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Everyone was smiling and singing and dancing. The Playhouse was alive with high spirits. A night of undeniable joy
"With lights playing over the stage and the sound of helicopters over the system, the band launched right into That's Me. The sold out crowd was ecstatic! Knowing Me, Knowing You was absolutely spot on. Another ABBA chestnut in the form of When I Kissed The Teacher led to a buoyant medley of I've Been Waiting For You / Honey, Honey / He Is Your Brother. Norback introduced an uplifting version of Fernando as a song about freedom and even sang the first half of the song in Swedish. Quite an emotional moment. Money, Money, Money that was one of the highlights of the evening. The Name Of The Game transitioned into a looooong version of Eagle with heavenly solos from Svensson, Hogan, and Larsson that was another unforgettable highlight! Kids were brought up from the crowd to join the band. A Swedish flag was grabbed from a fan to wave onstage. Everyone was smiling and singing and dancing. The Playhouse was alive with high spirits. A night of undeniable joy. " Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT , USA February 2, 2018
ARRIVAL don’t miss a beat in tribute to ABBA – ARRIVAL from Sweden in concert with Omaha Symphony Orchestra, USA
"Hit after hit after hit. At the Holland Center on Saturday night the Omaha Symphony and ARRIVAL from Sweden played a vast assortment of hits and fan favorites by the iconic pop group ABBA. Conducted by principal pops and resident conductor Ernest Richardson, the Omaha Symphony was at its best ARRIVAL, named for ABBA’s 1976 album of the same name, has steadily been one of the top selling and touring ABBA tribute acts since it was founded in 1995. The performers on stage appear to be near perfect copies of Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Agnetha Fältskog. These performers obviously adore ABBA and do everything they can during the show to make the focus Benny and Björn’s songs, not themselves. While all of the band members and singers were stunning likenesses of the original group, the Benny Andersson tribute performer deserves particular praise for his prowess on the keyboard. ABBA’s keyboard lines are full of virtuosity and energy, and his re-creation was fantastic. The singing was virtually indistinguishable from studio recordings. Harmonies were tight and the blend with the orchestra harked back to staples of the disco era. Of course, the best parts of the show were the titles they sang: “The Winner Takes it All,” “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!,” “Lay All Your Love on Me,” “Mamma Mia,” a finale of “Thank You For the Music” and so many others brought fans to their feet more than once. It was obvious during the encore, “Dancing Queen,” that the crowd was thoroughly pleased. " By Drew Neneman / World-Herald correspondent February 11, 2018
“They were ABBA”
"“Arrival did not disappoint, playing all of the legendary group’s biggest hits well into the night. It was a time warp of the most entertaining kind — they looked like ABBA, they sounded like ABBA, they dressed like ABBA, for all intents and purposes, they were ABBA.”" The Sun Valley Times, July 2013
ARRIVAL from Sweden – sets Hornbill Music Fest on FIRE!!!
"Citizens of Kohima, Nagland (India), both young and old were enthralled with the power-packed live performance of ARRIVAL From Sweden The concert was held at Hockey Ground, IG stadium on December the 2nd. ARRIVAL from Sweden was performing with Mike Watson, the original Bass player of Abba. Music lovers have been waiting for this day, and they couldn’t have asked for more as they were the ‘privileged lot’ to witness a live performance of a world renowned band like ARRIVAL here in their own city." Nagaland Post, Kohima, Nagaland, India December 3, 2015
Concert with San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
"“There was not a single minute in which someone wasn’t dancing in the aisles or in the boxes – and for large stretches, the entire audience was on their feet” 4 out of 5 stars - 'Smashing' " CY ASHLEY WEBB – JUL 19, 2011, Starkinsider, San Francisco, USA
This! Is! ABBA!
"I just got back from the most awesome concert I have ever been to: Arrival From Sweden! Going in, I assumed it was just going to be some random people playing ABBA music. My assumption was shot down the minute the band walked onto the stage. I was blown away by the performance! By the time the concert was over, I had ceased to believe these were simply people doing ABBA music. This! Is! ABBA!" Bulbgarden review, USA, January 24, 2010
ARRIVAL from Sweden brought the audience to its feet
"Each of the individual musicians in “Arrival” make you feel as if you are listening to the actual ABBA Just about every ABBA hit song was performed at the concert The individuals in the “Arrival” band are very talented musicians. Jenny , as “Agnetha”, recreated the heyday of ABBA while singing As Good As New. Vicky as “Anni-Frid” wowed with her version of Money, Money, Money and Fernando Jenny performs as ABBA’s “Agnetha” and Vicky as ABBA’s “Anni-Frid” with original ABBA bass guitarist Mike Watson and York symphony orchestra in the background" Susan Davis, Ultimate Sheet Music, USA 2011
Arrival from Sweden gave a successful concert in Russia this past Monday in a packed MIR-Hall in Moscow
"It was like a real ABBA concert!!!" Dmitriy Abrosimov for ABBA Fan Club ABBA Intermezzo, November 2008
"Arrival From Sweden with South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra" South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra March 2015
It was hard to believe that the audience wasn’t watching the “real” ABBA.
All in all, a great night!!!
