Many people had told me that the audience in Zurich would be calm, even boring. It looks like last time Roxette played at Live at Sunset in 2012 the audience didn’t party along. So what to do? The first row was full of hardcore fans, so we agreed that we would stand up no matter what and make our own party.

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Pic by Judith S.

Well, well! I think more than one (including Rox and band) was surprised! Roxette shows up on stage. Everybody is clapping and shouting. Sleeping in my car starts to sound, we stand up, we look behind us… most people in the audience is up and dancing and clapping and singing! And that went on during almost the whole show. We really couldn’t believe what was going on. Even the people at the very back were standing.  The only time people sat down was to listen and enjoy Marie and Dea perform Watercolours. And what a the noise of stamping feet (meaning ‘one more time’!) when Roxette left the stage after Joyride!

Roxette performed the open air set, meaning no Heart Shaped Sea (which is a pity, it would have fit the location and the mood in this case).

The band was full of energy from the very beginning, but something happened after Watercolours (or was it after Crash! Boom! Bang!??) and it felt like they got an energy boost and went even wilder. And the audience answered back with even more singing. That is what a live show is about!

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Pic by Judith S.

Joyride was a balloon party. Balloons that Cathérine Frei from Switzerland and Ivan Kelava had been giving away to the people in the first rows, with the instructions to use them during the song. All those balloons flying in the air looked lovely in the warm July summer night Also the locals seemed to love Chris intro and even sang along to it.

The stage was about 3 meters from the first row and we were not allowed to get closer to the stage until Roxette came back to play the last two songs. The stage was very high getting much closer gave us another perspective of the stage and somehow the interaction with the band got even better. And Per and Marie and the band seemed to love it. Listen to your heart and The Look were incredible! It’s just awesome how these songs that we have heard so many times before (and they have played probably at all concerts since they were released) can sound so fresh and alive and different every time!

And here I also want to mention Åsa’s great job with the videos! I somehow realised yesterday (maybe because of the distance between stage and seats and the fact one could see Åsa better this time) that it’s quite some work. I guess it’s fun but also a challenge to track what’s going on on stage (which is a lot!) and the audience at the same time and capture the vibe. We love those videos! They are a nice memory of the shows from a unique perspective and of most of the songs. Thank you for that. Åsa chatted and took pictures with some fans before the show and even got a rose from Ivan. Nice!

All in all a perfect concert. The band in top shape, incredible audience and vibe and a very nice location. I was surprised too by the  location, organisation and festival setup. Nice festival area, food and drinks, relaxed atmosphere before the show, great views from a few places nearby the venue. It felt magical.

We will surely remember Live at Sunset 2015 with a big smile and will remain in our hearts forever.

Per after the show:

ZURICH: Oh yea, what a night it turned out to be! LIVE AT SUNSET. Absolutely, thanx for making this Saturday Night Fever happening. Great crowd, lots of fun when everyone came sooooo close to the stage the last twenty minutes. Felt like playing in a club!!! Day off tomorrow. then a sold out O2 in London. Cheers, P.

Next stop is London (13th July).

Articles and photos

usgang.ch
tilllate.com
nzz.ch
partyguide.ch
rtntvnews.de; photos
flickr.com – Intlekofer_Roger
artnoir review; photos
Nicole Joos Photography

Videos

Sleeping In My Car
The Look

Setlist

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Pic by Judith S.

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride (intro: Es Buurebüebli mani nid)

Extra
Listen To Your Heart
The Look