Roxette XXX Tour – Paris, France (Olympia) – May 26 – #33

rox olympiaRoxette played in Paris last time in 1992. That is 23 years ago! That is definitely too many years, actually, if the records are right, Roxette only played twice in France/Paris, once in 1989 and the last time in 1992.

During the day I had been thinking about the show and what to expect. I was curious to see how the French audience would react for various reasons. Roxette having played here last time so many years ago, not really being present in the charts for a while. I had no clue how French audience is at concerts, would it be fun and sweaty like in Spain or more on the quiet side like in Sweden? And it was in a theatre, which meant seated. So lots of questions that were to be answered later that day.

Eskobar started at 8 pm and played the set that they’ve been playing during this tour. One could indeed feel that they have an audience in France, some people were singing along and a lot more were clapping. It was a great warm up, but somehow people still felt a bit quiet. Would it stay like that?  Not really, that was about to change. As soon as the venue went dark and the Roxette-intro music started to sound, one could feel the excitement building up and when the first chords of “Sleeping in my Car” started to sound the audience went wild,  people stood up immediately, some of those who were sitting in other rows even tried to get to the front, and people were singing very loud. The concert wasn’t going to be seated after all!

After just two songs, the whole place felt very hot, that was going to be a fun night! And everybody on stage was just crazy and happy. I don’t know what they expected from the sold out show. I was positively surprised by the response of the audience and I had the feeling Per and Marie and the band were too.  The sound was awesome (even though Marie sounded very low, and it was not her fault neither the fact that people were singing very loud), that is the positive thing about small concert halls made to enjoy music. It reminded me in a way of the concert at the Beacon in NY, both the great sound and atmosphere.

IMG_0292-1Marie, who was wearing white outfit and black jacket and tie, was laughing a lot, making eye contact with the known faces, and oh! her voice! It was awesome. I don’t know what she did during “Watercolours in the Rain”,  but it was one of those moments when you realise (for the 1012912th time) why you just love this band so much. Goosebumps all the way! It’s hard to describe how she was singing, but it was so touching and jazzy and wow!

Magnus, Chris and Dea were also having lots of fun and Per jumping and running and bouncing as we know him and torturing his shoes (which, by the way, I  realised are very flashy and cool, the sole is very elastic, maybe to make the bumping easy on his knees? I wonder how many pairs he needs every tour…!).

When Per told the story about Magnus’ favourite album, Magnus asked the audience which album they loved most. One could hear that “Joyride” and “Look Sharp!” got the most “votes”, matching the time Roxette was the most successful in France. Before “It Must Have Been Love”, Per asked Marie if she was ready and she said “I am always ready”, which made the audience and Per smile. Yeah! One could see during the whole show that she enjoyed the music a lot, especially Chris playing guitar, and connecting with Dea a lot. It is just an incredible feel-good feeling to see a band that is having so much fun on stage, playing, dancing, teasing eachother and interacting this way, not only with the audience but also among themselves.

Chris chose to play an Edith Piaf song as an intro to Joyride and he got a nice response from the audience. After all, Édith Piaf is one of France’s national divas! “Joyride” was incredible and pure fun, and “The Look” was a great ending of the show. You gotta love Chris going crazy with the guitar, it sounds just terrific! The whole band was in top shape and the audience didn’t stop jumping and singing during the whole night.

Per mentioned the fact that they hadn’t played in Paris since 1992 during the show and he asked how many had been at their last show at Le Zénith back then. A few raised their hands, and while Per was looking at the audience to see who had been there back in 92, he added a fun note when he saw some kids among the audience, saying that they weren’t even born back then. Such a long time!IMG_0315-1

Just like the concert in New York in 2012, this was a very special evening in a special place with lots of history. As Per mentioned in this post on FB, the Beatles played there back in 1964, and so did Édith Piaf and many others, a very legendary place. I think one of the best things were the big red glowing letters announcing Roxette “old style”. How cool is that?

PARIS UPDATE: Oui!!! What an evening! Thanx everyone for making this gig so special. What a great venue, lots of history. Can you believe The Beatles played here 18 days in a row (or something) back in 1964? And Chris played an Edith Piaf-song by heart tonight!!! So special for all of us. We had a blast in this beautiful city. See y’all next time. How about tomorrow in Amsterdam???? Love, P&Co.

All in all, it was a very positive surprise and experience. French fans showed they still love Roxette even though they haven’t been around for a while. And it was a great proud happy feeling to turn around and see so many people standing and having fun at a Roxette concert, in Paris! Let’s hope they don’t have to wait that long till the next show!

After the show, many fans stayed around to chat about the show. Many agreed that his had been a magnifique concert, maybe one of the best they had seen, and that it would be great to see more Roxette concerts in such venues and more relaxed settings. There is no need to queue for hours, which is not only great for our backs and feet but it means we are full of energy for the concert (we are not 20 anymore … ;)), and the atmosphere in such places is just awesome.

Videos

Dangerous (not complete)
How Do You Do! (not complete)
The Look (not complete)
The Look 2

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
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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Per Gessle’s ”12 Peaks of Now” on Nordic Rox

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Pic by Patrícia Peres

When we heard about the Twelve Peaks show on Nordic Rox, we thought there would be at least one Twelve Peaks bonanza per month. The essence of the show is that Per Gessle chooses 12 songs according to the actual topic and he and Sven Lindström are discussing them. The first 2 shows were shared by Sven in February 2014. More than a year later, now he was kind enough to share a third program, this time via Sandra Knospe. Huge thanks for that!

At the very beginning of the 3-hour-long show (you can download it by clicking HERE), as well as at 00:34:00 and at 00:51:10 Sven is announcing his guest, Per Gessle and tells we will listen to the 12 peaks list of contemporary music that Mr. G grooves to right now. Per joins in at 00:59:20 and is on until 02:15:32.

Sven says he gave Per the choice to pick his 12 New Wave favourites, but in order to be hip and appear groovy, he chose contemporary songs instead. They named this part as ”Twelve Peaks of Now” since Sven couldn’t come up with a better title. Per jokes the title could have been ”12 peaks of what’s in my lunch box”.

At the time of recording the show (early March 2015) Sven said Per was in the middle of picking up ideas for the new Roxette album.

Per’s reaction to that was:

Most of the songs are already done, but I can change my mind.

