Friday, August 15, 2008

Phelps to Headline Ace of Base Comeback Tour

Gothenburg, Sweden--

The three remaining members of 90s-era pop band Ace of Base announced today that Michael Phelps will join the band as lead singer and chief songwriter.

Phelps will replace Malin "Linn" Berggren, who left the band in 2007. The three remaining members--Jenny Berggren, Jonas Berggren, and Ulf Eckberg--made the announcement at an event for their Scandanavian label, Edel Music. Phelps, with his muscular good looks and international appeal, seemed a perfect fit for the band.

"Though we didn't really know if he could sing," Eckberg said, "we decided to ask him to fill Linn's spot anyway. He accepted, and my God, he's got a set of pipes on him that you wouldn't believe."

Jenny Berggren, the only remaining female in the group, echoed Eckberg's statements. "He is the best vocalist I have ever heard," she said, "and he will bring a whole new flair to our hits, 'The Sign,' 'All That She Wants,' and 'Don't Turn Around.'"

Phelps did not issue a statement, as he was preparing to race for his sevent consecutive gold medal. His agent added that Phelps did not want to injure his voice before the Ace of Base world tour this winter.
(Photo: In his first time singing with the band, Ace of Base, Michael Phelps performs a rousing aria from Rossini's The Barber of Seville)

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