26th anniversary of Look Sharp Live – Roxette in Borgholm? – VOTE!

No, the anniversary is not today. It’s next year. Why do I come up with this topic then? Probably, because several new dates have been added to the already impressive list of XXX tour dates during the past 2 weeks. Still no South or North American, Asian or African dates are known, but surely there will be some concerts added also in those parts of the world, when everything is arranged.

Since the European tour leg was announced and I saw the Swedish dates, I can’t get one thought out of my head. And I guess I’m not alone with that thought. The cities are:

18 July – Kalmar
22 July – Halmstad
24 July – Gothenburg
25 July – Stockholm

There are some days off between Kalmar and Halmstad which could be spent with something else than just sightseeing in Sweden. Kalmar actually lies very close to an extremely important place not only in the Swedish Royal Family’s life, but in Roxette’s history. Borgholm is the place I’m talking about.

Roxette performed at Borgholm Castle already in 1987 on the Badrock tour, but more importantly, the place is known for most of the Roxers because of Look Sharp Live (recorded on 25th-26th July 1989, released on VHS on 1st October 1989) and for the rest of the people on the Globe because of Listen To Your Heart video. Still too funny that the ruins were thought to be built only for the video’s sake.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to drive through Öland Bridge on 19th July, look around on the island and have a fantastic gig at night inside the ruins of Borgholm Castle? Just like 26 years ago. The distance between Kalmar and Borgholm is only 40 km, so it’s easy to get there. 20th-21st July is still enough for everyone to do the usual ”sightseeing” in Halmstad before the show on 22nd July.

So far there is only one concert scheduled for the summer of 2015 inside the ruins (Tomas Ledin, 29th July), so 19th July still seems to be free. The date? Fits! Roxers’ touring agenda? Fits! Marie barefoot? Fits!

How about a poll? Even if you might not be able to attend that gig personally for any reason, you might want to share your opinion and see some videos later. If miracle happens and a concert will be organized there.

Would you like to see Roxette live in Borgholm?

On a side note, hearing Paint live there would be a fab addition, but already a gig itself inside the ruins would simply be an out of the world experience! Wishful thinking it might be, but hope dies last… We want to see Roxette live in Borgholm! The 30th anniversary tour definitely deserves a stop there!

 

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Stills are from Listen To Your Heart video

 

Update on 17th December:

Now we’re informed that a Facebook page was already created by Maria Francovig Valero (Argentina) in 2013 to support Roxette to perform in Borgholm in 2014. Then as the year was passing by, another page was created for demanding Roxette to play there in 2016. You can join those pages if you feel like it. No matter which year, we just need a Roxette concert in Borgholm! 2015 just seems to be a perfect year for that.

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European tour is growing by two new concerts

Roxette in Ostrava 2015Two new concerts have been added to a very busy European schedule for Roxette next year.

Marie and Per will play the very second concert in Czech Republic in Ostrava (Cez Arena) on the 15th of June – the same place they toured in 2011 and  they are also going to visit Bulgaria for the second time ever – they play in the capital city of Sofia (at Armeec Arena) on the 17th of June. Tickets will go on sale on www.ticketpro.cz and www.ticketpro.bg respectively.

Current European schedule is as follows:

Europe:

10/5 – Milan, Teatro Arcimboldi, Italy – tickets
13/5 – Madrid , Palacio Vistalegre, Spain – tickets
14/5 – Barcelona, Sant Jordi Club, Spain – tickets
17/5 – Bucharest, Aranele Romane, Romania
19/5 – Budapest, Budapest Sports Arena, Hungary – tickets
21/5 – Prague, O2 Arena, Czech Republic – tickets
23/5 – Jelling, Jelling Festival, Denmark
26/5 – Paris, Olympia, Paris tickets
27/5 – Amsterdam, HMH, The Netherlands
29/5 – Antwerp, Lotto Arena, Belgium

June 2015
1/6 – Dublin, The O2 Arena, Ireland – tickets
13/6 – Trondheim, Sverresborg, Norway – tickets

15/6 – Ostrava, Cez Arena, Czech Republic
17/6 – Sofia, Armeec Arena, Bulgaria

22/6 – Warsaw, Torwar, Poland – tickets
24/6 – Cologne, Lanxess, Germany – tickets
25/6 – Hamburg, O2 World, Germany – tickets
27/6 – Berlin, O2 World, Germany – tickets
28/6 – Dresden, Elbufer, Germany – tickets
30/6 – Mannheim, SAP Arena, Germany – tickets

July 2015
2/7 – Stuttgart, Porsche Arena, Germany – tickets
3/7 – Bad Kissingen, Luitpold Park, Germany – tickets
5/7 – Mainz, Nordmole, Germany – tickets
7/7 – Munich, Olympiahalle, Germany – tickets
8/7 – Vienna, Stadthalle, Austria – tickets
13/7 – London, O2 Arena, United Kingdom – tickets
18/7 – Kalmar , Fredriksskans, Sweden – tickets
22/7 – Halmstad, Örjans Vall, Sweden – tickets
24/7 – Gothenburg, Slottskogsvallen, Sweden – tickets
25/7 – Stockholm, Sjöhistoriska, Sweden – tickets

August 2015
6 or 7 or 8/8 – Klaksvík, Faroe Islands – tickets

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Per Gessle about Kaj Kindvall

Kaj Kindvall is a Swedish radio host since 1970. He hosted music programs (Tio i toppen, Poporama and Tracks among others) that played an important role in Swedish music history. In 2003 he got a Swedish Grammy, the jury’s honorary award for his work at the radio and spreading pop music.

