Ending on a High Note Tour

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Ending On A High Note Tour
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Tour by A-ha
Associated album Foot of the Mountain / 25
Start date March 4, 2010
End date December 4, 2010
Legs 5
Shows 9 in South America
7 in North America
2 in Asia
55 in Europe
73 in Total
A-ha concert chronology
Foot Of The Mountain Tour
(2009)
Ending On A High Note Tour
(2010)

Ending On A High Note Tour was a worldwide concert tour by Norway synthpop/rock band A-ha in support of the group's 9th studio album, Foot of the Mountain, which was released in June 2009 [1] as well as the compilation 25 which was released in July 2010. It was also a farewell tour, as the band announced, in 2009, their decision to split after a worldwide concert tour in 2010.[2]

The tour began on March 4 at the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina and ended on 4 December in Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway, having visited many cities in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and several European countries. The sold out A-ha show in Santiago, Chile, originally scheduled for 6 March, was rescheduled for 23 March following a major earthquake. [3]

Due to demand, the A-ha concert on March 16 in Centro de Convenções (Brasilia, Brazil) was moved to a larger venue, Ginásio Nilson Nelson.[4] Also the capacity for the concerts in Oslo and Bergen in August in Norway had to expand its capacity with 9000 additional tickets to a total of 25 000 tickets for each show.

End of A-ha[edit]

On 15 October 2009, through a press release from the official website of the group, "has stated that after his latest album Foot of the Mountain, with the success enjoyed by both commercial and critical acclaim, had decided that now was the time of final dissolution of the band. In a statement on the news the band thanked all the cooperation and support received throughout their career, they talked and put an end with these words:

"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. "
— A-ha, October 2009[5]

Stadium Tour of Norway[edit]

For the 6 shows in Oslo between the 21st of August and the 11th of September, A-ha exclusevly built a special stage rig, the largest rig ever put up in Norway so far. The stage was 1,200 Sq meters, weighing over 1,500 tonnes. The rig included a video wall of 600 Sq meters. The stage took 200 men, 4 days to build.[6]

Australian Tour Leg Controversy[edit]

There has been much controversy surrounding the supposed "Australian Leg" of A-ha's Ending on a High Note Tour. Before an official announcement of tour dates it was suggested on A-ha's official website that Australian tour dates would be included in their final world tour.

"January will bring A-ha back to Australia for the first time since their first world tour, which opened in Perth, Australia on June 3, 1986. " — A-ha, July 2009[7]

As further tour dates were announced throughout Europe, North and South America, none were announced for Australia. It was later suggested through the A-ha fan community, West of the Moon, that Australia would not be included in A-ha's final world tour.[8] This turn of events has sparked outrage amongst Australian based fans.[9] Had A-ha returned to Australia, it would have marked their first visit there since they played their first live concerts in 1986 after the initial success of Take On Me.

Setlist[edit]

The setlist of the concert in the Luna Park at March 4, 2010.

  1. The Bandstand
  2. Foot Of The Mountain
  3. Analogue
  4. Forever Not Yours
  5. Summer Moved On
  6. Move To Memphis
  7. Crying In The Rain (the Everly Brothers cover)
  8. Stay On These Roads
  9. The Blood That Moves The Body
  10. The Living Daylights
  11. Early Morning (acoustic)
  12. And You Tell Me (acoustic)
  13. Scoundrel Days
  14. Cry Wolf
  15. We're Looking For The Whales
  16. Manhattan Skyline
  17. I've Been Losing You

Encore:

  1. Living A Boys Adventure Tale
  2. Hunting High And Low
  3. Train Of Thought
  4. The Sun Always Shines On TV
  5. Take On Me

The setlist of the concert in the Ullevaal Stadium at August 21, 2010.

  1. The Sun Always Shines On TV
  2. Move To Memphis
  3. The Blood That Moves The Body
  4. Scoundrel Days
  5. Stay On These Roads
  6. Manhattan Skyline
  7. Hunting High And Low
  8. The Bandstand
  9. We're Looking For The Whales
  10. Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)
  11. (Seemingly) Nonstop July
  12. Crying In The Rain (The Everly Brothers cover)
  13. Minor Earth, Major Sky
  14. Forever Not Yours
  15. Summer Moved On
  16. I've Been Losing You
  17. Foot Of The Mountain

Encore 1:

  1. Cry Wolf
  2. Analogue
  3. The Living Daylights

Encore 2:

  1. Take On Me

Other songs performed:

  • The Swing of Things
  • Touchy
  • You Are the One
  • At the final concert (4 December) they performed the Everly Brothers song "Bowling Green" (acoustic) in the final encore, just before "Take on Me".

