The cheering fans say thank you to Marie and the band!

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When the tour was announced (or confirmed…) I knew I would have to try and go to as many concerts as my holidays and wallet would allow. I always regretted not going to more concerts in 2000 and not being able to go to any “Den ständiga resan tour” concerts. I had always wanted to see Marie live in theatres and in front of small audiences, so I knew this was THE moment to make up for it.

I didn’t know what to expect though. So many questions went through my head the months before the tour premiere in Helsingborg. What songs will she play? How will it be with Chris and Pelle who also play with Roxette? And the new guys Jokke and Surjo? The few days before the premiere I was so excited I couldn’t really concentrate on anything else, and I know that many went through the same. It was M A R I E live solo! After all the years, after all what happened… and suddenly the concert started. The lights went down, Marie walks on the stage, Chris on guitar… I remember I was blown away by the stripped down start of the concert and in fact of the tour with Så stilla så långsamt.  And suddenly, without really realising it, the lights go out again – this time to say goodbye to the sound of Tro in Umeå.

Two months have passed by extremely fast, just as all the months waiting for the tour went by very slow, slower than ever. And suddenly we are giving our last roses to Marie and saying thank you to Marie. Thank you for two months full of not only amazing music but also two months full of emotions, feelings, happiness, tears, smiles, laughs, memories, kilometers driven / travelled, new friendships, old friendships getting stronger, love, affection, support, planes, airports, train stations, visiting new places……. Many fans added concerts on the run here and there. Just because it felt great. And no concert was like the other. All concerts were as special.

And…  4 out of 5 of RXB Team met at the same place for the first time! Of course, we had to capture that forever in Jönköping.

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For me, many things won’t be the same after this tour. Many things have got a different meaning or became special during these months. Bishops Arms, where we would meet the band after the show and give and get feedback and lots of smiles. Roses or hearts that we gave Marie at the end of quite some concerts. Elite hotels where we slept or could make our dreams come true and say hi to Marie. Somersby cider that we drunk after the shows to celebrate another night full of emotions and deep looks and laughs. And I could go on and on. And, of course, who won’t feel the urge to stand up and clap when hearing the first drum beats of Kom vila hos mig? Or Efter stormen?

After the last concert in Umeå we were able to say bye to Marie and the band. We were all very touched by Marie and the band thanking us for being there and our support. And now it’s our turn. Many fans from all over the world travelled to Sweden to see Marie live the past months and cheered the first rows (and sometimes not really first rows, but we stood up and partied proudly!). Here are “thank you” messages from some of us.

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Roxette announce another world tour for end of 2014!

Indications for another Roxette tour just got confirmed on Roxette’s official website and Facebook page. Read the following info:

ROXETTE – BACK ON TOUR 2014!

So now it’s finally official – Roxette are ready to embark on yet another world tour this year! It has been two years since one of Scandinavia’s biggest pop exports ever ended their sensational comeback World Tour 2011-2012. A tour that took them around the Globe twice, playing for 1.5 million people in 46 countries on 6 continents! And now it’s time for Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle to bring their string of much loved hits to the world once again.

Roxette’s fantastic come-back started with the release of the hit album ”Charm School” (2011) with the No 1 single ”She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)” and during the first leg of the world tour, the album ”Travelling” was recorded and released 2012. In December last year the blu-ray/dvd/cd ”Roxette live: Travelling The World” was released.

Since the last tour ended, Marie and Per have been working on their separate Swedish careers; Per with his former band Gyllene Tider who did a massive Swedish tour last summer on the back of a brand new No 1 album. Marie released her first studio album in Swedish in 8 years and is currently ending her first, highly praised, solo tour in Sweden since the year 2000.

This year marks the 25 anniversary of Roxette’s world wide break. The hit single “The Look”, from the album “Look Sharp”, reached no #1 on Billboard US Chart in the spring of 1989 and that was the start of one of the world’s biggest and longest pop careers. Their first Billboard No 1 was followed by three more; “Listen to Your Heart”, ”It Must Have Been Love” and ”Joyride” and their albums have sold well over 75 millon units to date.

