The Rock in Rio musical festival, set for summer 2015 in Brazil, will see one of Norway’s most famous pop bands coming back to light, as A-Ha reunites for the 30th anniversary.
In fact, both the band themselves and Rock in Rio share the anniversary, as both were formed in back in 1985. A-Ha, probably best known for their song “Take on Me” (included below), will be headlining at the event.
A-Ha regresa para el Festival Rock In Rio 2015 http://t.co/fFlfNPtPfQ
— Giovanni Ghio (@giovareuk) January 21, 2015
“Tweet translation: A-Ha return for the Rock Festival in Rio 2015 – the Norwegian band celebrates 30 years.”
The Rock in Rio musical event originated in Brazil, and has since become a series of music festivals on offer in three cities, namely Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Madrid in Spain, and Lisbon in Portugal. This year, a fourth location will be added as Las Vegas joins in the festivities. Over the years, the events have seen a myriad of musical stars appearing.
The last time A-Ha performed in Brazil was back in 1991, when they played to 198,000 fans in the Maracanã stadium. At the time, this was apparently a world record for the number of tickets sold at a music concert. According to A-Ha keyboard player Magne Furuholmen that concert was one of the greatest highlights of their career.
The Local quoted A-Ha vocalist Morten Harket as recalling sneaking into the stadium earlier that week to watch Guns N’ Roses from the side of the stage. At that time, there were 160,000 people in the stadium. He said it was a fantastic concert, and the first time he had ever seen an audience that big. That year, other stars included George Michael, INXS, New Kids on the Block, and Prince.
Speaking of the 2015 event, Furuholmen said that when the band got an offer to return for the festival’s 30th anniversary, they just couldn’t turn it down.
Fellow band member and guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy said it took the band a long time to get used to playing live on stage. He added that it was Rock in Rio, as well as other concerts they performed during their visit to South America during the same tour, that finally got them used to the idea. Now they can’t wait for summer to play at the joint 30th anniversary gig running from September 18 to 27 this year.
Besides A-Ha, Rock in Rio will see the likes of Katy Perry, John Legend, System of a Down, and Queens of the Stone Age on stage. Should be quite the party.
On the Las Vegas side of the event, the Inquisitr recently reported that Bruno Mars will be performing at Rock in Rio USA in May this year, where he will be joining fellow musical stars No Doubt, Metallica, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift.
[Image: A-Ha playing at Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid (Spain) in 2010 CC by-Sa Jamesbond raul