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Arrival From Sweden: ABBA tribute show is Friday in DL

Arrival from Sweden will perform a musical tribute to the iconic Swedish pop group, ABBA, this Friday, Nov. 2 at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. The show gets underway at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are on sale at the Holmes Box Office. Submitted Photo

Are you ready to channel your inner "Dancing Queen"?

A rocking evening of ABBA music, as performed by Arrival From Sweden, is coming to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Friday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m.

Founded by Vicky Zetterberg in 1995 Gothenburg, Sweden, Arrival soon became one of the world's most popular and biggest selling ABBA show bands, and has since toured in 50 different countries and appeared in several TV and radio shows all over the world.

"We've done 28 tours in America in the last five years," said Zetterberg in a telephone interview from the group's tour bus on Friday.

During that time, "we've probably done 500 concerts here," she added.

From its beginnings, 1971 through 1982, ABBA rose to become Sweden's biggest music export ever, with 370 million records sold worldwide. The group recorded some of the most memorable songs in the history of pop music -- which means, as Zetterberg points out, that Arrival's set list doesn't change that much from show to show.

"You have to do the hit songs," she said.

Fortunately, however, those songs are "fantastic," she added. "It's quality music. They wrote many of those songs 40 years ago, and yet they are still so popular."

In fact, the group's repertoire inspired a smash hit Broadway musical, "Mamma Mia," featuring an all-ABBA repertoire of songs, which subsequently spawned a major motion picture of the same name.

There is also a lot of variety in ABBA's catalog, Zetterberg said. In other words, "Dancing Queen" sounds quite different from "Mamma Mia," which is also very different from "Waterloo," "The Winner Takes It All," and so forth.

"You can't really compare the songs -- they're all very different from each other," Zetterberg said.

And because the 11 musicians in the group are usually playing in a new city, or new venue for each show, "every night is different," she added. "It's a new audience, and a new experience."

"As professionals, it's important when we go on stage that we give the audience 100 percent, every night," she said -- which is something that the group prides itself on doing.

"I really love America," Zetterberg continued. "Every state is different -- it's kind of like going to a new country."

Though this will be the group's first visit to Detroit Lakes, Zetterberg said that they have been in Minnesota many times, most recently about two years ago.

"It's similar to Sweden," she said, adding that she appreciates the fact that Minnesotans keep many Swedish traditions alive, including their foods and festivals.

Still, Zetterberg added, "If I moved to America, I think I would move to Arizona -- I like the heat."

Friday's performance of smash hit ABBA tunes by Arrival From Sweden will feature some of the most upbeat, feel good sounds of the 1970s: "Dancing Queen," "Waterloo," "Fernando," "Take A Chance On Me," "Knowing Me, Knowing You," "Mamma Mia," and many more. This show is underwritten by Bremer Bank.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for students, and can be purchased by calling 218-844-SHOW (7469), online at or by visiting the Holmes Box Office at 806 Summit Ave, Detroit Lakes.

Follow Detroit Lakes Newspapers reporter Vicki Gerdes on Twitter at @VickiLGerdes.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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