Benny Andersson half jokingly suggested over the weekend that he might ask ABBA to reunite for a concert to help fight against a urban renewal project in Stockholm.
The project is in a area called Slussen (the Locks) a central area of Stockholm named after the locks between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea that dates from 1935. Benny lived in Stockholm as a youngster (the only former ABBA member to hail from Stockholm), and recently has been campaigning against the Slussen redo.
”If I knew with 100 percent certainty that it would help, I would call the others and ask if we could do a gig. I'd try at least,” said a half-serious Benny to daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) on Saturday.
”Slussen is that important. But there is not much time, we'd need at least one day's rehearsing,” Benny Andersson told SvD on Saturday. Sourced and edited from the Local- a English language Swedish news source.
It seems highly unlikely that an ABBA reunion would happen, and this issue seems like a rather obscure and inappropriate reason to get together, but the simple " half-serious" suggestion that ABBA might reunite was probably sufficiently newsworthy to get attention to this cause. In the past Bjorn and Benny, have said quite firmly that ABBA would never reunite. Frida has sometimes suggested that she is OK with a reunion, Agnetha is known to be resistant to the publicity and attention that a reunion would entail. The photo below shows one of the proposed plans, The Katerina Elevator is on the the Left.