And so the Roxette joyride continues and their next world tour kicks off in Russia 2014. Come join it! Dates and places will be added as we go along but here are the first ones:

Roxette-Live-2014Tour dates:

Russia:

28/10 Vladivostok Worckshop 9
30/10 Habarovsk – Platinum Arena
2/11 Krasnoyarsk– Sport Palace Yarigin
4/11 Novosibirsk– Expo Center
7/11 Magnitogorsk – Arena Metalurg
9/11 Yekaterinburg – KRK Uralec
12/11 Saratov – Ice Palace Cristal
14/11 Rostov-On-Don – Sports Palace
16/11 Krasnodar – Basket Hall
19/11 St. Petersburg – Ice Palace
21/11 Moscow – Crocus Hall

Estonia:

23/11 Tallinn – Saku Arena

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Miracles, thankfulness, a whole new world and much affection from both sides

It’s over! 19 shows in 2 months – the solo tour of Marie Fredriksson is finished. But there are many things that feel neverending – all memories and feelings we shared on this tour stay forever. We were the first crowd that made people stand up in Luleå – at least that’s what they (the media) say.

Starting with the first show in Helsingborg mixed feelings are around – some say it was one of the best shows just because it happened, just because Marie was on stage, performing her own songs, some others missed her talking but very well knew that she seemed to be very nervous that night. In fact, Marie got more and more relaxed from show to show and it felt great to be part of that. We were there for her only, to support her and show the rest of the audience why we were there. Most of the people in the audience didn’t join our cheering and supporting and it felt like they even had problems clapping their hands. At the beginning of the tour we didn’t quite know how and if to stand up and how long. In the end we just did and nobody cared about the reactions of the Swedish people. And yes, in the end it was totally clear we would already stand up during “Kom Vila Hos Mig”, which was the second song of the set. Once, Jokke had told us that Marie feels much better when she knows we are there from the beginning and supporting her to the fullest and so it became like a secret agreement to stand up during the 2nd song. We never stopped it again since then, we kept it till the end. Sometimes we just shared a look with other fans, making a move to stand up and then we stood.

It’s hard to choose THE best show since everybody probably has their own favourite night, moment, memory – for me, in Jönköping Marie seemed to be very relaxed, talked a lot, cared less about everything else and just enjoyed herself (and maybe us). In Göteborg the audience was the loudest and the best – it was nice to see that it in fact IS possible to get people stand.

Malmö will be in the heads forever, just because Marie didn’t feel well and struggled with her leg. Oh, many would have loved to help her that night. But to see that she never gives up, never ever, that she is just going on, fighting, being strong – it shows a lot to everyone and provides a lot of strength to everyone. No, she didn’t want a chair, no, she didn’t want to stop, so she came back on socks after the break and gave her best.

These are the moments when suddenly it’s totally clear why she is such an inspiration for so many people. She is a fighter, always smiling, always going strong. And just, when everyone thought that she is somehow making it on her own (but of course with a lot of help and support of her husband!) she tells us to help her again when the next Roxette tour is on. So it happened after the last show in Umeå. First she promised that we see us soon again and then she said: “You have to help me again.” Ah, yes, we will, we so will, that’s what we try to do all the time and that’s exactly what is my personal story with Marie which I adore for 23 years now.

I remember the first show of the Night Of The Proms concerts in Antwerp. I sat in the audience, far away. The lights went down, Marie came up sitting on a stool, walking shyly to the microphone and sang. They started with  “Wish I could fly” and she must have had a little blackout back then. She repeated the first line of the song three times. I was shocked, it wasn’t the Marie I remembered. I was shocked for about 20 seconds and then it was totally clear: I wasn’t there for my own entertainment, I was there to support her and it made me buy so many tickets that I saw 16 shows in total in the end. The motivation is still the same – support, support, support, nothing else.

But back to this year, back to “Nu!” – we experienced a lot of miracles again, we got a lot of thankfulness of the band and found a whole new world ourselves. There was so much affection from both sides that it will keep us going until the next tour.

We heard a lot of wonderful new veIMG_9168rsions, Så stilla så långsamt, Bara för en dag or Den Sjunde Vågen – just to mention only a few. Every concert had its special moments. Every concert seemed to feature at least one crazy fan that decided maybe 10 hours before the show to come and support Marie, to never let this energy stop. Almost every concert brought some surprises – be it roses, lights, signs or just loud cheering. And every concert was a part of a true miracle.

