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Kremlin Flies ABBA Cover Band to Remote Military Location to Perform for Vladimir Putin

Friday, February 06, 2009 service_news_com_au.gif


ABBA cover band Bjorn Again took home a $45,000 paycheck for the exclusive performance.

As gigs go, this had to be one of ABBA cover band Bjorn Again's strangest.

Having flown from London to Moscow, then endured a nine-hour bus ride through the Russian countryside, they arrived at a remote military barracks. There, a security guard instructed the band members that they were not to leave the stage during the show under any circumstances

It was weird, but when you're receiving $45,000 for an hour-long gig, you don't ask too many questions.

The show went well. The group sang 15 ABBA hits including Waterloo, Gimme Gimme Gimme and Dancing Queen. The shadowy figure behind the curtain seemed to enjoy it, as did the woman seated next to him.

The couple cheered, danced, and even threw their arms in the air during Mamma Mia when asked to by the band's resident Agnetha.

It wasn't until after the performance that the four musicians became aware that the mysterious man who knew all the words to Super Trouper was one of the most powerful men in the world: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

It's believed the Kremlin picked up the tab.

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