ABBA Discuss Waterloo Anniversary

abbaMamma mia, here they go again! According to singer Agnetha Faltskog, the band aims to mark Eurovision’s 40th anniversary “in some way” next year. The possible reunion of legendary Swedish pop group ABBA ignited the U.K. media on Monday. Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, and Anni-Frid could once more be brought together in 2014.

Forming in 1972, it was ABBA’s performance of the group’s first number one single hit, “Waterloo,” on Eurovision that shotgunned them to fame. The glam-clad ensemble continued to top charts worldwide for the next decade with singles like “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance On Me.”

While the group never formally announced a break up, their last performance took place on Dec. 11, 1982, on the British program The Late, Late Breakfast Show. Since then, Faltskog and Lyngstad pursued solo careers while Andersson and Ulvaeus wrote the hit musical Chess and reworked 24 ABBA hits into the musical Mamma Mia, which was then successfully brought to the screen starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. In July of 2008, the four members did join together for the Swedish premiere of the movie Mamma Mia, marking only the second time all of them had appeared together in public since 1986.

In her interview with German weekly Welt am Sonntag, Faltskog—who recently released a new solo album—said she did not want to spend too much time pondering whether a reunion should take place or not. “That eats up too much energy. Don’t just think about it, just do it,” she said. And although all four members have persistently ruled out reuniting in the past, Faltskog claims that “of course it is something we’re thinking about.”

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Sky News noted that ABBA was one of the few major global hit-makers not to have reunited. At the time, Ulvaeus and Andersson disappointed a generation by declaring there was “simply no motivation to regroup.”

Faltskog and Ulvaeus, and Andersson and Lyngstad were both married couples, and both subsequently divorced — although the band never formally broke up. “We would like people to remember us as we were, young, exuberant and full of ambition,” Ulvaeus said.

Since ABBA’s win at the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England that transformed them into a global phenomenon, the quartet has sold more than 380 million records worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

“There seem to be plans to do something to mark this anniversary in some way. But I can’t say at this point what will come of them,” Faltskog said.

The world will just have to wait and see how ABBA decides to rekindle the flame. Until then, check out the 1974 performance that started it all above.

By Lucy Deller

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