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Waterloo

Waterloo

Waterloo


There are two bands and a singer with this name and also an ABBA tribute band: 1) Waterloo was a proto-prog outfit from Ghent, Belgium, active from 1969 to 1972. They recorded an album, "First Battle", in London in late 1969, produced by David MacKay and released on the French label Vogue in February 1970. Stylistically, the album is heavily influenced by "Stand Up"-era Jethro Tull and keyboard-based British prog bands of that era, such as Arzachel. Read more on Last.fm
There are two bands and a singer with this name and also an ABBA tribute band: 1) Waterloo was a proto-prog outfit from Ghent, Belgium, active from 1969 to 1972. They recorded an album, "First Battle", in London in late 1969, produced by David MacKay and released on the French label Vogue in February 1970. Stylistically, the album is heavily influenced by "Stand Up"-era Jethro Tull and keyboard-based British prog bands of that era, such as Arzachel. Lead singer Dirk Bogaert later formed Pazop, while bassist Jean-Paul Musette became a member of Belgian RIO/zeuhl outfit Cos. Line-up: Dirk Bogaert - lead vocals, flute Gus Roan - guitar Marc Malyster - organ (replaced in 1970 by Frank Wuyts) Jacky Mauer - drums Jean-Paul Janssens - bass (replaced in 1970 by Jean-Paul Musette) John Van Rymenant - saxophone (1970-1972) 2) Waterloo is John Baldus (drums, percussion), Chris Grabau (guitar, keyboards), Dave Melson (bass) and Mark Ray (guitar, piano, vocals).

The songs are written by Mark Ray and arranged by the whole band, each member making distinctive contributions to the cumulative sound. Having released their first effort, Going To The Sun, to critical acclaim in 2001, Waterloo have spent the last two years playing the rare live show in Saint Louis and Chicago (with Pernice Brothers, Dolly Varden, among others) and devoting most of their time to writing, arranging, recording and experimenting for their second record, In The Light Of Day, released in march of 2004. In 2006 the band released their third album entitled Out Of The Woods. 3) Hans "Waterloo" Kreuzmayr was half of the Austrian duet Waterloo & Robinson. In the 1980s he had a solo career with songs like Im Land das Ewigkeit heißt.

In the 1990s his music became heavily influenced by Native American culture. 4) Camilla Dahlin and Katja Nord came up with the idea to start an Abba tribute band together in 1996. They asked for Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson’s permission and got it. They decided on the name Waterloo. They have run the group since then along side with taken the roles as Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad on stage.

Their goal was to be as similar to the originals as possible to give the audience a feeling of seeing the real ABBA on stage again! In 1999 they had their breakthrough in a popular Swedish TV show called “Sikta mot Stjärnorna” which was a sing and look-alike competition. It took them onto the European finals in Manchester – “Stars in Euro Eyes”. Nothing is left to chance, they make their own clothes to look just like ABBA’s and have the true original sound for the real ABBA experience. This is an never ending process. 2001 Camilla & Katja started a cooperation together with CSB and “ABBA THE SHOW”.

Quality is very important and is their trademark and thanks to that they were honourably described by the Official International ABBA Fan Club as “the best ABBA since ABBA”. In 2006 Waterloo celebrated their tenth year anniversary, which took place at Hotel Rival in Stockholm. Owe Sandström, the creator of ABBA’s fabulous stage clothes, kindly participated – and for the first time decorated the stage with original ABBA stage clothes. During the celebration the original ABBA musicians Ulf Andersson, Lasse Wellander and Roger Palm joined in on stage.

It was an unforgettable night! In ABBA THE SHOW, Camilla and Katja have the main responsibility for the band and are responsible for how the show is built up, including everything from writing the manuscript to sewing the stage clothes. Camilla and Katja have been fans of ABBA ever since the big breakthrough in 1974. Camilla was invited to the recording of the music video of “Thank you for the music”, and is also featured in the video. Camilla and Katja started singing together as teenagers.

They have been lead singers in different bands and are influenced by many different types of music, such as pop, rock, jazz and folk music. They have also sung backing vocals for many different artists and have produced a CD in 1994 with children’s songs. This was accompanied with a successful show in 1997 called”Trollpackan”, which was intended both for children and their parents. For this they received an honourable scholarship from Stockholm’s county. Camilla and Katja have toured all over the world with ABBA THE SHOW and have sold out arenas, such as Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena in London and to mention one in Sweden, Dalhalla was a great experience.

In the future they plan to continue with the wonderful and grateful job of letting ABBA’s music live on with a great deal of respect for its quality. And they hope to spread joy to ABBA fans all over the world with their tour ABBA THE SHOW. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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