Contest: win tickets for the “Roxette Diaries” world premiere in August at Way Out West

In cooperation with Roxette and Jonas Åkerlund’s management D&D we are proud to offer you the chance to attend the world premiere of “Roxette Diaries” in Gothenburg during the Way Out West festival.

The premiere will be on August 14th in a cinema in Gothenburg at around 3 pm local time (information about exact location and time will be given to the winners later on).

We have the following prizes to give away:

  • 1st prize: 2 festival passes for the Way Out West festival which takes place in Gothenburg from 13th until 15th of August (some artists from the line-up: First Aid Kid, Pet Shop Boys, Patti Smith) and for the premiere of “Roxette Diaries”
  • 2nd-9th prizes: 2 tickets for the premiere of “Roxette Diaries” movie (8 pair of tickets in total).

In order to participate in the contest you will need to answer these two questions:

1) When was “The Look” 2015 remake digitally released?

2) Who is the director of the “Roxette Diaries”?

Send an e-mail to rxbcontests@gmail.com including the following:

  • Answers to the 2 questions above
  • Your name and address
  • Your cell phone number

We kindly ask you to participate only if you think you can attend the premiere in Gothenburg.

The winners will be chosen randomly amongst all participants who answered the questions correctly and will be announced here and on our Facebook page on Friday 31st of July.

You can participate until the 31st of July until 1pm (CET time!). Winners will be announced shortly after so that you have time to plan your trip!

Good luck!

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Roxette XXX Tour – Stockholm, Sweden (Sjöhistoriska) – July 25 – #57

2 days ago I never thought another Swedish show could top Gothenburg, but I must say, Stockholm was so far (to me not only in Sweden) the coolest and most energetic concert with the funniest communication between the band and the crowd. Best ever in my book! One could say despite the shitty weather, but I say because of that.

Waiting time and the security team

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Dress code: casual. The crowd is waiting patiently in the heavy rain. Pic by Patrícia Peres

Since there were many Roxers who attended the show in Gothenburg and travelled to Stockholm either after the show by car or in the morning by plane or by train, the waiting time in front of the venue started a bit later than usual. The weather forecast we saw wasn’t too promising. It said heavy rain from 6 pm until 6 am… Weather forecasts are always wrong. It was heavy rain already from after 3 pm! Lining up was quite ”funny” this way… There were approximately 150 early entrance ticket holders waiting for the inlet. After they got their merchandise stuff some could put it in their cars, but others had to hold it during the whole night. I’m curious how the tour program and the bag survived it. The ordinary ticket owners were lining up at a different entrance again. We used the foil the security team fixed on the fences to hide the view and we were hiding from the rain under it. The inlet on both sides was again very smooth. All respected the system and acted according to that.

Hats off to Show Security Sweden for having the patience also in this heavy weather. Thanks so much for all their efforts, understanding, support, help, smiles and kindness. Thanks to all of them, not only in Stockholm, but also in the other 3 cities we enjoyed their service. Since I won’t be there in Rättvik, I wanted to highlight again what a great team they are and all other countries should learn from them. How about a security team conference in Stockholm to train all the sec teams in each and every country and tell them how it works the best? 😉 Wishing Show Security Sweden an easy day and night in Rättvik and hope to see them very soon on another upcoming tour related to our beloved artists.

Preparing the stage and the awesome job of the crew

Once we were inside we had nothing above our heads to keep ourselves safe from the rain. Only our raincoats and ponchos. Well… they didn’t help too much. We were watching what was happening on stage. Everything was covered with water and the rain was not falling straightly, but more towards the stage. Even if the cables and boxes and instruments were covered, as well as the front part of the stage with a huge foil, it still didn’t look too good. We started worrying twice that the show would be cancelled. Once when the lights on the left side of the stage got lower without anyone touching them, but the crew fixed it very fast. Then the second time was when BoJo came up on stage with at least 9 other crew member and started discussing things. We asked him if everything was alright and he said yes, don’t worry and showed thumbs up. So all, good, we just had to wait for the concert to happen.

We had a fab waiting time in front of the stage, watching every move of the crew members. How they cleaned the stage from the water which didn’t help too much, because after 5 seconds they could have started again and again and again. Then how they decided what to put where. They moved Eskobar’s instruments and mics more towards the back of the stage for having the chance to avoid more rain falling on them and on the band while playing. Then we thought they would probably set Marie’s and Per’s place also more towards the back, in front of the drums and keyboard. Bo walking on the stage, checking the situtation was extremely funny. Once he acted like swimming on the stage, there was so much water. Thomas Johansson from Live Nation, as well as Miss Dimberg also came to check how it looked.

The crew was really awesome before, during and after the show. They did their best to clean the stage from water as much as it was possible and save the instruments and mics and all the gear from the rain. Setting up everything according to the new plan in a very short time. Cooperating with each other to get the best out of the situation. They are really the best crew on Earth! They are also a very important part of the Rox family, we all know it. Thanks for all their hard work especially last night.

Eskobar

The time schedule was kept as much as they could keep it, so Eskobar hit the stage not much later than 19:30. It was the last time I saw Eskobar on this tour and I must admit I was charmed by their performance. Despite the heavy rain, their mood was on a high, they even found the situation cool I think. At least that’s what I could read from their facial expressions. They enjoyed performing to us very much and we had a great party to their songs. There was even a surprise for us Roxers. Daniel asked Dea to come to the stage for singing Someone New as a duet. It sounded beautiful. Dea is so talented! I love having her as Roxette’s backup singer, I think she fits the band very well, but she certainly should find more time for her solo career in the future. She already showed with her EP how amazing singer / songwriter she is. Back to Eskobar, the crowd was loud, singing along and clapping. They didn’t play all songs they have on their setlist, Freedom was left out for example. Hopefully, Frederik’s keyboard is safe now after last night. He had to wipe it with a towel several times.

The break between Eskobar and Roxette

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BoJo testing the heaters before having a shower and a massage. Pic by Patrícia Peres

During the break between Eskobar and Roxette we could see some more hard work of the crew. They cleaned the stage again and again. Wiped the instruments and took away the covers, created new foil covers for the keyboards and Magnus’s Blue Swede Sex Machine and Per’s monitor. BoJo came to check the heaters they set up for Marie and started kidding and acted like he was having a shower, washing his armpits. Haha. Then while sitting, one of the crew members started giving him a massage. It wasn’t the easiest preparation for a show for sure, but they looked like having much fun and this made us smile and laugh, so we took the whole situation easier. Marie’s chair was placed in line with Dea’s spot, so more towards the back, as well as Per’s mic stand. Until Marie arrived to her spot, there was a foil and towel on the chair to keep it dry for our Queen.

Those who came to see Roxette were not afraid of the rain. I guess most people who planned to come, but were not there at the concert didn’t came at all. To me it seemed only a few left after checking the situation and decided not to stay there all night in the cold cold rain. In the loud speaker we heard a woman asking people in the crowd to put their umbrellas away despite the rain, because Roxette will soon hit the stage and the umbrellas would block the view to those who are standing behind someone holding an umbrella. Many booed at this call, but fortunately, they understood it really won’t work holding the umbrellas up. So we really had to trust our raincoats and ponchos.

Roxette time! Woohoo!

When they came up the stage, first they seemed to be worried, Per was maybe even pissed off or upset. I think they were not sure about how the crowd felt, but after the first chords of Sleeping In My Car they could all be sure we would be having fun no matter what. Suddenly, they started smiling, laughing, looking at each other with the facial expression that ”hey, all good, they are fine, so let’s rock!”. Marie (also in Gothenburg, I just forgot to mention I think) started again to point at people while singing ”making love to you and you and you”. Lovely!

