DEC 00] SKYDOME COVENTRY NEWS
Gets Ready For Abba Mania
day Kevin Locke runs a comb through his long hair, pulls on
high-heeled boots and heads off to earn some money.
not normal behaviour for a working man but then Kevin's job is
far from run of the mill.
is part of Abba tribute group The Real Abba Gold and makes a
living recreating the magic started by the Swedes in the 70's
in 1993, the group began singing Abba songs in pubs as a light
hearted act before being swept along by a wave of public love
for the former Eurovision Song Contest winners.
along with other group members Lindsay Elliot, Jennie Fitzgerald
and Dave Zubrasky, tours the country performing all the hits
although he admits the tribute is more to the music than the
do get some tribute bands who are more concerned about trying
to be dead ringers for their inspirations rather than worrying
about the quality of the singing.
wear the costumes and the wigs as a bit of humour in the act
but the real attraction for audiences is the music, so that is
what we concentrate on."
the early 90s tribute bands began springing up around the
country at a rapid rate but many have since died out.
Real Abba Gold, however, have been embraced by leading agents
International Artistes and have a solid schedule of concerts
booked for the next 12 months on an 'Abba Mania' tour to mark 25
years since the Swedes came to prominence.
honour still to elude the group has been the opportunity to come
face to face with the Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha and Anna - the
Real Abba Gold will take the stage at Coventry's 4,000-seat
Skydome Arena on Friday. Tickets can be purchased from the
arena's box office on 08700 119 119 and are priced at £10.50
have never met or spoken to any of the band members, it is not
an opportunity that has ever arisen.
like to think they would be impressed by the group because our
emphasis is on recreating the sounds that helped them to storm
the music world.
would be great if we could meet them but I don't think they
are together anymore - if they were it would probably make
life more difficult for us!"