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US rockers to hit Oslo on first tour since Paris attacks

The Eagles of Death Metal will play the Norwegian capital this weekend as they return to the road following the Paris attacks.

US rockers to hit Oslo on first tour since Paris attacks
Eagles of Death Metal at a 2007 performance at Øyafestivalen. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / SCANPIX
Almost three months to the day after 89 people were shot dead at their concert at the Bataclan theatre in Paris on November 13th 2015, the US rockers will take to the stage in Oslo.
 
The band will perform a sold-out February 14th show at Sentrum Scene, which has a capacity of 1,750. 
 
The Eagles of Death Metal concert was originally scheduled to take place on November 26th but was cancelled along with the band’s remaining European tour dates following the terrorist attack.  
 
The Oslo gig will be just the second of the rescheduled trek, which kicks off the night before in Stockholm
 
The Eagles of Death Metal have already taken to the stage in Europe since the attacks, performing alongside U2 in the French capital in December. But the Olso event will be just their second official tour gig in the wake of the Paris bloodshed. 
 
They are also due to play in several other European cities including Rome, Vienna and Madrid and will return to the French capital on February 16th to perform at the Olympia theatre.
 
The band's frontman Jesse Hughes, who is an outspoken Christian and pro-gun campaigner, has said it is important to him to continue the group's “mission to bring rock'n'roll to the world”.
 
“I was there when it went silent for a minute. Our friends went there to see rock’n’roll and died. I want to go back there and live,” he said in an interview with Vice magazine, published just after the shootings at the Bataclan.
 
Earlier this week, the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) said that although it was lowering the nation's terror threat level “slightly” it still believes it is possible that the nation could see an attempted terror attack in 2016.

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‘Take On Me’ tops a billion YouTube views: What makes 80s Norwegian hit so enduring?

It’s arguably the biggest success in the history of Norwegian pop, and A-ha’s 1984 pop classic ‘Take On Me’ this week reached a new milestone.

'Take On Me' tops a billion YouTube views: What makes 80s Norwegian hit so enduring?
A-Ha performing in 2015. Photo: AFP

The song combines synthpop with acoustic guitars, keyboards and drums and is indisputably the band’s signature tune and one of the most evocative pop songs of the decade.

That is complemented by a memorable music video which combined live action sequences with black-and-white pencil sketch animated overlays, in what was then an innovative technique called rotoscoping. It won six awards at the 1986 MTV Music Video Awards.

Perhaps the combination of both music and visuals has driven Take On Me into the realms of YouTube royalty. The official video, originally released in 1985, was recently restored and upgraded to 4K resolution to improve visual quality, Warner Music Norway wrote in a press statement.

In any case, A-ha now join a small list of artists with music videos that have tipped the 10-figure mark for total views on the social media website.

While South Korean rapper Psy’s 2012 hit Gangnam Style and Despacito by Luis Fonsi (2017) have famously garnered monstrous numbers of YouTube views, it’s arguably harder for songs which pre-date widespread use of the Internet to rack up those kind of figures.

Take On Me joins two Guns N’ Roses songs (November Rain, Sweet Child o’ Mine), Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit in an elite club of just five songs from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s with over a billion views.

Numb by Linkin Park was the first pre-YouTube video from the 2000s to reach a billion views.

“Obviously the video is unique and it has some features that stand up and stand the test of time,” he shared. “It’s hand drawn which makes it what it is,” A-ha guitarist Magne Furuholmen told Billboard last year.

“The song also seems to resonate with people across time. It’s just very fortunate to have such a big song in our catalogue,” Furuholmen said.

“We probably spent a few years talking it down, trying to get people to focus on new stuff we’re doing. At this point, certainly speaking for myself, I’m just surprised and proud that the song has done so well and still finds an audience,” he added.

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