Regarding how songs are influencing him he said:

I try to listen to lots of things, lots of different things. I mean I didn’t invent the wheel, I let myself be influenced by certain sounds or certain ideas or certain structures in songs.

They are also talking about the upcoming Roxette album. Remember, the show was recorded early March. PG says:

I started writing the new Roxette album half a year ago. Then of course we went on tour. We started touring in October in Russia and the Baltic countries and we just came back from Australia. In early May we start our big European tour over the summer with almost 40 shows in Europe. So this recording, this new album, we’re doing it when we’re at home. Which is like good and bad. The bad thing is that it’s very easy to lose focus, because you’re in the studio for a couple of weeks than you go on tour for like 2 months. Then you have to go back. I would prefer to be in the studio until it’s done and then do the tour. But we can’t do that at this point. But it’s going great, you know. We have a great material and it feels really cool, the new stuff. It’s a mix of classic Roxette combined with new ideas. … It’s a much stronger compilation of material than the last 2 albums. And also I think since we started touring again in 2010 Roxette has become this sort of working machine that I like to have. I think that really pays off when you’re making new songs for the band.

Sven who heard songs off the new album thinks it’s impressive and promising, quite a step forward compared to the last 2 albums.

Sven asked Per where he gets his music tips from for finding new music. Per replied:

Most of the time you just share playlists with your friends who know what I like and vice versa. … It’s easy to get lost, it’s also easy to get bored, because you listen to so many songs that you don’t like and you sort of give it up and start watching Breaking Bad instead. You have to find a way to filter all this. But I have a few friends and we sort of share ideas all the time. You should find friends, Sven! It’s a good thing.

They are talking about the great reception of The Per Gessle Archives and demos in general. They have a deep discussion about the question if mooses are elks and vice versa. You can also hear SMS messages coming in during the conversation. It’s always so cool listening to them. They are sharing jokes, kidding each other and their conversation about music is one of the most enjoyable things in life.

Sven and Per are also talking about 1975 and Mr. L asked Mr. G where he was in ’75. Per replied:

I was still in school. I hadn’t formed my first band yet. I was struggling with songwriting. I wrote lyrics and made up melodies in my head, but I couldn’t really play anything. But then in ’76 my mother – I think it was ’76 – my mother bought me a guitar. And I started to play this sort of fingerpicking style, you know, Leonard Cohen songs and Gordon Lightfoot songs.

Then came the New Wave and he had to form his own band. He was influenced by Blondie, Patti Smith, Tom Petty etc. He always thought each Tom Petty song could have been a single.

The main thing in the show, however, is that list of 12 songs Mr. G likes right now. They are talking about the artists on the list, as well as about the songs, why Per thinks they are good or even brilliant tracks.

 

  1. Say Lou Lou – Julian
  2. Tove Lo – My Gun
  3. Bo-Dogs – She’s Got To Go
  4. Jungle – Busy Earnin’
  5. Feist – I Feel It All
  6. Röyksopp feat. Robyn – Monument
  7. Amason – Älgen
  8. London Grammar – Hey Now
  9. The 1975 – Chocolate
  10. Banks – Beggin For Thread
  11. Karin Park – Out Of The Cage
  12. Lana Del Rey – Cruel World

 

We have no idea how many Twelve Peaks have been recorded so far, but hopefully, a next part can be shared soon.

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Roxette XXX Tour – Jelling, Denmark (Jelling Festival) – May 23 – #32

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BoJo testing Marie’s heater :) Pic by Christina Tholander

While Europe was busy with the Eurovision Song Contest final (congrats, Sweden!), Roxette performed in Jelling, Denmark in front of appr. 40000 people tonight. It was their first European festival gig this year, more to come during summer. The stage had a big screen on one side, so even those who were very much in the back could see what was happening on stage.

Per appeared in his white outfit, Marie chose black for tonight. The weather was quite cold and everyone was wearing jackets off the stage. Marie was shivering with cold. She was wearing gloves and a scarf, she even got a heater in front of her to keep her warm, but it still wasn’t enough. When they came back for the extra songs, she got a blue blanket to cover her legs not to get frozen. Hopefully, she didn’t catch a cold during the concert.

No matter how freezing cold the weather was, the band was on a high, Marie’s voice was amazing and the crowd was full of party people willing to sing along each and every song.

Regarding the setlist, Roxette performed 16 songs. They skipped The Heart Shaped Sea and left out Almost Unreal.

They came to the venue by the Rox Jet and were rushing to it after the show ended to get back to their warm homes as soon as possible.

Per & Co. after the show:

JELLING UPDATE: Fab gig tonite in front of 30.000 party people. Great vibe, pretty cold for Marie sitting down, but we all had a blast. Pics + vids later on, folks. RoxAir is waiting!!!
Cheers, P&Co.

Next gig is on Tuesday (26th May) in Paris, France.

 

Articles and photos

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

newsbreak.dk: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6;
jv.dk
bt.dk
vafo.dk
gaffa.dk
poplish.dk

Videos

Instavideos
It Must Have Been Love
Dangerous
Listen To Your Heart

 

Setlist

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Pic by Christina Tholander

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

 

Thanx for the updates and for the photos to front row Roxer Christina Tholander!

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Roxette XXX Tour – Prague, Czech Republic (O2 Arena) – May 21 – #31

From Budapest, Roxette travelled to Prague for their 31st gig on the XXX tour. The O2 Arena is huge and we already knew there would be appr. 16-17000 people attending the show, so many fans decided to go to the arena early, to have a chance to reach the best standing places. No one expected the security check being stricter than at any airport and scanning the tickets 3 times at different check points makes no sense at all. Mainly if the guys at the third point don’t know the technique of scanning or the scanners don’t work. Then those hostesses could practice at home how to put the wristbands faster on people’s arms. Many got hold back at the last checking point this way and could enter the venue only 5-6 minutes later, which meant the best places at the standing area were already occupied, of course. Well done, O2 Arena security team. Good luck to all the Madonna fans in November!

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Photo by Patrícia Peres

After a disastrous entrance, all I can say about the gig tonight is purely positive. After Eskobar left the stage, Roxette’s crew started to prepare everything for the show. When Micke N-S checked Per’s mic stand, it seemed to be quite unstable. He and 2 other guys from the crew started jumping like Per would and they saw it had to be fixed, otherwise it wouldn’t survive Mr G’s stomping. They managed to make it stable in a short time.

