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Thursday, 7 December 2017

ABBA Super Troupers Exhibition - Southbank UK - Opening Soon !




ABBA Super Troupers Exhibition

Southbank Centre - London UK

14 December 2017 -  29 April 2018

Yep, that’s right. We’re getting set to go 'Head Over Heels' for all things ABBA as we say 'Thank You For the Music' in an exhibition that will have you clamouring to hand over your 'Money, Money, Money'. OK, we’ll stop the puns and focus instead on the details of what’s set to be a truly unique experience, pitching the Swedish supergroup against the news and social events of 1970s Britain.
With Entertainment Exhibitions International AB, and in association with ABBA The Museum in Stockholm we’re bringing the world of the chart-topping Swedish pop sensation to life in a brand new exhibition. The immersive experience will chart the group’s music, lyrics, creative process, and irrefutable influence as one of the most iconic pop bands of the modern age.

Benny Andersson went full glam-rock with his look early on, but he was never a fan of the platform shoe. On a 1979 tour of Europe and North America, he wanted low-heeled boots the same colour as his glistening white stage outfit, but none could be found. Abba’s enterprising crew bought him these cheap cowboy numbers and painted them. Abba were a thrifty band, using theatrical tricks rather than expensive details to make their costumes work – and no one could see the paint-marks left by the boots from the crowd. Off stage, Andersson ditched them for Fred Perry plimsolls.
* There seems to be an error here - we all know Benny wore these boots in 1977 !

ABBA: Super Troupers is a guided exhibition which goes beyond the surface of the group to transport you on a journey through previously unseen archive material including ABBA’s original costumes, handwritten notes and sketches, personal photographs, music and instruments. It will also feature album artwork, photography and film by notable collaborators such as film director Lasse Hallström.

One of the memorable costumes designed by Owe Sandström and worn by Frida Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog during the band’s Australian tour in 1977.

For the first time, objects from ABBA The Museum and private archives will be brought together in the UK, charting the success of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, from their individual careers to that Eurovision Song Contest win and their subsequent international stardom.

ABBA: Super Troupers opens to the public on Thursday 14 December 2017 as part of our Wintertime festival, and the final month of Nordic Matters – a year-long programme of Nordic arts and culture here throughout 2017.

Come on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA as they take over 1970s Britain in this one-of-a-kind exhibition.
Led by a personal tour guide and the voice of narrator Jarvis Cocker, we take you through nine immersive rooms exploring the music, lyrics and lives of one of the world’s most unforgettable bands.

Get close to never-before-seen items from the band’s archive including personal notes, memorabilia and iconic costumes. Chart their rise to fame and lasting legacy; from their early pop explosion onto the British music scene, to chart-topping international stardom.

Frida's hand-painted fox dress in green.

Designer Owe Sandström made all of Abba’s costumes apart from the Waterloo outfits, many of them purely for photoshoots and videos, as the group rarely toured. In their career, they only spent three months away from home; both couples had young children, and their image travelled through magazines and promo clips. Abba never allowed famous designers to dress them. Frida was a talented seamstress, and got fully involved in fashion decisions, as did Agnetha Fältskog. This was Agnetha’s shirt, in her favourite colour, its hare hand-painted by an artist in their crew.

Taking on 1970s Britain, in the midst of a financial crisis, a wave of strikes and a three-day working week, ABBA were a breath of fresh air, dominating the airwaves with their upbeat anthems channelling positivity and optimism.

ABBA: Super Troupers is presented by Southbank Centre in partnership with Entertainment Exhibitions International AB, in association with ABBA The Museum.

More details and bookings here:

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/blog/take-chance-abba-day-southbank-centre-december 

Follow the updates in twitter here:

https://twitter.com/southbankcentre

Private jets were de rigueur in the money-drizzled 1970s music business; Elton John even had an organ on his. This Abba plane tells another story. An ordinary jet for a company that only ran internal flights in Australia at the time, it was branded by the company as a promotional tool. Inside was standard seating with everyone in ordinary rows, the band, as ever, not separated from their crew. This was the way Abba always toured, without pomp. Their riders were also remarkably slim, only asking for post-show drinks.

