BT is the only Danish media greeted legend Benny Andersson in Stockholm.
It’s Saturday night November 10th 1979 The four Abba’er, Agnetha, Anni-Frid, Björn and Benny are on top of their career. Fantastic Four have just completed their first – and only – American tour, performing to full houses in Europe, including five consecutive nights at a sold out Wembley Arena in London.
On the sixth and last night at the British National Arena culminate the four Swedes who this evening deliver one of their best concerts ever. A concert there in a few weeks for the first time released a live album with a mix, but otherwise unedited and impressive sound.
– The music appears exactly as it sounded that night in 1979, and I’m actually surprised how dynamic it sounds. It was me who was counting into each track, and I had so much adrenaline in the body, the pace is a little fast in some of the songs. But overall, we were not quite as bad, says Benny Andersson with a wry smile.
It’s Benny Andersson’s son Ludvig Andersson, who listened to hours of tape from ‘The Tour’ and after careful consideration chose that it was just that night, 10 November, to be released.
The women were here at the studio:
– I chose the evening, because it sounded like they had the most fun there. So yes, there are a few minor errors here and there, but it’s just part of life experience, says Ludvig Andersson, while Dad (Benny) added that the other three members have approved the release. Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog were even in the studio at Skeppsholmen in Stockholm to listen through it.
– Frida was a little worried because she had a sore throat and was on medication throughout the week in London, but she ended up accepting what he says.
The tour, which was Abbas third and last before the group broke up in 1982, took place within the last two studio albums, and therefore one can not experience the hits like ‘The Winner Takes It All’, ‘Super Trouper’ and ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’ at the forthcoming live album. A fact which Benny Andersson boldly notes with a:
– Maybe we should take on a new tour to play all the songs this time? No, I’m just joking. We should definitely not go on tour together. But I understand that Kate Bush has started to tour again. She could just call if she needs a pianist, he laughs.
The 67-year-old hit maker is still an active songwriter and musician and can be seen all around Sweden with his Benny Andersson Orchestra, and he and his son Ludvig is in the process of composing music for an upcoming Swedish fantasy film. Though the many Abba songs will always be closest to his heart.
– The songs mean a lot to me. We are all proud of what we achieved with Abba. And I would like to think that the songs still hold, because they have a certain quality.
‘Abba Live at Wembley Arena’ will be released on 29 September.