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It was with some amusement that I learnt Abba is not only releasing an album but will also be undertaking a series of live shows in London next year. That's not bad for a group now in its seventies that hasn't performed together for almost 40 years. Except, they won't be appearing in those live shows themselves but in virtual form with digital versions of the group members as they once were.
I'm not sure I'd like to be reproduced on stage as I was in the seventies, unless there's some kind of bonus that arises from being able to dance in platform shoes. However, you have to admit that it's a somewhat novel way of maintaining your youthfulness and I suppose demonstrates the next and inevitable step from video to hologram and beyond.
Perhaps we will all one day spend our later years entertaining in virtual form, letting our avatars do the hardwork whilst we sit back and enjoy retirement. Incredible as that may seem, at least one of the lead singles on the album lends credibility to the ageing process with recognition of the personal growth and physical changes we inevitably go through in the intervening decades:
"In the shape and form I appear now, I have learned to cope... I'm not the one you knew, I'm now and then combined," (from 'Don't Shut Me Down' released on 2 September and to be included on the Voyage Album). If ever I needed a signature tune, that could be it!