Supriya Ghosh

Ending on a High Note Tour

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Start date  March 4, 2010
Legs  5
End date  December 4, 2010
Ending on a High Note Tour
Associated album  Foot of the Mountain / 25
No. of shows  9 in South America 7 in North America 2 in Asia 55 in Europe 73 in total

Ending on a High Note Tour was a worldwide concert tour by Norway synthpop/rock band A-ha in support of the group's 9th studio album, Foot of the Mountain, which was released in June 2009 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.


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.

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. 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

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.

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

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. This turn of events has sparked outrage amongst Australian based fans. 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 at 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".
  • References

    Ending on a High Note Tour Wikipedia

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