ABBA’s four members reunite on stage: will they ever sing together?

Legendary Swedish supergroup ABBA, made up of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad made a rare appearance together in Stockholm, but no one left the reunion saying “Thank You For the Music”, because the quartet didn’t sing a note. The band members appeared together for the first time since 2008 for the opening of Mamma Mia! The Party, a Greek tavern-themed venue where diners interact with characters based on the ABBA musical Mamma Mia, which became a 2007 feature film starring Meryl Streep.

The dinner show (picture a Swedish version of Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding) was the brainchild of Bjorn, who was behind the reunion. When asked about the meeting, he told the Daily Mail, “I put the call out, but I wasn’t sure if one or two would come. Getting up on stage was all Frida’s idea.” Was it an emotional reunion? Says Bjorn, “It was emotional. It felt very natural, affectionate,” adding, “It was all over very quickly.” The band were together on stage briefly and were photographed separately. They used to be married to each other (Agnetha and Bjorn and Anni-Frid and Benny were the 2 couples who made up ABBA), and I can only think of really ugly divorces as the reason they can’t stand to be near each other for more than a few brief minutes.

I was a huge ABBA fan back in the day and it’s great to see them all together again. I would pay top dollar if they embarked on a reunion tour, but there’s seemingly nothing – not even a billion dollars – that will get them to perform “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” “Fernando” or any of their massive hits. (And don’t get me started about Frida’s 80s solo hit “I Know There’s Something Going On”.) I guess I’ll have to head to Sweden with $155 in hand (the cost for the Mamma Mia experience) and remember the good times. Actually, I would rather go to a Muriel’s Wedding-themed dinner experience.

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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    My feelings about Abba can be summed up by the teenager who called her mother and said, “I have Abba running through my head, mommy, make it stop.” I can’t recall if this happened in a movie or in real life, but it resonated with me much more than Abba ever did.

  2. Astrid says:

    why did they bother getting on stage?

  3. Brenda says:

    I still love ABBA. And I still think “I know there’s something going on” is one of the best pop songs of the 80′s.

  4. LAK says:

    Their album ‘the winner takes all’ still makes me sad.

    Talk about marital issues!!!

    • delphi says:

      Oh my god, yes. Whenever the self-pity kicks in that album is put on repeat on the ol’ iPod. So beautifully sad.

  5. frivolity says:

    Count me in for the Murial’s Wedding-themed dinner!

  6. Laura says:

    I love Abba! I can understand if they don’t want to tour anymore but I would absolutely pay $$ to see them in concert. Thanks for posting about them!

  7. JenniferJustice says:

    I love ABBA! Sad they won’t attempt a reunion tour, but I get it. They’re past ABBA even if we aren’t. :(

  8. Apsutter says:

    I’m 30 so too young to have witnessed them together but I freaking ADORE Abba!! SOS is my jam! I used to work at Best Buy and we always had Abba Gold in stock and consistently sold copies of it week in and week out. I’ll say the same thing now as I did then. People will give you crap about liking them and tease but something like 30 million copies of that album have been sold since the 90s so if no one likes them then who’s buying that record?! Personally I think they’re a big guilty pleasure to many a musical snob lol

  9. Stadun says:

    ABBA is the soundtrack to all of our family get-togethers during the 80s. My aunt & mom LOVED ABBA and it played the entire time we were at my Aunt’s house, every time. And we went for a big family dinner at least once a month (or more).