ABBA Halts Show Promotion Following Tragedy At Tribute Concert
Swedish pop sensation ABBA on Wednesday announced a 24-hours pause in show promotions for an upcoming show after two died in a fall at its tribute concert.
The famous quartet is preparing to release a new album, Voyage, 40 years after the group split.
On Tuesday night, however, an 80-year old man had fallen seven storeys to his death at a concert hall in Uppsala in a presumed accident, killing one attendee and fatally injuring another man in his 60s.
The police said roughly 30 minutes before the concert began, a person fell from the seventh floor and landed on two others in the open foyer on the ground floor.
While none of the victims has been named by police, they noted that it is unclear whether the man jumped or fell.
The concert Thank you for the music was a tribute show for a 1,000 audience honouring the works of Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, the two male members of ABBA.
The events company that organised the show, MLive, wrote on Facebook that they had cancelled Tuesday’s concert, and “everyone is in shock.”
“In the light of the tragic news at the tribute concert in Sweden last night, we have decided to hold off on releasing our concert trailer until tomorrow,” a post from the ABBA Voyage Twitter account said.
Alongside its album release announced in early September, the Swedish cult band is currently building a venue in London that will host a show that includes digitised “avatars” of the four band members, scheduled for May 2022.
The exact form of these avatars, “ABBAtars”, designed by a special effects company that worked on the Star Wars films, is still shrouded in mystery, but the band insists that they will not be mere holograms.
The “ABBAtars” will represent Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad as they looked in 1979.