Before Abba, Frida Lyngstad was a jazz singer. Here, she is with the Gunnar Sandevärn Orchestra, next to her first husband Ragnar Fredriksson, with whom she had two children. In 1967, she formed the Anni-Frid Four, won Sweden’s New Faces, and got a contract with EMI. Two years later, while divorcing Fredriksson, she entered the Eurovision heats, and met future husband Benny Andersson. In 1973, Abba tried Eurovision again, and failed. A year later, they entered with Waterloo - and won.

As well as Frida, the other three members also had impressive earlier musical lives. Fältskog had a 1968 solo Swedish No 1, Jag Var Så Kär (I Was So in Love), and performed in musicals (this was taken after her first night as Mary Magdalene). Ulvaeus and Andersson were members of 60s groups the Hootenanny Singers and the Hep Stars. They released their first album together as a duo in 1970, but soon realised that their new girlfriends were better singers than they were.

This was taken by the boss of the UK Abba fan club, at a party in London to promote compilation album The Singles (all 23 are in the frame). Their manager, Stig Anderson, can be seen in the far left. The party also celebrated the band’s first 10 years together. Later that night, Ulvaeus and Andersson went to dinner with lyricist Tim Rice, to discuss the idea for a musical called Chess. A month later, Abba performed together for the last time, on the BBC’s Late Late Breakfast Show, saying they would split when making music ‘wasn’t fun any more’. Photograph: courtesy Lynne Chick, The Official British Abba Fan Club

Just some of the many thousands of items of fan mail received by the band over the course of their 10-year history. The group’s international fan club is still going strong today.

Iconic brown leather headphones as worn by Frida & Agnetha.
Photograph credit: Photo by Mikael Bodner. Courtesy of ABBA The Museum.

Ring Ring Gold disc, celebrating 100,000 singles sold.
Photograph credit: Photo by Mikael Bodner. Courtesy of ABBA The Museum.

Abba were successful all over the world, but a 1980 arena concert in Japan proved their most surprising to date. Used to screaming, dancing fans, they found the crowd at Tokyo’s Budokan merely sitting and clapping, which worried Andersson. Later, the group found out that Japanese crowds at the time were unbelievably polite, often not doing anything without the artists granting permission. The next time Abba played there, the audience were told to get up straight away and start dancing. Normal service resumed.

One of Abba’s only touring indulgences was a tour doctor, a friend of their Swedish promoter, Thomas Johansson. He was treated in the same generous way as the rest of the crew, such as the band not starting aftershow dinners until everyone, including stage-riggers and roadies, was ready. Unsurprisingly, Dr Olsson loved touring life, especially as he was an ordinary GP when not on the road. He also enjoyed collecting stickers and tour paraphernalia. After he died, his family came to the museum offering his suitcase in his memory.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/gallery/2017/dec/02/abba-unseen-in-pictures-super-trouper-exhibition 

With thanks to ABBA Info for additional images.

https://www.facebook.com/ABBA-Info-518817871463920/


Monday, 25 September 2017

ABBA Mamma Mia! Movie - More Songs Revealed ! Benny Andersson So Busy !!



Swedish pop wonder ABBA is more current than ever.

A reunion in the form of a digital Abba tour is underway, interpretations for the new "Mamma Mia" film and Benny Andersson has just recorded a new solo disc.

But when Benny Andersson looks back in his career there are moments from the band's long career that he can regret.


 
"We have done songs with Abba that we would not have done," he said in an interview with Aftonbladet.


Benny Andersson is constantly questioned when the pop group ABBA will be reunited. And lately he has been able to give a message.

In 2019, the premiere is scheduled for a digital Abba tour, which he is currently working on.

It's about a tour where ABBA's music will be performed by a live band and where digital versions of band members will be projected in front of the audience.

"It will take some time, it takes time to digitize a face. It's fun that it's in that technical front end. It will be interesting, he has previously told Expressen.

The song will be from the group's old recordings, either from solo discs or from live concerts.




In an interview with Aftonbladet, the artist now says that he may not have thought he would work very much after 70's.

