Filmed: Sunday 8 August 2004
Location: Sofiero Slott, Helsingborg, Sweden
Broadcast: SVT, Sweden
Release status: Unreleased
Shown in: Sweden
A short report (3½ minutes) from the BAO! concert in Helsingborg, Sweden.
There were some views of Tommy Körberg and Helen Sjöholm on stage, and interviews with Tommy Körberg, Helen Sjöholm, Kalle Moraeus and Benny Andersson.
During the report they played short cuts from:
Helen Sjöholm: People are sitting and enjoying themselves, people are dancing - it's got a feeling of an evening of entertainment like in the 30s or 40s.
SVT: What is it like to tour with these guys?
Tommy Körberg: It's a great pleasure. There are 5,500 people in the audience here tonight, and it makes you wonder - why are they here? It seems there's a deeply-rooted tradition, and then of course we're bringing our own dance floor - a tradition that has almost died since the old Swedish "Folkpark" disappeared.
Kalle Moreaus: We're playing a couple of ABBA songs each night, and it's kind of a giddy feeling every time.
SVT: How come?
Kalle: Well, when I was a kid and listened to their music, who could ever believe that I later should be on stage playing these songs with him?
SVT: Why did you form BAO!?
Benny Andersson: It was a way to develop my cooperation with Orsa Spelmän. Well, actually it was to be able to play together, which is what I really want, occasionally.
SVT: If you compare touring today with your previous touring with Hep Stars and ABBA - what's
Benny: This is much calmer, and much more enjoyable. It's very easy for everyone - we're giving lots of energy by playing, and the audience gives a lot of energy back by dancing - a great way to communicate. When we're playing, and look at the audience, we only see lots of very happy faces out there. It appears there's some kind of vacuum, and people really seem to need this type of music - there's no other way to explain why it works so well.
SVT: Maybe because there's no "Folkpark" any more?
Benny: Yes, and then we appear as a "Folkpark", each and every one of us...
Huge thanks to Tony Becker, Robin Andersson and ABBAMAIL (no longer online).