ABBA is reactivating 39 years after the suspension of operations. “Voyage” is the title of the newest album and concert to be held in London. The band’s concert, however, will be significantly different from those we are used to. It will feature artists’ holograms.
On Thursday afternoon, the most famous Swedish band presented their new material – for the first time in nearly 40 years. The event was broadcast from Stockholm, and fans of the group gathered in front of the stage. Occasional events were organized in many cities around the world: Reykjavik, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, Vienna, New York, London, Sydney and Los Angeles.
The presentation began with the latest song “I Still Have Faith In You”, which was accompanied by a compilation of photos and videos from different moments in the history of the band. After that, two members of the band – Bjoern Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson – announced that a new album of the band would be released. The release date is scheduled for November 5.
The artists also confirmed that they are working on concerts in which holograms will appear. Computer mapping of the appearance of the group from 1979.
ABBA – sliding return date with new music
ABBA, or an acronym consisting of the initials of four musicians (Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Anderson, Bjoern Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faeltskog), announced her return to the studio many times. Nearly four years ago, there was information that although they do not intend to reactivate the band’s activities, in 2019 they will be able to be seen and heard thanks to modern technology. Instead of the musicians, their holograms would appear on the stage.
As reported by the group’s representatives, the stage would feature images of the band’s members from the 1970s, displayed against the background of a larger musical line-up. It was also planned to use vocals from the Australian tour in 1977. All this to best reflect the atmosphere of the times when they were most successful.
In 2018, ABBA members released a joint statement: “After 35 years, we decided it would be nice to meet again and come back to the studio. And we did! We felt as if time had stopped, as if we were only on a short vacation” – they wrote then.
Later that year, one of the band’s founders, Benny Anderson, revealed that two new songs would be recorded. However, when the release date was postponed and plans were thwarted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the band announced that at least five new songs would be released.
ABBA – 10 years of fame
ABBA was officially founded in 1972, although the band members knew and worked together before. Benny and Bjoern met in June 1966. Bjoern was then a member of the Hootenanny Singers, a popular folk group, and Benny played the keyboard with Sweden’s largest pop group of the 1960s The Hep Stars.
In 1974, they won the 19th Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, UK. They played one of their greatest hits – “Waterloo”. They quickly conquered Europe, then other corners of the world.
They have released eight studio albums and sold a total of nearly 400 million copies, placing them among the top-selling artists of all time.
In 1982, they suddenly announced the end of their cooperation. The group’s last public appearance was in 1986.
They did not show up together in public until 2005, when the Swedish premiere of the musical “Mamma Mia!”, Based on the band’s songs, took place. In 2008, they took part in the premiere of the film of the same name. In 2016 for the first time since their breakup, they sang together – it happened during a closed event in Stockholm.
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