October 4th, 2011


'A legendary concert amid the ice in 2004'

A couple of weeks ago, I received a Google alert that Nils Petter Molvaer had added a video about 'Meltdown' to his website. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was the entire 47-minute NRK 2 television show about his collaboration with Magne for the WinterArts Festival in Lillehammer in February of 2004.

Go watch this (you won't regret it)

It was really great to finally see the 'Meltdown' concert (which begins around 12:00 into the show), where Magne first performed 'Never Sweeter' (starts around 21:45) and 'Past Perfect Future Tense' (starts around 35:40). The trumpet was such an amazing addition to Magne's songs, I really wish I could have a recorded version of them to enjoy with the benefit of a great sound system. And when I was collecting links and info for my site, it was also fun to re-read Monica's fan review on a-ha.com after all this time.

I remember being so surprised when I first read about 'Meltdown' back then, it seemed so unique and experimental, but these days I consider any remotely 'normal' solo concert from Magne as an aberration. I mean really, standing on a stage and playing guitar and singing? Where's the innovation there? ;-) I'm still waiting for the guy to find a way for the audience to participate directly at a show, in such a way that something entirely new and beautiful is created each time. Chainsaws optional.

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Anyway, ever since I watched the video, I've had a nagging feeling that I needed to make a blog post and an update to the main site, so here it is. These were arguably Magne's first solo gigs - yes he was collaborating with NPM, so it's not solo in the usual sense, but it's completely separate from a-ha, unlike his performances of 'Dragonfly' during the Lifelines tour - so this bookends the Events page nicely. Just need to fill in the gaps now...one of these days ;-)