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Abba will 'never' perform again

Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus
Bjorn Ulvaeus said money was no motivation for returning

Swedish supergroup Abba will never perform on stage again, two of the band's members have said.

Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson told The Sunday Telegraph there was "simply no motivation to regroup".

"We would like people to remember us as we were, young, exuberant and full of ambition," Ulvaeus told the newspaper.

The band enjoyed a string of hits in the 1970s and 80s, later spawning the musical Mamma Mia!, which has been adapted for the big screen.

Power of veto

Ulvaeus added: "I remember Robert Plant saying Led Zeppelin were a covers band now because they cover all their own stuff.

"I think that hit the nail on the head."

Andersson said he was surprised that the group's hit songs had lived on for so long.

"You know what pop music is. It is there for the time it actually happens. We were absolutely dead sure it would be the same for us."

Abba pictured in 1974
Abba celebrate their Eurovision victory in 1974

The musicians said they exercised some control over the use of their songs in the stage musical and subsequent film version, which they were closely involved with.

"You don't just give songs away to anyone to do with what they want. It would have been a disaster," said Andersson.

"We had the power of veto which meant we could have stopped it at any time."

The Swedish band came to prominence through winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, and went on to score a string of chart-topping records around the world.

Their UK number ones included Knowing Me, Knowing You, Take A Chance On Me and The Winner Takes It All.

Abba disbanded in 1982, but never officially announced a split.

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