ABBA-tars to tour in ’77 revival
IMAGINE doing a world comeback tour as holograms.
In a music-world first, ABBA, the Swedish pundits of ’70s pop perfection, are hoping to do just that — as “ABBAtars”.
Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid are currently being digitally recreated as holograms for a 2019 virtual reality world tour that will likely see them back in Australian arenas — at least in spirit, if not in body.
The band, which last toured Australia in 1977, have already spent a year having their measurements taken to make the avatars as lifelike as possible when they are projected in front of a live band. But they will be modelled on how they looked in 1979, presumably right down to the hotpants, white jumpsuits, satin jackets and silver knee-high boots.
While “cutting edge” may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think ABBA, the band’s Benny Andersson said: “We got hooked on it because it’s at the forefront of technology.
“To create the four of us digitally it takes so much skill and so much time to do every hairline, every blink, every iris,.
“If it’s good enough when we finish, it’s probably ready to launch in the spring of 2019. It’ll be like you’re in 1977, with a live band.
“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. If you’re sitting in the arena you’ll see us up there. It’s quite exciting.”
ABBA will be the first major artists, still alive, to take part in a tour that will put them on the road without leaving home.
An ABBA television special featuring Molly Meldrum will be shown on Channel 7’s
Sunday Night tonight.