Dancing queens and super troupers
You, too, can be Bjorn Again. Dubbed “more ABBA than ABBA,” the over-the-top performers take the stage at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek Monday at 7:30 p.m.
Even if you don’t actually like ABBA’s music, chances are you’ll know the words to every song. And if you’re very lucky, you won’t be able to get those songs out of your head for weeks to come. “Mamma Mia,” “Money Money Money,” “Waterloo,” “Fernando” – they’re all regulars in the set list.
The “official” story of the band’s inception goes like this: A giant platform shoe from outer space collided with a helicoptor, leaving Agnetha Falstart, Bjorn Volvo-us, Benny Anderwear and Frida Longstokin on a deserted island with only each other and the strange songs running through their heads for company. They all suffer from collective amnesia. Their mission is to uncover their mysterious and unknown past, and to spread the music, love and glorious fashion sense they share.
“It will be like re-visiting your past,” promised Shelley Woodworth, marketing director for the Vilar Center. “People want to compare it with “Mamma Mia,’ (the musical), but it’s not a story, it’s a pure concert – an ABBA concert.”
There will be lights, polyester and glitter. The Vilar Center will open up the dance pit, on the apron of the stage. They’ll also hand out prizes for costumes.
“We say they’re more ABBA than ABBA because they’ve been together longer than ABBA was, and toured way more than ABBA ever did,” added Woodworth.
After seeing the group perform in 1992, ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus encouraged Volvo-us.
“The best of luck,” he said. “Anyone that looks like me ought to have a successful career.”
ABBA’s Benny Anderwear was a bit more to the point.
“Fans had better make the most out of Bjorn Again because that’s the closest they are going to get to seeing ABBA,” he said in 1999. “ABBA will never reform.”
Apparently, they don’t need to. Just like Super Diamond’s “Surreal Neil” goes completely over the top when impersonating Neil Diamond, Bjorn Again pulls out all the stops and goes the distance. Though natives of Australia, they manage to keep up the Swedish accents and stay in character. And like any band, they like to change things up. They may burst into a hip-hop-ified verse in the middle of “Take a Chance on Me,” or let loose on Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” just to change things up.
Either way, they’re still dancing queens.
Meet the band:
Agnetha Falstart, blonde vocalist
Loves ice skating, crispbread and shopping at Ikea. Loves touring except for planes, trains, automobiles, buses, hotels and cold buffet meals. Would like to have auditioned for Lady Penelope of The Thunderbirds but feels there would have been too many strings attached. Motto: Sexiest bottom in the universe and never sung a bum note.
Bjorn Volvo-us, guitarist and vocalist
One of the few remaining rock gods left on the planet and a legend in his own mind. Loves making loud noisy sounds but prefers aluminium to heavy metal. The thinker in the band, as he’s always thinking about himself. Possibly married to Agnetha. Likes the feel of very tight paints, and always has a packed lunch while on tour. Favorite film is “The Sound of Music,” but feels that watching it too often can’t be faced.
Benny Anderwear, keyboardist and vocalist
The witty, cuddly, charming, boppy, beared keyboardist everyone loves, including his mother. Loves his stretch Volvo limousine and Frida, except when she’s mean and horrible to him. Great lover of classical music, and would love to be a conductor, especially on the No. 37 bus to Covent Garden. Benny would love too have been a member of The Spice Girls.
Frida Longstokin, brunette vocalist.
Bold, daring and adventurous. Loves teasing her long suffering admirer Benny and spending his money money money. Would like to have a delicious meatball stew cooked by the Swedish chef in the Muppets. Loves big strong Viking-type men with long paddles, preferably before midnight.
Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com or phone at 949-0555, ext. 618.