Roxette XXX Tour – Hunter Valley, Australia – February 28 – #25

After last night’s ultrasensational gig in Sydney, everyone was wondering what the band prepared for today’s sold out concert. Well, Roxette never disappoint, so the crowd at Bimbadgen Winery in Hunter Valley got a fabulous show tonight.

It was A Day On The Green gig just like the one in Yarra Valley a week ago and so the people walking around the location could see those beauty signs with all the Rox lyrics on them. The concert started again in the sunset, but it soon got dark, so the brilliant stage lighting could be enjoyed much more.

There was a huge crowd and they all got the Saturday night fever already at the beginning of the gig, so they were on their feet to show how they can dance to those magic vibes. While in Yarra Valley the security team first tried to make people sit down, here, in Hunter Valley even the security guys and event staff joined the party and were dancing during The Look. One must love it!

The band didn’t show any signs of missing a day off between 2 concerts. They were putting all their energy into making this last Aussie gig an unforgettable one. And they succeeded. I’m sure even the kangaroos in the vineyard had one hell of a party.

Per’s touching comment after the concert:

A DAY ON THE GREEN in Bimbadgen. Oh Yeah! Couldn’t imagine a better finale to the NZ/OZ XXX Tour!!!! We love it here!!

Thanx everyone for taking care of us, being so kind and showing true affection for this little band from the south of Sweden. We will never forget the singalong heroes and crazy but irresistable dancing aficionados that have rocked our world for a couple of weeks.

This tour will live on. We truly hope we can come back to play for you again. No promises, this band moves in mysterious ways. But we’d love to come back, you know that!!

Now it’s back to Europe for us, the studio is waiting. And Pelle’s personal trainer. And Magnus has to find a barber. And the European XXX-tour is that not far away. See y’all in the summer starting in May! Love from P&M&C&C&M&P&D

 

Now comes a bit more than 2 months break and the next gig, the first one of the next tour leg is on 10th May in Milan, Italy! Promising start with a sold out show! Europe is looking very much forward to having Roxette back! Don’t forget that in April we get a new Roxette single off a new Roxette album that is planned to be released at the end of October, so the tour break won’t be so boring. Woohoo!

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13;
Facebook: 1;

Renowned for Sound (review + photos)
A Day On The Green (photos)
Tim Bradshaw Photography (photos)

 

Videos

Listen To Your Heart
The Look (with a koala on Per’s head at the end)

Instavideos / FB videos:
Sleeping In My Car
The Look (Chris playing the guitar on his knees in front of Marie)
How Do You Do!
The Look

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Hunter_Valley

Pic by Alex Doenau

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

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Roxette XXX Tour – Sydney, Australia (Qantas Credit Union Arena) – February 27 – #24

When was the last time we wrote the actual gig was the best so far? Couldn’t have been too long ago, but this cliché has to be used again. After the Sydney Opera House gig, which was already a highlight during this leg of the tour, Roxette was able to provide thousands of people in the same city with an out-of-the-world experience tonight at Qantas Credit Union Arena. And you know they really did when die hard Roxers compare the concert to top South American ones and also when your Aussie Roxer friend calls you in Europe on your mobile just to let you know the gig was un-focken-believably awesome. Then you just feel you s.h.o.u.l.d.h.a.v.e.b.e.e.n.t.h.e.r.e.

Was it the effect of attending a fantastic Foo Fighters show yesterday (Per & Co., many Roxers and even more Sydney people attended that gig) or just being in a hyperactive mood today? Doesn’t really matter. The band was absolutely on fire! Marie rocked big time, acting a lot with the audience, being so powerful and her voice was in top top top shape. The crowd could see a hot hot hot Per who was bouncing around more than ever, jumping a lot in his own choreography, conducting all sing-along parts energetically. Mister Magnus showed he is a much better dancer than Michael Flatley and Christoffer’s Waltzing Matilda drove the whole arena crazy. Dea put all her energy into animating the crowd and her backing vocals sounded marvellous. Pelle was hitting the drums harder than usual and Clarence did magic on the keyboards. All roxtars on stage!

What about the crowd? They were the loudest, most clapping-jumping-dancing party people on this leg of the tour, constantly proving proudly they knew all the lyrics by heart. This was definitely a very important factor that made the band so damn good tonight. So much adrenaline and goosebumps all around!

The setlist got its 18-track length back and with The Look at the end, having a high pulse, it was the hardest thing to say goodbye to Roxette and leave the arena.

Per’s comment after the show:

SYDNEY #2 UPDATE: Wow wow wow! Whatasplendidevening!
We had a blast and it felt and looked like you did too!!! Overwhelming appreciation is what I feel right now. Wonderful farewell show in Sydney! LOVE TO COME BACK! ANYDAY!!! Newcastle tomorrow!! Then it’s bye-bye! /P.

Can Roxette do an at least as magical concert tomorrow as they did today? Next gig is on Saturday (28th February) at Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley (A Day on the Green). That’s gonna be the last one in Oz. For a while.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18;
Twitter: 1; 2;

Troy Constable Photography (fab shots)
Qantas Credit Union Arena (photos)

 

Videos

How Do You Do!
Christoffer playing Waltzing Matilda
Joyride
The Look

Instavideos:
Sleeping In My Car: 1; 2;
The Big L.
It Must Have Been Love: 1; 2;
How Do You Do!
Fading Like A Flower
The Heart Shaped Sea
Dangerous
Dressed For Success
Joyride: 1; 2; 3; 4;
Almost Unreal
Listen To Your Heart
The Look: 1; 2;

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Sydney_QCUA

Pic by M Kairouz

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Almost Unreal
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

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Roxette XXX Tour – Sydney, Australia (On The Steps at the Sydney Opera House) – February 25 – #23

When this once-in-a-lifetime show was announced in December last year, all Roxers felt very proud of Roxette. I mean how cool is that that they perform at the Sydney Opera House! OK, the gang didn’t play inside the building, but still, what an honour to have the chance to do a concert at the forecourt of such an iconic venue. Per thought so, too: “To play this show on the steps of the Sydney Opera House is an absolute honour and is sure to be a major highlight of the tour!”

It was raining cats and dogs during the day, but fortunately, it stopped by the time Roxette got on stage. Everyone was impressed by the view all around, both the crowd and the band. From the stage the Sydney Opera House and the beautiful audience on the steps could be seen and people who went to party with Roxette got to see a very cool stage set in front of them, as well as huge screens. The only thing I didn’t really understand why the screens showed all what happened on the colorful stage in black and white. Never mind. The stage background was different versus what we saw so far on this tour leg, but the lighting design was the very same.

The place looked so fantastic that Per even joked with the crowd they (the band) wouldn’t mind if the crowd turned their backs towards them to watch the beautiful view. Actually, the view was so stunning Per and Mister Magnus couldn’t help taking a selfie in the middle of the stage with the Opera House in the background. It was before they started to play Crush On You, when they usually have their conversation about Magnus’s fave Rox album. They didn’t give that discussion a miss this time either.

The acoustics of the site were quite good, so not only the band, but the crowd sounded awesome, too.

Regarding the setlist, it seems the more steps are involved, the shorter the setlist gets. The Heart Shaped Sea and Almost Unreal were left out, so the band charmed the audience with only 16 songs.

Per after the show:

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE UPDATE: Wow, what a gig! The most beautiful setting ever? Could be! Great show tonite, super crowd and no rain!!!! Who can ask for more? Thanx for showing up, all you beautiful people!
See you Friday at the Quantas Credit Union Arena. Prepare to kick ass! /P.

Can you believe that only 2 shows are left on this leg of the tour? Next gig is on Friday (27th February) at Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24;

gettyimages.com (photos)
thedailytelegraph.com.au (review)
amnplify.com.au (photos)
dailymail.co.uk (review with photos)
theaureview.com (photos)
smh.com.au (review)
maytherockbewithyou.com (review; photos)
Troy Constable Photography (beautiful photos)

 

Videos

Spending My Time
It Must Have Been Love
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
Crush On You
Joyride
Listen To Your Heart

Instavideos:
Per’s ”Good evening, Sydney!”
Spending My Time: 1; 2;
It Must Have Been Love: 1; 2;
How Do You Do!
Fading Like A Flower
Christoffer’s Waltzing Matilda performance
Joyride: 1; 2;
Listen To Your Heart: 1; 2;
The Look: 1; 2; 3;
The Look from a far-away balcony

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Sydney_OTS_at_the_SOH

Pic by Kasey Trombley

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

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Roxette XXX Tour – Wollongong, Australia – February 23 – #22

The seventh show of this leg of the tour happened in Wollongong, not too far away from Sydney. The crowd there was not the most animated of all, but they still enjoyed the gig, just not as loudly and actively as other Aussie audiences. At least during the first half of the concert. They didn’t feel like getting up from their seats until they heard the real greatest hits. One can judge Per / Roxette for doing greatest hits shows instead of playing e.g. one album per concert, but it’s really those evergreens that make the wider audience sing along louder and make some moves. Marie, Per and the band put full energy into their performance and for the second half of the concert they succeeded in getting most Wollongong people on their feet. From then on, big part of the audience were shaking their booties till the last guitar string sound in The Look. Hopefully, Mister Magnus is doing fine after he fell over at the end. There he laughed, so surely there are no issues.

After having a rest for one show, The Heart Shaped Sea was performed again, so the setlist was the same as in Melbourne.

Per after the concert:

WOLLONGONG YEA! Superb gig tonite, especially the second half which became “a splendid time guaranteed for all”! A few mistakes musically on my behalf (and I guess the keyboard-player had OD’d on green tea or something during The Big L…).
Outstanding crowd. Thanx all of you for stopping by and sharing these beautiful moments with us. See y’all next time! /P.

Next gig is on Wednesday (25th February) in Sydney. That’s gonna be a special show, On the Steps at the Sydney Opera House.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5;

 

Videos

Instavideos:
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success: 1; 2;
The Look: 1; 2;

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Wollongong

Pic by Celestte Williams

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Almost Unreal
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

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Roxette XXX Tour – Yarra Valley, Australia – February 21 – #21

As we already wrote about it, tonight’s concert was sold out in the Yarra Valley. Approximately 11,000 people went to see Roxette at Rochford Wines. Those walking around the place could bump into Roxette lyrics everywhere, since the organizers of A Day On The Green put signs including the lyrics to several spots (1; 2; 3; 4). The DJ playing Sommartider before the show was a real surprise both for the die hard fans and for the band & crew. The song didn’t have much effect on the rest of the Australian audience though.

The whole scenery was quite picturesque. Roxette started playing in the sunset. The weather was hot, more than 40 degrees, so no surprise Per posted the question ”First time in shorts on stage???” before the concert. You guessed it, he was too coward to wear shorts during the performance, but at least he left the glam rock jacket backstage. He could have joined Marie in white though. This was their first open-air concert since long and on this tour leg this was the first one with screens on the sides, so that everyone in that huge area could clearly see what was happening on stage.

What was happening on stage? Magic! Yeah, again. Marie was sitting this time, too and she was – as expected – on a high and Per was bouncing around as usual. The band helped the crowd feel the weather even hotter than it already was. Actually, the security guys wanted to make the audience sit, but you can’t help jumping up from your seat when you hear those Rox tunes. You just can’t. So the security team gave up and let the crowd party.

The setlist tonight had even more of a festival length. Compared to the past 3 concerts they now left out The Heart Shaped Sea, so in the end it was 17 songs performed.

PG after the show:

A DAY ON THE GREEN UPDATE: Truly magnificent evening. Thanx everyone for making this such a memorable night. We had a blast in spite of the crickets trying to kill us!!!
Day off tomorrow, flying to Sydney! Vids coming up eventually, dears! /P.

Next gig is on Monday (23rd February) in Wollongong, Australia.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11;

Rochford Wines – Yarra Valley (photos)
A Day On The Green – LUSH Images (photos)
festivalsofaustralia.com (photos)

 

Videos

It Must Have Been Love

Instavideos:
Joyride
The Look

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Yarra_Valley

Pic by Scott Jenkins

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Almost Unreal
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

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Roxette XXX Tour – Melbourne, Australia – February 20 – #20

Some hours before showtime Per promised ”hitting Melbourne hard tonite”. And they did! Most Roxers who attended several gigs during the New Zealand – Australia leg of the tour said this concert was the best so far. We hear it quite often when it comes to Roxette, don’t we? Even those who saw them at the same venue almost exactly 3 years ago said tonight was something more special. I tend to believe them.

