This autumn, as overwhelmed with music events as it is, many Ukrainian fans had November 4 circled in their calendars, because on that very special day they were saying goodbye to a legend - the band A-ha. The venue chosen for this occasion was IEC, the time - 19.00.
The floor was slowly filling with men and women who grew up with Hunting High and Low, The Sun Always Shines on TV, Manhattan Skyline, The Living Daylights, Crying in the Rain. Now completely self-sufficient people with families, careers and other necessary features of adulthood, they stood embracing each other, smiles never once leaving their faces throughout the concert, and gave the band a grateful welcome, thanking them for the youth in which Morten Harket’s voice got under their very skin and made their hearts sing.
The band appeared on stage around 19:30 (the technicians deserve a thank-you for a fantastic job they did with lighting), and from this moment on the world seemed to halt in cosmic harmony. There are some actors, performers, directors, who seem to get younger as years go by, and A-ha belong to this category – forever young. The first to greet Kyiv was Magne, after him – Morten, who encouraged the audience to not be shy and sing along.
On this evening we also heard their good-bye single Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah), Forever Not Yours, Summer Moved On, in which Harket famously holds a note for 20,2 seconds – all in all, a set-list of 21 songs.
At the end of The Living Daylights, and before the second encore, on the screen appeared an image of a map, with Kyiv singled out. The fact that it happens in every city didn’t matter – A-ha know how reach into your heart and soul.
Sorrow and sadness fill your heart, when something important in your life comes to an end, but it still happened, and it was unforgettable. This particular book is now closed, and we can confidently state: “We have become a part of a legend.”
Author: Dasha Stokoz
Translator: Lyubov Kukharenko from Ukrainian version
Photos: Dasha Stokoz