You might be familiar with MTV Unplugged: Big artists playing their biggest hits without amplification, effects or such. Just plain acoustic. Usually accompanied by an orchestra or at least a few classic instruments. Tonight we spent at such a show. The big artist playing MTV Unplugged was the Norwegian band a-ha.
A quick reminder about the band: a-ha is a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket (vocals, guitars), Magne Furuholmen (keyboards) and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (guitars). The band rose to fame during the mid-1980s after being discovered by musician and producer John Ratcliff, and continued global success in the 1990s and 2000s.
Tonight’s show was taking place at Festhalle, Frankfurt. The perfect place for an acoustic set. It was a seated concert. Chairs only, to keep the distracting noise to a minimum and give everyone the chance to see the show properly.
When a-ha began playing their set, the audience grew quiet instantly. The beautiful notes of the band filled every inch of the venue with peace and joy. a-ha played all their hits, old and new, partially rearranged to fit the acoustic arrangements. Morten’s voice accompanied the melodies beautifully. The audience was blown away.
Each song was a unique, breathtaking piece of art. Pure and intense. a-ha was on point at all times and made this night unforgettable. For two hours a-ha took us on a journey through their life, their past and their hearts. They even played a song from the time before a-ha was founded. It was a beautiful night, no one would be able to forget so easily.
Thank you a-ha for this wonderful experience of listening to your songs in the sound of MTV Unplugged!