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a-ha's Farewell Tour: First US Shows in Over 20 Years!

Multi-million selling Norwegian trio a-ha will return to North America next week for 7 shows, before heading back to Europe for the final leg of their year-long world-wide Farewell Tour. The band will perform together for the very last time in Oslo on 4 December 2010.

Following a fantastic international career spanning 25 years and over 35 million albums sold, a-ha’s Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy will perform their final shows together exactly 25 years after the release of the band’s multi-platinum debut album Hunting High & Low and debut single “Take On Me”, which reached number 1 in 27 countries including the USA. Since that time, “Take On Me” has been played 3 million times on American radio… the equivalent of 375 times a day for 22 years! For a blast from the past, check out the video for “Take On Me” here.

In the mid 80’s the Norwegian trio created teenage hysteria and general pandemonium wherever they went. All told, the band has released 9 studio albums in 25 years, and toured the world many times (more than 500 concerts in 33 countries to be exact), 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 (George Michael, Prince and Guns N' Roses managed to gather only sixty thousand each).

In 2006 the band received the ‘Q Inspiration Award’ in honor of their lasting musical influence. The band returned to the UK Top 5 in 2009 with the album Foot Of The Mountain. The video for the title track can be seen here. 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.

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.” In keeping with their interest in humanitarian and global causes, a-ha still own a sizeable part of the Amazon rainforest as part of a 1980's reforestation/preservation scheme.More Info Available at www.a-ha.com

DON’T MISS A-HA’S LAST PERFORMANCES IN NORTH AMERICA!

05/06:  New York, NY @ Nokia Theater

05/07:  New York, NY @ Nokia Theater

05/08:  New York, NY @ Nokia Theater

05/10:  Toronto, ONT @ Massey Hall

05/13:  Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater

05/15:  Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia Live

05/16:  Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia Live

Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers on U.S. Tour

Hugh Cornwell returns to the US after a successful sold out UK tour at 02 Academy venues. He is a man with equal parts grit and wit.  He has been an acclaimed writer and live performer since his time as the primary songwriter, singer, and guitarist of punk and new wave legends The Stranglers.  His recently released eighth album, Hooverdam, produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Liam Watson (White Stripes - ‘Elephant’) is an eloquent and exciting mix of rhythm & blues, rock and post-punk.  Hugh will also cross the Atlantic this Spring and treat his US fans to his fiery live show.

Though he may be one of the UK’s finest talents, Hugh’s music has always reached far beyond his homeland.  Fittingly, Hooverdam is now available worldwide from his website, which can be viewed in twelve languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Mandarin, Turkish, Italian and Japanese).  The album is available as a free download and can also be purchased on vinyl and as a triple-sleeved digi-pak, featuring both CD album and live studio performance DVD ‘Blueprint’ in one package.

The upcoming US tour includes a performance in San Francisco as part of the Jay Siegan Presents “In The Name Of Love”, a series of concerts to raise money for the Haiti relief effort.  Hugh will be playing along with special guest Kristeen Young at San Francisco’s Red Devil Lounge on March 31st. A percentage of ticket sales will be donated to international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders for the victims of Haiti.

Hugh Cornwell Spring 2010 Tour Dates

03/24: Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
03/25: Peoria, AZ @ The Platinum Room at SKYE
03/27: Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
03/28: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
03/30: Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
03/31: San Francisco, CA @ Red Devil Lounge
04/02: Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
04/03: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
04/04: Seattle, WA @ The Tractor Tavern
04/06: Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
04/07: Denver, CO @ Soiled Dove Underground
04/08: Lincoln, NE @ Knickerbockers
04/09: St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
04/10: Chicago, IL @ The Abbey Pub