Poor photographers didn’t have an easy task to take photos in the rain with all their pro objectives, but from what I saw so far, they did a great job.

As I mentioned, Marie was more to the middle. If I remember right, it was before The Big L. when BoJo came to the stage and helped her getting a bit more backwards with the chair. She was so cool, BoJo was still there moving her, but she didn’t mind at all, the band didn’t stop playing and didn’t go on with some more filling chords until everything was set, so she just started singing regardless. It was her part, she had to sing and she did. Such a lovely professional attitude! She surely was freezing even if she had warm clothes and even gloves on. The heaters most probably couldn’t give her the warmest feeling. But this didn’t stop her singing her heart out, improvising and show the most velvety tone of her voice. She rocked big time!

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Pic by Patrícia Peres

It wasn’t much more than 10 degrees and the rain was falling on our faces heavily, but after a while you really let it go. Water from the roof of the stage poured on us like a shower every now and then with the funny coincidence during the fitting lyrics were sung out.

So many lyrics with rain and water. It all made sense last night! Both the crowd and the band was smiling or even gesturing when these words left either Marie’s or Per’s mouth. ”It’s where the water flows”; ”I’m freezin’ in the summer”; ”no changes in the weather”; ”in and outside, I’ve turned to water”; etc… One could think Per wrote all these lyrics on a night like it was yesterday. 😉 When he was singing She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio) and got to this part: ”Nobody’s got a clue if there is such a reason” they pointed at us in the front with a question mark above his head. It was too funny. Per was again looking into the eyes of the wet familiar faces. Not as intensively as in Gothenburg, but still many times. He has never communicated so much with the crowd. Not in that spontaneous way as in Stockholm.

The stage was quite slippery and we thought Per would stay more at his mic stand. Remembering that pic from some years ago where he holds the umbrella and Åsa is walking next to him we didn’t really expect PG to come to the edge of the stage. We were not sure if he wanted his hairdo to be ”ruined”. But to our biggest surprise, he joined us in the rainy party and came to the front several times. Much appreciated! It was funny to see the splashing water under his stomping leg and the guitar fights with Chris stepped into another dimension in the rain, but while bouncing around sometimes we were worried Per would fall over. But keeping the balance is something he is very good at it seems, so there was no problem at all. Splashing under each and every step of him, as well as Chris, Magnus and Dea was very cool when they came jumping and grooving to the edge. They rocked! So hard that Christoffer’s hat fell off his head and the wind blew it away and it landed almost in front of Marie.

Another thing to be mentioned regarding Per’s hairdo (the most discussed topic of all times in the Rox World, haha) the rain made it curly and it looked very much different vs. when he is just sweating at the show. Damn hot he looked! Maybe he should forget about using the hair straightener at all. 😉

The stage was cleaned from water during every little break between the songs and I think this was the first concert we saw Micke N-S on stage so many times. He continuously had to wipe the monitor with a towel. By the way, the back cells were not used and there was no projection to the background this time. Not sure if there was any problem with the system or it was just because in the rain the projection itself wouldn’t look how it should anyway.

Åsa was filming a lot despite the rain. She rulez! She had waterproof trousers and jacket on, but the cap of the jacket couldn’t keep her glasses dry. I was smiling at it, because I was wearing glasses too and had to wipe them several times during the show to have a clearer view. It was funny to see her in this outfit, but the funniest was that she was wearing a flip flop to these trousers and jacket. She’s cool. Hopefully, the iPhone was also waterproof and it survived the filming.

Hard to judge which was / were the highlight song(s) of the night, because all songs were very special in this set. Before Crush On You there was a nice change in the conversation between Per and Magnus. After Per said Magnus’s fave album is Have A Nice Day, Magnus didn’t mention Baladas en español at all. He said to Per, so you want to play a song from that album. Per said yes and Magnus replied: ”So that’s what we do then!” Per: ”Thank you!” And they laughed and we laughed. It was really nice for a change.

Although according to the printed setlist they planned performing The Heart Shaped Sea, it was left out and after She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio) they went on with Watercolours In The Rain / Paint. Before Marie and Dea started performing, Marie said how awesome it is to see so many people in this damn rain. They all were quite impressed by the crowd not just because of standing there in the rain, but how active we were. WITR/Paint got a warm welcome from the wet crowd. This duet can never go wrong! Marie and Dea sound amazing together!

Before they started playing Dressed For Success, Per shouted into the mic in Swedish: ”It’s Saturday! Dull weather! Party time!” The crowd was partying hard anyway, during each and every power pop song. The clapping choreography can never go wrong, but this time it hurt so much because of our wet hands. Actually, our hands looked like we had a full-day bath. Oh well, we did have… Haha.

Joyride started with the intro ”Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” played by Chris. We were wondering what local song he would have played if it wasn’t raining. No matter what, it fitted perfectly. There were less balloons during Joyride this time than usual, because it was very hard to prepare them in the rain, mainly to close them after blowing them up.

When the band went off the stage, everyone wanted to have them back and they came back with a most fantastic performance of Listen To Your Heart. Marie was brilliant! The ending was again w.o.w.! Then The Look rocked and Marie came up again with ”you’ve got the look” pointing at the audience. We love that! The crowd applauded Roxette very loudly, not feeling the pain in the hands anymore. It was so hard to let them go! After the concert ended many were still singing nananana.

While I prefer wiping sweat off my face instead of rain, it was really the best show ever in my life. I’ve never felt Roxette and the crowd so united as last night. I mean it!

You know this show was indeed one of the best ever gigs for Roxette too when you see Per’s (longest ever?) comment after the concert:

STOCKHOLM UPDATE: Excellent! Not the pouring rain. Jeezus! Haven’t played in a shower before. This was far out! So slippery everywhere. And Magnus’ glasses with all that water pouring……surreal….

But the crowd!! Oh my God, over 13000 ppl standing proud for so many hours, then singing along and giving us so much positive energy I feel like a Duracell-rabbit right now!!!

Thanx everyone for making this a one-of-a-kind gig no one who attended will never forget. Day off tomorrow. Then the last gig in Sweden for a while.

Vids are coming, folks (both from Gothenburg + Sthlm), I just haven’t got the time to check ’em out at the moment!!!!

Cheers + lots of love to all of yoi! /P.

 

One feels so much love for them! This band is the best there is! Next stop is Rättvik on 27th July. It’s going to be a beatiful show in a beautiful setting.

 

Judith’s review:

One of the things I learnt during my first trip to Sweden back in 1999 is that shows are not cancelled here just because of a bit of rain (heavy storms may be another story). Back then I was afraid my to-be-first concert by Eva D. would be cancelled, as I was used to the Spanish way. Back then rain = show cancelled. When I spoke out my fears my Swedish friends laughed. Cancel because of rain? So yesterday despite seeing the management and crew checking up the situation, I was sure they were just discussing HOW to make the show happen, not IF. Instruments and mics were relocated and voila!

I went to the venue pretty late, as I was supposed to take pictures so no need to queue up for hours. And we landed a first-row spot on the faaaar right of the stage, couldn’t see Clarence though. This time I was better prepared for the rain, after the freezing cold experience of Halmstad 2010, but still ‘only’ my trousers got wet. I know it was worse for those on and off the stage, so thanks for putting up with that and making such an amazing show possible! As Daniel of Eskobar kept saying, heroes! Unfortunately, I couldn’t take any pictures because I didn’t have my (cam is not waterproof) “camera poncho” with me and didn’t want to destroy more than 1000 euro in equipment. It turned out to be a good decision, but that’s another story.

Eskobar started a bit late (because of rearrangements on stage) and skipped some of the songs on their setlist. But they gave it all and more as always. The very nice surprise was when Dea stepped on the stage to sing Someone New. What a version! Dea should release an album. Soon!

