Ahead of the opening of ABBA The Museum in Stockholm on 7 May, Björn Ulvaeus has made a promotional visit to the UK and appeared on this morning’s Breakfast Show on BBC One.
As well as his involvement with the museum, Björn also spoke of his former ABBA band-mates, including Agnetha’s new album and forthcoming trip to London, but despite confirming that he is still in regular contact with them all, when asked the inevitable question – “will they ever perform together again?” – he gave the inevitable answer…
“No we wouldn’t,” he said. “To wheel us in, four geriatrics on stage, we would have to have very strong motivation. We would have to have something fantastic musically to present to the world again, which sadly we do not.”
However, although, it is almost 40 years since ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton with Waterloo, Björn will once again have a song performed at the contest, which this year takes place in Malmö, Sweden.
Together with Benny Andersson, his song writing partner since 1966, he has co-written a unique, contemporary piece of music for the final of the 2013 Eurovision with top-selling artist Avicii. Björn said that the track We Write the Story, will feature in the song competition’s final on 18 May but not as a Eurovision entry of course. “It is like an opening number, a slightly majestic European anthem which will be sung by a large choir and all the song contest participants,” he explained.
In recent weeks, Bjorn has visited Berlin, Cannes, and Helsinki, and after London is expected to travel to Russia promoting the ABBA Museum.
UPDATE 2030 April 16, 2013:
Björn issued the following statement via the ABBA The Museum Facebook page:
This morning on BBC Breakfast I let my tongue slip with terrible result. After a split second I understood that what I had said could be interpreted as a joke about the horrendous catastrophe that happened in the US today. I feel very, very bad about it, I am truly sorry and I hope that everybody understands that it was an unbelievably stupid slip of the tongue. As everyone else I feel sorrow about what’s happened and deep compassion with the victims of this atrocity.