If only Marie knew how many lifes she has saved throughout the years and how many lifes she turned to the better, she wouldn’t believe it. So it feels more than right to give something back, yes, exactly, to give something back. It feels good to know that it’s possible at all.

And there is one memory that stays forever – the little talk some fans had after the last show in Umeå. We finally realized that we never really thanked Micke for being the one in a million. We knew there wouldn’t be a chance to do so very soon and felt a bit sad. We said that we at least hope that he knows that we know what he is doing and the we very well appreciate it.

Last but not least we take all the wonderful memories of this tour with us – be it meetings (see mine in Umeå with Astrid), great concerts which can’t be forgotten, bad beers after the shows and a lot of nice people on the way.

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23th November: Roxette show in Tallinn?

As the Estonian site menu.err informs, Roxette will play in Tallinn at the 23th of November – this year! They write that Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson have played their last show in the Saku Arena in 2011 and quote Per Gessle’s Facebook posting after the show: 10256118_10151965941931396_4122063977327143267_n

“Oh, what a night it was! God, Tallinn exploded ! Great concert, a fantastic audience and a reception. Band hunted totally , Marie was in top form . Big thanks to everyone who made this night unforgettable . Would very much like coming back to Estonia . Every time.”

Futhermore, menu.err wrotes that the Swedish pop duo is doing another world tour “this year”. They also quote the organizers of the last show who say that they had no doubt to book Roxette again when they heard that they would do another tour again: “Our answer was definitely yes.”

Both Roxette concerts in Tallinn in 2001 and 2011 were very memorable and had an enthusiastic audience, the band got standing ovations and the audience sang along. “Roxette is a big Swedish pop brand, which guarantees a certain quality,” Live Nation Baltics promoter Eva Palm says.

So, obviously, Roxette will perform on 23th November in Tallinn, Saku Arena. Tickets are on sale already! The standing tickets cost 39 Euro.

So far, the management has not confirmed either the show in Tallinn or another Roxette tour.

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Almost 200 Per Gessle songs to be released until September

Cosmos Music Group announced today in a press release that about 200 songs written by Per Gessle will be released on Spotify and later in a box set until September 2014.
The project is called The Per Gessle Archives – A Lifetime Of Songwriting and will consist of 11 volumes including nearly 200 songs from Per’s archive, most of them previously unreleased.
There will be three parts of Per’s career:
Demos & Other Fun Stuff is mainly unreleases stuff from GT, Roxette demos, solo and side projects that Per created throughout the years

The Roxette Demos will be Per’s early versions of Roxette’s many hits.

Solo with Mazarin and En händig man demos in separate albums.

Per Gessle will comment on each songs in interviews by Sven Lindström for the digital version of the release.

The first two volumes will be out in Spotify on May 2nd and the box will be out on September 24th. The box will include the 11 volumes on CD or vinyl and is designed by Pär Wickholm.

Two books with Per’s lyrics will be released by Roos & Tegner. One will be in English and the other one in Swedish and will contain comments, drafts and more.

A single off the box will be releases on Record Store Day on April 26th.

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Marie’s tour: Umeå audio bootleg

As Kirsten promised on our Facebook site yesterday, here is the audio bootleg of Marie Fredriksson’s last concert of her fabulous solo tour. Please note, the first appr. 30 seconds in the beginning are missing, but the rest is there and the sound is really good.

CLICK HERE for listening to it! Enjoy!

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Marie’s tour: Umeå, April 19th #19

This fabulous tour came to an end yesteday April 19th in Umeå after two months of travelling and enjoying to the maximum.

Yesterday everything felt like more intense. Marie interacted with the fans more than ever and gave everything for the audience. The band played as if there was no tomorrow and we gave all our best to jump, dance, sing, clap and have fun. It was a very special ending to a very special tour.

