They say you shouldn’t meet your heroes, but should you go and see the bands you had posters of on your bedroom wall 20 years ago? If the band in question is a-Ha, the answer is yes!
From the Sun Always Shines On TV to the closing notes of Take On Me (via their latest hit single Foot of the Mountain), a-Ha’s gig at The O2 last night was worth waiting two decades for. The music still sounds fresh and exciting and, despite pushing 50(!), Morten, Mags and Pal still look as young and tasty as they did in that poster. No signs of ravaged rock star looks or excessive pie-eating retirement on this stage.
a-Ha plan to play a final worldwide tour in 2010 before splitting up, so you’ll have one last chance to see them in London next year. While you’re waiting for the details of the tour, we say go and indulge your 80s crushes, Smash Hits obsessions and dirty secrets.
Artists who defined the 80s embarking on London gigs in the near future include:
- The Pet Shop Boys
- Alison Moyet
- Shakin’ Stevens
- Depeche Mode
- Gary Numan
- Joe Longthorne
- Howard Jones
- Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
Loads of 80s stars are still touring, and you can even catch Belinda Carlisle in Hairspray.
A-Ha are the second band that I loved in the 80s and hadn’t seen live until this year (I saw The Shadows in September; I love you Bruce!) Now I’m on a mission to tick some more names off a slightly embarrassing list.
Who were your teen crushes, the bands and singers you never got to see when you were 13? And will you be going to see them live in London in 2010?