"There was SOS, Money/Money/Money, Waterloo, Mama Mia, Chiquitita, and the list goes on and on. There were so many songs that both the first set and the second set included medleys of songs, there were just o many hits. The group did a lot of audience participation in the both the first set and second set. they brought young girls up on stage to dance with them. All in all there were three costume changes and the costumes were authentic 70’s garb that ABBA would have worn which only added to the overall effect. Singing these songs, the stage decked out with a disco ball, wearing authentic garb, with the overall look and sound down, it was hard to believe that the audience wasn’t watching the “real” ABBA. All in all, a great night." Idea Magazine, Lydia Lowe, March 16, 2015, USA
Arrival From Sweden Perfects The ABBA Experience To The Delight Of A Packed House At Ravinia!
"Playing to a packed house Sunday evening. As for their performance, Ravinia’s audience could close their eyes and swear that the original ABBA had graced the stage" August 14, 2014 Glenview Patch Illinois, USA
"The Concert with ARRIVAL from Sweden, was a great success. Loved by Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra and audience. Wonderful show!!! I'll be mentioning Arrival from Sweden, to other Orchestras with a strong recommendation!" Michael Berkowitz, The Maestro/Conductor for The Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra, CA, USA February 23, 2015
Kvällens stora begivenhet var naturligtvis ABBA-showen med gruppen Arrival from Sweden
"I Kinna blev gårdagskvällen sådär magiskt perfekt. Allt regnande från veckan tog slut och värmen kom tillbaka. Tillsammans med tusentals markbor gjorde artisterna kvällen till något att minnas" Markbladet. Kinna Juni 2014
The sellout show was a perfect opener for the Bermuda Festival
"Just like the real thing: Abba tribute band ‘ARRIVAL from Sweden' in action on stage at the Fairmont Southampton on Tuesday evening - the opening night of this year's Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts. Pictured are singers Jenny (left) and Victoria , and in the background is one of the original Abba bass players Mike Watson. s Norback doing the part as “ABBA- Frida” was a joy to listen to, and she kept the dancing action going on stage. It was quite possible to suspend reality and believe that the original Abba were up on stage once again." The Royal Gazette, Bermuda, 2011
"Great Abba evening with Arrival from Sweden on tour in Israel" Embassy of Sweden in Tel Aviv, November 13, 2014
Abbas klassiker lockade till sång och dans i Olsbergs Arena i Eksjö
"Lördagskvällen innebar nostalgi för många när bandet Arrival from Sweden tolkade den legendariska musikgruppen Abba." Smålands Tidningen 9 November, 2014
"Everyone here in Portland Symphony Orchestra and Portland LOVED the show with ARRIVAL from Sweden. Your musicians are wonderful to work with, as well as nice company. Hope to work with you again soon!" Norman Huynh, Conductor/Maestro for Portland Symphony Orchestra, USA 2014-10-14
Thanks to all! Still dancing!
"As Maestro of the Panama City POPS, I not only enjoyed working with Arrival musically, but they simply wonderful people. Would love to do it again. Thanks to all! Still dancing!" 2014-10-21 Eddie Rackley, Conductor/Maestro of the Panama City POPS (Symphony Orchestra)
"Arrival from Sweden was a HUGE hit at Festa Italiana in Milwaukee, the last two years" Milwaukee Music Scene, USA August 2013
The BEST ABBA tribute in the world!!
"ARRIVAL from Sweden is a must see concert with original costumes. ABBASOLUTELY THE BEST!!!" January 16, 2014 Gina Dietrich, Penns Peak, Pennsylvania, USA
Best show I have ever been to!!!
"Thank you so much for the amazing show in Sun Valley Idaho last week One wonderful evening and both young and old, joined in a celebration of wonderful music I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Please don't leave it too long before coming back!" Carey Molter July, 2013, Sun Valley Reporter, USA
The greatest ABBA tribute you will ever see!
"We have followed Arrival from Sweden since 2007, and have seen them in 7 different venues. The greatest ABBA tribute you will ever see! Put this group on your concert "bucket list" - you will be amazed, and will be dancing in the aisles!" January 2014 Scott Reinhart, PA, USA
ARRIVAL from Sweden is awesome
"Awesome event by ARRIVAL from Sweden at the Amphitheatre in Cary, north Carolina. I have always loved ABBA since I was a teen. ARRIVAL from Sweden is truly amazing. I can't wait for them to head back to Cary! Thank You For The Music!" May 28, 2013 Mai Matwins
"ARRIVAL from Sweden is awesome" River Rock Casino Resort – Richmond, USA, May 12, 2013
A fantastic show and the next best thing to seeing ABBA
"Arrival from Sweden played 2 sold out nights (14 000 people) at Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada this weekend. They covered hits from all of Abba's 9 albums. They ended the show the way ABBA used to do with the song "Thank You for the Music" and then they teased the crowd saying that we can't go home without doing this one. "Dancing Queen got everyone to their feet. A fantastic show and the next best thing to seeing ABBA. CASINO RAMA, Ontario, Canada August 9 2013" Sapphire Magazine, Canada August 10, 2013
ARRIVAL from Sweden – FANTASTIC!!!
