ACHE Danish Rock Band Historical Picture Gallery 1975 to 2014



ACHE from 1975 through 2014, backwards in time.

This webpage focuses on the various "periods" and shared music projects of the active ACHE musicians
between 1975 and 2014.

Picture Galleries 1964-1976 and 2019-2022 are also available - see links at page bottom.

Webpage launched in Summer, 2022. Narratives, scannings, photo editing & HTML coding by Torsten Olafsson, Spring-Summer, 2022.

LINKS: ACHE's Official Website - ACHE Danish Rock Band at FaceBook - ACHE at Olafssongs Music Publishers


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ACHE Rock Band "Pictures from Cyclus 7" LP logo, 1976, designed by Peder Bundgaard



ACHE HISTORY 2014: A QUITE SECRET ACHE REUNION in COPENHAGEN


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ACHE history: Glenn Fischer, Peter Mellin, Torsten Olafsson & Peter Mellin
when they joined forces to play a little music together again in private, during the course of 2014




ACHE HISTORY 2006: WUTHERING HEIGHTS' COVER VERSION of "SHADOW of a GIPSY"


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ACHE history: When, in 2006, Danish heavy metal band Wutherings Heights released their album "The Shadow Cabinet" in Japan,
a formidable cover version of ACHE's "Shadow of a Gipsy" from 1970 was included as a bonus track, #12, on the CD.




ACHE HISTORY 2005: Steen Toft Andersen's 2nd Solo Album "TRAVELLERS' TALES"


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ACHE history: Bassist & Globetrotter Steen Toft Andersen, composer of the solo album
"Travellers' Tales - Featuring the Ukulele", recorded by ACHE musicians and others in 2004-2005


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ACHE history: "Travellers' Tales - Featuring the Ukulele", 2005

The ACHE musicians featured on this remarkable solo album by Steen Toft Andersen are:
Finn Olafsson on guitars, Gert Smedegaard on drums, Torsten Olafsson in bass, and Steen Toft Andersen, himself, on the ukulele.

In early 1979, Steen Toft Andersen made up his mind to soon leaving Denmark for adventures all over the globe.
On his numerous travels to far away worlds, Steen brought with him his ukulele to play and compose tunes,
and the many sentiments and ideas were eventually collected, arranged and recorded
on the instrumental music album of his titled "Travellers' Tales - Featuring the Ukulele".




ACHE HISTORY: CHRISTIANIA, "THE SKEWED DREAMS" 2003-2004


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ACHE history: Re-united ACHE musicians during the recording of their Christiania tribute song
"De skæve drømme", "The Skewed Dreams", in Summer, 2003 - from the left:

Per Wium, Gert Smedegaard, Peter Mellin, Finn Olafsson,
Johnnie Gellett, Torsten Olafsson, and to the right: Steen Toft Andersen


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ACHE history: "De skæve drømme", tribute single CD to Christiania, 2004

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ACHE history: ACHE recording "De skæve drømme" in July, 2003, in Olafssongs Studios

Left: Johnnie Gellett, Maria Olafsson, and Anne-Line Edelgaard Gantzler
Right: producer and studio engineer Finn Olafsson




ACHE HISTORY 1984-1989: FINN OLAFSSON - GUITAR MUSIC COMPOSER, PRODUCER & SIDEMAN


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ACHE history: Left, Anders Roland &: Finn Olafsson. Photo: Nina Lemvigh-Müller, 1986.
Center: ACHE's Gert Smedegaard during the Finn Olafsson solo album "Elements" recordings in 1981, also studio drummer on "Himlen over dig". Photo: Jan Persson.
Right: The cover of the single "Himlen over dig", "The Sky above You", sung by the late Jytte Pilloni,
a fantastic Danish singer, songwriter and actress who left us all too early, in 1997. Cover photo

The song "Himlen over dig", was composed by Finn Olafsson & Anders Roland for a short TV series
produced by the National Danish Broadcasting Co., titled "Johansens Sidste Ugudelige Dage",
"Johansen's Last Wicked Days". Lyrics written by Sten Kålø.
For the recording, producer Finn Olafsson again - like before and after - chose ACHE drummer Gert Smedegaard for the backing drum work.


