San Francisco, CA
March 10, 2013
ABBA the Concert: Meta-ABBA
Of course, most people are aware that ABBA is one of Sweden's most proud exports and going to ABBA the C with your Swedish girlfriend is a unique experience. Not many know that Waterloo was originally performed in Swedish nor can sing along with gusto nor do many know that Dancing Queen was first performed for the royal couple in Sweden. If you think that ABBA was popular world-wide that is a drop in the ocean compared to the Swedish hysteria for ABBA in the 1970s where every little girl fancied themselves an Anni-Frid or Agnetha. Appropriately enough, ABBA the C is also fronted by four Swedes. However, if you think the audience at ABBA the C was just Swedes and their reluctant boyfriends or gay men, not quite. ABBA may have been from Sweden but they have long been claimed by the rest of the world as their own and the audience was very diverse.
ABBA the Concert broke no new ground but that was entirely the point. From the outfits to the songs to the wigs, this was strictly a nostalgic show. But ABBA the Concert definitely showed great respect for the source material and performed fairly faithful renditions of most of the biggest hits. They performed particularly energetic versions of Mama Mia, Take a Chance On Me, and Does Your Mother Know? There were plenty of opportunities for sing-alongs and the crowd was quite excited to participate in this celebration of ABBAtasticness.
|The original ABBA|
Side Note: On the way home, JL and I checked out the new art installation- the Bay Bridge Lights and (no pun intended), it is spectacular. I'm envious of people with a Bay Bridge view. If you haven't already, go see the light!