ABBA will no longer make music, says Benny Andersson
ABBA’s Benny Andersson said the band will no longer be making music after completing their comeback album Trip. The Swedish quartet, which split in 1982, spent several years working on the LP and its associated virtual stage show, which opens in a custom-built theater in London next year. But in a recent interview with The Guardian, Andersson said that two songs remained unfinished from Trip would stay that way and the band would never come back to the studio again.
“This is it,” he said. “It must be, you know. In fact, I didn’t say “this is it” in 1982. I never thought ABBA was never going to happen again. But I can tell you now: this is it. He added that this decision had nothing to do with personal issues, which were all in the past. “We’ve seen each other over the years, we meet for this and that. We’re friends. I mean, Bjorn and Agnetha have kids and grandchildren together, so they have to be on good terms! I’m also friends with Frida, so no problem there.
In fact, said Bjorn Ulvaeus, they really enjoyed working together again. “It was just fun, really, trying to see if we could do something,” he explained. “I think everyone was keenly aware that if what we were doing was not up to what we all wanted, we would just forget about it. There was no pressure in this regard. He added that he and Andersson deliberately ignored outside influences when they started the writing process around 2016.
“We decided early on that we weren’t going to watch anything else,” he said. “We’re just going to do the songs, the best songs that we can right now. It meant writing lyrics where I could delve into some of my thoughts from the past 40 years and add a kind of depth that will hopefully come with age, and that makes it different from the lyrics I wrote there. 40 years ago.
Andersson noted that the original plan was to write just two songs for a project that they later abandoned. “If we had gone out on the road we would have had a few new songs – everyone else did,” he said. “Once we started it really got me cooking – you know, maybe we can do a few more, work on things that have been around for a long time, not knowing what to do with it. “
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