Swedish pop super group set for Aussie return - as holograms
SWEDISH supergroup ABBA is planning a return visit to Australia – as holograms.
Members of the iconic pop band are being digitally recreated as avatars for a 2019 virtual reality world tour that will likely see them back in Australian arenas.
The hi-tech tour would be the first of its kind, with holograms usually reserved for dead musicians.
“It’s perfect,” ABBA’s Benny Andersson said.
“We can be on stage while I’m home walking the dogs.
“If this really works there’ll be a lot of artists wanting to do the same thing, even artists who are still young and still touring. It’s a very interesting project.”
All four members of ABBA are involved, being digitally “cast” for the virtual reality tour, which was an idea pitched to them by Spice Girls manager and Idol creator Simon Fuller. The group has already spent a year having their measurements taken to make the avatars as lifelike as possible.
However, the holograms will be based on how Benny, Bjorn (Ulvaeus), Agnetha (Faltskog) and Frida (AnnaFrid Lyngstad) looked in 1979.
“We got hooked on it because it’s at the forefront of technology and what it’s possible to do nowadays,” Andersson, 70, said.
The ABBA-tars will be projected in front of an actual live band.
“It’ll be like you’re in 1977, with a live band, live backing vocals, a great set design with lights and sound, everything will be like a live concert.
“But we’ll be there in the form of holograms and digital avatars. Our voices will be taken from the records, or maybe some of the live vocals from the Australian tour of 1977. If you’re sitting in the arena you’ll see us up there. It’s quite exciting.”