Swedish pop band at the helm of the 70s disco scene, ABBA, did all their fans a favor and got together on June 5 at the Berns Salonger hotel in Stockholm, as reported by Expressen. All four original members – Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Faltskog were in attendance, this being the second time they gathered together, the last being in January for the opening of Mama Mia! The Party.
ABBA came to prominence after they become the first Swedish pop band to win at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, with their hit single, Waterloo. They went on to make some of the best music and ruled for nearly a decade, selling an estimated 500 million records during their time as Europe’s top band. Their songs including Dancing Queen, Voulez-Vous, Does Your Mother Know, etc. were regularly tracks at discos all over the world. Friends Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson were parts of different bands while still in their teens, but when they collaborated, magic happened. Their partners, Anni-Frid and Agnetha initially began their careers with the band by accompanying their respective boyfriends to the recording studios. Though they lent their voices for backup vocals, they soon became regulars when female pitches were needed.
Together the quartet shot to superstardom status and toured extensively in Europe and around the world, including the Americas and Australia. Even though they didn’t remain together for long and each of the two couples split, they continued making great music as a band and individually. Life took the two women their separate way, though both Bjorn and Benny have continued making good music and being the best of friends for decades now. They didn’t get together for a long time and it was assumed that the band would never reunite, though they did after nearly 3 decades apart, in Jan this year.
It’s great to see them back again and hopefully they may officially go on tour or at least release some new music again. However, it is claimed that in the past they did decline a $1 billion deal to get back again, so who knows what the future holds for history’s great pop band of all time?