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ABBAFAB performs the hits of Swedish pop stars ABBA Monday night at the Tower.

Just a couple of months ago, the legendary Swedish pop group ABBA announced its first new album in 40 years ("Voyage," to be released in early November) and a concert residency in London that will feature "motion capture digital avatars" of the four band members performing alongside a live band. And in September, ABBA's Agnetha Fältskog told the British music magazine NME that "Voyage" — both the album and the "concert experience" — might be the last thing ABBA ever does.

If you're going to fly over to London to see that, great. Have fun! If not, your next-best bet might just be playing at Bend's Tower Theatre Monday night. They're called ABBAFAB, they tout themselves as "the premier ABBA experience" and they've played sold-out shows across the world on the backs of mega-hits like "Waterloo," "Fernando," "Take a Chance On Me" and, of course, "Dancing Queen."

A review of ABBAFAB video shows not a half-hearted cover band but a full-fledged tribute, complete with costumes and choreographed dance moves and two female singers, one brunette and one blonde. Just like the real ABBA!

ABBAFAB (ABBA Tribute): $31-$51; 7:30 p.m. Monday; Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend; or 541-317-0700.

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Ben Salmon is a Bend-based music journalist and host of Left Of The Dial, which airs 8-10 p.m. Thursdays on KPOV, 88.9 FM and streams at You can find him on Bandcamp and Twitter at @bcsalmon.

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