ABBA back after 40 years with new album, virtual stage show

LONDON – ABBA is releasing its initially new audio in four decades, together with a concert performance that will see the “Dancing Queen” quartet likely entirely electronic.

The forthcoming album “Voyage,” to be launched Nov. 5, is a observe-up to 1981’s “The Guests,” which till now had been the swan music of the Swedish supergroup. And a digital model of the band will get started a series of concerts in London on May perhaps 27.

“We took a crack in the spring of 1982 and now we have determined it’s time to conclude it,” ABBA said in a assertion Thursday. “They say it’s foolhardy to hold out much more than 40 years concerning albums, so we’ve recorded a follow-up to ‘The Site visitors.’”

The team has been creating the stay demonstrate with George Lucas’ specific-outcomes corporation, Industrial Light-weight & Magic. They say the virtual versions of by themselves are “weird and amazing,” and go outside of holograms.

“It was recommended to us that we could go on tour as a hologram. And this is now 4, five many years back,” Björn Ulvaeus, ABBA’s 76-calendar year-outdated guitarist, backup singer and co-songwriter mentioned at a news conference Thursday. “And we observed out incredibly shortly that that was not even achievable for the reason that holograms is an aged technological innovation, but I signify, the eyesight was there of obtaining our digital selves, that even was a likelihood.”

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“And also,” claimed Benny Andersson, 74, who plays keyboards, sings and writes tunes with Ulvaeus, “we want to do it before we had been lifeless.”

Ulvaeus added, ”it’s excellent if you do that in advance of you dead. Because it will get more correct then.”

They sang and performed collectively for several hours each day for months, applying motion capture and other methods to generate the 22-track, about 90-moment display.

“We dressed up in a leotards with dots or minor issues on them,” Ulvaeus stated. “And we had dots in our faces and helmets with cameras. And there we were being, the four of us on phase jointly doing these tunes.”

They say it was tricky do the job but a terrific enjoyment, but for a person detail.

“I’d say the only huge trouble was that we had to shave our beards,” Andersson said. “I have experienced my beard for 50 decades.”

The prepared display spurred the building of the album, which options the new tunes “I Continue to Have Religion In You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down.” It commenced with sessions in 2018 and was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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“It was so joyful to be collectively in the studio once more, the four of us,” Andersson claimed.”

The display will occur 50 years immediately after the founding of the team that consisted of two married couples for most of its existence, and whose title is an acronym of the initial names of its members, Agnetha Fältskog, 71, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 75, Ulvaeus and Andersson.

Their audio has remained ubiquitous in the decades considering the fact that their breakup, in element mainly because of the stage musical “Mamma Mia!” and the two films that followed it.

They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 2010.

Very last 7 days the team released a website with the title “ ABBA Voyage,” teasing the new announcement. Tickets go on sale Tuesday.

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