ABBA Omnibus · Everything ABBA.
In April we had the most exciting and unexpected news, with the
announcement that ABBA had recorded two new songs, I STILL HAVE
FAITH IN YOU and DON'T SHUT ME DOWN. The songs were recorded for
the upcoming ABBAtar tour, a concert event with digital
representations of ABBA performing ABBA's hits with a live band.
We even saw two photographs of the band in the studio, recording
Since then the news has dimmed somewhat, with somewhat confusing
evidence that the release of the first of the new songs has been
delayed from December 2018 to possibly March 2019 or even later. It has been
mentioned in passing a couple of times by Björn and even Frida,
but there is no firm news, leading to conjecture and rumour.
The movie sequel
MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN
has been a massive worldwide success, if not quite to the same
level as the original film. Check for more about both films in the
MAMMA MIA! sub-site.
Next year, in addition to the two new ABBA songs and the abab
tar tour, we can expect new music from Benny, in the form of an
album of accordian music, plus more music from Benny Anderssons
Orkester. The musical MAMMA MIA! celebrates its 20th
anniversary, but we don't know what plans there are to
commemorate that event. Stay tuned for more!
Ian Cole / Sydney
Australia / November 2018