“There will never be a musical reunion … oh, I should say on stage, never a musical reunion”.
These words, uttered by Björn Ulvaeus in an interview last week announcing ABBA The Museum, have set off another wave of ABBA-reunion-fever among ABBA fan circles. He specifies there will be no on-stage reunion, so there must be some other form of reunion happening, such as a non-singing public appearance, a group interview, or neven a new recording, so the theory goes.
But of course, Björn means nothing of the sort. In the same interview he discusses the possibility of an ABBA appearance at the opening of the new museum: “I will have to give everyone (each group member) a preview and take it from there”. He has previously said that he has invited the other three to the opening, but does not know if they will attend.
Agnetha’s comments twelve months ago that it was not “impossible” for the four to do something again have fed the latest reunion fever. Because the infamously reclusive Agnetha said it, something will happen, according to the theory. But like Frida in so many interviews, she’s playing the media game. If she says “no, I don’t want to do anything with the other three”, there will be endless hounding from the world’s media. Hinting that some form of reunion could be possible diffuses the question, and it gets a lot of headlines.
Just as Björn is hinting in last week’s interview (if you read between the lines), that there may be some sort of reunion for the museum opening. It gets a lot of media attention.
Maybe we’ll see all four at the opening of ABBA The Museum in May next year, just as we did for the Stockholm premiere of the Mamma Mia! movie in 2008. Maybe like so many other events since 2004 we’ll see one, but no more than two, ABBA members.