His last program after working for more than 40 years at Swedish Radio is on 27th December, at 18:30 CET on P4. It will be a summary of the past 40-45 years and besides his colleagues and listeners, artists will also talk about what “Tracks” and Kindvall himself meant to them over the years. Per Gessle will also talk about his thoughts and memories related to Kaj and his programs. The part with Per was probably recorded last Saturday, when he visited the radio’s studio.

So tune in on 27th December to listen to him!

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Concert at Sydney Opera House added to Australian tour

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Photo taken from the Opera House’s website

A new show has been added to the Australian and New Zealand leg of the tour, which starts on February 7th in Auckland.

The show will be held on the iconic venue Sydney Opera House forecourt on February 25th. “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!” says Per Gessle.

In total, Roxette will give 9 concerts in Australia. “We are beyond thrilled to head back to Australia, a stunning country with beautiful fans who have remained some of our most loyal supporters over the last few decades” says Per Gessle. “Marie, the band and I are ready and raring to go with a brand new show full of our hit songs and a few surprises.”

Tickets for this special event will go on sale on December 11th.  Live Nation members can be amongst the first to secure tickets during the pre-sale beginning two days earlier, on December 9th. Prices range between $101.90 and $331.70.

 

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NEW Roxette tour date – Faroese Roxers, get ready!

And we thought it’s strange that Roxette plays in France next year… Now another rare tour date is announced. One in the Faroe Islands! Who would have thought? They will really tour countries and cities they’ve never toured before. Too cool! There is a summer festival in Klaksvík between 6th and 8th August and Roxette is one of the main acts performing there next year. Tickets are already on sale, however, it’s not yet confirmed which day Roxette is there. Most probably, 8th August.

This means the band’s last European gig in 2015 is not going to happen in Stockholm in July, but so far it seems the European tour leg ends in Klaksvík in August. Who knows what else they have in the can? There are still some free days in between the already announced tour dates. Let’s see what happens!

 

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Unplugged tour wanted!

Two days ago Per posted a video of Marie, Christoffer and Dea singing an acoustic version of “Stars” during the warm-up in Turku. The video went totally viral afterwards and has been shared 420 times on Facebook. It popped up several times on every Roxer’s timeline and made people go crazy and remember a wish that most of them have for a long time now: an unplugged tour.

The wishes and high hopes for an acoustic set and arrangement already came up when Roxette announced another world tour earlier this year, starting with the shows in Russia, Finland, Estonia and Lithuania. As we all know, it came differently, instead it’s (another) Greatest Hits tour in all the huge arenas around the globe.

Still, the “Stars” video which is furthermore even lo-fi and a totally unpretentious video of warming up made the hearts melt again. So, here there is our wish again: Give us an unplugged tour or at least some unplugged shows, dear Per and Marie. In case you haven’t seen the video yet (which we doubt!), you can watch it here:

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Turku, Finland – November 29 – #15

Maybe it’s time to widen my top list of concerts. Nah, doesn’t matter. Each concert is different and special for one thing or another and the one tonight was definitely a top gig. The show in Turku was magical and I dare to say: it was the best of the last 4 gigs this year!

The support act, Costello realized it’s better to keep those songs in, which have English lyrics than play only in Finnish. It worked better. What we were surprised at was that they started playing at 19:00. We expected the support act to start a bit later and there were almost no people inside the arena except for the first 4-5 standing rows. People started coming in during Costello’s part, but then again, they went out and occupied their seats only after a while.

Roxette started at 20:00. Marie was in an extremely top shape, smiling during the whole show, dancing a bit, swaying her hips many times and pointing at fans every now and then. At the end of the concert she tried to point at each and every fan in the front row. Per was also amazing tonight. Sounded fab! Besides bouncing around, we could see some hot moves from him. He even ”kicked” Christoffer in the ass. Talking about Christoffer, his intro to Joyride worked much better today than in Helsinki. The crowd was quite reactive.

Marie had some problems with the lyrics of Listen To Your Heart, looked at the crowd and asked for help, but almost before she could ask, we were already singing out loud to help her. The whole arena became one and sounded great. Marie even said a short ”sorry” into the mic while she was singing. Sorry for messing up the lyrics. No need to say sorry. We all loved her! Dea was again very supportive. Whenever she felt / heard that Marie might not remember the lyrics, either she just sang a bit louder or she mimed at Marie what’s next.

During The Heart Shaped Sea there were again some red cardboard hearts in the crowd and the Spanish fans brought their colorful wigs to wear them during Dressed For Success. It was fun. Åsa was filming a lot at this concert, too.

In THIS short video you can see Marie throwing kisses to some front row fans and Per realizing there was nothing else to do on a Saturday night in Turku. Hilarious!

