KNOW­ING MY FATE IS TO BE WITH YOU

ABBA BIG PART OF COU­PLE’S LIVES

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

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