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The European tour 1974/75

ABBA’s first European tour

Mirrored photo on the tour poster 1974/75Actually a folkpark tour with about 25 venues was planned for the summer 1974. Because of the promotion after the victory in Brighton this tour was cancelled on April 16. One can imagine that the folkpark managers were not amused at all. ABBA concentrated on a tour in autumn instead. For this concerts originally were planned even in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Turkey, Israel, Greece, Yugoslavia and Spain, but these plans finally were cancelled because of the small hit base. Some addional concerts, for example Zürich (Switzerland), were cancelled because of the lack of interest. The remaining tour was devided into two parts because Agnetha and Björn did not want to be away from their daughter Linda for too long.

quote‘I remember it as completely miserable.’ According to tour producer Thomas Johansson, it was ABBA’s European record labels who wanted ABBA to promote themselves through a concert tour. With only one major hit in Waterloo to their credit, Björn feels ‘it was too early. We hadn't built up enough credibility to sell out arenas and such.’
Carl Magnus Palm in ABBA Deluxe Edition, liner notes, p. 12

Rehearsals were done around November 5-15, 1974 in Rudbecksskolan, Stockholm-Sollentuna. Prior to the second part of the tour another week of rehearsals was spent at the Jarla theatre in Stockholm.

The tour was an average success only and not sold out everywhere outside Scandinavia. Some concerts even were cancelled because of low interest. Several press reviews were rather negative or written in a mocking way.

quoteWe thought that we would be turning some people away here and there. Especially in Germany and in Austria, where our records were always at the top of the charts. We also thought that we would be singing in front of a younger audience. The majority of people in the crowd were at least twenty-five to thirty years old.
Björn in ABBA The Book, p. 107
quoteWith ABBA I had a nice experience. There was this terrible Grand Prix Eurovision which previously has produced some interesting people, see Udo Jürgens or Celine Dion. ABBA were also present at the time, their Waterloo was a huge success. Immediately after the Grand Prix I addressed their Swedish tour producer. He was a friend who has made our concerts in Sweden. I urgently wanted to get ABBA to Germany, but it was a financial flop. People indeed have listened to ABBA, they were the winner of the competition, but they couldn't imagine yet, if that will also be a great night where you get great entertainment for two hours. So I have lost money with the first ABBA tour, but I retrieved this money later by several times through sold-out large halls.
German tour promoter Fritz Rau (2009)
  • Set list

    StockholmSet list

    Songs performed probably included (listed alphabetically):

    • Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
    • Hasta Manana
    • He Is Your Brother
    • Hey, Hey Helen
    • Honey, Honey
    • Intermezzo No. 1 ('Mama')
    • I've Been Waiting For You
    • King Kong Song
    • Rock’n Roll Band
    • Rock Me
    • Sitting In The Palmtree
    • So Long
    • Watch Out
    • Waterloo (encore?)
    • plus at least 2 other songs (Ring, Ring?, as encore?)

    Notes:

    • While the set list may be very similiar to the Eskilstuna concert 1975 it seems that this list isn’t complete. ABBA The Book (p. 105) says ‘about 20 songs’ were played. The tour poster also mentions Ring, Ring, so it may be assumed that it actually is one of the missing songs.
    • Additional elements of the shows were fireworks (?) and soap bubbles.
    • As stated at the fanclub day in April 2016 Universal Music Sweden have no recordings of this tour in their archives, so we only can hope that there still are some official audio recordings elsewhere.
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The Concerts

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  • 1974, October 22 – Sollentuna (preparation concert)

    Rudbeck

    Sollentuna, Rudbecksskolan

    Facts & trivia

    • ABBA had rented the auditorium for two weeks of rehearsals and gave a free concert (perhaps not the full show) for the students

    Links

    • unknown Swedish paper, 1974ABBA played for free – and the teachers reported them!
    • Mikory’s BlogWhen I met ABBA in 1974 – fan report about the rehearsals and the concert at Rudbecksskolan
    • Mikory’s BlogYou should never give up – pictures of the rehearsals on October 25, 1974
  • 1974, November 17 – Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • 1974, November 18 – Hannover (Germany)
  • 1974, November 19 – Munich (Germany)
  • 1974, November 21 – Frankfurt (Germany)
  • 1974, November 22 – Berlin (Germany)
  • 1974, November 23 – Nuremberg (Germany)
  • 1974, November 24 – Wels (Austria) – cancelled
  • 1974, November 25 – Innsbruck (Austria)
  • 1974, November 26 – Zürich (Switzerland)
  • 1974, November 27 – Vienna (Austria)
  • 1974, November 28 – Düsseldorf (Germany)
  • 1974, November 29 – Bremen (Germany)
  • 1974, November 30 – Hamburg (Germany)
  • 1975, January 10 – Oslo (Norway)
  • 1975, January 11 – Stockholm (Sweden)
  • 1975, January 12 – Lund (Sweden)
  • 1975, January 17 – Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • 1975, January 18 – Gothenburg (Sweden)
  • 1975, January 20 – Helsinki (Finland)
  • 1975, January 22 – Umeå (Sweden)

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