ABBA to reunite?

Today’s Sydney Daily Telegraph broke a story to set ABBA fans everywhere aflutter: “ABBA will reform” for the Stockholm premiere of the MAMMA MIA! movie on July 4. (read the story here)

Will this happen? Personally, I doubt it. The comment hints at the hype in the lead up to the 5th anniversary of MAMMA MIA! in April 2004, when all four were expected to join the celebration, but only Björn, Benny and Frida were there, Agnetha chosing to decline the invitation.

If it happens, I imagine it will be like the opening of the musical in Stockholm in February 2005: if all four turn up, it will be individually, the four never appearing together.

If indeed it does happen, and the four reunite in public in whatever fashion, I’ll be as happy as anyone else. But I’m not holding my breath.

There’s a bumper sticker that says: “Is it true, or did you read it in the Daily Telegraph?”

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10 Responses to “ABBA to reunite?”

  1. Ian Cole Says:

    Already the story has morphed into something more. Today’s Brisbane Courier Mail (another News Corp paper) tells us that “Swedish supergroup ABBA will re-form, hitting the stage for the occasion”. Which seems an even less likely scenario than a “reunion”.

  2. Yannick Says:

    Personally, I don’t think that is going to happen. It will just stay rumours. But we can still dream.. 🙂

  3. anja 94 Says:

    HELLO,I AM FROM SERBIA.I STARTED TO LISTEN ABBA 1 YEAR AGO.I LIKE THEM VERY MUCH!!!!!!I WOUD LIKE TO THEY BE REUNITE EVEN IF AGNETHA DON`T WANT THAT.

    I LOVE ABBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    @bb@ FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Polygyny Says:

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Polygyny.

  5. Ian Cole Says:

    Hi Poly,

    The point is that despite media reports such as this, it’s unlikely that we’ll see an ABBA reunion. We didn’t get it for the much-hyped 5th anniversary of Mamma Mia! in London in April 2004 (Agnetha was a no-show), we didn’t get it when Mamma Mia! premiered in Stockholm in 2005, even though all four were there, they remained separate.

    Thanks for your comments,

    Ian

  6. anja 94 Says:

    I SHALL BE HAPPY IF I SEE ABBA AGAIN TOGETHER,I LISTEN ABBA EVERY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!IN MY COUNTRY EXIST A VERY BIG NUMBER OF ABBA FANS BUT WE DONT HAVE THE ABBA FAN CLUB IN SERBIA,BUT I BELIEVE IT CAN BE NEXT YEAR.WHY YOU DON`T INVITE ABBA TO CELEBRATE MAMMA MIA SOME YEAR IN OUR COUNTRY,IN SERBIA?I SAND YOU A LOT OF KISSES AND I HOPE YOU WILL REUNITE ABBA AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!ABBA 4EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  7. Mandy-Samuels Says:

    If they do reform, it should be for that 1 special night only and they should only sing 1 song which is: Thank You For The Music. They should be remembered for their past not how they are now.

    And I’m sure that they must have enough unreleased songs available to make 1 final album. That would be much better to me, although the chance to see and hear them live again would be an opportunity that’s too good to miss! 🙂

  8. anja `94 Says:

    They have one unreleased song and it is “just like that” , they should sing that song because it is my favourite and it is very funny and nice!!!!i really like to see them again together,but they should be friends after a very long time.I believe in them and i am sure they will be that OLD BEST ABBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Hi Ian

    These are articles in relation to ABBA and other musical groups’ chances and possibilities of reuniting.

    Kind Regards
    Samuel Inglles

    The Courier-Mail (Brisbane) – Wednesday, 8 April 2009 (Page 16)

    Aged ABBA would ‘disappoint fans’

    Swedish supergroup ABBA won’t reform because they fear they’d disappoint their fans, two of the band’s founding members say.

    ABBA’s members – Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog – went their separate ways in the early 1980s after selling millions of records worldwide.

    Their songs have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, thanks in part to the hit stage and screen musical ‘Mamma Mia!’.

    In a rare interview marking the 35th anniversary of ABBA winning the Eurovision song contest with ‘Waterloo’, Andersson and Ulvaeus said there were no plans to reform.

    “I picture myself walking on stage and an audience out there being very disappointed afterwards,” Ulvaeus told BBC TV.

    “Even if they know we are much older now, still they would expect some of the old energy and all of that youthfulness.

    “Why disappoint them and why disappoint myself? There’s absolutely no reason to do that.”

    The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) – 25 January 2009 (Page 52)

    ABBA in harmony

    The two women members of 1970s hit group ABBA have rejected long-standing rumours that they are biter enemies.

    In a rare joint interview Agnetha Fältskog, 58 and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 63, took a chance to set the record straight.

    “A lot has been written about how Agnetha and I fought and quarrelled with each other. There is absolutely no truth in that,” Lyngstad said.

    “Of course we competed, but to good effect.”

    Lyngstad and Fältskog formed ABBA with Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. The band has sold more than 370 million records and is famous for hits like ‘Waterloo’, ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Money, Money, Money’.

