Dust off your platform shoes, take out flares and shorts – Abba makes music again.
The Swedish group, which dominated pop charts between 1974 and 1982 with hits such as Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen, has recorded their first material in more than 35 years.
The four pieces have provided two new songs for a tour with computer generated abbatars, avatars of the band as they were in 1979.
Agnetha Faltskog, 68, Bjorn Ulvaeus, 73, Benny Andersson, 71 and Anni- Frid Lyngstad, 72, announced the news in a joint statement on social media yesterday. They met to help with the virtual reality project and said they ended up recording the songs as an "unexpected consequence".
The book of history on the shelf: Abba after winning the Swedish branch of the Eurovision Song Contest with his song Waterloo  & # 39; The four of us thought that, after about 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and enter the recording studio. So we did it, "they said," and it was as if time had stopped and we were just on vacation for a short vacation. "
An extremely cheerful experience! & # 39; One of the new songs, & # 39; I still have faith in you & # 39 ;, will appear in the first concert of the tour, which will be shown on the BBC in December.The avatar show will take everyone around next year.
Although Abba was separated in 1982 after ten years, they retain legions of admirers, thanks to their songs that are constantly on the radio and the success of Mamma Mia, a musical that presents its successes that have spawned two films.
Back together: The group appeared together after years of fighting in & # 39; Mamma Mia! First music minister of the party in Stockholm, Sweden in 2016
They were already popular in Sweden when in 1974 the two married couples, who used the initials of their names as an acronym to create the name of the band, soared to international fame for winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo. Their combination of catchy melodies and kitsch clothes helped them achieve nine No 1 singles in the UK.
But his songs took on a more melancholic tone since the late 70s when the marriages of the first Ulvaeus and Miss Faltskog and then Andersson and Miss Lyngstad collapsed.
Abba split up in 1982 and has sung together only twice since then, in 1986 for a song honoring a friend and in 2016 at a private party.
the opportunity: the band was represented in the 1980s after a series of successful singles.
Ulvaeus previously insisted that the group would never play together again, saying: & # 39; I think we do not feel the motivation.
& # 39; The four of us, with live concerts? No. The simple answer is because we do not want to.
But in 2016 they revealed that they would meet to work with the former Spice Girls manager, Simon Fuller, on the virtual reality project. The full details were not released until yesterday, when they announced the concert presenting avatars created digitally scanning and "desgranando" the four to be seen as they did in 1979, during his third and last tour.
His statement said: "The decision to move forward with Abba's exciting avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence, resulting in two new songs and one of them, I Still Have Faith In You, will be performed by our I digital in a television special produced by NBC and the BBC for broadcast in December, we may have reached the age of majority, but the song is new, and it feels good & # 39;
Days of glory: Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Bjorn Ulvaeus during the opening night of The first gi American branch of Abba in Edmonton, Canada in 1979