Legendary Swedish pop group ABBA delighted longtime fans when they reunited to mark their 50th anniversary in Stockholm on Tuesday..
The band — which comprised of Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad — made a rare appearance on stage last weekend, performing together for the first time since 1986, reports mirror.co.uk.
The musicians were celebrating at a private party at the city’s Berns Salonger hotel and opted for a low-key function to ring in the milestone.
According to local newspaper the Expressen, the Dancing Queen stars were joined on stage by local celebrities and actors from the European country. The quartet joined together to sing “Me and I” from their 1980 album “Super Trouper”.
Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad performed the Abba song The Way Old Friends Do.
Ulvaeus and Andersson joined in at the end of the song, marking the band’s first public performance in 30 years.
ABBA, formed in 19672, became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 at The Dome in Brighton, UK, giving Sweden its first triumph in the contest, and were the most successful group ever to take part in the competition.
ABBA’s record sales figure is uncertain and various estimates range from over 140 to over 500 million sold records. This makes them one of the best-selling music artists. ABBA was the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and on a lesser scale, the U.S. The group also enjoyed significant success in Latin American markets, and recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish.
While there is no video footage of the show, two photographs have circulated of the band embracing each other on stage. The last time they were all together was for the opening of Stockholm’s Mama Mia! The Party, which was held on January 20 this year but they didn’t perform on that occasion.
Speaking after Sunday’s celebration, Lyngstad told Swedish newspaper Expressen: “It was absolutely amazing. A lot of emotions.
“We’ve made this journey throughout our history. Benny and Bjorn in particular. Its been very nostalgic.” – IANS