ABBA Discussing Reunion for 'Waterloo' Anniversary, Singer Says
The prospect of a reunion of legendary Swedish pop group ABBA set the U.K. media alight Monday.
The web was abuzz with the potential reunion for bandmembers Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad in 2014.
Next year marks the 40th anniversary since the quartet won the Eurovision Song Contest and were catapulted to global stardom.
Bandmember and singer Faltskog told the German weekly Welt am Sonntag in an interview Sunday that "of course it is something we're thinking about," sparking delight among the group's legions of fans.
"There seem to be plans to do something to mark this anniversary in some way. But I can't say at this point what will come of them," she said in the interview.
Sky News noted that ABBA was one of the few major global hitmakers not to have reunited. Their last album, The Visitors, hit the charts in 1982.
Faltskog and Ulvaeus, and Andersson and Lyngstad were both married couples, and both subsequently divorced -- although the band never formally broke up.
The group's "Waterloo" won the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England, in April 1974 and immediately became a global phenomenon.
The band sold more than 380 million records worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
ABBA posted an unprecedented string of worldwide number one hits, such as "Mamma Mia," "Dancing Queen" and "Super Trouper."
Since 1982, Faltskog and Lyngstad pursued solo careers. Andersson and Ulvaeus wrote a hit musical, Chess, and reworked 24 ABBA hits into the musical Mamma Mia, which went on to be made into a box office smash hit film starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan.
Despite intense pressure to regroup, all four members have persistently ruled out doing so in the past.
In July 2008, the four supergroup members did reunite for the Swedish premiere of the movie Mamma Mia, marking only the second time all of them had appeared together in public since 1986.
At the time, Ulvaeus and Andersson disappointed a generation by declaring there was "simply no motivation to regroup."
"We would like people to remember us as we were: young, exuberant and full of ambition," Ulvaeus said.
In her interview with Welt am Sonntag, Faltskog -- who recently released a new solo album -- said she did not want to spend too much time pondering whether a reunion should take place or not.
"That eats up too much energy. Don't just think about it, just do it," she said.
And she warned that time was running out.
"We're all getting older. I can't imagine going onto the stage on walking sticks," Faltskog said.