Swedish mega-pop group ABBA have made a hugely rare joint appearance at the opening of a Stockholm restaurant inspired by the Mamma Mia! musical.
Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad showed up Wednesday for the opening night of fellow former band member Bjoern Ulvaeus’ Greek taverna, where guests are invited to sing along to ABBA tunes. It just became a must do on our personal bucket list.
Sadly, they did not sing and rejected suggestions they would ever perform together again, with Andersson saying “I don’t think so.” But they did pose for their first photo together since 1982, which was uploaded to the group’s official Facebook page.
While the four members of ABBA were at the Mamma Mia movie launch in Stockholm in 2008, they did not stand next to each other.
The restaurant, where musicians and actors interact with waiters and guests, has borrowed the Greek-island setting from the Mamma Mia! musical and movie, but Ulvaeus said “it’s a completely different story.”
What do we say, Dear Reader? We say Agnetha’s still looking pretty good for a 65 year old. We were madly in love with her as a spotty teenage boy. We are not ashamed of this fact. If you weren’t spotty and in love with Agnetha in those days you simply weren’t paying attention.
It’s not generally known by the way that she had a very successful career as a recording artist in Sweden before the stardom of ABBA, including a number one, and appearing as Mary Magdalene in a local production of Jesus Christ Superstar. There, that’s something you didn’t know.