The setlist remained the same, so the show started with a Så stilla så långsamt that felt slower and more beautiful than ever… and the fun then started with Kom villa hos mig. The few fans attending the show were spread here and there but we all stood up to the start of the song as if it had become already a nice interaction routine. The band loved that and rocked exceptionally. I couldn’t help crying to that, as this would be the last time we would do that.
Marie welcomed everybody and explained that it was the last concert of the tour and it was special to finish it in the North since they have been there very few times.
One could hear and feel in her voice that it would be an emotional last show.
The three acoustic songs were very beautiful, specially Så skimrande (yes, I just love this one, a very special song for me) brought me to tears again. B E A U T Y.
The audience started to melt a bit more into the show and joined the standing up fans with Efter stormen, which was a major big awesome pop party.
Chris and Jokke had much fun playing the guitars for Den sjunde vågen and went totally bananas together with Pelle at the end. Surjo had a great time during the whole show and moved here and there many times.
Everybody was standing when Marie came back to the stage to rock the house. Jokke and Chris killed us all with the smashing guitars!
And then suddenly the moment everybody had been somehow trying to avoid or speak about arrived. The first notes of Tro started to sound, all fans in the various rows held eachother and sang along. Marie had mentioned before the song started that the tour was now coming to an end and thanked the band and the crew for a fantastic tour and then the audience and fans who came to her concerts. She looked very touched and emotional. Astrid had organised flowers to give to Marie so we all got one or two and held them during the song and gave them to her afterwards. Micke and Chris took many of the flowers and gave them to Marie but Marie came to the edge of the stage to get the flowers of 3 of us as well. It felt like nobody wanted to leave!

After the concert we could say bye to Marie and the band at the hotel. Some people just were there to get something signed or take a picture but some of us just wanted to say thanks for the wonderful tour.
This time most of us stood in a line and first said hi to Pelle, Surjo, Chris and Jokke and then Marie and Micke walked by and thanked all of us (and we thanked them).
A perfect closing to a perfect last concert and tour!

Thank you!

PS: And today we had the chance to interview Pelle so stay tuned! Three interviews are on the way.

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Marie’s tour: Luleå, 18th April #18

First things first: no changes in the setlist.

When we arrived in Luleå at noon it seemed that nobody lived in this town. The more surprised I was when we got to know that the Kulturhuset was actually sold out! How cool! No seats available. On the other hand – do you need a full arena when only us international fans are clapping or standing up to cheer Marie? That was at least my first thought when we stood up during Kom Vila Hos Mig. Nobody joined in and I was a bit afraid that someone from the back would throw eggs or tomatoes to make us sit again. It didn’t happen, of course, because the Luleå people know how to behave, but still – to stand during KVHM felt strange this time. Also because we were all smiling and the band was all smiles, too. It felt like we had made this secret agreement that we stand during KVHM and nothing and nobody will stop us from doing so. So we exchanged some smiles with the band members and took our seats during Bara För En Dag again.

At the beginning Marie started as always with Så Stilla Så Långsamt – this time it seemed she was a bit nervous or didn’t trust her voice enough. I thought that she might have a cold, but I don’t know if that’s it. I – however – have heard better versions on this tour, though. I must say that Luleå was my sixth show and the last I had attended was Göteborg, so I really missed a lot in the meantime.

Bara För En Dag was – as in all six shows I have seen – one of the best songs in the set. I love how Marie delivers the lyrics here, she feels so safe about this song that you can’t help but smile. This song grew a lot to me during this tour and I am happy that I gave it a second chance.

Nothing important happened during the next songs. Marie did a great job, the band was great, too, and maybe the only annoying thing was a really loud amp next to Micke’s piano during Ett Hus Vid Havet and the other ballads. All in all the Kulturens Hus didn’t offer the best acoustics, unfortunately.

As it happened many times before the audience cheered a lot when Sparvöga and Ännu doftar kärlek started. Those are THE songs for many Swedes while we wait for Ett Bord I Solen, Ett Hus Vid Havet or Mellan Sommar Och Höst. I still haven’t get used to the fact that you can hardly impress them with anything but they go crazy when they hear ÄDK. However, my impression also was that the band has slowed down the song. It sounded much slower than I remember it from my last show in Göteborg. The same goes for Om Du Såg Mig Nu. It has its own magic when it’s slower, no doubt about that – but it lost a a bit of its dynamic, too, especially ÄDK, but maybe nobody else cares and I am fine with it.

