As the first tour group ABBA was almost the last in their careerPictolic
The legendary group ABBA decided to record new songs after 38-year hiatus. Once the Swedish musicians have become the idols of millions worldwide, but it could be completely different. Nervousness and quarrels almost blew its first tour in 1977, even before it started. One journalist was at the time with the band and see what happened behind the scenes. He told me what passions were running high among the musicians, and how they managed to maintain unity on stage. Find out interesting details of the life of the team of our material.Bjorn Ulvaeus, benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agneta Feltskog was preparing for the first big tour in 1977. Pop legends had to overcome many difficulties on the way to the top, and in the first place — to cope with their emotions.
The concert was held in the hall Ekeberghallen on the outskirts of the Norwegian capital, which had a capacity of 5 300 people. Many girls were dressed as Agnetha — ABBA singer, who became their idol. Excitement was in the air. The speech was supposed to come to Prince Harald and Princess Sofia.
A team of 12 backing vocalists and instrumentalists were ready to go on stage, but backstage the artists reigned a nightmare. Björn and benny so nervous that he couldn't keep a guitar in my hands. Musicians almost cried from frustration, and the room hung oppressive silence. Only their Manager and tour organizer Stig Anderson seemed unperturbed.
The audience eagerly awaited the appearance of the group on stage. Finally the lights went out, there was a drum roll and ABBA went out to the fans. The musicians were dressed in long white cloaks, high boots, and a singer in tight outfits. He heard the first song, the audience was delighted, and the group relaxed. All the experiences were worth the success.
Fabulous success came to ABBA after a busy start. The group Manager, Stig, said Bjorn, for example, had to completely change. The musician who interacted with the audience, the first was a Bohemian bum, and couldn't track anything, including myself. Before the first concert on the big stage he was so nervous he was afraid to come out.
Recording in the Studio, behind the closed door tore off the musicians from the audience. Only with time the group began to enjoy the performances before a live audience.
Bjorn was married to Agnetha. The couple raised a daughter, Linda, and always flew in different aircraft, in the event of the crash at least one of the parents survived. Benny and Anni-Frid also lived together.
For the first three years of existence, the group has sold 40 million records ABBA. But before the Grand success of most journalists contemptuously spoke of the team. The fact that they won the Eurovision song contest is not considered a great achievement. Critics called their music is mediocre, and the lyrics naive.
In the mid-70s ABBA went to Poland, which at that time was a country sotsbloka. The group starred in a TV show. By the way, the Manager Stig was a good businessman and accept payment only in U.S. dollars, even in Communist countries. China, North Korea and Vietnam refused to comply with the condition and the Stig refused to deal with them. The Soviet Union paid the group barrels of oil that were stored in Stockholm.
It is the organizer of the Stig pushed the team to the beginning of major tours. Permanent Manager of ABBA died in 1997 at the age of 66 years. He is constantly inspired and soothed musicians. His chief rules were: work hard, make every effort not to forget anything and not to take life too seriously.
At the beginning of creation of the band, loved to be the center of attention. They preferred to record songs in the Studio and lead a calm life. While tours are not brought artists such a huge income as it is now. Concerts were organized to promote the record, whose sales were much more profitable.
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