Sunday, May 19, 2024

Bracing for ABBA Return on Friday: Winners Take it All with New Music, Concert Tour by Avatars


ABBA is back.

It’s not like they never left. Although the the quartet – Agnetha Faltskog, Anna-Frid Lyngstad, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson – broke up in 1982, we’ve never heard the end of them.

First there was the Broadway musical “Mamma Mia.” Then two movies with their song.

In 2018 they returned to the studio, promising two new songs later that year.

Those tracks, “I Still Have Faith In You,” and “Don’t Shut Me Down,” have been repeatedly delayed – and the band are now planning to release five tracks to thank fans for their patience.

On Friday all will be revealed when some music will appear, and ABBA’s “Voyager” tour will be announced. The latter will not feature them live because the women, divorced from the men long ago, don’t get along with their former spouses.

Instead, the tour will be some kind of immersive experience featuring avatars or holograms. Their fans will no doubt Take a Chance on them, and the only person sending out an SOS will be me.

When “Waterloo” first hit the radio¬† in 1974, everyone thought it was bubblegum music. If you’d asked me then, will this last?, I would have said no. At some point both “Dancing Queen” and “Fernando” became number 1 hits and I was gobsmacked. But ABBA fans are mesmerized by this group, and no harm has come from it. Also, Cher has done very well by them.

So let’s brace ourselves. If the new records are good, ABBA will be all over the radio this weekend. And Atlantic Records will have a field day with the catalog!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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