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ABBA BIG PART OF COUPLE’S LIVES
WHEN Sydney couple Lesley and Peter Watters got married, an ABBA song was a natural choice for the wedding.
It was, of course, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, and Lesley, a teacher, enlisted her school band to play it at the wedding.
The Swedish band has been part of the couple’s lives for 20 years.
Lesley and Peter had studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and were dating when they both joined the tribute band Abbalanche. Two years later they got married.
Like the music, Abbalanche has endured and the band continues to perform about one gig a week.
“I hate to think how many shows we’ve done in 20 years,” she said. “But we still enjoy it because every show, every audience is different.”
Abbalanche is Australia’s only award-winning ABBA tribute show.
Lesley sings the part of Frida, covering her blonde hair with a darker wig.
Stephenie Brilley sings as Agnetha and she swaps her brown hair for a blond wig – their roles decided more by vocal quality than hair colour.
Peter, a classically trained guitarist, performs as Bjorn while Bob Wheatley has been with the band for 16 years as Benny.
Simon Tonks is on bass and Nick Pansini on drums.
“The music and the vocals are quite technical,” Lesley said.
“Every show we crown a Dancing Queen from the audience – at one show it was a 94-year-old man and he was fantastic.”
Abbalanche will perform at Rooty Hill RSL this weekend.