The very same day North Korea and South Korea met for the first time in decades, another world-altering reunion was also announced. Swedish pop group and international love inspirations ABBA are reuniting and making new music. Yes, new music. This is better than the Gilmore Girls, Full House and Will & Grace reunions combined (mostly because they were all arguably not that good, but anywaaay).
abba’s reunion announcement really has had unprecedented consequences pic.twitter.com/STwWh9lSFL
— jake (@mcguffiejake) April 27, 2018
It’s been 35 years since we last saw anything new from ABBA – if you don’t count the Broadway show and movie inspired by their music – and two years since they announced that they would be launching a touring “live experience.” According to an announcement posted by the band last week, reaction to the tour was so positive, it inspired them to pen some new tunes. Now that’s the power of the internet. Finally we’ve used Twitter for good.
Before you get too excited, this isn’t going to be ABBA getting back together, touring, writing music and generally Dancing Queening all over the globe. This is much more limited and we’ve got a lot of waiting to do.
First of all, this “tour” they’re talking about isn’t actually the four hitting the road, not physically at least. This is a “virtual and live experience” that will feature avatars – or ABBA-tars as they’ve been dubbed – of the group members as they looked in 1979. Yup, just picture that. We’re going back to the hair, the bell bottoms, the platforms, all of it. Then again, we just assume that’s what the members of ABBA have been wearing for the last 35 years anyway. Iconic.
The other thing is they’re not actually releasing an album; they’ve only written two songs. One is a ballad called “I Still Have Faith in You” and will debut in a TV special featuring the ABBA-tars set to air in December of this year (cool, only eight months). The other, a more upbeat ditty called “Don’t Shut Me Down” will premiere on their tour. Real talk though, is the world ready for modern day ABBA? Is this going to sound like the 70s-centric music we all know and love? Can we handle it if it’s not?
Though originally being set for this year when it was announced in 2016, the reunion tour has apparently been delayed until 2019 or 2020. At least we have Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again to get us through until December.