Filmed: Thursday 11 November 1982
Location: Saarlandhalle, Saarbrücken, Germany
Broadcast: Thursday 11 November 1982, LIVE, 19:30-21:00, ZDF, Germany
Release status: Unreleased
Duration: Full show 1:25:40, ABBA bits 14 minutes
Shown in: Germany
In 1968 ZDF Television launched a new music spectacular entitled Star Parade. The James Last Orchestra were residents for the 50 shows produced.
James Last's Star Parade 'morphed' into Show Express and started in September 1980. In the 90-minute production featuring The James Last Orchestra, national and international stars and some new ideas (TV ballet, news from music and show business, film clips). The series included nine live episodes:
Running order of this episode, hosted by Michael Schanze:
At the end of the show, all the guests took a bow one by one with ABBA bringing up the rear. They were then mobbed by the audience (again!).
This was their last TV performance in front of a live TV audience and is one of the best, especially the fabulous beginning of The Day Before You Came.
After the performances some of the touring party (possibly some ABBA members and definitely some musicians) took a late flight back to Sweden. Agnetha travelled home the following day.
Click here for a TV listing from Nieuwsblad van het Noorden - 11 November 1982, p.2.
Thursday 11 November 1982, LIVE, 19:30-21:00, ZDF, Germany
Saturday 2 November 2002 on ABBA Kultnacht, ZDF, Germany