In all honesty, I would have never had thought I would have seen a-ha perform live in my lifetime. Oddly enough, a-ha and I were both born in 1982 but only one of us has millions of fans worldwide; I probably have a handful of international followers, but I'm sure they don't even know my first name. So when I received the chance to see these pop icons, for perhaps the last time, I knew I had to take it.
I arrived at Nokia Theatre, nestled in the middle of Times Square, only to find a substantial line formed of a-ha die-hards, most of which saw the band perform the night before. Once we were let inside, I was amazed at the speed in which these fans were making their way downstairs; most of the first few rows of people were in their late thirties and early forties. Take nothing away from these fans, since they are what made this concert so special: from tales of seeing the band more than a dozen times, stories of how their children are now a-ha fans, to belting every lyric from their catalog and not missing a beat. a-ha's fans are loyal.
What can I say about the show? They are great entertainers and it definitely shows during their set. They know how to hold the crowd and make the best of their time onstage. I know I have said this before but I wish I knew more lyrics than I did because it looked like everybody who was singing was having such a great time. The band had smiles all around and you could tell they were soaking up the love from New York, especially since it has been more than a decade since their last show in the States. With a great selection from their 25+ year catalog and two encores, the show ended on the highest of notes when the band played their most famous hit, "Take On Me"; I'm not gonna lie, I was mouthing every single word. I know this show won't go down in my personal concert hall of fame but I know it will definitely be a concert I will never forget. Videos of the show are below:
a-ha @ Nokia Theatre Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on 2:00:00 AM Rating: