This Iconic Aussie Movie Sparked Cher’s Love For ABBA

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Cher has said it was 1994 Australian comedy Muriel’s Wedding that sparked her love of ABBA.

The singer has arrived in Australia for her concert tour, which begins in Newcastle tomorrow, and the singer is also promoting her new album of ABBA covers Dancing Queen.

“This is the thing, in America I remember Waterloo, Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen, but ABBA weren’t the big thing in America like they were in the rest of the world,” she told Brisbane Times.

“I got into ABBA, really, because of Muriel’s Wedding. I just loved that movie so much when it came out.”

The 1994 Australian comedy featured an iconic scene where characters Muriel Heslop and Rhonda Epinstalk – played by Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths – perform a lip sync performance to ABBA classic Waterloo.

Cher is touring off the back of her appearance in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and the Dancing Queen album, her 26th album in her five-decade career.

The singer will perform shows in Newcastle, Brisbane, Melbourne, Wollongong, Adelaide and Perth before wrapping up in Sydney.

First local tour in 13 years

It’s her first concert tour of Australia since her 2005 Farewell Tour, but put in a memorable guest appearance at this year’s 40th anniversary Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

“The parade was really something special,” she told Fairfax.

“I was in it at one point with those girls in the Turn Back Time outfits and I just had such a good time.”

But Cher hinted that these tour dates may be her last.

“I want to be doing this for as long as I can. One day I won’t be able to sing the high notes… or nobody will want to come and see me, so I will keep doing it until then,” she said.

“But I think this will be the last one.”

On her Here We Go Again tour, fans can expect the 72-year-old to deliver her trademark elaborate production, flamboyant costumes, and hits and classics from her six-decade career.

To celebrate her Australian return, earlier this year we asked three Queensland drag stars to give us their thoughts on their top Cher songs, costumes and moments.

Earlier this month, Cher hinted at a possible guest spot as a judge on drag juggernaut RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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