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ABBA Reunite, Record First New Music In 35 Years
The Swedish pop group have reversed years of claiming they would never reunite, claim they already have new music recorded
It's always exciting when a famous band or pop group reunites after calling it quits for a few years. A reunion tour gets planned, tons of fans get a chance to see a group they never thought they'd have a chance to see live, maybe some new music even gets recorded and the group decides to stay together for the long term. In the case of hitmaking Swedish pop quartet ABBA, we may just have a new top score for longest musical hiatus before returning to the stage. That's right: after more than 35 years out of the spotlight, ABBA has officially reunited and is recording new music.
One of the most successfully pop groups of the late '70s disco era, ABBA – comprised of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – officially retired from touring and making music in 1982. For decades to follow, the group would continue to insist that no reunion would ever occur. Indeed, the band stated vehemently that they honestly felt there was no reason to reunite, given their previous success, which made them, as Stereogum aptly puts it, "more money than God."
During the group's hiatus, their 1976 No. 1 hit "Dancing Queen" was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2015. Then, in 2016, the group made a notable, but brief, appearance at a Mamma Mia!-themed restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden – a strangely meta moment of modern pop culture, given that the restaurant was not actually based on the group's 1975 chart-topping hit "Mamma Mia," but instead based on the award-winning 1999 musical theater production (and subsequent 2008 cinematic adaptation) of the same name…which was itself based (loosely) on the music of ABBA. Makes perfect sense, right?
Despite continuously turning down ever-larger cash incentives to reunite – with offers rumored to be at or above $1 billion as early as 2000 – ABBA's only major performance in recent decades came in 2016, when they joined together for a single night in Stockholm to recognize their 50th anniversary.
Ulvaeus has vehemently stated in interviews as recently as 2015 that, "it’s kind of good to be the only group that never came back," echoing the foursome's longstanding shared sentiment that no great comeback would ever crest the musical horizon.
But in spite of decades of insistence to the contrary, it seems the time has finally come for the Swedish pop stars to return to the stage – and not just for one final curtain call. Amid rumors that promoters might instead turn to modern technology to satiate worldwide fans' need to see ABBA live (more on that in a moment), the group has officially announced their return to making music.
"We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did. And it was like time had stood still and that we only had been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!" the group stated in a press release announcing their return.
Two new songs have been recorded at this time, with one – "I Still Have Faith In You" – teed up to premiere in December, where it will be performed by digital hologram versions of the four band members during a TV special to be broadcast on NBC and BBC.
Further details regarding the second of the band's two new songs, or the possibilities of a new album or live tour, are still forthcoming.
Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY
Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business
The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.
In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.
The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip.
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs
Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage
What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.
Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show
Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion
There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.
The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.
This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.
"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."
Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.