ABBA’s manager has dashed hopes that the iconic pop group will tour again after they delighted fans with the announcement of new music.
The group announced at the weekend that they plan to release two brand new songs this year, including “I Still Believe In You,” which will be aired during a TV special expected in December.
“It was like time had stood still and that we had only been away on a short holiday,” the group noted in a statement.
“An extremely joyous experience! … We may have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good.”
But hopes that the group — Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Björn Ulvaeus — would hit the road for the first tour since 1979 have been dashed.
ABBA’s manager and spokesperson Gorel Hanser told the UK’s Mirror newspaper, “No — definitely not. We should remember them how they were in the 1970s, and listen to how they sing today.”
But she said the group had been “happily surprised” by the reaction to their announcement of new music.
“Everyone is so joyful. It was great to spread a happy word in the world right now,” she said.
“They are happily surprised, all four of them.”
Hanser described “I Still Have Faith in You” as a “melancholic” ballad, while the second song, “Don’t Shut Me Down,” is “uptempo” but not a dance track.
ABBA have famously vowed to never tour again, but last September they revealed that they would perform in Australia in 2019 as digital holograms as part of the “ABBA Digital” tour.
“It’s perfect. We can be on stage while I’m home walking the dogs. I don’t have to leave my house,” Benny Andersson said at the time.
“If this really works there’ll be a lot of artists wanting to do the same thing, even artists who are still young and still touring. It’s a very interesting project.”