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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

ABBA Super Troupers Exhibition Opens Tomorrow ! Bjorn Speaks At Press Conference



ABBA Super Troupers - The Exhibition

This awesome exhibition opens tomorrow (Thursday 14th December 2017) at Southbank Centre in London UK.



Bjorn Ulvaeus spoke at the Press Conference - hopefully I will be able to add photos and more details soon.

"It's intimate, warm and with a great sense of humour"








A review of the Exhibition from Bernadette McNulty can be read here:

https://inews.co.uk/culture/music/abba-magic-music-not-mementos/

The shop - should be online !!!



Flyer:




More information to come !!




Abba were together for only nine years, but their popularity seems undiminished three-and-a-half decades later. They are one of the few bands to hold out against reforming, creating a huge appetite around any kind of new take on their music. Abba Gold, the compilation of the band’s hits, released in 1992, a decade after they split, is one of the top-selling albums of all time. In 1999, the musical Mamma Mia! opened and has become one of the top 10 musicals playing in the West End and in Broadway. The film of the same title, which was released in 2008, is the highest grossing live action musical of all time. In 2010, the exhibition Abbaworld toured several countries with costumes and memorabilia from the band. In 2013, it found a permanent home in Stockholm at the Abba Museum. Within a year, 350,000 visitors had flocked through its doors not just to gawp at the band’s over-the-top costumes, but to try them on and sing on a stage alongside holograms of Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Anni-Frid.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/culture/music/abba-magic-music-not-mementos/


Abba were together for only nine years, but their popularity seems undiminished three-and-a-half decades later. They are one of the few bands to hold out against reforming, creating a huge appetite around any kind of new take on their music. Abba Gold, the compilation of the band’s hits, released in 1992, a decade after they split, is one of the top-selling albums of all time. In 1999, the musical Mamma Mia! opened and has become one of the top 10 musicals playing in the West End and in Broadway. The film of the same title, which was released in 2008, is the highest grossing live action musical of all time. In 2010, the exhibition Abbaworld toured several countries with costumes and memorabilia from the band. In 2013, it found a permanent home in Stockholm at the Abba Museum. Within a year, 350,000 visitors had flocked through its doors not just to gawp at the band’s over-the-top costumes, but to try them on and sing on a stage alongside holograms of Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Anni-Frid.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/culture/music/abba-magic-music-not-mementos/

Angelina Hakansson Plays Frida In New Movie !



Angelina Håkansson plays the ABBA member Anni-Frid Lyngstad in the movie "Ted - For Love" about Ted Gärdestad's life, which premieres on January 3.

"It is a great honor," says Solnabon.

At the Princess in Sundbyberg café we meet the actor Solnabon Angelina Håkansson. Earlier this year, she landed the role of Anni-Frid Lyngstad from ABBA in the movie "Ted - For Love" about Ted Gärdestad's life. A role to date will be her biggest.

"I proved for the role and sent pictures of myself where I would be as Anni-Frid as possible when she was between 28 and 32 years old," says Angelina while drinking her herbal tea.


For several years, she worked as a radio program director in London for the self-titled rock show "Angelina's Journey", but since she was a little, the scene has been her great passion. Four days after her audition, she received a text message stating that she had been given the role.

"It's a dream role for my career right now. I floated in the clouds when I was told, "said Angelina with a smile.

Even though she has similar faces with a young Anni-Frid, a big wig was required for the similarity of the ABBA star to be total.

"It may be a little hard to recognize me, but the wig is cool and helped me in my character work. And of course, it is a great honor to have an apron Anni-Frid shoes, ABBA is a signum for Sweden.

ABBA played an important role at the beginning of Ted Gärdestad's career. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus produced Ted's first three albums, where Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agneta Fältskog were also background singers.


The film is directed by Hannes Holm, who last made the Oscar-nominated film "A man called Ove".
"I think it's great that there's a movie about Ted. I think it's a new generation that will discover his music. It is Swedish music history.

Just music has been a red thread in Angelina's career. When she was 20, she moved from Hudiksvall, where she grew up, to London, and started a career as a radio program leader for a rock music show. In total, it was nine years in the English capital before she settled in Solna, where she lived in the last three years.


In the radio show, she also interviewed world stars like Rammstein and Ozzy Osbourne, and she sees many similarities between her program leader role and acting actor.

Now, however, is the drama career that is valid for one hundred percent.