"I thought I could take it a little more calmly now that I've reached 70," he says.

And in addition to the digital tour, the ABBA songs are current in the new movie "Mamma Mia: Here we go again" there songs like "Dancing queen", "I wonder", "Why did it have to be me", "Angeleyes" and "When I kissed the teacher" gets a new life.


 

"It's fun, for those who are not hardcore Abba fans, there may be some unknown songs," he told Aftonbladet.


But there are also moments in his career that he is not as proud of as he can regret ABBA's contention.

"In retrospect, we can see that we did things in the 1960s and 1970s that we could not resist. You are entitled to not be top notch. We have made songs with ABBA that we would not have done. We would have refrained from trying to be rock'n'roll like in "Watch out". But it felt right and fun then" he told Aftonbladet.


Benny Andersson's piano "Piano" release will be released on September 29th. The disc includes "Thank you for the music", "The day before you came" and melodies from both "Chess" and "Kristina from Duvemåla".



http://www.expressen.se/noje/abba-latarna-benny-angrar-att-han-skrev/

 
  

Monday, 18 September 2017

ABBA TV Special Australia - Sunday Night - 17 September 2017


ABBA Special - Sunday Night - 17 September 2017 - Australia !


For those who missed it on TV last night or cannot view it on the official website, the Special has now been upload to youtube in 6 parts 😊

And surprise surprise - ABBA albums moving up the Australian itunes charts after the airing of the Special ! 




http://www.itunescharts.net/aus/charts/albums/current/









https://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/sunday-night/-/watch/37117281/sunday-night-sun-17-sep-season-17-episode-25/

A few photos:










Sunday, 17 September 2017

ABBA Are Planning To Tour Australia - As Avatars !

 

‘70s pop stars ABBA to be digitally recreated for virtual reality world tour !


ABBA are planning to tour Australia — as holograms, or ABBA-tars.
The ’70s pop superstars are being digitally recreated as avatars for a 2019 virtual reality world tour.

The hi-tech tour would be the first of its kind, with holograms usually reserved for dead musicians.
“It’s perfect,” ABBA’s Benny Andersson told the Sunday Herald Sun.
“We can be on stage while I’m home walking the dogs. I don’t have to leave my house. If this really works there’ll be a lot of artists wanting to do the same thing, even artists who are still young and still touring. It’s a very interesting project.”



All four members of ABBA are involved, being digitally “cast” for the virtual reality tour, which was an idea pitched to them by Spice Girls manager and Idol creator Simon Fuller.

The band have spent a year having measurements taken to make the avatars as lifelike as possible. However, the holograms will be based on how Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Frida looked in 1979.
“We got hooked on it because it’s at the forefront of technology and what it’s possible to do nowadays,” Andersson said.

“To create the four of us digitally, it takes so much skill and so much time to do every hairline, every blink, every iris. If it’s good enough when we finish it’s probably ready to launch in the spring of 2019.”



Andersson, 70, said the ABBA-tars will be projected in front of an actual live band.
“It’ll be like you’re in 1977, with a live band, live backing vocals, a great set design with lights and sound, everything will be like a live concert,” he said. “But we’ll be there in the form of holograms and digital avatars. Our voices will be taken from the records, or maybe some of the live vocals from the Australian tour of 1977. If you’re sitting in the arena you’ll see us up there. It’s quite exciting.”

Hologram tours by the likes of Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Michael Hutchence have long been rumoured as technology improves, but ABBA would be the first time major artists who are still alive are able to “tour” without leaving home.

 
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/70s-pop-stars-abba-to-be-digitally-recreated-for-virtual-reality-world-tour/news-story/be146a18ca86a3ef7c58d53923512074 




Abba-tars: Super Troupers return, and somewhere in the crowd there’s you

 

Björn, Agnetha, Benny and Anni-Frid are back – as you haven’t seen them since 1977



Since splitting up in 1982, Abba – one of the most successful and loved music groups of all time – has had almost daily offers to reform. Some 15 years ago the four members of the band sat in a room together and seriously discussed reforming for a series of live shows after they received a $1 billion offer.
“We were going to do the shows and build a hospital with the money,” Björn Ulvaeus told this reporter.
But that offer – like thousands of others – ultimately came to nothing. Hence the surprise this week when Abba officially confirmed they were getting back together to tour in 2019. But only in virtual reality.