Marie, Per and the whole band were filled with so much energy, I bet they could have played another show. And we would have gladly attended that one, too. A pity that this was the last concert for a while, but we don’t have to wait for so long. Hopefully, everyone will have some relaxing time with their families at home. Christoffer and Clarence will surely have less time for that, since Mr G probably already booked some studio hours and won’t let them rest for so long. Marie, Dea, Per, Chris, Clarence, Pelle and Magnus, thanx for all the great shows in 2014! Have a good rest until the next concert and amaze us all again in February 2015!

Per’s post after the concert:

TURKU UPDATE: Superb ending of the first leg of the XXX Tour! The massive Turku-crowd was outstanding and the band wasn’t too shabby either. Had a wonderful time, Marie in top shape + Magnus in his bartender-look = what else do you need? Films by Åsa tomorrow. Thanx everyone for showing up on the first 15 gigs of the tour, what would we do without you? All the love there is from P&M&Co.

Next gig (first one in 2015) is on 7th February in Auckland, New Zealand, where the new XXX stage design will premiere.

 

 

Articles and photos

ts.fi
mesta.net

 

Videos

Sleeping In My Car
Spending My Time
Real Sugar & She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
Perfect Day
Fading Like A Flower
Fading Like A Flower & How Do You Do!
Watercolours In The Rain
Chris intro to Joyride + Joyride
The Look
Listen To Your Heart
Queen of Rain

 

Setlist

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

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

 

All photos in the article © Patrícia Peres

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Helsinki, Finland – November 28 – #14

In my Tallinn review I wrote that gig made it to my Top3 best Roxette concerts ever. What can I say now? It got easily replaced by Helsinki last night! What a show it was!

The support act, Costello was on home turf and to our biggest surprise, they performed their songs in Finnish tonight. Except one song that they kept in English. We almost learned some of their lyrics and now they changed them to Finnish. OK, no sing-along then.

Roxette was greeted by an international front row this time again. Now some more Roxers joined us, so there were even more countries represented. Per was happy to see the familiar faces, he already mentioned us in his first speech, which you can watch HERE. I was very happy that while we were waiting, a younger girl from Finland joined us. It turned out that she started liking Per Gessle and Roxette after she heard Per’s Mazarin album 4-5 years ago. She was too young for her parents to let her go to any concerts years ago. Today was her first show. I love it that Roxette can still engage new fans.

Before the show everyone was thinking about Marie, if she was fine, if she would be sitting on stage or if not, then was everything fixed for her to be safe on stage or if she decided for standing during the whole show. Apply the latter one. She was standing all night and showed us how strong she is! She acted like she would really want us to see everything is alright with her. She even stood for some moments without holding the mic stand. This time the stand was fixed to the floor indeed. Even BoJo came up on stage and checked it with his own eyes. Marie was singing her heart out and enjoyed it to the full. It was just amazing! Perfect Day got a fab respsonse. Marie was satisfied with the crowd’s reaction and she showed Clarence a thumbs up and Clarence showed thumbs up, too. Some fans brought cardboard hearts with different texts on them and held them up during The Heart Shaped Sea.

The concert was so powerful and sound-wise it was awesome as well. Everyone acted so much during the whole show. Marie was smiling at the crowd all the time, showing some funny facial expessions, swaying her hips; Per and Chris played their guitars in several poses, e.g. leaning against each other’s back. That was a cool one! Per even took a round around Marie with his guitar. It was during The Big L., if my memory serves me right. It was so funny. What surely added a lot to Per’s mood tonight is that Åsa is here with him. She filmed a lot. Gabriel was also there, as well as Micke and Christoffer’s daughters. It’s good when the families are around, that’s clear. The band puts even more energy into the gig then.

Despite the fact that Christoffer’s intro to Joyride didn’t really catch this audience, the crowd was loud enough and Per said several times we sounded terrific. I haven’t filmed Chris’s solo, just the band presentation before that. You can watch it HERE. The Look got everyone on their feet, of course! Now the setlist was full, they didn’t leave out any songs this time. Introducing Real Sugar it turned out that yesterday Magnus’s fave Roxette album of all time was Baladas en español. Yeah, sure.

Per’s thoughts after the show:

HELSINKI UPDATE: Yea! Fab evening in Suomi! We’ve been playing this place so many times and it’s always a treat! Thanx for stopping by and help us out with the lyrics! See y’all next time! How about tomorrow in Turkku??? /P.

Hell yeah! Next gig (last one in 2014) is on Saturday (29th November) in Turku. See you there!

 

Articles and photos

iltalehti.fi
Tiia Santavirta Photography:1; 2; 3;
iltasanomat.fi; 2; 3;
rexfeatures.com
eastnews.pl
turkulainen.fi

 

Videos

Sleeping In My Car
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Dressed For Success & Dangerous
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
Stars & Spending My Time
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love

 

Setlist

Photo by Patrícia Peres

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

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

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Kaunas, Lithuania – November 25 – #13

The 13th concert took place in Kaunas tonight. The 13th. Some say it’s a bad number… Definitely wasn’t a lucky one today.