"Saw Arrival from Sweden at the Grand Del Mar, CA this evening... FANTASTIC! Grand Del Mar, CA, USA, July 29, 2013" Yvette McCue Lyons, Director of Expressive Arts, San Diego University, CA, USA
If you have never seen ABBA, this is as close as you will ever come
"JI will see them every time there are in my area. If you have never seen ABBA, this is as close as you will ever come. Truly AMAZING musicians, and the vocals are even MORE amazing than that! January 16, 2013" Paul Palkowski, Milwaukee, USA
We love every minute with ARRIVAL from Sweden
"I first saw Arrival in 2012 Red Rocks (Denver). Since then, 4 times total and daughters dancing/singing with them. We have loved every minute. We will go to any show we can." Alan Belliston, Denver, Colorado, USA, January 17, 2013
ABBASOLUTELY GOOD TIME AT THUNDER VALLEY CASINO, USA
All I can say is it was an ABBAsolutely fabulous show! Arrival from Sweden, The Music of ABBA kicked some major tribute band butt ““ Mamma Mia, they were good!
"It was interesting as Gustafsson and Zetterberg told stories of the original ABBA bringing out the true meaning to some of their songs. The evening continued with Gustafsson and Zetterberg telling stories and singing like the real deal. Would the original band sound this good? I doubt it. As for the musicians, they were extremely tight and sounded magnificent, couple that with the pitch perfect performance of Gustafsson and Zetterberg on vocal, and you had the perfect ABBA tribute band Everyone in the audience jumped up to dance and clap their hands. All I can say is it was an ABBAsolutely fabulous show!" Celebrityexaminer Newspaper, USA Randy Miramontez, August 13, 2012
ARRIVAL from Sweden – They sound and look so much like the original
"Jamaica Jazz-and Blues Festival 2006 "Legendary Abba, performed by the Swedish band ‘Arrival – Tribute to Abba’ got the night into full swing and brought patrons to their feet. Hits such as “Eagle”,” “On And On And On,” “The Winner Takes All,” “Money Money Money,” and the crowd favorite “Dancing Queen” no doubt were crowd pleasers as the largely Jamaican audience sang along line for line. Clad in colorful costumes, the members of the band dazzled the crowd with their flawless delivery that evoked memories of the band that ruled the 70’s. So much so that many fans were over-heard saying, ”Yahneake Sterling (Hard Beat News9 Jamica”" Islander Online, Caribbean News January 30, 2007
ARRIVAL from Sweden and the show THE MUSIC OF ABBA, carries the audience right back to the party atmosphere of the 70s
"After fantastic sold out concert with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Orpheum Arrival from Sweden sailed to Nanaimo Port Theatre. The legendary Swedish tribute band Arrival continues right up to the present day to exert a phenomenal appeal. The 11 piece band appears together on stage and fans and latter-day followers can now witness the seeming resurrec-tion of Agnetha, Anni-Frid, Benny and Björn in the MUSIC OF ABBA live performance. Brought to the stage by successful producing Showbiz Production based in Vancouver, the show carries the audience right back to the party atmosphere of the 70s. The two-hour spectacular features all ABBA’s greatest hits – “Waterloo“, “Mamma Mia“, “Take a Chance On Me”, “Money, Money, Money” and “Dancing Queen” – performed by artists who not only look astonishingly like the original line-up, but also exactly reproduce their sound. The performers gel together per-fectly on stage, not merely playing and singing the ABBA songs but really recre-ating the stage presence of the four musicians. Congrats to ARRIVAL from Sweden with their fantastic show." Showbiz Production, Vancouver, Canada 2013
Arrival from Sweden performing ABBA hit songs was OUTSTANDING!
"My wife and I have seen Arrival From Sweden performing the ABBA catalog each of the last three years. We obviously have been totally impressed, or we would not be returning year after year. Not only was Arrival outstanding, as usual, so was the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. If you have a chance to attend a performance, GO! You will not be disappointed." Review of Colorado Springs Philharmonic, CO, USA November 2013
"CONGRATULATIONS" to you all. You all have done a WONDERFUL job, which resulted with a GREAT success here in Yangon, Myanmar! We all look forward to see you again soon!!" Dr. Myint Han, Honory Consul, Yangon, Myanmar December 1th, 2013
This is the most amazing tribute band, ARRIVAL from Sweden
"You must go see it. I loved them. Go Abba Go. " Izzy Cavalli, Agent, USA, August 19, 2012
It was incredible!!!
"ARRIVAL from Sweden is NOT just any old tribute band doing a bunch of cover tunes. ARRIVAL and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra both nailed it! The best part of the show: everything sounded exactly like the sound recordings. It was incredible!!!" Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Newsroom July 11, 2011
Thank you for the Music – The original ABBA or the group Arrival from Sweden? It was nearly impossible to tell!!! Arrival played a sold-out show that got everyone finding their inner “dancing queen”
"A gorgeous summer night Sunday night saw a sell-out crowd at the Sun Valley Pavilion, all there to dance, tap their feet and sing along to the music of ABBA as performed by Arrival. Billed as the “Greatest ABBA Show Ever,” Arrival did not disappoint, playing all of the legendary group’s biggest hits well into the night. It was a time warp of the most entertaining kind — they looked like ABBA, they sounded like ABBA, they dressed like ABBA, for all intents and purposes, they were ABBA. The American Festival Orchestra performed with Arrival from Sweden" Sun Valley Time, USA, July, 2013
‘Feel the boom’: Arrival from Sweden, fireworks please crowd at Freedom Fire – Just like seeing real ABBA
"Arrival From Sweden performs the music of ABBA during the 2013 Freedom Fire concert at Romney Stadium Fireworks lit up the night sky, and an ABBA tribute band rocked out to some greatest hits All of the sights and sounds were a part of the annual Independence Day celebration The house was packed for the 2013 Freedom Fire The headlining act, Arrival from Sweden, is a tribute to ABBA, and it was just like seeing real ABBA!" Romney Stadium, Romney, Utah, USA
Talk about perfection , they are the best!
