One has the feeling now and then that you actually think you are seeing the real Björn dashing across the stage with his guitar with glittery stars and the bearded Benny sitting at the piano. With Anni-Frid and Agnetha in skintight stretch attire and boots with platform soles the Swedish pop group doubles kindle a true fire Saturday with “Waterloo”, “Money, Money, Money” and “Knowing Me, Knowing You”.
For another part of the audience the songs “Mamma Mia”, “Fernando”, “Chiquitita” or “Dancing Queen” bring back mostly memories. In the evening there are so many illuminated eyes to be seen that one wouldn’t have needed all the usual luminous sticks, lighters or mobile phone displays.
The catchy melodies which also convey a type of life feeling, do not seem to have lost any of their popularity after three decades. And so the often cited spark from the stage also jumps back into the audience – and from the players into the spectator’s rows.
Of course, it is primarily the songs of ABBA that animates one in the hall to join in to sing and dance. But the four main protagonists also have the vocal, musical and dancing format to be able to keep on going. And with their radiance they accentuate the true to the original costumes, hairstyles and movements.
Monschau. It normally takes about three seconds to recognize a hit from «Abba». The high recognizability rate of the legendary Swedish pop group that broke up nearly 30 years ago shows that their music still sounds just as fresh and rousing decades later. About 1,100 fans came to the Monschau Castle Wednesday evening to enjoy the tunes of ABBA’s greatest hits. The ABBA Tribute Show offered a welcome change to the heavily classical-orientated program of the Festival 2010 and showed how highly receptive the public can be to light entertainment.
The quartet has set the goal of keeping the myth of the super group alive, after all attempts, as we know, to bring the original group back together failed. The castle stage was wrapped in artificial fog when the lively show started with the Eurovision winner’s title from 1974, «Waterloo». Supported by some good-looking «Dancing Queens» moderator Robert Esser masterfully and gallantly led the audience through the program, and tuned in the crowd to the «Wild Seventies», advising the guests to relax and enjoy: «Just go crazy and let it all hang out!»
The eyes listen, too – that’s definitely what the producers of the ABBA tribute show must have thought about before providing such a quite respectable presentation of a whole series of ABBA hits. While the ears were entertained with hits like Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Super Trouper, Man After Midnight, The Winner Takes It All or Thank You For The Music from the most successful Swedish pop group up to now, the show lacked nothing optically either.
Review from Munich
In the 70’s us adolescent boys were posed with a serious problem: Which of the two Swedish ABBA singers was better – the blond Agnetha or the red-haired Frida? For all those that this question once caused sleepless nights about, and basically all the ABBA fans far and wide, Thursday night was the time for a big reunion of the cult band. Yes, they weren’t the originals, but that didn’t matter. The vocal harmony of the female protagonists was so true to form like back then with those four Northern Europeans and that was the main focus of attention. Even optically they completely conformed to their four prototypes wearing the right attire of glittery clothes with select extra high platform shoes.