Abba get together for restaurant opening

Singer Agnetha Faltskog (left) was at the opening of Mamma Mia! The Party, owned by fellow Abba member Bjorn Ulvaeus.
Singer Agnetha Faltskog (above) was at the opening of Mamma Mia! The Party, owned by fellow Abba member Bjorn Ulvaeus.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

STOCKHOLM • Mamma mia. The four members of Swedish 1970s pop phenomenon Abba made a rare joint appearance in Stockholm on Wednesday, but, sadly for fans, only for the opening of a restaurant.

The reunion was for the opening of fellow member Bjorn Ulvaeus' restaurant Mamma Mia! The Party, inspired by the Mamma Mia! musical and movie. Benny Andersson, with singers Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, also showed up at the restaurant, where guests are invited to sing along to Abba tunes, reported The Telegraph. It is housed in Stockholm's Tyrol restaurant and based on the Greek taverna in Mamma Mia!.

Andersson said he did not think they would be getting back together on stage.

"We are here to party," said co-composer Ulvaeus.

Abba took the world by storm in the 1970s and early 1980s with hits such as Waterloo, Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia. They have sold more than 380 million albums worldwide since their breakthrough at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2016, with the headline 'Abba get together for restaurant opening'. Print Edition | Subscribe