London (dpa) – On Thursday evening Abba fans got more than they dared hope: At their “Abba Global Event” the Swedish pop group not only announced details of the long-planned multimedia show date, as they had hoped, but also featured new music.
The two singles “I Still Have Faith in You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down” with Abba’s signature sound were immediately available online. On November 5, the album “Voyage” will follow with eight new tracks. And from May 2022, the stars, who are now all over 70, will send digital images to the stage. The verdict from fans on Twitter: “Abba saved 2021!”
The group had previously announced a “historic livestream” on Twitter, which sparked much speculation. Along with the YouTube broadcast, press conferences were held in Stockholm, Berlin, London, New York, Sydney and Tokyo.
The ‘Abba Voyage’ virtual reality project is set to premiere in London on May 27. The assorted 3,000-seat musical theater is currently still under construction. Virtual images of Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus as well as Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad then sing and dance on stage, accompanied by a group of ten people. In fact, the four members of Abba are now all over 70, but their “Abbatars” were created from their 1979 images. Tickets for the event should be available from next week.
History of the Swedish pop group
After their international breakthrough in 1974, the couples Agnetha and Björn as well as Benny and Anni-Frid tour the world. The women sang while the men were responsible for the lyrics and melodies of Abba’s hits. In Germany, nine of her singles reached the top of the charts – “Waterloo”, “SOS”, “Mamma Mia”, “Fernando”, “Dancing Queen”, “Money, Money, Money”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You “”, “Super Trouper” and “One Of Us”. According to the Abba Museum, the group has sold more than 380 million albums worldwide. But after the separation of the two couples, the musicians announced the end of their collaboration in 1982.
So now the sensation, after almost 40 years – the four were back in the studio. “I can hardly believe the time has finally come to share this with the world,” Agnetha wrote in a message to fans. It looked like them, as photos of spectators at the mega-event overwhelmed with glee showed.