ABBA May Perform Together Again After a 30-Year Hiatus
Mon, 29 Mar 2010 09:21:35
The dancing queen may dance again! Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, the male members of Swedish pop act ABBA dropped hints that the band may perform together again for the first time since splitting 30 years ago. Ulvaeus and Andersson are currently promoting their musical, Kristina, which opens in London on April 14, when the spilled this jug o' beans.
While ABBA have creeped back onto the pop culture radio, thanks to all the hoopla and the success of the movie Mamma Mia!, the music of which was based on songs written by the band, pop music fans continue to clamor for another live taste of the band. Despite offers as high as 1 billion dollars to tour again back in 2000, the members of ABBA have declined any and all opportunities to reform and perform. They all must be filthy rich or total cyborgs if they turned down a billion pieces of paper! Shit, give me the money and I'll shake my ass to "Fernando" and "Dancing Queen." It begs the questions about how much promoters would offer for Roxette, often considered ABBA, Jr., to tour, doesn't it? Okay, it doesn’t, but it was still fun to mention Roxette in this news story.
Andersson, who breeds horses on a farm, and Ulvaeus told a newspaper that an intimate, single performance that could be screened globally is in the realm of possibility. Singer Agnetha Faltskog, who lives a reclusive lifestyle, is considered the biggest obstacle to an ABBA reunion. Also, Ulvaeus once said, "We will never appear on stage again. There is no motivation to regroup. Money is not a factor and we would like people to remember us as we were -- young, exuberant, full of energy and ambition." The other female singer, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, is married to a German prince and lives in the Swiss Alps. She is not all "anti" about an ABBA reunion.
Do you think Faltskog will come out of hiding to give fans what the want? Or should ABBA be like Bettie Page and stay out of the spotlight so people can remember them as they were?