“The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence. We all felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did. It was like time had stood still and we had only been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!“
So, they won’t be the ones singing or dancing rather their virtual “Abbatars” will represent the four members of the group for their “digital gig”. A world tour is planned for 2019 or 2020 with the band appearing as they were musical at their peak in 1979. Ulvaeus said.
“We thought we looked good that year. You’ll hear the voices of Abba coming out of the mouths of the Abbatars… You won’t be able to see that they’re not human beings. It’ll be spooky, I assure you, but great fun and no one has done it before.“
But they did physically return to the studio and create two new songs, one of which, I Still Have Faith in You, will be featured in a TV special to air in December on both NBC and the BBC.
The group, made up of members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, broke up in 1982.
In 2016 there was a reunion (sort of) in Stockholm for the opening Ulvaeus’s restaurant which was based on the Greek tavern featured in Mamma Mia! the Broadway musical that Ulvaeus and Andersson created based on the bands music. The follow up to first film, Mama Mia, Here We Go Again, starring Meryl Streep and Cher, opens July 20, 2018.
The statement ends saying,
“We may have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good.“
Sort of makes sense, no one wants to see 70-year olds trying to recreate their old music, they want to time-travel back to the 70s and see the young ABBA. Now we can!
Let’s hear a little Dancing’ Queen to celebrate!