And then it was time to rox! For details just read Patrícia’s review above. These are the moments that I took with me, like when Marie said something like ‘damn it IS raining!’ Or Bo pretended he was taking a shower when he tried out Marie’s chair and heaters. Or Per jumped even harder on the wet floor splashing the water. Or Chris played ‘Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head’ as Joyride intro. This is turning negative into positive! What struck me the most was Marie’s voice… Vienna was wow, Zurich was oh my… London out of this world… Yesterday there are no words for that. What happened here? Simply, she’s the best and a hell of a singer!

 

Articles and photos

rockfoto.nu
Expressen
Svenska Dagbladet
gaffa.se
dn.se

Videos

Spending My Time
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
How Do You Do!
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

Setlist

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They planned to play The Heart Shaped Sea, but it was left out in the end. 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)
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride (intro: Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head)

Extra
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 



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Roxette XXX Tour – Gothenburg, Sweden (Slottskogsvallen) – July 24 – #56

Before I tell you anything else about the 3rd Swedish show, the most important thing: Gothenburg never disappoints! The concert was pure m.a.g.i.c.!

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Pic by Patrícia Peres

Many fans were there waiting all day at the venue in Gothenburg, too. This time the early entrance ticket owners were separated from the ordinary ticket owners and both teams got an own entrance. Show Security Sweden supported us here too and it was nice to see Malin, who was one of the security supervisors during the Gyllene Tider tour. The security team was very helpful in Gothenburg as well, not only during the entrance, but also during the waiting time they came and asked us if everything was fine. Inside the venue they provided us with water if we wanted.

The guys from Eskobar were kind enough to come out to the fans and have a short chat with them and take pictures while they were waiting for the gates to open. Eskobar got on the stage a bit later than 19:30. The audience, at least the international part of it went literally wild while having the band there and the guys loved it and thanked for it. As you can read it in our thank you article to them, we are really very grateful to have such a support act.

We couldn’t wait anymore for Roxette being on stage and they were suddenly there with the Sleeping In My Car intro. They all looked amazing and were much on a high since the very beginning of the show. When you think it can’t get any better, you experience an even better gig and you fall in love with Roxette again. And again.

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Pic by Patrícia Peres

Marie was in top form and her voice was absolutely amazing! She improvised quite a lot, mainly during The Big L. and Listen To Your Heart. Both songs’ ending was simply awesome! Marie looked and pointed at fans several times during the gig. We loved it! Her facial expressions and gestures were priceless!

Per was also amazingly energetic. He definitely killed all the Gessle Girls in the front with his ”I-make-eye-contact-with-the-fans” moments. His hot ’n’ sexy Gessle moves were another killer factor tonight. His ”I-kick-Chris-in-the-ass” moment gets more and more playful every time and how Christoffer reacts on it is funny. Their guitar fights were very much enjoyable.

When Per talked before Spending My Time he said Roxette played here 4 years ago and asked us if we were there. Tons of people in the audience shouted they were there. Per pointed at Marie and said: You were here! Marie: Absolut!

Crush On You was extremely good tonight, the crowd was much into it, but not more than into e.g. How Do You Do!

Before The Heart Shaped Sea Per talked about recording the Tourism album and joked that there are like 4 people in the crowd who know that album. Well, there were of course more than 4 of us.

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Pic by Patrícia Peres

After Watercolours In The Rain / Paint which sounded incredibly amazing tonight, the crowd started shouting ”Marie! Marie! Marie!” and after a while Marie also started miming 3 times Marie! Marie! Marie! Haha. Too cool she is!

Before they started playing Dressed For Success, Per shouted into the mic: ”Are you in for a little more party?” The crowd was in! Friday night party at its best!

Unfortunately, while there is the band presentation part, we are usually occupied with blowing the balloons. This time it happened again. All the fans in the front rows had balloons to throw them in the air when Roxette performed Joyride. Af

ter Joyride the band went off the stage and what happened during the break I’ve never experienced this way. The crowd started singing ”na na na na na she’s got the look” and didn’t stop until we got Roxette back on stage! It was the greatest break ever! The band got back and you could see they were amazed at the crowd reaction.

After Listen To Your Heart it was again The Look that closed the party and the audience went crazy. Towards the end of the song Marie was singing: You’ve got the look! You’ve got the look! and was pointing at the crowd and we were pointing at her.

The whole gig was magical indeed. Gothenburg knows how to enjoy a concert.

After the show many Roxers were waiting for Roxette at the back entrance of the venue. First Per came out, we applauded him and he stopped for some time and signed many autographs. Then came the band who were also very nice to us. In the end came Marie. She got a huge applause from us, too. She smiled and waved back to us. You must love all these Swedes!

Per’s badabam after the show:

GOTHENBURG UPDATE: Badabam! More than 15000 ppl showed up tonite and helped us having a fab evening with the Goth folks!!! Always a treat to play in Gothenburg, you know that! Vids tomorrow, y’all! /P.

Next stop is Stockholm on 25th July with no rest in between!

 

Articles and photos

rockfoto.nu
fotoscenen.se
Elegant Exposures
Göteborgs-Posten 1; 2; 3;
gaffa.se

Videos

Sleeping In My Car
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success / Dangerous
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

Setlist

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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 (intro: Håkan Hellström – Känn ingen sorg för mig Göteborg)

Extra
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 



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Thank you, Eskobar!

Unfortunately, that Roxette 30th Anniversary tour (European leg) is coming to an end also means that we have to say bye to Eskobar. After yesterday’s show in Halmstad, it’s just 3 shows left with Eskobar as special guest, so we wanted to take the chance to thank Daniel, Frederik and Jocke for making the time before Roxette’s show feel shorter, for cheering the audience up and for performing such great versions of your songs, you have been a great opening act!

IMG_0797-1I was very happy when I found out Eskobar would be the support act for Roxette during their European tour. I have liked the band since early 2000ies and I had never seen them live. And I was sure that Roxette fans and audience in general would like them too, who can resist their melodies?

After having seen them 4 times now and the reaction of the audience at the shows and also on social media, I think it is safe to say that the guys really enchanted us! Many have bought their albums, share their music and leave very positive comments about Eskobar everywhere. We have also got many messages of people asking if Eskobar will join Roxette in the possible continuation of the tour in other parts of the world, what Eskobar will do next, where to buy their stuff and more. So we thought of putting all the information in one article.

But before that, we also got a message from Eskobar for all of you:

Now that this tour is coming to an end we would like to send the biggest thank you to Per & Marie, but also to Christoffer, Clarence, Magnus, Dea & Pelle in the band, everyone in the amazing crew, the drivers & the bosses and everyone else. What a fantastic experience filled with so much laughs, jokes, BBQ, great music and wonderful people. Also a very big thanks to everyone all over Europe who took their time to watch Eskobar support Roxette. We have felt extremely welcome in every city thanks to you all!

Great music lives forever!!!

//Eskobar

Future plans, new album, tour, beer?

Eskobar’s upcoming album will be released in the upcoming months. The guys are also planning to release a live album recorded during this tour. And would also love to go on tour in the near future. If you want to stay up-to-date, check out Eskobar’s Facebook page, all information will be shared there.

We don’t know if Eskobar will be the support band in possible future Roxette shows in other countries. Of course, many of us would love to see that so.. let’s just keep our fingers crossed (not only for Eskobar but for more Roxette shows in 2016!).

Frederik‘s beer Svinninge Bullet is also available in Sweden at Systembolaget, so if you are there this summer and you like beer, give it a try.

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Past and discography

Eskobar has released 5 albums so far. You can buy most of them online on CDON but also Bengans or Ginza.