As many times before on this tour we tried to make people stand up again during Så Länge Det Lyser Mittemot which didn’t work. Good for us that Efter Stormen followed and EVERYONE in the room got on their feet – YAY! By the way: US, that’s around 15 international fans who made it to Norrbotten.

Thanks to Nina everyone stood again during Tro – what a finale! And I can’t really believe that this tour is supposed to be over in about 19 hours!

Marie is still full of energy and probably could go on forever, while we need some time to save up some money and and to work for more holidays! ;)

Judith’s review:

As I am trying to write down a summary about tonight’s show a lot of thoughts go through my head and I don’t know where to start.
One may think people here up north are colder and that as audience it may have been boring. I must say… not at all! It was a pleasant surprise to see and hear people clap from song two on. Still a bit shy to stand up that early but some did. And more and more towards the end. Efter Stormen was a biiiig party! Marie was welcomed by a standing audience after the short break … during which many people shouted ‘en gång till’ (which I didn’t hear at many shows before).

The front row was again full of fans from Uruguay, Spain, Austria and Germany, to mention a few. As Micke told us after the show, they were surprises to see us here… that far up north. What to say, of course! and it was worth it because the concert rocked big time and we had loooots of fun!!

Today I realised with more intensity – maybe because I am extra enjoying these last shows… always keeping in the back of my head that it’s over soon – with how much passion and respect the band play and perform Marie’s songs, every note, every chord that is played. And that the band is enjoying it the same way we do.

Marie left the audience mouth wide open once again with her performance. I found Så skimrande amazingly beautiful. And Ett bord i solen. And … I could go on. It’s hard to pick! Sometimes you sit there and you cannot believe it can be so beautiful and touching. Out of this world! It was great to see her all smiles when she realised the first row is full of familiar faces and interacted with the audience a lot.

As I mentioned before, Marie and Micke talked with the fans and afterwards we talked to a very happy band as well.

See you tomorrow! We will give our best and we will surely have a blast!

Setlist (no changes)

1. Så stilla så långsamt [1992 - DSR]
2. Kom vila hos mig [2013 - Nu!]
3. Bara för en dag [1987 - ES]
4. Det regnar igen [1992 - DSR]
5. Sista sommarens vals [2013 - Nu!]
6. Ber bara en gång [1996 - IETSV]
7. Sparvöga [1989 off the Swedish drama TV series]
8. Ett hus vid havet [1985 - DSV]
9. Ett bord i solen [2007 - TFT]
10. Så skimrande var aldrig havet [1990 off Taube compilation album]
11. Ännu doftar kärlek [1984 - HV]
12. Så länge det lyser mittemot [1992 - DSR]
13. Om du såg mig nu [1987 - ES]
14. Efter stormen [1987 - ES]
15. Den sjunde vågen [1985 - DSV]

16. Mellan sommar och höst [1992 - DSR]
17. Den bästa dagen [1985 - DSV]
18. Tro [1996 - IETSV]

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Marie’s tour: Uppsala audio bootleg

After Norrköping audio and Göteborg and Halmstad video bootlegs, another audio bootleg showed up from Uppsala (19th March 2014). The sound is low, so turn up the volume to hear it better. Thanks a lot for sharing it, Bianca Martins Cappelletti from Roxette Brasil! In audio bootlegs I always enjoy the talking between the songs the most. Click here for the bootleg.

2 shows left from the tour, Friday in Luleå and Saturday in Umeå. Enjoy the concerts you all who are joining!

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Another surprise for Record Store Day

As Per posted about it on Roxette Official some weeks ago, a surprise was coming for Record Store Day. When it was announced some days ago that a limited edition ”The Look” vinyl will be released on Record Store Day in Sweden, we thought that it’s a great surprise for us Roxers. But now it turns out that besides the beautiful, limited edition, 25th anniversary ”The Look” red vinyl (1000 copies) there is another surprise for this year’s RSD. We are spoiled and we love it! Per Gessle also releases a limited edition 7” vinyl called “The Per Gessle Archives”. So limited that only 500 copies will be available!

