‘Dancing Queen’ on display: ABBA museum opens in Sweden
With no ABBA reunion in sight, patrons can take a chance on a new museum devoted to the 1970s Swedish pop super-group.
Opening Tuesday in Stockholm, the museum will display band memorabilia, including star-shaped guitars, gold records, concert footage and the requisite hip-hugging flares -- except for a few “embarrassing” skin-tight costumes, band member Bjorn Ulvaeus told the Associated Press he omitted from the collection.
The permanent exhibit inside the Swedish Music Hall of Fame features an interactive side where guests record music videos to ABBA hits alongside life-sized holograms of band members and try on costumes via a green screen.
And a phone in the corner awaits incoming calls from the real ABBA.
Not all glitz, the exhibition offers audio recollections from the group that started as two married couples who toured together into the 1980s, even after their divorces.
The four members of ABBA -- Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson and Agnetha Faltskog -- shot to fame after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with “Waterloo” and later sold 370 million records.
Their music was the basis for the film “Mamma Mia!,” and the musical that has been playing on Broadway for nearly 12 years.
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