....'Renaissance' (lowercase 'r')- Agnetha shocks the world....or at least parts of it:
(YT video below: November 2013 televised duet with Gary Barlow, broadcast (U.K.) as part of the "Children in Need... (I won't say 'Rocks' (link)") concert. Ms.Fältskog's first public stage performance in 25 years. (At least 30+ years since she has publicly sung LIVE.....(Some recorded backing vocals etc. also (were) played during the performance....))
Live Agnetha: Sensational. It's great to see her up there....and for a good cause.
(YT video link. Another (of the same), from the BBC (may have a time-available limit): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01llq66)
(Belated insert: 1970's ABBA choreography aside, I always thought Ms.Fältskog moved with some grace on-stage. Though she is basically standing in much of the performance (above), watch around the 3:30 mark in the video. Agnetha shows us she still moves much "her" same way (as in times past), and perhaps even how all that walking she (reportedly) does pays off!)
....If not already seen... an off-site link to an excellent snapshot of four artists it's easy to become a fan of....Let's hope the collaborations continue: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=539819686094233&set=pb.429701990439337.-2207520000.1384389595.&type=3&theater
(Reminder: Agnetha's official website(s) may be reached via this off-site link: www.agnetha.com)
P.S. (Commentary:) Linking a recent page from the 'abb4ever' forum with some insightful comments about Agnetha vis-a-vis her live performance. Agree with several commenters there: Agnetha is (still) a down-to-earth star....It's easy to discern that she is genuine. Even though she has "made it"; had so much success... she sometimes still seems like the shy, excited country girl off to make good in the big city ..as she did long ago. As noted in the linked comments she's endearing in that way: (Even though she's well-established) you want to 'root' for her to succeed. How can you not with someone who (still) cares so much to "do well" (perform well) for her audience...? Who shows courage to conquer self-limitations. Who, with aid from two producers, has returned again to offer -- and also enjoy -- what she does beautifully ... as her profession.
Seemingly unlike a few manufactured "stars" of today, Agnetha is an actual, real person. (And all that that entails...) Her humanity bridges the audience/artist 'gap', and connects with many of us -- along with her considerable gifts..
These impressions are certainly expressed more eloquently via comments here (off-site link, new window opens): http://www.iphpbb.com/board/ftopic-30652567nx61610-14516-390.html
P.P.S. Yes, FWIW (not much really): Agnetha has now earned herself a 'pass' (here) for whatever part she may have played (or not) in July's fan-video near-debacle....
...Back on hiatus on this blog until perhaps the next surprise from surprising Agnetha. (Who works at her own pace, but maybe the wait might not be all that long.... Seems she is garnering strong fan support from her (recent) efforts.)
Thank you to any readers for stopping by.... Significant music-related efforts from the singer shall prompt independent, unfiltered commentary and insight here....from a fan's perspective.