TAKE A CHANCE

Now in their 27th year of per­form­ing, the “world’s num­ber-one Abba trib­ute band” are bring­ing their fab­u­lous show back to the Coast

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - BRI­ANA WOOD­WARD

Mamma mia! Bjorn Again, the beloved Abba trib­ute band, are jiv­ing their way back to the Goldie this week as they pay homage to one of his­tory’s big­gest pop acts at NightQuar­ter on Satur­day.

In­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed and hav­ing cel­e­brated their 27th an­niver­sary in May, Bjorn Again have played all over the world, gar­ner­ing the at­ten­tion of some ma­jor names in­clud­ing Dave Grohl, the Spice Girls and Rowan Atkin­son, who’ve all sung the group’s praises.

Bjorn Again were even lucky enough to be in­vited to play at Rus­sell Crowe’s 2003 wed­ding to Danielle Spencer, who’s an­other fa­mous fan.

John Tyrrell has been the band’s man­ager since the very be­gin­ning.

“Bjorn Again have played over 7,000 shows in more than 100 coun­tries. They have played at the Syd­ney Opera House four times and they sold out Wem­b­ley Arena en­tirely on their own,” Tyrrell says. “They played their first show in 1989, and from day one peo­ple loved it. Peo­ple who were in their teens dur­ing the peak of Abba’s ca­reer were in their mid-20s by the time we started. Back then, there was no so­cial me­dia, so it was all about word of mouth.”

Ar­guably the high­est praise came when orig­i­nal Abba mem­ber Bjorn Ul­vaeus sent the guys a tele­gram in 1990 when they were on one of their first over­seas trips – to Swe­den.

“We were on a show over there,” Tyrrell re­mem­bers. “The host an­nounced that they had a mes­sage from Bjorn. They read it out on na­tional TV. It was a very sur­real feel­ing. We thought they were go­ing to hate us but they loved us.”

In­deed they did. The tele­gram in ques­tion read: “The best of luck. Any­body who looks like me ought to have a suc­cess­ful ca­reer.”

Bjorn Again, NightQuar­ter, Satur­day

Bjorn Again have played sold-out shows ev­ery­where from In­dia to New Zealand.

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