Norwegian pop band a-ha earned millions four years ago on what was supposed to be their last concert tour ever. They just haven’t been able to stay retired, though, and now they’re committing to yet another comeback that’s due to last for at least two more years.
A-ha’s so-called “Farewell Tour” of 2010 clearly hasn’t lived up to its name. The band reunited just a year later for a memorial concert, and then announced another reunification last year, to play at the “Rock in Rio” festival in Brazil in September.
Now that gig looks set to be part of a new beginning. Newspaper Dagbladet reported over the weekend that the three a-ha band members (Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) had signed a cooperation agreement committing them to play together again for a period of two years.
Harket claims the idea came after Waaktaar-Savoy wanted to test out some new songs. When they started saying they wanted to do things again, Furuholmen told Dagbladet he had three choices: Stop them, let them work without him or join in. He opted for the latter.
Waaktaar-Savy claims he has some “killer songs” ready that can make a potentially good album. They plan to hold a press conference at the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin later this week that’s expected to “officially” reverse their disbanding. They had claimed they were “leaving on a high note” back in 2010, 25 years after their song Take on me became a global hit. Their solo efforts, though, haven’t attracted the same degrees of success as the band did. A-ha fans are loyal, and Norwegian media predicted they’ll support the comeback effort.