Something is cooking with ABBA. Because every day, Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid are discussing the last details and ideas for their 1979 world tour. On September 13 it will have its kick-off in Edmonton, Canada.
Benny: “However, we weren’t able to surprise our fans with a new album at the beginning of our tour. We just didn’t have the time. But we have put together a show that will reveal completely new sides of ABBA. We haven’t reached the end of our road yet, not by a long shot. And the tour will be anything but a farewell.”
Ever since the divorce between blonde Agnetha and 33-year-old Björn, the rumours about the disbandment of the group won’t fade away.
Björn: “Since the divorce, we even get along better than before. We are able to talk to each other again, and there are no accusations or arguments anymore.”
In the first weeks of their disagreements, Agnetha didn’t even permit her ex-husband to see their children. However, these times have passed.
Little daughter Linda sees her father very often and she got used to seeing blonde Lena there as well, who moved in with Björn in the meantime. In return, she has made friends with the Swedish ice hockey player Lars Ericsson, who visits her mother regularly. According to Linda: “But being with mum and dad alone is the best of all.”
On the tour, mum and dad will be alone. Lena and Lars will stay in Stockholm. Anni-Frid and many ABBA fans are hoping: “Perhaps they will get back together during the two-month tour. They have let off enough steam in the past few months. And what the tour won’t be able to accomplish, the children perhaps will. It’s up to Björn and Agnetha to decide if ABBA still has a future. And in the meantime both of them have realized that as well. They are on it to create a new foundation for a partnership.”
A new beginning for Björn and Agnetha? At least a survival for ABBA! The German fans will be able to convince themselves too, when the group will visit Dortmund on October 25. Other tour dates in Germany: October 27 in Munich, October 30 in Stuttgart, November 1 in Bremen and November 2 in Frankfurt. The tour, that will encompass almost every continent, will end in Dublin on November 5.