The four members of ABBA reunited over the weekend for a special 50th anniversary performance.
Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstand, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson attended a private party in a Stockholm hotel last night, June 5, marking 50 years to the day since the group’s songwriting duo Ulvaeus and Andersson first met.
According to Swedish newspaper Expressen, the party featured a performance from Fältskog and Lyngstad, who sang the ABBA song ‘The Way Old Friends Do’. Ulvaeus and Andersson joined them on stage towards the end of the song, completing a brief reunion performance from the group.
Lyngstad apparently described the reunion as “absolutely amazing” and “very nostalgic”, while Andersson called it a “great night”. Pictures of the reunion have been shared on social media, though video footage has yet to surface.
The group previously reunited for the opening of an ABBA-themed restaurant in Stockholm. It was the first time all four members had been seen in public together for eight years, though on that occasion they did not perform.
ABBA formed in 1972, and rose to global fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest two years later with ‘Waterloo’. They soon had numerous hits to their name, and have now sold 380 million records around the world. The group split in 1982.
Fans have long hoped for a reunion, but speaking last year, Björn Ulvaeus once again said that the band will never reform. “We took a break in ’82, and it was meant to be a break,” he said. “It’s still a break and will remain so. You’ll never see us onstage again.
“We don’t need the money, for one thing,” he continued. “Usually the reason bands have reunions is that one of them is destitute and the others want to help. Fortunately that has not happened to us.”