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
South America
March 4, 2010 Buenos Aires Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
March 9, 2010 Bauru Brazil Alameda Quality Center
March 10, 2010 São Paulo Credicard Hall
March 13, 2010 Rio de Janeiro Citibank Hall
March 14, 2010 Belo Horizonte Chevrolet Hall
March 16, 2010 Brasília Ginásio Nilson Nelson
March 18, 2010 Recife Chevrolet Hall
March 20, 2010 Fortaleza Siara Hall
March 23, 2010 Santiago Chile Movistar Arena
North America
May 6, 2010 New York City United States Nokia Theatre Times Square
May 7, 2010
May 8, 2010
May 10, 2010 Toronto Canada Massey Hall
May 13, 2010 Chicago United States Riviera Theatre
May 15, 2010 Los Angeles Club Nokia
May 16, 2010
Europe
May 28, 2010 Mönchengladbach Germany Warsteiner HockeyPark
May 29, 2010 Trier Trier Arena
May 30, 2010 Stadtallendorf Hessentagsarena
June 1, 2010 Kiel Sparkassen-Arena
July 14, 2010 Budapest Hungary Budapest Sports Arena
July 16, 2010 Linz Austria Clam Castle
July 17, 2010 Zurich Switzerland Dolder Eisbahn (Live At Sunset)
July 18, 2010 Salem Germany Schloß Salem
July 23, 2010 Emmendingen Schloßplatz
July 24, 2010 Halle Gerry Weber Stadion
July 25, 2010 Dresden Filmnächte am Elbufer
Asia
August 7, 2010 Tokyo Japan Chiba Marine Stadium
August 8, 2010 Osaka Summer Sonic Festival
Europe
August 21, 2010 Oslo Norway Ullevaal Stadium
August 28, 2010 Bergen Brann Stadium
September 2, 2010 Stavanger Rått og Råde Festival
September 3, 2010 Tromsø Døgnvill Festival
September 4, 2010 Trondheim Lerkendal Stadium
September 11, 2010 Kristiansand Sør Arena
October 4, 2010 Oslo Oslo Konserthus
October 6, 2010 London England Heaven
October 8, 2010 Royal Albert Hall
October 10, 2010 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
October 11, 2010 Brussels Belgium Forest National
October 12, 2010 Paris France Zénith de Paris
October 14, 2010 Madrid Spain Palacio Vistalegre
October 15, 2010 Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi
October 17, 2010 Basel Switzerland St. Jakobshalle
October 18, 2010 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
October 19, 2010 Stuttgart Porsche Arena
October 21, 2010 Nuremberg Nuremberg Arena
October 22, 2010 Leipzig Leipzig Arena
October 23, 2010 Rostock Stadthalle Rostock
October 25, 2010 Braunschweig Volkswagen Halle
October 26, 2010 Mannheim SAP Arena
October 28, 2010 Hamburg O2 World
October 29, 2010 Berlin O2 World
November 1, 2010 Riga Latvia Arena Riga
November 2, 2010 Vilnius Lithuania Siemens Arena
November 4, 2010 Kiev Ukraine International Exhibition Center
November 6, 2010 Minsk Belarus Sport Palace
November 9, 2010 Moscow Russia Olimpiysky Arena
November 11, 2010 St. Petersburg Ice Palace Saint Petersburg
November 15, 2010 Brighton England Brighton Centre
November 16, 2010 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
November 17, 2010 Glasgow Scotland Clyde Auditorium
November 19, 2010 Birmingham England LG Arena
November 20, 2010 Manchester Evening News Arena
November 21, 2010 Nottingham Trent FM Arena
November 23, 2010 Sheffield Sheffield Arena
November 25, 2010 Cardiff Wales Cardiff International Arena
November 26, 2010 Bournemouth England Bournemouth International Centre
November 27, 2010 London Wembley Arena
November 30, 2010 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
December 2, 2010
December 3, 2010
December 4, 2010

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