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Abba tribute show is a real Trouper; PREVIEW: Super Trouper, Venue Cymru, Llandudno.

* ALLING all Abba fans, some of the Swedish band's greatest hits will be performed during a gig in Wales tonight.

And while the Eurovision-winning foursome have not reunited, Super Trouper are the next best thing.

The tribute band was formed in 1999 and the show has been selling out venues internationally ever since.

The aim of the show is to take the music of the chart-topping group to millions of Abba fans - both old and new.

Super Trouper has toured to France, Denmark, Belgium, Spain, South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Australia and South Korea, as well as touring the UK extensively.

In 2007, the show grossed more than $1m (pounds 400,000) at the box office in Sydney, Australia.

The real Abba formed in Stockholm in 1972 and consisted of Anni-Frid 'Frida' Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Bj|rn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fltskog.

They became one of the most successful acts in the history of pop music, topping the charts worldwide from 1972 to 1982.

Abba sold more than 375 million records worldwide, which made them the fourth best-selling popular music artists in the history of recorded music.

They still sell between two to three million albums a year.

At their height, they became Sweden's highest export earners, outselling Volvo cars.

In 1974, they won the Eurovision Song Contest - at their third attempt - with the catchy Waterloo. During the early '80s, the members of Abba decided to go their separate ways, but their music lives on.

The album Abba Gold was continuously in the album charts throughout the '90s and is one of the biggest selling albums ever.

A worldwide successful stage show, Mamma Mia!, was also created using the back catalogue of Abba.

Now the tribute show, Super Trouper provides two hours of uplifting songs, including Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Mamma Mia!, The Winner Takes it All, Fernando, Take A Chance On Me and, of course, Super Trouper.

* Super Trouper is at Venue Cymru, Llandudno tonight at 7.30pm. Tickets from the box office on 01492 872000 or visit www.venuecymru.co.uk
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 27, 2011
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