Swedish Band ABBA Reunite at Voyage Concert In London 1

Swedish Band ABBA Reunite at Voyage Concert In London

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All four members of the Swedish band ABBA reunited on the red carpet recently after 40 years ahead of their Voyage concert in London. This was the first time all four members had been interviewed together since the band announced they were reuniting last year.

ABBA played at London’s Olympic Park featuring avatars of the four stars, alongside a live band playing their greatest hits in what was described as a virtual concert.

Agnetha Faltskog, Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid Lyngstad all appeared together on stage, to the delight of fans in attendance and around the world.

The ABBA Voyage featured ABBA as virtual avatars, showing the group as they appeared in 1979. The digital versions of ABBA were created with motion-capture and performance techniques using the four band members, and the team from Industrial Light & Magic, the company founded by George Lucas.

The last time ABBA were seen together in public was on a British TV appearance back in late 1982, 40 years ago. Apart from performing a Swedish song as a birthday party surprise for manager Stig Andersson in 1986, the group would not be on stage together again for over 30 years after that.

In 2016, the four members of ABBA reunited on stage for an impromptu performance of ‘Me and I’ at a private gala in Sweden. But this was the first time they were seen in public together. They also reunited for their long-awaited comeback album Voyage, which was one of the best-selling albums of 2021.

ABBA reunites for Voyage concert

Swedish Band Abba Reunite at Voyage Concert In London | Spurzine

All four members of the Swedish band ABBA reunited on the red carpet recently after 40 years ahead of their Voyage concert in London.

“It was magic. It really, really worked!” said Björn Ulvaeus who was visibly excited a day after the preview. “The audience agrees to be in this imaginary world for a while at a concert, and they see the ABBAtars as living creatures,” the ABBA star told DW, referring to the fact that the band’s return to the stage is actually a virtual live concert.

For five weeks, the four band members, who are now all over 70 years old, performed each of the 20 songs of the concert dressed in special motion-capture suits in front of 160 cameras, so that all their movements could be recorded.

The concert was a merged live performance and a virtual show with a band of 10 musicians playing all the songs live on stage alongside the ABBAtar holograms. Agnetha and Anni-Frid’s voices and backing vocals were taken from the original recordings of the songs, as were Björn’s piano and Benny’s guitars.

According to the band, the “Voyage” show is the band’s final joint project. Bringing the quartet together one more time for the album “Voyage” and the ABBAtar show was a dream come true for Ulvaeus. “I’ve never had such a good time as I’m having now,” he said. “I think I’m a happier man now than I was in the 70s.”

 

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Allan Bangirana

Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre & Spur Magazine. He is passionate about tech, games and occasionally writes about entertainment, lifestyle and so much more.

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