"What a terrific group , saw them July 31, 2013 Costa Mesa , California . About 15 original Abba songs in almost 2 hours done with incredible vocals , music instruments , stage performance . Talk about perfection , they are the best!" Joseph V. Doria, Costa Mesa, CA, USA, August 2013
The Concert Rocked
"Were you 1 of the 1500 who attended Saturday’s ABBA Music concert at the Kiva Auditorium. We’re so glad the Arrival from Sweden came to town as it’s such a joy to hear singers and musicians who give their all. Their ‘backup’ band was the New Mexico Philharmonic (http://www.nmphil.org/ ) and you could close your eyes and swear you were hearing the original ABBA singers. The music was so good people were dancing in the aisles and there were three encores! It doesn’t get better than this!" 94,5 FM Radio New Mexico April 2013
Thank you for the music: THE MUSIC OF ABBA with ARRIVAL From Sweden
"After fantastic sold out concert with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Orpheum Arrival from Sweden sailed to Nanaimo Port Theatre in Nanaimo, Canada. The legendary Swedish tribute band Arrival continues right up to the present day to exert a phenomenal appeal The two-hour spectacular features all ABBA’s greatest hits – “Waterloo“, “Mamma Mia“, “Take a Chance On Me”, “Money, Money, Money” and “Dancing Queen” – performed by artists who not only look astonishingly like the original line-up, but also exactly reproduce their sound. The performers get together per-fectly on stage, not merely playing and singing the ABBA songs but really recre-ating the stage presence of the four musicians. Congrats to ARRIVAL from Sweden with their fantastic show." Showbiz, Canada, September 29, 2012
ABBAsolutely Good Time at Thunder Valley Casino
"Arrival from Sweden kicked their show off with “That’s Me,” playing to an overflowing crowd in Thunder Valley Casino Resort‘s Pano Hall on Friday night. The evening continued with Gustafsson and Zetterberg telling stories and singing like the real deal. I’m just thankful that the real ABBA wasn’t onstage wearing those skimpy outfits, plus, would the original band sound this good? I doubt it. Arrival from Sweden were extremely tight and sounded magnificent, couple that with the pitch perfect performance of Gustafsson and Zetterberg, and you had the perfect ABBA tribute band." World Press, U S A August 13, 2012
Arrival From Sweden, The Music of ABBA
"The Music of ABBA was enjoyed by another packed out audience who was thoroughly entertained with fantastic songs and showed their enthusiasm and joy of the show by dancing, singing, waiving their arms and just soaking in the professional presentation of ABBA. Many people sitting in the hangar were heard asking if this group consisted of the original band members as the musicians and singers were that good! Having sat through the sound check earlier in the evening, it was easy to see why this group is so good. They love what they do and each other. They have a passion for perfection which is easily attained by them due to their gifted talents, abilities and great personalities. Combine that with the number of sell out shows they perform on each tour, the assistance of the strong support team and the OC crew working behind the scenes, the sound check takes just a minimal amount of time! The show started off with a bang and never much slowed down. For 90 minutes those who purchased seats inside the Hangar and the thousand or so standing outside listening were not disappointed in the time investment they made. Everywhere you looked, there were smiling faces, some eyes closed while the music was being fully remembered and lots of movement. Yes, the audience was moved into the mood of the music which was quite lively. Having put in a full performance, as the band was leaving the stage, the crowd clamored for more, more, more! The entertainers came back and gave them more finishing up with the song Dancing Queen which set the audience and groupies “on fire” and unable to hold still. Wow, all I can say is if you missed this great show, you really did miss a great show" !The Hangar OC Fair, Costa Mesa, CA, USA, August 2, 2012 By Bryan Seltzer, www.ipanews.com
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Arrival from Sweden Plays the Music of ABBA!
