ABBA makes uncommon look for ‘Voyage’ live performance sequence in London that includes digital avatars


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Swedish supergroup ABBA has returned to the stage as digital avatars for a brand new London live performance residency.

On Thursday, all 4 members of the band publicly reunited to attend the opening evening of “ABBA Voyage.”

Benny Andersson, 75; Agnetha Fältskog, 72;  Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 76; and Björn Ulvaeus, 77, had been all smiles on the pink carpet as they posed for photographers earlier than coming into the brand new ABBA Enviornment in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the place they watched their digital avatars hit the stage.

The present opened to the general public in London Friday, the day after a glitzy star-studded premiere attended by superfans, celebrities and Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. 


The 4 band members — two married {couples} throughout ABBA’s heyday, although now lengthy divorced — received a rapturous ovation once they took a bow on the finish of Thursday’s present, 50 years after they shaped ABBA, and 40 years after they stopped performing stay.

Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA attend the first performance of ABBA

Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA attend the primary efficiency of ABBA “Voyage” at ABBA Enviornment Might 26, 2022, in London.
(Dave J Hogan/Getty Photographs)

With the assistance of motion-capture know-how, followers loved their beloved hits, reminiscent of “Mamma Mia,” “SOS,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You” and “Dancing Queen,” simply to call just a few. The “ABBA-tars” depicted the band performing simply as they regarded in 1979, which was three years earlier than the group break up. The live performance sequence helps ABBA’s studio album “Voyage,” the band’s first launch in 40 years.

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Onstage on the specifically constructed 3,000-seat ABBA Enviornment subsequent to London’s Olympic Park had been a 10-piece stay backing band and a digital ABBA, created utilizing movement seize and different know-how by Industrial Gentle and Magic, the particular results agency based by “Star Wars” director George Lucas.

The group’s final public look was in 2016 to have a good time the fiftieth anniversary of Ulvaeus and Andersson’s friendship on the Berns Salonger Resort in downtown Stockholm.

The band members had been delighted by the present.

“I never knew I had such amazing moves,” Ulvaeus mentioned.

Lyngstad agreed: “I thought I was quite good, but I’m even better.”

Ulvaeus mentioned the viewers’s response was essentially the most gratifying a part of the expertise.

ABBA poses for a group shot in Copenhagen, Denmark, circa 1974.

ABBA poses for a gaggle shot in Copenhagen, Denmark, circa 1974.
(Jorgen Angel/Redferns)

“There’s an emotional connection between the avatars and the audience,” he mentioned. “That’s the fantastic thing.”

Gimmick or genius, “ABBA Voyage” is booked in London till Might 2023, with a world tour deliberate after that.

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The Related Press contributed to this report.


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