In 2014, an ABBA member said, “We took a break in 1982, and it was meant to be a break. It’s still a break and will remain so. You’ll never see us on stage again.”
Those words hurt the heart of ABBA fans who would sing along to songs like “Knowing me, Knowing you” and “Mamma Mia”. There was also speculation the group had once been offered $1Billion to perform together, but they turned it down.
Still in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the group came together to perform alongside one another in Stockholm, Sunday (June, 5) after being on break for thirty years.
— Celia (@ToppysaurusRex) June 6, 2016
The event which was a private gathering was held to celebrate the fifty-year anniversary since one half of the group, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus met for the first time. The duo were joined by Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Faltskog who began the performance.
The Guardian confirmed the impromptu event began when Agnetha and Anni-Frid sang-along to Me and I as a tribute to Benny and Bjorn. The reunion was made official as all members couldn’t hold back and had to recite the songs together, to the unbelievable amazement of everyone present.
Paul McCartney even sent a video message of congratulations.
Speaking on the experience, Anni-Frid said to Swedish newspaper, Expressen, “It was absolutely amazing. A lot of emotions. We’ve made this journey throughout our history. Benny and Bjorn in particular. It’s been very nostalgic.”
— icethesite (@icethesite) June 6, 2016
The group reunited in January but there was no singing involved as their presence together was for a new entertainment venture tagged, “Mamma Mia, The Party”.
ABBA which was made up of two couples, split, as a musical unit in 1982 after both sets of spouses divorced – same year they had their last tour.
The separation led to the birth of the classic heartbreak song, “The Winner Takes It All”.
The group’s compilation “ABBA Gold” which was released in 1992, is the second-highest-selling-album of all time in the UK and their “Mamma Mia” jukebox musical has earned over $2Billion since its debut.
They might not be churning out songs, yet ABBA still stays paid. But what I wouldn’t give for a new song from them.