"You could have sworn you were hearing the original songs being sung by the original group.This sellout show featuring one hit after another got the die-hard ABBA fans applauding and dancing, and the VSO went along with the band. There was no interval, except for a few comments from Vicky Zetterberg, the founder of the group. Arrival from Sweden simply gave us a two-hour delightful show with ABBA hits, a real night of nostalgia where the appreciative crowd had the time of their lives" Ed Farolan, Review Vancouver News September 2012
An sparkling ABBA show
"Everything sounds and looks ABBA! A big sparkling ABBA show with Arrival from Sweden. The square is full with dancing and singing people who remember ABBA. Arrival is a very strong alternative to real ABBA!" Trelleborgs Allehanda, Sweden 2008
Arrival From Sweden – Edgerton Center For The Performing Arts, Fairfield, CT, USA
"The playing was 100% perfection. The costumes were exact. They looked and sounded like ABBA at their very best! The first set closed with high energy singalongs of Waterloo and Mamma Mia. I was taken with the level of musicianship this band had. This material was tough stuff to pull off correctly and Arrival From Sweden handled it with ease! Ivraeus was featured well on Intermezzo No 1 - he really had command of those keys! Next up was The Name Of The Game which segued into Eagle - the latter highlighted by a terrific guitar solo from Bjorns. The girls to show off their wonderful voices. Norback and Gustafsson's vocals were stunning - just flawless! These had a crowd of folks dancing up against the stage. Thank You For The Music was the first encore, then the band sent the audience dancing out of the building to the strains of Dancing Queen. An evening of total Swedish "salighet"!" Progsheet Live Events, John A. Wilcox, March 28, 2012
Arrival turned us all into Dancing Queen
"You could have sworn you were hearing the original songs being sung by the original group. This was a sellout show featuring one catchy, hummable hit after another and the venue was packed with die-hard ABBA fans There was no interval, the group simply gave us an hour-and-a-half of non-stop ABBA hits. The white and gold clingy creation earned plenty of wolf-whistles from the crowd as they left little to the imagination. In fact one of the biggest cheers of the night came as Vicky Zetterberg aka Anna-Frid bent over in her bottom revealing hotpants. it was a real night of nostalgia where the appreciative crowd proved they could dance, they could jive, they could have the time of their lives" Bermuda Sun – January 21, 2011
Feeling the ABBA love
"The nearly two-hour show everyone in the audience – a mix of mothers and daughters who’d loved Mamma Mia (musical and/or movie), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra season ticketholders and latent homosexuals like myself – was feeling the ABBA love. Arrival from Sweden gets bonus points for the following: having one of the original session musicians, a bassist, playing with ABBA; for having ’70s disco/Logan’s Run outfits that were based on those worn by the original band; and for a set list that was a mix of ABBA standards and some not-so-familiar tracks (“I Wonder”, “Tiger”, “Summer Night City” Also, the girl doing Frida (the auburn haired one) wore a high-cut dress that drew a few catcalls when she turned around. Arrival from Sweden confirmed my love for the Swedish pop stars ABBA, for sheer volume of great songs. ABBA forever!" Shawn Conner, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Concert, Canada January 6, 2011
Arrival from Sweden imponerar starkt! Det låter och känns ABBA!
"Vad som gör Arrivals show sevärd och hörvärd, är att showen känns ordentligt genomarbetad! På avstånd och med en gnutta fantasi, kunde man tro det var originalet man begapade! I 12 år har Arrival farit land och rike runt och påmint om ABBA, som om det skulle behövas. Men, eftersom Arrival gör det så oerhört bra är de hjärtligt välkomna! Det är en alldeles utmärkt show Arrival tagit till Malmö. När Dancing Queen kommer som extra nummer är lyckan i det närmaste total! Amiralen, Malmö, Julshow, 2006" Skånes Dagblad 2006-12-01
ARRIVAL from Sweden – The Real Thing
"At times during the show, ARRIVAL look like the real ABBA in concert in 1977. It can be quite overwhelming for fans who were at the original concerts." ABBA Fan-club, Australia 2004 (Chris Patrick)
Jenny the blond had Agnetha’s voice down pat and Vicky sings with a style that Frida would be proud of. Both of girls have beautiful voices.
"Arrival at both of the concerts at Mohegan Sun and The Music Circus had the audience out of their seats clapping along with every song they did of ABBA's. Every one of the members of Arrival are so friendly and so were Finn Sjoberg and Roger Palm from the original ABBA band. I tell you all, when I left both concerts I was exhausted and my hands hurt from clapping so loud and my voice was horse" June, 2007 Abba bands.org, USA
Tent show inspires dancing queens, kings
"HYANNIS – “ABBA the Tour,” the latest incarnation of the Swedish pop sensation, created a time warp at the Cape Cod Melody Tent hursday night. A Swedish band called Arrival, which is making its first American tour, turned the clock back to the ’70s and early ’80s with ABBA’s infectious feel-good music. Few if any 17-year-old dancing queens turned out for the show. Instead, the theater was packed with middle-aged and older fans, including women who attended in groups. They all had the time of their lives, singing, clapping and dancing to the music. The show was a tribute to the original group, which was formed in Stockholm in 1970 by musicians Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and their respective girlfriends/vocalists, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog. They went by the acronym ABBA, the initials of their first names. Andersson and Ulvaeus wrote more than 20 danceable hits that made ABBA one of the most wildly successful groups of the decade worldwide. The group disbanded in 1982, but its music lives on. The songs of ABBA are enjoying a resurgence because of their inclusion in recent movies and the Broadway smash musical “Mamma Mia!” This 2007 version wowed the audience with a high-octane show filled with ABBA songs, dance routines and authentic-looking costumes. Dressed all in white, band members bounded onstage to the sound of a whirling helicopter and launched into a solid set of ABBA’s early hits, including the melodic “Fernando” and “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” the bouncy “Money Money,” “Mamma Mia” and the 1974 career-launching single “Waterloo.” The group re-created the sound, look and feel of the original stars, particularly the two fetching lead singers, who appeared in skintight spandex outfits, flowing capes and platform boots. ABBA, after all, was known as much for its hot clothing as for its music, and eye candy was a big part of the act. The lead singers were flanked by three backup crooners and a five-piece band. Joining them for much of the show were two musicians who played with the original ABBA and seemed thrilled to be back onstage. The two female lead singers ably handled the vocals. Their voices blended well in a pleasing medley of “I’ve Been Waiting” and “Honey.” They also delivered strong solos. The band ably produced the pulsating, rhythmically strong ABBA sound with intense keyboard work and guitar licks. “So Long” was punctuated by a searing sax solo. Just when you thought it was plumb out of hits, the band rolled out the chart-topping “The Winner Takes It All,” “Chiquitita” and the hard-driving “Summer Night City.” The performers paid tribute to the original ABBA with “Thank You for the Music.” They saved the best for last: ABBA’s classic hit “Dancing Queen.” Audience members were on their feet." By Johanna Crosby (at Cape Cod Times, USA) July 20, 2007
Festen avrundades med elvamannagruppen Arrival som bjöd på en bejublad ABBA-show.
