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Swedish group The Ark disbands after 20 years

Vivian Tse · 8 Dec 2010, 11:16

Published: 08 Dec 2010 11:16 GMT+01:00

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The Växjö group fronted by palindromic lead singer Ola Salo group will mark their 20th anniversary by releasing a greatest hits album and embark on a farewell tour.

"After the summer tour, the band will break up. We feel that we have accomplished what we have wanted artistically and that it is now time to move on with our lives," the group said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The Ark has been a very big part of our lives and will always mean a lot to us. As such, we want to make our 20th anniversary celebrations in 2011 a real farewell party," the group members added.

The tour for the new greatest hits album "Arkeology" kicks off on March 3rd, 2011 with two shows in Helsinki, Finland. The 14-date tour will pass through 13 cities in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark until April 19th.

Swedish stops on the tour include Karlstad, Uppsala, Åre, Sundsvall, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Växjö and Norrköping. Tickets for the club dates go on sale starting December 14th.

The new lead single "Breaking Up With God" will be released on January 10th, 2011 while "Arkeology" will be released on February 23, 2011. The album contains 20 tracks, including two new singles.

"In this way, we would like to pay tribute to those who helped make The Ark a phenomenon. The summer tour will be a fireworks display of hits, singalongs and bombast. See you next year!" the group members said on Wednesday.

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"The greatest hits album sums up our career and our greatest hits. The spring tour will be a gift to the fans when we return to the stages we have performed on over the years to when we play these intimate and unique concerts," the group added.

The new songs "Breaking Up With God" and "The Apocalypse Is Over" were written and recorded in November this year and produced in collaboration with Peter Kvint, whom the band worked with on "In Lust We Trust."

Vivian Tse (vivian.tse@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:15 December 8, 2010 by Alf Garnett
Greatest hits?? did they have any "great" hits???
14:15 December 8, 2010 by eZee.se
Yep, their 3 fans were sooooo disappointed.

@alf, I think they had a few great hits...

the first one was when someone hit them with a tomato from 35 meters and the second was with a coke bottle at 43 meters ;))
15:13 December 8, 2010 by Alf Garnett

Next doors cat's gonna miss his singalong!!

Hope the coke bottle was empty& "pant" free, shame to waste it!
16:40 December 8, 2010 by ironman294
The Ark are a fun, hip, cool throw back band.

If Sweden won't have them, we in the US will gladly accept them.

I was fortunate enough to see them 4 times in NYC and each time was great and guaranteed a turnout of hot available svensk kvinnor :-D

They had many hits

It Takes a Fool to Remain Sane

Calleth you Commeth I

Let Your Body Decide

One of Us is Gonna Die Young.

Farewell Ark!!!!!!!!!
19:58 December 8, 2010 by superturbo
it's about time!!
22:44 December 8, 2010 by Surstromming
Hey, isn't this the band that insulted the victims of 9/11 by joking about crashing airplanes as was said by Sallow Ola during the festivities at the opening of the House of Sweden in 20006? Don't lie Ola--you said it.

Ola's joke---too soon. The Band break-up---not soon enough.
02:42 December 10, 2010 by volvoman9
Svensk Kvinnor? What's this?
13:47 December 13, 2010 by Britswedeguy
When I - and several thousand other people - saw them play Kristianstad they seemed to have no end of hits.

Save me from ignorant fools.
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