Mamma Mia, we thought it would never happen, but Swedish pop legends Abba is set to get back together for the first time since their split more than 30 years ago to work on a project with British music mogul Simon Fuller, writes Tony Dewhurst.
Abba have announced plans to allow audiences to relive their glory days in a spectacular new virtual reality and live show.
But why wait until then when you can slip on your dancing shoes and boogie to those incredible songs once sung by Agnetha Falkstog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lynsgtad at the Grand, Clitheroe, next week.
“Abba changed the face of pop music and, even though they haven’t played together for many years, they’ve never been away because their music has cut a swathe through the generations,” said the producer of Abba tribute show, Waterloo, Peter Sweeney.
“The news that they might get back together in some shape or form has attracted many headlines, and Abba fans all over the world are excited by that,” he added. “A re-union has been talked out like the second coming, but whether it will happen nobody knows really.”
Abba’s incredible pop chemistry forged their monster hits - Dancing Queen, Waterloo and The Winner Takes It All – when Sweden’s biggest musical export ruled the world.
“I was in a queue on the motorway the other day and Dancing Queen came on the radio and it just sounded so fresh. It is such a happy, feel-good song.
“It is so beautifully catchy and euphoric, the perfect backdrop for one of the greatest pop tunes ever written.
“It’s also got what all great pop songs have, a great first line.
“Friday nights and the lights are low. Bang! It just takes off like a jet plane.”
Earlier this year Abba performed at a private party in Stockholm to celebrate their 50th anniversary – but they have not sung together in public since 1982.
Abba’s music was even adapted into the successful theatre show, Mamma Mia! spurning a feature film starring Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth.
“There are many Abba tribute bands, but we are the best because our show is like coming to see Abba in their heyday,” added Sweeney.
“There’s nothing pre-recorded – it is the true live experience. The costumes are very authentic with an incredible attention to detail.
“We get all ages coming to the shows, from teenagers to grandmothers. Waterloo is the ultimate party night – and we love people to wear fancy dress.
“It will be a sing-a-long Christmas spectacular Abba experience, so get your dancing boots on.”
Waterloo – Abba Tribute – Grand, Clitheroe, December 16th. 01200 421599.
● Get into the Christmas spirit when the Grand Choir stage their festive Christmas carols and songs night on December 19th, accompanied by the Blackburn Food Bank Choir.