"Stort tårtkalas för radion och våren Ett stort tårtkalas inledde lördagens vårfest i Kalmar stadspark. Och många köade för att få sig en smakbit av läckerheterna som deltog i tårttävlingen på förmiddagen. " Annika Nordin, Östran 13 maj, 2004
”Jenny Gustavsson och Vicky Zetterberg i ARRIVAL from Sweden, har prickat in den typiska stämsången som ständigt präglade Abba-soundet perfekt.”
"Jenny Gustavsson och Vicky Zetterberg i ARRIVAL from Sweden, har prickat in den typiska stämsången som ständigt präglade Abba-soundet perfekt. 16 ljuvliga klassiker, samt ett skönt intermezzo där den skickliga orkestern får en ärlig chans att visa upp sig. Även kläderna kunde ha varit hämtade direkt ur Abba the Movie, och först lagom till framförandet av genombrottslåten Waterloo åker de klassiska paltorna på. Amiralen i Malmö Julshow 2006" Trelleborgs Allehanda 5 December 2006
Och Mamma Mia, vad alla de där komplexa ABBA-harmonierna satt klockrent!
"ABBAs originalgitarrist Finn Sjöberg fyrade av en skönt solo i ”Hey Hey Helen”. Foto: Anna-Karin Landin De bjöd på en maffig ABBA-repertoar med flera av klassikerna, förstås, men även mer otippad låtar som Hey Hey Helen och Hole in your soul. Det månghövdade bandets proffsighet imponerade, med all tidsenlig utstyrsel intakt på de fyra frontfigurerna. Överhuvudtaget snackar vi ett coverband med total ABBA-dedikation. Herregud, originalgitarristen (!) Finn Sjöberg bjöds upp på scenen och fyrade av sköna Les Paul-solon och även 70-talssaxofonisten Janne Kling fanns med i kompet. Och Mamma Mia, vad alla de där komplexa ABBA-harmonierna satt klockrent!." Luleåkalaset 2006-08-04 (NSD-Tidningen)
Med tändare i luften, händer som viftade och allmän buggdans njöt publiken av nostalgitrippen till 1970-talet med ARRIVAL from Sweden.
"Glitter och glam är aldrig fel på musikfester och att välja ett säkert kort som ett ABBA-showband, var definitivt lyckat. När Arrival from Sweeen efter ett ganska långt uppehåll gick upp scen bland vita rökridåer stod den förväntansfulla publiken packad framför scenen. Klädda i glittrande guld, snövitt och höga stövlar greppade sångerskorna Caroline Jönsson (Agnetha) och Vicky Zetterberg (Frida) mikrofonerna. Publiken mindes väl och släppte loss till Gimmie, gimmie, Mamma mia och Voulez-vous. Med tändare i luften, händer som viftade och allmän buggdans njöt publiken av nostalgitrippen till 1970-talet. När de tiomannabandet körde Money, money, money sjöng hela publiken med." Vänersborg Tidning Roccadfestivalen 2004
"ABBA-feber i Sveaparken, Motala" Mats Nilsson, Motala, Juni 2003
The group is hard to differentiate between the originals, the girls hardly need any make-up to resemble and the voices are almost better than those of the founding members of ABBA.
