A-ha At The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

imageA-ha made a welcome return to Glasgow on the 28th of March 2016 to play the SSE as part of the “Cast In Steel” tour. It’s hard to believe that A-ha’s debut album “Hunting High and Low” is more than 30 years old but yet as their latest studio release “Cast in Steel” has proven, they have maintained their ability to write and perform a damn fine selection of songs.

A-ha are not a band resting on their laurels who are regurgitating out the same greatest hits to arena crowds. One of the pleasing things about this concert was that risks were taken, hits were missed out instead album tracks were included in the set list. It would be very easy for the band to remain on ‘autopilot’ and tread on past glories but here is a band still at their creative peak with their new material holding its own against the classic hits in their live set.

Opening with the hits “I’ve Been Losing You” and “Cry Wolf”, it was obvious, A-ha were on top form and throughout the whole concert, they remained as vibrant and emotive as ever.

Morten Harket may slightly struggle to reach the higher notes these days but he remains one of the finest vocalists in the history of pop music. During songs like “Stay on These Roads”, “Hunting High And Low” and especially the outstanding “Under the Make Up”,  his vocals brought a tingling shiver down my spine.

After a more down tempo emotionally reflective middle section, A-ha demonstrated they had lost none of their ability to thrill an audience as they rolled out hit after hit. “The Sun Always Shines On TV”, “The Living Daylights” and final encore “Take on Me” had the Glasgow crowd on their feet. The band seem vague about future plans to record and tour again but I personally hope it won’t be too long before I get the opportunity to see them again.

Malcolm.

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