Marie again decided to be sitting during the whole show, so one could be very sure about the fact that her singing would be extra sensational. She sings her heart & soul out gig by gig. Per and the band were also full of energy and rocked the stage, acting a lot, paying a lot of attention to Marie. The crowd loved every minute and showed how to party, standing and dancing from the very beginning instead of sitting in their seats. They also knew the lyrics well enough to sing along each and every song.

Many in the crowd mentioned this is how a band should sound live and Roxette should teach other groups how to do it right. It’s oh so true!

There was no change in the setlist vs. the last 2 concerts.

Per & Marie & Co. about the outstanding concert:

MELBOURNE GIG SUMMARY. We had an unforgettable evening tonite. Thanx for showing up all you 9000 Roxers. i know you had a good time judging by your faces + the noise you made singing!!!! Truly fantastic. What a lovely Friday! Lots of love from P&M&Co.

Next gig is on Saturday (21st February) in Yarra Valley (A Day on the Green), Australia. A big part of tonight’s Rod Laver Arena party Roxers will probably show up also at Rochford Wines to see the band again.

During the concert, the number of InstaRoxers became 1000. In case you are not following Roxette on Instagram yet, click here to reach their account that was created only a week ago or look for @realroxette on insta.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;

Carbie Warbie (photos); more photos from CW
amnplify.com.au (photos)
theage.com.au (review)
rockclub40.ning.com (review + beautiful photos)
amnplify.com.au (review)
thedwarf.com.au (review + 60 beauty shots)
stkildanews.com (review with 1 photo)

 

Videos

Sleeping In My Car
Spending My Time

Instavideos:
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
Joyride
The Look
Marie & Per waving goodbye

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Melbourne

Pic by 39helene

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Almost Unreal
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

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Roxette XXX Tour – Adelaide, Australia – February 17 – #19

The third Australian concert happened in Adelaide tonight. Fortunately, it was the same day as One Direction’s Adelaide gig, so there was no chance for the band to attend yet another 1D show and thousands of Aussies could show they have a great taste in music, so they chose and went to see Roxette. The concert turned out to be a blast. The band could have the whole crowd on their feet and the audience was singing along and dancing through the night, enjoying hearing their most fave Rox hits.

This time Marie decided to be sitting from the very beginning of the concert, so she could concentrate more on her singing, which of course, blew the whole crowd away and the audience felt very proud of her. Marie was smiling all the time and showed how she enjoyed the whole thing. Per was on a high and the band joined him with the same mood. Some said they have never seen such an animated crowd in Adelaide, so they certainly did a great job.

One couldn’t keep up with all the fab short clips Per posted after the concert ended. He spent appr. 2 hours with sharing many-many videos Åsa recorded at the show. Check out Roxette’s Facebook page to watch them!

The setlist was the same as in Perth, so sadly, Perfect Day, 7Twenty7 and Queen Of Rain are not yet back.

Per’s comment after the gig:

ADELAIDE: Yes and wow! What a gig! Superb crowd and a very motivated band. Can’t go wrong with that hit bonanza the last 45 minutes!!!! Thanx for coming, we felt unstoppable tonight. See y’all in Melbourne. /P.

Next gig is on Friday (20th February) in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6;

mix1023.com.au (photos)
glamadelaide.com.au (review)

 

Videos

The Look (with the end of the concert including the bow)

Instavideos:

The Look
Fading Like A Flower
It Must Have Been Love
Spending My Time
The Big L.

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Adelaide

Screenshot is from this video.

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Almost Unreal
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

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“Some other dude” goes viral

It definitely wasn’t intended to end like this, but some person who visited the Roxette show in Perth made an expression written in an angry posting go viral. Disappointed by Marie, writing that she shouldn’t be on stage when she’s not well and not leave “some other dude” singing.

It didn’t take long and the post – or to be more specific that “other dude” went viral. While we have no intention to embarrass the visitor more than it already happened, this “some other dude” joke is too funny to not share.

In the meantime, the post has been deleted, but the “some other dude” memes make their way through the social networks.
The Daily Roxette joined in with this one:

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Earlier, some fans already had great ideas how to use Per’s name. The following photos are courtesy of Alexandra N., Basia K., Ricardo A. H., Marie D. and “some other dudes”.