The concert started at 21:15 and we could see Åsa was there with the iPhone in her hands. While the photographers were in front of the stage during the first songs, she stayed on the right side of the stage and she was even dancing while filming. Too cool! When it came to Crash! Boom! Bang!, she started shooting Micke N-S and it was quite funny how they were singing the song to each other. That video I guess we won’t get to see on Roxette’s Facebook page, however, it would be fun.

This time there were 2 screens on the 2 sides of the stage to make it possible for everyone to see what was happening on stage.

Marie was in an extremely good shape. Not only her jacket, but she herself was shining and smiling all the time, interacting with the crowd, as well as with Magnus, Chris and Dea. Oh and yes, with Per, too. Mr G was in b-b-b-b-bouncing mood all night. His guitar fights with Chris and their playing next to each other were just amazing! The picks sticked too much to Per’s fingers that he sometimes threw the picks even behind himself, not to the crowd. Too funny!

Prague audience was singing along all night and their clapping was fantastic. The crowd reaction to Chris playing a local song was great. When the band left the stage after Joyride, they could hardly stop clapping, whistling and shouting Roxette! Roxette!

Before playing Spending My Time, Per talked about playing in Prague 4 years ago and asked who was there back then. Many shouted they were there and he said it’s great to see so many familiar faces. Then asked the crowd to help them out if we knew the lyrics.

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Photo by Patrícia Peres

The real surprise came before they played Crush On You. Per started the usual conversation about Magnus’s fave Rox album, but tonight Magnus decided for someone else telling what her fave album was. He picked someone in the audience. Someone, who had her birthday today and it was Sandra Knospe, who is close to having her 200th concert anniversary. The whole happening you can watch in THIS video. It was undescribably amazing! What a birthday present! Per also greeted Sandra on Facebook before the show and at the end of the gig Pelle also came to her and gave her a drumhead (see the pic). Pure awesomeness!

Witnessing this whole thing I can say it would be fantastic if the band could keep this kind of spontaneity at the shows. I don’t mean wishing happy birthday to someone at each concert, but today this, tomorrow something else that fits. It would make the gigs even more enjoyable and interesting.

The setlist changed vs. the previous concert, but only at 1 point: they played Almost Unreal again. So it’s again 18 songs on the setlist.

 

Per after the show:

PRAGUE UPDATE: Yea, fab gig tonite. 16.200 wonderful people took the concert to new heights. We had a blast, love to come back to this beautiful city. Vids to follow in due time…. Cheers, P.

Next gig is on Saturday (23rd May) at the Jelling Festival in Denmark.

 

Articles and photos

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

t-mobile.cz/hudba
ireport.cz
Live Nation CZ
O2 Arena
musicserver.cz
play.iprima.cz
kultura.idnes.cz
nowinky.cz
cas.sk

Videos

Intro & Sleeping In My Car
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Intro to Joyride
Crush On You & She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)

 

Setlist

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Photo by Patrícia Peres

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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Cover of “Kärleken till livet” revealed

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Cover of “Kärleken till livet”

Swedish publisher Piratförlaget revealed the cover of “Kärleken till livet”, Marie’s upcoming biography, on their website and autumn catalogue. You will also find a picture of the co-author Helena von Zweigbergk and Marie on the website.

A few more details about the formats have also been published. We knew that the book will be available on hardcover, e-book as well as audio book (CD-book, mp3 format and digital download). Now we can see that the hardcover will have 330 pages and the audio book version will be narrated by Helena von Zweigbergk.

According to Piratförlaget’s website, the book will be released on October 14, 2015. The books will probably cost around 200-230 SEK.

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Roxette XXX Tour – Budapest, Hungary (Budapest Arena) – May 19 – #30

The 30th concert of the XXX tour happened in Hungary’s beautiful capital, Budapest. When Roxette played Budapest the last time it was 1st June 2011, almost exactly 4 years ago. Per even mentioned it before they started playing Spending My Time. HERE you can check his talking. Back then he was so much on a high that he wrote this in his concert evaluating post: ”Yep! Super crowd in Budapest as expected! Thanx all of you 10 11 12000 for screaming singing shouting waving. We love you, Budapest! Let’s get married!!” Well, the arena wasn’t sold out, but it was very much crowded (I would say there were even more people than in 2011) and we all did our best to let this long engagement come to a marriage tonight. I think we did it perfectly right. Budapest crowd was a very loud and active audience.

While Eskobar, the support act was on stage, Per posted:

BUDAPEST BACKSTAGE: Marie, Dea and Chris are singing Love Is All and Milk And Toast And Honey. What’s happening? /P.

It got lots of us thinking about how awesome it would be, if they added those 2 songs to the setlist. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen in the end. So we now need to hear / watch the backstage video of these 2 pearls. At least we hope it got recorded by Mr G.

When Roxette entered the stage, we expected Marie and Per to be in white outfits again, but it was only Marie who kept her white clothes (jeans and shoes as well) partly. Per got back to black. Sleeping In My Car was the opening song as usual and towards the end Micke N-S went on stage and tried to repair(?) something on Per’s guitar. You can see that action in THIS video (from appr. 2:35).

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Photo by Patrícia Peres

Each and every song sounded fab tonight and the crowd loved them all. The whole band was in top shape and so was Marie’s voice. She was singing her heart out and she even tried to look into the eyes of all the familiar faces in the front row and wave to them. She was awesome! Per at the same time was charmed by the crowd’s activity and he showed his energetic side with his Gessle moves during the whole show. After playing How Do You Do! he said into the mic: ”That felt good!” Oh we enjoyed it, too!

Before the band introduction, Per asked Marie how she was doing and she said ”I’m feeling fine. It’s great to be here.” PG: ”You’re a great crowd! Thank you very very much! We hope you’re having fun tonight!” If we were having fun? We had a blaaast! Although we missed very much Per’s thank you in Hungarian (köszönöm).

After the band got introduced, Chris started playing a local tune which first we didn’t recognize, but I think he started it in a teasing way rather, because when we realized which song it was, he got a fab crowd reaction. It was an old Hungarian rock band’s, Omega’s song (Gyöngyhajú lány) which was even covered by Scorpions (White Dove).