Appr. 30 fans went to the venue earlier than any other local guys or girls. We chatted, had fun waiting. Fortunately, we found a warmer place inside one part of the building, so we didn’t have to stand outside in the very cold. When it was time to line up, we went to the scanners and waited for the security guys to come. At every 1st scanner there was a security guy, at every 2nd there was a security girl to check us before we entered the venue. The problem was that a guy could only check a guy, a girl could only check a girl. So there they messed up all our lines and some of us had to switch to another scanner. It’s not too useful, when no one speaks English there from the organizers’ part and you get the info quite late… Whatever. We started running like hell to get to best places. Some Roxers were already inside the arena, got to front row when some of us were stopped and were shouted at that it’s not the entrance. However, it was. Just they shouldn’t have let us in until 19:15. They just forgot to close the doors. So those fans, who were already inside, having their good places, also had to come out. What an organization…! There was another half an hour waiting in front of 2 doors that lead to our fan heaven. When the doors opened, the running started again and fortunately, all fans who were waiting there quite long got to the front row. It was again an international team there.

The support act was the same as in Tallinn and yes, they are from Finland, so they will most probably come to the 2 Finnish concerts, too.

During the intro, the band got on stage and we could see Marie was wearing her white jacket, Per’s funky jacket found its way back to the spotlight and he had new trousers on. Sleeping In My Car was over and The Big L. started. And then our worst nightmare happened. Marie got so insecure she fell to the floor. Everyone was shocked seeing what happened and we all felt so worried about Marie we just wanted to jump over the fences to help her. Dea was very fast reacting, approaching Marie, but she couldn’t help her to stand up. Per also checked the situation and couldn’t decide whether he should stop playing or not, but when he saw Marie showed she was fine he went on, however you could see he was so worried, too. In the end Peter Fredriksson, one of the technicians came on stage and helped Marie to stand up. When she was already standing, she mimed: ”I’m alright!” and smiled, but also showed it was hurting she fell down. She looked at everyone on the stage, shaking her head that it shouldn’t have happened, but at the same time smiled, so we hoped nothing serious happened to her. Still, it was so heart-breaking to see her falling. But how she got up and continued singing like nothing happened shows how strong she is. She is just amazing!

The show went on with Stars and before Spending My Time started, Per said: ”If you know the songs, please join in! You probably know them better than we do.” I’m not sure anymore that we know the lyrics better than them. When there was the crowd part of Spending My Time, we messed it up totally. It was surely because we were still too shocked by what we saw before. Marie couldn’t wait for us finding the right words to sing, so she went on with her version. So lovely!

After Crash! Boom! Bang! now Real Sugar was introduced the way like it’s a song from Room Service album, which Magnus really hates. Then Magnus said: ”No, it’s my favoruite Roxette album in the world! Except for Joyride, Look Sharp! and Travelling.” Per replied laughing: ”I’m speechless!” You can watch this part of the gig in THIS video.

Then we had another tough part, when She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio) started. At the beginning of the song Marie got insecure again and we started worrying about her again. Dea was there next to her very fast and asked Marie if she wanted a chair. Marie said yes after a while, so BoJo brought a chair for her and they helped her to sit down. It’s very hard now that Marie stands there alone, she can’t have anyone too close to her, like she had Jokke on her solo tour, where she could just grab Jokke’s arm for the whole show in Malmö to be able to stand stably. Dea is helping her so much, being there when she needs her, but she just can’t stay next to Marie during the whole concert. Since this point Marie was sitting during whole gig. Her facial expressions showed what she wanted to do with her body and we loved her dancing with her legs while sitting. She’s still so powerful even if she’s sitting! BUT: we do want the team and Marie herself to consider some safe solution. If it’s that she’s sitting during the whole show, let it be. It just can’t happen again what happened tonight. And it’s not because our fan hearts get broken when we see her like this, but her own safety and health. What if next time she falls and she breaks her arm or leg? No! We know she’s an amazon and we do know she’s so strong, but please, do consider something safer than just her holding the mic stand. Tonight we could see it’s just not enough on a worse day.

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After The Heart Shaped Sea came Perfect Day and the crowd shouted before Marie started to sing: ”We love you, Marie!” She smiled and told the audience: ”Oh, I love you, too!”. Then came 3 faster songs, Fading Like A Flower, How Do You Do! and 7Twenty7. Marie was a rock star in that chair and she got even a bit tired after these songs, so when they were preparing for It Must Have Been Love she said: ”Oh it’s so nice to rest here!” Then we all started laughing and she laughed, too. She really rocks! And when we shouted we love you, we love you, we love you at them, Marie smiled and Per reacted: ”Thank you! You are very generous!” This, from the laughing part you can see in THIS video.

This time there was no hoolabaloo with Dressed For Success, Mike Lindström learned his lesson. But he still has to be faster with changing the plec holders, because Per almost ran out of guitar picks again. This time there were at least 2 new picks on the stand for the acoustic guitars, the rest were again from the past tour.

After Dangerous, the band got presented and after Christoffer’s intro came Joyride, as usual. The balloons got in the air like they had to and after the song the band left the stage. BoJo came to help Marie getting off the chair. We felt like she should rather stay on stage, because it wasn’t too easy for her to leave the stage.

