Ola Salo

Glam rock, Musical Artist

1977 –

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Who is Ola Salo?

Ola Salo, born Rolf Ola Anders Svensson on 19 February 1977 in Avesta, Sweden, is the Swedish rock vocalist of the Swedish glam rock band The Ark. Salo lived in Rottne, Växjö Municipality, in Sweden when he was a child. It was while living in Rottne, in 1991, that he and his friends Jepson and Leari officially started the band The Ark. Salo is openly bisexual.

Salo and the other members of the band had an international breakthrough in 2000 with the album We Are The Ark, containing the signature song "It Takes a Fool to Remain Sane", a song Salo wrote after watching the Danish film Idioterne.

In October 2006 during a party celebrating the new Swedish embassy in Washington, The Ark was performing on stage. As a plane was flying very low overhead Salo said "In this country, you don't know where those planes are headed. Well, this one seems to be heading in the right direction anyway..." meaning the airport, but then suddenly adding "...to the White House" which happened to be in the same direction. This caused controversy because many newspapers colored his words telling that Salo had "wished an airplane to crash into the White House". Salo later said that it was a bad joke, "totally unserious way of being cheeky toward the White House" and not a political statement. The band ended up cancelling almost all of its US tour.

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Feb 19, 1977
Also known as
  • Salo, Ola
  • Sweden
Lived in
  • Växjö
  • Malmö
  • Rottne

on July 23, 2013


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