Swedish four-piece legend ABBA has announced that they have reunited with new material for the first time in 35 years.
In a statement released on Friday, members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad revealed that they had recorded two new songs for a 2019 virtual reality tour where avatars of the band – known as ‘Abbatars’ – will perform.
“The decision to go ahead with the exciting Abba avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence. We all felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did. And it was like time had stood still and we had only been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!”
The statement continued: “It resulted in two new songs and one of them ‘I Still Have Fair In You’ will be performed by our digital selves in a TV special produced by NBC and the BBC aimed for broadcasting in December.
“We may have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good.”
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The Abbatars will appear as how the band members look like back in 1979, during their height of fame when they performed their third and final tour.
Formed in 1972, ABBA is the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries.
Some of their iconic hits including “Dancing Queen”, “The Winner Takes it All”, “Fernando”, “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”, “Money, Money, Money”, “Mamma Mia”, and more.