Abba reunites after 40 years, but as digital avatars releasing their biggest hits

Abba separated nearly 40 years ago and vowed never to reunite. The legendary Swedish pop group decided against this. Announcing their return for a new musical album, “Voyage”, Abba said its November release will be followed by a series of concerts featuring their digital avatars that will play hits such as “Mamma Mia”, “Dancing Queen” and “Waterloo.” The virtual show will open in a specially built arena in London next year and will be played six nights a week.

Abba said the “Voyage” project took “40 years to make”. The group said it will be “a concert that combines the old and the new, the young and the not-so-young. A show that brought all four of us together again. ”

The digital avatars of the four band members – Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus – will be accompanied by a live 10-piece band featuring 22 of their biggest hits. The show’s opening night will be held on May 27 in a custom-built arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Tickets will be available from September 7th.

Creating the digital avatars of the Abba members, who are now in their 70s, was difficult. The creators used motion-capture technology to scan “every mannerisms and every movement” of the musicians as they played.

Abba, one of the greatest pop bands of all time, broke up in 1982, but there was never an official announcement. Abba achieved global fame when he won Eurovision in 1974 with “Waterloo”.

The long-awaited reunion started while working on the stage show and the band members ended up in the recording studio. “At first it was just two songs, and then we said, ‘Well, maybe we should do some more,'” Andersson told the BBC.

They finally recorded 10 songs. Two of them debuted a few days ago. They are: “I still have faith in you” and “Don’t turn me off”. The album will be released on November 5th.

The so-called “Abba-tars” (the digital avatars) were designed by Industrial Light & Magic, the visual effects company founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas.


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