Just when you think it will never happen again, and you’re at the cusp of abandoning all hope, the legendary four-letter foursome ABBA releases the joyful news, they’re going to make new music. Agnetha (68), Björn (73), Benny (71) and Anni-Frid (72) had revealed earlier that they would hit the stage again, after a break of 36 years. As holograms! Mamma mia indeed!
In 1974 ABBA had won the Eurovision Song Contest with their dreamy disco hit Waterloo. From then on the hit train had gained momentum and the band scored one success after the other. They became Scandinavia’s most popular pop group ever, with sing-along classics like SOS, Dancing Queen and Fernando. All the biggest hits (and all the chords) can be found in the ABBA-channel.
The glamorous fairy tail came to an end when the wedding bells stopped ringing for Agatha and Björn. Then, not much later, Benny and Anni-Frid also separated in 1982 which made the group decide it was time for a break. That break is finally over and they will release two new songs at the end of the year, which will also kick off their hologram world tour.
For the fans who can’t wait there is an ABBA Museum “Walk in, Dance out”, which opened in Stockholm in 2013. In the museum fans can submerge themselves in the ABBA universe, full of low-cut stretch shirts, hair spray fumes, glitter pants and of course, disco tunes. The artificial intelligence version of ABBA is being created to breathe new life into this universe.
About the technological possibilities of virtual reality and artificial intelligence Benny Anderson says: “We’re inspired by the limitless possibilities of what the future holds and are loving being a part of creating something new and dramatic here.”
While the members of ABBA have reached retirement age, their music stays timeless and will undoubtedly ignite the disco fever in a new generation of Fernandos and dancing queens.