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ACHE history: From 1986 through 1988, Finn Olafsson sided, recorded and performed with famous Danish singer-songwriter Anne Linnet.
In Mid-Summer, 1988, the ANNE LINNET BAND appeared in concert live on the annual Elsinore Kronborg Castle "Shakespeare Hamlet" performance stage.
Left: Finn Olafsson - center: Sanne Salomonsen, Anne Linnet, Finn Olafsson - right: Finn Olafsson. Photos by Torsten Olafsson.


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ACHE history: Already since the late 1970s, Finn Olafsson often engaged debuting heavy metal band METALLICA's producer Flemming Rasmussen
to co-engineer, produce and record a wide range of new Danish music projects in the renowned Sweet Silence Studios on the island Amager in S. Copenhagen.


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ACHE history: 3 amazing acoustic steel-string guitar albums by ANDERS ROLAND & FINN OLAFSSON:
"Sight-seeing", 1984, "Feriedage" (Holidays"), 1986, and "Globetrotter", 1988, all produced by Finn Olafsson, together with studio engoneer Flemming Rasmussen.

Btw., Do not be mistaken: Both Anders and Finn came with powerful inspirations and talents from both classical music,
folk rock (HVALSØSPILLEMÆNDENE) and symphonic prog (ACHE).

Among the musicians on the two last albums, you also find Torsten Olafsson, this time contributing on the Japanese bamboo flute 'shakuhachi'.



ACHE HISTORY 1987: Per Wium's 1st Solo Album "IND I DET BLÅ"


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ACHE history: Per Wium's solo album "Ind i det blå", "Into the Blue", 1987

On this album, ACHE keyboard player and composer Per Wium was - among others -
backed by three fellow ACHE musician colleagues, namely Finn Olafsson, guitars,
Gert Smedegaard, drums, and Stig Kreutzfeldt, vocals.




ACHE HISTORY: A SHORT REVIVAL TOUR 1985


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ACHE history: 1985 - Left, from top left and down: Finn Olafsson, Alex Savage, Klaus Thrane, Per Wium, Torsten Olafsson - Right: Finn Olafsson



ACHE HISTORY 1983: The "VÆLG SELV", "YOU CHOOSE", YOUTH MUSICAL
RECORDED by FINN OLAFSSON, ACHE MUSICIANS and OTHERS


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ACHE history: Again, like in 1977-1978, creative, songwriting Ballerup school dentist Bjarne Nørtov, in 1983,
had come up with a collection of songs meant to inspire school children not/I> to take up smoking tobacco.

Finn Olafsson took charge of the production, the recording of the music, and he engaged these ACHE musicians to assist himself, the guitarist, in the studio:
Gert Smedegaard, Torsten Olafsson, Johnnie Gellett, Per Wium and Peter Mellin. Additional credited musicians were:
Singers Mona Larsen, Tina Schäfer, Steffen Brandt & Thorstein Thomsen, percussionist Flemming Rasmussen, and Jens Haack Olsen on sax and lyricon.




ACHE HISTORY 1983: TORSTEN OLAFSSON's SOLO SHAKUHACHI ALBUM
"STANDING WAVES - ZEN SHAKUHACHI MEDITATIONS"


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ACHE history: In Spring, 1983, Torsten Olafsson recorded the album "Standing Waves - Zen Shakuhachi Meditations"
with six selected solo shakuhachi pieces from the Kyōto Myōan Temple ascetic solo shakuhachi Taizan-ha repertory that Torsten had studied
and "internalized" when he studied with that non-dualistic shakuhachi tradition's 'Suizen' teacher Ozawa Seizan in Kyōto, Japan, in 1977-78.

Left: Photo from Daisen-in in Kyōto by Torsten Olafsson. Center: Photo by Mikkel Scharff, 1983. Right: CD art work by TAO Design.

Then, in 2001, Torsten partnered with the Danish record label Fønix Musik to make the album available on CD, this time also with a 16 pages booklet.
The six tracks were digitally remastered for the CD by Bent Hulsrøj who was also the studio technician when ACHE recorded in Metronome Studio A in 1969 and 1970.

Over the years, eventually, LPs, MCs and CDs reached total sales of at least 5.000 copies.



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ACHE history: Torsten recorded the album with a shakuhachi flute made by his teacher Ozawa Seizan
and given to him as a present in late Spring, 1978, shortly before he returned to Denmark (left).

"Standing Waves" was recorded in Spring, 1983, in the famous recording studio Sweet Silence Studios on the island Amager in S. Copenhagen.
The album was produced there by Torsten's brother Finn and engineered by Flemming Rasmussen
who enjoys worldwide recognition for his producing/recording the two Metallica albums "Ride the "Lightning", 1984,
and "Master of Puppets", 1986, in the original Sweet Silence Studios on Amager.

