Pop icons a-ha return for their first Australian tour in 34 years this month when they perform alongside special guest, Rick Astley. The Norwegian trio, who dominated pop charts worldwide during the ’80s, are celebrating the 35th anniversary of their hugely influential debut album Hunting High And Low and will be performing the classic album in full as well as other favourites from across their career. Selling more than 11 million copies worldwide, it includes the unforgettable Take On Me, which reached number one on the Australian charts, as well as follow-up hits The Sun Always Shines On TV, Train Of Thought and the title track.
a-ha – singer Morten Harket, keyboardist Mags Furuholmen and guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy – have sold more than 55 million albums and remain one of the UK and Europe's most loved pop bands, regularly playing stadiums and festivals. However, they have not ventured to Australian shores since 1986.
“Australia was the country we played our first ever live concerts and was our first brush with worldwide fame. It was a thrilling adventure to be there on the opposite side of the world and it’s a thrill to return in 2020. Finally, we will be back where it all started!” said Mags Furuholmen.
Still so unique decades on, the unforgettable music video for Take On Me won six MTV Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, was nominated for Grammy and American Music Awards and is approaching one billion views on YouTube. It’s been covered by artists as diverse as Metallica, Madonna and Tori Amos, and most recently Weezer and performed with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots on “The Tonight Show”.
Joining a-ha to make this one poptastic event not to be missed is another superstar who dominated the ’80s, Rick Astley and synth-pop stars Pseudo Echo and I Know Leopard.
Rick Astley is also enjoying a major career resurgence. The British star has sold more than 40 million albums fuelled by hits like Never Gonna Give You Up, Whenever You Need Somebody and Together Forever to name a few. In 2016 Rick’s album 50 was released to mark his milestone birthday and became his first UK number one since his 1987 debut album.
With a career spanning four decades and a treasure trove of pop hits, secure your spot now for a-ha’s first Australian tour in 34 years.
Together with very special guest Rick Astley, they have created the pop soundtrack to countless lives, and this promises to be a highlight on the summer concert calendar. For more information visit www.adayonthegreen.com.au