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RETURN_001Return is a Norwegian rock band that peaked in popularity during the late ’80s with a hair metal style that went out of fashion in the early ’90s. With several Top Ten smash hits to its name, most of them power ballads, the band reunited after the turn of the century and proved popular as a concert draw.

In 1980 four boys from “Stange” in Norway – formed a band called Polish. After years of rehearsing, they found out that they wanted to “Reach For The Top”. Later the band become on of Norway’s best selling rock band through time. In 1983 they changed their name from “Polish” to “Return”,comprised of Knut Erik Østgård (vocals, guitar), Steinar Hagen (guitar, vocals), Tore Larsen (bass, vocals), and Øyvind Håkonsen (drums), started one enormous success as one of Norway’s most selling rock band through times.

Return scored their initial breakout hit in 1985 with “Sheila,” and a couple years later they made their full-length album debut with To the Top (1987), a Top 20 hit on the Norwegian albums chart that includes the early hit “Sing Me a Song” in addition to “Sheila.” The band’s second full-length effort, Attitudes (1988), was an even greater success, reaching the Top Five of the albums chart and spawning the Top Ten smash hit “Change the Attitude.

” The follow-up efforts Straight Down the Line (1989) and Fourplay (1991) were similarly successful, reaching the Top Ten of the albums chart and spawning the respective smash hits “Can You Forgive Me?” and “Tell Me.” While the band’s fifth album, V (1992), spawned another smash hit, “Take This Heart,” it marked a sharp downturn in popularity, stalling at number 17 on the albums chart. Faced with a dramatically changing rock landscape in the wake of alternative rock’s mainstream breakthrough, Return dissolved for the remainder of the decade.

In 1993, after six years with constantly playing and with six albums released, the band wanted to take a break from the music. They wanted to find the same feeling for music that they had in 1985 they said.

And the break become long for the fans… About 8 years later, the band came back and released the album “The Best of Return”. The album sold almost 70.000 copies and the band went out to the road again to celebrate their fans with a mini-tour. With many sold-out shows and screaming fans all around Norway – Return had found the rock of 80’s feeling again and the fans just love it. As a thank you for a long success – they released the album “Return Live” with recording from “Hamar Mart’n” the year of 2000.

They did this because they wanted the fans to remember how the Return songs sounded like when they were traveling around in Norway and played on the local areas. But Return will newer give up the music…they will be back no matter what.

A half-decade later, the band released its first collection of new studio material in over a decade, the eponymous album Return (2005). The comeback effort didn’t prove especially popular, however, as the album barely broke into the Top 40 and spawned no significant hits. Another greatest-hits collection, the double-disc compilation Best of…Both Worlds (2008), was released a few years later.

 On 2007 Return completed an acoustic live recording of the venerable Hamar Theatre, and in 2 0 0 8  the “Best of … Both Worlds” was released. The album featured a new Best Of CD of old Return-hits and an acoustic live recording from 2007 on DVD. 2009 Return has recently completed a series of concerts, and decide now to take a break indefinitely. The year is 2012 and the Return to the roads again.

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– To the Top [1987]
– Attitudes [1988]
– Straight Down the Line [1989]
– Fourplay [1990]
– V [1992]
– Return [2005]

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