 

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Official Roxette profile on Instagram

If you are a Roxer and enjoy everything what all the social media platforms bring you related to our beloved band, you can’t miss following Roxette’s official Instagram profile. Their account is @realroxette and went live on 13th February with sharing the It Must Have Been Love single sleeve with this text and hashtag: ”Finally! We have an Instagram. Remember this? #ItMustHaveBeenLove”.

The second pic has been posted today. We could see a lovely shot on Roxette’s Facebook page from before the show, from the band’s dressing room in Perth, but you’ll see a different angle on Instagram. With love from Perth. So far, the #ItMustHaveBeenLove hashtag seems to be very popular, however, for collecting more followers adding the hashtag #Roxette would be quite helpful.

How active this account will be we don’t know. If it is also run by our favourite oPERator, we don’t know either, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s him handling that profile, the social media guru he is. Either way, start following them there, too if you already have an Instagram account. If you don’t own a profile yet, maybe it’s time to create one.

 

Roxette_on_Instagram

Pic from Roxette’s Instagram

 

 

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Roxette XXX Tour – Perth, Australia – February 14 – #18

Many thought it was a good idea to go and see Roxette on 14th Feb, so Perth Arena was quite packed. The band proved it was the best way the crowd could spend their Valentine’s Day. Marie changed the tiger pattern jacket she was wearing in Brisbane for a white jacket and she had a pair of very hot pants on. Even if it seemed to be a bad leg day for her (she was sitting during 2/3 of the show), her performance was still so powerful and one could realize again she’s such an inspiration. The band made the whole audience jump up from their seats and dance, as well as sing along loudly.

There were changes in the setlist. Fading Like A Flower just had to be back, since it has always been a huge hit in Australia. Almost Unreal stayed on the setlist though and came as the first extra song. Perfect Day was sadly left out and Watercolours In The Rain / Paint was performed at its place instead. 7Twenty7 wasn’t played.

Per shared their view on the show right after it had ended:

PERTH! Yes. Wonderful gig in wonderful Perth. Thanx everyone for singing along and showing some serious boogie-moves this hot Saturday! See you next time, dears!!!! Cheers from P&M&Co

Next gig is on Tuesday (17th February) in Adelaide, Australia.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9;

Colosoul (photos by Henry Whitehead Imaging)
watoday.com.au (review)
amnplify.com.au (review)
justincawthorne.com (review)

 

Videos

Spending My Time
It Must Have Been Love, Dressed For Success, Dangerous
Joyride, Almost Unreal, Listen To Your Heart
It Must Have Been Love: 1; 2
How Do You Do!
Dressed For Success
Crush On You, She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio): 1; 2
Joyride: 1; 2
The Look
Listen To Your Heart

Instavideos:
The Look: 1; 2
Fading Like A Flower

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Perth

Pic by Kimchichick

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Almost Unreal
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

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Yet another Roxette gig is sold out!

So far it was Feb 28 – Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley, Australia (A Day on the Green) /sold out shortly after tickets went on sale/, May 10 – Milan, Teatro Arcimboldi, Italy and June 13 – Trondheim, Sverresborg, Norway being sold out, but today it has been announced that Feb 21 – Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, Australia (A Day on the Green) is also sold out. Actually, all general admission and reserved seats are sold out, the only tickets remaining are a limited number of Rochford Wines packages. These are available from Rochford Wines on (03) 5962 2119. At Yarra Valley this way there will be more than 10,000 fans to enjoy the XXX show. Woohoo!

Which gig is next to be sold out? Check the list of dates and get your tickets!

 

Roxette_Yarra_sold_out

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Have a “Gessle inspired weekend”

Any plans for March? Particulary, March 13 and 14? No? Then you could go and book a “Gessle inspired weekend” at Per’s Hotel Tylösand in Halmstad. Everybody who books a “Spa & Entertainment package” will get a special treat with a wine tasting of exclusive Gessle wines as well as do a tour around the hotel’s unique pop history landmarks – as is stated on the homepage of the hotel.