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Photo by Patrícia Peres

Then came Joyride and of course there were balloons. Some of them ended up in the front part of the stage and while Per was rushing through there, he was kicking them back towards the crowd. It was pure fun!

Marie asked the audience again several times to sing along more It Must Have Been Love and Listen To Your Heart. She was so lovely when she showed she wanna hear us.

There was a slightly new conversation between Per and Magnus before Crush On You. HERE you can check it out. You’ll get to know some info about Magnus’s ABBA lipsync secrets and that Per made an album here in Hungary titled ”Hooked on Hungary”, but he decided to release Have A Nice Day instead. Haha… 😉

The setlist was the same as at the past few concerts, 17 songs. The closing song was The Look and it was strange that this time the background cells were closed and the projection of the colourful Roxette sign went to the curtain. Might be because of some damages the stage set suffered in Bucharest. It looked perfect anyway.

Per & Co after the show:

BUDAPEST UPDATE: Fab show tonite. Thanx everyone for making so much noise!!!! Always a pleasure being here!!!! Love as always, P&Co

We are happy to have Roxette back anytime!

Next gig is on Thursday (21st May) in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Articles and photos

zene.hu -> the best review of the concert: review, photo gallery
acmwallet.hu
metropol.hu
mno.hu
shockmagazin.hu
mymusic.hu
langologitarok.blog.hu
utolsoejjel.blog.hu
kultura.hu

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4;

Videos

Sleeping In My Car
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
The Heart Shaped Sea
Fading Like A Flower
Joyride intro (Gyöngyhajú lány)
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

Setlist

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Photo by Patrícia Peres

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:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

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Roxette XXX Tour – Bucharest, Romania (Arenele Romane) – May 17 – #29

After 2 days off, Roxette played in Bucharest tonight. The gates had been announced to be opened at 7 pm and the first support act, The Amsterdams to perform at 7:40 pm, then it would have been Eskobar’s time and Roxette would have hit the stage at 9 pm. The weather decided to rewrite the whole agenda though. Gates opened later and there was a long queue for about an hour to enter the open-air venue. When The Amsterdams were on stage, a heavy hailstorm arrived to Bucharest and changed everything. People started panicking and many of them ran towards the exit. Even the security guys told the people that because of the storm the show would be cancelled. Thank God, most people sticked to their places and wanted to see Roxette live, so they prayed for the storm to leave the Romanian capital and hoped for the show not being cancelled in the end. When the situation needed some explanation, Per himself posted this on Roxette’s Facebook page:

RAIN IN BUCHAREST: The Rox show is slightly late due to the heavy rain and the majestic thunder but will start very very soon. Have to get rid of the water from the mixing console, light projectors etc. And we needed a hairdryer to get Pelle’s snaredrum back in shape! It’s all coming to place now. Thanx for waiting, folks! /P.

Some left comments under Per’s post that it would be great if they could cancel the show and do it tomorrow. Hello? It doesn’t work like this… I mean it’s understandable that the heavy storm made a lot of people leave, feeling the situation was dangerous and they were afraid of the storm itself, but the rest of the crowd was still there waiting, holding on tight to their plans to see their beloved band. No storm could stop them waiting for experiencing a great concert. The crew did their best and they made it possible for Roxette to charm the audience with their performance. Hats off, guys! Unfortunately, after all the delay and damage, Eskobar didn’t have the chance to play, but they enjoyed watching the Rox gig from the crowd.

The closest followers of Roxette got a fab surprise from Marie and Per: they appeared in white outfits on stage. This time Marie wasn’t barefoot, but she was wearing a pair of white shoes. She was still freezing, though, as it was quite cold after the thunderstorm. Per had 3 different shirts with PER, ROX and XXX written on the left arm, but he missed buying some more fitting shoes, so he had those ones he is wearing with his black outfits. They both looked awesome anyway! White is the new black! Keep those clothes for the next shows, Ms Effe and Mr G!

All in all, it turned out to be a night to remember for those who waited patiently and were partying to Roxette’s greatest hits. One could think the setlist got shorter, but no. The band played all 17 songs they performed on their past 2 gigs.

Per & Co. after the show:

BUCHAREST: Oh yea! After all that rain came shine! Great crowd, a band on its toes, all in all a fab evening. Thanx everyone for a wonderful happening. Vids to follow. Cheers, P&Co.

 

Next gig is on Tuesday (19th May) in Budapest, Hungary.

 

Articles and photos

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

Dragos Stoica
infomusic.ro

Videos

Instavideos:
It Must Have Been Love
Listen To Your Heart
How Do You Do!

 

Setlist

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Pic by Sandra Knospe

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:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

Thanx to all who kept us updated during the waiting time and after the show.

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Roxette XXX Tour – Barcelona, Spain (St. Jordi Club) – May 14 – #28

The day started very early for many fans that had catch planes, cars, busses, trains to get to Barcelona on time to queue up and try to get the best spots in the first row(s). The first ones were at St. Jordi Club at around 9 and started with the numbering system, that had worked in Madrid too (as well as many times before in other countries/tours).  And it paid of, around lunch time the sun was the strongest and we had to find some shadows under the trees nearby. The waiting was very calm, it felt at times more like a picnic, under some trees having lunch and chatting with friends. At around five-ish more people started to join and every body went back to her/his places in the queue. The local security told us that since we had been organised all the time, they would let us in in groups of five to try to respect the numbering system. Nice! It only worked for the first … 10? since the ones that were let in later seemed to panic to get a precious place in the first row and started to run (where is Show Security Sweden when you need them!). In any case, it wasn’t pushy but rather hot inside (and it was about to get hotter!).

Eskobar showed up on stage right on time at half past eight and played their 30-minute set, which people seemed to enjoy a lot. Some fans shouted “Eskobar! Eskobar!” or the typical “ooeee oeee oeee” many times as well as Daniel’s name. I think it’s always nice when the support band is welcomed warmly by the audience, it makes the whole show a better experience.

And finally it was time for Roxette (on time this time). About 4.000 fans were waiting for the Roxing guys and girls and ready to give everything during the whole concert. As soon as “Sleeping In My Car” started to sound people went wild. I haven’t heard such a loud bunch for a long time! Sometimes the audience was so loud it was hard to hear the band sing. This went on during the whole concert, even non-singles like “The Heart Shaped Sea” or “Watercolours In The Rain/Paint” were welcomed by a lot of sing-along (check video below). This last one was very touching, with Marie singing as wonderful as always. The setlist was the same as in Madrid.