All four members of the best-selling band: Björn, Agnetha, Benny and Anni-Frid are being digitised using techniques that capture them as they were in their spandex prime.
Using audio from previous live Abba concerts, a digital Abba will be shining like the sun, smiling, having fun on stages once again. The band are all now in their late 60s or early 70s and have little appetite to schlep around the live circuit in person. But this virtual reality tour is no cheap gimmick. The giant Universal record label and Simon Fuller (the impresario behind the Spice Girls and The X Factor) are looking to reimagine the live entertainment economy with this virtual Abba tour.
As Fuller said this week: “The creativity and ideas flowing from the members of Abba over the past few months have filled me with great excitement. We are exploring a new technological world, with virtual reality and artificial intelligence at the forefront, that will allow us to create new forms of entertainment and content we couldn’t have previously imagined.”

 

Digital avatars

 

It’s now all too common, when a major-league live act announces a visit, the expensively priced tickets sell out in minutes, leaving many fans disappointed. The live tour economy is buoyant, and demand far outstrips supply.

Given that a major act can only get to certain places at certain times, the entertainment industry has been investing heavily for some time in the concept of the virtual reality substitute tour.
If the original Abba fans find the idea of going to see digital avatars of a group preposterous, the next generation of gig-going age has grown up with hyper-realistic video games and see the world differently.
The music industry has already tried out the idea. In 2012 the rapper Tupac Shakur (who died in 1996) appeared as a hologram at that year’s Coachella music festival. In 2014 a moonwalking Michael Jackson hologram appeared at the Billboard music awards, five years after his death.
The Universal Music Group, Simon Fuller and Abba are not going to get involved in a poorly thought out and cheaply executed technological publicity stunt.

A lot of attention will be focused on a world tour by the heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio which kicks off this November. Dio died in 2010 but the Dio Returns tour features a hologram of the singer being backed by the musicians who used to play with him. Dio’s live vocals each night will be taken from previous performances in his career.
Dio Returns will play in venues across Europe, South America, Australia, Asia and the US. Live music promoters are not known for being generous with their money, so the fact that so many venues have already booked the Dio Returns show suggests there is a market for hologram/virtual reality tours.

New live entertainment format

 

Abba, however, are a different proposition. They have a far bigger commercial reach, and could be a more effective test case for this new “live music” concept.
Such is the still massive appetite for Abba’s pop music that the stage musical Mamma Mia (based on their songs) has grossed more than $2 billion worldwide since opening in 1999. The 2005 film adaptation of Mamma Mia became the highest-grossing musical film of all time. The band’s greatest hits collection, Gold – originally released in 1992 – is still selling healthily.
Abba guard their legacy jealously (they wouldn’t let their name be used in the Mamma Mia musical), and they hardly need the money that a virtual tour might make them. A motivating force, however, may be to pioneer a new live entertainment format in which they’re (albeit digitally) front and centre.
The details of the technology being used to bring Abba to digital life are a closely guarded secret. It’s unclear, too, what type of venues virtual Abba will play in or how the overall product will be controlled and distributed.
What is known is that, following Abba’s announcement, industry talk has already begun about virtual reality “de-ageing” tours, including the possibility of Fleetwood Mac performing their Rumours album looking and sounding as they did when it was released in 1977.
Abba aren’t the only ones who don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.







Wednesday, 13 September 2017

ABBA & Benny TV Special - Australia September 2017 ! Updated



Network 7's Sunday Night program are doing a fabulous special on Benny Andersson & ABBA on 17th September 2017.

Check their website here:

https://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/sunday-night/-/watch/37060799/this-sunday-an-abba-event-to-remember/

THIS SUNDAY: An ABBA event to remember.

Forty years after they landed in Australia, the iconic foursome go on the record with Sunday Night.
Hear the personal stories behind their meteoric rise, heartbreaking split - and the spectacular secret project that the world's been waiting to see.

