Tuesday 12 December 2017

Swede success for Hall of Famers

Benny (Left) and Anni-Frid from ABBA
Benny (Left) and Anni-Frid from ABBA

An English band steeped in harmony, a reggae pioneer, progressive rockers who thrived despite a defection, four Swedes who combined their nation's traditions with their rock heroes and a man who prowled a ballroom floor singing 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' wouldn't seem to have much in common.

For a night they did, as The Hollies, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, ABBA and Iggy Pop's Stooges accepted induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday.

ABBA sold some 100 million records before disbanding in 1982. Songwriter Benny Andersson and ex-wife Anni-Frid Lyngstad attended the ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Agnetha Faltskog, who has a fear of flying, and Bjorn Ulvaeus, did not.

Lyngstad told the audience that ABBA would never perform again.

Genesis were represented by Phil Collins. Peter Gabriel was missing from the ceremony. Former bandmate Mike Rutherford said Gabriel was preparing for a tour.

Irish Independent

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