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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Articles and photos

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

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

 

Videos

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

Instavideos:

Roxette is back to Moscow
TV report after the concert

 

Setlist

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

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

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

 

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

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

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

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

Per in eXXXtasy after the concert:

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

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

Next gig is on Friday (21st November) in Moscow. That will be the last Russian concert for a while.

 

Articles and photos

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

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

 

Videos

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

Instavideos:

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_St_Petersburg

Photo by Timofey Sharko

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

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

 

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CONTEST: Win a signed Per Gessle book!

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

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

 

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

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

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

Good luck!

Patrícia and Judith and the rest of the RXB Team.

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

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Music Against Cancer – a successful charity auction supported by Roxette

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Photos by Musik mot cancer

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

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

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

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

Per informed after the show:

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

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

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

 

Articles and photos

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

yugopolis.ru
kuban.kp.ru
kublog.ru

 

Videos

Fading Like A Flower
Dangerous
It Must Have Been Love

Instavideos:

TV report about the concert

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Krasnodar

Photo taken from Instagram. _svet_loveee_

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

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

 

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Rostov-on-Don, Russia – November 14 – #8

Roxette performed at Rostov-on-Don’s Sports Palace tonight. They met a loud crowd there and made everyone sweat on and off stage. Per was so much on a high he even stormed over Christoffer’s mic stand. Dea was fast enough to catch it and Jakob Johnzén (Christoffer’s technician) rushed up to the stage to set everything back to normal. You can see this action in the Joyride video (at about 3:30) taken by Tiina Pitkänen. During Christoffer’s intro to Joyride, Dea and Magnus did a warmly welcomed dance.

The plush toy koala, whose name is still unknown was watching the gig from next to Pelle’s drum again. As we mentioned in our post yesterday, it’s there since the 2nd show (Khabarovsk). As Evgeny Perekopskiy told us, a fan threw it to the stage in Vladivostok when Marie and Per were leaving after the show ended. We know about another plush toy kept as a talisman on stage during the tour in Brazil in 2011. It was a pink bunny. Thanks for helping us to find it, Bianca Martins Cappelletti.

The concert started with an appr. half an hour delay, again because of poor organization at the venue. So the setlist was shorter this time, too.

Per’s thoughts after the gig:

ROSTOV ON DON UPDATE: Fab gig tonite. Super lovely crowd and a very relaxed band. Hot + sweaty = we like it like that! >Thanx everyone for making so much noise!!! /P.

Next gig is on Sunday (16th November) in Krasnodar.

 

Articles and photos

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

Andrey Borodulin’s photos
donnews.ru
rostovnadonu.bezformata.ru
Inna Inna’s photos

 

Videos

Sleeping In My Car
It Must Have Been Love
Joyride
Various

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Rostov-on-Don

Photo by Lena Tünina. Taken from Instagram.

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

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

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Message from Roxette’s management about the ticket sales

We just received this statement from Marie Dimberg (D&D Management), Roxette’s manager, regarding the tickets. Some issues have been solved now, so I think some fans will be happy about that.
Thank you for reading us and taking care of this.

Dear Roxers,

following the turbulent posting on Facebook and Twitter etc regarding the release of tickets for the upcoming XXX Europe Tour 2015 we’d like to clarify some of the queries on behalf of Roxette.

We’re actually rather surprised reading some of your negative comments as Roxette have always been a band who are widely known for keeping their ticket prices very low compared to most other artists. The reason for this is of course very simple. They want as many fans as possible to be able to attend Rox events all over the world. This is a fact, almost a trademark for the band, and that’s why this entire discussion makes us all quite startled and sad. But we hear you and want to meet your queries.

Here are some facts:

– The pre-sale system was launched in order to fight the black market companies who only try to rip off hardcore fans by buying bulk tickets and selling them with an enormous personal profit.

– It might be obvious but we must advise you to only buy tickets from our official ticket providers listed on our sites as well as on Live Nation sites. We also need to encourage you to very carefully and thoroughly read the information about tickets on these sites. In most cases you will find that an average ticket price is lower than most other artists and that the special pre-sale tickets are extremely limited in each country.

– Regarding the situation in Mainz, the local promoter made a mistake and the first rows should of course have been up for sale from the start. Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur apologizes for this.

– Regarding London, Ticketmaster made a mistake and blocked too many tickets on the floor. This has now been corrected and all remaining tix are now available at regular price plus service fee.

We sincerely hope this explains some of your questions. After some wonderful shows in Russia with Finland, The Baltic countries, New Zealand and Australia coming up, Marie, Per and the band are really looking forward to the European gigs next summer. And to meet you there.

D&D management

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Ticket sales: What the fans say

There have been many other occasions on which some parts of the fans have been ranting – thinking of the RoxBox in particular, and some other releases as well as of course some tour problems. There is always something to complain about, but this time it seems the hardcore Roxers out there all think the same: This is a rip off and I won’t join in this time. So please, if you want it like this, no fans in the front rows or there at all.

We just collected some of the fans’ reactions that came on Facebook, have been written on the Roxette Official wall or have been posted in a “Roxette Tour Group” on Facebook. And yes, it’s all there: disappointment, anger, frustration, desperation, resignation – and over all the decision not to get on that ship and rather buy no tickets.

Tanja:

 it’s gettin’ insane! To pay a fortune just for front row in a standing section, which usually is occupied by hardcore fans, is now sold to snobs and hipsters!

Katja:

Rox in Halmstad was my biggest dream since many years, it never worked but 2015 it should come through. All was checked and planned: Babysitter, Holiday , Money – but now when i think about the reactions after the last shows and the prices for the different tickets, i don’t know if it is that worth i’m very sad and feel helpless at the moment.

Claudia:

With all these developments, I have just lost the interest in going at all. And I am sadly not the only one.

Maria:

I believe this is not really the aim of this Roxxxette 30th Anniversary; many of us hardcore fans have been making many efforts for the last years to follow you almost everywhere possible, we spent tons of money and time because we really enjoy and love being on tour with you but with this situation coming up, it’s becoming more and more difficult or at times impossible to be there for you, just a pity since this should be a tour for everybody but certainly also for all of us who have been there for you for such a long time!

Tina:

Maybe you should consider changing the name of the tour to “$$$ – The Rip-Off Tour”, seems much more fitting! I never thought I could be so disappointed in a band I’ve been a fan of for 20+ years… *sighs*

Marcelo:

This is so very sad. I WOULD pay a fortune to see you if I had the money, but I think it’s unfair to all your fans/supporters throughout the world. We were there for you when Roxette returned. We gladly paid all we had in our wallets to see our Queen and King of Swedish pop music throughout the Neverending Tour, but it was AFFORDABLE. This is NOT affordable, it’s so freaking EXPENSIVE! I humbly ask you to review this issue and reconsider what can be reconsidered. We are always waiting for you, but I’m afraid 90% of us won’t make it this time around.

Neil:

Unfortunately this is the way ticket sales work these days, especially with live nation as a promoter as this is the way they work. They probably didn’t have all these packages last time as they didn’t know how many tickets they would sell, but now they see that Roxette still have great selling power they will chance their luck. I understand peoples frustrations, but in reality moaning to Per will achieve very little, as he will have very little to do with setting ticket prices. They will have a contract with live nation and will be paid a certain amount and it is live nations job to make that money back and make a profit for themselves. Even if Per wasn’t aware and complained to live nation it would be too late to change anything, as as soon as these tickets are sold, you can’t go back and tell these people they can’t be at the front, even though they paid a premium for it. For me personally, it does mean I will go to a few less gigs. If I go abroad for a concert I want to be at the front, and there are only so many early entry tickets I can afford….especially so close to Xmas. Also disappointed that I don’t have tickets to london yet, and I might not be able to get very good tickets, especially since that venue is an hour away from my house…..but that’s life!

Tim:

I laugh at the people who say ” If you don’t like it then don’t buy it” because that’s the easiest way out of the argument. It takes ZERO brain power to come up with that. For me I don’t care to be up front because I miss the ” big picture” of the concert. I love a wide view. Ticket prices are high because we as consumers set them high. Stop buying pricey tickets and the market will go down. It’s that simple. Two examples where I live was when the Rolling Stones played in LA and prices were outrageous! $400.00 got you back of the arena and the nose bleeds cost $200.00. People were pissed didn’t buy and for the first time the Stones didn’t sell out the arena. Weeks before the show they cut the prices from 200.00 to 80.00 and 400.00 to 150.00. That’s when they sold out. The same thing happened to the Who. They over priced their last tour 2 years ago and people didn’t show up. The had to use a discount ticket company to sell tickets at 60% to 75% off face value. For their 50th year tour in 2015 they price tickets at affordable prices and people are back.

Sandra:

Having been to 184 Rox/Per/Marie/GT gigs I have to say I was never as dissapointed as with the actual ticket selling policy.

