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Multi-million selling Norwegian trio a-ha have announced that they will perform together for the very last time in Oslo on 4 December 2010, the final date on what will be their Farewell Tour.
Following a fantastic international career spanning 25 years, in excess of 35 million album sales and 15 top 10 singles in the UK alone, A-Ha's Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy announce that they will perform their final shows together in 2010, the anniversary year of the release of debut album "Hunting High & Low". Riding high on the success of their critically acclaimed current album 'Foot Of The Mountain', A-Ha have decided to call it a day and as a consequence will not release any future albums.
The band would like to thank their fans and everyone who has contributed to their amazing journey and say, "We've literally lived the ultimate boy's adventure tale, through a longer, more rewarding career than anyone could hope for. Doing this now will give us a chance to get more involved in other meaningful aspects of life, be it humanitarian work, politics, or whatever else--and of course through new constellations in the field of art and music. We are retiring as a band, not as individuals. Change is always difficult and it is easy to get set in one's ways. Now it is time to move on."
A-Ha released 9 studio albums, most recently returning to the UK top 5 with the album 'Foot Of The Mountain'. They toured the world, including the legendary show at Maracana Stadium, Rio De Janeiro in 1991 which earned a Guinness World Record for the largest-ever audience attendance at a paid concert--196,000 people, recorded a James Bond theme song and produced an unforgettable groundbreaking video.
In the mid 80's the Norwegian trio created teenage hysteria and general pandemonium wherever they went. In recent years the focus has shifted to the musical legacy they will leave behind, inspiring a whole generation of artists such as Coldplay and Keane to Kanye West, Oasis, The Strokes, Robbie Williams and U2.
In 2006 the band received the 'Q Inspiration Award' in honor of their lasting musical influence. 2010 marks the 25th Anniversary of A-Ha's multi-platinum debut album Hunting High & Low and debut single Take On Me, which reached number 1 in 27 countries including the USA.