Rock 'n' roll may not be the term most commonly associated with ABBA's music, but the group's Benny Andersson thinks it's appropriate for the Swedish group, which broke up in 1983, to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next week.
"I take it as a true honor," Andersson tells Billboard.com. "We are and were sort of a solid pop band, and there is a difference between pop music and rock 'n' roll music. Being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wasn't on the map, really, for us. On the other hand, there are a lot of pop acts already inducted, so I don't mind. I'm not the one who inducted myself, you know?"
Andersson will be attending the March 15 induction ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel with ex-wife Frida (Anni-Frid Lyngstad), while Agnetha Faltskog, who doesn't fly, and songwriting partner Bjorn Ulvaeus will skip the event. Faith Hill is slated to sing ABBA songs in tribute to the group, but Andersson says he'd be up to perform at the ceremony as well. "If someone asks me to, yeah, I will," he notes. "I'll see if I can play something from the old catalog."