Some four years since Norway’s undisputed biggest international music success to date, a-ha, announced their disbandment, the trio is now set for a 2015 reunion in Rio.
The year 1985 saw the birth of two iconic names in modern music: the debut success of the legendary Norwegian band a-ha, and the launch of the world famous Rock In Rio music festival. In 1991, a-ha played the festival for the first time: their concert, in front of 198,000 fans at the Maracanã Stadium, was a world record for a paying audience.
To celebrate both the festival and the band’s thirtieth anniversary year in 2015, the band have been invited back to perform at the festival for a second time. In September 2015, a-ha will return to Rock in Rio for what promises to be a very special concert.
Says a-ha vocalist Morten Harket on the trio’s 1991 historical concert: – The size of everything took our breath away. Earlier in the week, I’d sneaked into the stadium to watch Guns N’ Roses from the side of the stage to 160,000 people. It was a great gig and my first real glimpse of the size of the audience. It was an awe-inspiring sight. I couldn’t wait for our turn.
The front man vividly remembers heading out on stage: – It was an awe-inspiring sight, that hot, humid Rio evening, standing on stage and observing that near 200,000 strong, beautiful, passionate audience. Everything I knew about Brazil and South America was captured in that stadium: the sense of equality and coming together I’ve always experienced. I felt humbled
Says a-ha’s Magne Furuholmen on returning to the scene of the trio’s 1991 record-setting concert: – The chance for a-ha to play Rio again in 2015, was an offer the band couldn’t refuse. ‘It was just impossible to turn down this request to celebrate the festival’s 30 year history,’ Magne explains, ‘especially as it coincides with the 30 year anniversary of the band itself. This felt like I imagine it must be to hear about the 1000-year wave approaching shore; even as a retired surfer you just want to dust off your board and throw yourself into the water.’
Set to coincide with next year’s a-ha reunion, Warner Music will be releasing some much anticipated a-ha packages throughout 2015. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of ‘Hunting High and Low’, a Super Deluxe Edition of the album with be available in June, re-mastered and featuring bonus content. The much anticipated series of a-ha Deluxe albums, launched in 2010, will continue with new editions of ‘Stay on these Roads’, followed by ‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon’ and ‘Memorial Beach’. 2015 will also bring LP releases of ‘Hunting High and Low’ and ‘Scoundrel Days’, which are back on vinyl for the first time in years.