Marie’s biography as an audio book

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Pic by Patrícia Peres

As you already know, Marie Fredriksson’s long-awaited biography is planned to be published later this year. Well, Ginza, Bengans and CDON have already listed the book, so we can see the title will be Kärleken till livet (= Love for life). What is incredibly interesting is that it is listed as an audio book, CD with mp3 sound format. Wow! Wow! And once again: Wow! That’s what you call exciting! I have to add that CDON has a hardcover edition listed, too.

This is what CDON writes about the book:

I just want to talk about it as it is. No fuss. Just simply and straightly about how it has been.” Marie Fredriksson presented her book idea to author Helena von Zweigbergk with these words.
Marie’s life has included a lot of drama. Growing up in poverty in
the countryside in Skåne. Her family suffered from severe sadness when one of her sisters died in a car accident. Major breakthrough as an artist in Sweden and then an international career with Roxette. And then the disaster. The brain tumor that came as a death sentence. Marked by her illness, she stands on the stage today. Right now she is out on a world tour with Roxette again.
In the book about Marie Fredriksson she and her
closest will talk. It is a story of great love, sorrow, incomparable success and revenge against all odds - thanks to the love for life.

Publishing date is 7th October 2015. Yee-haa!

 

Thanx for finding the listing at Ginza, Nicol Zentai.

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The new album: You might be surprised!

Interview ScreenshotAnd yet another interview with Per popped up, this time by German music blog laut.de. Between other things Per talks about current studio work, the greatest hits album and world tour. When interviewed he’s in the studio creating demos and „hopes“ to have a new single ready for the European live shows.

The title „Marie needs much drama“ refers to Maries preference for big melodies when singing, in contrast to rather flat bubblegum pop. Per reveals that Marie and him had many disagreements during Roxette’s career, but they always kept it out of the public. In the past he could be grumpy when Marie only stepped into the studio to sing her vocal parts, but her illness changed everything and now he’s just happy to look into her eyes.

About current influences and Roxette’s forthcoming album, Per says that he’s interested in music that he couldn’t create himself and that puzzles him, like the work of Daft Punk. He thinks some people will be surprised by the sound of Roxette’s new album. While the foundation stays the same there’ll also be new things to discover…

Read the whole Interview in German here!

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New Per Gessle interview from Hungary

During the past months many interviews with Per popped up in several countries. Anyone in for a little Hungarian this time? Piece of cake. OK, if you’d like to skip the lesson, just read the summary in English below.

Lángoló Gitárok is a well-known Hungarian music blog. Ádám Magyar, one of the LG bloggers did a quite nice interview with Mr G, having some interesting questions to him. There is nothing really new for a hardcore Roxer in it, but still, I’m always happy to read anything Rox-related in Hungarian newspapers or on websites. And yeah, I could read about / listen to Per’s thoughts and views on music 24/7. I know there are many more out there sharing this feeling. ;)

rox_int_langolo_gitarokIn the interview, to the question what motivates him being constantly on stage Per replied he’s not constantly on stage, but is constantly working. He writes, re-writes and re-re-writes songs, planning or he’s just in the studio. Touring is another part of the creative work, but he really likes it, because it feels wonderful to stand on stage in front of tons of people who love what they’re doing.

To the question what inspires him when writing songs he replied writing songs is just natural for him, since he started writing already as a teenager. He could not live without writing, it’s an important part of his personality. Per is writing constantly, but it doesn’t mean he finishes all the songs or that the audience will get to hear all of his songs.

Per says today’s mainstream pop music is very one-sided and he blames it on the major record companies and radio stations. He thinks it’s much easier to follow in the footsteps of an already successful production than to do something fresh and innovative. His favorite songwriters are those who still try to move out of the ordinary frames, while writing great melodies and doing interesting albums. He says he loves well-written songs.

Of current music trends Per says sometimes things don’t come through, because he thinks those songs don’t speak to him. But that’s just the way it should be. Pop music should always reflect the actual era and so it does.

To Lángoló Gitárok‘s question, if he ever recognized the impact of Roxette on today’s music Per replied he is not used to think about it at all. Music works like you hear something, you find inspiration in it and then write something new.

Lángoló Gitárok asked Per what kind of music he is listening to nowadays. He says he is listening to different kinds of music. He returns to Joni Mitchell or 70’s pop songs quite often, but he also likes new stuff, such as Lana Del Rey, Röyksopp, José González, Nine Inch Nails and Daft Punk. He finds French bands usually very good. But according to Per, there are good songs of Katy Perry, Tove Lo or Ellie Goulding, too.

To the question what he thinks of the future of music Per replied pop and rock music have changed a lot in his life. When he was a child, music played a huge role in their daily lives, but today there is much more competition in the entertainment business. There is the internet, the fantastic computer games, etc.

The point is that the possibilities are endless and this is a huge difference compared to earlier times. Sometimes I feel that the role of music in everyday life in today’s society is not as dominant as it was decades ago. On the other hand, more people listen to music today than ever before, and it‘s amazing how much easier it is to access music. Of course, pop and rock music will live on, but who knows what role they will play in the future.

Per talks about his great memories from the tours. He says they are very lucky and grateful that they could attract so many people to their shows all around the world over the years.

To the question when he thinks he will retire from music he replied:

There are no such plans, as it has just started for me.

When asked about his free time, Per mentions he likes car sports, especially F1. He talks about his hotel being also an entertaining thing to deal with. He tells he’s interested in architecture and art in general.

But actually, I’m an incredibly boring person. I spend 99% of my time with my family and music.

Regarding travelling Per says he loves Europe and when he’s travelling he feels really European. Australia is a very good place, especially Melbourne. Brazil and Argentina are also super. His favorite cities are probably New York and London, he has a lot of his friends living there.

Lángoló Gitárok asked Per whether Chris plays local songs also in other countries or it was only Hungary where he played a local tune (Tavaszi szél) in 2011. Per explains Christoffer plays some local tunes every night. He says Chris is a great musician and learns extremely fast. He’d never be able to do what Professor Lundquist is doing.

Per mentions he was in Budapest only a couple of times so far and they only came to play here, but he saw that Budapest is a beautiful city and of course, he is excited to be there again.

Regarding the new album Per says it will be out in autumn and that they plan to make a classic Roxette album, but at the same time they want it to sound fresh.

Regarding further plans for the future Per says he will follow his gut feeling.

Thanx a lot for this interview, Lángoló Gitárok!

Roxette plays in Budapest 19th May. Tickets are selling very well, but there are still some available HERE.

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Eskobar to join Roxette’s European tour

eskobar logoThe Swedish band Eskobar will be the opening act of Roxette during the European leg of the XXX Tour *.

So who’s Eskobar, you may wonder?

Eskobar, an indie-pop band founded in 1996, released 5 albums between 2000 and 2008. After that, the band members Daniel Bellqvist (lead singer), Frederik Zäll (guitars) and Robert Birming (drums) decided to take a break and work on other projects.

In November 2014 Eskobar, now with Daniel and Frederik, came back with a new single called “Untrap Yourself“. The new album “Magnetic” is on its way. The band recently gave a couple of acoustic concerts in Sweden and Denmark, which received very good reviews from the press.

You may have heard the song “Someone new”, with Heather Nova. But there is much more to listen to in their 5 albums. Their music style vary slightly from album to album, but always keeping their pure (indie) pop and very catchy tunes and very interesting lyrics. Here’s a playlist that I put together, start learning the lyrics!

I personally was very happy when I heard the news since I have been following Eskobar since the first album was released, and I haven’t seen them live yet. May, roll on!

* Eskobar will not perform in Milan, Jelling, Ostrava, Sofia, Locarno and the last 3 shows of the tour.

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Roxette may set a new attendance record in Kalmar

Roxette’s first concert in Sweden this year is on 18th July in Kalmar and according to the organizer’s, Nöjet Konsert’s forecast, the gig might be sold out soon. As Östra Småland informs, the attendance record at Fredriksskans stadium was set on 4th September 1949, when 15243 people were there to see a football match between Kalmar FF and Malmö FF.

Gyllene Tider played at the same stadium in 2013 and they almost hit the record with 14946 people in the audience. The organizers expect Roxette to attract around 15000 people, so this way Roxette would hit the number of attendee’s of the GT show.

Talking about Kalmar being soon sold out and seeing that there are 3 gigs of other Swedish artists on the list of Borgholm concerts this summer, but the day after Roxette’s Kalmar show is still free at Borgholm Castle, can’t help dreaming about an extra show being added to the already impressive list of European tour stops. In case you haven’t voted yet, you can still do it in THIS article from last December. Just for fun. ;) Dream on!

If you don’t have your ticket for the Kalmar concert yet, HERE you can buy it.

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Roxette photo contest by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce NL

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands organized a photo contest on Instagram. Their Junior Chamber Club has 2 tickets for Roxette’s Amsterdam concert (27th May) to give away. The contest seems to be open for anyone in the world, so you don’t necessarily have to be a Dutch citizen to enter.

All you have to do is to follow @sccnl on Instagram and upload a true Roxette-fan-picture with the hashtag #JCCcompetition before 1st May. The 2 most creative pictures will be picked and their owners will win a ticket each. Do not forget to tag @sccnl, so they won’t miss your contribution!

Amsterdam was a magical place in 2009 (IMHBL; TL) and Roxette definitely did magic there in 2012, too (Silver Blue; HDYD / Dangerous). Wanna see how the 2015 Amsterdam gig will be? Enter the contest! Good luck!

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In case you don’t win, you can still buy your ticket for the show HERE.

 

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Helena Josefsson’s new album to be released in October

helenaHelena Josefsson visited SR P4 Göteborg today and revealed during the interview (click below) that she has been recording a jazz album with the trio Kontur. The album will be out in October 2015, but you can already listen to the first single out of the album, “Time After Time”,  a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s song. The track is available on iTunes, or Spotify, among other digital music providers.

Besides explaining about the album, she performed the songs “Happiness” and “Det vi saknar nu” live in the studio.

Helena performed “Time After Time” with Kontur back in October. The performance of “Ordinary World” and “Det vi saknar nu” are also available on YT.

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25th anniversary It Must Have Been Love single on Spotify

As we already informed you about it, a 25th anniversary It Must Have Been Love 10″ single in red vinyl will be released soon. The physical release date is 6th May, but today, on the 25th anniversary of Pretty Woman’s movie premiere the single is made available on Spotify. Click HERE to have a listen!

Check Bengans, Ginza and CDON for the limited edition vinyl!

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PLECtionary update – the latest Gessle picks AIR HAIR!

The last time the PLECtionary got updated was eXXXactly 3 months ago today. Let’s celebrate it with adding some more picks to it!

Since the 2014 picks weren’t really used (check in the PLECtionary, why), it was evident Per needed new plectrums for the New Zealand – Australia leg of the tour. He shared a photo of his new guitar picks one day before the Auckland show. We could all agree on these were fitting NZ-Oz quite much and that they are hilarious with the funny texts on them.

Sandra Knospe decided to see the band live in Australia in February and during the concerts she attended she could collect all the latest Per Gessle plecs, as well as one Christoffer pick and one Micke N-S plectrum. After getting back home, she found the time to take the pics of all the beauties and tell the trivia she knows about them, so 8 plectrums are added this time to her already stunning collection. Check out the PLECtionary and look for the guitar picks No. 92-99!

There are plenty of the picks produced for NZ-Oz, so maybe there are enough left for at least the European leg of the tour. The designs are fitting Australia more, but of course we’re happy to catch them in Europe, too. ;) (Update on 28th March: Per says there will be new picks for Europe.) 7 weeks left until the tour goes on! Woohoo!

Huge thanx for the updates, Sandra! We’re eXXXtremely happy that your collection is growing and growing!

 

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Photo by Sandra Knospe

 

Per is talking about the plecs and more in this interview.

If you are interested in reading some more about Sandra’s collection, check out the interview with her.

 

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Roxette on German TVs

When Per was in Berlin, he got interviewed by the press, also by German TVs. The RTL stuff was rather a joke with a less than 1-minute-long coverage, even misspelling Per’s name, but Das Erste did it oh so right. You can watch 2 videos online, 6 minutes altogether. You can choose if you want to watch it with Per’s original voice in English or the one with German overdubbing. Among other things, Per talks about the last 30 years, if it was better in the ’80s than now, The Look, their brother and sister relationship with Marie and Marie’s illness, as well as how Marie is doing now and that he thinks it’s the leg thing what bothers Marie the most these days. Ms Effe was doing photo sessions in Stockholm for her upcoming book while Per was in Berlin. He also tells Party Crasher would have probably been a Roxette album if he knew Marie would come back. To the question if he sings along when he hears a Roxette song on the radio he said he just turns up the volume to hear how it sounds in the car, but doesn’t sing along.

This was a lovely interview with him with great questions and even more interesting answers. Check it by clicking HERE. It’s really worth watching! There was a report broadcast on TV /Das Erste/ (different vs. what you can find in the mediathek). Check this one, too.

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Screenshot is from the Das Erste interview

Thanx to all the German Roxers who kept an eye on their TV sets!

 

Update on 20th March: There is one more video interview with Per at Süddeutsche.de. Overdubbed, but still lovely. Watch it by clicking HERE.

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Screenshot is from the Süddeutsche.de interview

 

Vox.de shows the RTL report with correct spelling of Per’s name and in a slightly longer version.

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Australia is missing Roxette

Live Nation Australia & New Zealand shared Roxette’s setlist on RDIO to let anyone relive the Australian shows. As they say:

Roxette have only just left our shores but fans are still singing their hits!

February saw the triumphant return of Swedish superstars Roxette, celebrating their 30th anniversary. From wineries to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt every show was the ultimate sing-a-long.

You can stream the entire setlist on RDIO to keep the dream alive.

The setlist was a bit different at almost each Oz show, mainly because of leaving out a song or two, or changing the order of the tracks, but all in all, it’s still a nice idea from Live Nation to keep the Roxxxpirit up in Oz. Enjoy listening to it by clicking HERE.

 

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Pic by Live Nation Australia & New Zealand

 

 

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Biography about Marie Fredriksson out in autumn

As Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter wrote today, IMG_01762a biography about Marie Fredriksson will be published in autumn by Piratförlaget.

The initiative for the (auto)biography came from Marie Fredriksson herself and Helena von Zweigbergk, the author of the book, has been visiting Marie at her place for the past one and a half years to talk about her life. “She really wants to tell things in a very touching way. About her childhood, which was not always easy, about her illness and how she managed to come back so strong”, tells Helena von Zweigbergk to DN. “I think she is one of Sweden’s greatest singers. She speaks to you when she sings. It’s one of her special skills, to bring forward an emotional story in her music.”

Helena attended some concerts of Marie’s solo tour last year and talked to some fans about Marie, and followed Roxette to Australia during the 30th Anniversary tour.

It will surely be one of the highlights of the year!

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25th anniversary release of It Must Have Been Love

As Per informed some days ago on Roxette’s Facebook page, a 25th anniversary It Must Have Been Love 10″ single in red vinyl will be released soon. The release date is set to 6th May! The anniversary sleeve is also shared at the record stores’ websites. Bengans, Ginza and CDON have already listed the limited edition item.

Track list:

A1           It Must Have Been Love

B1           It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Hearted)

B2           It Must Have Been Love L.A. Version (1992)

As Bengans informs, track 2 on the B-side is an edited studio version of the track originally on the Tourism record, previously not released.

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Thanx for the links, Daniel Kühn.

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Roxette’s official videos disappearing again?

Almost a year ago there was an issue with Roxette’s official videos disappearing for a while from YouTube. Only 6 big hits were kept online that time. It was a consequence of the EMI – Warner Music merge and back then it seemed no one was really prepared for the fact that emimusic channel on YouTube might not work after EMI is not existing anymore. The issue got solved in about 2 months and the missing videos were set back on YouTube at the same channel.

Roxette_videos_emimusic_YTNow it happened again. Some official videos, e.g. Listen To Your Heart, It Must Have Been Love, Joyride, Dangerous are set to private on emimusic channel. The last time Per shared IMHBL (March 4th) and LTYH (5th March) on Roxette’s Facebook page, the videos were still available. Will they be back with their millionaire view counts?

Other artists are facing the same issue, so it’s again not something uniquely related to Roxette, but still it’s quite annoying.

In the meantime, Warner Music Sweden is uploading many videos from the past. As per what we, Roxers are mostly interested in among them are mainly Marie Fredriksson videos, as well as a few Per Gessle vids. It’s lovely to see all those gems, but also funny to see Marie’s Tro got a new, interesting title from Warner, Sweetwater. Whatever it is and wherever it is coming from. ;) They will surely correct it soon.

Roxette’s VEVO channel is still existing and many videos are still available at emimusic channel, but it would be great to get back all the other videos, too. Fingers crossed for it being solved this time for a longer period (forever maybe?) than just for another year.

 

Update on 21st March: When Roxette’s official YouTube channel was announced yesterday, the official videos were set back to public. Yay!

 

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Per Gessle in the Autoropa Racing Days video

You might remember Per sharing pictures of himself at a Racing Day at Ring Knutstorp, Sweden last September (pic 1, pic 2). Mr G mentioned back then:

Racing yesterday at Ring Knutstorp. Well, I actually didn’t race. Just a few laps on the track. I’m a coward.

So, the car was driven by someone else on the track and we were also joking a lot about him wearing that helmet or not in the end. I bet many would have been happy to be there and check Per’s LALALA LaFerrari from the inside. It seems some were lucky enough to sit in it for a little time.

Besides providing the visitors with the possibility to see tons of posh cars, there was a charity race for Childhood Cancer Foundation and 300000 SEK was collected for them. On a side note, Hugh Grant was also present and he was racing.

6 months after the event, Autoropa, the organizer of the racing days shared a short VIDEO summary of what happened at Ring Knutstorp that September day. They talked to Per, so he also appears in the video. Check him at 0:36 and 4:40. As you can see, the mystery is solved. Mr G did wear that helmet, even if it was maybe only for some seconds or minutes. Per says in the video that Åsa (who was btw driving the LaFerrari to and from Ring Knutstorp) drives a little faster on the roads than Per. Who would have thought? ;)

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Stills are from the Autoropa Racing Days video

 

Photos from the event:

Autoropa FB page (photos)
Autoropa website (photos)
rignellskansljuvahem.blogspot.se (photos)
flickr.com (isakhuynh) photos 1; 2;
Aftonbladet (article and photos)

 

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