Finnish Record Shop X states that the limited edition PG vinyl is in their stores from 19th April (Record Store Day everywhere except Sweden…, where it is 26th April), but on CDON you can see it’s available from 26th April. Ginza states no date, Bengans hasn’t listed it yet.

KIMB_LC_Per_GessleThe vinyl is featuring 2 songs from a forthcoming box set:

Side A – Kvar i min bil
Per wrote this song for Tomas Alfredson’s film, “Låt den rätte komma in”(= “Let the Right One In”). It has never been released, but is loved by all Mr. G fans. Listen to the song here.

Side B – Loud Clothes
For a Roxette album Per writes about 25 songs and then selects those that fit. “Loud Clothes” was written for “Have A Nice Day” in 1998. An interesting thing is that in May 2010 a fan asked Per on Facebook what’s up with some of the never released songs listed under his name in the BMI repertoire and “Loud Clothes” was among them. Per replied LC is a pretty decent one. “I/We might use them some day.” Now he is using it. Yay!

So, who knows what else shows up on the box set! According to Ginza, the title of the box set is “The Per Gessle Archives” and will be released on 24th September 2014, but both pieces of information haven’t been confirmed yet. It’s not yet known whether it’s going to be a vinyl box set or it will be available in CD version, too. Fingers crossed for all fans who want to get hold of these limited edition goodies.

 Update by Judith: as one can see on the Finnish website, the single will be released by Cosmos Music Group, you may remember Per became co-owner and board member of the company about a year ago.

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Marie’s tour: Västerås, 12th April #17

Yesterday Marie and the band rocked Västerås big time!

The first row was again mostly full of fans, but there were some also in the other rows, which probably helped to keep the mood happy and loud throughout the whole concert. Of course, the band was awesome and Marie was in a very good mood, so all this were the perfect ingredients that made the Swedes want to join the party. And they did already on song #2. After a few shows where we had to wait until towards the end to see some action, I was pretty surprised and felt so happy for the girl and boys on stage. They seemed to be happy with the response as well because they were all smiles, proud smiles.

Of course, Efter stormen was the song where really everybody (not only the fans) stood up and clapped and sang along, but you could see that in many other songs as well. Even the people at the balcony were standing and having fun, and Marie saw that and waved to them with a big smile. At some places we have seen skeptic or a bit angry faces when we stood up to some songs, but yesterday the audience seemed to like that. Like the 70-something ladies in the first row who had a blast; or the 4-6 Swedes that were sitting in row 2 who first looked shocked when we stood up but at the end thanked us in the first row for spreading the fun; or the two mid 50 ladies in the first row who were faster standing up than some of us!

The craziest rockiest song was Mellan sommar och höst. The audience was already standing up when Marie walked out to the stage again and everybody went wild with the amazing guitars and Marie’s rocky voice.

This concert was also the last one for many fans and Marie and band knew it, so they gave special attention to the ones on first row. Specially during Tro when everybody hugged and moved to the rythm of the song and many of us were all tears she gave those looks of hers to many of us. At the end, she also made sad faces to some of the fans she knew were saying goodbye to the tour yesterday night. It was not possible to  hold back the tears, it is actually also not possible as I am writing this now. It has been so special… the love tour :)

Some fans had prepared flowers and a card for Marie to thank her for the great tour. Many fans had signed it and Anne gave it to Chris at the end of the show. The fans who waited for Marie after the concert explained that Micke had thanked them for coming to the concerts and said that fans turned the tour to something completely different and special and he added that the reviews were all very good because of that.

By the way, Clarence was in the audience yesterday night.

So now it’s just 2 concerts left: Luleå and Umeå. Those who are going to the last shows will surely give our best and party until the end!

