1997 - back to life on the road
Morten spends some time in London, England.
12 The four part TV series "Hotel Oslo", directed by Karin Julsrud,
starts today on NRK in Norway. Each episode lasts for around
50 minutes and features a group of six young people with
different ambitions who meet up at Hotel Oslo.
1 Sogndal Kulturhus, Sogndal, Norway.
5 Lillestrøm Kultursenter, Lillestrøm, Norway (seated venue).
6 Morten was originally due to do a concert at Garveren in Gjøvik but the show is changed to Steinkjer on 15 February.
Morten appears on the Norwegian TV show "Komplottet" (TV3) a practical joke is played on him: he is accused of 'stealing' lyrics from the song "Wild Mother" for his own song "Wild Seed".
7 Alfred's Pub, Hønefoss, Norway.
8 Verdensteateret, Sandefjord, Norway.
9 Union Rock Club, Drammen, Norway.
11 Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo, Norway.
13 The show scheduled for Alexis in Elverum, Norway is cancelled as Morten has a throat infection.
14 Studentersamfunnet, Trondheim, Norway.
15 The final concert of the tour at the Studenter, Steinkjer, Norway is cancelled due to Morten's throat infection.
22 Morten was supposed to take part in the concert for the ski championships in Trondheim but was able to do it due to his throat infection.
The one track promo "We'll Never Speak Again", taken from the album "Hotel Oslo", is released in Norway.
Morten and Håvard Rem go to China to work on Morten's next international album.
In Norway, Savoy end their Warner Brothers contract and join up with EMI.
8 The yearly Spellemann awards take place at Oslo's Spektrum in Norway. Savoy are nominated for "Best Band" and "Best Newcomer" but do not win. Camilla Harket presents the Spellemann award to the group D.D.E. To mark the anniversary of the 25th Spellemannprisen, there is a CD released featuring 25 artists. Each artist represents one year and include a-ha (who have won a total of 5 prizes over the years) and Morten (who has won a total of 9 prizes, including the ones with a-ha, over the years).
At the end of April / beginning of May the a-ha albums were re-released in Japan.
6 There is a big article on Savoy in the Norwegian newspaper
"Dagbladet" with an interview with Paul and Lauren.
3? Morten's version of the song "Krakevise" is included on the Norwegian album "Kvirre Virre Vitt". He is one of 14 well known Norwegian artists (including Dum Dum Boys, Anneli Drecker (Bel Canto) and Bjorn Eidsvag) performing songs known from their early years.
Morten is in Jamaica writing material for his next album. He returns to Norway just before the concert for the King and Queen of Norway.
21 Morten takes part in a concert for the King and Queen of Norway at Olavshallen, Trondheim. It was organised as part of the programme in celebrating Trondheim's 1000 year anniversary as well as the King and Queen's 60th birthdays. The concert lasting approximately 1 hour 20 minutes is broadcast on Norwegian TV later the same evening and includes "Lay Me Down Tonight" performed by Morten.
15 Magne and Per Kleiva are at the annual jazz festival in Molde, Norway. At the festival, there is a preview of Magne's new woodcut exhibition which will be on display at the Henie Onstad art gallery in August.
Camilla is recording her new solo album in London, England (TBC).
16 There is an exhibition of work from the book Blåtoneboulevardene (The Blue Tone Boulevards) at the Henie Onstad Art Centre in Høvikodden, Norway.
Magne is in Shanghai, China where he exhibits 30-40 artworks which include both wood cuts and graphical work.
1 or 8? Savoy's first single "Rain" from their new album is released as a
radio promo CD in Norway.
1 Paul is the main guest on "God Kveld Norge" on the Norwegian TV station TV2. He is interviewed briefly and some clips are shown.
Savoy release a promo only single of "Foreign Film" in Norway.
1 Folken, Stavanger, Norway. Parts of this show are filmed for student TV at "Hoeyskolen i Stavanger" and Savoy are interviewed.
13 Morten is on the Children's programme "Kykelikokos" (NRK1) with
Tomine. He sings Christmas songs and "Take On Me" (TBC).
Morten joins the Oslo Gospel Choir on a trip to Guatemala where he performs some of his songs plus "Bridge Over Troubled Water" at a concert in the village San Martin and in the slums in Colonia de Noruega.
A limited number of Savoy CD-singles of "Xmas Time (Blows My Mind)" are distributed in Norway.
"Lackluster Me" has sold more than 11,000 copies in Norway.
A CD by the London Symphony Orchestra is released in Norway. It features "Hunting High And Low".