Kremlin Flies ABBA
Cover Band to Remote Military Location to Perform for Vladimir Putin
ABBA cover band Bjorn Again took
home a $45,000 paycheck for the exclusive performance.
London. Friday , February 06, 2009. As gigs go, this had to be one of
ABBA cover band Bjorn Again's strangest.
Having flown from London to Moscow, then endured a nine-hour bus ride
through the Russian countryside, they arrived at a remote military
barracks. There, a security guard instructed the band members that they
were not to leave the stage during the show under any circumstances
It was weird, but when you're receiving $45,000 for an hour-long gig,
you don't ask too many questions.
The show went well. The group sang 15 ABBA hits including Waterloo,
Gimme Gimme Gimme and Dancing Queen. The shadowy figure behind the
curtain seemed to enjoy it, as did the woman seated next to him.
The couple cheered, danced, and even threw their arms in the air during
Mamma Mia when asked to by the band's resident Agnetha.
And though a lace curtain separated the band from the elite audience for
the hour-long, high-security show, group member Aileen McLaughlin said
at one point the spotlight flashed on the audience and band members saw
It wasn't until after the performance that the four musicians became
aware that the mysterious man who knew all the words to Super Trouper
was one of the most powerful men in the world: Russian Prime Minister
It's believed the Kremlin picked up the tab.