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Can Abba recreate the feel of a concert using digital versions of themselves 41 years after their last set? | Abba

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JMore than 41 years ago ABBA We played their last concert together. It wasn’t a live show to captivate fans, it was a short set for Swedish television. The highlight was their recent hit, Super Trooper. This is a song about the sad, endless grind of taking a tour.

“All I do is eat, sleep and sing. I hope every show was the last show,” sang Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The lyrics continue: “Facing 20,000 of your friends, how can anyone be so lonely?”

Fast forward in 2022 and on May 27th ABBA will be 7 months old Gig at the dedicated London Arena..Or rather their “Avatar” It plays a digital version of the band created by state-of-the-art motion capture technology.

In the 70’s, the band was physically involved in the development of space-era alter ego. Those sensors-covered clips were infected with the virus after the tour was announced last September, but Avatar is eerily aging and preserved in Pop Prime in the late 1970s.

As a lifelong ava fan, I’m not critical, but I haven’t bought a ticket yet. I’m struggling with the idea of ​​playing live even if the band isn’t really there. I’m also worried that it won’t move me because of the emotional moments associated with their songs.

My first memory was hearing ABBA. I was 2.5 years old. Super Trouper came on the radio while her grandmother and I were doing ceramics in her kitchen. She helped me sing along.The chorus talked about someone who “feels like number one”, which made her laugh as a song was That week is number one. She repeated this fact many times later, which helped to date her memory.

ABBA of pop prime at the 1977 TV performance. Photo: Ullstein Bild / Getty Images

Listening to that opening bar on a recent radio show to talk about my new book, I-disastrously-tears. They drove me to safety and warmth, and I was enveloped in the memory of someone I loved so much that I wasn’t here anymore.

For me, ABBA’s music is always very human, rough and ready, full of emotional kind of love. It helps their songs become a staple of wedding discos, lure all generations to the dance floor and even the coolest kids to throw away their pretense.

ABBA’s lyrics are also often deeply depressing, which gives them pop and extraordinary weight. In the momentum of Knowing Me and Knowing You, the breakdown of marriage is broken up. Just dazzling Gimme’s disco! Gimmy! Gimmy! (A man after midnight), a female narrator is desperate and fighting loneliness.

But these songs aren’t depressing. Complex melodies, harmonies and hooks wrap these lyrics into a catchy masterpiece with a mysterious uplifting feel.

Years after that basic memory, I worked on Abba’s UK exhibition, Super Troupers, first at Southbank Center and later at O2. I screened the band’s archives, including their tour costumes, many of them handmade. Even on my last tour in Japan in 1980, I loved the unpretentious products. They all felt more like quaint items from the cottage industry than well-oiled commercial machines.

Abba did not tour often, and young children were fame (Agnesa was also a fear of flying, which was exacerbated when he encountered a tornado on a private plane trip in 1979).They were primarily Swedish artist Lasse Hallström (later nominated for an Academy Award). My life as a dog When Cider house rules).

In a sense, the Abba Voyageshow is an extension of these beginnings and reminds me of my concerns. Still, this time, their efforts are much more tech than handmade.

After the informal division of ABBA in 1982, they became an even larger commercial organization.Their 1992 best album ABBA Gold It’s the second-selling album to date in the UK (6 million copies have been shifted so far, three-quarters behind Queen’s career-crossing edits).

1999, Mamma Mia! musical It started – it’s now West End’s sixth longest-running show – and the film’s adaptations and sequels were also big hits. Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson were involved in the development of all these projects, preserving and expanding their heritage.

The cover of ABBA's 2021 Voyage album.
Last year, ABBA released their new album “Voyage” for the first time in 40 years, ahead of “Tour”. Photo: Handout

Given how nifty Urbaeus and Anderson are as entrepreneurs, I’m worried that the magic of Abba’s songs will diminish within me.I wasn’t the biggest fan of last year’s Voyage Either album, Despite loving the single that launched the album. I was accused of ruining people’s enjoyment on social media and not understanding the power of joy.I replied to those tweets by posting my saliva Guardian An essay on the benefits of the Dancing Queen..

The magical feelings I associate with ABBA often come back. Earlier this week, I listened to the day before you came. It was great to lose the fate of Agnetha’s narrator and let the synthesizer sigh.

I found out that I have a friend who goes to an excited and dazzling gig. I think the gig is an opportunity for fans to come together and sing together and enjoy the dazzling harmony.

If this experience makes a lot of sense to the people I know, I’ll be in the next row. In other words, Super Trouper is okay. Because I’m next to you somewhere in the crowd.

This article was revised on May 22nd and 26th, 2022.The day before you came didn’t appear on the 1981 album Visitor As the previous version said, it was later included as a bonus track for the reissue of the album. Also, the reference to the heading “Hologram” has been removed. As the story reveals, the digital version of the band members is created by motion capture technology.

Judo Rogers is the author of The Sound of Being Human: How Music Shapes Our Life, Published by White rabbit

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