The national final season will soon end. Norway will air it’s Melodi Grand Prix on 11th March. 10 acts will compete against each other and the winner will represent Norway in Kyiv this May. This year, international juries will be reintroduced into the Melodi Grand Prix format; international juries were previously used to select Norway’s entries in 1985 and 1995, which resulted in the selection of songs that went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Today the Rune Rudberg Band has spoken to us about their entry “Run Run Away”
Hello Rune Rudberg Band
First of all thank you for your time talking to us. How are you ? Can you introduce yourselves ? What can you tell us about yourself?
Hi! We are Rune Rudberg Band, and we are feeling good.
This band has been together since 2013, but Rune rudberg has been a very popular solo artist in Norway,Sweden and Denmark since 1988 .
Rune: My first hit ” Ut mot havet” was released in the summer of 1988 – and has became one of the biggest hits of the 80s in Norway.
And here is the rest of the band:
Egil Brataas – guitar
Tor Brasetvik – bass
Bjørn Teig – keyboards/banjo
Ketil Fog – drums
Tore Blestrud – steelguitar
And we all sing.
Your song that you will be presenting for the Noregian Melody Grand Prix is “Run Run away”. What can you tell us about the song?
The song was sent to us by the swedish songwriters. Rune has rewritten some of the lyrics after it was ready for the Norwegian Grand Prix. It is a catchy country pop/rock tune – and very easy to learn.
What was the inspiration for the song, and did you write it specifically for the Norwegian Melody Grand Prix and Eurovision?
This question is for the songwriters – but we in the band liked it a lot from the first time we heard it.
What is your impression of the Eurovision Song Contest in general? Do you watch it every year? What is your favourite entry?
In Scandinavia the Eurovision song contest used to be the only way to get some kind of international success. These days it is a good way to promote a new single. And that’s really what we do. This is top entertainment. We are not able to see the show each year, because we’re playing shows almost every friday and saturday.
Rune: My favourite entry is: Waterloo!
Apart from the Eurovision Song Contest , where would you dream to do a performance?
We would love to play the grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Do you think performing at the Eurovision Song Contest will have a positive impact on your career?
It is a good way to release a new single , isn’t it?
Whats the one thing that might surprise people about you?
Hmmmm- that we don’t have alcohol in our rider!
Where do we find you on a Sunday Afternoon?
Hopefully back at home
What is the best bit of advice you have ever been given?
Be yourself and never give up no matter what happens.
If your life was a song title, what would it be?
Rune: One track on my newest solo-album Kindly Keep It Country is called If I could live my life all over again. And maybe that song is about my life?
What is a typical day like for you?
We have just bought a new big tourbus. A typical day is getting into the bus after breakfast and spend some hours on the road before arriving in the venue where this nights gig is taking place. Then putting up the gir, doing the soundcheck –have a meal – and playing the gig. Then bring the gir down and back in the tourbus . We have beds and kitchen and sofa and tv and everything we need in that bus.
You can listen to Rune Rudberg Band’s song Run Run away on this link below: