The Fabbagirls are coming to Bahrain. Get the details now
Time Out Bahrain staff
How do you start a tribute band? Is it the looks, the voice or the passion for the music? We joined a band called Bjorn Again and fronted that for a couple of years, then broke away on our own to form Fabbagirls with some of the greatest musicians around. As far as looks are concerned, I suppose we are a little similar and, of course, wearing sparkling white costumes and taking on a similar vibe – although tongue in cheek – makes Fabbagirls a great formula! We are lucky to have voices that really blend well and, having performed with so many big rock and pop stars around the world, we have put it to the test on numerous occasions.
What’s the best thing about being part of an Abba tribute act? And what’s the worst? The best things about being in an Abba tribute band is seeing the crowds of so many different ages let themselves go. They honestly go crazy, especially when we perform their favourite song, often Dancing Queen! Abba songs just have a magic formula. The worst thing is waiting for our Benny and Björn to blow dry their hair before a show! They take longer than us girls!
Abba was (and still is) one of the most successful bands in the world. What do you think were the key ingredients of their success? I think the song writing was the main ingredient for their success. Particularly the fact that some of their songs have lyrics that have some sort of innocence, as English was not their original language. In addition, the music is very catchy and often very heartfelt.
The best gig you’ve ever played? The best gig we have ever played is at the Royal Albert Hall in London, although we have performed on a yacht in Sardinia and on a floating stage in Cannes, so it’s tricky to say...
What’s the most unusual venue you have ever played in? The most unusual concert was in Thailand. It was at the Thai Cultural Centre, with the 75-piece Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, when approximately 3,500 people came out to see us. It was truly amazing!
Abba had a plethora of hits. Which one always gets a roar from the crowd? Why do you think this is? Dancing Queen always has people running up to the front of the stage. It has everything right about a song: the lyrics, the timing, the melody – it’s pure genius!
If you weren’t part of an Abba tribute band, what other band would you like to be in a tribute for? We’d be in a tribute band for Alice Cooper and Meatloaf... not sure about our boys though!
You have performed with a number of huge stars. Who was the best to work with? Yes, we are lucky enough to have worked with many of the great stars out there. We were performing at the Royal Albert Hall just recently for the Prince’s Trust with Tom Jones, Queen, Mike & The Mechanics, Jamie Cullum and many more. We have also worked with The Who and, of course, the late great Pavarotti. We are also known as the rockchicks (www.rockchicks.com) and perform backing vocals on albums, tours, gigs and so on. Our favourites are our good friends Queen.
This is not your first time in the Gulf so what do you expect the reaction to be in Bahrain? How do audiences in the Gulf differ from elsewhere in the world? We have worked in the Gulf before and absolutely love coming over. We have worked a few times in Dubai at private parties and for the Lords Taverners cricket match party, again in the Emirates. I’m sure the reaction will be amazing as usual. Everyone needs a great party, and hopefully we will make that happen! I think the audiences in the Gulf always know how to let their hair down and party properly. It’s one place where we like to party too... bring it on!
Three reasons why the Fabbagirls are not to be missed... We are pure class, hugely entertaining with the humour and have fabulous voices second to none! Be there or be square... and, by the way, I hope that everyone will get their platforms, glitter, medallions, feather boas and white satin suits out of the closet!