This is the complete program as listed on the site:

PROGRAM

WINE TASTING – Friday and Saturday 17.30 PM
The Per Gessle Selection is the brand for the series of wines that the Swedish super star and wine aficionado Per Gessle has launched with the help of some of the world’s most prominent wine makers. In this series there are champagne as well as red, white and non-alcoholic wines, and we will be served a selection of these during the tasting session.

THE POP TOUR – Friday and Saturday
On both Friday and Saturday there will also be a guided tour of selected pop history items on display at the hotel, led by music writer and Per Gessle biographer Sven Lindström, who guides us around Leif’s Lounge with its exhibition of unique Roxette and Gyllene Tider material from Gessle’s long music career.
Sven Lindström has written the authorised biography ”Att vara Per Gessle” as well as chronicling Roxette’s career and sensational comeback. Together with Per, he also hosts the weekly show Nordic Rox, presenting the best music from the Northern countries on Sirius XM satellite radio.

BOOK NOW!
Availability is limited, so book now for a weekend in March with a little bit more of everything.

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Roxette XXX Tour – Brisbane, Australia – February 10 – #17

Per posted after the gig:

BRISBANE UPDATE: Yea! Great crowd + band set in party mode = can’t go wrong! First show on the Oz tour is history. Thanx everyone for showing up. See y’all soon again. Now we move to Perth for a while. Badabam again on Saturday! Cheers, P.

 

Articles and photos

Twitter: 1, Instagram: 1, 2, 3

brisbanetimes.com.au (review)
auspop.com.au (review)
amnplify.com.au (photos)
Katherine O’Malley photos

 

Videos

Crush On You

Instavideos:
Joyride
Dressed for success
It must have been love
Crash!Boom!Bang!

 

Setlist

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Perfect Day
Almost Unreal
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

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Got tickets for a Roxette concert? Read carefully..

It’s crazy – at least for a fan like I am – how there are still people on this planet who don’t know about the illness Marie Fredriksson (lead singer/Roxette) suffered from, just recently I experienced that on Twitter, during the Auckland show. Yes, she had a brain tumour. And yes, she is healthy again. She had to fight a lot for several years, but she made it and she did even though she only had a 5% chance to survive. And now she feels good enough to perform again. Roxette just kicked off their second world tour since 2011. And no, her condition isn’t serious. So in case you got tickets for a Roxette show for the upcoming world tour, please take some advices:

bild-179-e14234933342681.) Don’t wonder about Marie not walking, dancing and jumping around the stage – she simply can’t. She suffers from long term effects which include problems with her right leg (yes, it might be that she struggles with it and touches it all the time), she can’t see properly on her right eye and has problems hearing with her right ear. She has problems walking due to the effects the tumour had on her body.

2.) In case Marie sings wrong lyrics or none at all – don’t worry. It’s only a line or two, she’s back faster than you can think about the correct lyrics yourself. Just let her sing what she wants to. She’s a survivor, a hero, true inspiration for everyone who is seriously ill.

3.) Don’t say that she shouldn’t be on stage in a condition “like that”. She is healthy, really. She is totally fine and all she ever wanted to do and wants to and probably always will want to do is being on stage, perform, sing for and with her fans, enjoy the audience’s response and be what she is: a performer. You have no right to say that she should stay at home, because being on stage is what makes her happy. You can clearly see that in her eyes.

4.) Don’t tell your friends that she looks much older than she is. She’s through a lot lot lot and you wouldn’t look much better if you had survived a 5% survival chance illness. You know – she had to learn reading, counting and TALKING again – not to mention singing. Just show some respect.

How you show her respect?

– Put away your smartphone, don’t wonder about her, don’t worry about her, just ENJOY the show, SING ALONG with her and most of all: show her that you are there for her, your full support and affection.

– Sing as loud as you can, shout her name and make the people around you do the same. Simple as that!

If you can’t, there is another option: If you only have negative things to say, say nothing at all.

Photo: Kirsten Ohlwein

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Roxette XXX Tour – Auckland, New Zealand – February 7 – #16

When the news started spreading in May 2014 that Roxette would tour Australia and New Zealand, all Kiwi fans must have been over the moon. They have been waiting for long since the last time Rox would have performed there in February 2012. Per fell ill on his flight from Stockholm and they had to cancel the show. Earlier, Roxette visited New Zealand for a promotional visit at the end of the 80’s, but never performed there. Roxette kept their promise to come back and Per now luckily avoided eating strange stuff on board or maybe it was his airline PJs that kept him healthy this time.