After we were shouting and clapping our hands, 2-3 minutes later the stage was set for Watercolours In The Rain. Marie was shown to her place, sat down on the chair and gave a great performance of the song. Then it was time for Listen To Your Heart. The ending of the song was so strong and powerful! Marie’s voice is simply amazing! Then there was The Look and BoJo came on stage to help Marie get off the chair. Then we could already think they will miss the lullaby song, Queen Of Rain. And yes, they said goodbye to us, thanked for the wonderful evening, took a bow or even three and then the band walked off the stage, then Marie and Per waving to us walked off, too. Of course, turning back towards us before they finally left the stage.

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We had some mixed feelings after the concert. If we consider it sound-wise and performance-wise, it was top, but seeing Marie having a bad day made us very sad and worried. Somehow the whole band was shocked, the talking in between the songs was not as it is usually. One could hear on Per’s voice, too, that he got insecure. And all team members somehow got close to Marie to ask if she was fine. One must love them for always caring!

After the show ended, we went backstage, since we knew they would leave the city by the RoxJet right after the concert. We just wanted to wave goodbye to them. Unfortunately, we couldn’t meet them, just saw the cars leaving with them for the airport. Anyway, we just waved goodbye and applauded them. We hope they saw it from inside the cars. Now there are 2 days to relax until the next gig. Have a good rest, Marie! We love you!

Per’s reaction after the show:

KAUNAS UPDATE: Supergig tonite. First time for us in this town. Great crowd. Funny band playing funny looking funny. but very powerful. Thanx everyone for coming. Vids tomorrow.
r.o.x.a.i.r. in a sec. CHEERS/ P.

Next gig is on Friday (28th November) in Helsinki. See you there!

 

Articles and photos

kaunas.kasvyksta.lt
15min.lt: including concert photos and a video collage about the concert, as well as photos of Roxette’s arrival with the RoxJet
delfi.lt
lrytas.lt
klaipeda.diena.lt

 

Videos

It Must Have Been Love
The Heart Shaped Sea
The Look and the goodbye

 

Setlist

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

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

 

All photos in the article © Patrícia Peres

 

Update – Per shared this article with these words:

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Two days off now. Don’t worry about Marie, folks. Since she can’t see that well on her right eye + her right leg is pretty weak = she stumbled on her mike stand (which is fixed to the floor) during Big L but came back with a smile on her face and new adventures awaiting in the wings. Helsinki next! /P.

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Tallinn, Estonia – November 23 – #12

Where to start, where to start? Oh my God! I think last night’s concert just made it to my Top3 best Roxette concerts ever. The energy on and off the stage, the communication with the crowd, the sound, the whole thing was just so magical and special! Marie and Per, as well as the band saw there were many international hardcore fans at the concert and somehow it felt like it gave them even more power. Marie was shining, smiling all the time and having sometimes funny, sometimes flirting facial expressions, pointing at fans and showing she was happy to see them. Her voice was in – you guessed it – top shape. It might sound like a cliché though, but she really was in top form and the lyrics worked very well with her last night. Per was also in a fantastic mood, he was smiling from ear to ear during the whole gig and as usual, he just couldn’t stop stomping and bouncing all around the stage and we could see a gig again, where he licked the guitar picks quite often. We know from the plec interview it’s because it sticks more to the finger. The band was also having much fun and they entertained and involved us even more. Even if the setlist includes more slower songs vs. 2011-2012, there are still enough party hits in there.

Waiting for hours in front of the venue in the very cold weather was fun for those die hard Roxers who decided to spend some time together already before the concert. Towards the end of the waiting time we started singing just random non-Rox-related songs, then we were getting there and started singing songs from Roxette. Local people were arriving and they didn’t really want to join our singing, but we told them they will have to do this inside, so they’d better practice with us. Some of them felt like it was cool, some others remained rather silent. The security team was cooperative and nice to us. They just let us run inside the venue and all fans who were waiting so long outside to get to the front row could manage it. The international front row, besides Estonian fans consisted of Roxers from Argentina, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK. Maybe there were more countries represented, but I can’t remember more now.

At last, I got to hear Per’s mix tape (he prepared for this tour) inside an arena. We already started getting into party mood. The support act was from Finland (I think). They played rock ‘n’ roll, the frontman said. All songs with the theme of summer. The guy said it was their first time during the Roxette tour to perform, so I think they will be the support act for the rest of the tour this year. It seems we get to hear them 3 more times this way.

