Farewell to Lasse Wellander, the historic Abba guitarist was 70 years old. The announcement

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The historic guitarist of the Abba, Lasse Wellander, has died at the age of 70. It is the same Swedish group to announce it with a post on social media. “It is with incredible sadness – we read – that we have to announce that our beloved Lasse has fallen asleep forever. Lasse was recently struck by widespread cancer and on Good Friday he passed away peacefully, surrounded by his closest people” . “You have been a hub in our lives, and it is unimaginable that we now have to live without you. We love you and miss you so much”, the band members write again. . “You were an extraordinary and humble musician like few others, but above all you were a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather”, continues the family. “Kind, safe, thoughtful and loving and so much more, that can’t be described in words. A hub in our lives, and it’s amazing that we now have to live without you,” Abbas stated, “Lasse was a dear friend , a funny guy and a superb guitarist”. “The significance of his creative input in the recording studio as well as his solid work as a guitarist on stage has been immense,” the group added.

Lasse Wellander accompanied the legendary group of Swedish music (Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad) in the 70s and 80s, those in which they achieved worldwide popularity, but he was also present in “Voyage”, the 2021 album/reunion. He had also released a few solo albums in the 1980s. Born in 1952, Wellander had his first performance with Swedish pop legends Abba in October 1974, when the pieces “Intermezzo No.1” and “Crazy World” were recorded. Shortly thereafter, he became the group’s lead guitarist and toured with them in 1975, 1977, 1979 and 1980, according to the band’s website. Even after Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog separated in 1982, Wellander remained to work with Benny and Bjorn. He has played on numerous albums, including the concept album “Chess”, the two albums “Gemini” and the soundtracks of the films “Mamma Mia” and “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” as well as the ABBA album ” Voyage”, released in November 2021. Wellander played with several groups in the 80s, including Low Budget Blues Band, Zkiffz, Little Mike and the Sweet Soul Music Band and Stockholm All Stars, according to the bio on his official website. The celebrated musician received the Albin Hagstrom Memorial Award from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2005 and 13 years later he received the prestigious Studioraven Award special prize from the Swedish Musicians Union for his work.