Photo of Finn and Flemming (right) was taken many years later, on March 29, 2017, in Flemmings "Sweet Silence North" studio in Elsinore, by Flemming Hjøllund.

The "Standing Waves" album was the very first phonogram to be released by the new Olafssongs label, in Spring 1983: Olafssongs OLP 001/OMC 001.




ACHE HISTORY 1981: Steen Toft Andersen's 1st Solo Album "BAG MURENE"


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ACHE history: Bassist and composer Steen Toft Andersen's 1st solo album "Bag murene - Hos de dybt åndsvage",
"Behind the Walls - With the deeply mentally retarded", about Steen's mid-1970s through early 1980 deeply moving experiences in his role
as a caretaker for the institutionalized most seriously mentally retarded human existences
at Ebberødgård Center in mid-North Sealand, which was later renamed "Svaneparken".

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ACHE history: Drawing by Steen Toft Andersen in the printed music book of his, titled "Bag Murene", 1981.

On the "Bag murene" album, Steen was backed by these good ACHE musician friends of his:
Gert Smedegaard on drums, Per Wium on keyboards, Finn Olafsson on guitars, and Johnnie Gellett, vocals.

By the way, among ACHE members, these four of them are sharing significantly mind-blowing and life-changing
work experiences from public institutions for the care of the mentally retarded in Denmark:
Gert Smedegaard, Johnnie Gellett, Steen Toft Andersen - and Torsten Olafsson, too.




ACHE HISTORY 1981: FINN OLAFSSON's 3rd SOLO ALBUM "ELEMENTS"


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ACHE history: Finn Olafsson in the Copenhagen studio Easy Sound, Copenhagen, recording his 3rd solo album "Elements", Spring 1981.
Left: Sound engineer Dave Rideau with Finn Olafsson at the mixing console. Photos by Jan Persson.


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ACHE history: Finn Olafsson on the front of the CD "Elements" & Torsten Olafsson

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ACHE history: Per Wium, Gert Smedegaard & Steen Toft Andersen

Photos by Jan Persson


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ACHE history: In Finn Olafsson's 2nd printed solo guitar music book, titled "Sologuitar", 1981, now with tablature,
these three acoustic guitar pieces on "Elements" were included: "The Waddling Duckling", "The Rag", and "Tracery".
Two additional pieces, namely "Savannah" and "The Inclination", were included from the "Savannah" album of 1976.
The photo shows Finn Olafsson with his two lovable New Foundland canines, Gina to the right, and her son Bumle, left. Photos by Torsten Olafsson.




ACHE HISTORY 1980: FINN OLAFSSON's 2nd Solo Album "ACOUSTIC GUITAR"


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ACHE history: In 1980, all the while he was touring with both ACHE and the singer-songwriter Pia Raug,
Finn Olafsson was invited by Metronome Records to record his first solo steel-string guitar record, titled "Acoustic Guitar".

Recorded with Finn's first C.F. Martin D-45 guitar, "Acoustic Guitar" has become a classic and was followed by two more "Acoustic Guitar" solo steel-string albums many years later.
Portrait photos by Jan Persson.


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ACHE history: On "Acoustic Guitar", Finn was accompanied by brother Torsten on his tabla drums.
Drawings by Marianne Olafsson


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ACHE history: The "Acoustic Guitar" printed music book was published in 1980 and was the first
of almost a hundred printed music books and sheets published by Finn Olafsson's new music publishing co. during the 1980s.

After a 10-year break during the 1990s, Olafssongs' music book publishing was resumed beginning early in the 2000s.
1980 cover photo by Jan Persson. Music engraving by Jørgen Nielsen. Editing and 5-staff draft manuscripts by Finn Olafsson & Torsten Olafsson.



ACHE HISTORY LATE 1970s: 1980 and The LAST 1970s ACHE CONCERT


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ACHE history: ACHE on March 22, 1980 - from the left: Per Wium, Johnnie Gellett, Finn Olafsson, Torsten Olafsson, Gert Smedegaard.
Right: ACHE road manager Bjarne "Eskild" Eskildsen, then active 1978-1980, later again from 2019 and onwards.



