Finally, the wait for Abba’s faithful is over.
Gathered in the recording studio, the pop legends premiered their first new music in nearly 40 years and unveiled an innovative live show that transforms the Swedish quartet into Abba-tars of virtual reality.
Presenting itself in a “pop-up” east of London, which will host the Abba Travel , Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad finally revealed their first new recordings since 1982.
To the delight of fans watching on a live broadcast, Abba confirmed it I still have faith in you i Don’t close me will be followed by a full album, titled Journey, in November.
I still have faith in you, a ballad about the group’s return, expressing uncertainty and asking “do I have it in me?” it surprised those waiting for Abba to return with a trampled dance floor. A video showed the first look at the group’s digital representatives.
Journey will be Abba’s first studio album since The visitors, the icy accompaniment of 1981 to the breakup of the marriages of Björn and Agnetha, as well as Benny and Frida, which led to the initial dissolution of the group.
The release of the new songs had been delayed a year due to the pandemic and the technical demands of the live “digital entertainment” experience, held at a specifically built 3,000-seat venue at Stratford Olympic Park.
Opened next May, Abba Voyage uses cutting-edge technology to bring digital virtual reality versions of the band’s members back to the stage from its heyday.
A team of 850 people from Industrial Light & Magic, the special effects studio founded by George Lucas, has used motion capture techniques to create the four Abba-tars, who will perform with a soundtrack provided by a band in live of 10 pieces. It will be a “big hits” program with 22 songs, Ulvaeus promised.
Bjorn and Benny made the ultimate sacrifice: shaving their famous beards to allow the motion capture team to map their faces.
Leading choreographer Wayne McGregor has created dance routines for digital stars.
Abba turned down a $ 1 billion offer for a live-gathering tour. The group said fans prefer to see classics like Dancing Queen performed by a representation of their younger selves, with their fantastic lavishness and adapted to the jump.
Twenty-year-old body doubles were hired to film scenes used for the movement captured by Abba-tars.
The eight RV shows of the week could last for years. The sand can be broken down and transported to places around the world.
He’s Abba’s last money player after Mamma Mia! movies, stage shows and immersive dining experience at the O2 Arena.
The new songs have a lot to live up to. Catapulted to fame after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo, Abba sold over 385 million records worldwide, with nine No. 1 albums and nine No. 1 singles in the UK alone.
Their 1992 blockbuster album became the first album to go 1,000 consecutive weeks in the Top 100 and is also the second best-selling album in the UK, with 5.61 million copies purchased, just behind Queen’s. Greatest Hits.
McGregor said, “Imagine: growing up in the north of England in the ’70s and learning to dance ballroom, Latin and disco with ABBA’s amazing songs.”
“We have shared many creative and joyful adventures with a bold collaborative team to make the impossible possible for ABBA Voyage: technological magic, immersion in the state of technology and innovation in entertainment.”
“And still in his burning heart, we just have new songs, new movements, classical songs, classical movements: ABBA is DANCE and always will be. See you on the dance floor.
Tickets for Abba Voyage are on sale starting Tuesday, September 7th.