After decades of fans saying “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” the original ABBA is reuniting for a TV special, and now NBC has a title and premiere date for it. The Peacock said today that it will air ABBA: Thank You for the Music, An All-Star Tribute will in December.
The Swedish pop juggernaut’s two-hour special will feature Agnetha Faltskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Anderson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad performing their brand-new song “I Still Have Faith In You” — with a twist. It will be “sung” by a virtual ABBA: digital representation of the band in 1979 but voiced and recorded by the band members today.
The special — which will be broadcast around the world, with BBC Worldwide handle international distribution — also will feature “specially invited artists” playing ABBA classics including “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” The Winner Takes It All” and “Take a Chance on Me.”
The band formed in 1972, broke out with the Eurovision-winning “Waterloo” two years later and went on to sell tens of millions of records and storm charts worldwide before splitting up in 1982. The band has been dormant ever since, other than a one-off private party in 2016. Rock fans of a certain age might remember Lyngstad 1982’s solo hit “I Know There’s Something Going On,” which she recorded as Frida and featured its producer Phil Collins on drums.