    The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) – Tuesday, 7 April 2009 (Page 19)

    With a little help from the fab two

    NEW YORK: Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have performed together for the first time in seven years at an all-star benefit concert in New York City.

    The reunion of the surviving members of the Beatles was the highlight of the ‘Change Begins Within’ concert.

    The event was held at Radio City Music Hall to benefit the David Lynch Foundation, a charity established by the surrealist filmmaker which aims to teach at-risk youth meditation techniques.

    “Ladies and gentlemen, Billy Shears,” McCartney told the crowd, referring to the fictional character on the classic Beatles album ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, as Starr launched into his part in the Beatles’ ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’.

    McCartney and Starr last performed together in 2002 at the ‘Concert For George’, which honoured former Beatle George Harrison at London’s Royal Albert Hall one year after Harrison’s death.

    The concert, which also featured Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Donovan and others, ran for about four hours.

    But McCartney had thousands of fans on their feet as he hit the stage near the show’s end. Opening with a spirited version of ‘Drive My Car’, he went through a selection of Beatles and Wings classics including ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Band On The Run’.

    Photo: Like old times – Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform at the ‘Change Begins Within’ concert in New York.

    The Courier-Mail (Brisbane) – Tuesday, 7 April 2009 (Page 28)

    Let’s get together

    Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr stood on stage in New York this week as the surviving Beatles. Were they the last great rock reunion? Noel Mengel rates the chances of other great stage comebacks and whether money could overcome long-standing feuds

    ABBA

    The most commercially successful pop band of the 1970s never seems to fade thanks to continual repackaging and use of their songs in films such as ‘Mamma Mia!’, starring Meryl Streep.
    EVER REUNITED? No. The band, formerly two couples went their separate ways and have barely been in the same room together since.
    WHAT’S THE CHANCES? Minimal. Sequins, out-size collars and high boots are not a good look when you are aged past 60. Australian tribute band Björn Again still going strong.

    Pink Floyd

    Split when Roger Waters, the songwriting force behind albums such as ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ and ‘The Wall’, went solo. Dave Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason carried on the name in the 1980s, much to their ex-bandmate’s disgust.
    EVER REUNITED? Walters rejoined the fold for the London ‘Live 8’ charity concert in 2005. It was the quartet’s first performance together in 24 years.
    WHAT’S THE CHANCES? Keyboardist Rick Wright died in September. The acrimony between Rogers and Gilmour was legendary. In the unlikely event of a large-scale reunion tour of the three survivors, the crowds would be enormous.

    Led Zeppelin

    The definitive hard rock band inspired legions of heavy metal bands but no equals. The band split after drummer John Bonham died in 1980. Played Brisbane once, in 1972.
    EVER REUNITED? Occasional one-offs, including ‘Live Aid’ in 1985 and in London in 2007 for a charity concert Page and Plant toured in the1990s, not as Led Zep but playing some Led Zep classics.
    WHAT’S THE CHANCES? Plant is clearly chuffed by the success of his ‘Raising Sand’ album with Alison Krauss. But Led Zep tour rumours still abound, Australia included. A full-scale Zep tour would probably break all box office records.

    Cream

    The trio of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker had a famously volatile chemistry. They were only together for two years, from 1966 to 1968, but hit big with songs like ‘Sunshine of Your Love’.
    EVER REUNITED? Played Royal Albert Hall, London, in 2005. Shows sold out in an hour. Played Madison Square Garden in New York later that year.
    WHAT’S THE CHANCES? Eric Clapton has said he’s feeling more “generous” about the achievements of Cream, but full-scale touring seems out of the question with Bruce and Baker facing health problems. The DVD of the London shows will have to suffice.

    The Beach Boys

    The band that became synonymous with the sun-and-sand California lifestyle with hits like ‘California Girls’ also produced classic albums such as ‘Pet Sounds’ thanks to the songwriting genius of Brian Wilson.
    EVER REUNITED? Wilson’s battles and recovery from mental health problems are well-known. He was starting to drop out of Beach Boys performances from the mid-1960s. Left the band long ago but The Beach Boys name carries on under the leadership of Wilson’s cousin Mike Love.
    WHAT’S THE CHANCES? Brian is the only survivor of the three Wilson brothers. Drummer Dennis died in 1983 and golden-voiced Carl in 1998. Love had a 2005 lawsuit against Wilson about the use of Beach Boys material – including Wilson finally completing the “lost” Beach Boys album ‘Smile’ – which was dismissed. No word if they are talking again.

    Fleetwood Mac

    One-time British blues band finally morphed into mega-hitmakers in the 1970s with the injection of Americans Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. It was a long way from the blues but it paid very well and was easier to whistle.
    EVER REUNITED? Fleetwood Mac have never officially broken up, although the line-up keeps shifting. ‘Say You Will’, their first album in 15 years, was released in 2003, featuring Buckingham, Nicks and founders John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, but minus the crucial songwriting input of Christine McVie.
    WHAT’S THE CHANCES? If Leonard Cohen can pack them in, aged 74, there is always a chance. Oldest member, Fleetwood, is a spring chicken at 66.

