I’ve always liked A-Ha, back in the 80’s at school, I remember being so so jealous of a girl in my class going to see them, a concert was the holy grail, A-Ha at the time was just, well, it was A-Ha!
I finally got my chance to see them last night at The Abbey – Cambridge United FC’s ground. The bf was surprised that I’d not seen them before.
I love the venue, been there many time watching football over the years, that was great!
One of the Thompson Twins – Tom Bailey was the first support act……the songs were good, him singing them was shocking, he was so loud, we presume to make up for him not being able to sing.
OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) were the final support, they were good, but I’m afraid I found an hour of them too much!
Then came A-Ha……..
All I can say is that Morten Harket has the stage precence of a wet lettuce……… He came on stage he sang, but that was it…..no dancing, moving to the music, playing to the crowd……talking to the crowd….. Quite late on he did a lets have a sing along, but that was dreadful. The lovely Mags did the introductions, did the that part of the crowd sign, now this part of the crowd sing, but…….. Pal only came to life when Mags picked up a guitar, and they did a little bit together……Morten carried on doing his thing.
Don’t get me wrong, the band were fantastic, Mags and Pal were too, Mortens voice is amazing, but it was flat…………
Maybe Morten is ill. Maybe he has a bad back as he wasn’t really moving. We wondered if he was saving his voice, that he had a problem as he was not speaking to start with, but as they went through the set, we were proved wrong. Or was it just pure arrogance, that he was the big star, that us as fans were just there to hero worship him (personally I always loved Mags), he was too important to interact with us very much.
It was a good gig, but I was disappointed……gutted……..I was so glad that I had only travelled 20miles to see them, that I hadn’t spent a lot of money on accommodaion and travel to see them.
UPDATE: I’ve just heard from a friend who went with us to the concert……a guy who he works with took his wife to see A-Ha 25years ago…….apparently they were exactly the same back then…….no interaction with the fans………
I only have one question……
How have they survived touring??????