ON THIS Day – 7th March 1977
ABBA Live In Australia !
But sorry, not today.
Today is a day of rest for ABBA before heading to Adelaide for their first and only concert there tomorrow night.
Unlike the move from Sydney to Melbourne, the crew will need this day to get everything to Adelaide and set up that custom made hydraulic stage which wasn’t required in Melbourne.
A lot of work ahead for them.
But this gave the ABBA members a chance to have a nice relaxing day out on the water – their favourite past time.
Unfortunately, Bjorn was still a bit under the weather – yes, pun intended – and he opted to stay at the hotel while Agnetha, Frida and Benny spent a nice leisurely 5 hours cruising on Port Phillip Bay.
Covering 1,950 square kilometres, Port Phillip is the entrance to Australia's busiest port and is one of Victoria's most popular recreational destinations.
Although Port Phillip is commonly referred to as 'the Bay' or 'Port Phillip Bay', Port Phillip is actually not a bay at all. It's a local port area that is actually made up of over 16 bays.
The cabin cruiser they spent the afternoon on was a charter boat that belonged to a Melbourne family and was called Killara II.
They boarded Killara II at Station Pier on Port Phillip at around 12pm and set off for the afternoon. They spent a little time ashore on a lonely stretch of beach where some of their sound crew went swimming – and returned to Station Pier at 5pm.
A lovely day was had by all – and I am sure Bjorn was grateful for the down time.
It obviously did him a world of good because Adelaide could possibly be the first venue to get the complete setlist !
It is of course possible that all songs were performed in Sydney on 4th March – but there is no way to confirm that.
So enjoy this day off in the concert itinerary, and I’ll see you in Adelaide tomorrow !
The crew intinerary - they still had to work :)