2000 – ‘Till We Are Dead

2001 – There’s Only Now

2004 – A Thousand Last Chances

2006 – Eskobar

2008 – Death In Athens

If you want to get more of their discography – Eskobar has released about 20+ singles… try your luck in second-hand stores or check Amazon out.
And in our interview from May you can read about how they started and their career so far.

Videos and rare stuff

Eskobar also has a YouTube channel with videos to their singles as well as unreleased songs and demos from “The Complete B-side collection 1999-2006″.

And of course, if you search by Eskobar, you will find videos of performances and concerts. Here is a selection of videos you may want to check out:

Starlight, from the upcoming album

Performance and interview from 2008

“Someone new” featuring Eva Dahlgren

Once again, thank you for your music and wonderful performances!



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Roxette Diaries premiere in August!

As we already wrote about it earlier, a Roxette movie is coming. According to Hallandsposten (1; 2), the Roxette Diaries behind-the-scenes documentary directed by Jonas Åkerlund will premiere in August at the Way Out West Festival. The festival is between 13th and 15th August 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

As you know, Jonas got exclusive access to a huge amount of private videos filmed backstage during Roxette’s world tours, in studios, during PR tours and at other places. He received the videos in April 2014 and now he created a story about Roxette. The first updates were about tapes from 1988-2001, but later Per said what you’ll see in the movie is from 1986-1995. Now Hallandsposten mentions 1988-2001 again, but he used our article as reference, so it’s probably 1986-1995 in the end. Let’s see what happens.

Watch the fantastic trailer on Mr. Åkerlund‘s website HERE!

Hopefully, the movie will be available soon to a wider audience, too.

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P.S.: Thanx for reading us, Hallandsposten. 😉



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Roxette XXX Tour – Halmstad, Sweden (Örjans Vall) – July 22 – #55

Last time Roxette played in Halmstad was 5 years ago, so it was high time for them to do their 6th Halmstad Rox show of all time. Many international Roxers thought they would love to see the band playing in their hometown, so some bought a ticket for only this show in Sweden, others are there at more Swedish shows, but definitely didn’t give the Halmstad gig a miss. There were fans from the US, Argentina, Russia, Spain, the UK, Poland, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, Greece and probably more.

The waiting in front of the venue started in the morning and local people were smiling at us during the day, taking pictures of us, posting it on Facebook and wished us a great evening. Lovely! Even the police guys driving by every now and then showed thumbs up for us from their car. SVT, Hallandsposten and P4 Radio were also there with us. They did some interviews with the fans and shot some cuts. (See links in the Articles and photos section.)

This time there were approximately 100 early entrance ticket owners, but only a bit more than half of them showed up by the time the entrance started. There were also fans who didn’t respect those who were waiting there all day and wanted to do the trick at the inlet. Fortunately, Show Security Sweden was there again to support us and Atli (head of the security team) made it clear how the entrance should work and those who wanted to cheat faced a very correct and fair security supervisor. He got applauded by us for his fairness. The whole security team was very polite and helpful this time, too. Thanks a lot again, Show Security Sweden for assisting us! You rule!

Once we were inside, we found our spots in the front rows and couldn’t wait for the show to start. God was good all day and night and there was no rain at all, but sunshine.

Tonight there were 2 support acts. Besides Eskobar it was Mariette who got on stage first. Her performance started at 19:30. We wished for a far much better crowd in Halmstad than the Kalmar gang and already during the support act performances one could see the audience would be more active than the usually reserved Swedish crowds. Mariette and her band did a great job, the Swedes loved them and yes, I think the international fans liked them, too.

Eskobar hit the stage after Mariette. They communicated even more with the audience than in Kalmar and there were more crowd reactions to their songs than in the previous Swedish city. They enjoyed being on stage and playing for us to the full. Daniel even thanked for the cheering to the ”international guests” before performing Freedom. For Someone New they called Mariette back to the stage and performed the song as a duet. It sounded marvellous!

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Pic by Patrícia Peres

After setting up the stage and instruments for Roxette, those almost 15000 people in the audience couldn’t wait anymore to hear the first tunes of Sleeping In My Car and have much fun during the next almost 2 hours. When Roxette came up on stage you just saw on both Marie’s and Per’s face that it was going to be a fantastic show. Being on home turf, enjoying their home crowd was all written on their faces. The band was in great mood and in top top top shape. Everyone was really on a high. Marie was shining like a real star! She was the pearl and the audience painted their love all over her world. You could feel everyone was grateful to see her on stage and cheered her during the whole concert. Per was very much into being on stage tonight. His presence was incredibly strong with all the Gessle moves and his way of performing. Both him and Marie acted a lot with the crowd, having eye contact with the fans in the front and animating them during the sing along parts which turned out to be very loud tonight. The band was also very active. Christoffer was running around like hell with his guitar, having his cool ”fights” with Per, getting kicked in the ass by Per again. There was now a new funny moment, when Per touched Christoffer’s hat while starting with Crash! Boom! Bang! Magnus was having his Baladas en español moments while charming us with his bass playing. Dea was animating the audience very enthusiastically and she was supporting Marie the lovely way she always does. Regarding Pelle and Clarence, who are always in the background, I just want to mention that without their amazing drum and fabulous keyboard playing this band is just nothing. They enjoyed being there on Örjans Vall’s stage very much.

One of the highlights of the night was It Must Have Been Love with the ’80s band intro from Per, remembering the funny hairdos and shoulder pads from those years, as well as the fantastic bands like Roxette, Milli Vanilli and Modern Talking. Another highlight was Watercolours In The Rain / Paint. Marie and Dea together can only mean a perfect duet!

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Pic by Patrícia Peres

All the international fans brought their balloons, so there were many and people in the crowd loved playing with them during Joyride. After the song the band went off the stage and the only strange thing during the whole show to me was when there were those appr. 5 minutes while they were away. It felt like the audience wasn’t sure they would come back and wasn’t sure theys should be cheering. We in the front were very loud, as usual, buti t took some time until the rest of the crowd joined in shouting ”en gång till” or screaming. Fortunately, the band heard it quite well, so they got back to us and oh what a Listen To Your Heart performance it was as the first extra song! How Marie ended it was out of this world!

The uptempo songs, mainly How Do You Do!, She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio), Dressed For Success and Dangerous got the audience dance and clap along during the whole songs while singing along loud and The Look at the end left the crowd wanting more. When Per said goodbye at the end of the show, he shouted in the mic in Swedish: ”See you soon again! We are very sure about it!”

Marie got 2 heaters on stage and this time it was again BoJo himself who tested if they worked well. In the end only one of them was working during the whole show. But the weather was really nice and rather warm, so we hope that 1 functioning heater was really enough for Marie.

Many in the crowd expected Gyllene Tider to appear on stage as a surprise, but those who are following Roxette and the related artists closely knew that Micke Syd had to be on stage with his Syd & Ekman project at another place, so it was predictable the fab five won’t be seen together in Halmstad tonight. BUT! We weren’t left without a GT tune! Christoffer played ”När vi två blir en” as the local intro to Joyride and it got a fab crowd reaction. We all loved it!

Per after the show:

HALMSTAD UPDATE: Yea! Very nice show at Örjans Vall. Very nice indeed. This place is so cool, just by the water, and tonight our home crowd was in terrific shape. Around 15000 joined the joyride and made a lot of beautiful noise! Vids tomorrow! Cheers, P.

Next stop is Gothenburg on 24th July.

