ABBA‘s Bjorn Ulvaeus has once again said that the band will never reform.
Talking to Billboard, he confirmed that the band would not tour again, commenting: “We took a break in ’82, and it was meant to be a break. It’s still a break and will remain so. You’ll never see us onstage again.”
He continued, stating they did not need to get back together for cash. “We don’t need the money, for one thing,” he said. “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.”
Despite his comments, last year fellow former bandmember Agnetha Faltskog hinted at an ABBA reunion. She told German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag that she, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson were considering reforming to mark the 40th anniversary of first hit ‘Waterloo’. “Of course it’s something we’re thinking about,” she said. “There seem to be plans to do something to mark this anniversary in some way. I can’t say at this point what will come of them.”
In 2008, Andersson and Ulvaeus again vowed not to reform, and turned down an alleged $1 billion offer in 2000 to tour.
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 since sold 380 million records around the world. They split in 1982 when the marriages of Agnetha and Björn, and Anni-Frid and Benny ended in divorce.