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(C) Mariana G. Magnus with the chicken hat in Barcelona.

And everybody on stage seemed to love the crazy audience, judging by the big smiles. Dea and Chris were teasing each other all the time, and Magnus even had the honour to wear one of the chicken hats that made a second appearance in Barcelona (read Madrid’s review for details). And Per somehow got lost presenting one of the songs, he started to say something about he hoped we knew that song “because………”? He laughed and everybody else laughed as well. And, of course, everybody on stage got his or her share of “Claaaarence” or “Maaaagnus” or “Marieeee” or “ooeees” (a few times we went on for so long and loud they had to wait to start speaking or the next song).

One of the highlights of the night was surely when Chris played the hymn of FC Barcelona as the Joyride intro. It only needed Chris to play the first chords for the people to go wild and start to sing. If you’ve grown up in Catalunya and are a Barça fan you just know this song by heart, and it was simply special. Thanks for that!

The whole show was a constant sing-along and one could simply feel the love in the air. Goose bumps! It is simply one of the best feelings I know, to enjoy the most important band in your life, the one that has always been there since you were a teen, and feel proud to hear so many people share and give that love and share this moment with friends you have known for more than 20 years. The venue may not have been as full as the last time Roxette played in Barcelona, compared to Palau St. Jordi, but the explosion of fun and good wives in the air was there the same or even stronger.

The party went on after the show was over outside the venue. While walking to the car or down the Montjuic hill one could hear people commenting how amazing the concert had been, singing Roxette songs, or even hear some concert-goers blasting Roxette songs from their cars in the traffic jam. The reaction? Happy horns by neighbouring cars, clapping and singing by those who were going down by foot. Party! I heard some even went to a karaoke to sing some more Roxette songs…

Two TV channels (Catalan TV3 and Spanish TVE) were at the place and interviewed some fans before the show, recorded a few moments of the concert and broadcast a short report about the show as well. Check the links below to watch them.

Next gig is on Sunday (17th May) in Bucharest, Romania.

Articles and photos

Photos by Xavier Mercade.

Videos

News on Catalan TV3
News on Spanish national TVE
Stars” recorded by Catalan TV3
Youtube:
Watercolours In The Rain
Listen To Your Heart
Joyride
Fading Like a Flower
The Big L.
Spending My Time
It Must Have Been Love
How Do You Do!
The Heart Shaped Sea (check the videos by this user, there are quite many of them, including Crush On You)

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
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 – Madrid, Spain (Palacio Vistalegre) – May 13 – #27

After a most awesome opening gig in Milan last Sunday, the European tour leg’s second show happened in Madrid. Many started wondering if Spain can beat Italy. People are loud there, too, but it felt like Milan was a tough act to follow. Not that it makes sense to compare one concert to another, since each gig is special and unique. The venue in the Spanish capital was a much bigger one, appr. 6000 people attended the show. The concert wasn’t sold out, but the arena looked quite packed.

Lots of fans had been waiting all day outside the venue to be the first ones to enter Palacio Vistalegre in the evening. This was the first Euro show with the support act Eskobar. (Read the interview Judith did with them some days ago.)

Roxette was to hit the stage at 21:30, but the show started only appr. 30 minutes later. Mañana (=tomorrow) is a frequently used word in Spain, they love taking it easy, but you shouldn’t be late when there is another show mañana in another city. Fans started worrying about the setlist being shortened because of the delayed start and they were right. 17 songs were played, the band skipped Almost Unreal.

The most common expressions regarding the concert used by the Spaniards are ”grandes” and ”conciertazo” meaning the band was absolutely great and it was an awesome concert. Per was extremely energetic, jumping and stomping even more than in Milan and joking all the time. Marie and Dea charmed the audience with a perfect Watercolours In The Rain performance. Magnus and Chris were so much on a high that at a point Magnus even fell on his bum and Chris dropped his guitar. Haha, pure rock & roll! Christoffer played ”Viva España” as the intro to Joyride and it worked very well with the cheering Spanish crowd.

Spanish fans never disappoint, they were singing their hearts out during the whole show and all the international fans who also attended the concert joined them. They were onehelluva loud crowd! As usual, Spanish hardcore Roxers prepared some fun. Instead of wigs this time they were wearing chicken hats. It surely made the band smile and we’ll probably get to see them in some short vids on Roxette’s Facebook page.

Per & Co. after the show:

MADRID! OH YEA! Fab gig tonite in front of the loudest crowd since I don’t know when! We had a blast and even did a jam session at the very end of Listen To Your Heart. Unexpected. Even for us!!! Thank you everyone who made this an everlasting memory for all of us!!!! Vids tomorrow. Barcelona as well. Cheers! /P&Co

Next gig is on Thursday (14th May) in Barcelona, Spain.

Articles and photos

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

diariovasco.com
es.noticias.yahoo.com
mercadeopop
Live Nation ES
hola.com

Videos

It Must Have Been Love
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower

Instavideos
Sleeping In My Car
Spending My Time
The Look

The bow

 

Setlist

roxette_in_madrid

Pics by Tiina Pitkänen (1; 2)

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:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

Thanx for the contribution, Nina Wolfframm.

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Roxette XXX Tour – Milan, Italy (Teatro Arcimboldi) – May 10 – #26

The long-awaited European leg of the XXX tour kicked off in Milan last night. Good sign to start a tour leg with a sold out gig, isn’t it? First the band, then Marie and Per arrived to the venue for a soundcheck in the afternoon. They were all smiles, so one could see they loved the fact the tour continues. After the F1 race had ended, they got on stage and did a more than 1-hour long soundcheck with the following songs: 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, Fading Like A Flower, How Do You Do!, Dangerous, Almost Unreal. So we could be really happy that they kept Crush On You.

When we were all checking our seats and it was almost show time, we realized the organizers took some VIP people to the very front, to the orchestra part of the theater. This way they were like in 0 or -1 rows. The show was to start at 9 pm, but there were a lot of people entering the venue late to take their seats, so Roxette got on stage only a bit later than 21:15.

