ABBA releases its first new song in 40 years with a concert performance that fully digitizes the “Dancing Queen” quartet. The new album ‘Voyage’, which will be released on November 5, is the follow-up song to ‘The Visitor’, a swan song by the Swedish supergroup in 1981.
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And a virtual version of the band will start a series of concerts in London on May 27th. “We took a break in the spring of 1982 and decided it was time to end it,” ABBA said in a statement Thursday.
“We recorded a sequel to ‘The Visitor’ because it was reckless to wait more than 40 years between albums.” The group was founded by George Lucas’ special effects company, Industrial Light & Magic.
They go beyond holograms, saying their virtual version is “strange and wonderful.” “I got an offer to go on a tour with a hologram. ABBA’s guitarist, backup singer and co-songwriter Björn Ulvaeus said at a press conference on Thursday.
“And we soon realized that it was impossible because holograms are an old technology. But I mean, the vision of having our digital selves was there and even a possibility.” “I want to try it before I die,” said Benny Andersson, 74, who also plays keyboard, sings and composes with Ulvaeus. Ulvaeus said, “It’s better to do it before you die. Because then it will be more accurate.”
They used motion capture and other technologies to sing and play together for hours every day for several weeks to create a 22-song, roughly 90-minute show. “We wore leotards with dots and with little ones,” Ulvaeus said.
“And we had helmets with cameras and spots on our faces. And there the four of us were singing this song together.” They say it’s hard work, but great joy. But it is one thing. “The biggest problem was that I had to shave my beard,” Andersson said. “I’ve grown a beard for 50 years.”
The planned show spurred the production of an album featuring “I Still Have Faith In You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down”. It started as a 2018 session, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. “It was great to see the four of us back together in the studio,” Andersson said.
The show comes 50 years after the group’s founding, which mostly consists of two married couples, whose name is an acronym for member Agnetha Fältskog (71, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 75). Ulvaeus and Anderson. Their music is partly the stage musical “Mamma Mia!” Thanks to them, they were everywhere in the decades after their breakup. And the two films that followed.
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They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. Last week the group launched a website titled “ABBA Voyage” to herald a new announcement. Tickets go on sale on Tuesdays.