RB/Redferns/Getty ImagesMama Mia! After 35 years, ABBA is back.

The good news is that the chart-topping Swedish group has reunited in the studio to record new songs. The bad news is that Anni-Frid, Bjorn, Benny and Agnetha will not be going on a big reunion tour.

Back in October of 2016, ABBA announced that in partnership with American Idol creator and Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller, they were creating “virtual live experience,” launching this year, that would allow “a new generation of fans to see, hear and feel ABBA in a way previously unimagined.”

Today in an Instagram statement, the group refers to the “ABBA avatar tour project,” which is presumably the realization of the virtual live experience plan, whereby “avatars” of the group will go on tour and perform their hits. The statement reads, “The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence. We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did.”

The statement continues, “It was like time had stood still an that we only had been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience! It resulted in two new songs and one of them, ‘I Still Have Faith In You,’ will be performed by our digital selves in a TV special produced by NBC and the BBC aimed for broadcasting December.”

“We may have come of age, but the song is new,” the statement concludes. “And it feels good.”

No word yet on the timing for any of these projects but knowing me, knowing you, generations of fans will be thrilled to be able to take a chance on some new material. And after all, that’s the name of the game.

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