ABBA reveal they won’t reunite again as Bjorn recalls watching their digital concert with fans

They surprised fans with the release of their first album in 40 years Voyage last year.

But ABBA have revealed that it will be ‘their last’ as they prepare to let their digital avatars take to the stage for their ABBA Voyage concert residency in London.

Speaking ahead of the shows, which begin at the ABBA Arena in Stratford on May 27, Björn Ulvaeus, 77, recounted the ’emotionally charged’ moment the quartet secretly watched fans react to their concert from within the arena.

'That was definitely our last album': ABBA revealed they won't reunite again as Bjorn Ulvaeus recalled the 'emotional' moment they secretly watched their digital avatar concert with fans

‘That was definitely our last album’: ABBA revealed they won’t reunite again as Bjorn Ulvaeus recalled the ’emotional’ moment they secretly watched their digital avatar concert with fans

Speaking in an interview with The Sun, Björn revealed: ‘I don’t think there will be any more music with ABBA. I think that was definitely our last album.

‘It’s very emotional at times. The lifesize avatars that you see on stage together with the live musicians, you have to pinch yourself. Even I get the feeling that they really are there. ‘

Explaining the process, Björn added that it was difficult for the band to choose which songs that avatars would perform as he said: ‘It took some time but finally we arrived at something which has a nice dynamic. But if we had gone on tour we would have played something like this. ‘

Incredible: Björn, 77, revealed: 'I don thinkt think there will be any more music with ABBA.  I think that was definitely our last album '(LR, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn, pictured in February 1974)

Incredible: Björn, 77, revealed: ‘I don’t think there will be any more music with ABBA. I think that was definitely our last album ‘(LR, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn, pictured in February 1974)

In an interview with The Mirror, he also detailed the ’emotional’ moment he watched the concert for the first time alongside bandmates Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Faltskog, as they secretly joined fans for the show.

Björn confessed: ‘We were sitting away back in the darkness, so nobody saw us.

‘It was a special moment for me and my entire family who are coming over to watch.

‘Many are too young to have seen me on stage. It was very emotionally charged to say the least. ‘

Amazing: He continued: 'It¿s very emotional at times.  The lifesize avatars that you see on stage together with the live musicians, you have to pinch yourself '(Agnetha's avatar pictured)

Amazing: He continued: ‘It’s very emotional at times. The lifesize avatars that you see on stage together with the live musicians, you have to pinch yourself ‘(Agnetha’s avatar pictured)

Speaking ahead of the shows, Björn, 77, recounted the 'emotionally charged' moment they secretly watched fans react to their concert from within the arena (Anni-Frid's avatar pictured)

Speaking ahead of the shows, Björn, 77, recounted the ’emotionally charged’ moment they secretly watched fans react to their concert from within the arena (Anni-Frid’s avatar pictured)

ABBA’s avatar concert residency will begin in just two days at the purpose built ABBA Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

In anticipation of their first show, earlier this month, ABBA released images of their digital selves that will perform.

The holograms have been created following weeks and months of motion-capture and performance techniques.

Uncanny: Björn added that it was difficult for the band to choose which songs that avatars would perform but added: 'If we had gone on tour we would have played something like this' (His avatar pictured)

Uncanny: Björn added that it was difficult for the band to choose which songs that avatars would perform but added: ‘If we had gone on tour we would have played something like this’ (His avatar pictured)

Coming soon!  ABBA's avatar concert residency will begin on May 27 at the purpose built ABBA Arena in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Benny's avatar pictured)

Coming soon! ABBA’s avatar concert residency will begin on May 27 at the purpose built ABBA Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Benny’s avatar pictured)

In the shots the pop pioneers resemble their much younger shelves and are dressed in 1970s silver sequinned ensembles.

An 850-strong team from Industrial Light & Magic, the company founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas, led the company’s first foray into music.

Agnetha Fältskog, now 72, looked gorgeous in the snap as she gazed into the camera looking like she did at the height of the band’s fame.

Avatar: In the shots the pop pioneers resemble their much younger shelves and are dressed in 1970s silver sequinned ensembles

Now: Agnetha, now 72, looked gorgeous in the snap as she gazed into the camera looking like she did at the height of the band's fame (pictured in 2021)

Disco Divas: In anticipation of their first show, earlier this month, ABBA released images of their digital selves that will perform

Avatar: Fellow vocalist Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 76, who now sports more faded locks, looked equally youthful with her trademark fiery red hair

Now: In a similar sequinned outfit, the singer looked beautiful as she donned a smoky eye and a simple nude lip (pictured in 2021).

Dancing queen: Fellow vocalist Anni-Frid, 76, who now sports more faded locks, looked equally youthful with her trademark fiery red hair.

Her blonde hair falling in a relaxed curl, the talented singer sports a disco inspired V-neck blouse.

Fellow vocalist Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 76, who now sports more faded locks, looked equally youthful with her trademark fiery red hair.

In a similar sequin outfit, the singer looked beautiful as she donned a smokey eye and a simple nude lip.

Songwriter Bjorn looked even more different as she showed off a freshly shaven face.

Back together: An 850-strong team from Industrial Light & Magic, the company founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas, led the company's first foray into music

Back together: An 850-strong team from Industrial Light & Magic, the company founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas, led the company’s first foray into music

Avatar: Songwriter Bjorn looked even more different as she showed off a freshly shaven face

Now: His blonde hair, which is now a distinguished salt and pepper color, styled in a shaggy bob (pictured in 2021)

Mama Mia! Songwriter Bjorn looked even more different as she showed off a freshly shaven face

His blonde hair, which is now a distinguished salt and pepper color, styled in a shaggy bob.

Fellow composer Benny Andersson’s avatar sported a more svelte appearance, his blonde hair thick and bountiful.

The 75-year-old’s younger self sported a blonde beard as he too gazed into the camera.

Avatar: Fellow composer Benny's avatar sported a more svelte appearance, his blonde hair thick and bountiful

Now: The 75-year-old's younger self sported a blonde beard as he too gazed into the camera (pictured 2021)

Young buck: Fellow composer Benny’s avatar sported a more svelte appearance, his blonde hair thick and bountiful

The pop pioneers originally split up in 1982, but reformed earlier this year to record ninth studio album Voyage and unveil plans for an immersive digital stage show.

But bandmembers Benny and Bjorn insist the reunion is a one-off, with the band unlikely to record more music following the release of the first latest album Voyage, after 39 years in November.

The group became household names after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with hit single Waterloo.

One more time!  The pop pioneers originally split up in 1982, but reformed earlier this year to record ninth studio album Voyage and unveil plans for an immersive digital stage show.

One more time! The pop pioneers originally split up in 1982, but reformed earlier this year to record ninth studio album Voyage and unveil plans for an immersive digital stage show.

They went on to release tracks including Mama Mia !, Dancing Queen, Take a Chance On Me and Thank You For The Music before walking away from the music industry.

The foursome previously said they would never reform despite their huge worldwide popularity, and reaching more than 400 million album sales over 50 years.

The Waterloo group went their separate ways at the height of their career, and during their final years Björn divorced bandmate Agnetha whilst Benny and Frida split up, too.

They performed together for the first time in decades in 2016 at a private event, which marked the 50th anniversary of the first meeting between songwriters Björn and Benny.

Stars: The foursome previously said they would never reform despite their huge worldwide popularity, and reaching more than 400 million album sales over 50 years (pictured circa 1975).

Stars: The foursome previously said they would never reform despite their huge worldwide popularity, and reaching more than 400 million album sales over 50 years (pictured circa 1975).

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