It’s almost time to say Thank You For The Music all over again. The greatest pop band of all time is about to turn us all into Dancing Queens as the Super Troopers return with new music. Yes, we could go on like this all night, it’s easy because the Swedish superstars have such an incredible back catalogue. However, they are about to add two brand new classics to the list and the first one will finally arrive later this year. It seems the music might already be done but the video is taking much longer for one very important reason.
It’s all the fault of the ‘Abbatars,’ apparently.
While they might sound unfortunately like the place where many animals draw their last breath, they are the virtual reality recreations of the band who will front a BBC television special followed by a world tour.
Bjorn said: “You’ll hear the voices of ABBA coming out of the mouths of the Abbatars. You won’t be able to see that they’re not human beings. It’ll be spooky, I assure you, but great fun and no one has done it before.”
However, they are taking almost as long to get ready as the band did to record new music in the first place…
The first tracks were originally planned to be released last December.
In an interview with Speaking to Danish tabloid newspaper Ekstra Bladet, Ulvaeus explained the new music “has been delayed for too long” as “it takes an extremely long time” to make a video with the Abbatars.
Instead, the first track and video will now be released in “September or October.”
Earlier reports said the first track will be I Still Have Faith In You. A second track called Don’t Shut Me Down is expected to debut on the ABBA Abbatar world tour.
The Abbatars will recreate Ulvaeus and his legendary bandmates Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad the way they looked in their 1970s heyday.
The plans for the Abbatar tour actually inspired the band to start writing new music, resulting in the two new tracks.
ABBA said: “The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence. 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.”