 

Articles and photos

Hallandsposten:

SVT during the waiting time
SVT concert cuts

Videos

Sleeping In My Car / The Big L.
Spending My Time / Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
The Look

Setlist

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Halmstad setlist – 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 (intro: När vi två blir en)

Extra
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 



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Robert Broberg passed away

UntitledDo you remember this very special moment when Marie Fredriksson, being back then in Sydney, made a satellitte connection with Robert Broberg to sing  “Everything disappears”? Yesterday we learnt Robert Broberg passed away in the age of 75 after long battle with Parkinson. Marie commented on this to TT press agency:

A great artist and a lovely man who will be missed. I have great memories from our collaborations and I am glad I got this opportunity to work with him.

Per also shared his thoughts on Robert:

Robert was truly fab! One of my favourite Swedish albums ever comes from his heart and mind, “Tjejjer”. Still have it on vinyl. Have to put it on now! /P.

 



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Is it time for a Roxette musical?

Hallandsposten (Jan-Owe Wikström) did an interview with Per in relation to the Roxette concert in Halmstad tomorrow. It’s going to be the 6th time they play in Halmstad. After 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994 and 2010 tomorrow it’s time for them to play again in the band’s hometown. It will be their first time at Örjans vall though.

According to the interview, the tour will continue in 2016, however, nothing is planned after the September concert (company gig) in Warsaw. Per says since they turn 30 next year, the tour should last until then and they haven’t played South Africa, Asia, North America and South America yet on this tour. At the same time it is Marie’s health they are depending on, how much she can do.

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Screenshot is from the making of video of The Look 2015 remake

Regarding the tour Per mentions it’s quite typical nowadays that as no artist can earn money on album sales, they go on tour. When Roxette played in Madrid, there were posters from Katy Perry via Mark Knopfler till the Foo Fighters. Since there is this big competition, he says it’s fantastic that they still have sold out shows and can sell 8000-18000 tickets per concert. In Halmstad there will be approximately 15000 people in the audience. The plan for the 5 concerts in Sweden was to sell 50000 tickets altogether and it seems it will work.

Per tells Jan-Owe the tour is one of the reasons why the new album is delayed. The other reason is the EMI – Warner merger. There are too many new people and Per wants to work with people he likes and who respect their history and the new songs. 5 songs off the new album are ready and as Per says, it is 65-70% of the total album. This would mean the album has 8 songs? Hm.

With Addeboy vs. Cliff, who mixed the 2015 remake of The Look, Per wrote some songs together. He says to Hallandsposten that it’s hard to find people who are talented in what he is not too good at, ie. programming.

There are still unknown collaborations on the new album, but Per told Hallandsposten he and Mats MP Persson wrote some songs together now for the first time since long and they might turn up on the new album. Mr. G says he would never be able to write “Fading Like A Flower” today, simply because he has moved on as a songwriter.

Regarding the changes in music consumption Per says nowadays it’s less important to people who wrote the songs or who plays the drums. Today’s pop music reflects the society today, so most of it is made on laptops where everything can be fixed in the end.

This time he says again that social media is a unique way to get close to the fans.

Jan-Owe Wikström asked Per what is left to do after that he has done almost everything with Roxette, Gyllene Tider, his solo projects and soundtrack. Maybe a musical? Per can imagine that there could be a musical built on Roxette’s, Gyllene Tider’s hits or his solo songs just like ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” and the Queen musical, but only if the right way is found. Something new. Maybe with Jonas Åkerlund as a director.

From the Hallandsposten interview it turns out that Per is still writing his diaries after each show, so it’s not only the Facebook posts he writes about them. And they film a lot. Probably, a lot more than what we get to see after each gig on Facebook.



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Roxette XXX Tour – Kalmar, Sweden (Fredriksskans) – July 18 – #54

The Swedish tour leg with 5 shows started tonight in Kalmar, where Roxette had never played before. Many posters welcomed us in town everywhere we walked, either the poster of the Kalmar show or the one with all the Swedish dates on it. All 5 concerts are open air gigs, so we prayed for good weather for the start. It worked so-so, because during the waiting time we had some heavy summer showers, but all in all the temperature was fine and the sun came out to shine on us in the afternoon.

You know you are in Sweden when the first thing organized at the entrance is the toilet. Haha. It may sound stupid, but no other country can tell they have a security team thinking about those who are waiting all day in front of the venue. And you know you are in Sweden when Show Security Sweden is in charge, with good old Atli as the head of the team. They are really the world’s best security team! Helpful, patient and kind all the time. Not only the supervisors, but the whole bunch of people they are working together with at the venues. Thanks for all your support, guys!

Swedish shows got a bit different vs. earlier years because of Live Nation’s Early Entrance ticket policy. Actually, today there were approximately 30 people showing up with an early entrance ticket, but most of them just wanted to have a calm walk inside and find a place at the bar, on the grass or at the very side of the venue, more in the middle, not in the front. They first had to register, appr. 1 hour before the inlet and they got their merch stuff which was a tour programme signed by Marie and Per and a Roxette XXX tour bag. Then they were let in 15 minutes before all those with normal tickets. Even if there were hundreds of people waiting for getting let in, everything was calm and no one was really nervous about the entrance. It feels good when after all the inlet mess in other countries you get to experience this.

Eskobar hit the stage a bit later than 19:30 and it was very nice to hear them in their homeland. For me the best they were in Vienna so far, but their tonight’s show comes very close after that. You could feel they were comfortable playing at home, however Daniel, the singer of the band enjoyed the German-speaking countries so much that he used the expression ”ein bisschen” several times.

After they went off the stage, the crew was setting it up for Roxette. While looking around and checking the seats where guests had their places, we spotted Crown Princess Victoria with her husband Daniel and Prince Carl Philip with his wife Sofia, who are on holiday in Öland now. They were sitting in the last row, which was at the highest place. They disappeared for some minutes during the break and as you could see on Eskobar’s Facebook page, they visited them in background. Victoria is a Roxer, so surely, they met Roxette backstage, too.

It’s summer, but Swedish summers are unpredictable, so it was a good option to install a heater for Marie on the stage. BoJo tested it himself to see it was working properly. After all guitars and other instruments were tested, the mics were set to the proper height and Åsa set the iPhone to video mode, it was time for Roxette to come up stage. One of the characteristics of Swedish summer is that the sun goes down quite late, so it was still daylight when they started the show. The intro didn’t have the same adrenalin kick effect on the crowd this way, but still it was very energetic how the band hit the stage.

Being at home, both Marie and Per talked in Swedish. The talks in between the songs were more or less the same as the English version, but one huge difference was that Marie talked much more than usual. She felt very comfortable and it was easy for her to talk. We all loved it so much!

The crowd did well on the sing along parts, but it wasn’t the most enthusiastic audience of all. There were however Roxers from several countries (Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Spain, Poland, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Greece, etc.) who made more noise and moves. I tend to believe Swedish crowds are really this reserved most of the time. Or maybe tonight it was because they thought the royal family members were watching them and taking notes of who behaves how. By the way, they showed how to party, during The Look. HERE you can watch Svenska Nyheter’s video about it.

Crush On You was very cool this time again, however, the effect of stopping after ”no Elvis in the leather / I want you now or never” was a bit strange with the sun still being up on the sky. Nevertheless, the crowd reaction sounded the same as in any other country where it was complete darkness at this point.

During The Heart Shaped Sea, in the era of smartphones with flashlight app, someone lit a real sparkler, but as it’s quite dangerous in the middle of the audience, Atli had to take it away.

After THSS Marie and Dea were preparing for Watercolours In The Rain / Paint and Marie started talking. That was the funniest of all. HERE you can watch it in a video. She said (in Swedish):

Now we’re going to play a really really old song. It means so much to me. Micke… ah … no, he’s my husband… it was a little mistake, but Per wrote the lyrics and I wrote the music and I’m so proud of it.

One must love her! It was such a cute little mistake!

