Agnetha and Frida take centre stage – Photo: Aftonbladet
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At the award ceremony to receive the prize was no less than Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. They danced, smiled and were very happy to receive the people’s prize: a Rockbjörn for lifetime achievement.
They thanked Aftonbladet’s readers. It is rare to see former ABBA members together, even more so to see them on stage.
What do you talk about when you meet?
"We mostly talk about money. No, I’m just kidding! We are enormously humble that a new generation is listening to our music. We are just as nervous now as we used to be when we got up on stage before. We are enormously grateful," said Agnetha.
Do you have some special memory that you talk about?
"We can’t tell you. But it was the funniest thing that happened! In our own biographies, we will tell you EVERYTHING. A sink and wigs are all I can say. It may be Aftonbladet’s next puzzle".
Frida says that she sang ABBA Singstar.
"I have heard of it," said Agnetha.
"She does not dare!" laughs Frida.
Are there any successful reunions?
Pink Floyd maybe? No, [in our case] I think you should probably let things be.
Agnetha and Frida accept an award for ABBA at the Rockbjörnen awards
Agnetha & Frida: We were never enemies
Abba stars celebrated with champagne after the victory.
"I have moved away from the music world," says Agnetha Fältskog but she enjoys warm and fond conversation with Frida and they apparently get along harmoniously in each other’s company.
How has the "Mamma mia!" success appeared to you?
Agnetha: It is still our material, it has been around all the time. The feeling I get about it is incredibly proud as the music never dies. There are always new generations who enjoy the music and it is hopeful.
Frida: We often get asked how things were with Abba. Björn and Benny are generally thought of as the geniuses behind the band, but all the creative work was really done in the studio. We were a group of people. And it wasn’t just the four of us. Other musicians and technicians helped to create the Abba sound. We worked on all the details. All the harmonies.
Agnetha: We did everything ourselves. It was a lot of work.
Frida: That often gets forgotten. The creative work took place in the studio, spread over many, many hours. A fantastic amount of joy and togetherness went into creating our sound.
What did you think about the reception from the audience tonight?
Agnetha: Quite amazing. What warmth.
Frida: I would like to put the record straight on one thing. A lot has been written about how Agnetha and I fought and quarrelled with each other. There is absolutely no truth in that. Of course, we competed… but to good effect.
Agnetha: No, God we were not enemies. But we have to live a whole lot of such misinterpretations.
"Living with pride"
Frida: Abba wasn’t just about two married couples, you know. It was a little as though Agnetha and I were also married to one another!
Agnetha: We supported each other very much. If someone had a cold or was unwell.
Frida: We were very caring towards each other.
How long ago since you met privately?
Agnetha: An awfully long time ago.
Frida: But it feels like just yesterday.
A and A!
Agnetha: Yes. Sometimes I dream about Frida. Sometimes it’s Benny and Bjorn, though in different situations.
Frida: It’s a complex process. We have experienced so much and had such unbelievable lives, both professionally and privately. We are going to be dealing with this throughout our lives. It’s not something you can file away and forget. We were reminded of that tonight. We think of it with pride.
Agnetha: Yes, it is a mix of very, very different feelings.
And it’s just the two of you who really know what you went through and experienced.
Agnetha: Exactly. We as women experience it in a special way.
Frida: More emotionally.
Agnetha: Speaking for myself, I sometimes suffered enormously from a bad conscience and longing for my children. It’s like Frida says, there were many mixed feelings and contrasts with Abba. Such as tours when we lived a life of luxury, then came home to washing up and cooking.
Do you want to record music again?
Frida: I was going to just ask Agnetha if we could make a new album!
Agnetha: A double-CD, ha ha ha …
You made a new album a few years ago.
Agnetha: It is difficult to feel motivated now. I have so much else. I’m in another phase of life. I am a grandmother and so is Frida. ABBA is always in one phase and I dream of ABBA. It is not out of me. Never. But we are living our daily lives. I have come more and more away from the music.
You have written so many songs?
Agnetha: Yes, I write a bit sometimes. But nowadays I just file them in a folder. I have composing in me. Even coming up with lyrics. I can get ideas, but from there to actually doing something …
Frida: It’s a giant step. Almost impossible to take.
Agnetha: You can get the ideas and put them together – that’s fine. And working in the studio is fun. But then… then comes the question of releasing the final product.
Frida: Right. The fear lies, as you say in the promotion and travel – it goes no further.
Agnetha: It is too late for all that. I can’t do it.
Are you listening to music much?
Agnetha: There is a lot of good music, and very very bad. I think, for example, Laleh is amazingly good. And Robyn.
Frida: Robyn, I have liked since she started. I always said the girl will be huge.
When ABBA was around, it was the two of you in the limelight mostly. Then it was A and A. In recent years, it has mostly been B and B highlighted.
Agnetha: Absolutely, because they are composers.
Frida: But we have to catch up somehow.
Agnetha: Right. Can you arrange a full-size image of us two?
It can probably be arranged.
Agnetha: Joking aside, we all four of us feel enormously proud, humble and thankful for what we’ve been able to give.
Name: Agnetha Fältskog. Age: 58 years. Lives: On Helgö in Ekerö municipality. Family: daughter Linda, 35, and son Christian, 31 with Björn Ulvaeus. Income: 1 207 909 SKr (tax year 2007).
Name: Anni-Frid Lyngstad Reuss. Age: 63. Lives: The Swiss Zermatt. Family: Son Hans, 45. Widow of Prince Ruzzo Reuss. Income: reported to have a fortune of 1.7 billion SKr.