ABBA, an acronym of the band members first names of Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid. The logo with the reversed B was the brainwave of designer Rune Söderqvist. And a legendary Band (and Brand) was born.

The Brits loved them, they have a joint record eight consecutive number-one albums in the UK. They were successful in many other countries where English is spoken including Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States.

For lovers of light music it is possible the 1970s has no equal. ABBA was formed in 1972 and in their 10 years at the top of the pop world yielded record sales of more than 400 million, second only to the Beatles.

Music royalty, their music will be enjoyed by many generations to come.

Last night (24th Nov.), a packed house at Evita se Perron was treated to a magnificent show put on by Mike McCully and the Harmonix – ‘A tribute to ABBA’. Brings back memories of the 1970s, when we were young and hopeful.

It was a show of 2 halves. A fairly quiet Darling audience enjoying the music in the first half and gently getting into the groove. The band kicked off with the song ‘Waterloo’ which ABBA sang to win the Eurovision Song Contest of 1973.

After a short break midway the audience perked up and a few tentative dancers hit the floor, then a few more and then the groups grew, becoming very enthusiastic and shouting for encores.

Amongst a huge repertoire I remember – ‘Waterloo’, ‘Chiquita’, ‘Super Trooper’, ‘Thank you for the music’, ‘SOS’ ‘Fernando’ (Enid’s favourite), ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Knowing me knowing you’, ‘Mama Mia’ (also encored) and finally ‘Waterloo’ again to book-end a thoroughly enjoyable show.

Thank you to Mike McCully and the very talented band for making the evening so memorable.

The band comprises Mike on drums, Warren Lomberg on Guitar, Neil Payton on Base Guitar, Gordon Mackay on Keyboards, and of course the gorgeous Agnetha and Anni-Frid were the equally gorgeous Sjanel Vosloo and Luella Holland with all the moves and with voices that complement each other so perfectly.

If you haven’t seen this show yet and it comes to a theatre anywhere near you don’t miss it. Mike McCully and the Harmonix have brought out a CD of the show, so if you can’t get to the show buy the CD.

Peter Hall
lives in Darling, Cape West Coast. Born in Belfast (N.Ireland not Free State). Supports The Stormers and Sheffield Wednesday (who?). Part-time wine sampler, part-time blogger, enjoys short stories, reluctant gout sufferer and occasional curmudgeon.