Setlist (no changes)

1. Så stilla så långsamt [1992 - DSR]
2. Kom vila hos mig [2013 - Nu!]
3. Bara för en dag [1987 - ES]
4. Det regnar igen [1992 - DSR]
5. Sista sommarens vals [2013 - Nu!]
6. Ber bara en gång [1996 - IETSV]
7. Sparvöga [1989 off the Swedish drama TV series]
8. Ett hus vid havet [1985 - DSV]
9. Ett bord i solen [2007 - TFT]
10. Så skimrande var aldrig havet [1990 off Taube compilation album]
11. Ännu doftar kärlek [1984 - HV]
12. Så länge det lyser mittemot [1992 - DSR]
13. Om du såg mig nu [1987 - ES]
14. Efter stormen [1987 - ES]
15. Den sjunde vågen [1985 - DSV]

16. Mellan sommar och höst [1992 - DSR]
17. Den bästa dagen [1985 - DSV]
18. Tro [1996 - IETSV]

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Marie interviews before Gävle and Västerås concerts

Gefle Dagblad (GD) & Vestmanlands Läns Tidning (VLT) did e-mail interviews with Marie before the concerts in Gävle and Västerås.

GD.seStefan Andersson from GD asked Marie about the tour and Marie said it’s been better than she ever dared to hope for. The special memory she will take with herself from the tour is the audience’s immense response. To the question which her most beloved song is now she replied “Sista sommarens vals”. The reporter asked her if she would perform “Sparvöga” och “Ännu doftar kärlek” if the audience would be crying out for them. She said they don’t even have to cry out for these songs.

GD asked Marie about how it is working so closely with Micke. Miss Effe said:

“Wonderful! We’ve been working together for so long now, both in the studio and live. He’s an awesome musician and songwriter.”

Regarding her plans for summer she informed she’ll go on vacation and have a rest. Recovery after the tour.

To the question when we will see Roxette again she replied soon, she hopes. Also mentions that her favourite song from The Look era is Dangerous, because it’s so great to perform it live.

She also said that it’s an honor that they are among the first ones in The Swedish Music Hall of Fame.

Regarding Gävle, she remembered Roxette performed there in Folkets Park, in 1987 and it was great one for them.

 

 

vlt.seSylvia Kadri from VLT asked Marie about how tough the tour is and if there are any tricks to get into shape before the concerts. Marie said they play mostly during the weekends so she recovers herself during the week. Walking, sleeping and eating well. And she gets an enormous energy from the band and the audience.

To the question how cancer changed her life Marie replied she takes everything easy and tries to avoid any kind of stress. She is grateful that she lives and feels joy in so many things that she previously took for granted. She said as an artist she changed like it takes longer time to write music, but her voice has matured and gotten a different depth. To the question what she is doing to keep herself healthy she replied she takes it easy. Eating, sleeping and spending time with family and friends are very important.

The reporter asked her what is inspiring her nowadays. Marie said the nature. She loves sitting in her garden and listening to the birds this time of the year.

Regarding what music she is listening to she said Joni Mitchell remains important in her life and Jimi Hendrix is always with her. Rufus Wainright is a new inspiration for Marie.

She didn’t want to talk about her big dream projects, but the future is more about resting than hectic tour life. Now she is looking very much forward to summer.

 

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Marie’s tour: Gävle, 11th April #16

Marie played the 16th concert of this tour in Gävle tonight. I started to realise during the concert that it’s only 3 concerts left after this one, so I kept telling myself ‘only three times left to enjoy this song’ or this moment… this is going to be a hard after-tour blues!!

The concert was… you guessed it! Amazing!

The front row was fully taken by fans. I could change our 5th/6th rows we had gotten via Ticnet for 1st row tickets a few hours before the concert thanks to very nice staff at the concert hall. Sometimes one just has to ask! It turned out some other fans had asked as well to switch seats because we were all sitting there (it would have looked quite weird if nobody would have sat there, weird ticketing system…).

So it was the first row mainly who stood up as always. This time, though, I didn’t have the feeling that the audience wasn’t into it but the other way around. They reacted to what Marie said and joked about and also when they heard the first tunes of songs like Sparvöga, Ännu doftar kärlek or Tro.
And they did partly stand up at Efter stormen and rocked along at Mellan sommar och höst. The version of this song played tonight was probably one of the rockiest of the whole tour!!
Amazing guitars tonight, by the way. I think even Marie thought Chris and Jokke were superb tonight judging by her reaction and face.
Micke changed the intro of Tro a little bit and it’s simply beautiful.
And Marie left us all with our mouth open with Så skimrande… wow!! I am always amazed by her powerful voice!

