For the first time in 40 years, the original four members of ABBA are reuniting for both a studio album and a digital concert production. The new album Voyage will be released on November 5th, 2021, but two singles from the album are already available digitally. Meanwhile the Abba Voyage concerts will take place beginning May 27, 2022 from a specially built arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Park and will feature digital likenesses of ABBA based on how they looked in the 1970s.
ABBA was formed in 1972 in Stockholm Sweden consisting of the quartet of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad. The quartet was actually two married couples – Agnetha and Björn, as well as Benny and Frida. Both marriages disintegrated during the band’s. The band would disband in 1981 following the album The Visitors. Agnetha and Frida pursued solo careers while Björn and Benny became acclaimed songwriters. All four members are now into their 70s in terms of age.
According to a press release, the Digital representations that will be used in the Abba Voyage concerts were created following weeks and months of motion-capture and performance techniques with the four band members and an 850-strong team from Industrial Light & Magic, the company founded by George Lucas, in what is the company’s first foray into music.
“From the very beginning of my career, and having had the privilege to work with them directly for many years since, it’s been a tremendous joy to be surrounded by ABBA and their music. Their boundless creativity and timeless melodies makes us want to partner with them on everything they do because we know it will be simply great.” commented Sir Lucian Grainge, CEO and Chairman of Universal Music Group in a press release.