ABBA Reunites for Rare Joint Appearance at ‘Mamma Mia’–Inspired Restaurant: Photos!

ABBA pose for a group portrait in London, 1976
ABBA pose for a group portrait in London, 1976 Michael Putland/Getty Images

Night is young and the music’s high! The popular Swedish pop group ABBA reunited for a special Mamma Mia–themed event in Stockholm on Wednesday, January 20.

The former members — Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad — joined their former bandmate Bjorn Ulvaeus for the opening of his new Greek taverna restaurant. The venue was inspired by the Broadway show Mamma Mia, which features several of the band’s hit songs, including “Dancing Queen” and “Super Trouper.”

“Mamma Mia” was their big hit in 1975. Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried starred in the film version of the musical in 2008.

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Members of the band ABBA attend the world premiere of 'Mamma Mia: The Party' at Tyrol in Stockholm, Sweden on January 20, 2016.
Members of the band ABBA attend the world premiere of ‘Mamma Mia: The Party’ at Tyrol in Stockholm, Sweden on January 20, 2016. FameFlynet

According to The Telegraph, the former group didn’t join in on a sing-along on Wednesday night. Faltskog and Ulvaeus — who were married from 1971 to 1980 — arrived and left separately.

Agnetha Faltskog & Anni-Frid Lyngstad attend the opening of
Agnetha Faltskog & Anni-Frid Lyngstad attend the opening of “Mamma Mia! The party,” a new restaurant in Stockholm where people can eat while watching a show based on ABBA’s songs on January 20, 2016 in Stockholm. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images(2)

The musicians also shut down any chance of a reunion. “I don’t think so,” Andersson reportedly said. (ABBA began to feud amid Faltskog and Ulvaeus’s messy breakup. Ulvaeus and Andersson also went to court in 2005 to dispute who really wrote the musical Kristina From Duvemala.)

Bjorn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson attend the opening of
Bjorn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson attend the opening of “Mamma Mia! The party”, a new restaurant in Stockholm where people can eat while watching a show based on ABBA’s songs on January 20, 2016 in Stockholm. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images(2)

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ABBA performs during the the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 on February 09, 1974 in Brighton with their song Waterloo.
ABBA performs during the the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 on February 09, 1974 in Brighton with their song Waterloo. Olle Lindeborg/AFP/Getty Images

ABBA formed in 1972 and disbanded in 1982. They released eight studio albums and are best known for hits like “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “S.O.S,” “Money Money Money” and “Knowing Me Knowing You.” The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2010.

ABBA at Radio City Music Hall in New York on October 2, 1979.
ABBA at Radio City Music Hall in New York on October 2, 1979. Waring Abbott/Getty Images

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