"The time in London was amazing and the city still feels like home, but after broadcasting my eight-year radio show, my passion for other roles began to speed up. I think the actor is in my DNA.

https://mitti.se/nyheter/angelina-abba-frida/

Thursday, 7 December 2017

ABBA Super Troupers Exhibition - Southbank UK - Opening Soon !




ABBA Super Troupers Exhibition

Southbank Centre - London UK

14 December 2017 -  29 April 2018

Yep, that’s right. We’re getting set to go 'Head Over Heels' for all things ABBA as we say 'Thank You For the Music' in an exhibition that will have you clamouring to hand over your 'Money, Money, Money'. OK, we’ll stop the puns and focus instead on the details of what’s set to be a truly unique experience, pitching the Swedish supergroup against the news and social events of 1970s Britain.
With Entertainment Exhibitions International AB, and in association with ABBA The Museum in Stockholm we’re bringing the world of the chart-topping Swedish pop sensation to life in a brand new exhibition. The immersive experience will chart the group’s music, lyrics, creative process, and irrefutable influence as one of the most iconic pop bands of the modern age.

Benny Andersson went full glam-rock with his look early on, but he was never a fan of the platform shoe. On a 1979 tour of Europe and North America, he wanted low-heeled boots the same colour as his glistening white stage outfit, but none could be found. Abba’s enterprising crew bought him these cheap cowboy numbers and painted them. Abba were a thrifty band, using theatrical tricks rather than expensive details to make their costumes work – and no one could see the paint-marks left by the boots from the crowd. Off stage, Andersson ditched them for Fred Perry plimsolls.
* There seems to be an error here - we all know Benny wore these boots in 1977 !

ABBA: Super Troupers is a guided exhibition which goes beyond the surface of the group to transport you on a journey through previously unseen archive material including ABBA’s original costumes, handwritten notes and sketches, personal photographs, music and instruments. It will also feature album artwork, photography and film by notable collaborators such as film director Lasse Hallström.

One of the memorable costumes designed by Owe Sandström and worn by Frida Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog during the band’s Australian tour in 1977.

For the first time, objects from ABBA The Museum and private archives will be brought together in the UK, charting the success of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, from their individual careers to that Eurovision Song Contest win and their subsequent international stardom.

ABBA: Super Troupers opens to the public on Thursday 14 December 2017 as part of our Wintertime festival, and the final month of Nordic Matters – a year-long programme of Nordic arts and culture here throughout 2017.

Come on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA as they take over 1970s Britain in this one-of-a-kind exhibition.
Led by a personal tour guide and the voice of narrator Jarvis Cocker, we take you through nine immersive rooms exploring the music, lyrics and lives of one of the world’s most unforgettable bands.

Get close to never-before-seen items from the band’s archive including personal notes, memorabilia and iconic costumes. Chart their rise to fame and lasting legacy; from their early pop explosion onto the British music scene, to chart-topping international stardom.

Frida's hand-painted fox dress in green.

Designer Owe Sandström made all of Abba’s costumes apart from the Waterloo outfits, many of them purely for photoshoots and videos, as the group rarely toured. In their career, they only spent three months away from home; both couples had young children, and their image travelled through magazines and promo clips. Abba never allowed famous designers to dress them. Frida was a talented seamstress, and got fully involved in fashion decisions, as did Agnetha Fältskog. This was Agnetha’s shirt, in her favourite colour, its hare hand-painted by an artist in their crew.

Taking on 1970s Britain, in the midst of a financial crisis, a wave of strikes and a three-day working week, ABBA were a breath of fresh air, dominating the airwaves with their upbeat anthems channelling positivity and optimism.

ABBA: Super Troupers is presented by Southbank Centre in partnership with Entertainment Exhibitions International AB, in association with ABBA The Museum.

More details and bookings here:

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/blog/take-chance-abba-day-southbank-centre-december 

Follow the updates in twitter here:

https://twitter.com/southbankcentre

Private jets were de rigueur in the money-drizzled 1970s music business; Elton John even had an organ on his. This Abba plane tells another story. An ordinary jet for a company that only ran internal flights in Australia at the time, it was branded by the company as a promotional tool. Inside was standard seating with everyone in ordinary rows, the band, as ever, not separated from their crew. This was the way Abba always toured, without pomp. Their riders were also remarkably slim, only asking for post-show drinks.

Before Abba, Frida Lyngstad was a jazz singer. Here, she is with the Gunnar Sandevärn Orchestra, next to her first husband Ragnar Fredriksson, with whom she had two children. In 1967, she formed the Anni-Frid Four, won Sweden’s New Faces, and got a contract with EMI. Two years later, while divorcing Fredriksson, she entered the Eurovision heats, and met future husband Benny Andersson. In 1973, Abba tried Eurovision again, and failed. A year later, they entered with Waterloo - and won.

