A-ha reform to rock Rio all over again
By Classic Pop | December 10, 2014
A-ha are reforming for their 30th anniversary to play at Rock In Rio festival.
The Norwegian trio split in 2010, but will perform at the Maracana Stadium in September 2015 for the first time since 1991, when they played to a record crowd of 198,000 at the festival.
The news coincides with a series of reissued A-ha albums.
Morten Harket said: “A-ha’s first big wave was rounding off in Europe and North America by 1991, but we had a second, different wave in Rio. The size of everything took our breath away.” Pal Waaktaar added: “A-ha started as more of a studio-based band and it took us a while to get comfortable as a live band. I feel we achieved that with Rock In Rio.”
Rock In Rio is also 30 years old in 2015, and Magne Furuholmen said the offer to reform was too good to turn down. He said: “Even as a retired surfer, you want to dust off your board and throw yourself in the water.” The concert is so far a one-off reunion for the band.
Final details of the reissue series have yet to be confirmed, but 2015 will see the release of Hunting High And Low and Scoundrel Days on vinyl for the first time since they were originally out. The former will also be available as a Super Deluxe 30th anniversary edition, while expanded reissues will be available in June of Stay On These Roads and Memorial Beach. A reissue of East Of The Sun West Of The Moon will include a DVD of Live In South America, previously only available on VHS video.