July 8, 2008 |
Despite the astonishing success of the stage musical "Mamma Mia!," ABBA has ruled out any reunion tour. Songwriters Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of the Swedish pop quartet told Britain's Sunday Telegraph that ABBA will never perform together again. Ulvaeus said "money is not a factor and we would like people to remember us as we were. Young, exuberant, full of energy and ambition." ABBA, one of the biggest bands of the 1970s, split in 1982 but continues to sell nearly 3 million records a year.
July 17, 2008 |
The stage appears to be set for at least a modest ABBA resurgence with the arrival of the film version of the musical "Mamma Mia!" opening Friday. The soundtrack album has jumped into the Top 10 of the national sales chart even without a movie audience primed to lap it up: It sold 48,000 copies and enters at No. 7. Beck, meanwhile, lands at No. 4 with "Modern Guilt," the top new arrival during a week in which Lil Wayne, Coldplay and the "Camp Rock" soundtrack all held steady in the top three slots.
September 15, 2011
The 23rd Annual Taste of Newport offers three days to sample fare from more than 30 local restaurants, sip wine from 15 California wineries and enjoy live music — all against the backdrop of Newport Beach. This year's musical guests include Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on Friday, the Barenaked Ladies on Saturday and a doubleheader of Taylor Dayne and ABBA: The Concert on Sunday. Newport Center Drive at Fashion Island, Newport Beach. 6-11 p.m. Fri., 4-11 p.m. Sat., noon-8 p.m. Sun. $22-$125 per day. (949)
March 29, 2012
STAGE There's nothing like a hot blast of ABBA to make you forget the tumult of modern life, and "Mamma Mia!" has the Swedish band's hits in spades. The popular production was a Broadway smash and a movie-remake favorite, and it comes to Pantages for a run to please every dancing queen. Pantages, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. Times vary, Thu.-April 8. $25-$95. broadwayla.org.
February 8, 2009 |
A British-based ABBA tribute band said Friday that the Kremlin whisked it away to perform a private concert for Vladimir Putin -- offering a rare glimpse into the private life of the secretive Russian prime minister. The four-member Bjorn Again band said it traveled 200 miles north of Moscow for the Jan. 22 gig on the shores of Lake Valdai to perform before an exclusive audience of eight people -- Putin, a woman and six other men in tuxedos. Putin's spokesman denied that the prime minister attended any such concert, but band members gave plenty of details and said they recognized Putin at the show.
June 1, 2003 |
ABBA and Madness don't have a lot in common. With 20 U.S. chart singles to their credit, the former is an international name in '70s pop. Madness had three chart records two decades ago and is mainly a faint memory in this country. But if the stage musical "Mamma Mia!" could create a whole new round of ABBA mania, maybe "Our House" can do something similar for Madness.