Björn to be a host on Swedish radio programme

Not many details are forthcoming from the radio station’s website apart from some facts about Björn and a photo of this year’s hosts (I think!).  Hopefully, there are some more details to follow, like the fact that the organisers have been trying to get Björn as a presenter for years! Among other topics, Björn will discuss the memory loss that afflicts him.

Björn Ulvaeus
Age: 63
Composer and lyricist
Resident in Djursholm, outside Stockholm

World Famous as one of the four "Abbas" and along with Benny Andersson one of pop history’s most successful songwriters. Together, the two created the musicals Kristina från Duvemåla, Chess and Mamma Mia!. Began his career in the east of Sweden with the group Hootenanny Singers. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Humanist Hedenius Prize to a debate based on an existence "without religion." Has run the Stockholm Marathon in 3hrs, 23 minutes and 54. seconds.

Thanks to Niclas Ericsson.

Sommar i p1 and Björn Ulvaeus

Björn in Greece to promote Athens Mamma Mia!

Björn at the King George Hotel, Athens on Feb 18th.
Image copyright: Rex Features
Bjorn pictured at the King George Hotel, Athens

Less than 100 days remain before the Greek premiere of the highly popular musical Mamma Mia! The production, which features numerous much-loved songs by Abba will travel to Athens and be staged at the Badminton Theater in Goudi as part of a world tour.

At a recent press conference, Bjorn Ulvaeus, who co-wrote all the Abba songs along with Benny Andersson, talked about the show. Ulvaeus is currently working on another musical with Andersson.

While discussing the plot of Mamma Mia! – which is set on a Greek island – Ulvaeus pointed out that Greece is an ideal location for the musical to be staged in. He said he believed that the leading character, an English single mother who lives permanently in Greece, is a typical character on every Greek island.

When asked how the musical has stayed fresh after being staged for so many years, he replied that every year new actors are added to the cast and each director makes a point of adding elements from the country that is hosting the show.

Ulvaeus stressed that Abba, whose music remains extremely popular all over the world, will never again appear live on stage. “Who wants to see four 68-year-olds on stage together, anyway?” he asked.

Mamma Mia! begins on May 6 at the Badminton Theater, in Goudi Military Park.

Björn to sell his private plane


ABBA star Björn Ulaveus is selling the private plane he purchased to travel in post-September 11 – because it guzzles too much fuel. The Dancing Queen singer bought the Cessna 560XL to avoid airport queues in the aftermath of the terrorist atrocities, but he’s become unhappy with its damaging effect on the environment – and his bank balance.

Consequently, the Swedish star rarely uses the jet now – so he’s decided to offload it. Ulvaeus’ accountant Lars Hogberg says, "Björn bought the plane after the 9/11 tragedy because flying anywhere was proving more complicated with airport queues and delays. "However, the plane uses up lots of fuel."