Bruce Springsteen gig confirmed in Norway

US rock legend Bruce Springsteen is heading to Norway this summer as he brings his much-anticipated 'The River Tour' to Europe.

Bruce Springsteen gig confirmed in Norway
The Boss last played Norway in 2013. Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB scanpix
Springsteen and his E Street Band are set to perform in Ullevål in Oslo, Norway, on June 29th. He will also play Gothenburg at the Ullevi arena on June 25th and Copenhagen's Parken arena on June 22nd.
The rocker launched his The River Tour, named in honour of the 35-year-anniversary of his legendary 'The River' album, in the US city of Pittsburgh a few weeks ago, his first tour in two years.
Last time Springsteen came to Norway he played two sold-out gigs at Telenor Arena in Oslo three years ago. A year earlier he visited Norway to pay tribute to victims and survivors at a memorial concert held on the anniversary of the Utøya massacre.
Tickets for this summer's gig will be available from 9am on February 25th.
'The River' was Springsteen's fifth studio album, originally released on October 17th 1980. Including famous hits such as 'Hungry Heart', 'Independence Day' and 'The Ties That Bind', it has been ranked as the 253rd greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
He is hugely popular in the Nordics, and the love goes both ways. Interviewed back in 2013 he said that he's enjoyed playing Norway since he first visited the country in the 1980s and now views it as “a second home”
E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt is of course also no stranger to Norway, starring as Frank 'The Fixer' Tagliano in the Norwegian mobster comedy 'Lilyhammer'. 

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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.