“Voyage” is scheduled for release on November 5. The group also announced a set of virtual concerts where avatars of the band will perform at a specially built venue in London’s Olympic Park to begin next May.
The show will play six nights a week, with ABBA band members appearing in digital form. A 10-piece live band will play live.
The concept of the “Abba-tars,” according to a report by The Guardian, first came about in 2016 and was designed by visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic, founded by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas.
In 2016, they did perform one song together at a party to celebrate 50 years of the Andersson-Ulvaeus songwriting partnership: The Way Old Friends Do.
Andersson, also appearing, said the worst of the filming was when they had to shave their beards. “I’ve had mine 50 years.”
Ulvaeus said they chose London to host their live show because “London is the best city to be in when it comes to entertainment, theatre, musicals … We have always felt that the Brits see us as their own.”
The “Mamma Mia” and “Waterloo” singers were working on a stage show when they decided to get back in the studio. They had broken up in 1982.
In August, the group had launched an ABBA Voyage site encouraging fans to sign up for inside information.
The new album features 10 tracks and was announced during a globally streamed press conference the band held on Thursday.
Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo in 1974.
A brand new album out on November 5 and a revolutionary concert coming to London Spring 2022.