On Sunday at 8pm

Thousands of screaming fans greeted Abba as they touched down in Australia in 1977. ABBAMania had officially swept the country.
Were you there? What do you remember? We want to hear your stories – and see your pics – to celebrate that incredible moment in music history.
Catch the Abba extravaganza on Channel 7, Sunday Night at 8pm.

Nothing could have prepared them for this.
Touching down in Sydney in February 1977, the four Swedish superstars behind Abba were overwhelmed.
Australia had been central in reviving their post-Eurovision dreams, when it had seemed that the band would amount to little more than another ‘one hit wonder’.
‘Mamma Mia’ was championed by an Aussie icon and by 1977 ABBAmania was not just sweeping Australia, but worldwide.

Frida, Benny, Bjorn and Agnetha didn’t believe they could live up to the expectations of the huge crowds of adoring fans that turned out to greet them.
“[I thought] this is going to be the last nail in the coffin… it's all going to blow up,” Benny Andersson told Sunday Night.
It didn’t. Fans danced in the rain in Sydney’s Moore Park and brought Melbourne city centre to a standstill.

Forty years on, the iconic foursome lay bare the moments behind the music and the love stories that knitted them together, only to be torn apart as fame took its toll on them all.
But it couldn’t stop the phenomenal love for Abba’s hits - and finally, four decades after that whirlwind Australia tour, comes the news fans thought they would never hear.

Benny Andersson reveals the full story behind Abba’s unexpected return, on Sunday at 8pm on Channel 7.

Follow all the updates on their Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/7sundaynight/
 






And yes, I was lucky enough to be involved and interviewed for this wonderful Special ! 😋

















ABBA The Album To Receive 40th Anniversary Treatment - Official Announcement





Polar Music has announced several reissues to mark the upcoming 40th anniversary of ABBA — The Album. The chart-topping set by the Swedish superstars, first released in Scandinavia in December 1977, will be celebrated on 27 October with a singles box, separate releases of its singles on coloured vinyl and a half-speed master of the album itself.

ABBA's fifth studio album was recorded between May and November 1977. Released to coincide with their silver screen extravaganza ABBA — The Movie, which featured several of its songs, the disc topped the charts in Sweden and spent seven weeks at No. 1 in the UK. It also became a bestseller around much of Europe and beyond, and was certified platinum in both the UK and the US.
Not only did the album see the quartet expanding their creative horizons as songwriters and performers, ABBA — The Album contained some of their best-known songs of the era, including the UK No. 1 singles 'The Name Of The Game' and 'Take A Chance On Me' plus the anthemic 'Thank You For The Music.' This was one of three songs from their mini-musical The Girl With The Golden Hair.


Abba Singles
The reissue releases include a limited edition, coloured vinyl seven-inch box set featuring the album's three singles, the two UK chart-toppers and the European top ten hit ‘Eagle.' The three singles will also be released separately as limited edition picture discs, of 'The Name Of The Game,' 'Take A Chance On Me' and 'Eagle.'

Additionally, 27 October will also see the appearance of a half-speed mastered, 45rpm cut double-LP version of the original album. The bespoke mastering process produces sound reproduction of the highest quality. The album will also feature new liner notes by the well-known ABBA historian Carl Magnus Palm, telling the story behind this key release in the group's catalogue.

At the time of its release, the album received praise from such august publications as Rolling Stone, which said: “What really counts with ABBA is the music, and here the group shows genuine originality.” John Rockwell's review also observed: “ABBA has taken a real chance with this LP.”


https://www.udiscovermusic.com/new-releases/abba-album-receive-40th-anniversary-treatment/?utm_source=ABBAemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=udstore09112017

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

ABBA Stars Reunite Again - In Digital Format !




ABBA Stars Reunite Again

http://www.expressen.se/noje/abba-stjarnorna-aterforenas-igen-/

ABBA reunites - in a way.

ExpressEN can reveal that ABBA is planning a live tour where the legendary band's music will be performed using digital copies of the members.

Anni-Frid, Agnetha, Björn and Benny are all involved in the project.

"It's fun that it's such a cutting edge," says Benny Andersson to Expressen.

