ABBA reunion rumors have been running rampant in recent weeks.
British media reported that the mega-successful Swedish quartet -- whose litany of hits includes "Mama Mia," "Waterloo," "Dancing Queen" and "Take a Chance on Me" -- would regroup for the first time since breaking up in 1982 to stand-in for the late Michael Jackson's 50 shows in London. David Campbell of promoter AEG Live even told Britain's Sun newspaper that "there's a little foursome out in Sweden we keep talking to."
But Benny Andersson, [cq] who co-wrote ABBA's hits with Bjorn Ulvaeus, quickly told British radio that "no one has even asked us, and if they asked us they would have 'no' as an answer, because (the Jackson concerts were) going to happen in a week. And even if it wasn't happening in a week, no, no we're not on."
Andersson did voice sympathy for AEG's plight, though. "All of a sudden, they have 50 nights and they are just empty, you know," he said. "I don't envy the situation of the management down there. I understand that they need to do something, but we are not the answer."
Andersson and Ulvaeus are, however, planning to appear as part of "Thank You For the Music...A Celebration of the Music of ABBA" on Sept. 13 at London's Hyde Park. But metro Detroiters craving ABBA sounds can check out the tribute show ABBA The Music at 8 p.m. Thursday (July 16) at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills. Tickets are $32.50 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.