ABBA has announced that they will be retiring following the release of their first album in 40 years and the completion of their recently announced stage show.
The Swedish pop pioneers originally split in 1982, but reformed earlier this year to record the ninth studio album Voyage and unveil plans for an immersive digital show, to be held in Stratford in London in next May.
However, band members Benny Andersson, 74, and Bjorn Ulvaeus, 76, insist the reunion is unique, with the group likely not recording more music after the release of Travel on November 22.
End of an Era: ABBA announced its retirement after releasing their first album in 40 years and completing their recently announced stage show
Speaking to The Guardian, Benny said, “This is it… it must be, you know. ”
Referring to the group’s original split, which followed nearly a decade of chart domination, he added, “I didn’t really say that ‘That’s it’ in 1982.
“I never told myself that ABBA was never going to happen again. But I can tell you now: that’s it.
The group, which also includes Agnetha Fältskog, 71, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 75, became household names after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with the single Waterloo.
Legends: The Swedish pop pioneers originally split up in 1982, but reunited earlier this year to record the ninth studio album Voyage and unveil plans for an immersive digital show.
They then released tracks including Mama Mia !, Dancing Queen, Take a Chance On Me and Thank You For The Music before moving away from the music industry.
The group recently announced that more tickets will be available for their next avatar tour.
Additional tickets for ABBA Voyage, which will carry bookings through December 4, 2022, will go on sale from 10 a.m. on November 3, two days before the album’s release on November 5.
Tickets will be made from abbavoyage.com, with a presale for Amazon UK customers who pre-order a physical format of the new ABBA album available from 10 a.m. on Monday November 1 and a priority booking window for them. subscribers to the ABBA Travel database from 10 a.m. on November 2. .
Bowing out: Band members Benny Andersson, 74, and Bjorn Ulvaeus, 76, insist the reunion is unique, with the band likely not recording more music after the release of Travel on November 22
The masterpiece will take place in the purpose-built ABBA Arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London from May 27, 2022.
The digital versions of the quartet were created after weeks and months of motion capture and performance techniques.
A team of 850 people from Industrial Light & Magic, the company founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas, led the company’s first foray into music.
The quartet had previously said they would never reform despite their huge worldwide popularity and had reached over 400 million album sales in 50 years.
Interview: Speaking to The Guardian, Benny said: “This is it … it must be, you know”
In an interview with A Current Affair in Australia on Friday, Björn teased, “This is the vision we have, an experience no one has ever had in music. “
“You know how to sit in the audience on opening night and see this thing, see us… it’s going to be weird and wonderful,” he added.
The singer promises that it will be as close to reality as possible.
“It’ll be us, the way we’ve really imbibed ourselves in these avatars of movement, facial expressions, voices, it all does, it’s us,” he said on the show.
Stars: The quartet previously said they would never reform despite their huge worldwide popularity and had reached over 400 million album sales over 50 years (pictured circa 1975)
The Sun reported, “The peak concert – which will run until 2025 – will feature Abba performing as holograms of themselves in their prime.
“It will be located in a specially designed 3,000-seat venue in the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, where it will open next spring and an entire album of new music is in the works. “
He added: “The 6,710 square meter theater will host eight performances per week and allow for an immersive 360-degree experience, giving fans the chance to get acquainted with the recreations of the superstars, which will be joined on stage by real performers.
A bar, food stalls and shop are also reportedly included at the site, with The Sun having seen planning documents that show the building’s design allows it to be taken down for transport.
History: The group rose to fame after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with the hit single Waterloo (depicted as holograms)
The “preliminary plans” are for a subsequent move to Las Vegas or Stockholm.
The Waterloo band broke up at the height of their careers, and in their later years Bjorn divorced his bandmate Agnetha while Benny and Frida also went their separate ways.
They first performed together in decades in 2016 at a private event, which marked the 50th anniversary of the first meeting between songwriters Bjorn and Benny.
Split: The Waterloo group broke up at the height of their careers, and in their later years Bjorn divorced teammate Agnetha while Benny and Frida also went their separate ways (pictured in 1973)