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ACHE history: Left, Finn Olafsson & Johnnie Gellett - center, Gert Smedegaard - right, Per Wium
ACHE live on stage at the C. Copenhagen venue Saltlageret - "The Salt Warehouse" -
on September 27, 1980 - ACHE's last concert for a number of years to come




ACHE HISTORY 1979: The PIA RAUG ALBUM "SAGA", FINN OLAFSSON and The ACHE MUSICIANS


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ACHE history: In 1978, singer Pia Raug enjoyed nationwide succes with her debut album "Hej, lille drøm", "Hello, Little Dream".
An essential contribution to that succes was Finn Olafsson's Martin D-45 fingerpicked acoustic guitar accompaniment on all the album tracks.

Then, in 1979, came the opportunity to create a follow-up, this time with songs all written by Pia Raug, herself, and produced by Finn Olafsson.
The musicians chosen to perform the backing were ACHE musicians, like Finn, namely Gert Smedegaard, Per Wium and Torsten Olafson.
Recorded in Sweet Silence Studios, the recordings were engineered by Flemming Rasmussen.




ACHE HISTORY LATE 1970s: Late 1978 through EARLY 1979


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ACHE history: Steen Toft Andersen, Gert Smedegaard, Finn Olafsson, Per Wium, Torsten Olafsson - Press photo


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ACHE history: Torsten Olafsson and Steen Toft Andersen on stage at the venue "Den Grå Hal",
"The Gray Hall", Christiania, Copenhagen, in early 1978. Photos by Mikkel Scharff.




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ACHE history: ACHE resting in their band bus named "Mrs. Larsen".
From the left: Torsten, Finn, Lars, Steen, Eskild, Per, NN? - Winter, very early 1979




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ACHE history: Steen Toft Andersen, Lars Mellin, Torsten Olafsson
live on stage at the venue Musikcaféen in Copenhagen, Winter, 1978-79


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ACHE history: Finn Olafsson, Gert Smedegaard, Per Wium
Come Summer, 1978, Torsten Olafsson had re-patriated after 18 months of inspiring music and language studies in Kyōto, Japan.

Not long afterwards, he was invited to play the bass with ACHE, one more time ...
Photos from Musikcafeen by Bjarne "Eskild" Eskildsen.




ACHE HISTORY: LATE 1970s - Early to mid-1978


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ACHE history: ACHE and their beloved band bus Fru Larsen, "Mrs. Larsen", in 1978 - from the left:
Johnnie Gellett, Gert Smedegaard, Finn Olafsson, Steen Toft Andersen, Per Wium



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ACHE history: ACHE in their newly acquired "Mrs. Larsen" band bus:
Finn, Gert, Steen, Johnnie, Per, early 1978.



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ACHE history: Steen Toft Andersen, Finn Olafsson & Johnnie Gellett live on stage with ACHE in mid-1978.



ACHE HISTORY 1977-1978: The "TANDROCK" YOUTH ROCK MUSICAL PROJECT


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ACHE history: In 1977, four ACHE musicians joined innovative school dentist and songwriter Bjarne Nørtov to realize a unique musical for school children
in Ballerup Municipality West of Copenhagen: The 'rock opera' "Tandrock", or "Tooth Rock", that communicated the importance of careful dental hygiene to youngsters.

The numerous actors and singers were all pupils at the Ellegård School in Ballerup where ACHE keyboardist Peter Mellin worked as a very popular and inspiring music teacher.

ACHE's Finn Olafsson, Peter Mellin, Gert Smedegaard and Steen Toft Andersen formed the core backing group. The album was recorded
at the newly established ROC Studios on Amager with Finn Olafsson producing and Mike F. Andreasen as the studio technician.




ACHE HISTORY 1976-1977: The "BLÅ SOM ALTID" ALBUM PERIOD


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ACHE history: ACHE in 1977 - from top left: Finn Olafsson, Gert Smedegaard, Per Wium, Steen Toft Andersen, Johnnie Gellett



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ACHE history: Finn Olafsson live on stage with ACHE. Photo by Bjarne "Eskild" Eskildsen


The ACHE album Blaa som altid, 1977

When, in 1977, the album "Blå som altid", "Blue as Always", was recorded, the musician line-up was as follows:

Finn Olafsson - the only original ACHE band member left - on guitars/vocals
Gert Smedegaard on drums
Per Wium on keyboards, vocals
Steen Toft Andersen on bass, vocals
Johnnie Gellett on lead vocal, backing guitar & percussion

Contrasting with previous ACHE and ACHE-related albums, song lyrics were now written in the band's native, Danish language.