Italy doesn’t get a Roxette concert each day, even Per mentioned it during the show that the last time they played in Milan was in 1989 at the Rolling Stone club. He asked if anyone was there from the crowd and said there were like 40 people or maybe 70. So it was extremely exciting to have the band playing live in Milan during the actual tour. Even if the venue was quite small (appr. 2300 people), it felt like we were in a huge arena. Believe it or not, the whole audience (even the VIP people) stood up even before the concert started and they didn’t really want to use their seats at all. The only song where the crowd was sitting was Watercolours In The Rain / Paint, but it changed quite fast with the next song, Fading Like A Flower when all people were on their feet again.

The audience was so active and loud! Everyone knew the lyrics to almost each and every song and was singing along all the time. The band, seeing all the happy party people in the audience put even more energy into the opening gig of the European tour. All of them were on a high. Marie was sitting during the whole show, but this didn’t stop her dancing on her chair and acting with the audience. Per was so happy to hear everyone singing along that he jumped and ran around the stage so much. Once he even ”kicked” Chris in the ass while playing the guitar. Chris went so crazy during The Look that he ran off the stage to the front row of the crowd and played the guitar there. Magnus joined him in some seconds and they went wild down there.

There was a funny conversation between Marie and Per before It Must Have Been Love about how Marie felt herself, if it was warm and that they didn’t really like the song in the beginning, but then it changed quite a lot in their lives. When IMHBL started, Marie was singing, then there was the crowd sing-along part and Marie liked it so much she asked the audience to sing more. She shouted into the mic several times ”I want to hear you sing!” Not only during It Must Have Been Love, but also during Listen To Your Heart. At the latter song, she had some problems with the lyrics and asked Dea to come closer to the front, so she could support her even more. Dea came to the front and they were singing together. Sounded fab! Actually, all songs sounded wonderful. All voices were in top shape and everyone on the stage was just shining. We loved seeing how the band enjoyed themselves and it was awesome to be part of such a fantastic crowd. Italy rulez!

Before we could enter the venue, we saw lots of firemen. Now we know they had to be there because they were afraid of Teatro Arcimboldi being burnt down. Gosh! Roxette put the theater on fire and it was burning from the very beginning till the very end.

After Joyride, the band went off the stage, but the crowd was shouting loud: Roxette! Roxette! and clapping and whistling and doing everything to get them back on stage. We didn’t have to wait for a long time. They happily got back to us and further entertained us with the 3 extra songs.

When Marie stood up at the end of the concert, she got a standing ovation. The crowd didn’t let them go off stage and it seemed like Marie and Per wanted to stay there forever. Then they started walking off and Marie looked at and waved back to the audience before they disappeared in the dark.

Åsa was filming a lot and even Micke grabbed the iPhone to take some videos, so we surely get some video updates on Roxette’s Facebook page.

Regarding the merchandise, a new item is a phone charger for 45 euros. One of the VIP presents in Oz was a similar equipment and Per liked it so much he promised to try to have it in the merchandise. Now there it is.

Per’s comment on the concert:

MILAN UPDATE: Thanx everyone for making the XXX Euro Tour start so good! The opening show in Milan was a blast!!! Wonderful crowd and a very jolly band enjoying every second of every song. We love Italy, we certainly hope we can come back to do some gigs here!! Thanx for making this happen, y’all! Grazie, P&M&Co
PS. Vids tomorrow…

Next gig is on Wednesday (13th May) in Madrid, Spain.

 

Articles and photos

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

demotix.com
jaymag.it
lifestyle.tiscali.it
onstageweb.com
cubemagazine.it
impattosonoro.it
tuttorock.net
flickr – Alberto Pezzali
flickr – Francesco Prandoni
flickr – Mairo Cinquetti
flickr – Sergione Infuso

Roxetteblog Photo album on Facebook

Videos

Fading Like A Flower
Spending My Time
How Do You Do!
The Look

Video clip from Notorius

Setlist

roxette_in_milan

Pic by Patrícia Peres

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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Eskobar: “We are so much looking forward to the tour!”

eskobarI met Daniel Bellqvist and Frederik Zäll from Eskobar in a café at Mariatorget, Stockholm, a few days ago to talk about the upcoming tour as guest artist during Roxette’s XXX Anniversary tour in Europe, the band in general, creativity, upcoming projects and more. To find out more about the band and follow them on tour check their Facebook page. I have also prepared a playlist on Spotify (check at the end of the interview) with some of their hits so you can start learning the lyrics. First stop will be Madrid.

Judith (J): Thank you very much for taking some time for this interview. I know you are quite busy. So how are you?
Daniel (D): Lots of preparations before the tour, finishing up some things. We did a small tour in Denmark in March, we were just three of us, Frederik – who plays about 1000 intruments – , a drummer and me. We liked the setting so much, we decided to record an album in that setting to sell during the tour. So we recorded it some days ago, now we are finishing it. And we are trying to find something to travel in during the tour where we can all fit in.

J: That sounds like a lot of planning. Let’s start from the beginning in order to present the band to the Roxette fans. When did you start as Eskobar?
D: We released our first album in 2000, but we had played together many years before, six maybe?
Frederik (F): Yes, at least 6 years. I had a strange grunge band back then, and I needed a bass player for one show, I knew Daniel could play the bass, so I asked him to play in my band. And in return Daniel asked me to play guitar in his band, so we started helping each other, and one day we just decided to work in a band together. We have been brothers in arms since then.
D: Yeah! We went to the same music class in school, that’s how we knew each other in first place.

J: How did you choose your band name? Some Spanish fans have been wondering if it is related to the Spanish singer Manolo Escobar.
D: When we got our first record deal with V2 records we didn’t have a name for the band. We were so focused on music that we didn’t care that much about the name. Our first record deal doesn’t even mention the name of the band but just the names of the three of us who formed the band back then, Frederik, Robert and me. So we asked around for suggestions for the name, and the manager of another American band suggested Eskobar, we liked it and we said ok.
F: I think it was a few days before the first single was about to be printed, so the record company told us we really have to put a band name on it, and we were like “but it’s just about the music!” but well, in the end we found a name that we love.

J: So no connection to Manolo Escobar…
D: No, not directly at least.
F: We don’t know where the American guy got it from, I think it’s a typical surname.
D: We know Manolo Escobar, and he has this one song “Porompompero” that was translated into Swedish and sung by the Dutch-Swedish singer Cornelis Vreeswijk, it’s an amazing song and we had listened to it a lot, but we didn’t know it wasn’t his original song. So when we found out that it was Manolo Escobar’s song, we thought it was funny, like there is a connection between our name and the song that we like so much.
F: Indeed, I remember we used to sing this song on the tour bus even, so it’s a fun connection.

