STOCKHOLM, November 5 (Xinhua) – Almost four decades after they split, the Swedish pop legends ABBA released a new album on Friday.
The ten-track album, titled “Voyage”, was recorded in several sessions between 2018 and 2021 before the band announced their release in September.
Although they have not performed together since the 1980s, band member Benny Andersson told Aftonbladet on Friday that none of the members needed much convincing to join the project.
However, the female band members Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad insisted on staying out of the limelight.
– We told them that they did not have to make media appearances, Andersson says to Aftonbladet.
Apart from the recording opportunities, the band members are not often seen, Andersson tells the newspaper.
“I guess the next time we see each other will be at the premiere. If everyone wants to go there. I do not know if that is the case.”
The premiere he referred to is a show that starts in London in May next year. It contains avatars from the quartet as they looked in 1979 and the band members have reportedly spent about five weeks in a film studio in the Swedish capital Stockholm dressed in black body stockings covered with sensors to capture their movements. The information is then processed and converted into avatars by a special effects company that has worked with Star Wars movies.
The specially built arena will have a capacity for 3,000 spectators and in addition to the avatars, a ten-man live band will also be on stage.
Between 1972 and 1982, Abba became one of pop history’s most successful bands with 400 million records sold, according to Swedish Television. However, their big breakthrough came only in 1974 after winning the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Waterloo”.
Since they split in 1982, the band has only performed on stage once. This in connection with a tribute to the band’s manager, Stikkan Andersson, 1986 was broadcast on Swedish Television.