ABBA Confirms New Songs, No Stage Reunion
Swedish Icons ABBA have announced two new songs, while management has denied a stage reunion.
Waring Abbott/Getty Images – Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Benny Andersson of ABBA performing in 1975 in New York City
Their avatars are expected to look like the group in its heyday
“The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence. We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did,” a group statement reads.
“And it was like time had stood still and that we only had been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!”
The studio session resulted in two new songs. “One of them ‘I still have faith in you’ will be performed by our digital selves in a TV special produced by NBC and the BBC aimed for Broadcasting in December. We may have come off age, but the song is new. And it feels good.
“Agnetha, Benny, Börn, Anni-Frid. Stockholm, Sweden, April 27th, 2018.”
The group’s manager told afonbladet.se, “You can not expect them to join forces on stage again. They will not do that.”
Universal Music Sweden confirmed that it would be releasing both news songs, but declined to reveal any further information about the avatar project or the accompanying tour, which is expected to launch in 2019.
The band last took the stage together in summer 2016, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the day Agnetha Faltskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad first met in Linköping, Sweden.