In 2010, 25 years after their worldwide breakthrough smash hit debut single 'Take On Me', a-ha announced that they would disband after a final farewell tour.
As the final show, in their hometown of Oslo, finished on the evening of 4th December 2010 the curtain fell on an impressive pop career that saw Morten, Mags and Pål sell more than 35 million albums worldwide, and just as many singles.
At a time when MTV was beginning to influence mainstream rock and pop, in 1985 a-ha emerged with a handful of huge hits in quick succession, each crowned with Harket's incredible voice and accompanied by compelling video promos. The now legendary video for debut 'Take on Me', through MTV, became one of the enduring motifs of 1980s' pop, still referenced (and parodied) today.
Their first three LPs all topped the Norwegian charts and, with curious symmetry, each peaked at No 2 on the UK chart. In fact, each of a-ha's first eight records hit No 1 in Norway. Unusually for what was essentially a Euro-pop act, they also made a big impact in the US with 'Take on Me' reaching No 1, as it did pretty much everywhere.
Alongside a-ha, Morten Harket has also released four solo albums and a clutch of singles, although his own success has rarely ventured far beyond Norway's borders. His latest record was 2008's 'Letters from Egypt' and a new, fifth, solo album is due for release in March 2012. The as-yet-unnamed record will be followed by an extensive European tour with a three-date UK leg.
Morten Harket's European tour hits the UK in May 2012, beginning at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on the 11th, followed by the IndigO2 at The O2 in London on the 13th, and finally Birmingham's Symphony Hall on 14th May.
We will have tickets for all three gigs available when they go on sale at 9.30AM on Friday 28th October 2011, priced from £25.