As part of their ‘Ending on a High Note’ farewell tour, a-ha will be doing a handful of dates in New York and Los Angeles this May; it marks just the second time since 1986 the Norwegian trio have visited the U.S. Back in 2005, a-ha played a single show in America, at Irving Plaza in New York on September 12.

2010 marks the 25-year anniversary of a-ha’s multi-platinum debut album Hunting High & Low and the famous single “Take On Me,” which, with the help of a classic music video, went on to become number 1 in 27 countries worldwide. The last a-ha concert will take place in Oslo on December 4th.

Earlier this year, around the release of their current album Foot of The Mountain, Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen, and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy decided to call it a day.

“We’ve literally lived the ultimate boy’s adventure tale, through a longer, more rewarding career than anyone could hope for,” the band explained. “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.”

The band statement closed by saying:

“Change is always difficult and It is easy to get set in one’s ways. Now it is time to move on.’

Even though a-ha didn’t make it back to the states after the ’86 tour until the 2005 gig (the concert sold out in 52 minutes!), and never reached the supreme heights of their debut album in the U.S. market, the trio remained a massively popular act worldwide; 9 studio albums with sales in excess of 35 million – 70 million units including singles, one of the biggest-selling Norwegian act of all time, 15 top ten singles in the UK alone and big world tours – including the legendary show at the Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro in 1992, which earned a Guinness World Record for the largest-ever audience attendance at a paid concert – 196,000 people.

Beginning February 2, a-ha.com members will have the opportunity to purchase some of the best seats in the house during a ticket presale.

a-ha 2010 Tour Dates:

  • 03/04 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Luna Park
  • 03/06 – Santiago, CL @ Movistar Arena
  • 03/09 – Bauru, BR @ Alameda Quality Center
  • 03/10 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Credicard Hall
  • 03/13 – Rio de Janeiro, BR @ Citibank Hall
  • 03/14 – Belo Horizonte, BR @ Chevrolet Hall
  • 03/16 – Brasilia, BR @ Centro de Convenções
  • 03/18 – Recife, BR @ Chevrolet Hall
  • 03/20 – Fortaleza, BR @ Siara Hall
  • 05/06 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
  • 05/07 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
  • 05/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
  • 05/28 – Mönchengladbach, DE @ Warsteiner HockeyPark
  • 05/29 – Trier, DE @ Arena Trier
  • 05/30 – Hessentag, DE @ Stadtallendorf
  • 06/01 – Kiel, DE @ Sparkassen-Arena-Kiel
  • 07/18 – Salem, DE @ Schloß Salem
  • 07/23 – Emmendingen, DE @ Schlossplatz
  • 07/24 – Halle, DE @ Gerry Weber Stadion
  • 07/25 – Dresden, DE @ Filmnächte am Elbufer
  • 10/10 – Amsterdam, NL @ Heineken Music Hall
  • 10/11 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
  • 10/12 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith
  • 10/14 – Madrid, ES @ Palacio Vista Alegre
  • 10/15 – Barcelona, ES @ St. Jordi Club
  • 10/18 – Munich, DE @ Olympiahalle München
  • 10/19 – Stuttgart, DE @ Porsche-Arena
  • 10/20 – Nurnberg, DE @ Arena Nürnberger Versicherung
  • 10/22 – Leipzig, DE @ Arena Leipzig
  • 10/23 – Rostock, DE @ Stadthalle Rostock
  • 10/25 – Braunschweig, DE @ Volkswagen Halle
  • 10/26 – Mannheim, DE @ SAP Arena
  • 10/28 – Hamburg, DE @ Color Line Arena
  • 10/29 – Berlin, DE @ O2 World
  • 12/02 – Oslo, NO @ Oslo Spektrum
  • 12/03 – Oslo, NO @ Oslo Spektrum
  • 12/04 – Oslo, NO @ Oslo Spektrum