ABBA, one of Sweden's most successful bands, was split in 1982.

Since then, the band's members have been constantly questioned whether a reunion is in progress.
The answer is always no.

But when Expressen interviews Benny Andersson before the release of his new album "Piano", ABBA songwriter suddenly gives a hesitant answer to the eternal question.

"From time to time, we have done a few different things, and now we have a project ahead of us," says Benny Andersson to Expressen.

Tour with digital ABBA members

It is about a tour in which ABBA's music is performed by a live band, and digital copies of band members, so-called avatars, appear on stage.

The tour is scheduled for 2019, says Benny Andersson - if the project becomes "tight enough", that is to say.

"It will take some time, it takes time to digitalize a face.

"It's fun that it's in the technical front. It will be interesting, he says.

ABBA music is heard on the new album

Among the tracks on the new album "Piano" are scaled-up interpretations of ABBA classics, including "Thank you for the music" and "Happy New Year".

The songs were chosen because they are so popular among the listeners, says Benny Andersson.
"I'll never get rid of it," he says about the ABBA celebrity.

- I do not mind it. It's a big, very important part of my life, that's what makes me sit here today.

Opportunity to do exactly what you like instead of earning your rent.

Benny Andersson Promotes New Album 'Piano' 2017




Benny Andersson has been very busy lately promoting and presenting his new album 'Piano' which will be released on 29 September 2017 on vinyl & CD on the Deutsche Grammophon label.

Read all about his appearances and watch some fabulous videos of Benny playing tracks from the album below 😀

For those wondering if the 'Piano' song book was coming. It is!
The book is currently still being finalised in terms of production materials. It is due to be a Wise Publications release through Music Sales and the release should be on the same day as the CD.

http://www.musicsales.com/

 



Benny Andersson plays Thank You For The Music at Radiopreis-Gala 2017 in Hamburg:


On German TV:


Benny Andersson at the German tv program Leute Heute (People today) during his participation at the traditional meeting of Universal Music Deutschland "Universal Inside 2017" on September 6th (Mercedes Benz Arena, Berlin)








Deutscher Radiopreis 2017 (German Radioprice 2017)


Founded in 1972, ABBA began two years later with "Waterloo" and the Grand Prix victory. Benny Andersson could never read, but hits: "SOS", "Winner Takes It All" and "Dancing Queen" are just a few of the countless hit singles. 380 million records have sold ABBA, three million are added annually. Today, Benny Andersson is the musical director of the "Mamma Mia" production, with 54 million visitors, one of the most successful musicals and the world's best selling films.

Life story in the form of songs

This autumn, the Swede returns with a new album. "Piano" means, and Benny Andersson presents his greatest hits exclusively on that instrument. "It feels like I'm playing my memoirs," the exceptional musician describes the work on the new work. At the Radiopreis-Gala, Benny Andersson presented a chapter from this "life-work" on the piano: He played "Thank You For The Music" - and everyone sang along.


On September 7th, Germany's best radiomakers have been awarded the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. About 1,300 guests celebrated the winners and the showacts in the new concert hall.

There were also radio stations outside the Elphi: 62 radios broadcast the show live, with stars like Peter Maffay, Nigel Kennedy, ABBA legend Benny Andersson and Adel Tawil. On the net there was a Livestream, on Twitter the event under the hashtags # drp17 and #Radiopreis diligently commented.


The Radiopreis Gala 2017

Elphi-Chic and Star-Glamor: In Hamburg the German Radiopreis has been awarded. Enjoy the gala with Peter Maffay, Nigel Kennedy and Benny Andersson and many other stars.
Time-delayed broadcasting on the TV

Barbara Schöneberger, a presenter with a spectacular gala show, has even been televised on television. All third-party programs of the ARD show a recording of the Radiopreis gala by the weekend.

The German Radiopreis was awarded for the eighth time and is the most important award in the industry. The best reporters, moderators, news editors or newcomers were sought in eleven categories. This year, 127 programs competed with more than 380 applications for the awards - a new record.