J: How did you start making music?
F: I started playing classical piano when I was five or so, I think I read music sheets before I could read, so I was really early in that, then I learnt to play saxophone, guitar, everything felt easy to learn and it was fun. I also didn’t think of starting a band back then, I just wanted to play. It was when we started high school that I thought, hey, we could actually start a band!.
D: Sort of the same for me, my grandfather was a folk musician, he always had lots of instruments around, he could play everything, like him (pointing at Frederik). The first instrument I started to play was drums, then bass, guitar. Read the rest of this entry »



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Interview with Pelle Alsing – it’s all about the groove

We have wanted to interview Pelle for a long time, and we actually did last year in April, just right after Marie’s tour. We hadn’t found an appropriate time during the tour and when we were waiting for the Arlanda Express to take us to Stockholm the day after Marie’s tour last concert in Umeå , Pelle just showed up and offered to do the interview right there, right then. So we found a place on the train and we started to shoot questions. Unfortunately, some technical issues made it imposible for the interview to be published so we went for an e-mail interview instead and sent our questions to him towards the end of last year. Pelle’s been very busy with touring with Roxette and finalizing the first album with his own band, Down Harrison, so understandably, it took some time until he could sit down and answer our shocking number of Qs some days ago.

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(C) Judith S. Taken during Marie Fredriksson’s solo tour 2014

Down Harrison’s debut album with the same title as the band’s name was released on March 28th. The band, besides Pelle Alsing on drums, consists of Tommy Cassemar (bass), Jesper Willaume (singer, songwriter) and Mikael Wedberg (guitar, keyboards). Ola Gustafsson joins the band from time to time on guitars and pedal steel.

Check out their album on iTunes, Spotify or Tidal and if you are into what they are doing, you can follow the band on Facebook as well.

Now back to where we started, here you can read the interview with Pelle, the “keep-it-simple” guy. Most of his answers will make you smile or even laugh and some of his extra short replies will leave you curious to know more about Pelle Alsing. Don’t be shy to ask him if you meet him on tour. At the beach or in a bar. 😉

RXB: – Hi Pelle, thank you for your time. How are you doing after the first two legs of the Roxette 30th anniversary tour?
Pelle: – I’m doing fine! Both legs were great! It’s always great to come back to Australia! 2 weeks left until the European tour, yippie!

RXB: – What have you been doing between tours? You recently came back from New Zealand and Australia with Roxette…
Pelle: – Working with my own band DOWN HARRISON! Both before and after NZ and Australia!

RXB: – Let’s go back to the beginning. When did you start playing the drums and why?
Pelle: – My big brother Hans bought a drum kit when I was 9-10 years! I couldn’t resist the kit!

RXB: – What do you think makes a drummer unique?
Pelle: – The groove!

RXB: – When you listen to another drummer, what do you listen for?
Pelle: – The groove!

RXB: – What are your favourite bands and who are your favourite drum players? Which ones made the biggest impact on you?
Pelle: – Wilco, The Band, Little Feat, Jackson Browne, and a thousand more bands and artists! The Beatles!

RXB: – Do you attend many concerts? If so, you rather go to pubs to enjoy live music or to see big bands performing in arenas?
Pelle: – No, not that many. Both!

RXB: – What was the last big concert you watched from the crowd?
Pelle: – James Taylor.

RXB: – Which is your most memorable concert (not necessarily Rox-related) of all time?
Pelle: – Gentle Giant 1975 and Genesis 1977 in Stockholm.

RXB: – What other bands or artists do you play with besides Roxette, Marie or The Husbands?
Pelle: – Billy Bremner live and my own band DOWN HARRISON in the studio.

RXB: – In April last year you mentioned you were recording an album with your band. Do you have any news for us?
Pelle: – Yes I have! We have just released our first album with DOWN HARRISON on iTunes, Spotify and Tidal! Check it out!!! Enjoy!!!

RXB: – What kind of music do you make?
Pelle: – Americana with a touch of pop and country.

RXB: – What are you the most proud of during your career?
Pelle: – Many things! DOWN HARRISON and Roxette for instance.

RXB: – Is there anything you would skip or change if you could start it again?
Pelle: – No.

RXB: – Do you listen to a lot of music? New music? What’s your actual favourite album?
Pelle: – Yes, sometimes! Right now Jackson Browne and Jeff Tweedy’s new albums.

RXB: – We know you are into sports. What was the last sports event you went to see and where?
Pelle: – Hammarby football club in our new arena in Stockholm!

RXB: – What do you think you bring to the bands you play with or is your trademark?
Pelle: – Humor and play simple.

RXB: – What is it like to be in the back on the stage? Do you concentrate on your drums or do you have time to look at the audience, see what’s going
Pelle: – Fantastic! Both.

RXB: – Has anyone ever asked you to teach him playing the drums? Have you ever had “students”?
Pelle: – Yes.

RXB: – When we did an interview with Mikael Nogueira Svensson, he said he decided to play the drums after he met you as a child, backstage in Gävle on the Joyride tour. How does it feel knowing that someone started playing the drums because you made an impact on him with your playing?
Pelle: – It’s great when people get inspired by what you’ve done!

RXB: – We know guitar strings are changed very often, but how often is it necessary to change the heads on your drums?
Pelle: – Every 5-6 shows.

RXB: – Is there any special exercise to keep your wrists fit on tour?
Pelle: – Tap dancing at 6 o’clock, every morning!

RXB: – Did it ever happen during your long career that you got injured during your playing? Or if the drumsticks fell out of your hands so you had to stop playing for some seconds or longer time?
Pelle: – I put the stick up my nose last tour and started to bleed, haha! Sometimes you loose a stick, then you have to play with one stick for a couple of bars, until you get a new one!

RXB: – It’s strange that now there was no song when you came to the front. Even during “The Heart Shaped Sea” and “Queen of Rain” when everyone else came to the front you stayed in the back. Was it you who insisted on staying there?
Pelle: – No, but I prefer to sit behind my drums!

RXB: – You have been playing drums with Roxette for many years. In between you also joined Marie during her solo tour last year. What was the biggest difference for you?
Pelle: – All the songs I’ve never played before.

