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ABBA announce that their new album "Voyage" will be their last: "This is it... It’s got to be"

ABBA announce that their new album "Voyage" will be their last: "This is it... It’s got to be"

For their last and final act, the band wants to give fans "an experience that nobody has ever had in music."

One cannot speak of music from the 70s without mentioning ABBA, the four-member pop sensation that dominated the charts and had their voices gush through speakers in households across the world. 

The group has reunited for one more act after their four-decade break from music. And they have confirmed that this will be the very last time fans will get to hear Benny Andersson, 74, Agnetha Fältskog, 71, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 75, and Bjorn Ulvaeus, 76, will perform as the one and only ABBA.

Decades back, the Swedish pop pioneers decided to part ways in 1982. However, Benny insisted that they didn't say it was the end of ABBA at the time.

"I didn’t actually say that, 'This is it' in 1982," Benny told The Guardian, as quoted by the Daily Mail.



 

Nearly 40 years after their split, the band is back together, recording for their ninth studio album called Voyage and preparing for their immersive digital stage show that will take place in London. The band gave fans plenty to be excited about after announcing their upcoming album, but they also confirmed that this will, most certainly, be the last thing they create together. 

"I never said myself that ABBA was never going to happen again," Benny said of their previous split but added: "I can tell you now: this is it."



 

Confirming that Voyage would mark the end of ABBA, Benny said, "This is it... It’s got to be, you know."

Their new concert will be nothing like a typical stage. It is set to have digital versions of ABBA's four members, created after months of motion-capture and performance techniques. It will feature the band performing as holograms, looking like their younger selves from the peak of their career.



 

"That's the vision we have, an experience that nobody has ever had in music," said Björn in an interview with Australia's A Current Affair, according to the Daily Mail. "You know to sit in the audience on opening night and see this thing, see ourselves... it's going to be weird and wonderful."

Assuring fans that it will be as close to the real-deal as can be, Björn added, "It will be us, in the way that we really have infused ourselves in these avatars with movement, with facials expressions, with the voices, all of that stuff makes it, it's us."



 

As they invited fans to attend the concert, which will start from May 27, 2022, they wrote on their website: "Join us for a concert 40 years in the making. A concert that combines the old and new, the young and not-so-young. A concert that has brought all four of us together again. ABBA Voyage is the long-awaited concert from one of the biggest pop acts of all time. See ABBA's avatars accompanied by a 10-piece live band, in a custom-built arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London."

To give the complete experience of a musical comeback, the band is release their new album on November 5, 2021, which will feature 10 new songs. Three songs, Just a Notion, I Still Have Faith in You and Don't Shut Me Down are already available for fans to stream online.

Cover image source: Getty Images | Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive

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