The ‘Friends Arena’ gets inaugurated with a little help from Benny and Björn’s music

Last evening in the Solna Municipality, Stockholm County around 45000 people witnessed the inauguration of Sweden’s new national stadium the Friends Arena. A huge show, the biggest and most lavish production ever mounted in Sweden was presented to the crowd and the millions watching on SVT. Unfortunately, according to various reports there were sound issues in the arena, with many performers unable to hear themselves clearly.

The show has devised by Colin Nutley. Bjorn and Lena were in attendance as was Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.

I Can See Myself In You cover
Written by Tobias Gustafsson and Björn Ulvaeus

Among the live performers were Roxette, Kalle Moraeus and Tommy Körberg (who closed the show with Anthem from CHESS – link appears below) and who also performed his latest single, a duet with young Swedish singer Danny Saucedo written by Björn and Tobias Gustavsson called I Can See Myself In You. (Tobias and Björn have hinted at future collaborations as well.)

Also performing were stars of the Helsinki production of Kristina från Duvemåla Maria Ylipää, Robert Noack and Oskar Nilsson. They told the Swedish press that they had been rehearsing during the week running up to last night’s show and then hopping on a plane back to Helsinki for the evening performance of Kristina.

Below are some pictures from the evening and below that is a link to YouTubey where you can watch the show in HD. Björn appears at about: 0:35, the Finnish cast of Kristina at about 47:10 and Anthem by Tommy comes along at approximately 1:28:45. (Thanks Niclas)

Opening the Friends Arena, the largest stadium in the Nordic region and Europe’s 2nd largest indoor arena

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  • TOMMYS VOICE IS BREATHTAKING!!! !!!!!!!!!! I´m sooo amazed by this youtube Video of Anthem, wow, brilliant!!!!! He´s the best!!!

  • Jag och manga andra önskar oss att Björn och Benny skall skriva ett nytt musical.
    Därför maste de inte sta själv pa scenen. Deras musik är ju det allra bästa som
    det ges.
    Hälsningar fran Rosi

  • Maria Ylipää is so much prettier without the wig.

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