When one of Norway’s most popular bands, Vazelina Bilopphøggers, announced their pending retirement and one final concert next spring, the public responded in a way that could only warm band members’ rockabilly hearts. All 7,545 tickets available inside one of Norway’s biggest arenas, Spektrum in Oslo, sold out within three minutes.
“We must admit we are quite proud of that,” Eldar Vågan, who’s been part of the band of ageing, down-to-earth men from Toten, told state broadcaster NRK.
The band is known for their energetic performances of well-known music and hilarious lyrics that poke fun at Norwegians from inland districts of Oppland County. They’ve been performing extensively for 40 years and said they’re just getting too old for much more.
The outpouring of interest and support, however, quickly led to a second concert, tickets to which were also selling briskly Friday afternoon. Vazelina now intends to literally bow out on March 20 and March 21 of next year.