"The show is staged by Sweden’s best ABBA band ARRIVAL from Sweden, featuring some of ABBA’s original band members, with fantastic voices and costumes, which revive the amazing music and energy of ABBA. And with all the best ABBA songs such as “Waterloo,” “SOS,” “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” Money Money Money,” “Ring Ring,” “Knowing Me Knowing You,” and many more. Arrival is the only ABBA tribute band that has the exclusive right by the ABBA designer to copy the costumes. The group is hard to differentiate between the originals, the girls hardly need any make-up to resemble and the voices are almost better than those of the founding members of ABBA. " Mike Sullivan , USA-press, October 2005
"ABBA fans hail Arrival" Viet Nam News, Hanoi, February 4, 1999
ARRIVAL from Sweden. They were nothing short of brilliant. Their attention to detail in re-creating the atmosphere of the ’77 live shows was breathtaking
"ARRIVAL really showed their superiority in the cover band stakes: a brilliant rendition of the mini-musical "The Girl With The Golden Hair" - complete with narrator. Sadly no "Carousel", but no-one minded. Their message was clear - ARRIVAL were playing to us, the ABBA fans. Their love, respect and commitment of ABBA shone throughout. And what an encore "Hole In Your Soul" was. We were all going for it on the dance floor right next to the stage... and had been for most of the second half. Eye contact was the name of the game too - many times the two girls would sing down to us, with us singing and gesturing back - particularly in "Does Your Mother Know". Björn had a chance to shine here, giving us a great guitar solo as well as his only stab at singing. Strangely, he stuck to his guitar playing except for this song, and left the male vocal parts to one of the backing singers - and yes, there were three of them! My favourites for the night? "When I Kissed The Teacher", "That's Me" and "I Wonder (Departure)" ARRIVAL's concert last night had no gimmicks, no silly nicknames, no slapstick routines. It was pure, unadulterated ABBA ABBA's future is in good hands with ARRIVAL from Sweden. ABBA Fan Club Australia " Chris Patrick, Brisbane, Australia , August 2004
"Sensational. That’s the only word I can think of to describe the two ARRIVAL shows held in Sydney over the weekend. I am feeling quite lost for words and out of it today. A bit like feeling jet lagged. ARRIVAL are ABBA fans that much is obvious. The attention to detail, the respect, the song choices, the costumes everything is just so right and spot on. ARRIVAL's 1977 tour costumes were just perfect and looked so real. The mini musical? I am lost for words. The narrator, the wigs, the choreography all perfect. Even at the best of times I really can’t get into “Thank You For The Music” but Anna (Agnetha) put in such an amazing vocal performance, I really sat up and took notice a more German cabaret type of vocal. Vicky’s (Frida) emotional rendition of “I Wonder” gave me goose bumps and a weird feeling inside. You often forget what an amazing song “I Wonder” is because the studio version is so flat and devoid of emotion. And “Marionette” really rocked. One of my favourite ABBA songs. :-) Singing in Swedish was a great touch. “Ring Ring (Bara Du Slog En Signal)” never sounded better. “Fernando” took on a new dimension hearing the first verse and chorus sung in Swedish as Frida's original version had been. And an overall comment it was so refreshing to hear *real* Swedish accents. The song choices were just perfect. Enough of the hits to keep the general punters happy but enough of those magical gems that proved ABBA were not just a singles band. “That’s Me”, “When I Kissed The Teacher”, “As Good As New”, “Hole In Your Soul” and “Bang-A-Boomerang” all sounded wonderful live. "So Long" was great and Anna and Vicky really got the dance routine down pat. All of the members of ARRIVAL and their entourage were just lovely. Down to earth, friendly and genuine. It was great to meet them and chat with them like they were old friends. And they seemed to genuinely appreciate having real ABBA fans there. ARRIVAL may be back in Australia, hopefully soon again! All I can say is: Wow! ABBA-FAN CLUB, Australia" Grant Whittingham, Sydney, Australia August 2004
"It may not have been the real ABBA, but Arrival comes pretty darn close Their voices were in perfect sync. They really shine on ABBA's trademark harmonies" Readingeagle, USA January 2011
"ARRIVAL from Sweden with their obvious respect for the group ABBA and their songs, from , opened the festival with a magical performance. The audience was wildly appreciative. The ovation, when it was all over, was thunderous and lingering, with all standing, of course." Bernews (Bermuda) – January 19, 2011
"Just like the real thing: Abba tribute band ‘ARRIVAL from Sweden' You believe that the original Abba were up on stage once again. The audience leaving their seats and surging towards the open space in front of the stage as itching dancing feet all around the amphitheatre could no longer be controlled. The sellout show was a perfect opener for the Bermuda Festival." Royal Gazette, Bermuda, January 2011
"Abba, re-lived “FOR Abba fans, this show band was the real McCoy. They sang, danced and looked like the original Abba in the ‘70s, show band Arrival From Sweden delivered a stellar performance that was a befitting tribute recently The two lead singers were at their best as their voices sounded just like Abba. Their voices were pitch-perfect as they hit the high notes effortlessly.”" The Star, Malaysia NO 1 Newspaper, January 1, 2011
"What a treat for ABBA’s fans to relive the ageless music of ABBA, which was performed by tribute band Arrival from Sweden to a packed house at the Arena of Stars in Genting Highlands in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 25 and 26 December 2010. As the saying goes, nothing beats the original but if you can’t get the original, the second best will do. Arrival just proved that point." ”SHOWTIME MALAYSIA” December 2010