RXB: – You have also known Clarence for many years, and of course, also Marie and Per. How is it to play with people you know for so long? Are you afraid it may become a “routine”?
Pelle: – No, never! I love working and hanging with these guys!

RXB: – You also work in the studio with Roxette, not only on tours. Do you come up with the beats “on the fly” in the studio, or give ideas how something would sound better?
Pelle: – I listen to the songs, to be prepared! It differs from time to time.

RXB: – What about live? Do you like to improvise?
Pelle: – It depends on what music you play.

RXB: – Which Roxette song is the most fun for you to play live? And which is the most “boring”?
Pelle: – “Joyride” and “Listen to your heart”. “Goodbye to you”, hihi!

RXB: – Any tricky songs where you have to concentrate more on your hands or when to join in with the drums?
Pelle: – No, not really.

RXB: – How much are you involved in the design of your drum kit? Do you have several set of drums and for example, the one you play on the Roxette tour is only for Roxette and you play another with other bands? Or do you use the same set with all acts?
Pelle: – I’m involved in the design, but also open for ideas. I have several drum kits and use a couple of them with Roxette only!

RXB: – How many drum sticks do you use during a concert? Do they become worn during one concert or you can use them at more gigs?
Pelle: – 2-4 sticks per show and I can use them again.

RXB: – Do you have any drum sticks from any of your idols? If no, whose drumstick would you love to have one day?
Pelle: – No. Ringo Starr.

RXB: – Once you said you also like to visit the places you go to when you are on tour. What did you see during this tour so far?
Pelle: – Bars and Beaches!!

RXB: – Do you plan these trips or visits before going to the countries or cities or is it more a spontaneous thing depending on weather, mood?
Pelle: – I plan it.

RXB: – You grew up and live in Stockholm. I think it’s a beautiful city and every time I am there I just love the view from Slussen/Fotografiska. What do you like about Stockholm?
Pelle: – I live just above Fotografiska! Södermalm where I live and the Archipelago!

RXB: – Do you try to “discover” new places in your own city as well?
Pelle: – Yes, everyday.

RXB: – What do you like the most about tour life? And the least?
Pelle: – Everything! Nothing!

RXB: – Per is often kidding you in backstage videos and interviews that you are always late and you tell the same about him that you all always have to wait for him. So who of you is more of a late person?
Pelle: – Definitely Per!

RXB: – Does it happen nowadays that you play e.g. table hockey or any other game during the tour, like you did in the past? Or is it like everyone is rather on their iPhones and you meet up only for a walk or having dinner or a drink together?
Pelle: – More bars and iPhones nowadays!

RXB: – We heard how the plush koala got on stage in Russia and since then we could see it next to your drums on each concert last year. Did you give a name to him?
Pelle: – Yes, Sibyllfibia!

RXB: – Thank you for the interview and your awesome drum playing! See you soon again.
Pelle: – Take care and see you in Europe this summer! Tell everybody you know about DOWN HARRISON!!!!

Interview by Patrícia and Judith.

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Roxette Diaries – a movie coming soon!

You might remember that a bit more than a year ago, April 2014 Per posted updates (1; 2) about a cooperation with Jonas Åkerlund involving old video tapes related to Roxette. This was what he wrote back then:

MONDAY UPDATE w/ EXCITING NEWS: Going through loads of old Hi-8 and DV videotapes (mainly shot by Åsa) from 1988-2001 with Jonas Åkerlund and his gang.
Backstage, in the studio, video shootings, photo shoots – you name it. Have an idea to make a proper film out of it. What do you think? Cool or what? /P.

It seems the project is now very close to take form of a movie. Cool or what?

A trailer has been shared by the movie’s editor, Emma Backman. (Update: the trailer has been set (back?) to private. Probably, it was too early to publish it.) The film is directed by the most awesome Jonas Åkerlund and this fact itself guarantees a most amazing result. But that you’ll see already from the trailer.

The film will include tons of forgotten home videos and real behind the scenes of video clip shootings, photo and studio sessions, interviews, concerts, etc. More than you could ever think about! As Per says, all videos are from the years 1986-1995, so the quality of them is not compatible with the 21st century. But who cares, really? It’s so fantastic to have that many funny and magical moments documented in the past and now we will have access to them. Speechless is the word!

This is what Per says about the project:

Everything (and more) happened to Roxette between 1986 and 1995. This was the era where a videocamera wasn’t something you saw every day. The technical quality you would get was so-so but today I’m really happy we covered hundreds of hours of film from these magic years.

The ambition was to shoot everything. Studio-sessions, back-stage-parties, rehearsals. My wife, Åsa, was the commander-in-chief when it came to capture promo- and TV-shows as well as the extensive touring all over the world.

All in all I gave about 180 Hi-8/VHS-tapes to director Jonas Åkerlund and asked him if he and his team could do something special with it. Maybe create a movie that captured the spirit of Roxette in the early days as well as being honest, silly and fun to watch. Hey, I think they succeeded. Enjoy the Roxette Diaries.

Huge thanks to Åsa for filming so much over the years and that she still hasn’t got tired of it, using the camera for shooting more and more magic! We highly appreciate it!

As you can see, Jonas got appr. 180 tapes, a huge amount of material to go through. I’m sure there would have been many volunteers to help Mr. Åkerlund. The first updates were about tapes from 1988-2001, but now Per says what you’ll see in the movie is from 1986-1995. Does it mean it’s just a first part and later on there will be a vol. 2 with 1996-2001 videos? Then a 3rd part? Who’s in for a neverending movie?

Release date is unknown yet, but the film is coming soon! Whose soon? Hopefully, not Per’s. 😉

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Stills are from the trailer. (Update: the trailer is set to private now, probably, because it was too early to publish it. Business as usual. 😉 )

Thanx to Roxette Diaries for googling “Roxette Diaries” and finding the trailer!

Update: So it’s Per’s soon. :)

ROXETTE DIARIES. Yep, it’s done. Waiting for subtitles. Release date? Soon! Cheers, P.

 

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Marie’s biography as an audio book

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Pic by Patrícia Peres

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

This is what CDON writes about the book:

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

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

 

Thanx for finding the listing at Ginza, Nicol Zentai.

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The new album: You might be surprised!

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

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

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

Read the whole Interview in German here!

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