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Saturday, 5 March 2016

ABBA Australian Promotional Tour March 1976 - 40 Years Ago !



Australian Promotional Tour 1976

40 years ago this week !!

ABBA arrived in Sydney on Thursday 4 March for 10 day Promotional Tour which would include recording the Bandstand TV Special 'The Best Of ABBA'.


ABBA faced the Australian media for the first time on Friday 5th March at a press conference at the Sydney Hilton Hotel, which included a ceremony to present to group with gold records awarded in Australia to date.


Itinerary:


Thursday 4 March

Arrive at Sydney Airport




Friday 5 March

Press conference & gold record presentation, radio/TV interviews: Sydney Hilton Hotel

Photo session at Sydney Opera House

Interview and ‘Fernando’ clip shown on A Current Affair






Saturday 6 March

Cruise on Hawkesbury River, barbecue lunch and boomerang throwing; visit to Koala Sanctuary at Bobbin Head.
Scenes filmed for the overseas version of the television special.




Sunday 7 March

Cruise on Sydney Harbour; visit to Taronga Park Zoo.
Scenes filmed for the overseas version of the television special 


Monday 8 March

Travel to Melbourne

Rehearsal and appearance on The Don Lane Show - performed 'SOS' and ‘Fernando’ 



Tuesday 9 March

Return to Sydney

Filming at Channel 9 Studios, Artarmon *


Wednesday 10 March/Thursday 11 March

Filming at Channel 9 Studios, Artarmon *





* filming on these days included work on the special, a performance of ‘Mamma Mia’ for Bandstand, an appearance on Celebrity Squares, and filming of a special performance of ‘Dancing Queen’ for later broadcast

Friday 12 March

Filming special at Channel 9 Studios, Artarmon with studio audience




Saturday 13 March

Depart Sydney

‘Mamma Mia’ performance shown on Bandstand in some capital cities


Saturday 20 March

Special The Best Of ABBA first broadcast in capital cities; ‘Mamma Mia’ performance shown on Bandstand in some regional centres

Saturday 27 March

Special The Best Of ABBA first broadcast in regional centres


March

Appearance on Celebrity Squares broadcast 


August

‘Dancing Queen’ clip filmed in Sydney first shown on Bandstand



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