Looks like another video has been added to the BBC News story I linked. I must admit, I assumed the first UK gigs would have been in London but then again, they ended at Wembley in 1979 after going to other places.
Those iconic tour costumes are, to me, so closely associated with ABBA The Movie and the Australian leg of the tour that I forget they must have worn them everywhere else they went to!
I link to a discussion about a possible 1977 live album on the Steve Hoffman forum. We also had a discussion on the now-closed ABBA Forum. There was never any confirmation but some forum members claimed to have sources in Universal, and ABBA Intermezzo also mentioned it.
The setlist is impressive, and would make a good double CD. Latest album Arrival was well represented, with only the title track and My Love, My Life not performed.
1. "Tiger" 2. "That's Me" 3. "Waterloo" 4. "S.O.S." 5. "Sitting in the Palmtree" 6. "Money, Money, Money" 7. "He Is Your Brother" 8. "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" 9. "Dum Dum Diddle" 10. "When I Kissed the Teacher" 11. "Knowing Me, Knowing You" 12. "Rock Me" 13. "I Am an A" 14. "I've Been Waiting for You" 15. "Mamma Mia" 16. "Fernando" 17. "Why Did It Have to Be Me" 18. "Intermezzo no 1" The Girl with the Golden Hair - a mini-musical in 4 scenes - 19. "Thank You for the Music" 20. "I Wonder (Departure)" 21. "I’m a Marionette" 22. "Get on the Carousel"
23. "So Long" (with short excerpt from "In the Mood" by Glenn Miller) Encore 24. "Dancing Queen" 25. "Thank You for the Music" (Reprise) Additional notes Some songs sung by Björn were dropped for some of the concerts in Melbourne, due to his suffering food poisoning. "So Long" was not performed at the first concert in Sydney.
I wonder if they have all of I've Been Waiting For you ? The section that featured in The Movie sounds fantastic.
I guess they must have multiple recordings of the whole shows as all Australian concerts were recorded (and obviously some of the European ones as well) Ludvig Andersson said, when preparing the Live at Wembley album, that there are endless hours of footage from Australia available, so the release of the complete 1977 concert recording should be possible. I keep my fingers crossed. What better opportunity they have than the 40th anniversary of the tour, ABBA The Album and ABBA The Movie? Maybe just a slightly better would be the 50th anniversary but I really hope we won't have to wait another decade
I've just finished reading an interview with Lasse Hallström in the latest ABBA Fan Club's magazine. He reveals that he filmed the whole Royal Albert Hall concert in 1977 and he said the footage is probably still in the Polar vaults. I wasn't aware of that but it definitely gives us a chance of a complete 1977 show on DVD...