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All Four Members of ABBA Go Through Digitizing Process For Special

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of ABBA are working together to be turned into ‘Abbatars’ for a tribute show being jointing produced by the BBC and NBC.

“It’s a kind of ABBA tribute show, but the centrepiece … will be something I call ‘Abbatars’. It is digital versions of ABBA, from 1979,” Björn Ulvaeus told AFP.

The Abbatars were created in the Silicon Valley with the four members offering their time to be photographed from hundreds of angles for the project. “It’s the first time it’s ever been done,” Björn said.

At this stage it is not known what the format of the show will be but Abbatar ABBA is expected to perform one song in the show.

ABBA’s last concert was in Tokyo, Japan on March 27, 1980. It is interesting to note that on that final show ABBA omitted four of their most successful songs, the hits ‘Ring Ring’, ‘Waterloo’, ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Mamma Mia’, from the set list.

ABBA set list March 27, 1980
  • Voulez-Vous (from Voulez-Vous, 1979)
  • If It Wasn’t for the Nights (from Voulez-Vous, 1979)
  • As Good as New (from Voulez-Vous, 1979)
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You (from Arrival, 1976)
  • Rock Me (from ABBA, 1975)
  • Not Bad at All (Tomas Ledin cover)
  • Chiquitita (from Voulez-Vous, 1979)
  • Money, Money, Money (from Arrival, 1976)
  • I Have a Dream (from Voulez-Vous, 1979)
  • Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  • SOS (from ABBA, 1975)
  • Fernando (single, 1976)
  • The Name of the Game (from Abba The Album, 1977)
  • Eagle (from ABBA The Album, 1977)
  • Thank You for the Music (from Abba The Album, 1977)
  • Why Did It Have to Be Me? (from Arrival, 1976)
  • Intermezzo No. 1 (from ABBA, 1975)
  • I’m Still Alive (unreleased)
  • Summer Night City (single, 1978)
  • Take a Chance on Me (from ABBA The Album, 1977)
  • Does Your Mother Know (from Voulez-Vous, 1979)
  • Hole in Your Soul (from ABBA The Album, 1977)