“The biggest ABBA has done”
Ludvig Andersson was interviewed by Swedish television host, producer and reporter Fredrik Ralstrand for his podcast series ‘Hitfabriken’ (‘The Hit Factory’) in May.
The two men talked about for more than an hour about Ludvig’s work on the ABBA Voyage show, “the world’s most expensive music stage production with a budget of $175m”. Many interesting details were discussed, including how Voyage came about seven years ago, how Svana, Baillie and he had worked together with the four ABBA members to put the show together, etc.
The setlist was debated at length and starting the show with ‘The Visitors’ and ‘Hole In Your Soul’ was something everyone had been in agreement on from day one, despite the fact that they are lesser known. In that context, Ludvig shared that from his perspective, ‘Lovers Live A Little Longer’ and ‘My Mama Said’ could have been great additions too.
On the question “were there any other tracks recorded”, Ludvig answered that “there were five or six more songs filmed”, and he confirmed ‘Money, Money, Money’ and ‘Take A Chance On Me’ to be among them; ‘Super Trouper’ he “couldn’t remember”.
He also shared that plans were being made at the moment to add/swap songs. He added that on top of that, possibilities to record even more songs are being considered, perhaps without the need for Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid to be locked into the room at ‘Filmhuset’ for another six weeks, using new technical solutions instead.
Ludvig agreed with Fredrik that Voyage is “the biggest ABBA has ever done- especially when just looking at the price tag; it’s the biggest anyone has done”. “But we never counted on the enormous response we received. We were on the front page of newspapers all around the world and the BBC postponed their evening news for the first time since WWII to announce ABBA Voyage”, he added.
Ludvig said that ABBA Voyage is set to expand to two additional locations around the world, including one in North America (Las Vegas) and one location in Southeast Asia (possibly Singapore, Australia, or other) and the question came up how far the ABBA phenomenon could potentially be stretched even further? “Well, I think this may be enough when it comes to the exploitation of ABBA”, Ludvig added, “but a new album could very well possible, as this wouldn’t be to exploit, but to artistically create and as all four of them have enjoyed the recording of Voyage so much, I don’t think they would have anything against it”. He then rushed to say that with this statement, he didn’t want to start all sorts of speculations and that he hadn’t heard anyone saying that a new album was being considered in any shape or form, but “he’d pass on the suggestion to his dad”.
The full (Swedish language) podcast can be found on Spotify or Apple Podcasts