First lots of presales where the good places couldn’t be bought or people haven’t been informed that other tickets with Early Entrance will pop up later which didn’t gave them a chance to chose because they didn’t knew all terms. And then prices where I choked when I first saw them.

380,-€ for a hot seat (=front of stage) in UK. 200,-€ for one in Paris and in Sweden Early Entrance tix for around 150,-€ and 169,-€ for Amsterdam????

Is that the way to treat the devoted fans for their loyalty and support throughout the years??? And of course the hardcore Roxers are the aim with that policy because no one else than them would be willing to pay a lot of their well saved money for this opportunity: to see their beloved idols as close as possible.

Now I also have to reconsider what concerts I will go to because I simply can’t afford it. And travelling through Europe to go to concerts with rhich people in the front who don’t need to care about money but who also don’t know how to party and sing along is nothing I want to see. That’s why the average ticket to a lower price is useless for me and many other hardcores. Then I also rather skip those concerts and try to find some with normal ticket policy instead.

I planned to go to 24 gigs. 10 are already crossed out now (so far). Unfortunately also Sweden which is a pitty since I love to be there and have vacation combined with some concerts. But 150,-€ x4 plus vacation is nothing I could afford and imo it’s also not worth it. I guess that’s the point where my support ends. I am no gold donkey for anyone. Sad about this development. Really. But I hope you will still have fun at your concerts with some familiar faces in the front.. if there are any left.

J:

I had planned fix 5 shows, with about 5-10 more ‘probably’. I think it will be just 4 in the end, which solves the problem with some ‘conflicts’ I had regarding number of holidays etc.

Usually one celebrates an anniversary with the ones one loves/likes, family and friends who are around for good and bad, this seems to have become a party for VIPs only, well, have fun, without many of us.
I have never seen so MANY angry fans before. Sad but true.

Funny how, after the concerts in NY and Boston I had the feeling something had ended, or a book had closed. I remember Per messing up Things will never be the same in Boston, the last I saw, and though that may be a funny sign. Well.

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If you don’t like it – don’t go: A ticket price rant..

This is just a blog post, WARNING, no news included.

In the middle of the ticket presales that started this week the fans have been surprised by not so nice things. One of the “things” popping up was an issue already months ago when the ticket sales in Australia started. Australian fans were – let’s say – surprised when they found out that the prices for tickets in the front rows were high above what they were willing to pay. A check today made clear the prices never changed, even though many fans complained about them on Facebook, Twitter, official sites and elsewhere. So, a “hot seat package”, which probably means you have a “hot seat” in front of the stage costs around 212 Euro. And then there is a “VIP package” which costs around 280 Euro. And of course, there are normal tickets – even in the front row, if you are lucky enough to get them. In the end that means that someone who paid 90 Euro could easily set next to somebody who paid 212 – a really bad thing and a trend that cannot be stopped it seems since there are always some people out there who pay every price they have to. For those who want to see more than one show it’s even harder.

However, prices in that range were hardly imaginable in Europe, but today we learned better. A front row seat for the show London costs around 380 Euro and a ticket for the also seated show in Paris is around 200 Euro. But this is not the only problem regarding the ticket issue. Many fans wondered why there are “exclusive presales” when it’s not possible to book and buy the best possible seats. This problem showed up for the show in Mainz (seated show, tickets costs 86 Euro which is pretty much for Germany and starting from row 3) and Paris (tickets from row 7 only). So yes, the question is: Why exactly do they offer an “exclusive presale” when it’s not possible to get the best tickets? Who else but hardcore fans buy tickets on an “exclusive presale”? Seriously?

A quick poll among fans showed what even hardcore fans are willing to pay. The German Roxette fan site Planet Roxette asked their users on Facebook about that. Many would definitely pay more for their favourite band but then buy less tickets and see less shows. For the German fans 80 Euro seems to be the magic limit. Compared to let’s say Romania this isn’t much. The tickets for the Romanian show cost 60 Euro, but please keep the ticket price-salary relation in mind. 200 Euro for a ticket is about 1/6 of a monthly average salary. 60 Euro in Romania are 1/7.

Another short story from yesterday/today. The Swedish presale via coop and comviq yesterday didn’t include the possibility to book tickets with an “early entrance” option. Today suddenly this option appears – for some extra 90 Euro. We wonder: What happened to the numbering system? Is it really all because of the money? And why is it necessary to totally rip off the fans?