The "Blå som altid" album has not yet been digitally re-released because of master rights restrictions.



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Left: Sound engineer Lars Mellin & stage lights designer Gunnar Hovgaard, 1977.
Right: Drummer Gert Smedegaard & road manager/percussion player Palle Steen Nygaard, 1977.
Right photo by Bjarne "Eskild" Eskildsen.



ACHE HISTORY 1976: FINN OLAFSSON's 1st Solo Album "SAVANNAH"


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ACHE history: Finn Olafsson's 1st electric/acoustic guitar solo album titled "Savannah", 1976

When, in the Summer of 1976, Finn Olafsson succeded in realizing his desire to create
a music album "entirely of his own", the stage was set in the brand new ROC Studios
on the South Copenhagen island of Amager where Finn grew up since his birth in 1953.

Finn engaged a handful of his good ACHE musician friends who had previously that year recorded the album "Pictures from Cyclus 7"
with music composed by Peter Mellin and lyrics by Bo Lillesøe:

Johnnie Gellett, vocals, Gert Smedegaard, drums, and Steen Toft Andersen, bass.

Besides, Finn was also joined by Nis P. Jørgensen on various flutes, as well as his older brother,
Torsten Olafsson - ACHE's original bass player - on the vibraphone, tabla, percussion and backing vocals.

Torsten was otherwise well on his way to soon moving to Kyōto in Japan
to study Japanese culture, language, philosophy and shakuhachi flute music there.




ACHE HISTORY 1976: "MAJESTÆTENS MARIONETTER" - "The Majesty's Puppets"
- ACHE's 1st TRIBUTE to the "Free City" CHRISTIANIA in COPENHAGEN


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ACHE history: In mid-1976, ACHE was commissioned to contribute with a song to an LP album, titled "Christiania",
that was produced in support of the alternative, "free" city of that same name.

"Majestætens Marionetter", "The Majesty's Puppets", represents the very first published ACHE recording
with lyrics written in the Danish language, words composed by then ACHE bass player Steen Toft Andersen.




ACHE HISTORY 1975-1976: The "PICTURES FROM CYCLUS 7" ALBUM PERIOD


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ACHE history: ACHE 1976 from the left: Gert Smedegaard, Finn Olafsson, Steen Toft Andersen, Per Wium, Stig Kreutzfeldt, Johnnie Gellett
Photo by Mikkel Scharff


Pictures from Cyclus 7 LP, label CBS

Composer and keyboardist Peter Mellin & lyricist Bo Lillesøe's "Pictures from Cyclus 7" concept LP album,
recorded in early 1976 at the Rosenberg Studios in Copenhagen.
Nils Henriksen acted as the producer in charge, while Finn Olafsson contributed as organizer,
musical co-arranger & executive producer.

Two original ACHE musicians participated in this project, namely: Finn Olafsson & Peter Mellin.

First released in Spring 1976, the album was re-released on CD by Green Tree Records in Germany in 2004.
Again, in 2016, SONY Music Denmark re-released "Pictures from Cyclus 7", digitally remastered, on the internet.



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ACHE history: "Pictures from Cyclus 7" was recorded in the Rosenberg Studio in Copenhagen, early 1976.
Producer: Nils Henriksen. Executive producer & arranger: Finn Olafsson.
From the left: Peter Mellin, Finn Olafsson, Gert Smedegaard.



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ACHE history: ACHE 1976 live on stage in Atlantic Bio, Copenhagen, Spring 1976.
From the left: Finn Olafsson, Johnnie Gellett, Gert Smedegaard, Stig Kreutzfeldt, Steen Toft Andersen, Peter Mellin.



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ACHE history: Re-formed ACHE in Summer and Fall, 1975:
Band from the top, left: Gert Smedegaard, Steen Toft Andersen & Johnnie Gellett, Peter Mellin, Finn Olafsson, "Zeus".
Right: Steen Toft Andersen, Peter Mellin.





ACHE PICTURE GALLERIES 1964 to 2022 - LINKS


ACHE HISTORICAL PICTURE GALLERY 1964 to 1976:

ACHE Rock Band 1970, Copenhagen



ACHE HISTORICAL PICTURE GALLERY 2019 to 2022:

ACHE Rock Band 2022, Amager Bio May 21





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