March 2014 - June 2014
|Get Ready! For the first time in Australia, Happy Days Records proudly presents GOLD: The ULTIMATE ABBA Show: The New Arrival Tour 2014. Featuring internationally recognised ABBA performers who have taken to the stage globally from the UK to Europe, South Africa to Canada & North America and Australia to New Zealand (details on band members below). This show is set to take the country by storm in 2014 with a two-hour show that will re-live the hits of the Swedish pop phenomenon.|
The Seventies will go down in history as the most creative and outrageous era in the history of post 50`s Rock n Roll. The MASSIVE acts that churned out hits ranged from Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac… to name but a few. Carrying the pop-rock flame in their native Sweden with a win on the internationally recognised Eurovision song contest in 1974, ABBA became an International household name.
At the time nobody could predict the impact this band would have on that decade but more so, no one could even imagine how big the band would grow in years to come as generation after generation grew to love their songs. Their popularity is paramount having sold over 370 million albums and singles worldwide and they continue to sell millions of records a year making them one of the best selling music artists of all time.
In Australia, the group’s success was unprecedented, accumulating over twenty top twenty singles, six of which topped the charts including “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do”, “S.O.S”, “Mamma Mia”, “Fernando”, “Dancing Queen” and “Money, Money, Money”.
Was it the girl’s incredible voices that blended so sweetly? Or the boy’s uncanny knack of writing such catchy tunes? While everyone’s ABBA memories are inherently different, the elation of an ABBA song is universally celebrated. Now you can celebrate the music once again live in concert with this special homage to ABBA as performed by GOLD: The ULTIMATE ABBA Show on their New Arrival Tour.
The band members are:
Kathleen Maloney (Agnetha), Blending sass, her chameleon ability to switch between genres and her pure soaring vocals, Kathleen is a popular choice for appreciative audiences across Australia. A graduate with a Bachelor of Music from QUT, Kathleen Maloney is a professional singer, songwriter, vocal coach and businesswoman. Performing since the young age of six, Kathleen has now sung and danced her way into performing regularly as a fully-fledged member of Queensland's music industry. She has regularly performed the role of ABBA's Agnetha nationally and her versatility allows her to showcase her voice as a wedding singer, backing vocalist and star in other tribute shows. Kathleen's national and international performance experiences include the Brisbane Entertainment Centre; Opening Ceremony of the Goodwill Games; Malaysian tour to Kuala Lumpur and the Sydney Opera House. Most recently Kathleen was backing vocalist for Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds' Brisbane Concert on The River Stage. Kathleen is always looking forward to new creative opportunities and is passionate about her singing and entertaining career.
Kirsten Elliott (Anna-Frid) - At 24 years of age Kirsten has been performing professionally for over a decade in numerous theatrical productions and television appearances. She has trained in all genres of dance and song since the age of six and has had the pleasure of working alongside some big industry names such as Rhonda Burchmore and John Travolta. At the age of 20 Kirsten was asked to join the internationally successful corporate band HONEY that has seen her perform for the likes of the PNG Prime Minister. Kirsten is also currently working in the popular local act Jezelle – an originals duo that has been on the scene for the past six years – making it to the top 24 groups of 2011 X Factor.
Matthew Hellak (Bjorn / Guitar) - Matt started playing the guitar at the age of seven and has followed his love for music ever since. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree with first class honours from Adelaide University Matt has become a regular throughout the Adelaide music scene, working as a freelance musician for corporate bands, duos, jazz groups.Theatre work includes productions of Les Miserables, Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar. As well as performing Matt currently holds several teaching positions in Adelaide.
Greg Wain (Benny / Keys) - After studying music at Auckland University and London’s Trinity College Greg spent 15 years working as a singer, guitarist, and keyboard player in London recording and touring extensively throughout the UK and Europe. He spent 2 years with London’s West End production of "Starlight Express" and has been a member of internationally acclaimed vocal groups The Swingle Singers and The Shout. For 3 years he played Robin Gibb in the UK’s Bootleg Bee Gees before moving to Australia in 2008 to play Maurice Gibb in the international "Night Fever" Bee Gee tribute show. Last year he co-wrote and performed in "Exposing Edith", a show about French singer Edith Piaf, at sold out performances in the Adelaide and Melbourne cabaret festivals. Currently based in Adelaide Greg teaches in the jazz department at Adelaide University.