Swedish group ABBA first split in 1982 and recently reunited to release brand new music and announce a tour
ABBA have announced that they are breaking up for good after recently announcing their comeback.
The Dancing Queen singers delighted the world when they announced a sensational comeback with their first new music in 39 years.
The group – comprising Agnetha Fältskog, 71, Björn Ulvaeus, 76, Benny Andersson, 74, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 75 – first split in 1982.
After gripping fans with two amazing singles (I Still Have Faith in You and Don’t Shut Me Down), an upcoming album release, and a tour, it looks like it’s already time to say goodbye.
Singer Benny revealed to The Guardian : “This is it. It’s got to be, you know.”
“I didn’t actually say that ‘this is it’ in 1982. I never said myself that ABBA was never going to happen again. But I can tell you now: this is it.”
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Don’t star mourning their departure yet, as fans can still look forward to their tour in 2022.
A purpose-built arena on London’s Olympic Park will be the venue for a four-year-long residency.
The band will perform as holograms in the most advanced technology ever to be used in the live music sector.
They teamed up with Star Wars George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic, a motion-effects company, to capture their movements and stage presence.
The arena fits 3,000 people and the concerts will include a 10-piece live band as well as 800 animators.
Explaining the concept, film director Baillie Walsh told The Guardian: “So we literally filmed ABBA, then Wayne McGregor took all their movements and extended those movements into younger body doubles, so you’ve got the soul of ABBA in these younger bodies, and we blend them all together, but it’s not in 3D.”
Bjorn previously discussed how they came up with the idea of using holograms for their tour. It was suggested by Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller.
He said: “He came to Stockholm and he presented this idea to us that we could make identical digital copies of ourselves of a certain age and that those copies could then go on tour and they could sing our songs, you know, and lip sync.
“I’ve seen this project half-way through and it’s already mind-boggling.”
ABBA, who notoriously hates performing live, performed together for the first time in decades in 2016 at a private event, which marked the 50th anniversary of the first meeting between songwriters Bjorn and Benny.
The Swedish quartet announced in 2018 they were planning to record new tracks and it was confirmed last year that they have more songs than originally planned.
However, their plans were delayed because due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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