All four Abba members made their first public appearance together in 14 years last night (May 26) as they walked the red carpet for the premiere of Abba Voyage in London.
Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad reunited for the start of the show, which was performed by avatars – or “Abba-Tars” – of the musicians.
“It’s been a dream of mine for years,” Lyngstad told the BBC on the red carpet. “We love our music, we love to sing.”
Benny reportedly stood up and clapped along to her 1976 hit “Dancing Queen.”
The foursome all took the stage at the end of the show and were greeted with thunderous applause from the crowd, which also included celebrities Kate Moss, Jarvis Cocker and Kylie Minogue.
The 196-show concert residency will take place in the newly built Abba Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Abbas’ digital avatars embody the stars in their 1970s heyday, performing a 22-song set of their greatest hits, backed by a real human band put together by the Klaxons’ James Righton. Read more about how animation works here.
The show follows the release of her album Tripwhich was released last November and was their first new material in four decades.
Read The Independent‘s five-star review of the album here.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/abba-voyage-reunite-red-carpet-b2088704.html Abba Voyage: The band’s first joint public appearance in 14 years on the red carpet of the concert premiere