ABBA Reaches Deal With ‘Parasitic’ Tribute Band
A British tribute band will be called something else after settling with ABBA.
ABBA’s lawyers filed a lawsuit in December arguing that Abba Mania could be mistaken for the original, describing their behavior as “parasitic and in bad faith”, according to NME.
ABBA requested a name change but was initially refuse by Abba Mania, which describes itself as “the most successful touring Abba show in the world”.
Terms of the new deal were not disclosed, but Billboard stated that Abba Mania had agreed to stop using the title. The cover band was formed in 1999 and has toured Europe and America. They are expected to make stops in March in France and April in the UK
ABBA members Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad reunited in 2016 to begin work on the album that became Trip, released in November. The album represents their first new material in 40 years, and it earned ABBA the first-ever Grammy nomination. Trip has been platinum certified last month.
There are no tour plans in the works for the original Swedish pop band. Instead, they announced a immersive virtual performance called ABBA Travel for this spring in London where the band will appear as avatars. The show will feature a 10-piece band in a custom-built arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which has been described as a “magic space circus.”
Lyngstad recently addressed the band’s future, saying ABBA hasn’t ruled out another reunion at some point. “I want the group to be remembered as a group that made something felt in people’s hearts, she said. “I want to be remembered as a member of a group [of] people who comforted them, who gave them happiness, that we were there for them – and for us too, of course. I’m so happy that people are so touched by what we do.
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