Comment from Per Gessle
Thank you Shanghai! What a wonderful way to end this Oz/Asian Tour! A beautiful crowd, singing along like never before, and a brilliant band even though both Chris and Pelle had the flu. Don’t know how they survived!!!
We certainly hope to come back to this great town before long. Now we take a short break before hitting the South American way of life! And the TRAVELLING-album is gonna see the light of day in a week or two! See y’all soon!
“Sleeping in my car” and “Opportunity nox” were skipped on the Shanghai concert – as for the second, it was very probable authorities request as for the second – I cannot find any sexual content there… The guys oparating the spotlights apparently had a difficult time: they very often had Magnus in the spotlight instead of Per, and during the solo in 727 Christopher was in the dark all the time. Shanghai is a far more international city than Beijing, which was also clear during the concert. There was a much better athmosphere outside with many street vendors, music etc. Also there was far more singing along from the audience (IMHBL, HDYD, Johride, The Look all went fin, continuing SMT when Marie stops singing was too much asked however…).
Also there was official merchandise inside the arena, but limited to the concert poster ( €1,20 ) and the Chinese version of the Charm school Deluxe CD (without SIMC live, €8,50). Venue very full, about 90%, so it was around 10.000. Ca 5 meters from the stage to audience, but no barriers whatsoever between the front row and the stage, allowing Per to even shake hands with fans during a song (Joyride). After 1 or 2 he had to stop though, as too many people came forward.
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
10. Fading Like A Flower
12. How Do You Do!
14. Joyride (introduced by “The moon represents my heart“)
15. Spending My Time
16. The Look
17. Listen To Your Heart
18. Church Of Your Heart
Remco Verhaaf contributed to the article.