Sunday, 5 September 2010

Hitkrant, June 1979: ABBA is working on a spectacular world tour

ABBA is packing their suitcases! September 15 is the date: then the big world tour of the Swedish stars will kick off. A world tour that will take Agnetha, Frida, Bj√∂rn and Benny to thirteen countries, where they will perform at least 38 concerts, in 35 cities. Indeed, a monster tour, that proves that ABBA’s popularity hasn’t diminished one bit!

On the contrary: the success of the album ‘Voulez-Vous’ and the singes ‘Chiquitita’ and ‘Does Your Mother Know’ has proven to the world that ABBA has kept up to date. The ‘ideal couple’ Benny and Anni-Frid, the ‘eyecatchers of ABBA’ (both ladies) and their adaption to the disco craze with ‘Does Your Mother Know’ are keeping the group in the centre of attention; its successor ‘Voulez-Vous’ will probably keep them there!
This time, ABBA is concentrating on America. ‘Does Your Mother Know’ is currently charting high in the American Top 100 and manager Stig Anderson has decided to conquer the United States and Canada as well. That’s why the emphasis of this tour is on these countries: concerts in 15 big American and 3 Canadian cities are on their schedule.
And then there’s the rest: Sweden, Denmark, France, The Netherlands, West Germany, Switzerland, Austria, back to West Germany, then Belgium, England, Scotland and ABBA will end this tour on November 14 with a performance in the Irish capital Dublin.
England (where the album ‘Voulez-Vous has entered the charts at number one!) seems to be the most ABBA-crazy: 5 concerts are scheduled there, 3 of them in London, on November 5, 6 and 7. Tickets for these concerts already went on sale in May and a couple of days later the result became clear: everything completely sold out!
But we have been able to witness ourselves during ABBA’s previous tour (in February 1977) at the Jaap Eden hall in Amsterdam: the group is live just as good as on record. Without proclaiming this as ‘the event of the year’, this concert is still something not to be missed. That’s why we hereby give you the addresses where you can buy tickets for ABBA’s concert at the Ahoy hall in Rotterdam on October 24. Mind you: the tickets haven’t gone on sale yet, so it’s no use to start calling now. We will keep you posted when that will happen. Will we see each other on October 24 in Rotterdam?

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