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A huge thank you to Lasse Anrell a Swedish Journalist from Stockholm for allowing ABBA fans worldwide the world exclusive we had been waiting for, Agnetha & Frida (No, not ABBA) performing together on stage,singing THE WAY OLD FRIENDS DO.
His article and video can be seen on his post (Link below) Below is a quick Google translate of the article. Again Lasse, THANK YOU! (Though I doubt you’ll be popular with some for leaking this!)
It was Björn & Benny – Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson – who celebrated 50 years of collaboration and chose to call it “100 years of togetherness”.
Everyone was there. From the entire ABBA to Lill-Babs & Peter Jöback ,to my table where Pernilla Wahlgren and Harpo was in full prosperity and Pernilla revealed that she would not only sing a duet with Lena Phillips but also sing backing on a track at the end where she learned that she might end up being a little “overshadowed” by two other singers
And just so it was.
For when suddenly Anni-Frid Lyngstad gets up in her white beautiful creation to go up on stage and start talking, and with her another beautiful woman dressed in white named Agnetha Fältskog – then stop the entire room for breath and realize that now history will be written, Swedish music history.
And just so it was.
We had in itself been a part of history already. Jerry Williams sang “Cadillac” – Hep Stars old here. Benny played solo. How heavy anytime. Lill-Babs and Peter Jöback sang Benny’s two sons, Peter and Ludvig sang together. How concerning whatsoever. Bjorn & Benny sang to whooping and piano accompaniment.
Lena PH and Pernilla sang, “Hole In Your Soul” and sang latter with Agnetha & Frida. How Darling whatsoever.
And Paul McCartney sent a video message in which he is protesting his admiration and declared ABBA’s grandeur and kinship with Paul’s old orchestra, if you remember it. It was history, and one could have imagined that Paul wiped a small tear that he did not get the chance to celebrate some anniversaries my trusty old companion and ADVERSARY John.
Paul acclaimed Björn & Benny. It set a level of everything. Suddenly everyone in the room physically what level these gentlemen are. Equal with Paul. At par with the Beatles. Respected flush with the ankles of pop music biggest names of all time. Acclaimed by Sir Paul.
How historically anywhere.
So sang Frida.
Thus, I have to say this very clearly.
So sang Frida and I have never ever in my life heard a woman singing with such buoyancy and beautiful voice. I have heard almost all major live, but as Frida this evening rise from a dinner for several hours and perform the song with the voice and the depth and the feeling is among the most impressive I’ve heard.
– You and I can share the silence (You and I can share the silence), she started and the text is indeed a paradox in this context, but certainly quite true when it comes to her and Benny, and perhaps also her and the rest of the band; they have shared the clatter and voices and the audience cheers. To also be able to share the silence was certainly a path and a prerequisite for survival as a team.
Agnetha was not as comprehensive in their singing but in the end she found yet their role in the outrageously fine harmonies and I would say that what was created then, those few minutes, it is beautiful to be heard in Swedish music history since ABBA recorded their discs and – if we make music history even further back – then Jussi Björling and Birgit Nilsson recorded “Turandot” 1959th
How historically any time, as I said.
And you can hear it.
Visit nwt.se and click on this article there the whole song in one, what I have seen, globally unique recording from my seat out in the audience. Poor picture, good sound. Alternating good, shaky and amazing vocals. But never uninteresting.
We wanted the story.
And just so it was.
Go and enjoy. Unique NWT’s listeners.
And if I can ask for anything, it is that Frida doing another record. She is 70 years, but sings best. By far the best and sensuellast and innocent world shrouds. Avicii wake up … or someone. Wake up everybody.