A-Ha by Stevo Rood

The Wiltern Theatre welcomed A-Ha on April 07 2022. Photos by Stevo Rood

Good things come to those…

A-ha finally made it back to Los Angeles, rewarding the patient holding tickets from a postponed 2020 tour, now racking up three nights at the historic Wiltern in mid-city.  The two-set performance centered around a full reading of the Norwegian pop stars’ album, Hunting High and Low, and the accordant hits from the ’80s MTV staples. Hunting High and Low could just as easily be applied to the band’s frontman, Morten Harket, shouldering the responsibility of the incredible vocal range needed to make the magic happen.  With Harket still, four decades later, hitting all the notes, the crowd packed the Wiltern to hear them once again and perhaps to relive an earlier life a bit. 

It was worth the wait.

A Little Backstory:

The news that a-ha will be performing their debut album Hunting High And Low live was unexpected. Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy have never been afraid of revisiting their collective past – the MTV Unplugged tour in early 2018 more-than demonstrated that their songs could be given new settings and remain as impactful as ever. But taking on a whole album – one so well known – and staying faithful to its spirit is audacious.

Check out the full gallery of photos from this show here.

Of course, a toe was dipped in this water in October 2010 when the album was performed just twice: first at Oslo’s Konserthus and then at London’s Royal Albert Hall on the 25th anniversary of “Take On Me” entering the British charts. Now, though, a-ha are marking the 35th anniversary of the release of the original version of “Take On Me” – issued on 19 October 1984 to reputed sales of just 300 copies – with a tour celebrating the single and the album which followed it.

Train of Thought
The Blue Sky
Living a Boy’s Adventure Tale
And You Tell Me
Love is Reason
I dream Myself Alive
Here I Stand and Face the Rain
Hunting High and Low
The Sun Always Shines on TV
Take on Me
Sycamore Leaves
Forest for the Trees
You Have What it Takes
The Swing of Things
Crying in the Rain (Carole King cover)
Soundrel Days
I’ve Been Losing You
The Living Daylights


Tue 12 Apr ’22
New York, USA
Radio City Music Hall

Thu 28 Apr ’22
Gothenburg, Sweden
Partille Arena (Rescheduled)

Fri 29 Apr ’22
Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Arena (Rescheduled)

Sun 01 May ’22
Prague, Czech Republic
O2 Arena Prague (Rescheduled)

Mon 02 May ’22
Hanover, Germany
ZAG Arena

Wed 04 May ’22
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
AFAS Live (Rescheduled)

Thu 05 May ’22
Brussels, Belgium
Forest National (Rescheduled)

Sat 07 May ’22
Paris, France
Le Zenith (Rescheduled)

Mon 09 May ’22
Frankfurt, Germany
Festhalle (Rescheduled)

Wed 11 May ’22
Berlin, Germany
Mercedes-Benz Arena (Rescheduled)

Thu 12 May ’22
Hamburg, Germany
Barclaycard Arena (Rescheduled)

Sat 14 May ’22
Leipzig, Germany
Leipzig Arena (Rescheduled)

Check out the full gallery of photos from this show here.

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