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Former members of ABBAAgnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad got together secretly at Ealing Studios in London to work on the tour that they will give in 2022 to celebrate 50 years of the emblematic quartet.
There is a curious peculiarity about this meeting. The Swedish quartet scrapped a $ 1 billion offer to meet up and tour in person. Instead, they will send an interactive show with holograms, which will report to each of them nothing more and nothing less than 3.8 million dollars.
A source close to the group revealed to the English newspaper The Sun: ABBA kept everything concerning their meeting a mystery, but this has been a long time in the making. They announced their tour in 2016 and although it was hard to get to this point, now it is going full steam and the show is taking shape. ”
And he gave some details: “Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Frida recorded fragments and parts of songs, and they enjoyed this journey through memory. Everyone will get a nice check, so it will be worth it. But they already have more than enough money for their music, so it’s not about that. ”
According to this anonymous informant, the true motivation of the two ex-couples to return to the ring is to give a gift to the lovers of their songs. “The four of them wanted to love the fans back, so they did everything they could to fly to London for filming, despite travel restrictions.”
In the show there will be five new songs of pop legends, expected to be released next year. Its last premiere dates back 38 years: it was Under Attack. It appeared in 1982, shortly before the group’s split.
Since then, his music continued to sound. ABBA Gold, their greatest hits album, has been in the UK’s best-selling rankings for 959 weeks, and at this very moment it is still ranked 22nd.
In an interview with journalist Geoff Lloyd on his podcast Reasons to be cheerful, Bjorn Ulvaeus revealed that they had originally planned to release the five new songs late last year. He even revealed the title of two of them: Still Have Faith In You and Don’t Shut Me Down.
It was also known that the hologram show, emulating those already made with Elvis Presley and Maria Callas, would be called ABBAtar. But the social isolation due to coronavirus and the impossibility of doing mass shows did not help the return of the emblematic quartet, even in a virtual way.
“Due to technical difficulties and the pandemic, things were delayed. But he (for Ulvaeus) promised me that the new ABBA music will come out in 2021,” Lloyd said. Two years ago, Ulvaeus had already spoken about the two previously mentioned unreleased songs of the group: “One of them is a pop melody, very danceable. The other is more timeless, more reflective, that is all I will say. It is sad Nordic, but happy at the same time. ”
Ulvaeus also reflected on the reaction fans had upon learning ABBA would be back: “It was a global reaction that was fantastic! We never expected it, but we just published it because we thought the news would come out and there would be rumors about a reunion and such. stuff”.
ABBA, made up of Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, was formed in 1972 and disbanded ten years later. The group name is an acronym formed by the first letters of each member’s name. The quartet was formed in Stockholm, Sweden, and achieved international fame by triumphing at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest.
Björn and Agnetha were married months before the formation of the quartet, while Benny and Frida did so in 1978. All four dealt with their artistic obligations while caring for their new families. Their recordings had a commercial impact that led them to become the best-selling band of the 1970s.
In 1982, when they were still at the peak of their popularity, the marriages separated and this was reflected in their music, with deeper lyrics and a different musical style. ABBA experienced a business decline and ultimately decided to separate. In December 1982, Agnetha, Anni-Frid, Björn and Benny made their last appearance as ABBA.