I must mention Marie’s talking during another song, too. During Dressed For Success, when it comes to the crowd clapping choreography, she usually shouts into the mic: ”C’mon and clap your hands, everybody!” When she got to this point tonight, she wanted to shout it again in English, but before she did that, she realized she was in Sweden and shouldn’t talk in English, so she just started laughing instead. Then she made the crowd clap along.

After the balloon song, Roxette went off the stage and the audience didn’t want to stop shouting ”En gång till! En gång till!” to have them back on stage. They didn’t let us wait for long and came back with the usual 2 extra songs.

It was a nice first gig in Sweden during the XXX tour with 14612 people in the crowd. Hopefully, the next 4 shows will get the crowd into party mood and it won’t be ”only” the band on fire.

Per’s badabam after the show:

KALMAR UPDATE: Oh yea, the Swedish tour has finally started. Almost 15000 showed up tonite at Fredriksskans and sang along. And no rain in sight. Thank you!!! The band was sooo tight, have to love that!!!! Badabam from P.

Next stop should be Borgholm tomorrow (and for many of us Roxers it will be a sightseeing stop at least), but the next gig is in Halmstad on 22nd July. Can’t wait!

 

Articles and photos

Göteborgs-Posten
24kalmar.se video report from the queueing
24kalmar.se during the concert
24kalmar.se about the concert
barometern.se about the stage
Expressen
TV4
svenskdam.se
vaxjonytt.se review, photos

Videos

Roxette hitting the stage
It Must Have Been Love
Royal crowd members having fun
Most boring audience ever?

Setlist

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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 (intro: Här kommer Pippi Långstrump)

Extra
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 



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20 tour dates for 2016?

Per says in the Kappahl interview that the plan is to go on with the tour until 2016 (asDSC00278 he already mentioned many times before, and that would be the meaning behind the whole XXX tour, as Roxette turns 30 in 2016!).

Now he revealed that Roxette plans to do about 80 dates until 2016. If you count the dates until Drammen (Norway) on August 22, that makes up to 61 dates. Which means about 20 would be left to be announced / planned. And this raises lots of questions:

Will these dates be in 2016 only? Will there be more in 2015? Where will it take Roxette to? South Africa? South America? North America? Some more Europe / Sweden to celebrate the 30th anniversary “home”? Lots of questions for our never-resting minds!

What we know for sure is that fans are longing to see more of Roxette live, both those who have been to (many) shows since the tour started and those who haven’t seen Roxette since at least 2012. And that The Look 2015 is awesome. And that we cannot wait until the new album is out! And that we already need the tour dates for 2016.



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The Look 2015 Remake is out!

x4h3ea2zw3eduupi8njhSince the news about the collaboration between Roxette and KappAhl was shared, we’ve been looking forward to the 2015 remake of one of Roxette’s most iconic songs, The Look. Many fans are rather hungry for some new Roxette songs instead of hearing a ”hundredth” version of The Look, but the time will come also for the new single and album soon.

 

When the track list of Travelling had been revealed before the album’s release date and we saw It Must Have Been Love as the closing song, I remember many of us were quite skeptical and couldn’t decide if we wanted to hear another version of IMHBL. We had to wait until the album was out and oh the emotions many of us had when first hearing the song (besides all other tracks on the record) I still remember clearly. It sounded like a different song, but still Roxette, still there was the essence of one of the Billboard No. 1 songs and the music and vocals were just perfect.

tl_01The first very short snippet of The Look 2015 remake KappAhl shared some weeks ago already sounded extremely promising and hoped for similar feelings as with Travelling when the complete song sees the light of day. Now the remake is out digitally in 2 versions. (A physical 7-inch vinyl single will be released on 28th August.) LISTEN TO IT ON SPOTIFY HERE! Different emotions than with IMHBL for sure, but again there is this aaaahmazement. Very much 21st-century-like! Even if the original The Look would still be a hit if it was released today as Per also says it in interviews, now the remake has this sound of nowadays. I think Addeboy vs. Cliff added a bit too much of their touch here and there and the instrumental version might not going to be our fave version of The Look, but the vocals in the non-instrumental version are incredibly powerful! If you watch the making of video, you can see how much fun it must have been both for Marie and Per, as well as for Clarence, Pelle and Christoffer to record this remake. THIS VIDEO is an absolute highlight of the project!

Is this remake a kind of prediction how (at least some songs) will sound on the new Roxette album? We’ll see. Hopefully, still this year.

P.S.: Bassflow is hard to beat when it comes to remakes, but The Look remake 2015 comes close after. At least I think so.

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Stills are from the making of video. Directed and edited by Henrik Hanson.

ATTENTION! Do check out KappAhl’s website for much more information. Even the interview with Per has been shared now in its complete! Great site!



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A (very personal) look back on 14 days and (almost) ten concerts

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Done without selfie stick: Kirsten Ohlwein

A week has gone since my last Roxette show (ever?) in Vienna. I tend to think it was my last Roxette show ever, but I am always open for a pleasant surprise, of course. Why I do think that this is it? The final countdown, the last tour ever? Yes, just because of Marie’s condition. I know very well that she is a warrior, the greatest warrior I know. Maybe, but maybe, just maybe, all of this is too much to fight for. I don’t know. I posted a very long text about her and my perception of her condition in another article (there’s an English translation at the bottom of the text). I don’t want to go in too much detail here now. It’s only part of my thoughts and I already have put them in words, so I try to move on from it. But yes, it felt a bit like a farewell to a long long dream for me.

So, my last show was in Vienna, Wednesday, July 8th, 2015. Unfortunately, the tour stress had totally exhausted me which forced me to leave my place in the third row during “Spending my time” already and got me to a spot on the side of the stage. Suddenly I couldn’t handle all the people around me anymore, it was too loud, too crowded, just too much. I had wished for a better ending to this whole touring experience as I have never done it this extensively (10 shows in 14 days). It wasn’t meant to be and so I stood at the very far end of the stage, held a mug with water in one hand and my jacket in the other and watched Marie trying to deliver her notes.

I joined the tour with the start of the German leg of the European part of the tour. Roxette had been on tour already six weeks. The first European show in Milan I had attended, yes, but after that, as said, six weeks break. So, I came to see the concert in Cologne and joined all the travelling until Vienna.

What’s left to say? It was a very intense, very confusing, very life-changing experience. Apart from the concerts I realized that I am actually really too old to queue the whole day in front of the venue in 36°C, even though we could mostly sit in the shadow. My body doesn’t want to be in the heat for several hours, then get tense when it’s close to inlet and then run for a minute and then relax, just to tense again when it realizes that air is practically not existing inside the venue. At least my body doesn’t want that several times a week and that’s probably what it showed me in Vienna.

I realized that I am also too old to stand in front of hotels and airports and waiting for the right moment to ask for a photo. This moment never comes. Every fan is so dependent on the mood of her star, so was I. Fortunately, with Roxette, I adore a band who always took their time and mostly never have a bad mood or when they don’t show it their fans, at least there was only one occasion I witnessed it.

I also realized that I might be too old to adore people who don’t even know me. I started to ask myself what I actually expect when I meet them? I wrote in my other post that it’s the feeling of breathing the same air for some moments. This might be it. I don’t know. I know it’s different when it comes to Marie. Since her illness all I ever wanted was to show her my support in every situation possible. There were many times when she gave back so much, thanked for our support or even begged for more. Moments I can hardly forget or ignore. It stopped this year. For me and for her. She doesn’t notice or doesn’t want to notice her fans anymore and it’s finally time to step back for me. Concerts: Yes. Anything else: No.

