Everyone has his own dream. In this case it was to organise a party where this person could walk around like Elvis, pose like John Travolta and dance to Abba. For what it's worth it was total fun.
With several male persons my age present, I had lived through the 70s listening to the albums of Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and the likes of (symphonic) rockers. On the other end of the spectrum were soul and later disco. Somewhere in between was Abba. Something told me that what this Swedish band produced was good. Most of its songs were to soft though or for whatever reason had a Greek sirtaki influence that was popular in the second half of the 70s, early 80s. Next to that it had some mighty disco rock hits and a few fabulous ballads. Then there were the two great looking women in the band. That did help a little, but there was no way for a late, male teen to admit that Abba was good or even contemplate the option. Abba was not for me.
Going back to the EurID sponsored party at the EuroDIG, a European version of the Internet Governance Forum, under the motto "knowing me knowing you". Arriving in the huge venue, there was a stage with no amplifiers for the band, but none the less a professional looking outfit. No amplifiers?, I thought. A playback act with expensive looking gear? Disco music was setting the mood, great food was served and the 'Saturday Night Fever' dance floor was in place.
Abba Revisited is strange combination. It is an Abba dress up act. The guys wear wigs, the girls resemble the dark and blond and there is a drummer hidden a bit away in the background, who looked like Lars Ulrich of Metallica and we suspected that his head set was not for listening to what the band was doing but to set him apart from the Abba songs. The guitarist showed a fondness for 80s U.S. rock solos by the kind of Van Halen. A bit weird for Abba?
In the roughly same life span as The Beatles, 8 years, Abba produced a shear endless number of hits. Abba Revisited played a lot, but by far not all, also excluding the theme song of the evening, one of my personal favourites. The girls changed dresses twice during the show. The last one for the finale. What other song than the band's biggest hit 'Dancing Queen'. It still has not left my mind. 'Waterloo', the song that broke the band in 1974, winning the European Songfestival, was revisited as the final encore. By then all present loving music, singing and dancing had been pushed over. Including this and a few other rock fan(s).
People of EuroDIG and EURid. Thank you for a great party.