Stage Dolls

Stage Dolls is a Norwegian hard rock band based in Trondheim, Norway.

The history of the band

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Torstein Flakne and Terje Storli met for the first time in 1976 as competitors in a small talent competition in Trondheim. They were playing in different bands at the time, Terje played in «Fiction» and Torstein played in «Crash and Fire». They would know little by then that they would later start one of the most popular rock bands in Norwegian history, touring the globe and keep thousands of concerts.

At the time, there was many hopeful new bands aiming for the stars in and around Trondheim. It was quite possible to afford to be living by playing as the entire Trøndelag region needed live music every weekend. Band buses qued out of Trondheim every Friday afternoon and the reach for the status and fame was lit in many young eyes.

big hits and great success

Torstein gradually started a band named «The Kids» with his childhood buddies and got a national rocket boost career by the Norwegian summer-of-1980-hit «Hun er Forelska i lærer’n». The environment in Trondheim was really close and musicians shifted bands as often «as they shifted ladies...» Terje went to «Hot Lips» together with Erlend Antonsen, drummer of «Subway Suck» who won Trøndersk Championship of Rock in 1979.

When «Hot Lips» needed a rental guitarist summer 1983, Torstein was contacted, and he needed some "quick cash" and a few exercises later when Torstein, Terje and Erlend together jammed old ‘Stones songs at rehearsals in Ilsvikøra in Trondheim, Stage Dolls were born.

Their musikal career sky rocketed when Stage Dolls toured Trøndelag and eventually throughout Norway with great success. In 1985 they released their first album, «Soldier's gun», for many that year's Norwegian rock album #1 and Stage Dolls played many concerts for a growing fan base. The album was nominated for musical awards that year. In spring 1986 they released «Commandos» and now they also caught international attention. «Commandos» was released in the United States, and it was clear that Stage Dolls had overseas opportunities.

US release and european tour

This struck when Chrysalis Records' signed the band to their label in 1988 and released their third album «Stage Dolls» in USA. The song «Love Cries» peked at 44 on Billboard's list summer 1989. In Norway, the album sales reached gold and Stage Dolls topped several radio lists besides touring in the US, Europe and Norway.

The success continued in 1990, a European tour throughout the summer and release of the album 'Stripped' came to include perhaps their biggest hit «Love don’t bother me». The video was recorded in the Mojave Desert, California with eg. Kate Moss in one of the roles and the song was also included in the most popular film in Norway that year «Frida – med hjertet i hånden».

10 year anniversary

Stage Dolls celebrated 10 year anniversary in 1993 with the compilation album «Stories we could tell». From this came the mega-hit «Hard to say goodbye», it would never end and Stage Dolls toured vigorously throughout 1993 - 1994. The boys needed a break and Stage Dolls waited 3 long years before they entered the studio next time. «Dig» was released in 1997, perhaps their most rocking album to date.

In the late 90s came the «Unplugged» wave and Stage Dolls did a number of unplugged gigs around Norway, many old time fans showed up, enjoyed the shows and had a great time.

«Good times»

It provided the basis for a new compilation album in 2003. «Good times» became a mega-success and sold to double-gold. Many new fans opened their ears to this amazing band and the following tour played to full houses. It peaked with an incredible anniversary concert in Trondheim in front of 4,000 fans at the fall of 2003.

Stage Dolls went back to the studio again and released «Get a life» in 2004, the guys were back with a bundle of melodic rock songs in unmistakable Stage Dolls style. Several years followed with many concerts and great success.

«Always»

In 2010 came their last complete album so far, «Always» received critical acclaim and went to #1 on the charts. Besides of touring Norway every summer, Stage Dolls have released several singles in recent years,  last song «One of These Days» was released in spring 2015.

2016 will be an eventful year for Stage Dolls.

The year began with the band launched as one of the participants in Eurovision 2016 with the song «Into the fire», this competition takes place on national broadcaster  NRK on the 27. February with a big show in Oslo Spektrum. In addition, Stage Dolls started rehearsing for a summer tour in Norway.

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