ABBA Release Two Songs Ahead of New Album and Virtual Concert
Swedish pop supergroup ABBA, one of the most internationally recognized bands of all time, have reunited. After nearly 40 years apart, the band has released two singles ahead of an upcoming new ten-song studio album and upcoming concert.
The high-tech concert will take place in a custom-built arena in London and feature the avatars of the Swedish quartet performing alongside a ten-piece band. The event kicks off May 27, 2022.
The group’s new Voyage studio album was recorded in Stockholm and will be released worldwide on November 5. The two newly released singles “I Still Have Faith in You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down” are part of the upcoming album and will be included in the live performances. The singles are the first music released since “Under Attack,” the last single ABBA released in December of 1982. Both singles have videos on Youtube with more than 1.5 million views in the first five hours since being unveiled. The videos contain scenes from the band’s historic past with current flashes of the quartet interspersed.
Formed in 1972, the Swedish quartet consists of singers Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad and multi-instrumentalists Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. As one of the most successful music groups of all time, ABBA reached its greatest success from 1972-1982 with several top-10 hits including “Waterloo” (1974), “SOS” (1975), “Mamma Mia” (1975), “Fernando” (1976), “Dancing Queen” (1976), “Knowing Me, Knowing You” (1977), “Take a Chance on Me” (1978), “I Have a Dream” (1979), “The Winner Takes It All” (1980), and “One of Us” (1981). The band had several breakups during its existence, with its final disbandment in 1982. The band reunited for a one-off event in 2016 for a British TV performance. ABBA reached major success in Europe, filling stadiums with capacity crowds in excess of 100,000 fans. The supergroup had only four tours: Swedish Folkpark Tour (1973), European Tour (1974–1975), European & Australian Tour (1977) and ABBA: The Tour (1979–1980).
During the early 1980s the band had limited interest in the U.S. and was primarily recognized as a disco band with the 1976 release of “Dancing Queen” from Arrival (1976). Their only North American tour took place in 1979 and included 18 stops in mostly moderate-sized venues.
ABBA 1979 North American Tour Dates
September 17 – Seattle
September 18 – Portland
September 19 – Concord
September 21 – Anaheim
September 22 – San Diego
September 23 – Tempe
September 24 – Las Vegas
September 26 – Omaha
September 27 – Saint Paul
September 29 – Milwaukee
September 30 – Chicago
October 2 – New York City
October 3 – Boston