Swedish tourists killed before ABBA tribute concert

Two Swedish tourists fell to their deaths just before a planned tribute concert Saturday in honor of the group ABBA, police said. Local police said that the pair, aged 71 and 77, reportedly fell…

Swedish tourists killed before ABBA tribute concert

Two Swedish tourists fell to their deaths just before a planned tribute concert Saturday in honor of the group ABBA, police said.

Local police said that the pair, aged 71 and 77, reportedly fell from a seventh-story flat after getting into an argument about a parking ticket.

The city of Gothenburg said it has turned to helicopters for its investigation into the accident, which took place a day before the star-studded fundraiser and performance, “ABBA: The Farewell Concert,” at Gothenburg’s Sommet stadium.

It said in a statement that there had been no indications of suicide.

The concert brought together stars like Axl Rose and Paul McCartney to celebrate ABBA’s lasting impact on musical history. Nearly 4,000 guests were expected to attend Saturday’s event, which begins at 7 p.m. local time (12:30 p.m. ET).

“It is a tragedy,” event organizer Sven-Olof Tjuvanger said in a statement. “There are no words to explain how I feel. It is going to be an unforgettable night in Gothenburg with all the ABBA legends. We thank our friends on Facebook for all the messages of condolences. I will communicate once the investigation is concluded.”

Tickets to the concert sold out in minutes when they went on sale last summer. One general admission ticket was priced at 160 Swedish krona (roughly $20.25), while a pricey VIP package offered fans a glass of bubbly and coziness on a sofa in the VIP area overlooking the soccer pitch at Gothenburg’s City Hall.

The satirical Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet offered people the chance to pay more for VIP seats — if they could sing along to “Waterloo.”

Abba’s greatest hits, “Waterloo,” “Dancing Queen,” “Voulez-Vous” and “Super Trouper,” were among the performances set to air.

The “hologram” show will feature Swedish vocal group Clappenburg and a band called Phantom Project, which counts Blondie’s Debbie Harry as a member.

“I feel close to ABBA since their first album, “Voulez-Vous,” Harry told The Washington Post. “They’ve always played and performed as the Beatles and other iconic musicals. They took on the spotlight. And it was great music.”

For many fans of ABBA, the concert will be a bittersweet ending. The famously adoring group will be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame next month, marking a half-century of music that was, according to a statement, “the most loved in Europe.”

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