South African fans share their Roxette memories

During the month of March 2011, ran a competition in their edition of the Million Thrills newsletter where they asked readers to send us their favorite Roxette memories. Below you will find two of them.

Claudia Keates

The memories that come to mind when I listen to my Roxette CD collection are bitter-sweet ones… During the 18 months that it took for my divorce to go through towards the end of 1998, I spent many evenings listening to Roxette music, as they were therapeutic for me, gave me hope that life would carry on and get better. It felt like many of the words to songs were specifically written for me in terms of all the emotions I was going through at the time. Thereafter, as my heart slowly healed and I fell in love again, Roxette music never failed to be an integral part of my life, this time a far happier part of my life than previously. I was embarking on new challenges in my personal life as well as career. Roxette’s music is held very dear to my heart. I never become tired of it


When I heard that Roxette was coming to South Africa in 1995, I begged my parents to go watch them and Mom said yes after months of pleading. This was my first big concert that I had ever been to and I remember that feeling of utter excitement going to watch Roxette at Ellis Park Stadium. I also bought a Roxette poster at the concert and one day found my brother & cousin using Marie Fredriksson& Per Gessle faces as target practice for their new pellet guns. Needless to say, I was beyond angry and cried my heart out. I still have not forgiven them for that day.

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