Exploring the Songs on a-ha's Hunting High and Low Tour Setlist

New wave Norwegian pop trio a-ha are on the road celebrating their landmark debut album Hunting High and Low.
The Hunting High and Low Live Tour kicked off October 29 in Dublin at 3Arena, and is scheduled to run through November 22 with a show in Moscow at Crocus City Hall. The band will then take a little time off before embarking on another leg in February.
a-ha have been performing Hunting High and Low in its entirety on this run, followed by cuts from Scoundrel Days, Stay on These Roads, Analogue and others. They haven't been playing any songs from their latest album Cast in Steel (yet), but they have been pulling songs from 2009's Foot of the Mountain.
Check out one of their recent setlists:
a-ha setlist (11.06)
Everyone knows "Take On Me," but what about some of the other hits from their seminal 1985 album?
Cue up our Hunting High and Low Tour Setlist Playlist on Spotify, and keep reading for a closer look at some of the other songs a-ha are performing on their latest trek.

"Hunting High and Low"

The album's title track was released as the fifth and final single in 1986. It became one of the band's most successful and recognizable songs, landing Top 5 spots on both British and Irish charts upon its initial release.
"Hunting High and Low" has been covered by a wide range of artists, but most notably Coldplay, who performed the song at various music festivals throughout the early 2000s.
The song is a-ha's third most-played song live, having been performed 318 times since its 1986 debut.
a-ha, "Hunting High and Low"

"The Sun Always Shines on TV"

This song was the third single released in anticipation of Hunting High and Low, and was written by guitarist Pål Waaktaar.
"The Sun Always Shines on TV" peaked at No. 1 on the UK singles chart for two weeks in January 1986, and has since sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.
"When we recorded it, we were really sick with influenza," Waaktaar said.
"Magne (Furuholmen) and Morten (Harket) were lying in the studio on camping beds with high fevers."
The band performed the song at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 1998, alongside "Summer Moved On."
a-ha, "The Sun Always Shines on T.V"

"Train of Thought"

The lyrics for this track were inspired by existentialist thinkers Gunvor Hofmo, Knut Hamsun and Fyodor Dostoevsky – Waaktaar's favorites at the time.
"Train of Thought" was a-ha's third consecutive Top 10 single in the UK, peaking at No. 8. It's only been performed live 104 times.
Prior to this run, it had only been played during the band's 1986-87 World Tour, their An Evening With Morten Harket, Savoy and Magne F Tour (2008), their Foot of the Mountain Tour (2009), their Ending on a High Note Tour (2010) and their Electric Summer Tour (2018).
a-ha, "Train of Thought"

"Love is Reason"

"Love is Reason" was the album's second single, following "Take on Me," and was only released in Norway and The Philippines.
The song is one of the band's lesser-known songs from Hunting High and Low, as it's only been played live 49 times. Following their 1986-87 World Tour, they had only played "Love is Reason" three times in 2010 on their Ending on a High Note Tour.
a-ha, "Love is Reason"
If you want to get tickets to this event, you'll want to hurry. Most venues are already sold out.
Check out the band's remaining 2019 dates below, and head to their website for a list of 2020 dates.

a-ha's Hunting High and Low Live 2019 tour dates:

11/08 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ AFAS Live
11/09 – Paris, France @ La Seine Musicale
11/12 – Mannheim, Germany @ SAP Arena
11/13 – Leipzig, Germany @ Leipzig Arena
11/15 – Oberhausen, Germany @ Koenig Pilsner Arena
11/16 – Bremen, Germany @ OVB Arena
11/18 – Warsaw, Poland @ Torwar Arena
11/20 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Ice Palace
11/22 – Moscow, Russia @ Crocus City Hall

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