After the gear of the support act was removed from the stage, the crew used a vacuum cleaner to clean the carpet where Marie was standing – barefoot, of course. I didn’t get to see Per’s jacket live on my first concert during this tour, but maybe it’s better it had a rest last night again. The intro was just a real adrenalin kick while Roxette got on stage, before they started playing Sleeping In My Car. It’s a great opening song, the jumping could already start at the very beginning. The Big L. kept our mood on a high and Stars was also one of the best songs live at this gig. After Stars, Per asked us if we were having a good time. We all screamed, of course we were. Then he said they would be playing loads of their Roxette favourites and shouted: ”Let’s all join in!” And we did so when they started playing Spending My Time. The crowd sounded good when Per and Marie stopped and we sang the song further. Crash! Boom! Bang! was the same version they played on the 2011-2012 tour. It means Per was singing the first verse with a slight change in the lyrics and then Marie took the song over. A highlight on the setlist is Real Sugar for me. At least one song off Room Service album was much desired since long. Maybe it sounded better during the 2001 tour, but it immediately got us into party mood again. It was fun when Per introduced the song and he started joking with Magnus that Room Service is his fave Rox album of all time. Then Magnus corrected it’s Joyride. No, Look Sharp!, no, Joyride, no, Tourism! Then he sticked to Joyride being his fave album. The next ass-kicking song was She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio). Per changed to his George Harrison guitar, licked the guitar pick and started off. Then it was time to slow down a bit. The Heart Shaped Sea sounds wonderful live! I like that at this song, the whole band is in the front and even Magnus is changing his bass guitar to an acoustic one. Only Pelle is missing, who sits at his drumset, joining in when it’s needed. After that came Perfect Day, so Per left the stage and while he did so, he tried to throw the plec he had in his hand to the crowd, but somehow it landed almost on Marie. Even Marie was laughing at it. Only Christoffer, Clarence, the magician of keyboards and Marie is on stage. Marie introduces Perfect Day like a very old song and that she hopes we remember it. How could we not remember this masterpiece? How she delivers it is just phenomenal and usually gets many fans into tears. Tonight there was a small change in the setlist. After Perfect Day, Roxette performed Fading Like a Flower instead of Watercolours In The Rain. Before they started playing FLAF, Marie told the crowd we were fantastic and she thanked for that. Actally, she told the audience several times how fantastic we were. How Do You Do! still rocks live and you can party on through 7Twenty7. Per realized at this song that he was running out of guitar picks, only 2-3 left on the mic stand. This time it was again Mike Lindström instead of Micke N-S who took care of Per’s gear. He was a bit late changing the plec holders. He just has to get used to the fact that Per is throwing more plecs than how many he can pick off the stand. By the way, there were no new plecs at this show. Per used plectrums from 2012. After 727 it was time for some Hollywood bonanza. One must love how Marie and Per are starting off with It Must Have Been Love. Per steps next to Marie, touches her shoulder, they look into each other’s eyes and Marie starts singing. Then of course, when they stop singing and want to hear the crowd if they know the lyrics. Still a great feeling. Dressed For Success will be remembered from this show forever. The music started, Marie sang her yeah x 3, but something was wrong. Per stopped playing immediately and brought his guitar to Mike Lindström. Yeah, shit happens, but until everything got solved, Magnus entertained us with a short stand up comedy show. Check part of the mess in THIS video. ;) Per’s ”Ready? Steady?” and the crowd’s ”Go!” was too cool. Then Per said when he realized he could play his guitar in the right key ”That’s it!” I tell you, for hardcore fans it was awesome to experience such a hoolabaloo. It was really entertaining. Dangerous went fine, then the band got introduced and Christoffer did his magic. The Estonian part of the crowd was loud with their reaction to it. We started blowing our balloons and let them fly after the magic word in Joyride was sung. Dea came close to Marie, helped her going off stage and the whole band disappeared. We were clapping our hands, shouting and asked them to come back. We just wanted more! I almost thought I will miss hearing Watercolours In The Rain since it was not performed when it was on the earlier concerts, but seeing the stage being set up for that for the start of the extras, I was happy I won’t miss it hearing live. Dea and Marie came on stage and delivered the song beautifully. Actually, as the first song of the extras it fitted much better, I think. Then suddenly, a thought crossed my mind that maybe they would leave out something else then, but no, they played all songs that were left to be performed. After WITR came Listen To Your Heart. Marie’s voice was so powerful! The Look kicked ass, the crowd joined in with the nanananas, the band was on a high. Then sadly, it was time to say goodbye. Per said they hope to see us very soon again. Oh, he will! Some of us shouted, yeah, on Tuesday! Queen of Rain sounded indeed like a perfect lullaby. Fantastic to hear it live again! The show ended with the usual bow, then Marie and Per waving to the crowd, walking towards backstage, turning towards us again and waving goodbye. The crowd was melting! Pure awesomeness it was!

At some point, I’m not sure before which song, PG asked Marie how she felt. It felt like he asked her because he knew we’ve been worrying about Marie so much and he wanted us to hear it from Marie herself that she feels so good. And she did. You could see it every second that she enjoyed the show to the full.

Åsa was not present, but we were happy to see Micke to film some short videos, which now you can already see on Roxette Official. Marie played with the iPhone camera and showed some cool facial expressions when Micke was filming her. Loved it!

After this amazing gig, Per & Co says:

TALLIN UPDATE: Superb gig in Tallinn! Thanx everyone for showing up and making this such a glorious event!!! Some technical hoolabaloos yes…. but everyone had a great time on and off stage. One to remember for sure!!!!! Glad everyone enjoyed the evening, we certainly did! Lots of love from all of us! /P&CO

PS. And hey!!!! So cool to see so many familiar faces in the front row! Welcome back!

Explaining the hoolabaloo under the same post:

We aborted DFS due to the fact that I got my guitar with a capo in the wrong place so I couldn’t play DFS in the right key. Shit happens. No big deal. We all love when a band have to re-start a song!! We’re all humans! Except Pelle. /P.

 

Next gig is on Tuesday (25th November) in Kaunas. See you there!

