Via nbcnews.com. Ever since the Mamma Mia movies came out, my wife and daughter blast ABBA in the Nowlin house which used to be a rock only sanctuary. They even went to see the musical on Broadway! So, as soon as I got word that ABBA is back, I shared the news with them. I can hear the screams from here.
In a global live streamed event today, the band announced that after a 40 year hiatus they will release a new 10-track album, ‘Voyage," on Nov. 10. But that's not all. They've built their own theatre in London for a new digital concert experience starting May 27, 2022, that will take place at ABBA Arena, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
The original members, Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus — will be performing as digital avatars, aka "ABBA-tars" with a live 10-piece band. It's a hologram show with their voices coming out of their 1970's bodies!
The "ABBA-tars" 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," the band said in its news release.
Check out the video of their new song, "I Still Have Faith In You." At around the 3:50 mark of the song we see their ABBAtars. Creepy, like the kids on The Polar Express, or cool?
How many bands will follow this digital path? Aerosmith, I'm looking at you!