So, yes, I’d do it all over again, travel miles and miles and never stop, I would, but my reasons have drastically changed. Still, there is this “have to support Marie” thing, it’s very strong, it can’t be abandoned easily. Then there is the other reason that got stronger and stronger during my journey: Meet other Roxers, laugh together, wait together, sing together, enjoy time together. I am so happy that I met so many nice people, maybe this was the most important thing for me during this trip. I finally remembered why they all are so special, even those who I thought wouldn’t speak a word with me anymore. I really really loved that. In the end we’re on this ship together and when it’s time to wave the white flag, whenever that is, we have to do it together somehow anyway.

I am trying to point out some of my personal highlights of the ten shows I saw now:

The best Roxette show I ever saw was the one in Berlin. This was another topic I wrote something about it, unfortunately it’s in German only so far, sorry for that. This was a magical night, moments that can’t and won’t be forgotten. The audience maybe wasn’t the loudest, but the most empathic. It took over when Marie forgot the lyrics and from that moment on everything could happen and it did. I am happy I was there. I could feel the love floating around from the stage to the audience and back. It was the one perfect night.

The best local song Christoffer played was probably “An der Nordseeküste” in Hamburg. It worked surprisingly well regarding the fact that this isn’t a German song in origin. The audience sang even louder than the people in Cologne who got their very own anthem “Viva Colonia”. For Non-Germans: “Viva Colonia” is T-H-E song in Cologne and even in parts of Germany. So I really wondered why it didn’t work THAT good this time. The funniest moment was most certainly Christoffer’s attempt to play Helene Fischer’s “Atemlos” which was probably the most played German song in 2014 and 2015 (just guessing).

I loved that Per shared our “bring us some water or ice” photo from Stuttgart. We had so much fun that day and it made us smile despite the heat. Unfortunately, we never got the ice or the water (just kidding, of course).  Being a Roxer for 24 years you very well realize how special it is to communicate with your star in such a direct way. You post a photo, you know for sure that he sees it and when he shares or likes you are in heaven for some hours. Yes, that’s how it works. Praise the internet!

I also won’t forget the very messed up inlets in many many German cities, almost all of them. Gates that get less and less, although people are already queuing, scanners not working, security staff who don’t know how to mark a ticket, entrances that get closed completely ten minutes before the doors open, security staff telling you you are not allowed to sit down, because it’s too dangerous, others not telling you where you have to run – it was a mess, really. After three shows we joked about founding a consulting agency for security companies. They know so little, they do want to know so little – it can make you really angry. Worst are those who keep the guitar picks for themselves, by the way.

But let’s get back to the positive things. One of them: The amazing setlist Per Gessle put up. What a trick to end the show with “The Look”. What a great idea to bring “How do you do” back as standalone song again. People always have loved “How do you do” so much and it worked so very well at every single show I have been to. This was most often THE party crasher and people were not to stop from that point on. Yes, the audience expects the hits, the great number ones and the singles – it’s true and I can live with it, but after my last show I joked that I really don’t want to hear “Joyride” again so soon and that I am actually happy that I could keep myself busy with the balloons rather than singing. It’s a pity, of course, that I never applauded the band during the band presentation because I was so busy with getting the balloons ready. I still love the balloon thing very much.

We also had a talk about the stuff the fans do during the show and another fan had a very new thought: That we fans are part of the show as well. We do the balloon thing, we clap in moments non-fans don’t know (you know which songs I mean, Dangerous (attracted to go-go deeper tonight), The Look (head drum)), we try to sing “How do you do” on our own after the first riff and get the rest of the audience to join (it never worked until today, of course). Yes, there might be something to it. I had so much fun with all of this!

The general audiences really surprised me, though. I cannot count the times I heard people singing “The Look” while leaving the venue. One sang the verse, others joined in with the “Na na na na nas”. They were full of love for the band and didn’t hesitate to show. This felt much different during the last tour in 2011 and even more different during the Room Service tour 2001. Which brings me to my next point: This band loves to play, loves to be on stage, to play live, to improvise a bit, to make music together. You can see it every second they are on stage, even on their tired days. And this transports so much that people can’t help but join in. It might be compassion, farewell or memories bringing them to the shows, but they leave with different feelings: admiration for the band, the love for music and the will to definitely buy a new Roxette album. This band is so rocky. I heard that on the radio one morning: Roxette came as a pop-rock band to the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, but left as a rock-pop band. What a compliment for a band that earned so many bad reviews for their bubblegum music back in the 90’s!

So, what’s left after my last show in Vienna?

There’s a lot of good memories, some bad memories, decisions I made, a heart that’s still full of love for these people who accompany me for 24 years, a wish for another tour at least in North America so that I finally have a reason to go to New York (and I already have made appointments there with fellow Roxers, I didn’t forget that, Basia, Mareike and Mariana), and a deep deep longing which stands over it all that certain conditions get better again, the deep hope that something or someone can stop what we unfortunately witnessed this year and really don’t want to see and to see happen at all. The one topic we never talk about much. And then there’s the will to go on tour like this forever and that time just stands still, please.



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Roxette XXX Tour – London, United Kingdom (The O2) – July 13 – #53

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Photo: Judith Seuma

Roxette played at a sold-out O2 Arena in London. It was the first time Roxette played in this venue, which opened its doors in the mid 2000ies and has become the concert venue in London in the past years. Many major artist have played here since then so it was almost almost about time for Roxette to play here finally. The place is impressive. And so is the sound!

Unfortunately not many people had taken their places during Eskobar, but those who were there did enjoy the tunes of this fab band. And then it hit me. When Daniel mentioned it was their last show with Roxette outside of Sweden. In a way it was also Roxette’s last show outside of Scandinavia or Nordics (if you don’t count the concert in Poland). It’s really just a few more shows to go and then…? Let’s hope there will be more to come. LIVE, that is (we already know there are some releases on the way!). Wherever in the world. This band proved yesterday once more that they are unstoppable and they bring and spread lots of joy and fun and smiles wherever they go. And the world needs more of these memorable moments!

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Photo: Judith Seuma

Before the show we chatted with our seat neighbours. They asked where we come from, if we have seen Roxette live before… and we, not knowing how seated concerts are here, wondered if people would stand up. None of the locals could give an answer. Just a “We hope so! But it very much depends on the music and mood” I thought to myself… if it’s up to that then we will sure have a party! And it was.

People stood up during the intro already, while Marie and Per and the band were taking their places on stage. “So it is standing! It’s gonna be fun!” shouted the guys next to me with a big smile. Security made sure however that nobody was standing in the corridors or  running to the front, not even during The Look. But oh was it fun!!

 

I was totally taken by surprise by all the screaming and the sing along. And this (besides the great magic moments with the band) is what I will remember forever. Wherever I have seen Roxette around the world, it is this proud and happy feeling of hearing and experiencing thousands of people sing along to their songs. Not only the major hits but also other less known songs. Like when people scream and clap at the surprise of Marie singing Paint. The noise when Roxette reappeared after the short break to play LTYH and The Look was just impressive.

What happened in London can probably be summarized in these two videos below.

Marie did improvise a lot at the endings of the songs or during bridges not only with yeahs!, she did add a jazzy soulish touch at some points and her voice was so strong and powerful… that made me drop my mouth open (just check the videos out!). Per was running from one side to the other, looking at the audience very directly and asking us to sing and clap even louder. With his permanent smile on his face. And the band… wow!! They are all so great together. They have their ‘insider jokes’, those funny moments with each other that have now become part of the show… Chris played the British anthem, which ended with everyone singing.. god save the queen!

Per also seemed to be in a chatty mood. I think of all shows I have seen, this had the funniest talks in between songs.

