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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

ABBA shows up in Mumbai

Mumbaikars around me are going crazy over ABBA coming down to Mumbai. The tickets have been all sold out a week in advance. Keep in mind that four performances have been scheduled for the city. There are tears. There is emptiness in people's hearts. There are desperate attempts to get tickets from sponsors*, which include a variety of corporate houses.

All this for ABBA. Pah!

Actually, Duke Ellington could have rolled over safely in his grave, without getting a hernia, if this was ABBA. This however is hernia time.

For the band which is being advertised goes by the oh-so-creative name of Waterloo, who tour the world doing this thing called ABBA the show. At least Björn Again (the real tribute band) is a cool name. And has a wikipedia entry which says that the team-members are "Agnetha Falstart, Benny Anderwear, Frida Longstokin and Björn Volvo-us. The band is supported by bassist Rutger Sonofagunn and drummer Ola Drumkitt (from long-time ABBA session musicians Rutger Gunnarsson and Ola Brunkert)."

Who does Waterloo/ ABBA the show have? Two singers called Katja and Camilla and an occasional performance by the backup drummer and the saxophonist of the original ABBA. Which they advertise as "The ONLY ABBA Covershow with Former Original Bandmembers of ABBA and a Symphony Section!!!".... Yay Yay!!

I say at least bring the respectable cover band, the one with a sense of humour. Oh, sorry, I forgot. This is Bombay, which last I knew was in mourning over JLo's cancelled concert. Sorry, I take this rant back. Or not.

* This is not Delhi where anyway tickets are never sold, only handed out as favours.


Blogger Mr. D said...

leave JLo out of this ok?

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 8:34:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Post show, I am surrounded by people in office who went to the show and have returned suitably thrilled and excited at last night.

Actually I'm not surprised. They didn't know or care that this was cover, leave alone a third-rate cover. Clearly this reflects on the brain-deadness of my colleagues. The only music they heard in their entire life was 70s stuff in matka speakers in their dorms during the 80s. As per them, all Western artistes in the USA (or anywhere in the world?), stopped playing music circa Def Leppard (proving that their music fundas start at Pink Floyd and end at Bon Jovi, beyond that pls refer M. Rafi, Mukesh.)

Again not surprising considering that for them an evening at Starters and More (ideally Friday night at happy hours when the place is infested with loser, tight-assed investment bankers/analysts variety who think that moving to S&M from The Other Room - located below - is a major move up in life) is par course for a hip and happening weekend.

Forgive this rant - I'm at office and totally pissed off.

Saturday, August 26, 2006 2:55:00 AM

Blogger dhoomketu said...

Mr. D, Sorry. Ok.

Anon, didn't know Abba The Show can result in a rant against tight-assed investment bankers! Cool, anyway.

Saturday, August 26, 2006 4:01:00 PM


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