Gyllene Tider report on TV4

Jesper Börjesson, TV4’s reporter visited Gyllene Tider in Tylösand, Halmstad on 10th April. They were talking shortly about Gyllene Tider’s history, their regular lives and this summer. The report includes screens mainly inside Hotel Tylösand, parts of Parkliv 1981 and parts of Man blir yr video. You can see some pages of Jesper’s Gyllene Tider scetchbook as well from 1981. Nice report, but just like the new album – Dags att tänka på refrängen – it was too short.

You can watch the report if you click here.

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Sven Lindström’s book about Roxette is out soon

”Roxette – osannolika tur och retur” is the title of Sven Lindström’s book about Roxette’s unlikely return. It seems that the book is first being published in Swedish, but Sven informed The Daily Roxette earlier that it will be available in English, too.

Sven said in an interview in July, 2012:

It’s a pretty unlikely story, both about how they broke through, and how they came back a few years ago. There will also be an insight into the fans’ relationship to the band.

It is a dramatic story that this band has been through and I think it will be quite surprising when you see the big picture. They have done a trip like no band in Sweden have done.

 

Roxette – osannolika tur och retur

 

Overview:

The book tells the story of one of Sweden’s most successful bands of all time. It’s a story full of passion and drama, joy and sorrow, unlikely success and dark adversity.

We follow Roxette the whole way. The hobby project that Per Gessle hardly dared to believe in when he was dying his hair blond and Marie Fredriksson was Sweden’s most shining female artist. Worldwide success after the somewhat unlikely breakthrough came out of international pop hits like “The Look”, “Listen To Your Heart”, “It Must Have Been Love” and “Joyride” in the late 80s and early 90s. Tours, disc recordings and conflicts. The shocking news when Marie Fredriksson’s brain tumor almost gave the story a tragic end. The long and difficult way back. And then the almost neverending global comeback in front of celebrating and crying fans worldwide, a comeback unprecedented in Swedish music history.

”Roxette – Den osannolika resan tur och retur” broadens the understanding of a unique Swedish music phenomenon, treated often unfairly in their homeland and almost religiously worshiped throughout the world.

 

Bokus, CDON, Adlibris, and Bokextra have already listed the book (304 pages, hardcover) on their websites. Publishing date is 4th September, 2013.

 

Well, in Nordstedts’ autumn catalog we can see an English title in the list of content, so most probably All Roxers around the world will have the chance to read this promising book:

Lindström, Sven: Today Sweden, Tomorrow the World

© NordstedtsNordstedts_höst_katalog_2013_Roxette_sida_32

 

Johan Bylin and Roxette Cafe contributed to the article.

 

Gyllene Tider on TV4 during the next 2 weeks

Jesper Börjesson – TV4 reporter – informed today in a chat on expressen.se that there will be a long report about Gyllene Tider in TV4’s Nyhetsmorgon next Saturday. As you may remember, Jesper visited the guys in Halmstad (Tylösand) on 10th April (press day), so they made a report that will be on air from 10:15 CET on 27th April. You can watch it here worldwide.

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Photo is from Gyllene Tider’s Instagram. 10th April, 2013.

 

Next appearance of GT on TV4 will be on 1st May in ”Humorgalan”. ”Humorgalan” is a charity show in collaboration with UNICEF and this is the 11th consecutive year TV4 is collaborating and broadcasts it live. Judging from last year’s Humorgalan, Gyllene Tider will most probably perform one or two songs during the show. Broadcast starts at 20:00 CET.

 

 

Per Gessle – being a doppelganger

We’ve been already kidding with it since last May or so that – with his actual hairdo – Per reminds many people of Mr. Snape from Harry Potter movie. Yeah, even a bad Photoshop pic was made back then (by me, sorry…).

Per_Snape_2012

 

Can’t be a coincidence that Per visited Grindelwald 2 weeks ago. 😉

Now, after Mr. Gessle appeared on Gyllene Tider’s press conference with his freshly dyed, trimmed and straightened hair, Twitter and several blogs (why should we give it a miss?) are bursting with short notes on the similarity (see tweets and blog links after the picture). Judge it yourself:

Per_Snape_2013

 

Well, it doesn’t matter until he himself likes it and those ruthless G majors sound better on a Rickenbacker while he’s shaking his hair. 😉

Links to some tweets & blogs:

twitter 1   twitter 2  twitter 3    twitter 4   twitter 5   twitter 6

twitter 7    twitter 8   blog

 

 

 

Gyllene Tider press conference 18th April, 2013

We already informed you about some rumours regarding Gyllene Tider changing the venue in Gothenburg. Today, on a press conference it has been confirmed: GT rocks Ullevi on 12th July! Woohoo! 🙂

Slottsskogensvallen was already sold out (20,000 tickets) and Per said they don’t know if Ullevi will be sold out as well, but it doesn’t matter, the gig will be magical anyway. Micke Syd thinks it’s fantastic that they get the chance to do something they never thought would happen again.

The broadcast’s sound was too bad at the beginning but it got better and better and then ended soon. You can watch it here.

 

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Fingers crossed for a sold out Ullevi, however, we will have fun anyway! 😉

Tickets purchased to Slottsskogsvallen are valid for Ullevi, tickets for Ullevi will be released on April 23 at 09:00 CET. If you have a standing ticket to Slottsskogsvallen, but you want to have a seat instead in Ullevi, there is an opportunity to change your ticket between Friday, April 19, 9:00 CET and Monday, April 22, 18:00 CET. To change the ticket call Ticnet at this number: 077-170 70 70.

 

Tour plan:

  • 5 July  Halmstad, Marknadsplatsen – sold out
  • 7 July  Lysekil, Gullmarsvallen
  • 10 July  Helsingborg, Sofiero Slott – sold out
  • 12 July  Göteborg, Ullevi – NEW VENUE
  • 13 July  Malmö, Stadion
  • 15 July  Ronneby, Ronneby Brunn
  • 17 July  Linköping, Stångebrofältet
  • 19 July  Karlstad, Mariebergsskogen
  • 20 July  Leksand, Hembygdsgårdarna
  • 21 July  Örebro, Brunnsparken
  • 24 July  Kalmar, Fredriksskans
  • 26 July  Jönköping, Elmiafältet
  • 27 July  Stockholm, Tele2 Arena
  • 31 July  Gävle, Gasklockorna
  • 2 August  Sundsvall, Konsertfest – Norrporten Arena *
  • 3 August  Örnsköldsvik, Strandparken
  • 7 August Halmstad, Marknadsplatsen – EXTRA concert
  • 9 August  Skövde, Karstorps Fritidsområde
  • 10 August  Eskilstuna, Sundbyholms Slott

 

Articles:

Göteborgs-Posten

Hallandsposten

Hallands Nyheter

metro.se

Helsingborgs Dagblad

SvD

sverigesradio.se      sverigesradio.se 2            sverigesradio.se 3

Aftonbladet

svt.se

Expressen

Expressen TV

tre14 TV

tv4

 

 

The Per Gessle Selection goes social

If you don’t have enough Roxette- or Per Gessle-related sites to follow, here you have the new Facebook page for Per’s wine selection. Knowing Mr. G, the page will surely be managed by himself. There are already some nice pictures of the wines available so far.

Sommartider_vitt_FB  Sommartider_rose_FB

 

On the side of Sommartider wine boxes you can find some summer tips from the sommarguru:

  • Titta mot himlen och blunda! (= Look at the sky and close your eyes!)
  • Skriv en sommardikt. Du kan om du vill (= Write a summer poem. You can if you want)
  • Ät några smultron så blir du glad! (= Eat some wild strawberries and you will be happy!)
  • Gå och fiska ibland! (= Go fishing sometimes!)
  • Ta hand om dina vinyl-skivor. De är dina bästa vänner! (= Take care of your vinyl records. They are your best friends!)
  • En cykelhjälm är aldrig fel! (= A bicycle helmet never comes amiss!)

 

Now only one thing is missing: someone, please, make the wines available worldwide!

 

If you’re in Sweden, you can order the newest wines here:

Sommartider vitt

Sommartider rosé

 

 

Gyllene Tider’s Man blir yr video premiere and chat with Per Gessle

Gyllene Tider’s video for their first single off Dags att tänka på refrängen album, ”Man blir yr” premiered on Aftonbaldet TV today. When Per posted ”Video is coming soon!” on Gyllene Tider’s facebook page on 1st April, most of us thought it was just an April Fool’s Day post. Now the video is really here. Most scenes in the clip are from TV4’s Fråga Gyllene Tider show or at least from the same day, shot in the rehearsal studio. There are many old Gyllene Tider pictures appearing, too. The ending is too cool with Per throwing a plec. Watch it yourself!

 

 

Fans also had a chance to chat with Mr. Gessle on Aftonbladet at 12:30 CET today. The chat lasted for about 35 minutes.

From the chat we get to know that the girl in Man blir yr video is called Filippa. The guy who drew the awesome Gyllene Tider cartoon characters is called Paco. Ullevi was his best concert with Gyllene Tider and it’s still not out of the game this year. There most probably won’t be any more Gyllene Tider signing sessions than the 3 already announced ones. Mr. Gessle promises there will be some unexpected songs on tour. There is a plan to record the tour on DVD.

Per sings much much worse after drinking 4-5 beers, so he never drinks alcohol before a gig. He’s losing focus and it fits his personality very badly. Mr. G is not listening to Justin Bieber (surprise, surprise…).  If he could have a dinner with three other musicians, dead or alive, he would choose John Lennon, Syd Barrett and Mama Cass. To the question regarding what he’s most proud of in his career he replied:

I am proud that I still have a wonderful relationship with the audience. It’s the audience around the world that made all this possible.

He says he has never been angry with anyone in the audience while he was on stage:

Our audience is generally VERY positive and active and you never want to stop playing for them!

Regarding his actual hairdo (the hairdo, the hairdo!!! read it carefully! 🙂 ) he says:

I like my hair right now because I can shake it so cool when I play a ruthless G major on Rickenbacker!

The last question  – coming from Felix – was when he is resting. Per’s reaction:

Felix, you sound like my wife!!!!!! I’ve been floating in my life and get to work with what I love. I’ll rest later.

 

 

Gyllene Tider hope for Ullevi

Göteborgs-Posten informs that there is a good chance to move Gyllene Tider’s gig from Slottsskogsvallen to Ullevi in Gothenburg. GT’s Ullevi gig in 2004 was sold out in 3 hours and 58 977 people attended the concert. Can they repeat that success? Well, Live Nation has booked Ullevi for 12th July, just in case. If more than 20,000 tickets are sold for Slottsskogsvallen, then the concert is moved. Live Nation confirmed on Gyllene Tider’s press day on Wednesday that  and everyone is hoping for moving the gig to Gothenburg’s well-known stadium.

The new album “Dags att tänka på refrängen” is released on 24th April, so there is still enough time for it to become a huge success, which turns into even more promising ticket sales.

So far ”only” 2 gigs are sold out – according to ticnet.se – Halmstad, 5th July and Helsingborg, 10th July.

 

I think all of the fans would agree with me: We hope for Ullevi, too!!!

 

 

 

Roxette at SnowpenAir – a Swiss Roxer’s diary

You could already read and hear about those 3 hardcore Swiss Roxers – Cathérine, Karin and Jörg – who were lucky enough to enjoy Roxette’s soundcheck on 5th April and be part of a once-in-a-lifetime ROXperience last weekend. If you don’t know who they are, watch the soundcheck video (“HDYD soundcheck. Snowpenair….”) Per shared on Roxette Official, Facebook on 7th April. They are the ones who are jumping the most in the “crowd”. 😉

One of the 3 lucky fans – Cathérine Frei – has written her “diary”, which I thought is worth being shared with you to make it possible being part of the happenings via her stories. Here it comes. (Beware, it’s hardcore! 😉 )

 

ALMOST UNREAL – A Roxette fairy tale in the Swiss Alps

What a fantastic, out of this world weekend trip! Words can hardly describe the experiences and feelings we had during those two days. One thing is for sure: Moments of such happiness make the world go round in everybody’s lives. For those among you who like Roxette fan stories, I have tried to sum up the vastness of all my impressions of those two days in early April 2013.

Day 1: Train ride and rehearsal

“Luck” is the first word that comes into my mind when I think of the experiences of the day prior to the concert. Extreme luck made one of the most awesome moments in my life as a diehard Roxette fan possible. Why had my two friends Karin and Jörg and me decided to stay in Grindelwald? I have no idea, it was more or less a random, and a very LUCKY decision to stay there and not in one of the other surrounding villages. We travelled there quite early, a plan of which I actually was not too fond of, but LUCKILY Jörg wanted to do that. If we had ridden up later, the opportunity would have gone. When we arrived there, LUCKILY Karin checked Facebook on her iPhone and saw Per’s post about their sound-check plans. So we quickly ran to the train station in order to hurry up to Kleine Scheidegg! LUCKILY, the whole gang was there, waiting for the next train. So, we experienced a train-joyride with Roxette. Up at the mountain, we placed ourselves just outside of the railway station, where you have the overview of the venue and the stage. We observed how the gang slipped down to the stage, which looked funny but stylish. Put ‘em on, put the big boots on? Forget it! Except Christoffer, they were all wearing light summer shoes. As an exception, I am merciful and defend Per with his own words: They are from the South of Sweden, they are not used to this. Check the respective video on Roxette Official if you want to hear this perfect excuse from the man himself.

They started rehearsing with Dressed For Success, and we were singing, jumping and clapping up there, at the mentioned place. Surprisingly, the festival ground was accessible, but decent as we are (supposed to be), we did not dare to go down, closer to the stage. We feared maybe they would feel disturbed by us. A bit later, a few skiers and two other spectators were sliding down and stopped a few meters in front of the stage. Bojo was around and tolerated it, therefore we had the impression it was alright to go down. Nothing could stop us anymore and we literally jumped down that snowy ground, while we were singing and shouting. We all must have looked extremely silly. The three of us celebrated Roxette’s sound-check, which was actually an entire rehearsal, just a few meters away from the stage, jumping, dancing, singing, going crazy. It was unbelievable. And it was reassuring to see Bojo’s grin in his face when he watched us, so we knew that what we did was fine for them. As they rehearsed for almost an hour with actually no real breaks in between the songs, it almost felt like a small concert without a crowd but with tons of space for jumping and dancing in the snow. I thought I was dreaming, it felt like everything was surreal. Here are three funny or interesting details of this rehearsal:

«  Per once said “thank you”, but we could not figure out if it was out of sheer routine or if it was directed to us. I assume the first mentioned is the case 😉

«  Before Perfect Day, Marie said: “This is a test (for) Perfect Day”. It sounded a bit as if she wanted to say that she’s not fully convinced that it will work out fine. With no reason – she sang it like a goddess.

«  The rehearsal ended quite abruptly with the transition between How Do You Do and Dangerous, of which we were not so sure if it worked properly or not. Maybe that was the official rehearsal version 😉

Later, we took the Roxette-Express back to Grindelwald again. On that evening, we were completely over the moon and floating through space.

 

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  ©Karin Rubischung            Snowy soundcheck, 5th April, 2013

 

Day 2: Concert

We could not act any different than taking the first train up to Kleine Scheidegg, arriving at 8.00 am, what enabled us to capture the pole position at the ground entrance. Of course it was cold, but we were not freezing, so it was much more pleasant than expected. At the time of entrance, also known as the heart-attack moment, we fortunately managed to run down the snowy ground to the stage fast enough to position ourselves exactly where we wanted, “front-row middle-left”. I am very pleased to say that I also enjoyed two of the other acts, which played before Roxette. Hanery Amman, a Swiss rock and blues singer / songwriter / piano-player veteran, was really entertaining and his music was spreading good mood and a warm, lively atmosphere. One Republic was strong as well, I liked their performance, they seem to be versatile and talented musicians.

Then it was time for our darlings to hit the stage! I stop narrating in the chronological style at this point of my text, since everything that would follow now would be a repetition of hundreds of other Roxette concert stories. I guess my writing skills are not sophisticated enough for inventing new ways to describe the enthusiasm that every diehard fan knows very well. Therefore, let me just stress one thing in particular: It was more than obvious that Marie, Per and the whole band were extremely excited to play together again. Sheer joy, fun and happiness were visible in all their faces throughout the entire gig. Per was smiling and radiating like the sun. Same with Marie, her smile was breath-taking. After Perfect Day, she was very moved, fighting with tears. The atmosphere on stage led to a great magic between the band and the audience, so that also the less dedicated fans and other visitors were evidently simply captivated. As far as I could judge it from the front-row, the main part of the audience sang along very loudly and fervently. It was noticeable that Marie, Per and the band absolutely loved this moment, on that stage, at that snowy gig, here in beautiful but foggy Switzerland. But it is clear: There is only one sun in our solar system, and this sun had to be Roxette in this moment.

Cathérine Frei, Zurich, April 8th, 2013

 

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  ©Karin Rubischung                   SnowpenAir gig, 6th April, 2013

 

 

Roxette rocked SnowpenAir

Roxette arrived to Switzerland on 5th April and went to the venue in the afternoon. Some VERY lucky fans had a chance to hear and see the soundcheck. Even Per stated it on Facebook:

Wow! We love this place. Had a great soundcheck in front of serious winter lovers/Rox fans and it all felt like the tour was still going on. More to come tomorrow.

Fans reported that Roxette were in top shape like there was no break. Per had the same opinion:

The band looks like they just came back from Mexico last year!

 

Those serious winter lover Roxers were already there at the venue early this morning, to be able to reach the front row and they made it! SnowpenAir was reported to be sold out: 9000 tickets. First there was MC Juli, Hanery Amman, then came OneRepublic at 13:30. At 15:30  Roxette hit the stage.

We hoped for a certain coat to appear on this gig and when our RXB team mate Kirsten wrote a Facebook status after the show started: ”MaTaH coat!!!”, we all were very happy. We asked her about Per’s outfit, too and then let her enjoy the show. 😉

The gig lasted for about 1.5 hour. Roxers say it was an amazing, awesome, fantastic show, so fans had a blast! According to the photos we’ve seen so far and Per’s post, Roxette had a blast, too and they looked HOT HOT HOT!

Thanx for a fab afternoon delight by the ski slopes here in Switzerland. Wonderful reception, and Hey! This band works like clockwork!! First gig in six months, only less than an hour soundcheck yesterday and and almost everything works. Amazing + purrfect. Thanx everyone for your support, always nice to see familiar faces in the first rows!
Cheers + see ya next time! /P&M

 

Marie_Snowpenair  Per_Snowpenair

Photos by M. Lopez
http://liveit.ch/roxette-am-snowpenair/

 

Setlist:

  1. Dressed for Success
  2. Sleeping in My Car
  3. The Big L.
  4. Spending My Time
  5. Stars
  6. She’s Got Nothing On (But the Radio)
  7. Perfect Day
  8. It Must Have Been Love
  9. 7Twenty7
  10. Fading Like a Flower
  11. Crash! Boom! Bang!
  12. How Do You Do!
  13. Dangerous
  14. Joyride (band presentation before Joyride and local song: “Kiosk”) /only some fan balloons, no beachballs in the snowy mountains/
  15. Listen To Your Heart
  16. The Look

 

According to Berner Zeitung, they fly back to Sweden this evening. Hopefully, the internet connection will be perfect in Sweden and Per will post tons of videos and pics from yesterday and today.

 

Thanx to all the Magic Friends who were keeping us updated, especially to Kirsten Ohlwein, Mandy Sedgwick, Karin Rubischung, Jörg Zimmerli and Natalie Natalie.

 

Articles and photos:

Berner Zeitung (article + photos):

http://www.bernerzeitung.ch/region/thun/9-000-Besucher-am-Snowpenair-/story/12551843

Live it. (awesome photos):

http://liveit.ch/roxette-am-snowpenair/

Jungfrau.ch (article + 1 photo):

http://www.jungfrau.ch/nc/en/company/media/releases/detail/archive/2013/04/article/roxette-begeistert-am-snowpenair-1542/

partyguide.ch (beauty pics):

http://www.partyguide.ch/events/snowpenair-kleine-scheidegg-2013-04-06-268181/pictures/1/338224

Der Bund –  KulturStattBern blog (article):

http://newsnetz-blog.ch/kulturstattbern/blog/2013/04/06/sturchlig-am-snowpenair/

SnowpenAir FB page (photos):

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.570345832999712.1073741827.109469035754063&type=1

Jungfrau Zeitung (article + 1 photo):

http://www.jungfrauzeitung.ch/artikel/124226/

Der Bund (article + 1 photo):

http://www.derbund.ch/kultur/pop-und-jazz/Nostalgische-Stimmung-im-Hallenstadion/story/15725245

konzertbilder.ch (photos):

http://konzertbilder.ch/bild/25653

ireadup.com (beauty pics):
http://www.ireadup.com/music/photos/photo.aspx?eventid=3727&overview_page=1&page=1

some of the ireadup.com photos in high resolution:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/intlekofer/sets/72157633200961425/

 

 

New-old Gyllene Tider sound charmed Swedish press

Today both Aftonbladet (Jens Peterson) and Expressen (Anders Nunstedt) have published their reviews of Gyllene Tider’s 6th studio album, Dags att tänka på refrängen. It’s not a surprise reading a positive review in Aftonbladet, but Mr. Nunstedt positively shocked most of the fans – and I guess non-fans as well. Some lyckopiller might have been involved while he was listening to the album. 😉

 

GT.se

 

According to Aftonbladet, Per Gessle wants you to clap your hands, your knees to be swinging and your mouth to be giggling. Well, what else? Don’t you feel the same with each Gyllene Tider album? Dags att tänka på refrängen – in Expressen’s opinion – is an energetic and playful album, full of ingenious melodies and smart arrangements. However, Anders Nunstedt adds he is curious whether the album grows even stronger after a few more listenings, as one of Gyllene Tider’s strengths has always been their ability to make a strong first impression.

Aftonbladet writes there is nostalgia and tributes to record stores and pop heroes. We already know Bob Dylan appears in the first track, but be sure there is some David Bowie, too. All 3 songs that we could have a listen to yet are full of typical Gessle rhymes and reading the reviews, there is much more to come.

You can find everything on this album from melancholically beautiful to uptempo party songs and from catchy pop candy to charming spaghetti western. “Lyckopiller” seems to be the one and only ballad. According to Nunstedt it’s a romantic piano ballad à la the classic GT concept, even if the song makes a trip to SOAP-land. “Knallpulver” is the only instrumental track and Mr. Nunstedt suggests the publisher to send it to Quentin Tarantino. Wow! What a great idea! After Small Apartments soundtrack everything is possible in hot hot Hollywood. 😉

In the title track, ”Dags att tänka på refrängen”, Per sounds young and life-affirming, says Jens Peterson. Anders Nunstedt says Mr. Gessle is singing duet with himself through the left and right speakers. It seems to be a good choice to end the short short short short short journey the album provides with its 38-minute length.

Expressen writes 10 of 12 tracks sound like they are written to be performed live. So, what about a medley this summer? DATPR compact. Well, maybe a medley with 8 of these 10 songs and ”Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej”, as well as ”Chikaboom (#2)” as separate songs in the setlist.

Release date of the album: 24th April, 2013.

 

 

Per Gessle, the workaholic

Amazon.de shared the tracklist of Gyllene Tider’s Dags att tänka på refrängen album with length and dates next to the demos appearing on the Deluxe CD. The digital version is available from 22nd April, physical version (CD, vinyl) from 24th April.

 

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Album:

  1. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej /2:52/
  2. Man blir yr (Album Version) /3:01/
  3. Singel /3:01/
  4. Allt jag lärt mej om livet (har jag lärt mej av Vera) /2:59/
  5. Tio droppar regn /2:53/
  6. Jag tänker åka på en lång lång lång lång lång resa /2:54/
  7. Lyckopiller /3:07/
  8. Chikaboom (Album Version) /3:08/
  9. Anders och Mickes första band /3:22/
  10. Tiden är en dåre med banjo /3:02/
  11. Knallpulver /2:32/
  12. Dags att tänka på refrängen /3:41/

 

Demos:

  1. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sig (Demo 6/8 2012) /2:21/
  2. Man blir yr (Demo 26/7 2012) /3:24/
  3. Singel (Demo 6/12 2012) /2:11/
  4. Allt jag lärt mej om livet (har jag lärt mej av Vera) (Demo 6/8 2012) /3:05/
  5. Tio droppar regn (Demo 6/10 2012) /2:29/
  6. Jag tänker åka på en lång lång lång lång lång resa (Demo 28/8 2012) /2:54/
  7. Lyckopiller (Demo 21/6 2012) /2:53/
  8. Chikaboom (Demo 6/12 2012) /3:40/
  9. Anders och Mickes första band (Demo 5/10 2012) /3:23/
  10. Tiden är en dåre med banjo (Demo 9/8 2012) /2:41/
  11. Knallpulver (Demo 8/5 2012) /1:32/
  12. Dags att tänka på refrängen (Demo 28/6 2012) /3:13/

 

Looking at the demo dates one can see (not that we didn’t know it until now 😉 ) that Mr. G is indeed a workaholic – and we like it! Let’s take a closer look at these dates.

 

  • 8th May, 2012: gig day in Curitiba, Brazil. Was the demo made in the dressing room?
  • 21st June, 2012: during a short break between South Africa and Borlänge. Were there any lyckopiller involved during the recording? 😉
  • 28th June, 2012: 1 day after Borlänge and 1 day before the ultra-awesome Amsterdam gig.
  • 26th July, 2012: 2 days after the megafantastic Gdansk, Poland gig and 1 day before Kotka, Finland. By the way, this day Per shared the new ”Fake guitarist in an 80’s band” plec collection on Facebook, Roxette Official. So, most probably he had to try and see if they were OK, thus he recorded a demo.
  • 6th August, 2012: After all the birthday celebrations it was time to record 2 demos. Not mentioning the earthquake in Halmstad that day.

Woke up to a trembling world 5 o´clock this morning. Thought Micke Syd was rehearsing in Harplinge.

  • Actually, there was a tweet regarding the earthquake that day: “Det värsta är ju inte att det har varit ett jordskalv i Halmstad. Det värsta är att risken finns att Per Gessle skriver en låt om det.” (meaning: ”The worst thing is not that there has been an earthquake in Halmstad. The worst thing is that there is a risk of Per Gessle writing a song about it.”). Well, I’m not sure about any songs being written that day, but it would be too cool to have some earthquake vibes à la Gessle one day.
  • 9th August, 2012: during the break between Finland and Norway gigs.
  • 28th August, 2012: 1 day before the Ottawa, Canada gig, when Roxette went on a lång lång lång lång lång resa.
  • 5th and 6th October, 2012: 4-5 days after the premiere of Kurt & Lisa and Furet wines in The Per Gessle Selection.
  • 6th December, 2012: well, demos are always good to be recorded when Santa is in town. 🙂

 

Now it would be interesting to hear anything about the circumstances under which these songs were written. Hopefully, there will be a detailed interview about the songs with Per after the album is out. So far we know that ”Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej” – formerly known as ”Är det jag” – was written in the 70’s (demo 9th July, 1979).

One more interesting thing – what a fan (Ketil Nordgård) mentioned on Gyllene Tider’s facebook page the day the tracklist was published – is that in the ”Att vara Per Gessle” book (p. 270) ”Knallpulver” is mentioned as a leftover from Per’s ”En händig man” album. However, Per stated in several interviews that the big difference between Gyllene Tider’s new album and ”Finn 5 fel!” (2004) is that one third of the songs on F5F were leftovers from ”Mazarin”, but now all the songs were written exclusively for Gyllene Tider. Well, whatever project ”Knallpulver” was written for, the title sounds exciting and it seems to fit the album quite well.

 

 

Roxette rox at SnowpenAir in 1 week!

Roxette will appear on stage for the one and only gig this year on 6th April. SnowpenAir concerts are a true Swiss tradition. Marie, Per and the band will perform at 2061 m above sea level at Kleine Scheidegg amidst the stunning scenery of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. It’s the 16th time the event is organized.

Programme:

10:30     Concert area opening

11:00     MC Juli

12:15     Hanery Amman

13:30     OneRepublic

15:30   Roxette

 

ROX_SnowpenAir

 

Looking at the SnowpenAir setlists of past years and taking into consideration that Roxette had a shorter setlist for festival gigs, they will most probably perform appr. 15 songs. At least they had a 15-song setlist in Ischgl, Austria in 2011. Let’s see what happens.

It’s written on the event’s website that ”DJ Alex der Skihüttenkönig” provides entertainment from 10:30, between the acts and after Roxette. So, it seems there will be no PG mix tape before Roxette or the DJ takes a rest during those appr. 30 minutes before the main act. 🙂

The event is nearly sold out, but there are still some tickets available.

The weather may be cold on top of the mountains, but Roxette had proved it many times before that they are able to warm up the athmosphere already by playing the first chords and singing the first triple yeah. One more thing is 100% sure: you’re not going to meet Mr. Gessle on the ski trail. 😉

 

 

Gyllene Tider in top shape: album, tracklist, tour, promo summary

There were many press and radio interviews with the band during the past few days and there is a live programme on TV4 today – direct broadcast from their rehearsal studio. Here is a summary of all the information we got to know so far.

 

ALBUM:

As Per says, the new album – Dags att tänka på refrängen – is 37 minutes long and contains almost only uptempo songs. There is only one ballad that is similar to ”När alla vännerna gått hem”.

Here is the list of songs from the album:

1. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej
2. Man blir yr
3. Singel
4. Allt jag lärt mej om livet (har jag lärt mej av Vera)
5. Tio droppar regn
6. Jag tänker åka på en lång lång lång lång lång resa
7. Lyckopiller
8. Chikaboom
9. Anders och Mickes första band
10. Tiden är en dåre med banjo
11. Knallpulver
12. Dags att tänka på refrängen

 

Does it mean “Henry, dansa inte disco!” got a new title? Or Henry might appear later as a B-side…

 

The album is released on 24th April in a bound CD book format. The deluxe version includes a bonus CD with demo versions of all 12 songs. Of course, the album will also be available on vinyl.

According to cdon.se, the standard album’s booklet is of 20 pages, deluxe CD’s booklet is of 24 pages.

Aftonbladet states that Gyllene Tider sounds younger than ever. They have their own style and own sound. These five guys together are a unique mix.

Per replied to Expressen’s question about what makes them being still one of the biggest Swedish bands:

I think there is a reason why Gyllene Tider is still being great. Every time we come back we have new hits.

Micke Syd says to Aftonbladet:

There are not too many bands that have this energy. Per sounds so young and we play so well together. It would be a mortal sin not to do it.

Per said in several interviews that Göran has never been so good as on this album. Micke Syd says:

All people just smile when they hear that fucking organ. “Now it’s summer!”

 

TOUR:

Gyllene Tider is happy with the ticket sales. Per said to Expressen that several concerts are basically sold out. There will be around 10,000 people per gig.

According to Expressen, the total audience of the summer tour with 19 stops is 343,000. This would mean there should be appr. 18,000 people at each venue. Expressen says Gyllene Tider is competing for the summer audience with international giants like Bruce Springsteen, Iron Maiden and Kiss, but Anders Herrlin thinks:

Those who come to see us, come to see us. We can only do our best and we will be providing something amazing.

Per says to Expressen that they will sit down after Easter and discuss everything about the ticket sales and if there should be any extra concerts.

The songs for the setlist will be selected during the rehearsals. There will be a mix of new and old hits, as well as something for the real hardcore fans. We can be sure the hits mentioned by Per will be played live this summer, too.

Being on stage and performing “Sommartider”, “När vi två blir en” or “Det hjärta som brinner” is absolutely amazing. The symbiosis with the crowd becomes so powerful.

Per said in the PP3 radio interview that there might be 5-6 new songs played on tour.

 

TV4 TODAY:

Tonight the band responds to fans’ questions in TV4’s ”Fråga Gyllene Tider”. Here you can check the details. GT sent greetings from their rehearsal studio and can’t wait for your questions.

 

 

“Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej” will be played on TV4 by Gyllene Tider today – according to GT’s post on facebook. Will it be the cover of this song? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzOLupIS8kI Noooo, we hope it’s a totally new song written by Per.

 

UPDATE: You can watch ”Fråga Gyllene Tider” if you click HERE.

 

Aftonbladet made a funny interview with Per. In 1983 Per answered questions of Aftonbladet’s readers. After 30 years, now Aftonbladet asked him the same questions and put his actual answers next to his answers from 1983. From the 2013 replies we get to know – among other things – that Per isn’t listening to Buddy Holly while he’s making love nowadays. The most similar answer he gave to the question what he’ll be doing in ten years. He said:

1983: In ten years, I’m hopefully still healthy and I’m over the ”being a 30-year-old” crisis and play golf with Lasse Lindbom in Southern France.

 

2013: I hope I’m still healthy and work further on this endless highway of pop music’s realm.

 

It seems that he is over even the ”being a 50-year-old” crisis. We hope to have you on this endless highway for more than 10 years, Per. 😉

Sources:

Aftonbladet:

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/musik/article16435389.ab

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/musik/article16465432.ab

Expressen:

http://www.expressen.se/kvp/gessle-konserterna-ar-i-princip-slutsalda/

http://www.expressen.se/noje/musik/gyllene-tider-vi-ar-ju-hela-sveriges-band/

Sveriges Radio PP3:

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=4283&artikel=5479608

Gyllene Tider’s website:

http://www.gyllenetider.se/nyheter/latlistan-till-dags-att-tanka-pa-refrangen/

 

#gtsommar Lyrics of Gyllene Tider: Man blir yr

However, we could see parts of the text on the sleeve, Gyllene Tider shared the complete lyrics of Man blir yr, their first single from the new album Dags att tänka på refrängen. The song is full of very typical, fantastic Gessle rhymes. Because of mentioning a “Hollies-låt” and “förlåt Susanne”, the song might refer to Sorry Suzanne from The Hollies, but somehow one can feel there appears a little Fru Nordin in this song. Doesn’t she? 🙂

 

Man_blir_yr

Man blir yr

Kom just på
Mitt i villervallan
Broder Allan står
På en båt
I en Hollies-låt
Helt genomvåt
Förlåt Susanne, det blir så här ibland
När jag gräver upp gammalt damm
Och ser tillbaka

Man blir yr
Man tar fyr
Tum för tum
I mitt rum

Kom just på
Hur vi möttes
I en vrå
På ett diskotek
85? Kanske 82?
Du var söt i lockigt hår
Susanne, det blir så här ibland
Jag gräver bland gammalt damm
Och flyr tillbaka

Man blir yr
Man tar fyr
Tar en chans
Får åka ambulans

Kom just på
Den som spar han har
Det är tur att du finns kvar
Här hos mej
Annars hade jag nog ägnat all min tid åt dej
Jag hade letat efter dej
Jag hade letat efter en vän
Värd att leta efter

Man blir yr
Man tar fyr
Man blir kär
Och blir så här

© P. Gessle – Jimmy Fun Music

 

The song premieres on Swedish radio stations next Monday (18th March). The single with Chikaboom #2 as a B-side will be available digitally from that same day, as well as on 7” red and yellow vinyl from 3rd April (according to webshops).

If you want to listen to the song very early in the morning on Monday, you can tune in on Mix Megapol (Gothenburg). There will be a GT interview, so the song will surely be played during it. According to Per, they’re on from 7.30 am CET. Click here for listening to Mix Megapol’s online broadcast. This morning show is also shown on TV, but we’re not sure there is a live broadcast. Clips hopefully will be available later on Kanal 5’s website or the show’s YouTube channel.

Bring on Monday! 🙂