As well as Frida, the other three members also had impressive earlier musical lives. Fältskog had a 1968 solo Swedish No 1, Jag Var Så Kär (I Was So in Love), and performed in musicals (this was taken after her first night as Mary Magdalene). Ulvaeus and Andersson were members of 60s groups the Hootenanny Singers and the Hep Stars. They released their first album together as a duo in 1970, but soon realised that their new girlfriends were better singers than they were.

This was taken by the boss of the UK Abba fan club, at a party in London to promote compilation album The Singles (all 23 are in the frame). Their manager, Stig Anderson, can be seen in the far left. The party also celebrated the band’s first 10 years together. Later that night, Ulvaeus and Andersson went to dinner with lyricist Tim Rice, to discuss the idea for a musical called Chess. A month later, Abba performed together for the last time, on the BBC’s Late Late Breakfast Show, saying they would split when making music ‘wasn’t fun any more’. Photograph: courtesy Lynne Chick, The Official British Abba Fan Club

Just some of the many thousands of items of fan mail received by the band over the course of their 10-year history. The group’s international fan club is still going strong today.

Iconic brown leather headphones as worn by Frida & Agnetha.
Photograph credit: Photo by Mikael Bodner. Courtesy of ABBA The Museum.

Ring Ring Gold disc, celebrating 100,000 singles sold.
Photograph credit: Photo by Mikael Bodner. Courtesy of ABBA The Museum.

Abba were successful all over the world, but a 1980 arena concert in Japan proved their most surprising to date. Used to screaming, dancing fans, they found the crowd at Tokyo’s Budokan merely sitting and clapping, which worried Andersson. Later, the group found out that Japanese crowds at the time were unbelievably polite, often not doing anything without the artists granting permission. The next time Abba played there, the audience were told to get up straight away and start dancing. Normal service resumed.

One of Abba’s only touring indulgences was a tour doctor, a friend of their Swedish promoter, Thomas Johansson. He was treated in the same generous way as the rest of the crew, such as the band not starting aftershow dinners until everyone, including stage-riggers and roadies, was ready. Unsurprisingly, Dr Olsson loved touring life, especially as he was an ordinary GP when not on the road. He also enjoyed collecting stickers and tour paraphernalia. After he died, his family came to the museum offering his suitcase in his memory.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/gallery/2017/dec/02/abba-unseen-in-pictures-super-trouper-exhibition 

With thanks to ABBA Info for additional images.

https://www.facebook.com/ABBA-Info-518817871463920/


Monday, 25 September 2017

ABBA Mamma Mia! Movie - More Songs Revealed ! Benny Andersson So Busy !!



Swedish pop wonder ABBA is more current than ever.

A reunion in the form of a digital Abba tour is underway, interpretations for the new "Mamma Mia" film and Benny Andersson has just recorded a new solo disc.

But when Benny Andersson looks back in his career there are moments from the band's long career that he can regret.


 
"We have done songs with Abba that we would not have done," he said in an interview with Aftonbladet.


Benny Andersson is constantly questioned when the pop group ABBA will be reunited. And lately he has been able to give a message.

In 2019, the premiere is scheduled for a digital Abba tour, which he is currently working on.

It's about a tour where ABBA's music will be performed by a live band and where digital versions of band members will be projected in front of the audience.

"It will take some time, it takes time to digitize a face. It's fun that it's in that technical front end. It will be interesting, he has previously told Expressen.

The song will be from the group's old recordings, either from solo discs or from live concerts.




In an interview with Aftonbladet, the artist now says that he may not have thought he would work very much after 70's.

"I thought I could take it a little more calmly now that I've reached 70," he says.

And in addition to the digital tour, the ABBA songs are current in the new movie "Mamma Mia: Here we go again" there songs like "Dancing queen", "I wonder", "Why did it have to be me", "Angeleyes" and "When I kissed the teacher" gets a new life.


 

"It's fun, for those who are not hardcore Abba fans, there may be some unknown songs," he told Aftonbladet.


But there are also moments in his career that he is not as proud of as he can regret ABBA's contention.

"In retrospect, we can see that we did things in the 1960s and 1970s that we could not resist. You are entitled to not be top notch. We have made songs with ABBA that we would not have done. We would have refrained from trying to be rock'n'roll like in "Watch out". But it felt right and fun then" he told Aftonbladet.


