Archive for the ‘ABBA’ Category

Back in February, a friend of mine, Mikael Wennerberg over at the Jämtland Härjedalens Musical Archives, spotted ads for pre-ABBA shows that were held in these parts in the Summer of 1973. I picked that up and blogged about it on Trinkelbonker at the time. Now we see a local newspaper, Östersunds-Posten, cover the story on May 12 with additional details. The newspaper has located the people that booked the show in Svenstavik (for 3,000 kronor, roughly 300 bucks) in late July 1973 and unearthed some photographs from the day by Iwan Wåhlén (whom had been hired to document the night for the promoters, Bergs IK). The group that would soon change its name to ABBA had apparently arrived in a white Mercedes bus, performed on the back of a truck for 45 minutes, and signed plenty of autographs on the way out (you can actually see Agnetha and Frida sign autographs from the bus in this article). A new edition of “Ring Ring” (the record that they toured with 50 years ago) will be available on Double LP on May 19.

(Credit goes to ÖP, writer Stefan Nolervik and the Svenstavik crew – additional thanks to Kalle and Seth)


Bought an issue (6 1981) of the Swedish edition of MAD Magazine on the recent trip to Stockholm. It features a Don Martin Poster of American rock stars (probably lifted from the US. edition), but on the other side there is this wonderful ABBA Poster with art by Swedish artist Folke Hallin. Nice.

(My shots of said Magazine and Poster)

There is a long interview with Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night inside the 25th Anniversary Edition of “Shadow Of The Moon”. In it, Blackmore gives ABBA some praise and that it was nice to move away from the riffs of Deep Purple and Rainbow and into the much more melodic and velvety kind of touch that is Blackmore´s Night. Blackmore is a longstanding fan of ABBA, ever since the late 1970s.

(My shot of said release)

Hello Obelix

Posted: May 3, 2023 in ABBA, Books, Comics, Cool stuff

The resin statue of Obelix that I bought over at the Art & Office Store in Stockholm the other day has found a home. I really love this piece of art. Not cheap, but very very cool.

(My shot)

We figured that it would be a good idea to pop into the ABBA Museum in Stockholm, but to our surprise it was sold out. Loads of people. We did get to see the ABBA Shop though, so at least we had some fun checking that out and to give away some hard earned money on some essential stuff. Here is a few shots from the Shop and of some stuff that I brought home.

(My shots from the ABBA Shop and from back home – thanks for your good company Kalle)

Good all round record shop in Stockholm with a good stock of music for all tastes. Bengans Record Store is one of my favourite shops and if you want stuff (like Babymetal DVDs) from Japan, you can contact them and they will help you out. They have an online shop. Address: Drottninggatan 20. Found a lot of great LPs in there on the Sabaton trip.

(My shot of said store)

Nice Souvenirs

Posted: May 1, 2023 in ABBA, Comics, Cool stuff, Hobby

Here is a few souvenirs from the Stockholm trip (to see Lordi/Babymetal/Sabaton). All these (except for the ABBA glass) were bought in the Old Town (“Gamla Stan”). There are more cool stores than anywhere else in the country in the Old Town, and great restaurants and pubs as well. I will highlight some of the stores on this blog.

(My shot of said souvenirs)

Well I am off to Stockholm to catch The Tour To End All Tours with Sabaton/Babymetal/Lordi and I will be back on Sunday to give you a report. Looking forward to this trip, I have not been to the Capital for the last three years so this will be fun. I will visit loads of record stores, book shops and interesting places. Hopefully that will include the ABBA museum, we shall see.

(My shot)

Here is a couple of May releases. The Hollywood Vampires will release “Live In Rio” on May 26. Double LP or CD/DVD. The pre-ABBA album “Ring Ring” turns 50 and will be released as a Limited Edition Double LP (half speed) on May 19. There will also be five Picture Disc Singles with cool images from back in the day. I guess this might be the kick-off for a series of rereleases, which is cool.

(Images from official platforms)

Coming up this week is the release of Lana Del Rey´s new album “Did you know that there´s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd”. She is by far one of the most interesting artists out there today. The LP version looks great too (I have ordered both). And on April 21, we see a rerelease of Swedish guitarist Janne Schaffer´s self titled 1973 debut solo album on Vinyl. Janne is perhaps most well known from having recorded a lot with ABBA over the years but he is still active and has recorded an awful lot of music through the decades. To see his first solo album pop up again on Vinyl is pretty cool.

(Covers are from official platforms)