This was the first of two concerts ABBA performed at the Hall on 14 February 1977. The concerts were part of ABBA's European and Australian Tour, which was the second concert tour. Beginning on 28 January 1977 in Oslo (Norway) through to 12 March 1977 Perth (Australia), it was the first time the Scandinavian quartet performed their hits to massive audiences outside Europe. The Australian leg was to be the most memorable, with fan-frenzy scenes later immortalized in Lasse Hallström's ABBA: The Movie, released in 1977.
The last European country of the tour was Great Britain, where ABBA enjoyed an impressive chart success. The two sold-out Royal Albert Hall concerts were the last concerts in the European stint of the tour. It is reported that tickets for these shows were available only by mail application and it was later revealed that the box-office received 3.5 million requests for tickets, enough to fill the venue 580 times.
Björn said: "A very special moment for us was at the Albert Hall in London, where the thousands of fans packed in displayed their enjoyment so much. they showed how much they liked our music. I'll never forget their reaction when we sang "Fernando" and they all joined in to sing along with us. It was electric, vibrant. For me it was a milestone in ABBA's career. I never thought I would see it happen".
Said Benny: "I remember a moment in the middle of the Albert Hall night when I thought, ´Good grief, Benny, this is you sitting here playing at the Albert Hall".
"Last night, with blackmarket tickets on sale at around 10 times their face value, this extraordinary Swedish group attempted to show exactly they they have become such a phenomenon of the pop charts (One in 10 British families is siad to to own their albums: in Australia , the figure is one in three)."
(The Times, 15 February 1977)
The concert was recorded.
Event Date and Time
14 February 1977 - 21:00
Orchestra or Band
ABBA (Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad)
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