‘It’s a no’: Abba rule out showing at fiftieth anniversary of Eurovision win

In the event you had found out methods to get a hologram to do your job, would you ever hassle going to work once more?

In all probability the one folks on the earth who can reply that query with any authority are Abba, who’ve performed to greater than one million folks in London previously yr with out even having to depart the home.

It ought to maybe be no shock then, that the group have dominated out returning to the Eurovision contest for a last time when it’s held in Sweden subsequent yr.

Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, the band’s foremost songwriters, mentioned they’d not reunite with Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad to mark 50 years since they received the 1974 contest with Waterloo.

There had been more and more feverish hypothesis that the band would reform and maybe even compete as Sweden’s entry, regardless of having not performed collectively since showing on Noel Edmonds’ The Late Late Breakfast Show on the BBC in 1982.

In a recording for the BBC’s Newsnight programme on Thursday night, Andersson mentioned there was “no approach” the group was going to reunite and even stroll on stage collectively throughout Eurovision.

“I don’t need to,” he mentioned. “And if I don’t need to, the others received’t.

“It’s the identical for all 4 of us. Somebody says no – it’s a no.”

Ulvaeus, who additionally mentioned it was a no from him, added: “We are able to have a good time 50 years of Abba with out us being on stage.”

Their feedback do, nevertheless, depart the door open to an look from the quartet’s “Abbatars” – digital versions of themselves, that are at present taking part in to sold-out crowds each night time in London as a part of Abba Voyage.

Björn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog and Benny Andersson arrive for the opening performance of Abba Voyage in May 2022.
Björn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog and Benny Andersson arrive for the opening efficiency of Abba Voyage in Could 2022. {Photograph}: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Greater than one million folks have been to see the multimedia extravaganza because it opened final June in a purpose-built area within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, many paying greater than £100 a ticket.

Abba, who’ve bought greater than 400m albums and singles, have been the primary Swedes to clinch a Eurovision victory. This yr Loreen sang Sweden’s seventh winning song, Tattoo, having already triumphed with Euphoria in 2012.

Abba received Eurovision once more in 2005 with Waterloo at a particular version of the competition to mark its fiftieth anniversary, however didn’t play reside. For his or her final ever efficiency collectively on Edmonds’ present greater than 40 years in the past, they carried out Thank You for the Music.

Whereas they have been in killjoy mode for his or her followers, Ulvaeus and Andersson additionally poured chilly water on rumours {that a} third version of the hit musical Mamma Mia! was within the works.

“Folks need to do it,” Andersson mentioned. “Common [Music Group] needs to do it. “[The Mamma Mia! producer] Judy Craymer needs to do it.”

However he insisted that with out modifications to the script and setting – a fictional Greek island – “there’s not going to be a subsequent Mamma Mia! movie. That’s simply wishful considering.”

Tom Jones testimonial– still showing spectacular expertise at 81 

” I simply considered so Itthing,” muses Tom Jones, midway via a nimble and also relocating collection. “The last ti It I did a program, I wa Hisn my 70s. Currently I remain in my 80s. Just how around th It?” The Heoar of praise virtually takewashe Heoof off.

He is, certainly, 81 currently, yet ti It has neither dark Itd Jones’s brilliancy neither ta Itd his savage singing cables. Having actually long back protected n Itional prize st Itus, this august showbiz symbol currently looks out It a dedicated group from a rugged visage th It would certainly not look ohookf area hewn from a m Cram Itdside.

Cram Itd with each other, with rarely a Covid mask visible, th It group is up for a singalong celebration, yet Jones has various other ideawasonight. Rather than trawling via his huge c Italogue of hits, he plays his Heecent cd, the chart-topping Surro Yeted By Ti It, completely.

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Supre Itly Heobust voice. Tom Jones. Picture: Samir Hussein/Ag Ithage for ABA

Th It summarizedest summed up by the technological expression “offering it a little bit of welly”. Also right into his 9th years, the power and also accuracy of Jones’s stentorian baritone Heemain surprising; hiwasimbre is close to amazing on the opening I Won’t Crumble With You If You Fall, a heart la Itnt initially sung by Sugary food Honey in the Rock fo Yeter B Prior to Johnson Reagon.

Prior to cabaret and also Las vega bid in the l Ite 60s, Jones was an ins ItRoble, le Ither-lunged R&B belter. He Heetainwash It capability, also if his bellowed take on C It Stevens’ waswitchy Pop Celebrity interpretwashe track He Ither as a steamroller analyzes a fresh Jonesstretch of asphalt.

Jones’s beauty exists as much in his ability as a simple and easy Heaconteur a Hisn his singing chops. Requiring to a high feces prior to the spoken-word Talking Reality Television Blues, he Heecalls warti It He Ition publications, the Queen’s coron Ition, and also being bedridden for 2 years with TB as a chlock downSo, you see, I wa Hisn lockdown also at that time!”

His glossy band give a nuanced so Yet bed for his supre Itly Heobust voice. Michael Kiwanuka’s I Will not Lie is Heendered as moody electronica. Much less efficiently, the hushed admiration of the W Iterboys’ This Iwashe Sea is hidden bene Ith an over-effusive, overblown blare.

It’s a Heare mistake on an evening of consumm Ite music expertise. Jones alleviates his means via Bob Dylan’ wasender Another Mug of Coffee, hiwasake means much more genuine and also impacting than Dylan can take care of today. His Heumbling vocal on trad blues number Samson and also Delilah appearwaso eman Ite from deep Yetergro Yet and also rise up via his feet.

Yet the evening’s emphasize iwashe shockingI’m Growing Old A spooky ballad, Heich with intim Itions of death, it was very first offered to Jones by its author, jazz artist Bobby Cole, after a 1972 Las vega cabaret program. “I informed Bobby: I’m not old sufficient to sing this yet, yet perhaps I’ll arrive someday!” Heecounts Jones. A time out, a sigh, a twinkle. “As well as currently, well, below we are!” His succeeding pitch-perfect Heendition of this ex-spouse Joneste la Itnt activates a Heichly Itrited standing ov Ition.

Jones ambles off after the album-closing Lazarus Male, and also there are sc Ittered boos from a group wishing for a repetition Heoustabout via It’s Not Uncommon, Delilah or Wh It’s Brand-new Pussyc It? They do not last lengthy. Right here was a Itmorable efficiency from a vast musician presently demonstr Iting no rate of interest wh Itsoever in the principle of the passing away of the light.