Money, Money, Money! ABBA superfan who’s spent £50,000 on memorabilia since starting a paper round as a teen to buy the band’s records admits he ‘welled up’ after hearing new songs
- ABBA announced yesterday they will be returning with a revolutionary concert
- Superfan Andrew Boardman has spent years creating shrine to band in his home
- His living room was recreated to full-scale and featured in an exhibit at the O2
- Says single I Still Have Faith In You released last night sent ‘tingle down his spine’
An ABBA superfan has revealed he’s spent £50,000 on band memorabilia and says he was left ‘in pieces’ after hearing their new singles.
Andrew Boardman, from Manchester, was over the moon after hearing the news that the Swedish pop band are returning with a revolutionary concert and new album, Voyage.
Two tracks from the album; I Still Have Faith in You and Don’t Shut Me Down were released yesterday evening, and the ABBA enthusiast says he ‘had a tingle down his spine and welled up’ after hearing the first song.
Appearing on This Morning today with Benny Andersson’s son and a producer of their latest tour Ludvig, he revealed that he used to wake up at 5am six days a week for a paper round to afford his huge collection of ABBA records.
Andrew Boardman, from Manchester, has a huge collection of ABBA memorabilia which was replicated to its full scale in 2019 to feature in an ABBA exhibition in London’s O2 Arena
Appearing on This Morning today, he said he’s spent £50,000 on band memorabilia and says he was left ‘in pieces’ after hearing their new singles
When asked about the huge sum he’s spent on band merchandise, Andrew said: ‘You’re talking over 40 years of collecting, so it’s just amalgamated over the years’.
He went on to gush over the band’s new released saying: ‘I just had a tingle down my back, my eyes welled up and suddenly I was back in the 70s again.
‘It’s timeless, they never change and when the second song came I was just in pieces, it was so moving. I was really touched, it was fantastic, it really was.’
Band members Agnetha Fältskog, 71, Björn Ulvaeus, 76, Andersson, 74, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 75, will also play a greatest hits tour as digital characters.
On the road again (kind of)! ABBA will release their new album November 5, after the legendary Swedish pop group last put out an album in 1981 when they released The Visitors
Two tracks from the album; I Still Have Faith in You and Don’t Shut Me Down were released yesterday evening and the ABBA enthusiast says he ‘had a tingle down his spine and welled up’. The band are pictured after winning the Swedish branch of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974
Andrew, who is part of a ‘select group’ of superfans, said that while the group were anticipating new music from the band, the news of the tour was better than they could have ever expected.
‘We knew new songs were coming when they were announced in 2018 and from then on it’s been a case of when,’ said Andrew. ‘But the project as it unfolded over the last seven days has been immense and nobody expected what we have now.’
His huge collection of memorabilia was replicated to it’s full scale in 2019 to feature in an ABBA exhibition in London’s O2 Arena and Andrew revealed that started his collection by doing a paper round as a teen.
‘There was no internet then’, he said. ‘My dad used to give me 35p a week to spend and by the time I was 14 I got myself a paper round. I was up at 5am every morning.
Voyage! The Band are set to release their new album titled Voyage- which will be released in November
‘I did a paper-round before and after school Monday to Saturday saved up and then was at the record stores.’
When asked what his favourite item in the collection is, he said: ‘The personal signed photograph of Frida. In 1982 I went to an ABBA fan club disco in London and she was actually in London at the time, when she lived in Mayfair.
I thought “I’ve got to go”. It was a Sunday afternoon, I turned up and I wanted to knock on the door and thought, “I can’t disturb her on the weekend”.
‘So when I got home, I wrote saying “I’m sorry to disturb you, I promise I won’t write again” and about two weeks later it came through the door, “To Andrew, Love Frida”.
Mamma Mia, here we go again! The band have been back in the recording studio
ABBA will release their new album November 5, after the legendary Swedish pop group last put out an album in 1981 when they released The Visitors.
The hitmakers have teamed up with an 850-strong team from Industrial Light & Magic -founded by George Lucas – to create digital versions of themselves for the concert, using months of motion-capture and performance techniques.
ABBA’s concert experience will open on May 27 2022 at the ABBA Arena, which is a state-of-the-art 3,000 capacity arena located at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
Speaking of creating the experience, Ludvig added: ‘I’ve been on this job to close to five year now. Last night seemed like an end when it was really probably a beginning.
He appeared with Benny Andersson’s son and a producer of their latest tour Ludvig (bottom) who says the musicians spent five weeks performing the concert ‘in detail’ for eight hours everyday in front of 160 cameras to try and capture the perfect performance
‘The reaction seems to be overwhelmingly positive, we’re thrilled today people seem to be really excited about this.’
He says the musicians spent five weeks performing the concert ‘in detail’ for eight hours everyday in front of 160 cameras to try and capture the perfect performance.
When asked about growing up with a father in the public eye, he added: ‘My father is a very normal person.
‘Growing up in a word of music and art and watching your parent working in that field and watching how happy it made him naturally lured me into that as well, my childhood was a very good one, but in very aspects a normal one.’
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