Throughout the day many fans were clearly irritated about the increasing prices for concerts, prices which are not much longer affordable.  In the end, it’s pretty easy: “If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it. If you don’t want to afford it, don’t buy a ticket.” But maybe it’s not that easy in this case. Many fans save their money for concert tickets for months, waiting for this one concert, this only chance to see their favorite band on stage. Everybody in this world should be able to do so. It’s clear that this is not Roxette’s fault but certainly a big fault of the promoters. Or maybe really their intention. In the end it means that at least some foreign fans don’t travel to Swedish Liverpool, because they are not willing to pay 190 Euro to stand in the front.

Just a short note: The German promoter Marek Lieberberg blocked the two front rows for the Mainz concert for themselves – no chance for fans to get in the front row. And not many people are willing to pay 86 Euro for a third row ticket.

This feels wrong. It probably shouldn’t be like that – neither the prices nor the way the agencies deal with the tickets they give away.

UPDATE, November 14th:

This is getting more and more absurd. Not only in Mainz but also in London the front rows are already blocked for American Express customers. So it says on the website: “”American Express Invites® Reserved Tickets.” If this is the future of pop concerts, then no, I don’t want to be part of it anymore.

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Saratov, Russia – November 12 – #7

While Roxers were busy with all the pre-sale stress, hunting for the best seats at the seated shows, buying their tickets for the European leg of the tour in 2015, the 7th concert was held in Saratov tonight. The show was in a very small, cozy venue. According to a police report there were a bit more than 2000 people. The gig started appr. 1 hour later than planned. As fans informed, it was again because of poor organization. People had to wait for long at the entrance, just like in Novosibirsk. It seems that cozy venues have this issue in Russia. Unfortunately, the venue was not the best one from those fans’ point of view who had their seats on the sides, because from there (as you can also see on these photos) they couldn’t really see the whole stage. Better said, they couldn’t see the whole picture of what was happening on the stage. However, Duracell Bunny Per, Dea and Professor Lundquist did their best with going to the very sides of the stage, turned towards that part of the audience and played for them. The crowd was grateful and very loud, found the concert super, so one could forget about the negative sides of the poor organization.

Marie changed her white jacket to a black one and Per’s jacket had a night off this time again (it was too hot inside the venue). Marie was wearing her ”I Am Who I Am” tee and of course, she was barefoot. The warming up video Per shared on Roxette Official is to die for! Marie and Dea singing hand in hand. Lovely! We want more of backstage moments like this, Mr G!

Too bad, but the setlist was shorter than usual this time again. Perfect Day and Queen of Rain were left out (thanx for the info, Evgeny Perekopskiy), so it was the same setlist as in Novosibirsk.

Per posted after the concert:

SARATOV UPDATE: Truly great gig tonite. The most fab crowd imaginable in spite of the hardcore sweaty smell in the volleyball arena with no oxygen at hand! But we all survived and had a blast! Thanx for showing up and making this a truly great memory for all of us! Cheers, P.

Next gig is on Friday (14th November) in Rostov-on-Don.

 

Articles and photos

vzsar.ru
nversia.ru
geometria.tv

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

sarnovosti.ru
saratov.monavista.ru
sovetov.su
sarinform.ru
om-saratov.ru
saratov.kp.ru

 

Videos

Sleeping In My Car
Crash! Boom! Bang!
The Heart Shaped Sea
Listen To Your Heart
Real Sugar
Watercolours In The Rain
Stars
Christoffer’s intro to Joyride
Band presentation, Christoffer’s intro and part of Joyride

Instagram videos:

TV report
RoxetteBlog made it to the news on a Saratov TV

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Saratov

Photo by Ramilya Bakhteeva (vzsar.ru)

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

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

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Roxette on tour in Europe 2015!

A press release just came in informing about the third leg of Roxette’s 30th Anniversary Tour: Europe in Spring/Summer 2015!

The tour will start in Milan, Italy on May 10th and go on until July 25th in Stockholm, Sweden. Note that there were some slight changes to the initially published earlier today by other websites!

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, 14th of November. Not sure if this applies to all venues or just Swedish ones, but we will keep you posted as soon as we know! The tickets for Sweden will cost 495 SEK+ service fee.

It’s amazing to be back on the international scenes. The response we’ve had from our audience all these years is overwhelming  and we can’t wait to meet the fans again. We look forward to seeing you in Europe!

