Swedish pop sensations ABBA announced this week that they are reuniting 35 years after they last released an original single, recording two new tracks for an upcoming “avatar tour” and TV special. Yes, you read that right — an avatar tour.
OK, lets back this up. The legendary group, made up of Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Björn Ulvaeus, ceased performing together in 1982 and last released an original single in 1983, “Thank You For the Music,” in the U.K. and Ireland. Last year they announced they’d reunited to work on a “virtual reality tour,” or “avatar tour,” in which they’d appear digitally on stage, essentially as holograms. On April 27, the band announced that, while prepping for that 2019 tour, they wound up back in the studio and banged out two new tunes.
“The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence,” ABBA said in a statement.“We all four 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 that we only had been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience! It resulted in two new songs, and one of them ‘I Still Have Faith 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 have may come of age, but the song is new, and it feels good.”