After this Aha announced a few weeks ago, when for a spectacular appearance 30th anniversary of Rock In Rio reunite the legendary Norwegian band was happy during a press conference, which took place in the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin, to announce that they will release not only a new studio album this fall, but that it even in port 2016 to go out again together on an international tour!
The new album "Cast In Steel"Is the tenth studio album of the band and after their successful and critically acclaimed 2009er Album "Foot Of The Mountain" for the first time included entirely new songs of the band. "Cast In Steel"Will be released on september 4, 2015 three weeks before the band will perform at Rock in Rio and thirty years after the release of their debut single"Take On Me"Who stormed the number one of the charts worldwide.
When a-ha in December 2010 its final concert of the "Ending On A High Note - Farewell Tour"Gave at the Oslo Spectrum, this should mark the end point of all band activities." It was the serious, real dissolution of the band, "explains Morten Harket, "In the truest sense of the word a-ha did not exist in the time after that." FOr Morten, Paul Waaktaar and Magne Furuholmen offered the last FIVE years the opportunity to pursue diverse creative projects, both musical and in the artistic sense.
Their paths crossed then quite natural and unforced, says Paul: "It started easily and calmly on; Morten came on several occasions in past me in the studio, and I then showed him the songs that I was working on, he started out. and again at some songs that he felt a connection to sing, and read other outside before. and so it went for quite some time until we together had 10 or 12 songs. "
It was certainly a bonus that no deadlines threatened and no pressure was present and recalled Paul therefore to the early days of the band: "The nice thing was that we were able to take place this whole process under the radar; there were no deals, no contracts , there were no tours planned or agreed times - only the shadows of our efforts accompanied us it was just like back in the 80s when we started in the cabin my parents Some instruments, a song, a voice "...
And that was not the only throwback to the early years during the recording process. Paul took again to connect to Alan Tarney to which in the first three albums by a-ha "Hunting High and Low","Scoundrel Days "And" Stay On These Roads"Had worked as a producer." I sat down at a time with Alan in connection to which an outsider can provide valuable feedback to the individual songs. I've always had massive respect for his musicianship and his expertise and thought it would be a cool thing to have around if we get started again. "
FOr Magne offered the last FIVE years optimum Room for his creative passion for visual art as well as a myriad of musical projects. Nevertheless, he remained the band always connected in the spirit: "to write FOr a-ha and produce seems to be a big part of my creative DNA repeatedly created songs that I thought she would be perfect for a-ha. . After I realized this, and accepted it was surprising to see how much fun it made to hone the songs with a-ha in thought. "
This feeling of joy and confidence in the new material combines the three band members: "Making this album was really an uplifting experience," said Paul and Magne adds "It was really fun scary again, writing songs fOr Morten voice". "As Paul, Magne and I had together set ourselves clear that this is a real, common challenge," says Morten. "We were never people who look back - it is clear that we can only do all three this because we are sure that we something new create can the songs have to be good, this scale was always the same.".
As "Foot Of The Mountain"Showed play a-ha still in a different league than most of her contemporaries - and still rather on the HÖhe their songwriting creativity to rest on past successes."Cast In Steel"Comes up where their last studio album stopped - this is the sound of a relaxed and refreshed band that is ready with itself and at peace once again to conquer the world!
In addition to the new album, a-ha happy but also announces to report that it is 2016 show tour dates. First, it is fifteen concert dates in April 2016 in Germany, Austria and the Switzerland give more, international events are being planned.
"I am definitely looking forward to going back on tour," says Morten. "I think it is great. We will tackle it so that everything is right for us, and it is the ultimate a-ha experience." About the song selection reveals Morten ever so much: "We have not only the same play as the last time, when people come to see the band, they naturally want our milestone songs, that is clear, but this time is. it another compilation. "
FOr Magne are "both the planning and the implementation of a good show or an extended tour an exciting challenge, but in the end this is all nothing without the positive response of the audience. The magic lies somewhere in the space between them and us."
Rock In Rio
Nevertheless, the first live appearance on the other side of the world will take place, under the 30 Rock In Rio festival in September. FOr a-ha is this festival always hold a special place in its history, since 1991, the band played to an audience of 198,000 fans at the legendary Maracanã Stadium, breaking a world record!
Morten remembers well the moment when the band appeared on the scene: "It was an overwhelming sight, these hot, humid Rio-night, we stand on the stage and in front of us this almost 200,000 strong, beautiful, hot-blooded audience everything. what I believed about Brazil and South America to know was captured at this moment in the ground: this feeling of equality and solidarity, which I had always felt I felt humble. ".
Also fOr Paul the audience was a very special: "At that time we had released more introspective albums like" East Of The Sun "and" Memorial Beach "The explosion of energy in the stadium and the sight of the sheer mass of people who had come. to hear our songs were an unbelievable contrast. "
The chance to play again in 2015 in Rio, was an offer that the band could refuse under any circumstances. "There was simply no way to reject the offer, the 30th anniversary of the festival to celebrate together," says Magne, "especially as it coincides with our 30th band anniversary. FOr me it felt as if someone says the perfect millennium wave finally comes to your coast - even as a retired surfer then you will be dusting your surfboard and just throw you into the water again. "
Morten makes clear: "We will not come together to remain together We have agreed on a specific time to be together again!. For an album and for a tour, it is a wonderful opportunity and we can re-write a common chapter . "
But no matter what these three talented individuals are tuen Next, either together or to each other, the success of their thirty years, common career can not be denied: "It does not matter how far or how fast we try to run", Magne admits , "the legacy of a-ha will always be there. I think it is a sign of sanity when trying to get rid of his legacy, but it is perhaps not so bad to him now and then as well to accept. "
In the next twelve months, both the band and their fans will have plenty of opportunity to devote at anniversary concerts, a new album and an international tour this legacy with all love and enjoy the wonderful music of a-ha to the fullest.
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