Welcome to ABBAtalk! More than 35 years since their last concert tour, the members of ABBA are preparing to give their fans a new entertainment experience in the form of virtual reality technology. Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid will be involved throughout the creative process - and the group has even recorded two new songs, while Benny has hinted that there may be a third song on the way! Benny Andersson: "We're inspired by the limitless possibilities of what the future holds and are loving being a part of creating something new and dramatic here. A time machine that captures the essence of who we were. And are." ABBA issued a joint announcement: "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. And it was like time stood still and that we had only been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!" On 15 December we'll hold our fifteenth unofficial ABBA fan event - more details on our Christmas Party will be announced soon! Join the discussion on Facebook, read the latest news on Twitter, follow us on Instagram and watch our videos on YouTube.Chris WilliamsLondon, December 2018
NEW ABBA SONGSWorking together in the recording studio for the first time since August 1982, ABBA will release two new songs entitled 'I Still Have Faith In You' and 'Don't Shut Me Down' in 2019, according to Björn Ulvaeus. Benny Andersson added that a third song may be recorded!
VIRTUAL REALITY CONCERTAll four ABBA members are involved in the creation of a virtual reality experience. Frida said, "Our fans around the world are always asking us to reform and so I hope this new ABBA creation will excite them as much as it excites me!" More details will be announced in 2019.
A TRIBUTE TO ABBAA two-hour TV special showcasing specially invited guests performing ABBA's classic songs was announced by NBC/BBC, but has been postponed indefinitely. The BBC will continue to produce their own show.
LONDON PREMIEREMamma Mia! The Party opens in London next year and tickets are available from Eventim. (In the meantime, our next unofficial ABBA fan event takes place on 15 December 2018!)
ABOUT US ABBAtalk began in 2013 as a Facebook discussion group for ABBA fans and has since become the most active ABBA fan forum worldwide. (Statistics: Across social media ABBAtalk reaches more than 40,000 subscribers, while our YouTube videos have collectively had around 12 million views.) Thanks to the incredible support of the ABBAtalk team - my good friends Mike, Gareth, Trent and Ángel - we've hosted 14 unofficial ABBA fan events in London, some of which have featured on-stage interviews with ABBA's very own musicians and associates. We also arrange free-to-enter competitions and give away posters, records and CDs. We hosted the launch of Carl Magnus Palm's book 'ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions' and, with the special permission of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, our audience was treated to performances of 6 unreleased ABBA songs that have never been heard in full outside the recording studio: 'Lady Bird', 'In The Arms Of Rosalita', 'So Simple', 'Terra del Fuego' plus early versions of 'Bang-A-Boomerang' and 'Hole In Your Soul'. Full details of those recordings can be found in the book. PRESS It's always a pleasure to discuss ABBA. As such, I've appeared on national and regional TV broadcasts in the UK, USA and Sweden and have happily given interviews to the organisations noted below. I'd be delighted to put journalists in touch with ABBA fans in London and worldwide - please get in touch.