A-ha ends its long goodbye

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After months of hype, Norwegian rock band “a-ha” was back home in Norway this week to perform what band members claim will be their last concerts ever. Fans have descended on the Norwegian capital to catch the final notes.

Organizers said fans were traveling to Oslo from more than 40 countries to see their heroes just one more time. The band performed its last overseas concert at Wembley Arena in London over the weekend, their last stop on the international portion of their farewell world tour. It’s been 25 years since the band sprang to fame with its hit song “Take on me,” and 24 years since their first concert abroad, in Perth, Australia. This week their remarkable international career was ending with four concerts at the Oslo Spektrum arena on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The final concert on Saturday was to be followed by a “private” party in the Oslo City Hall, with around a thousand invited guests.

Several other events were going on during the week, including a fans party at Oslo’s Folketeateret after Friday’s concert, which along with Thursday’s and Saturday’s concerts sold out long ago. Pre-concert parties were being held at Hotel Anker.

Jan Omdahl, who wrote a biography of a-ha, was to be interviewed at Litteraturhuset on Wednesday and band members Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy said they planned to visit an exhibition on the band that’s been set up at the National Library.

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