One if the anecdotes tonight: Pelle had started to play the drums for Om du såg mig nu when somebody (Chris, Micke?) shouted for him to hold on. Marie was to speak! She introduced the song as the one which is dedicates to her dad.
She sang this song with a lot of feeling. She always does of course, but I felt tonight was extra deep and special.

Some fans had paper hearts that they held up during Tro. Marie also got flowers from some fans.

Tomorrow: Västerås!

Setlist (no changes)

1. Så stilla så långsamt [1992 - DSR]
2. Kom vila hos mig [2013 - Nu!]
3. Bara för en dag [1987 - ES]
4. Det regnar igen [1992 - DSR]
5. Sista sommarens vals [2013 - Nu!]
6. Ber bara en gång [1996 - IETSV]
7. Sparvöga [1989 off the Swedish drama TV series]
8. Ett hus vid havet [1985 - DSV]
9. Ett bord i solen [2007 - TFT]
10. Så skimrande var aldrig havet [1990 off Taube compilation album]
11. Ännu doftar kärlek [1984 - HV]
12. Så länge det lyser mittemot [1992 - DSR]
13. Om du såg mig nu [1987 - ES]
14. Efter stormen [1987 - ES]
15. Den sjunde vågen [1985 - DSV]

16. Mellan sommar och höst [1992 - DSR]
17. Den bästa dagen [1985 - DSV]
18. Tro [1996 - IETSV]

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Arbetarbladet.se (Note to the reporter: just so that you know, Rox fans are very well aware that this is a Marie SOLO tour and don’t expect to hear any Roxette during the concerts. We are there to see Marie live with her Swedish master pieces)

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Gyllene Tider’s energetic company gig

Yesterday (better said today) at about 0:45 am CET, out of the blue there was a post on Roxette Official written by Per that Gyllene Tider gave a 1-hour-long concert at Berns in Stockholm. My first thought was: WTF? I’ve just come home from there and now they are playing in the city? Then I realized it must have been a company gig. And it was. GT’s first ever. The association they played for is Dagligvaruleverantörers Förbund (DLF). The firm held its annual meeting at Berns and they also celebrated their 45th anniversary. They mentioned on their Facebook page GT was a world-class entertainment and those were truly golden times yesterday (“Det var verkligen Gyllene Tider igår.”). Lately we can be sure it is worth working at a huge Swedish company or association. Earlier Roxette on an Oriflame meeting and now this.

 

 

Per himself shared the setlist on Roxette Official (still nothing on GT’s FB site, however, there are surely many GT fans who are not reading the posts by Roxette):

1. Juni, juli, augusti
2. Det hjärta som brinner
3. Puls
4. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjöman
5. Marie i växeln
6. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
7. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly
8. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet
9. Tylö Sun

Extra:
10. Gå & fiska!
11. När alla vännerna gått hem

”Extra extra due to the extremely loud noise from the very generous crowd”:
12. Sommartider

 

We could only see some photos on Instagram from this event, but thank God someone shot a video, too and shared it on YouTube. You can see how energetic (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet was. Wow! They played only half of the amount of songs they played on tour, they didn’t have any rehearsals, only a quick sound check before the show, but the guys performed just like in a fully packed arena last summer. As Per says, these songs are in their DNA. True. They need a tour again!!! We need it, too!

 

 

Thanks to Miss Dimberg, there is also a photo and a video (part of Puls) posted by Per on Roxette Official. DLF associates, I hope you know and appreciate how lucky you are!

 

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Special vinyl of ‘The Look’ to celebrate USA #1 25th anniversary

per marie 25Warner Music Sweden revealed in a press release sent out yesterday night one of the surprises Per was talking about on FB that would happen on Record Store Day.

‘The Look’ will be released again on a special limited edition 7″ vinyl on April 26th. The vinyl will be red and few copies of the single will be available (number not known yet).

The reason for this special release?  ‘The Look’ reached number 1 in USA on April 8th, 1989. That is, 25 years ago!

Per and Marie celebrated this occasion yesterday night after Marie’s show in Stockholm and even got a cake for that.

But stay tuned, one more surprise seems to be on the way in this day.

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Pictures by Karin Törnblom

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