 

Articles and photos

publik.delfi.ee
flytiger.livejournal.com
ohtuleht.ee
elu24.postimees.ee

 

Videos

Sleeping In My Car
Fading Like A Flower
The Heart Shaped Sea
Christoffer’s intro before Joyride
Watercolours In The Rain

Video report before the concert including a short interview with Per

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Tallinn

Photo by Patrícia Peres

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

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

 

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Moscow, Russia – November 21 – #11

Who would have thought, but after all the ”best so far” gigs in Russia, Moscow became No. 1! The concert was officially sold out and 8000 people were there in the crowd to make noise. The crowd was really fab, their hands were in the air all the time and they were singing, jumping and dancing during the whole show. Those who attended the concert say they had an extraordinary experience. Roxette is a band that needs no support act to warm up the crowd. From what I could see, Moscow audience brought the most balloons during the Russian leg of the tour. They looked very good in the air during Joyride.

Perfect Day got back to the setlist to make it complete for the last Russian show. Marie was not sitting during any of the songs this time. Per was jumping even more than usual, Ms Effe sounded awesome and the band was on a high, too. So much on a high that Dea, Mister Magnus and Chris came off the stage during The Look and went close to the crowd to party a bit together with them. So cool! This show was a perfect way to celebrate Clarence birthday’s eve. Grattis, Clarence!

Per & Co about Moscow show and all 11 Russian concerts:

MOSCOW UPDATE: Truly fab gig tonite. Wonderful crowd and a band on fire. Thanx RUSSIA for taking care of us on this tour!! Eleven unbelievable gigs!!!
We’ve had a splendid time and appreciate all your love and affection beyond limits! So many cities I can’t even spell that wlll stay in my (and our) hearts forever. We all truly hope we can come back before long!!!!! LOVE FROM P & CO

Next gig is on Sunday (23rd November) in Tallinn.

 

Articles and photos

c-lebrity.ru (photos and video of arrival to and leaving the hotel)

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

crocus-hall.ru

 

Videos

Sleeping In My Car
Spending My Time c Crash! Boom! Bang!
It Must Have Been Love
The Heat Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain
Band presentation & Christoffer’s intro & Joyride
Listen To Your Heart

Instavideos:

Roxette is back to Moscow
TV report after the concert
Bridge TV – short report, interview with Per backstage

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Moscow

Marie & Per waving goodbye to Moscow and the Russian leg of the tour. Photo taken from Instagram © sfakhreev

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

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

 

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: St. Petersburg, Russia – November 19 – #10

After a little rest at home in Sweden, Roxette hit the stage again in St. Petersburg tonight. It was the first time during this tour that a support act (Vlada Chuprova) was performing before Roxette started their show. Click here to see a backstage pic with Vlada and Marie.

St. Pea crowd went crazy hearing the hits and they were singing along and clapping during the whole concert. The band was in top shape, Christoffer’s intro did the magic again, Per was bouncing around and Marie was smiling all the time while singing her heart out. This time she was sitting again during 2 songs (The Heart Shaped Sea and Watercolours In The Rain) as in Khabarovsk. Perfect Day was left out from the setlist (thanx for the info Evgeny Perekopskiy). Queen of Rain was quite touching and how Dea supported Marie was wonderful!

Micke N-S might be on holiday or had another job to do, because tonight it wasn’t him, but Mike Lindström who took care of Per’s guitars as a technician. It was great to see that this time Åsa also joined the gang.

Per in eXXXtasy after the concert:

ST PETERSBURG UPDATE: Truly fab gig tonite. Best so far on this tour? Maybe!!! Wonderful crowd and Miss Effe in top shape. The band quite good too…. Yeehaa! /P.

Russia had some ”best so far” shows, it seems. ;)

Next gig is on Friday (21st November) in Moscow. That will be the last Russian concert 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; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23;

itar-tass.com
flashnord.com
Anton Rodionov’s photos
PMI Corporation
geometria.ru – Soia Petina’s photos
d-stroz.livejournal.com

 

Videos

Sleeping In My Car & The Big L.
Spending My Time
Fading Like A Flower
Fading Like A Flower & How Do You Do!
The Heart Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain
Joyride
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

Instavideos:

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_St_Petersburg

Photo by Timofey Sharko

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Real Sugar
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

 

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CONTEST: Win a signed Per Gessle book!

PG_books_signedXmas (or XXXmas? ;) ) is around the corner, so we thought it’s the best timing to announce our next contest. Huge thanks to Roos & Tegnér (publishing company) for offering Per’s 2 books for us to give away. Since we were there at the Göteborg Book Fair, we had the chance to make both books signed by the man himself. Besides Mr G’s artistic autograph, you’ll find a tiny message in the books, too.

2 winners will be picked. One of them wins the English book (Songs, Sketches & Reflections), the other the Swedish book (Texter, klotter & funderingar). We will do our best to mail the books as soon as possible, so that they can land under 2 Christmas trees in time.

 

In order to participate, answer the following questions (you will find help in the interview about the books we did with Per a month ago):

  1. Which books Per didn’t want to compete with, so he decided to publish 2 books instead of 1 thick book?
  2. Who did that interview with Per which can be found in both the English and the Swedish book?
  3. What does Per say, why doesn’t he want to talk too much about his own songs?
  4. Name at least 2 songs of other artists that have brilliant lyrics according to Per!

