such a defining moment and an exciting time in our career and joint collaboration," stresses Magne. "So revisiting this body of work now - more than 30 years later - feels like inspiration rather than obligation. I just need to dust off the old synths a little..."
"With the song selection and the set in the album's running order, it will turn it into a totally different type of show to anything we have done before," adds Pål , saying a-ha also appreciate the tour will "pull your mind and mood back to when Hunting High And Low was made, which for us was a time when we were living in the same tiny apartment in London and working on the songs 24/7. By when the album was finally released it had been a long and bumpy ride, and we poured all our ambitions into the record as if it would be our one and only shot."
Tickets for a-ha's November 2019 UK tour go onsale Friday 9th November at 9am, available from here.
Fri 01 Glasgow Sec Armadillo
Sat 02 Leeds First Direct Arena
Tue 05 London Royal Albert Hall
Wed 06 Brighton Centre