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Can Never Have Enough ABBA Trivia Facts
Back by popular demand, premier ABBA tribute act ABBAFAB returns to perform at Isle® Bettendorf on April 24, 2015. ABBAFAB's stunning multimedia show was a huge hit at the Rock the Levee Concert here at the Isle®, Labor Day weekend. We loved them so much, we're bringing them back to the Quad Cities Convention Center! Get ready for a day, and night, of dancing to 70s and 80s hits, including "Waterloo," "Fernando," "Honey Honey," "Mamma Mia" and "Dancing Queen."
As you look forward to a night with ABBAFAB at Isle, here are some fun ABBA facts that you might not already know:
1. ABBA was huge in the English-speaking world, but they also put out a Spanish-language album, 1980's "Gracias Pour La Musica". This album, which translates as "Thank You for the Music," and showcased the two ladies of ABBA singing lead parts on many translated hits.
2. The four original members of ABBA found love and romance off-stage as well as on-stage. Benny and Anni-Frid were engaged to be married as early as 1969, and were engaged for nine years. However, they were only married for three years — from 1978 to 1981 — before filing for divorce. Björn and Agnetha tied the knot in 1971, but had already filed for divorce in 1979, with their separation becoming final in 1980. Björn used his divorce from Agnetha as inspiration for the song "The Winner Takes It All," which became one of ABBA's most famous and successful hits.
3. ABBA won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England. The contest is renowned for the short-lived success and fame of most winners, but ABBA changed all of that. They went on from their 1974 Eurovision win to become one of the most successful bands of the 1970s and 1980s. There has never been a more successful Swedish pop band on a global scale since ABBA.
4. ABBA is an acronym based on the first letter of each member's first name: Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Anni-Frid. The group's famous name is a palindrome, as it reads the same backwards as forwards. When the band fully committed to using the name in 1974 it was already trademarked by a Swedish seafood company. A licensing agreement was reached in 1974 and the pop group bought the name.
5. ABBA split in 1982, and the four original members didn't make a public appearance together for the next 22 years. Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Anni-Frid were next seen in public together in 2008, at the Swedish premiere of "Mamma Mia!"
While the original ABBA have been out-of-action since 1982, ABBAFAB's tribute show is still going strong, and you can see it at the Isle! Advance tickets for their show on April 24, 2015 are available online, or in person at the Fan Club® or Java Bay® Gift Shop.
Tickets start at only $10 for Platinum or Millionaire levels. Select or Gold levels are $15, and Fan Club or Retail prices are $20 per ticket. After you've enjoyed ABBAFAB's amazing ABBA tribute show, your concert ticket gets you special deals on gaming at the Isle®! These include an Encore Point Multiplier deal from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. - 2 a.m., with a maximum of 25,000 points each session, and valid on everything except Video Poker.