Benny Andersson Takes The Piano

https://www.metro.se/artikel/benny-andersson-tar-det-piano-xt



What's left if you tear away bands, songs and effects from Abbas songs? It explores Benny Andersson on the new "Piano" record.I was a little surprised when I listened to the pre-recorded songs, he says.The "Piano" contains not only Abba material. The album contains music written between 1973 and 2006 - ranging from movie music and songs from musicals to Benny Andersson's Orchestra songs.I've been thinking about it over the years that it would be fun to make a record with me just played the piano. It's for two reasons, the first is to investigate what happens if I, just me, play these songs and remove everything that has been on them. Is there anything left then? Is that good music anyway? says Benny Andersson.And the other is that it's fun for the grandchildren to have something to listen to when you're up in the hunting hunting fields.Benny Andersson has several hundred melodies on his conscience. Nevertheless, it was not too difficult to choose what would happen to the disc.What I did first was to remove everything that really needs a band to make it happen. I can not sit and play "Waterloo" myself, or "Dancing queen" or "Take a chance on me". It has no listening value. So, quite a few disappeared there."Same old man"The emphasis is on ballads.That's what the title "Piano" says. Cleverly? So it's low-melt, contemplative. But "Thank you for the music" and "Målarskolan" ... some are not so ballad but they have the same temperament. It's the same old man playing.The "Piano" will be released on September 29th. That it became a disc answers the question of whether there would be something left of the songs - "I would not have given it".But the end result also gave Benny Andersson a surprising feeling.When it was finished, I felt I'm part of this. A pretty comfortable feeling. It will be so clear this is my version of this music. Just mine."Mamma Mia!" - the sequelRecently, Benny Andersson has devoted to recording the music to the sequel to the success movie "Mamma Mia!".I was not going to do it this time. The first movie was great - pretty bad idea to make a movie. But the film company has asked and asked and finally we said "okay then". Then I thought it was just as good that I did it anyway because otherwise I'll just sit and annoy me if it does not work out as you like.The film will contain two to three songs that were also included in the previous one. The rest are other, more "unknown", Abba songs.It's fun because there are plenty of songs there that have not been heard if not a hardcore Abba fan. Then you have not heard "Angel eyes", "Why did it have to be me?" and "I wonder"."Mamma Mia! Here we go again" are expected to get biopremiary next summer.It's about time before and after the last movie. So this one comes in the middle of somehow. It's quite fun.Linus Brännström / TT



Benny Andersson in his workroom at Skeppsholmen in Stockholm. "It's a pleasure to come here," he says.


Benny Andersson's classic as classical music
 
http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/a/nz7Qd/benny-anderssons-klassiker-som-klassisk-musik

"I didn't chose anything that required drums" 

Benny Andersson has made a new solo album. 21 of his tunes like classical music. ABBA pearls and "Anthem", but also less known pieces.

He plays some for us on the grand piano. But he will not do any solo tour as a concert pianist.
"There will be some wrong notes and tones here and there," says Benny Andersson. You don't want to do that in front of an paying audience.

No "Waterloo". No "Dancing Queen". No "Du är min man". When Benny Andersson chose melodies for his new solo album, he made a list of 40 songs.

"I removed everything that required drums," says Benny Andersson. I sat at the grand piano in the studio and recorded when it was available. It was fun and relaxed.

"Piano" is released on September 29th. Benny Andersson also took it easy when he recorded. Song for song grew forth.

There are melodies from ABBA and Benny Andersson's orchestra, from the musicals "Chess" and "Kristina from Duvemåla" and instrumental acts as "Tröstevisa" from 1989.

Did you find something new in the songs when you visited them again?

"When I listened to everything afterwards I was pleasantly surprised. It's very homogeneous, whether it's from 1973 or 2016. It's going to be a very special person who can say when they came in original. It's substance in the music, although everything except the piano is gone. I felt quite satisfied.

"Piano" is released by the classic label Deutsche Grammophon, which built prestige for 120 years. Benny Andersson sent three melodies without saying who they came from. The Germans were moved by the beautiful music and wanted to release it.

Benny Andersson plays "Sunny Girl" from 1966, not featured on the record, and "Anthem" and "You and I" as samples.

