Still going strong

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IT’S hard to believe there’s a tribute act which can outlast the original group.

But lo and behold, the ever-increasingly popularity of ABBA — due in no small part to the popularity of musical-turned-film Mamma Mia — has made one tribute show a favourite for 19 years and counting.

The show in question is Thank You For the Music, touring the UK and offering a smorgasboard of 70s hits — complete with some Bee Gees tunes thrown in.

The spangled-jumpsuit-wearing star of the show is Martin Spooner, who plays both Bjorn from ABBA and Robin Gibb from the Bee Gees.

Having gained fame in Brazil after first touring the country three years ago, Martin is on a high and has been — along with the rest of the company — asked back no less than eight times.

While he’s unlikely to be mobbed on the streets of Glasgow, it’s guaranteed that audiences will flock to the show as with previous tours.

The company proudly reports having outsold Status Quo, Lulu and Jim Davidson at previous venues, and the quarter of a million audience members who take to their seats each year can surely testify to its longevity.

As for the song list, it has everything you’d expect from an ABBA/Bee Gees crossover — along with a few 70s and 80s classics you might not have guessed were written by the brothers Gibb.

From the Swedish fab four, there’s songs like Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Take a Chance on Me and more to sing along to.

And for those in the mood for some disco classics, the show also offers Bee Gees hits Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, Islands in the Stream and Chain Reaction (the latter two surprised us too).

On ABBA, star Martin commented: “Few bands can claim to have made as big an impact on British pop history.

“Their million-selling hits are eternal. ABBA’s music is as popular today as it was in their 70s and 80s heyday.

“Thank You For the Music continues this incredibly legacy”.

n Thank You For the Music is on at the Royal Concert Hall on Saturday, October 20. Performance at 7.30pm and tickets cost £24/£22 concession from 0141 353 8000 or www.glasgowconcerthalls.com.