A-Ha Set To Say Goodbye
By Janette Leddra
80’s pop icons a-ha will be celebrated by HMV in October, to tie in with the 25th anniversary of the release of their debut album “Hunting High and Low” and their new release of “25 – The Very Best Of”.
It has been announced that the Norwegians will give a signing session at HMV’s Oxford Street flagship store, followed by an exclusive live performance at HMV owned venue Heaven. The HMV instore performance will be at 6.00pm on Wednesday, 6 October – however, due to time constraints, you will have to be one of the first at the store at 9.00am as only 350 lucky recipients will be issued with wristbands for the event. The tickets for the evening’s gig at Heaven are exclusive to customers who pre-order the album now from HMV.com. To run with the magic 25 theme, the first 25 lucky wristband-wearing signing session attendees will win tickets for the exclusive evening performance.
To finish an exciting week for a-ha and their fans, they will perform the groundbreaking album “Hunting High And Low” in full, for the very first time, at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday, 8 October 2010. This sold out gig begins the boys’ farewell tour “Ending On A High Note” which was announced earlier this year in February.
“25 – The Very Best Of” is released on 4 October and will exclusively include their final recording and new single “Butterfly Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)”, along with hits “Take On Me”, “The Sun Always Shines On TV” and the Bond theme “The Living Daylights”.
The 2-disc anthology will include 39 tracks of a-ha then and now, uniquely presented in chronological order and by album release.
Excitingly, Steve Barron who directed the unforgettable “Take On Me” video, is on board to work with the band on their last video for “Butterfly Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)”. The mixed animation/live action film constantly appears in top music videos of all time lists, along with other Steve Barron creations such as Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing”.
A-ha will say goodbye to their UK fans on an 11 date tour and after worldwide sales of 36 million and 9 albums, this album and tour will honour the end of an incredible pop career.