Benny Andersson's piano "Piano" release will be released on September 29th. The disc includes "Thank you for the music", "The day before you came" and melodies from both "Chess" and "Kristina from Duvemåla".



http://www.expressen.se/noje/abba-latarna-benny-angrar-att-han-skrev/

 
  

Monday, 18 September 2017

ABBA TV Special Australia - Sunday Night - 17 September 2017


ABBA Special - Sunday Night - 17 September 2017 - Australia !


For those who missed it on TV last night or cannot view it on the official website, the Special has now been upload to youtube in 6 parts 😊

And surprise surprise - ABBA albums moving up the Australian itunes charts after the airing of the Special ! 




http://www.itunescharts.net/aus/charts/albums/current/









https://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/sunday-night/-/watch/37117281/sunday-night-sun-17-sep-season-17-episode-25/

A few photos:










Sunday, 17 September 2017

ABBA Are Planning To Tour Australia - As Avatars !

 

‘70s pop stars ABBA to be digitally recreated for virtual reality world tour !


ABBA are planning to tour Australia — as holograms, or ABBA-tars.
The ’70s pop superstars are being digitally recreated as avatars for a 2019 virtual reality world tour.

The hi-tech tour would be the first of its kind, with holograms usually reserved for dead musicians.
“It’s perfect,” ABBA’s Benny Andersson told the Sunday Herald Sun.
“We can be on stage while I’m home walking the dogs. I don’t have to leave my house. If this really works there’ll be a lot of artists wanting to do the same thing, even artists who are still young and still touring. It’s a very interesting project.”



All four members of ABBA are involved, being digitally “cast” for the virtual reality tour, which was an idea pitched to them by Spice Girls manager and Idol creator Simon Fuller.

The band have spent a year having measurements taken to make the avatars as lifelike as possible. However, the holograms will be based on how Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Frida looked in 1979.
“We got hooked on it because it’s at the forefront of technology and what it’s possible to do nowadays,” Andersson said.

“To create the four of us digitally, it takes so much skill and so much time to do every hairline, every blink, every iris. If it’s good enough when we finish it’s probably ready to launch in the spring of 2019.”



Andersson, 70, said the ABBA-tars will be projected in front of an actual live band.
“It’ll be like you’re in 1977, with a live band, live backing vocals, a great set design with lights and sound, everything will be like a live concert,” he said. “But we’ll be there in the form of holograms and digital avatars. Our voices will be taken from the records, or maybe some of the live vocals from the Australian tour of 1977. If you’re sitting in the arena you’ll see us up there. It’s quite exciting.”

Hologram tours by the likes of Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Michael Hutchence have long been rumoured as technology improves, but ABBA would be the first time major artists who are still alive are able to “tour” without leaving home.

 
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/70s-pop-stars-abba-to-be-digitally-recreated-for-virtual-reality-world-tour/news-story/be146a18ca86a3ef7c58d53923512074 




Abba-tars: Super Troupers return, and somewhere in the crowd there’s you

 

Björn, Agnetha, Benny and Anni-Frid are back – as you haven’t seen them since 1977



Since splitting up in 1982, Abba – one of the most successful and loved music groups of all time – has had almost daily offers to reform. Some 15 years ago the four members of the band sat in a room together and seriously discussed reforming for a series of live shows after they received a $1 billion offer.
“We were going to do the shows and build a hospital with the money,” Björn Ulvaeus told this reporter.
But that offer – like thousands of others – ultimately came to nothing. Hence the surprise this week when Abba officially confirmed they were getting back together to tour in 2019. But only in virtual reality.


All four members of the best-selling band: Björn, Agnetha, Benny and Anni-Frid are being digitised using techniques that capture them as they were in their spandex prime.
Using audio from previous live Abba concerts, a digital Abba will be shining like the sun, smiling, having fun on stages once again. The band are all now in their late 60s or early 70s and have little appetite to schlep around the live circuit in person. But this virtual reality tour is no cheap gimmick. The giant Universal record label and Simon Fuller (the impresario behind the Spice Girls and The X Factor) are looking to reimagine the live entertainment economy with this virtual Abba tour.
As Fuller said this week: “The creativity and ideas flowing from the members of Abba over the past few months have filled me with great excitement. We are exploring a new technological world, with virtual reality and artificial intelligence at the forefront, that will allow us to create new forms of entertainment and content we couldn’t have previously imagined.”

 

Digital avatars

 

It’s now all too common, when a major-league live act announces a visit, the expensively priced tickets sell out in minutes, leaving many fans disappointed. The live tour economy is buoyant, and demand far outstrips supply.

