A-ha member Magne Furuholmen struck with heart disease - The real reason behind the end of A-ha?

Posted on 24/07/10

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A-ha member Magne Furuholmen struck with heart disease. The real reason behind the end of A-ha?
(By our Swedish correspondent Petra Ronnholm) - A-ha's Magne 'Mags' Furuholmen has revealed in an interview published today by the Norway's third largest newspaper Dagbladet (in its additional magazine Magasinet) that he's suffering from a heart disease. Magne: "Whilst out driving I felt dizzy, almost fainting, like I was falling asleep without being tired. My head fell over the wheeling steer still being dizzy I drove to nearest by doctor. The diagnose was heart rhythm failure. It's a condition that doesn't need to be dangerous but it can cause blood cloths, brain hemorrhages, heart infarction, death. In the past 11 years I have learned to live with it."

The musician has received electroshocks on 3 to 4 occasions so he confirms in the interview ('stand back clear bang' as the journalist describes it).

A-ha member Magne Furuholmen struck with heart disease. The real reason behind the end of A-ha?
On the 2 first concerts in South America this year Furuholmen apparently suffered seizures whilst going on stage and was close to faint. Magne: "I can't even remember playing the final riff of "Take On Me" at the end of one of those concerts because I felt that bad." Sure thing is that it won't be the musician way of live that caused it as sex, drugs and rock 'n roll never have been part of A-ha to start with, Harket being a total health freak to start with.

Ongoing conflicts in the band
In the interview Furuholmen also says that A-ha has struggled with conflicts for quite some time, each time getting worse : "It's like a troll with 3 heads pulling in the wrong direction. It's been lots of great fun but also lots of work. We didn't want the problems to rule over how things developed. It lasted for 25 years, it could have been 2. I feel I have given what I had to give."

And he adds: "When you have build a castle of sand you have great joy in that moment to decide to destroy it. It has a liberating effect. It means you can start building a new one or different castle the next morning. If you let it stand you know that the tidal flood will take it regardless. Will you then go and restore the castle to the absurd? I think what happens is healthy to all of us. When you can choose your own exit it's good to do it in style."

Magne 'Mags' Furuholmen (born 1 November 1962, Oslo), is best known as the guitarist/keyboardist in the band A-ha. He has been with a-ha since their formation in 1982. He has co-written many of the band's hits with Paul Waaktaar-Savoy, including "Stay On These Roads", "Manhattan Skyline", and the band's first and biggest hit "Take on Me". When A-ha went on hiatus in 1994, Furuholmen began working on other music projects.

Solo projects
Furuholmen's projects outside of A-ha include Timbersound, formed in 1994 with Kjetil Bjerkestrand, and later, Swedish singer, Freddie Wadling. Their work has been used on film soundtracks such as "Hotel Oslo", which also featured vocals by Anneli Drecker. Furuholmen also recorded "Past Perfect Future Tense" in 2004, with appearances from Guy Berryman and Will Champion of Coldplay, and from Andy Dunlop of the Scottish band Travis.



In 2008 Furuholmen collaborated with Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman and Mew vocalist Jonas Bjerre under the band name of Apparatjik for the theme to the BBC2 series, "Amazon". The theme was made available (along with exclusive tracks from various other artists) on the Survival International charity album, "Songs for Survival".

Furuholmen is also an artist, working with glass, paint, etching and woodcuts (one of which is actually in possession of the Side-Line staff). And the recognition is surely there. In 2001 for instance, Furuholmen was commissioned to design an official Norwegian postage stamp.

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