Mamma Mia, here they go again. Following the band’s dissolution in 1983, a Broadway musical based on their work, and not one, but two film adaptations of their smash musical, Swedish pop legends ABBA have announced their reunion 35 years after they first broke up.
The pop phenomenon took to Instagram early this morning, April 27, to announced their decision to “go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project,” which will see the band “digitally scanned and de-aged” into avatars resembling how they looked on their final 1979 tour for a BBC tribute performance to air in December according to The Guardian.
Along with the digital television tribute, the band has also announced two news songs that came out of the project, one titled ‘I Still Have Faith in You.’ The band has also mentioned that following the television special, the avatars will go on tour.
ABBA was first formed in 1972 by husband-and-wife duos of Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus with Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and quickly became one of the most commercially successful music outfits through to the band’s breakup in 1983. The band has become known for chart-topping singles including ‘Waterloo,’ ‘Dancing Queen,’ ‘Fernando,’ ‘Take a Chance on Me,’ and a litany of other hits that sold millions across the band’s eight official studio releases.
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The project’s biggest surprise however is due to the band’s past disinterest in performing together since their breakup. After the band’s final performance in 1982, they have denied multiple lucrative offers to regroup. In 2014, Björn Ulvaeus was quoted in an interview with Billboard, “You will never see us on stage again … we don’t need the money, for one thing.”
In light of the band’s past refusal to perform together, news of the band’s reunion has already been hailed as one of the most important music news stories of the 21st century. Speaking to the time that has past since the band’s heyday, their Instagram post ends with a positive outlook. “We may have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good.”