Swedish group ABBA, which will release a debut album on Friday after nearly 40 years of separation, announced on Wednesday that it is suspending its promotional campaign for 24 hours after two people died after falling at a concert. A tribute to Sweden.
On Tuesday evening in a concert hall in Uppsala, 70 kilometers north of Stockholm, an eight-year-old man died falling from seven floors, most likely accidentally, killing another spectator in his fall in front of several witnesses.
The great hall was to host “Thank You for the Music,” a tribute show to the works of Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson, two members of ABBA, including the covers of the group.
“Due to the tragic event at a tribute concert in Sweden yesterday evening (Tuesday), we have decided to postpone the release of the video for our future concert until tomorrow,” ABBA said on social media.
In addition to releasing their new album announced in early September, the legendary Swedish band is currently building a hall in London to host a show from May 2022 that will include “avatars” of four members of the group.
The exact shape of these avatars, which were designed by a special effects company that worked on the Star Wars films, is still a partial mystery, but the group stresses that it won’t be a simple anthropomorphic.
“ABBAtars” will represent Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad with their 1979 faces.