It all started in 1988 when John Tyrrell and his friend Rod Woolley were brainstorming ways to mix up live entertainment.
“We were both gigging musos in various bands and were simply bored with what was out there on the Melbourne live circuit at the time – both original bands and cover acts,” Tyrrell said.
“We wanted to try to inject something funny into the mix and wanted to make a statement about popular culture and social behavior. We had lots of whacky ideas and came up with an ABBA parody show, ABBA – Bjorn Again.
“A lot of people told us it was a terrible idea and it would never work but we knew if we did it right and got the right people, it may just ‘capture the imagination’ of the public so to speak.”
We wanted to try to inject something funny into the mix and want to make a statement about popular culture and social behavior.John Tyrrell
Playing to sell out crowds internationally, ABBA – Bjorn Again will take you on an entertaining ride through the hits you know so well.
“It’s a visually stunning and incredibly energetic show with plenty of crowd participation, exciting eye-catching choreography, sing-a-long ballads and dance floor hits,” Tyrrell said.
“All the members have a ‘Swenglish’ accent and some of the banter between the two couples and to the audience has been hilarious. Things like Frida chastising Benny for looking at a girl in the front row in a way she didn’t like, or Benny pretending to be a rock God when he really isn’t, or whining about how tight his pants are.”
Bjorn, Benny, Anni-Frid and Agnetha will captivate audiences when they perform at Rooty Hill RSL in December.
Almost 30 years on and the group have performed more than 7000 shows in 100 countries.
“We performed at Rowan Atkinson’s New Year’s Eve party in 1999,” Tyrrell said. “Not only did we get to entertain, we rubbed shoulders with all sorts of celebrities and had a great time – that’s one performance I’ll never forget!”
Other career highlights for Tyrrell include playing at the IPL Cricket in Mumbia 2010 with Lionel Richie, playing Money, Money, Money to Bill Gates at a Microsoft function in LA and meeting Benny and Bjorn in the flesh in Stockholm.
“Once we performed on a Swedish TV show where Agnetha was the special guest and she danced to us playing Dancing Queen,” he said. “I’ll never forget it.”
- 8pm, Saturday, December 30, Rooty Hill RSL, 55 Sherbrooke St, Rooty Hill. Tickets: $40. Bookings: 9625 5500 or rootyhillrsl.com.au.