Ending on a High Note Tour

worldwide concert tour by a-ha

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Ending on a High Note Tour
Tour by A-ha
A-ha at Palacio Vistalegre in Madrid, Spain
Associated albumFoot of the Mountain / 25
Start dateMarch 4, 2010
End dateDecember 4, 2010
No. of shows9 in South America
7 in North America
2 in Asia
55 in Europe
73 in total
A-ha concert chronology

Ending on a High Note Tour was a worldwide concert tour by Norway synthpop/rock band A-ha in support of the group's ninth 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 (Brasília, 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

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

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

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".


The setlist of the concert in the Luna Park on 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
  8. Stay On These Roads
  9. The Blood That Moves The Body
  10. The Living Daylights
  11. Early Morning
  12. And You Tell Me
  13. Scoundrel Days
  14. Cry Wolf
  15. We're Looking For The Whales
  16. Manhattan Skyline
  17. I've Been Losing You
  18. Living A Boys Adventure Tale
  19. Hunting High And Low
  20. Train Of Thought
  21. The Sun Always Shines On TV
  22. 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
  13. Minor Earth, Major Sky
  14. Forever Not Yours
  15. Summer Moved On
  16. I've Been Losing You
  17. Foot Of The Mountain
  18. Cry Wolf
  19. Analogue
  20. The Living Daylights
  21. 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" in the final encore, just before "Take on Me".

Tour dates

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 Nilson Nelson Gymnasium
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
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 Zürich 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
August 7, 2010 Tokyo Japan Chiba Marine Stadium
August 8, 2010 Osaka Summer Sonic Festival
August 21, 2010 Oslo Norway Ullevaal Stadion
August 28, 2010 Bergen Brann Stadion
September 2, 2010 Stavanger Rått og Råde Festival
September 3, 2010 Tromsø Døgnvill Festival
September 4, 2010 Trondheim Lerkendal Stadion
September 11, 2010 Kristiansand Sør Arena
October 4, 2010 Oslo Oslo Concert Hall
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 Arena Leipzig
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 Palace of Sports
November 9, 2010 Moscow Russia Olympic Stadium
November 11, 2010 Saint Petersburg Ice Palace
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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  2. ^ "A-ha to break up after 25 years". BBC. 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
  3. ^ http://www.cooperativa.cl/A-ha-ya-tiene-nueva-fecha-para-su-pospuesto-show/prontus_nots/2010-03-09/163917.html
  4. ^ https://twitter.com/aha_com
  5. ^ http://www.A-ha.com/news/languages/english/AHA_fullStory.aspx?PostID=4214 Archived 2010-02-03 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ http://www.dagbladet.no/2010/08/18/kultur/musikk/konsert/A-ha/morten_harket/13011826/
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2010-04-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ http://www.A-ha-wotm.com/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=1785&p=74982#p74934
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2010-04-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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