Swedish pop su­per group set for Aussie re­turn - as holo­grams

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - CAMERON ADAMS MU­SIC WRITER

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.”

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