It seems like the entire world is over the moon about Abba’s reunion – but one superfan’s love never faltered after he spent £50,000 creating a collection of merchandise and memorabilia.
Andrew Boardman’s incredible collection is so impressive that in 2019, most of it was displayed as an exhibition.
Appearing on This Morning, Andrew clarified that only most of it made the cut because the collection was too big to actually all be displayed.
Asked by Alison Hammond how he’d managed to get all of the memorabilia, he explained: ‘There was no internet then, in 1975, so my dad used to give me 35p per week to spend and by the time I got to 14, I thought it was gonna take me forever to keep buying these so I got myself a paper round, I was up at five o’ clock every morning.’
‘I read this morning that you’ve spent £50,000,’ Rochelle told him, leaving Alison stunned.
‘That’s part of 40 years collecting, it’s just amalgamated over the years,’ Andrew pointed out.
The superfan went on to recall that he’s been lucky enough to meet band members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, and has a personalised signed photo from Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
Asked how he felt when he heard new Abba songs for the first time in almost 40 years, Andrew admitted he had a ‘tingle down his spine’ and that his ‘eyes welled up’ for the first song.
By the time the second new song played, he was ‘in pieces’.
The Swedish pop icons had been teasing their mysterious ‘ABBA Voyage’ project ahead of the big reveal, 39 years after the band parted ways.
Abba Voyage was revealed to be a new studio album, which fans got a glimpse of at long last with a brand new single I Still Have Faith In You.
The Dancing Queen stars said in a statement: ‘It’s been a while since we made music together. Almost 40 years, actually. We took a break in the spring of 1982 and now we’ve decided it’s time to end it.
‘They say it’s foolhardy to wait more than 40 years between albums, so we’ve recorded a follow-up to The Visitors.’
Abba also revealed that they would be performing a tour with their digital versions brought to life by motion capture, adding: ‘To tell the truth, the main inspiration to record again comes from our involvement in creating the strangest and most spectacular concert you could ever dream of.
‘We’re going to be able to sit back in an audience and watch our digital selves perform our songs on a stage in a custom-built arena in London next spring. Weird and wonderful!’
They thanked fans for waiting almost four decades, adding: ‘To all of you who patiently have followed us in some way or another these past decades: Thank you for waiting – it’s time for a new journey to begin.’
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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