The end of the line for a-ha and a fresh start for The Cranberries are in the mix for the daily tour recap on...

The end of the line for a-ha and a fresh start for The Cranberries are in the mix for the daily tour recap on October 16, as compiled by TicketNews.

Checking back on a story picked up yesterday by TicketNews, country singer Garth Brooks held a press conference yesterday (October 15, 5 p.m. EST) to announce a five-year residency at Encore Theatre at the Wynn Las Vegas resort. The performer will take the stage for select weekends only, spending his off-time in Tulsa, OK, with his daughters and wife, Trisha Yearwood. Ticket sales for the first five weekends begin October 24.

That’s the day’s biggest concert report. Among acts on the road, there are a bevy of additional updates for this Friday. Check out highlights of the best outlined in brief below:

a-ha, the New Wave trio best known in the U.S. for its hit “Take On Me,” has announced its decision to split next year. The band will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its debut album next year and perform a final concert. The absolute last show for a-ha comes on December 4 at Oslo Spektrum Arena in the group’s native Oslo, NOR. No additional concerts are booked for 2010 at this time, but 18 European gigs are lined up through the end of this year. The tour kicks off October 27 at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, GER, and concludes November 25 at JCB Hall in Tokyo, JAP. While a-ha is considered somewhat of a one-hit wonder in the U.S., the band has enjoyed lasting success elsewhere in the world. The rockers released their ninth and final studio album, “Foot of the Mountain,” in June.

The Cranberries have reformed and will kick off their latest tour in North America with 19 concerts from November through December. From there, the Irish rock troupe will take their 2009-2010 reunion tour to Europe. A month of March concerts has been added to next year’s calendar, beginning with a March 2 set at Palladium in Cologne, GER, and ending March 27 at Columbiahalle in Berlin, GER. Of the eight dates announced so far, concerts are also inked for March 12 at Palacio Vistalegre in Madrid, SPA; March 16 at Mediolanum Forum in Assago, ITA; and March 25 at Forest National in Brussels, BEL, among other dates.

Moby is also following a North American outing with a tour of Europe, but he’s not waiting until 2010 to do it. After wrapping his route for this side of the Atlantic on October 28 at Mercury Lounge in New York, NY, the electronica/rock artist will head to the Old World for at least eight November shows. The overseas sessions begin November 4 at Les Docks in Lausanne, SWI, and conclude November 15 at Palace Theatre in London, ENG. Some of Moby’s other additions include a November 5 performance at Volkshaus in Zurich, SWI; a November 8 gig at Grosse Freiheit 36 in Hamburg, GER; and a November 13 concert at Zenith in Paris, FRA.

Arctic Monkeys will hit North American shores in the final month of 2009 for a brief tour of the U.S. and Canada. Six concerts are currently scheduled for the run, which will stick pretty close to the East Coast for its entirety. Dates are December 6 at Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL; December 7 at Mr. Small’s Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA; December 8 at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC; December 11 at Terminal 5 in New York, NY; December 13 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA; and December 14 at Metropolis in Montreal, QC.

Mika is currently taking his infectious, high-engery brand of pop on a tour across North America. Early next year, it will be his native UK’s turn as he launches a 10-date tour of the British Isles. The jaunt launches February 12 at Belfast Waterfront in Belfast, NIR, and concludes March 4 at Colston Hall in Bristol, ENG. Some of the pop star’s other planned stops include February 15 at Olympia Theatre in Dublin, IRE; February 22 at the O2 Academy in Glasgow, SCO; and February 28 at HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London, ENG. From there, Mika heads to mainland Europe for a spring outing that will take him through early May.

Spoon will hit the trail in December for its latest U.S. tour, according to industry source Pollstar. The indie band is bound for at least five markets across the nation, beginning with a December 3 session at The Midland in Kansas City, MO, and concluding with a New Year’s Eve event at Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. The only in-between dates are currently lined up for December 4 at Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA; December 11 at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR; and December 12 at RIMAC Arena in La Jolla, CA. Spoon frontman Britt Daniel will make a solo appearance at the end of this month on October 29 at Mississippi Studios in Portland, OR.