As New Zealand’s only dedicated tribute to the Music of ABBA, “ABBA HEAVEN – All the Hits!” is a concept that occurred naturally. With five ABBA songs in the repertoire already, the band wanted to perform still more. Band members enthusiastically embraced 24 additional ABBA tunes and fabulous, new super-glam costumes!
Already established as one of NZ’s most extraordinary female vocal bands, ABBA Heaven! is a great fit for this line-up consisting of Joe Cotton, Amber Claire, Pauline Berry & Stu Pearce (keyboards).
This is a heartfelt, passionate reproduction and tribute to The Music of ABBA itself, rather than being an impersonation of the ABBA band members. ABBA’s music stands the test of time and is loved across generations, around the world. ABBA still sell a million albums each year. There is no chance of slowing down anytime soon. The soundtrack to “Mamma Mia: Here We go Again” was No. 1 around the world in 2018 – deservedly so! The soundtrack music was produced by Benny Anderson. Additionally two brand new recently recorded ABBA songs featuring Agnetha and Frida will be released sometime in 2019/2020.
Benny & Bjorn have said that each recording is like a Swiss time piece, everything fits together precisely. The vocalists and the producer of The Mermaids align themselves with this aim. The Mermaids Dance band’s producer spent 2000 hours in a recording suite creating the tracks for the show. Top session musicians from New Zealand and Australia were hired and recorded. Bringing to life, as authentically as possible, the sound of ABBA, this included some some exotic instrumentation. Having put the work in on top of this superb musical foundation, the band are well pleased with their tribute to The Music of ABBA. Sound files just below the next paragraph.
All vocals are very detailed and the harmonies chosen are those that dominate on the original recordings. Considered as well were the musical roots of ABBA themselves, in order to not put a different “stamp” on the way the songs are sung. ABBA were influenced by European folk music, classical music, English pop, jazz, (but no blues), and also American pop music, such as The Beach Boys. Agnetha, Frida, Bjorn & Benny recorded in Swedish, German, French and Spanish as well as English. Their English diction being very pure, thus enhancing the songs with beautiful ringing vowel sounds.
Sound files below:
Highly interactive, the audience and the band irresistibly take part in celebrating the love of ABBA. The audience often dresses up in their disco glories and glam 70’s gear, and always sings along because everyone knows the words. So much fun! ABBA and Mermaids fans travel 100’s of kms to attend shows again and again. At the end of each show the band has a fun selfie time with audience members. Girls Night Out!
The female vocalists wear eye popping Glam Rock outfits authentic to the era of ABBA. These include 1970s jumpsuits, knickerbockers, gold lame, metallic over the knee boots, sequins and body suits galore. Many costumes have been added to the show since it began. The band are delighted to see audiences dress up similarly all over New Zealand – so much fun!
The songs currently performed are: