Per Gessle & Co. play 2 shows in Russia before they head back to Sweden. The first show was St. Petersburg where the last time Roxette played was in 2014.
1. The Look
2. Milk And Toast And Honey
3. Crash! Boom! Bang!
4. Dressed For Success
5. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
6. Spending My Time
7. I’m Glad You Called
8. Small Town Talk
9. I Have A Party In My Head
10. It Must Have Been Love
11. Opportunity Nox
12. The Big L.
13. Fading Like A Flower
14. Doesn’t Make Sense
15. How Do You Do! (in a medley with No. 16)
17. Queen Of Rain
19. Listen To Your Heart
20. The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye
The venue was seated and unfortunately, it wasn’t allowed to stand up. Many fans tried to, but got told to sit down by the security team. It was a burden during all uptempo songs, already during the opener, The Look. The mood on stage was great anyway, Per smiled from ear to ear during the whole show, the gang was bouncing around on stage and the crowd was loud when it came to clapping along and cheering.
After the band presentation Chris asked pointing at Per ”who is he? Lead vocal, guitar and very many many many good songs: Per Gessle!” The crowd cheered, Per thanked and then Mr. G asked the audience if they want to sing a bit. People shouted ”yeaaah!” so Per started with the teaser to HDYD. The crowd was clapping hard and shouting, but they didn’t start to sing, so Per went on singing the song himself.
Joyride was very energetic and then for the 2nd encore no one could stop the audience. They all stood up and enjoyed the last 2 songs standing and were singing along loud to LTYH.
At the end of the show some flowers were handed over to Per, as well as a framed caricature drawing of Roxette created by a digital artist from Finland.
ST PETERSBURG! Yes, thank you very much for a splendid evening! Musically… one of the best gigs so far. This band is slowly coming together, it takes time to connect!!!! Tonight the band did a wonderful job in superb harmony with the crowd. Thanks for having us, thanks for singing along, thanks for all your support and flowers and gifts. Love to you all. I do love this town!!! Always did! Cheers, P.
PS. Moscow on Thursday! Yea!
Photos in the article by Marie Jonsson.
Photographer Lukovnikov Andrey