Roxette_XXXMay 2015
May 10th  Milan, Teatro Arcimboldi, Italy (ticket pre-sales start Nov 12, normal sales Nov 13)
May 13th  Madrid , Palacio Vistalegre, Spain (ticket pre-sales start Nov 12, normal sales Nov 13)
May 14th  Barcelona, Sant Jordi Club, Spain (ticket pre-sales start Nov 12, normal sales Nov 13)
May 17th  Bucharest, Aranele Romane, Romania
May 19th  Budapest, Budapest Sports Arena, Hungary (ticket sales start Nov 12)
May 21th  Prague, O2 Arena, Czech Republic (Live Nation pre-sales start Nov 11, normal sales Nov 12)
May 23th  Jelling, Jelling Festival, Denmark
May 26th  Paris, Olympia, Paris (ticket pre-sales start Nov 13, normal sales Nov 14)
May 27th  Amsterdam, HMH, The Netherlands
May 29th  Antwerp, Lotto Arena, Belgium

June 2015
June 1st      Dublin, The O2 Arena, Ireland (ticket pre-sales start Nov 12)
June 13th   Trondheim, Sverresborg, Norway (tickets – start Nov 14)
June 22nd  Warsaw, Torwar, Poland (ticket sales start Nov 12)
June 24th   Cologne, Lanxess, Germany (tickets, no info on sales start yet)
June 25th   Hamburg, O2 World, Germany (tickets, no info on sales start yet)
June 27th   Berlin, O2 World, Germany
June 28th   Dresden, Elbufer, Germany (tickets, no info on sales start yet)
June 30th   Mannheim, SAP Arena, Germany

July 2015
July 2nd    Stuttgart, Porsche Arena, Germany
July 3rd     Bad Kissingen, Luitpold Park, Germany (tickets, no info on sales start yet)
July 5th     Mainz, Nordmole, Germany
July 7th     Munich, Olympiahalle, Germany
July 8th     Vienna, Stadthalle, Austria (ticket sales start Nov 14)
July 13th   London, O2 Arena, United Kingdom (ticket pre-sales start Nov 13, normal sales Nov 14)
July 18th   Kalmar , Fredriksskans, Sweden (ticket sales start Nov 14)
July 22nd  Halmstad, Örjans Vall, Sweden (ticket sales start Nov 14)
July 24th   Gothenburg, Slottskogsvallen, Sweden (ticket sales start Nov 14)
July 25th   Stockholm, Sjöhistoriska, Sweden (ticket sales start Nov 14)

Update some hours later: we have found some ticket sales information and added it next to the dates. Most ticket sales start on Friday 14th, but as you can see, some are earlier – and some have pre-sales too. Just check our site out or livenation.se (or your local livenation or ticket seller website) for more information.

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Yekaterinburg, Russia – November 9 – #6

Before the show day, Per gave 4 interviews to the press in Yekaterinburg. Two for TV’s (one of them was for Yekaterinburg TV (the link directly to YouTube), part of the other one can bee seen here (and on YouTube the same), but the complete interview you can watch here), another for a radio (available also as video) and the fourth for a newspaper. So the local media was well interested in Roxette. Last time they played here was March 2011 and one could think it might be too early to come back to a city after 3.5 years, but definitely, it wasn’t the Yekaterinburg crowd who was thinking this way.

From what we heard from fans and as Per also mentioned in his updates, tonight’s concert felt like it was the best so far during the tour. Sometimes it seems that the best show is always the one you have just attended, but looking at the stuff available online thanks to the 21st century and to all those recording something, it was a cool gig indeed. Great energy on and off the stage, Marie is getting stronger and stronger, her voice is shining, Per’s left leg couldn’t stop stomping and the band was amazing, too. The crowd was very loud and they went crazy when they heard the intro to ”Joyride” Christoffer played for them. He performed ”Pesenka pro medvedey” (song about bears). Even those who are not hardcore Roxers said the concert was fantastic and they enjoyed it to the full.

The setlist was the same as on the previous concert.

Per wrote after the show (whatever the problem was with the showers):

EKATERINBURG UPDATE: Great great show tonite. Best so far, says Clarence & Pelle. They might be right. We had a blast. Beautiful crowd. Thanx everyone!!!!! We love this place (except the showers…)! /P.