Send an e-mail with your name, home address (so we can send the book in case you win) and the answers to the questions to rxbcontests@gmail.com until 23:59 CET, 3rd December 2014. The 2 lucky winners will be announced a few days later.

Good luck!

Patrícia and Judith and the rest of the RXB Team.

Contest terms and conditions:
– In order to participate, you have to send an e-mail to rxbcontests@gmail.com with name, address and answer to the
4 questions. We will consider all e-mails we receive until 23:59 CET on 3rd December 2014.
2 winners will be picked randomly among those who have participated and sent the correct answers. The 2 books will be picked randomly for the 2 winners.
– You can only participate once, any attempt to participate twice will lead to your disqualification.
– Prizes won’t be paid out in cash. Prizes will be sent by
standard mail only once (so basically, if the package gets lost, we won’t be able to send a replacement).
– Winners will be announced on this website, on our Facebook page and will also be notified per e-mail. You’ll be required to answer the e-mail confirming your address.
– Roxetteblog.com will not enter into any correspondence regarding the result of the contest and is not liable for any damages, loss or expenses that may result in connection to the prize.
– All submitted data will only be used for the purpose of the contest and. in case you are one of the lucky winners, to send you the prize.

 

Update on 4th December:

The lucky winners are: Caroline Wiltz Delorme, Mexico (Swedish book), Mathew James, UK (English book). The winners have been informed via e-mail and were announced on our Facebook page.

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Music Against Cancer – a successful charity auction supported by Roxette

As we reported about it earlier, Marie and Per supported Musik Mot Cancer, a non-profit organization to raise money for Barncancerfonden Väst (children’s cancer foundation) and the children’s department of the hospital in Norra Älvsborg. They signed 3 guitars and some other Roxette and solo project related things. The end of the auction was on 16th November, on Music Against Cancer Day. Anyone could bid on all items from all around the world. The organizers first hadn’t planned with fans from abroad, but it soon turned out for them that there were many who wanted to bid mainly on items related anyhow to the Rox World. Musik mot cancer was very fast replying to all the questions regarding the auction and they also translated a huge part of their website into English to help foreign Roxers understand what was going on and how they could bid on guitars and stuff.

The closure of the auction was organized as an event in Trollhättan, Sweden, where the guests could see all the items on display. The final bids could be taken in person, too, but the online platform was also available until the end of the auction. For a very long time it seemed that the guitar signed by both Marie and Per would be the one with the highest bid, but in the end it was Peter Lemarc’s guitar. Its final price was 25 000 SEK.

The second highest final price was that of the Roxette guitar, 20 000 SEK. Interesting info is that the winning bid for the Rox guitar (besides the guitars signed by Håkan Hellström and In Flames) came from Folke Pettersson, from Lilla Edet. He says he comes from a musical family, but he was bidding mainly because he finds the cause very important. The guitar signed by only Per was auctioned for 9 000 SEK, the one signed by only Marie for 7 000 SEK.

From the total of 83 items on auction 16 was related anyhow to the Rox World. Musik mot cancer collected 270 000 SEK to help the fight against cancer. 17% of this amount of money comes from items signed by Marie and Per. What a fantastic result! The final prices for each item you can check HERE.

Congrats to the organizers! Wishing them as much success with their future projects as they had with this one! Huge thanks to Marie and Per for supporting such a great cause and to all the participants who with their bids helped to raise this much money!

 

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Photos by Musik mot cancer

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Krasnodar, Russia – November 16 – #9

The 9th concert was held in Krasnodar tonight. The venue, Basket Hall was big enough to have screens on the 2 sides of the stage, so those who were sitting in the back could clearly see what was happening on the scene. However, during How Do You Do! it seemed those who handled the screens got lessons from the guys who did the Roxette Live – Travelling The World DVD. No fast cuts, but quick changes between close-ups and big screens. Not sure if it went like this during all uptempo songs.

It’s always interesting to hear what opinion people who attend a Roxette concert have. Nice to read that even those who state they are not really Roxette fans, just know their songs and know some of their lyrics by heart had a blast and would go to another Rox gig anytime. They also showed very well how much they knew the lyrics and were singing along during the whole concert.

After 2 shows with less songs, it seems today there were no problems with the organization at the venue, so the setlist was complete again.

Per informed after the show:

KRASNODAR UPDATE: Truly fantastic gig in K. Superb crowd, band in a most playful mood. Clips tomorrow. Now r.o.x.a.i.r. back to Sweden for a while. Time for Pelle to wash his hair. Thanx everyone for showing up tonite and making this a true everlasting memory. Sincerely hope we can come back and make some more noise!! Cheers, P&Co.

The families will surely be very happy to have the guys and ladies back in Sweden, even if it’s only for some days. Have a great time at home, you all!

Next gig is on Wednesday (19th November) in St. Petersburg, where there will also be a support act, for the first time on this tour.

 

Articles and photos

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

yugopolis.ru
kuban.kp.ru
kublog.ru

 

Videos

Fading Like A Flower
Dangerous
It Must Have Been Love

Instavideos:

TV report about the concert

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Krasnodar

Photo taken from Instagram. _svet_loveee_

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

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

 

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