World Tour 2012: Beijing, China – March 12 #94

Comment from Per

Per doesn’t have access to Facebook in China, this is what Rox Management wrote:

Just spoke to marie & per who had a fantastic evening in Beijing. they truly enjoyed themselves on stage and the audience were absolutely enthusastic. thanks and hope to be back again. looking forward to shanghai.


The setlist seems to be the same as in Taipei, just that “Sleeping in my car” was skipped. Roxette were requested to slightly change the lyrics for this song the last time they played in China, but they did not agree on that. This time it seems they skipped it completely, probably due to authorities request. There was at least 5 meters from the stage to the first row and according various sources from 60% to 80% tickets sold which means around 8,000 people attending the concert – the most expensive tickets were sold out, as for the cheapest ones – not all..

01. Dressed For Success
02. The Big L
03. Wish I Could Fly
04. Only When I Dream
05. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
06. Perfect Day
07. Things Will Never Be The Same
08. It Must Have Been Love
09. Opportunity Nox
10. 7twenty7
11. Fading Like A Flower
12. Crash!Boom!Bang!
13. How Do You Do!
14. Dangerous
Band Presentation
15. Joyride (introduced by “The moon represents my heart“)

16. Spending My Time
17. The Look
18. Listen To Your Heart
19. Church Of Your Heart

Picture of the setlist in Beijing by Eva Dahlgren.

Roxette arrival to Beijing
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Thanks to Remco Verhaaf, Sinclair Lin, for contributing to the article.

10 thoughts on “World Tour 2012: Beijing, China – March 12 #94”

  1. SIMC was skipped and The Big Love not?

    I mean in the Big L they are singing about stuff like “it has to be a big thing” / “it’s bringing me to my knees” – sounds like a blow job to me.

    And isnt Dressed for success the story of a prostitute?

  2. LOL never heard that about DFS before.

    If I recall, the line “Laying in the backseat of my car making love to you” that was the problem last time. It’s kind of hard to argue a different meaning to that one 🙂 All of the other lyrics are more open to interpretation

  3. I don’t like they skipped the song. Sorry, but this is censorship and I really liked the idea that Roxette played SIMC in ’95. Now I don’t like – it looks like cooperation with Chinese authorities.

  4. Actually, chinese also love June Afternoon and Valuerable that did not perform.

    Considering so many Hong Kong, Taiwan and local artists holding their concerts in Beijing in recent years, competition is fierce. There have been no full house to a concert for a long long time. So 80 % tickets sold is doing very well as not much hugh promotion.

  5. Wow… great performance of “The big L.” Marie is getting better with every single concert. I absolutely love it!!!!!

  6. i glad i’m living in Hong Kong & can have a “complete” Roxette concert !!
    its a highly enjoyment \(^_^)/

  7. People from Sweden may not know that most people in Hong Kong and China mostly not having a 9-5 business day. Many have to work overtime and work shift.

    If the concert was held on Friday night or Sat night instead of monday and thursday, I am sure the Hong Kong concert must be sold out and Beijing concert would also attract 99% box office.

    Next time pls try your best to arrange the concert at weekend. I have a few old friends could not attend the concert and feel regret of missing this great show.

  8. I find out why Beijing treated the concert in relatively low profile this time. The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference was taking place in Beijing at the same time. All senior officers flushed to Bejing. Some senior officers was dismissed. The atmosphere was a sort of a little bit tention. That’s why many civil servants and their family could not attend the concert. People who bought cheaper tickets filled the expensive one. (I heard about it.)

    CPPCC meeting ends

    I figure why the authority treat R

    China’s top political advisory body has concluded its annual session in Beijing. The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference approved a report on some 6,000 proposals forwarded by delegates over the past year, covering a host of issues including China’s reform, development, social harmony, and stability.

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