After a while, being still excited, he shared some videos and the pic of the audience taken by MNS with this text:

EKATERINBURG! THANK YOU!!!! ALL THE LOVE THERE IS! SEE YOU AGAIN! P&CO
PS. Pic by Little Mike N-S

Next gig is on Wednesday (12th November) in Saratov.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;
Elena Mitko’s photo
66.ru article with photos; lots of fab photos here, at the end of the article
deniz-kizi.livejournal.com
Anna Morozova’s pics
ekaterinburg.vibirai.ru – Maxim Vorobyov’s photos
geometria.ru

 

Videos

Kristina Bordovskih’s videos:

Other videos:

Radio interview (voice and video), as well as short report of the concert: here

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Yekaterinburg

Photo from Instagram

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

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Magnitogorsk, Russia – November 7 – #5

Tonight’s show happened in the ice hockey team’s, Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s local arena. I shouldn’t even mention, because it seems so natural already, but Marie appeared barefoot on stage, wearing her hot white jacket. Per’s glam rock jacket found its owner again and the crowd could see it during the first songs. The venue wasn’t sold out, but it still looked quite packed and the crowd seemed to enjoy the concert a lot.

Perfect Day and Queen of Rain found their way back to the setlist, so it was the same as on the first 3 shows.

Per & Co had a great time:

THANK YOU MAGNITOGORSK for a fab evening. Great to see so many people having a splendid time. Including us!! Hope to see you all again! /P&Co

Next gig is on Sunday (9th November) in Yekaterinburg.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6;
pagerok.livejournal.com
Twitter: 1;
Vitaliy Aprelkov’ beauty shots: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; on vk.com
Yury Chernyavka’s photos
Vasily Urintsev’s photos ; dialogpress.ru
Anton Agashin’s photos ; more photos from him
3dblin’s photos: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8;
1mgn.ru
magmetall.ru
geometria.tv

 

Videos

Instagram:

Part of the band presentation & Chris playing the intro to Joyride (The Final Countdown)

Time-lapse video of building the stage

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Magnitogorsk

Photo from Instagram

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

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

 

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Novosibirsk, Russia – November 4 – #4

Today it is the 25th anniversary of Listen To Your Heart becoming Roxette’s second US No. 1. It’s nice to have a gig on such days to celebrate. Marie entered the stage barefoot tonite again and Mr G left his glam rock jacket behind. Could be because it was a club concert, so it might have been hot inside anyway.

2 songs (Perfect Day and Queen of Rain) were left out vs. the first 3 concerts (thanx for the info, Evgeny Perekopskiy), probably because the show started appr. one hour later than planned. According to some fans, the reason of the delay was poor organization. The concert should have started at 8 pm, but there were still many people outside. They were not let in and had to wait for long in the freezing cold outside until they got access into the venue. Nevertheless, the gig was fab and the crowd was loud, singing along during the whole concert. The venue, Klub Otdykh looked quite cozy and cool.

Per’s says after the show:

NOVOSIBIRSK UPDATE: Yea! Outstanding gig, A little shorter than usual but hey…… an asskickin’ one. Superb crowd. Thanx everyone for singing along. See y’all again!!! Spasiba! /P & Co

Next gig is on Friday (7th November) in Magnitogorsk.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;
Pravilnoe Radio
geometria.by

 

Videos

Listen To Your Heart & The Look (bad image quality, but OK sound)
Watercolours In The Rain (bad image quality, but OK sound)
It Must Have Been Love

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Novosibirsk

Screenshot is from Ekaterina Sycheva’s instavideo

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

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Krasnoyarsk, Russia – November 2 – #3

After 2 days off, the 3rd gig of the XXX tour happened in Krasnoyarsk tonight. It seems that relaxing for 2 days paid off, since according to fans’ opinion who were there, as well as according to the videos we could see online, this gig was the best from the 3 so far. Marie also felt much better vs. the previous show. Surely, it’s not only because of the fact that she kicked her shoes off, but since her solo tour it seems that being barefoot is a kind of lucky charm and it has magical effects. You rock, Marie!

The setlist was the same as on the first 2 concerts.

Per’s opinion about the show:

KRASNOYARSK UPDATE: Fab gig, best so far by far. Great crowd, lovely band. Love. /P.

Next gig is on Tuesday (4th November) in Novosibirsk.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9;
Julia Raskova’s photos; more photos from her
Photos of the RoxJet
sibnovosti.ru
Anton Mayorov’s photos ; more photos from him
kaleda.ru

 

Videos

How Do You Do!
The Look
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Fading Like A Flower
Christoffer’s intro to Joyride and part of Joyride
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)

Roxette arriving to Krasnoyarsk and an interview with Per
TV report after the show ; the same report on YouTube
enisey.tv report after the show

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Krasnoyarsk

Happy Marie, happy Per, happy band. Photo by Sergey Chivikov

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

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

 

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