A 2-page Roxette article was published yesterday in the Sunday Mail – U on Sunday, Brisbane, Australia. It also contains interview parts with Per. He talks about Marie’s illness and recovery, how she gained her energy back, the Amsterdam show in 2009 where Marie joined him on stage during his solo tour and how she called him to do a new Roxette album after that.
Per about Marie’s illness and recovery:
I remember there was one particular moment when I felt this is the worst day of my life. We went to see some friends in the South of Sweden, and some kids came up – and this is when Marie had her treatment, she was all swollen up and had no hair – and they asked for my autograph and they didn’t recognise her. I could see how disappointed she was that nobody recognised her anymore – that was a horrendous moment for both of us. To be part of that and see that and see how she went through that and came back to being on stage and still singing the shit out of most people, it’s just amazing. So, I’m a big fan. She is an Amazon. She is so strong. We didn’t know if she could actually do the tour. On the contrary, it became rehab for her, so to speak, getting all this energy from the crowd.
Mr G also talks about the past, how they got to know each other with Marie, how the story of Roxette began and how they reached the international breakthrough. To the question what he sees when he looks back on his life he replies:
Basically, when I look back on my life, if you say years like 1985 or 1996, I always think about what album I was releasing, or touring, so I always think of my life as records.
In the article they mention Per’s successful career with Gyllene Tider and Marie’s solo records. They also talk about how to write hits. To the question what successful songs have in common Per replies:
It’s a good question. For a song to become a hit record, to attract loads of people, there must be something that is magnetic about it. On the other hand, there are so many hit songs out there that I don’t understand how they became hits.
If you want to read the complete article, you can click here. You can buy this single issue (20th July, 2014) for 0.89 EUR.