Before the show, fans could check the merch stand as usual. Besides the new XXX water bottle you’ll find an XXX baseball cap and the Tour Program as new stuff. The tour program looks extremely hot with fab pics inside. The scarf they have now looks like it’s made of a different type of textile than what we could get in 2014.

Before the gig, the audience could see a sign that said: ”Tonight’s concert (and possibly audience) is being filmed at the request of the artist. Enjoy the show!” Maybe it’s for a new project or just to see how the new stage design works with the audience or any other reason. I hope we’ll get to know it one day and most importantly, see at least a part of that recording.

Vector Arena was fully packed, everyone was sitting impatiently while waiting for Roxette. There was a support act, Ekko Park starting at 7.30 pm. Roxette was set to hit the stage at 8.30 pm, but they entered with appr. 20 minutes delay. During the support act and the beginning of the show the background elements of the new stage design were still “rolled up”, but already during the first song the audience got to see the new stuff in action. There were cool lighting effects and lyrics appeared on the background every now and then, as well as the band’s name. It was quite colorful and looked stylish and fresh. Stunning like Pelle’s beard, to quote PG. ;)

We thought New Zealand can be warm enough for Per to leave his glam rock jacket behind, but he kept it for the first 3 songs. Marie kept the tradition of being barefoot. Both of them and the band were in great mood and they were very energetic. There were some light mistakes here and there in the lyrics, but who cares when you get the crowd on their feet and make them sing along and stand until the end of the show. Marie was sitting during 2 ballads, The Heart Shaped Sea and Perfect Day, but then she got up again and rocked on. The crowd went nuts at many songs and Roxette was bringing down the house in Auckland.

To many Roxers’ big surprise, there were fab changes in the setlist. However, one can miss Real Sugar and Fading Like A Flower, 3 of the songs that many fans wished for appeared on the setlist. First of all, Crush On You! Sounded awesome live again after so many years! You can check it in this video. Then Almost Unreal was performed as well. These 2 songs were already cool additions, but they kept something more for the extras. From Watercolours In The Rain when it’s only Marie and Dea on stage there was a transition into Paint. What a wonderful version it was! Even if it wasn’t the complete song, it’s just amazing they added it. Check it out here! Awesomeness is the word! We know it’s not too easy to have a new setlist too often, so it’s much appreciated that there are these extra marvellous changes. So huge thanks for listening to what hardcore Roxers asked or voted for on the XXX Tour poll (already 4 songs out of the top 10 or album top 3 have been played since we run the poll, including Real Sugar!)

Per got a new set of guitar picks for the New Zealand – Australia leg of the tour. And he used them, making many in the crowd happy to catch them. The phrases “THROW THIS AT CHRIS” and “WHERE AIR PER? / PER AIR HAIR!” are simply hilarious.

Per & Co after the show:

AUCKLAND UPDATE: Yeah! Super gig tonite in front of around 6000 wonderful NZ ppl!!! First time for us here, we felt very welcome!!! Thanks all of you who attended the show. New stage production (which made us all slightly nervous from time to time), a couple of new tracks in the set list and and brand new hardcore guitar pix couldn’t stop this Saturday from being a winner!! Vids to follow tomorrow when I’m awake. Cheers everyone… Love from P&Co

Next gig is on Tuesday (10th February) in Brisbane, Australia.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

13thfloor.co.nz (review and photos)
musicnation.co.nz (photos)
libel.co.nz (review and photos)
livenation.com.au (photos)
thebreeze.co.nz (photos)

 

Videos

Crush On You
Paint
The Look; another The Look vid
Listen To Your Heart
It Must Have Been Love (part)
Almost Unreal

PG interview via phone on TV4 (in Swedish)

Instavideos:
How Do You Do! (with lyrics appearing)
Almost Unreal

 

Setlist

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Perfect Day
Almost Unreal
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

 

 

Thanx a lot for your cooperation, Celestte Williams and Alexis Schettler! Huge thanx for the extra videos, Celestte!

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