ABBA seen together in public for first time in 14 years in rare appearance on red carpet

Bjorn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, and Agnetha Faltskog have appeared together as ABBA for the first time in decades

The four members of ABBA have reunited for the first time in 14 years as they appeared on the red carpet at the new ABBA Arena in London’s Olympic Park.

Last year the Swedish band released their first album in 40 years with Voyage and now they are appearing live on stage via their unique ABBA-tars.

Bjorn Ulvaeus 77, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 76, Benny Andersson, 75, and Agnetha Faltskog, 72, have not been seen all together in public since their last live performance together, on Swedish TV, in 1986.

The band split in 1982, with their last public performance coming three years later on a Swedish version of This Is Your Life, which honoured their manager Stig Anderson.

Benny was all about the summer theme as he rocked a super flowery coat to add a dash of colour to his black outfit.

Agnetha and Anni-Frid were going for similar colours in cream-coloured outfits.

Meanwhile, Anni-Frid sported a fashionable blazer and added sunglasses to complete the outfit.

Bjorn kept it simple in a white shirt and a navy blue suit.

It was as if no time has passed as the entire iconic group looked comfortable as they posed for photos.

Their appearance comes after there was a blooper-free rehearsal for their show - ABBA Voyage - last week.

Through technical wizardry, Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid performed their first London concert in 43 years as “ABBA-tars”, looking just like they did back in the day.

Songs were pre-recorded, the band was live and the audience at the ABBA arena in Stratford, east London, lapped it up.

Local residents were invited to watch the dry run. And one fan summed up the mood perfectly, declaring: “Thank You for the Music.”

A few days ago, the group quietly even attended a show in London's Olympic Park.

“We were sitting away back in the darkness, so nobody saw us,” Bjorn said.

“Benny was there and Frida, we just looked at ourselves and thought, ‘What the hell is this. How did this happen?’”

“It was unbelievable,” Bjorn added. “For the time fans are in the arena, they believe we are real and are on stage. They’re at a concert with ABBA.

“We’re playing tricks with people’s minds and they’re willing to let us.”

He admitted he got emotional seeing his younger self, created with the help of George Lucas’s visual effects company.

“It was a special moment for me and my entire family who are coming over to watch."

Last year the band shocked the world by releasing their Voyage album, which topped the charts in 17 countries.


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