"ARRIVAL from Sweden with their obvious respect for the group ABBA and their songs, from , opened the festival with a magical performance. The audience was wildly appreciative. The ovation, when it was all over, was thunderous and lingering, with all standing, of course." Alan C. Smith, Bermuda News January 2011
"Arrival” from Sweden – It was impossible to remain seated with the fantastic sound of the ABBA hits “Money Money Money", “Fernando", “Chiquitita", ”Mama Mia", “Waterloo” and “Dancing Queen” being performed with authentic-style costumes and vocal and instrumental precision. Arrival invited our local “Caballeros” to join them on stage and sing together. They truly knocked our socks of!" Lisa Robyn Lawrence, AIDS Assistance Program-Annual Gala & Dinner,Saturday, May 1, 2010, Palm Springs, CA, USA
"Arrival From Sweden - Tonight, I felt the spirit of ABBA: the ’70s glam, the joy, the silliness, and the ultra catchy melodies of Sweden’s world-famous band backed by the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. ABBA has arrived and they brought their disco ball with them. You can’t help but love them for their earnestness and dedication to the cause of spreading the gooey goodness of ABBA’s sound and style. They are global ministers of peace in troubled times." “Beatsalad, Arts Newspaper” February 21, 2009
"Backk in the day, the real ABBA only toured the U.S. once, in 1979. Arguably, Arrival From Sweden tour now counts as the second." Andrew McGinn July 18, 2008 Springfield Newspaper.coxohio.com
"The concert was great. There is no wonder why this group is allowed to do the official tribute. They sounded exactly like ABBA. Did I mention it was awesome!? It was so much fun. Thank you for the music, ABBA!(and ARRIVAL)" Writing in Berlin, July 25, 2008
"ArrivalFrom Sweden sounds golden. this stuff was way, way better than even a straight run through "ABBA Gold," the original group's definitive Greatest Hits compilation, could ever be. "This is perfect, It honestly couldn't be better" Cody Clark – Daily Herald, Scera USA July 28, 2008
"No one does ABBA better than Arrival from Sweden, he said in his speak" Christer Fuglesang, Austronaut, Euro Pride festival Stockholm, August 2008
"Arrival From Sweden, paid tribute to ABBA. Eye candy was a big part of the act and the voices blended well" Johanna Crosby, Cape Cod Times July 2007
"Arrival from Sweden was simply electrifying It was a performance of a lifetime" Jamaican Gleaner News: October 2006
"To me Sweden's ARRIVAL are the only ABBA band worth knowing or seeing" Graeme President for ABBA Fan Club, Australia
"Oh, Mamma Mia all the harmonies was perfect and the band was so professional and good!" NSD Lulea, Sweden July 2006
"So if you get a chance to see Arrival From Sweden, make sure you grab a ticket because you'll be in for the best ABBA concert you'll ever see. It'll be the most like the real thing you'll ever get a chance to see" Ryan’s adventure, Newspaper Australia October 2008
"To see the 15 000 in audience during Arrival From Swedens show made me very happy." Alf Kjeller, CEO Pride Festival Stockholm 2008
ARRIVAL – de kunde ha sopat hem hela Sikta mot stjärnorna på en gång
"Vad gäller gruppen, som på förhand hyllats för sin imitation så mäktig att den kunde ha sopat hem hela Sikta mot stjärnorna på en gång. Jenny Gustavsson och Vicky Zetterberg har prickat in den typiska stämsången som ständigt präglade Abba-soundet perfekt. När det gäller solosången håller "Agnetha" sin ton säket, medan utstrålningen uppenbart ligger hos "Frida". Även kläderna kunde ha varit hämtade direkt ur Abba the Movie." Ystads Allehand 2006
“ABBA”-succé i Flygeln Louise Dee Geer Hallen, Norrköping”
"NORRKÖPING ABBA´s musik drar fulla hus i Norrköping. Av sex julshower i Flygeln i Louis De Geer, varav tre återstår den här veckan, är nästan alla utsålda. Även om man hört musiken sedan 1974, känns det fortfarande lika häftigt i gruppen Arrivals versioner. Det måste vara något magiskt. Många står upp under flera av låtarna och dansar i bordsraderna (det är ju enbart ätande gäster) och ännu fler sjunger allsång i de alltigenom bekanta låtarna. Som extra krydda finns veteranen Finn Sjöberg med på scenen, det vill säga en av de musiker som verkligen var med ABBA på scenen under storhetsperioden: - Bland annat var jag med på den berömda turnén till Australien och även på flera skivinspelningar, berättade Finn Sjöberg och då kände man nostalgins kårar på ryggen. - Efter ABBA-perioden lade jag in "ABBA-gitarren" hemma under sängen, men när jag fick en förfrågan från Arrival att vara med i den här showen, kunde jag inte tacka nej. - Då drog jag fram den gamla trotjänaren igen, sa Finn och höll upp sin ljusbruna gitarr som fortfarande var "still going strong".riktigt lyste av nostalgi. Det visade han inte minst i ett solonummer i Benny Anderssons Intermezzo, som höjde stämningen rejält inne i Flygeln. Publiken bjöds annars på idel ädel evergreens från ABBA´s sagolika karriär, som exempelvis Happy New Year, Waterloo, SOS, Ring Ring, Money money, So long, Voulez Vous, Summer Night City och Mamma Mia. Visserligen består gruppen Arrival av idel okända artister, som står för musiken, men man gör det på ett imponerande bra sätt! Efter en trevande start, med endast fyra artister på scenen, växer antalet artister ut och till slut är det hela 12 musiker på scenen och då är det ett fantastiskt tryck i salongen. Till slut är det fullt ös både på artisterna och ute bland publiken, när man avslutar med låten Thank you for the music! Och för mig är det bara att säga till Arrival: Thank you for the show!" Folkbladet, Norrköping, 2007