After 40 years, ABBA is back with a new record and a virtual stage play

ABBA is releasing its first new music in four decades, as well as a concert in which the “Dancing Queen” quartet will play solely in digital format. 

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ABBA is releasing its first new music in four decades, as well as a concert in which the “Dancing Queen” quartet will play solely in digital format. 

“Voyage” is a new album that will be published soon “The album, due out Nov. 5, is a follow-up to 1981’s “The Visitors,” which served as the Swedish supergroup’s farewell song until now. On May 27, a virtual version of the band will kick off a series of gigs in London. 

“We took a hiatus in the spring of 1982, and now we’ve decided it’s time to call it quits,” says the narrator “In a statement released on Thursday, ABBA announced. “It’s said that waiting more than 40 years between albums is foolish, so we’ve recorded a follow-up to ‘The Visitors.’” 

The holographic live show was created with George Lucas’ special-effects studio, Industrial Light & Magic, employing motion capture and other techniques. 

It’s been dubbed “the craziest and most stunning concert you’ve ever seen.” 

According to the group’s statement, “we’ll be able to sit back in an audience and watch our digital selves play our songs.” “Weird and wonderful!” exclaims the narrator. 

The upcoming concert prompted the creation of the album, which includes the new songs “I Still Have Faith In You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down.” Sessions began in 2018 but were postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

The concert will take place 50 years after the creation of the band, which for the most part comprised of two married couples and whose name is an abbreviation of the members’ first names: Agnetha Fältskog, 71, Björn Ulvaeus, 76, Benny Andersson, 74, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 75. 

In the decades since their breakup, their music has remained popular, thanks in part to the stage musical “Mamma Mia!” and the two films that followed it. 

In 2010, they were enshrined in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The quartet teased the impending announcement with the establishment of a website called “ABBA Voyage” last week. On Tuesday, tickets will go on sale.



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