And this time a special mention about lovely Dea. Since I was sitting in row 6 I had a better overview of what was going on on stage and saw some details that just confirmed what an important part of the band Dea is. She does her job amazingly, always cheering everybody up, greeting those she knows, she has found her place in the band, she has her funny insider moments with Chris, Magnus (Dangerous), Marie (Stars, Dangerous, She’s Got Nothing On) and Per (IMHBL), and besides that she always keeps an eye on Marie to help out whenever needed. And also celebrates and looks amazed when Marie delivers like yesterday. Probably because of this (and my guess is much more) Marie introduces her during Watercolours as ‘my very good friend Dea!’

Next stop Sweden. I really hope Sweden welcomes and celebrates Marie and Per and the band as Europe has done so far because they are unstoppable and one should only be proud of them all and they deserve it.

Per after the show: 

LONDON UPDATE: Oh yeah!!! Such a great evening at the O2 Arena tonight!!! What a wonderful crowd! Great band in spite of that Prof von L couldn’t get out of bed early in the morning due to back and neck pains. Check out the vids for more info re this!!!
Nevertheless, a breathtaking experience of positive energy. Thanx London, always a treat to play here! And boy, did you sing!!!! Cheers, P.

 

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 (intro: God Save the Queen)

Extra
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

Articles and photos

Iain Dale
The Independent
Mirror
rexfeatures.com
flickr.com – Gavin Dodds (Tigershoot)
flickr.com – David Turnbull



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Roxette XXX Tour – Zurich, Switzerland (Live at Sunset) – July 11 – #52

Many people had told me that the audience in Zurich would be calm, even boring. It looks like last time Roxette played at Live at Sunset in 2012 the audience didn’t party along. So what to do? The first row was full of hardcore fans, so we agreed that we would stand up no matter what and make our own party.

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Pic by Judith S.

Well, well! I think more than one (including Rox and band) was surprised! Roxette shows up on stage. Everybody is clapping and shouting. Sleeping in my car starts to sound, we stand up, we look behind us… most people in the audience is up and dancing and clapping and singing! And that went on during almost the whole show. We really couldn’t believe what was going on. Even the people at the very back were standing.  The only time people sat down was to listen and enjoy Marie and Dea perform Watercolours. And what a the noise of stamping feet (meaning ‘one more time’!) when Roxette left the stage after Joyride!

Roxette performed the open air set, meaning no Heart Shaped Sea (which is a pity, it would have fit the location and the mood in this case).

The band was full of energy from the very beginning, but something happened after Watercolours (or was it after Crash! Boom! Bang!??) and it felt like they got an energy boost and went even wilder. And the audience answered back with even more singing. That is what a live show is about!

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Pic by Judith S.

Joyride was a balloon party. Balloons that Cathérine Frei from Switzerland and Ivan Kelava had been giving away to the people in the first rows, with the instructions to use them during the song. All those balloons flying in the air looked lovely in the warm July summer night Also the locals seemed to love Chris intro and even sang along to it.

The stage was about 3 meters from the first row and we were not allowed to get closer to the stage until Roxette came back to play the last two songs. The stage was very high getting much closer gave us another perspective of the stage and somehow the interaction with the band got even better. And Per and Marie and the band seemed to love it. Listen to your heart and The Look were incredible! It’s just awesome how these songs that we have heard so many times before (and they have played probably at all concerts since they were released) can sound so fresh and alive and different every time!

And here I also want to mention Åsa’s great job with the videos! I somehow realised yesterday (maybe because of the distance between stage and seats and the fact one could see Åsa better this time) that it’s quite some work. I guess it’s fun but also a challenge to track what’s going on on stage (which is a lot!) and the audience at the same time and capture the vibe. We love those videos! They are a nice memory of the shows from a unique perspective and of most of the songs. Thank you for that. Åsa chatted and took pictures with some fans before the show and even got a rose from Ivan. Nice!

All in all a perfect concert. The band in top shape, incredible audience and vibe and a very nice location. I was surprised too by the  location, organisation and festival setup. Nice festival area, food and drinks, relaxed atmosphere before the show, great views from a few places nearby the venue. It felt magical.

We will surely remember Live at Sunset 2015 with a big smile and will remain in our hearts forever.

Per after the show:

ZURICH: Oh yea, what a night it turned out to be! LIVE AT SUNSET. Absolutely, thanx for making this Saturday Night Fever happening. Great crowd, lots of fun when everyone came sooooo close to the stage the last twenty minutes. Felt like playing in a club!!! Day off tomorrow. then a sold out O2 in London. Cheers, P.

Next stop is London (13th July).

Articles and photos

usgang.ch
tilllate.com
nzz.ch
partyguide.ch
rtntvnews.de; photos
flickr.com – Intlekofer_Roger
artnoir review; photos

Videos

Sleeping In My Car
The Look

Setlist

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Pic by Judith S.

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 (intro: Es Buurebüebli mani nid)

Extra
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 



Roxette XXX Tour – Locarno, Switzerland (Moon and Stars) – July 10 – #51

Concert No. 51 took place in a beautiful setting in Locarno. The last time Roxette played at the very same place, Piazza Grande was almost exactly 4 years ago, 14th July 2011. That was a sold out show with more than 12,000 people in the crowd. This time (according to Corriere del Ticino) appr. 6,600 people went to see Roxette. Actually, the huge main square looked so full, I can’t imagine how more people could fit there. Most of them were standing on the ground, but since there are houses, those who live there watched the show from their balconies. How cool is that! Wouldn’t we all want Roxette to play under our balconies if not in our living rooms?

After some disastrous and messed up inlets on this tour leg, the security team in Switzerland showed it can work in a much better way. Those Roxers who had been waiting in front of the open air venue all day could reach their well-deserved spots in the front row.

Roxette charmed the audience with their performance and yet another sweaty night it was for the band. Marie was shining and in top shape, Per was smiling all the time from ear to ear while jumping like hell. The band was very energetic, too and they animated the crowd continuously, however, the audience rather remained a bit reserved. The setlist got one song shorter than at the past few shows. It was again The Heart Shaped Sea that was left out.

Just like in Vienna an Austrian flag, in Locarno at the end of the concert a Swiss flag was thrown to the stage by long time Roxers Karin Rubischung and Jörg Zimmerli. Dea and Chris held it up, you can see it on this pic. Lovely!

To make sure everyone sees what is happening on stage, there were big screens on the 2 sides. Just like in Australia for the Sydney Opera House gig, the screens were showing everything in black & white.

Anders Roos, photographer of the upcoming XXX tour book this time fixed a camera to Christoffer’s guitar he is using during Dressed For Success and Dangerous. Quite curious about the result. We do hope we will get to see it one day!

Åsa is still on tour, so we can expect many cool videos appearing on Roxette’s Facebook page from the show.

Per’s words after the Locarno bonanza:

LOCARNO UPDATE: Allright!!! Could this be the most beautiful concert setting in the world? I dunno, but it sure makes your jaws drop when you’re standing on that stage!!! Wonderful crowd and a most asskickin’ band this hot Friday night. Thanx everyone for showing up, I dunno how many you were, looked like at least 10.000. Some sleep now, after some really stupid Pelle jokes, then it’s Zurich-time! See y’all tomorrow, folks!! Cheers, P.

Can you believe that only 10 shows are left and the European tour leg is over? My, oh my… Roxette stays in Switzerland for one more gig. Next show is in Zurich without a day off (11th July). Dear champagne lovers, don’t forget to party hard! 😉

 

Articles and photos

laRegione
Moon and Stars
Corriere del Ticino
demotix.com
rockon.it; on flickr.com
Roberto Finizio’s photos

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

Videos

She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
Fading Like A Flower / How Do You Do!

Instavideos
Sleeping In My Car
It Must Have Been Love
Dangerous

Setlist

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Pic by Angela

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 (intro: Vogel-Lisi)

Extra
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

Thanx for your help with the setlist, Karin Rubischung!



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