    The Eagles

    One of the biggest bands of their era called it quits in 1979. That’s the only place to go once you’ve gone from separate hotel rooms to separate limos, managers and personal valets. Band’s warring egos revealed in guitarist Don (fired, 2001) Felder’s hilarious book ‘Heaven and Hell’.
    EVER REUNITED? Never really got on but relations thawed enough to result in the ‘Hell Freezes Over’ and ‘Hell Freezes Over II’ reunion tours. Unlike most rock ‘n’ roll reunions, they stirred themselves to deliver a not-that-bad-actually album in ‘Long Road Out Of Eden’ (2007).
    WHAT’S THE CHANCES? Global financial crises can do wonders for band relationships. Not completely out of the question. Felder case settled out of court. Hard to imagine him taking part, even if he did write the music for ‘Hotel California’.

    Simon and Garfunkel

    The harmony-singing school friends broke through in the 1960s with hits like ‘Sounds of Silence’ and ‘I Am A Rock. Went their separate ways in 1970 but Garfunkel’s solo career never matched that of Simon, who wrote the songs.
    EVER REUNITED? Occasionally, including a 1981 concert to 500,000 people in New York’s Central Park. Relations between them have frequently been tense, but they toured US and Europe in 2004 to ecstatic response.
    WHAT’S THE CHANCES? Confirmed. Simon and Garfunkel play the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on June 17, 2009.

    The Ramones

    One of the first and one of the best punk rock bands, who toured virtually non-stop for more than 20 years.
    EVER REUNITED? Called it quits in 1996, and singer Joey Ramone, bassist Dee Dee Ramone and guitarist Johnny have since died. Drummer Marky Ramone still flies the flag for the songs of The Ramones, playing them with his band Blitzkrieg.
    WHAT’S THE CHANCES? As close as we are going to get is when Marky and Blitzkrieg play Brisbane’s Step-Inn on April 14, 2009.

    Midnight Oil

    One of Australia’s greatest bands finally called it quits in 2001 singer Peter Garrett left to focus on politics.
    EVER REUNITED? For the ‘Wave Aid’ charity bash and again last month for the ‘Sound Relief’ concert in Melbourne. As they did’Wave Aid’, they showed that lack of rehearsal time doesn’t stop them being one of the world’s most dynamic live bands.
    WHAT’S THE CHANCES? No go with Garrett in Parliament. Opposition would have a field day with Garrett singing songs like ‘Short Memory’. But a week is a long time in politics, and in rock ‘n’ roll.

    Photos: REUNIONS…Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform in New York last week, and inset, The Beatles in the 1960s; below, Pink Floyd in their heyday and in London in 2005.

    The Weekly Telegraph (UK) – Thursday, 16 April-Wednesday, 22 April 2009 (Page 23)

    As Fleetwood Mac continue their latest tour in America, it seems that the rift between the band and Christine McVie, its former singer and keyboard player, is as wide as ever.

    Lindsey Buckingham, 59, tells us that he has cut all ties with Christine McVie, who pulled out of the group after a tour in 1998.

    “I’m guessing that Christine McVie has turned into a country squire or a farmer,” he sneers. Buckingham has said that the band invited McVie, 65, to join this tour but that “there was no real expectation that she would accept”.

  10. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Hi Ian

    I found this ABBA article. There’s more information in this one than the one I previously submitted, somewhere in your wonderful BLOG.

    Kind Regards
    Samuel Inglles

    http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/music/abba-reunion-would-disappoint/2009/04/08/1238870011732.html

    ABBA reunion would be ‘disappointing’

    April 8, 2009 – 11:45AM

    Swedish supergroup ABBA won’t reform because they fear they’d disappoint their fans, two of the band’s founding members say.

    ABBA’s four members – Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog – went their separate ways in the early 1980s after selling millions of records around the world.

    Their songs have recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, thanks in part to the hit stage and screen musical Mamma Mia.

    In a rare interview marking the 35th anniversary of ABBA winning the Eurovision song contest with Waterloo, Andersson and Ulvaeus said there were no plans to reform the group.

    “I picture myself walking on stage as ABBA and an audience out there being very disappointed afterwards because it is not at all what they had anticipated,” Ulvaeus told BBC TV.

    “Even if they know we are much older now, still they would expect some of the old energy and all of that, the youthfulness.

    “Why disappoint them and why disappoint myself? There’s absolutely no reason to do that.”

    Andersson said there were also no plans for he and Ulvaeus to produce a sequel to their hit stage and screen musical Mamma Mia, which features many of ABBA’s hits.

    “Why would you do exactly the same thing again,” he said.

    “It will take you absolutely nowhere.”

    Ulvaeus said he believed Faltskog and Lyngstad’s voices were the key to the band’s success.

    “I think the two girls’ voices were very special,” he said.

    “The songs can be minor key, the lyrics can be very sombre, but when the girls sing somehow it sounds very joyous and uplifting and that’s a very strange phenomenon which I think is very much part of ABBA.”
    AAP

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