Wellander and Schaffer together onstage

Published February 05, 2018

Here's something you don't see very often: ABBA's two main session guitarists, Lasse Wellander and Janne Schaffer, playing together onstage. As many fans will know, between them there are very few ABBA recordings with guitar-playing that don't feature either Wellander or Schaffer.

Tonight, just a few hours ago, they both performed two Wellander compositions when Lasse received the Studioräven ("The Studio Fox") award. In Swedish, a "studioräv" is "a session musician who's been around for many years and has done innumerable sessions". The prize is awarded every year by the Swedish Musicians' Union, and this year Lasse was one of the recipients.

And the saxophonist? You guessed it: Ulf Andersson, of I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do fame - plus, of course, he toured with ABBA in 1977.

A fun and memorable night, and a fitting tribute to the musicians who helped Swedish recordings sound great.

Read all about Wellander, Schaffer and Andersson's exploits on the ABBA sessions in ABBA - The Complete Recording Sesssions: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com


Lasse Wellander (far left), Ulf Andersson and Janne Schaffer (far right) onstage in Stockholm, 5 February 2018.