Following the success of “Abba Voyage” in London, the Swedish pop group’s stunning show (“Dancing Queen”, “Waterloo”) will be played in other parts of the world.
“We are looking for one location in North America and one in Southeast Asia, and those two locations will be Las Vegas and Singapore,” ABA founder Bjorn Olvaeus told the dpa news agency in London.
The concert has been shown in London since May last year, when a state-of-the-art arena was built. Members Abba Björn, Benny, Agnetha, and Frida aren’t on stage themselves in the show, but are fully animated, digitally remastered versions of the quartet that appear deceptively real. The so-called “Abba-tare” is accompanied by a ten-piece live band, and vocals come from the bar.
“Abba Voyage” is a complete success
According to Ulvaeus, the lease of the site is with the City of London for four and a half years. However, Al-Suwaidi hopes that “Abba Voyage” will continue in the British capital after that.
“If we become an attraction, one of the things you do in London, like Madame Tussauds, I hope they will let us stay longer.” Over time, the show will be slightly changed and songs will be exchanged.
After last year’s acclaimed world premiere, which even the Swedish royal couple took part in, the four members of ABBA happily hugged each other. Ulvaeus said: “We realized what an accomplishment it was and what a milestone it was, that we’re actually doing something like ‘Abba Voyage’ after such a long time. And I think there were four of us all very proud.”
With Abba starting to show and releasing their first studio album in 40 years, interest in older songs is on the rise again. “It’s making a difference, you can see that with streaming services. The numbers are going up,” says Ulvaeus, who expresses amazement that Abba’s music is still popular after so many decades. “It is unlikely that a group like ours is still relevant today. It never ceases to amaze me.”
However, he left out more new music by ABBA. “This was my last album,” confirmed the busy musician and businessman. “Abba Voyage” is not planned to be shown in locations other than Las Vegas and Singapore at this time. “I don’t think the world can take more than three,” joked Bjorn Ulvaeus. or is it? “Maybe another one in South America. We’ll see.”
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