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Birgit Vosper and Vanessa McClure report.
a-ha kicked off their eagerly anticipated Friday night iTunes set with The Sun Always Shines on TV and Morton Harkett was on top form. Displaying none of his occasional diva-like antics, he appeared unfazed by cries of â€˜Get yer shirt off!’ and â€˜I want to have your babies!’’. The whole band looked like they were having a great time, no doubt sensing the rampant enthusiasm of the audience.
The set was varied and featured new songs plus their greatest hits. James Bond theme The Living Daylights became a gigantic sing-a-long and even some of the men in the crowd (who had probably been dragged along to The Roundhouse by their partners) couldn’t hold back and joined in.
There wasn’t a bad song in the set and choosing highlights is hard, but if pushed, we’d give special mention to Stay on These Roads, the emotive Summer Moved On (complete with a bravura holding of the longest note in the history of the Top 40 which raised much applause), rousing new single Foot of the Mountain, and the new album title track The Bandstand. And of course, the ubiquitous, roof-raising encore Take on Me and Train of Thought.