Musician colleague Göran Arnberg has written notes based on Benny Andersson's 21 recordings and made a notebook that can be bought. From there, the concert pianist Julia Sjöstedt plays "Stockholm by night", from "November 1989".

Benny Andersson is moved.

"It's like hearing someone else's music," he says. It could be an idea. We can go on a concert tour where pianists like Julia play my songs. Then I can sit in a chair like Claes Eriksson in the "Galenskaparna" and do the storytelling. We'll see.



21 tracks on ”Piano”

”I let the music speak”�”You and I”�”Aldrig”�”Thank you for the music”�”Stockholm by night”�”Chess”�”The day before you came”'”Someone else´s story”�”Midnattsdans”�”Målarskolan”�”I wonder (departure)”�”Embassy lament”�”Anthem”�”My love, my life”�”Mountain duet”�”Flickornas rum”�”Efter regnet”�”Tröstevisa”�”En skrift i snön”�”Happy New year”�”I gott bevar”





Deutsche Grammophon and Benny proudly present the 'Piano' album in Stockholm.










Benny in Hamburg










Official photo session with Lang Lang, Universal Frank Briegmann and Clemens Trautmann

 






ABBA legend with a striking performance at the Radiopreis

https://www.abendblatt.de/hamburg/elbphilharmonie/article211852867/Das-Beste-aus-dem-Radio-in-der-Elbphilharmonie.html





Hamburg. The German Radiopreis stands for continuity. Since 2010, the award has been awarded every year in Shed 52. Since 2011, Barbara Schöneberger has been hosting the festive gala. Almost 1,000 invited guests are constantly pouring out prizes, with top-notch pop stars each time, and each year at least one special prize.But apart from the fact that the Schöneberger moderated the Radiopreis in 2017, this year was different. This was the first time that the radio broadcast was awarded in the Grand Hall of the Elbphilharmonie. And because the (after a stage reconstruction) 1300 visitors on Thursday night, the gala followed more invited guests than ever. There was no red carpet, but anthracite-colored outfit, on which stars and starlets posed for the photographers. The award of a special prize was waived. Obviously, the members of the advisory board had not found a cheap candidate.More classic to popThe Genius loci was responsible for the fact that this year, in the musical program of the radio spectrum, there was not only pop. Already at the entrance to the Great Hall, a string quartet received guests and laudators, among them Mayor Olaf Scholz (SPD), presenter Günther Jauch, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann and Princess Gloria von Thurn and Taxis.At the beginning, the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover played together with the musicians Johannes Oerding, Adel Tawil and Wincent Weiss, which was more habituation-demanding for the classic fans than for pop fans. The classic highlight was the electronically unreinforced performance of the violinist Nigel Kennedy, who came in the FC St. Pauli T-shirt.The viewers were quick to respond with the slightly modified concept. And also the host, NDR radio director Joachim Knuth, was satisfied: "I liked the combination of classical music and modern pop, which has pulled reliably through the evening," he told the Abendblatt. "That fits both: the concert hall and the radio."But NDR-Radiochef, too, had Knuth Grund's delight: one of the eleven prizes went to his station. The NDR youth wave N-Joy won in the category "Best Program" with its multimedia campaign "Head up, the mobile phone can wait", in which the radio people warned against using the smartphone at the wheel of a car.Radio Hamburg awardedAnd another prize went to Radiomacher from the Hansestadt: The category "Best morning broadcast" won "Mission Aufstehen! The Radio Hamburg Morningshow" with the moderators John Ment, Birgit Hahn and André Kuhnert. Shortly before, by the way, Günther Jauch had given the best of not allowing Morningshows, especially those "in whom four, five people are roaring in the background."ABBA legend Benny Andersson (70) played "Thank You For The Music"ABBA legend Benny Andersson (70) played "Thank You For The Music"Photo: Daniel Reinhardt / dpaThe ABBA legend Benny Andersson (70) "Thank You For The Music" played on the concert wing - and the whole hall sang.The private-radio duel against private radio was decided by the private by seven to four. Radiometropolis Hamburg, Berlin and Munich won two prizes each. And in 2018, the radio industry meets again in shed 52 - then without classical music.