Thank You For The Music

ABBA Mania

Every once in a while, a “tribute band” comes through town on a national tour. Last weekend, we hosted “ABBA Mania” – a two-hour show chock full of ABBA’s greatest hits. It was a great evening, and the crowd loved it.

It made me smile watching the performers getting ready for the gig, to see just what it took for them to transform themselves into Swedish superstars night by night. The wigs, costumes, makeup, accents. Not a lot of glamor when you’re sleeping on a tour bus traveling further than the equivalent of Oslo to Berlin for your next night’s gig. Here’s to the working musicians who bring a smile to our faces – unsung road warriors from Wales, London, Liverpool, and all points south of Scandinavia. We “make party” with you!


Thank You For The Music

We turned the stage white for them,
white as Swedish snow, as Cabot cheddar,
with a white drum kit, white piano
and a ridiculous white piano stool

At sound check, Agnetha wore yoga pants
and an off-the-shoulder dance top that
made no pretense of hiding anything.
The theater manager had to leave the room

Bjorn had a perfect blond perm. Between songs,
he talked alternately about rugby and pornographic
movies. He could really play the guitar, but
who cares. This was ABBA. And he was Welsh.

Anni-Frid seemed more mature than the rest.
She was saving her energy, but by god she
knew the dance moves. Unlike Agnetha , whose pants
were very tight. Did I mention she was from Liverpool?

And then there was Benny, a Londoner who
could play Super Trooper in his sleep. If you squinted,
you could imagine he was younger, with more hair.
All of them were incredibly polite to the sound man.

At showtime, they made party in Swedish accents,
and the crowd loved every plastic minute.
In the green room, a sheet of paper said simply:
Tonight: Travel 700 miles. Tomorrow: Atlantic City.



About Andrew Kreider

I'm a poet and musician,transplanted from London, England to beautiful northern Indiana. By day I am a stay-at-home dad with our three kids while my amazingly talented spouse conquers medical school one long shift at a time. At night, I'm a performer and trouble-maker. I love my life.

11 responses »

  1. Tribute bands are SO MUCH FUN! this sounded like a blast–there’s a band her called 2 of Us, that do Beatles tunes–two guys that channel Paul and John perfectly–and they have such a following at the bar it’s fun just to go for the love fest 🙂 Thank you for the smiles!

  2. ha. that is very cool…def appreciate the bands that make us smile and share their energy…not to let the music die…fun stuff

  3. Love it! Oh those European girls!

  4. I love the character portraits you’ve painted here – the contrasts between the performers and their on-stage personas are delicious … smiles

  5. This is MamaMiaMagical! I love every word and all the thought behind it. Thank you for the Music is my favourite Abba song because it expresses my life, and it’s on my list to play at my fuineral.

  6. Sounds like a lot of fun! Great opening lines in this.

  7. All I need is a full body, gold jumpsuit and Im ready to go! Nicely done 🙂

  8. Sounded like a great jparty and a nice tribute..good work

  9. Excellent – great collection and juxtaposition of details. Very fun read.

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