Given that a major act can only get to certain places at certain times, the entertainment industry has been investing heavily for some time in the concept of the virtual reality substitute tour.
If the original Abba fans find the idea of going to see digital avatars of a group preposterous, the next generation of gig-going age has grown up with hyper-realistic video games and see the world differently.
The music industry has already tried out the idea. In 2012 the rapper Tupac Shakur (who died in 1996) appeared as a hologram at that year’s Coachella music festival. In 2014 a moonwalking Michael Jackson hologram appeared at the Billboard music awards, five years after his death.
The Universal Music Group, Simon Fuller and Abba are not going to get involved in a poorly thought out and cheaply executed technological publicity stunt.

A lot of attention will be focused on a world tour by the heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio which kicks off this November. Dio died in 2010 but the Dio Returns tour features a hologram of the singer being backed by the musicians who used to play with him. Dio’s live vocals each night will be taken from previous performances in his career.
Dio Returns will play in venues across Europe, South America, Australia, Asia and the US. Live music promoters are not known for being generous with their money, so the fact that so many venues have already booked the Dio Returns show suggests there is a market for hologram/virtual reality tours.

New live entertainment format

 

Abba, however, are a different proposition. They have a far bigger commercial reach, and could be a more effective test case for this new “live music” concept.
Such is the still massive appetite for Abba’s pop music that the stage musical Mamma Mia (based on their songs) has grossed more than $2 billion worldwide since opening in 1999. The 2005 film adaptation of Mamma Mia became the highest-grossing musical film of all time. The band’s greatest hits collection, Gold – originally released in 1992 – is still selling healthily.
Abba guard their legacy jealously (they wouldn’t let their name be used in the Mamma Mia musical), and they hardly need the money that a virtual tour might make them. A motivating force, however, may be to pioneer a new live entertainment format in which they’re (albeit digitally) front and centre.
The details of the technology being used to bring Abba to digital life are a closely guarded secret. It’s unclear, too, what type of venues virtual Abba will play in or how the overall product will be controlled and distributed.
What is known is that, following Abba’s announcement, industry talk has already begun about virtual reality “de-ageing” tours, including the possibility of Fleetwood Mac performing their Rumours album looking and sounding as they did when it was released in 1977.
Abba aren’t the only ones who don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.







Wednesday, 13 September 2017

ABBA & Benny TV Special - Australia September 2017 ! Updated



Network 7's Sunday Night program are doing a fabulous special on Benny Andersson & ABBA on 17th September 2017.

Check their website here:

https://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/sunday-night/-/watch/37060799/this-sunday-an-abba-event-to-remember/

THIS SUNDAY: An ABBA event to remember.

Forty years after they landed in Australia, the iconic foursome go on the record with Sunday Night.
Hear the personal stories behind their meteoric rise, heartbreaking split - and the spectacular secret project that the world's been waiting to see.

On Sunday at 8pm

Thousands of screaming fans greeted Abba as they touched down in Australia in 1977. ABBAMania had officially swept the country.
Were you there? What do you remember? We want to hear your stories – and see your pics – to celebrate that incredible moment in music history.
Catch the Abba extravaganza on Channel 7, Sunday Night at 8pm.

Nothing could have prepared them for this.
Touching down in Sydney in February 1977, the four Swedish superstars behind Abba were overwhelmed.
Australia had been central in reviving their post-Eurovision dreams, when it had seemed that the band would amount to little more than another ‘one hit wonder’.
‘Mamma Mia’ was championed by an Aussie icon and by 1977 ABBAmania was not just sweeping Australia, but worldwide.

Frida, Benny, Bjorn and Agnetha didn’t believe they could live up to the expectations of the huge crowds of adoring fans that turned out to greet them.
“[I thought] this is going to be the last nail in the coffin… it's all going to blow up,” Benny Andersson told Sunday Night.
It didn’t. Fans danced in the rain in Sydney’s Moore Park and brought Melbourne city centre to a standstill.

Forty years on, the iconic foursome lay bare the moments behind the music and the love stories that knitted them together, only to be torn apart as fame took its toll on them all.
But it couldn’t stop the phenomenal love for Abba’s hits - and finally, four decades after that whirlwind Australia tour, comes the news fans thought they would never hear.

Benny Andersson reveals the full story behind Abba’s unexpected return, on Sunday at 8pm on Channel 7.

Follow all the updates on their Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/7sundaynight/
 






And yes, I was lucky enough to be involved and interviewed for this wonderful Special ! 😋