Friday October 5, 2012

STOCKHOLM -- A traveling ABBA exhibit is to get a permanent home in a new museum dedicated mostly to the Swedish quartet that has sold nearly 400 million records since its heyday in the 1970s.

Former band member Bjoern Ulvaeus said Wednes day that "ABBA The Muse um" will be part of a Swedish music hall of fame to be inaugurated in Stockholm next spring.

The museum will feature some of the band's glitzy stage costumes, instruments and other mementos that were displayed in the ABBAWORLD exhibition that toured Europe and Australia in 2009-2011.

Ulvaeus said he hoped all four former ABBA members would attend the opening, set for April or May, but ruled out any chance of a stage comeback.

"We are the only group of that status that has never been reunited. I think that is cool," Ulvaeus, 67, told The Associated Press after a news conference in Stockholm. "It is a strength for ABBA that you remember those young, ambitious, energetic people during the ‘70s rather than some feeble old folks who feel compelled to get up and play all the time."

The other band members were Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

Ulvaeus told reporters he had been hesitant about be coming a "museum artifact be fore I'm dead," but liked the idea of including ABBA in a hall of fame that would also recognize other Swedish musicians.


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