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Thursday 17 April 2014

Abba too old to reunite – Bjorn

ABBA are getting a new museum.

Don't dust down the glitter jumpsuits just yet. The Abba reunion, which was on, has just been called off.

Only last week Agnetha Faltskog – the blonde, or really reclusive one – had raised the hopes of every Abba fan with the strongest ever hint of a reunion more than 30 years after they split.

Agnetha, now aged 63, had disclosed that she and 67-year-old Anni-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad (also known as the Abba brunette), had considered singing together again.

"We have talked about it," she told Attitude, the gay magazine. "Fantasised like that. But we have done so much, both of us now. I met Frida during the summer, in Majorca, and we sat, and . . . well, you easily get very nostalgic.

"And I am sure that Frida and I, we could still do it."

Then asked if she would be open to a reunion, she told a German magazine: "Maybe a charity concert? I would not say 'no' right away."

Bookmakers responded by offering 14/1 on an Abba reunion by the end of the year.

Alas Agnetha's former other half Bjorn Ulvaeus, 68, has scotched the comeback.

In an interview published yesterday, he said: "I promise you, Abba will never reform – I couldn't bear the stress of disappointing everyone.

"And when you listen to our music, isn't there something good in having the image of four young, energetic people? Better than four geriatrics, that is for sure."

The reunion may be off, but these are busy times for Sweden's fab four. On Tuesday, Bjorn, Anni-Frid and Benny Andersson will open in Stockholm ABBA: The Museum, dedicated to the group that gave us 'Dancing Queen'.

Agnetha will not be there because she will be in the UK on a 10-day promotional tour of her first album of new material in 25 years.

Irish Independent

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