Expectations vs reality – Gessle on tour A.D. 2017

So now we know. Nearly a month ago we were predicting what could be performed live by Mr Gessle, we summed up our Roxette Blog’s 10-part poll quest for the ultimate setlist and now we are more informed than ever before. Per and his en-vcker-kväll-band performed 4 concerts already – one intimate (in-your-living-room style) and three that gathered around 8-9,000 people each. What is worth highlighting and cannot be considered as a joke anymore, there has been several situations when the rain stopped, when Per went on stage. Ingen sommar utan Gessle after all and good weather can be considered as something guaranteed during this tour or you get your money back. Please reach Live Nation for more info.

The next stop on the 22-date tour is Dalhalla, the 13th of July, so it’s the right time to use this break as a moment for some thoughts regarding the concert itself. I won’t comment much on the technical or visual sides as I haven’t been able to attend any of these gigs yet, so I will only concentrate on the current setlist.

So what really has been played on the 23-song concert so far?

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Predicting unpredictable – what fans would like to hear during En vacker kväll?

Since beginning of the year you, dear Roxette Blog readers, have been voting for your favourite Gessle, Gyllene Tider and Roxette songs. In the late autumn it turned out this would be the first time ever when Per mixes all his three music careers during one concert. Now we all obviously cannot wait untill the first Gessle solo tour in 8 years starts in the majestic city of Helsingborg. Only 19 days till the gig #1, just 10 if you’re attending the pre-premiere concert at Hotel Tylosand.

What we always did before the new tour starts was choosing the best, most-desired songs from the vast music catalogues. Remember the Silver blue-case where we were lucky enough to get a song so many people voted for performed live by Roxette? We absolutely loved that moment and we still feel humbled by your support and the impact we did together. We are hoping some of your suggestions might help Mr G to prepare a setlist of his (and ours) dreams – the band has started rehearsing, so “our prayers are in good hands tonight”.

There have been 10 polls since mid-January, 70 days of voting dedicated to 8 solo albums as we’re convinced they should play pivotal part in the setlist, whereas two latter votings were done around Gyllene Tider and Roxette live catalogues from 2000s. Nearly 1,000 unique users took part in this, so thanks much for your time and dedication, we really appreciate that!

When it comes to the concert setlist, no one should be expecting big suprises, should we? Gessle / Roxette / Gyllene Tider’s latest concerts were always more about pleasing big crowds (is it bad after all?), not fullfiling fans’ desires to hear forgotten pearls. There wasn’t many Gessle’s solo tours in the past, but just by analysing Mazarin 2003 and En händing man 2007 we can make initial assumption where 2017 takes us.

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En vacker kväll poll #10 – Roxette

What’s good always must come to an end. Per Gessle and his majesty band have already started rehearsing to the summer tour, so this poll comes right in time to see which Roxette classics you would love to hear in Mr Gessle’s interpretation. You had already one occassion for during the man from Roxette Party Crasher Tour, but now for the first time he will perform both Swedish and English songs from his whole  career. Dreaming of Per’s “Watercolours in the rain” version? Just vote.

PS. I know Vaulnerable wasn’t performed live, it’s not on that list, but that one would be of a suprise to please a lot of fans!

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 12-12-2014 22:45:38
end_date 05-07-2017 23:59:59
Poll Results:
En vacker kväll poll #10 – Roxette
Total Answers 745
Total Votes 206

En vacker kväll poll #9 – Gyllene Tider

It’s less than a month till the EVK tour premiere in Helsinborg (6th of July, baby!). You have already voted for your favourite songs off Per Gessle’s 8 solo albums, but would it be a real Swedish tour of Gessle if there wasn’t any Gyllene Tider song there? You well know the answer. Obviously, voting for each album doesn’t make much sense as of now, so we came up with idea of mixing 2004 and 2013 Gyllene Tider concert playlists to see what songs you love the most.

As there are so many Gyllene Tider songs to choose from – this time you can vote for up to 5 songs. Let us know your choices!

The last poll covering Roxette vast catalogue pops up tomorrow!

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 10-06-2017 08:45:38
end_date 06-07-2017 23:59:59
Poll Results:
En vacker kväll poll #9 - Gyllene Tider
Total Answers 915
Total Votes 227

Robert Broberg passed away

UntitledDo you remember this very special moment when Marie Fredriksson, being back then in Sydney, made a satellitte connection with Robert Broberg to sing  “Everything disappears”? Yesterday we learnt Robert Broberg passed away in the age of 75 after long battle with Parkinson. Marie commented on this to TT press agency:

A great artist and a lovely man who will be missed. I have great memories from our collaborations and I am glad I got this opportunity to work with him.

Per also shared his thoughts on Robert:

Robert was truly fab! One of my favourite Swedish albums ever comes from his heart and mind, “Tjejjer”. Still have it on vinyl. Have to put it on now! /P.

 

Roxette XXX Tour – Warsaw, Poland (Torwar) – June 22 – #40

Have you ever had a “deja vu” feeling? That you see something you have experienced and enjoyed already in the past? And you really loved it back then? Well, I belive we are all in this deja vu phase once again. Roxette played Warsaw for the first time almost exactly 4 years ago and back then it was the 40th gig on then-growing Neverending Tour Part 1. Now they were back to my town with yet another – surprise, surprise – 40th concert in the 2014-2015 tour edition, at the very same venue, with a little more mature crowd and the band that got some new glossy shirts, but kept the same unforgettable smiles on their faces and rocking attitude few could only imagine.

Torwar takes up to around 6,000-7,000 people and it was surely more packed yesterday than 4 years ago, even considering a little or no-marketing campaign from Live Nation side. I guess it just means good products sell themselves 😉 Queuing started very early in the morning, with people arriving shortly after 6am, but in the end no one took a proper control of numbering system and we chose chaos instead – we like it like that here. In front of the venue both old, young, ladies with kids, disabled, hipsters with beards (me included!), death-metal fans were waiting nicely in the line, dressed in the old Roxette t-shirts or the one produced by Arek Rykaczewski for 60+ hardcore fans from Polish Roxette forum. Some of them were really eager to see Roxette so security needed to drag them out from the line. Shit happens. Gosia Puterman who stood behind “Polish hearts for Roxette” initiative was cutting out white and red hearts, informing people outside with use of a megaphone what they should do during the concert. We also wanted to help somehow that’s why we were handing out simple instructions when the flash mob should start. Impressive number of 2,000 hearts were cut with fans doing this days and nights. Amazing Roxette movement! Where will it lead next?

Roxette and the crew spent Midsommar in Sweden and they were supposed to fly to Warsaw on Sunday. But as there was a hacker attack on the Polish airline’s system Marie and few staff members were forced to change the flight to Monday. Per came to Warsaw at 5pm just few hours before the concert and headed straight to the arena. It was one of the earliest Roxette gigs starting just 20 minutes after 8pm. Just before Magnus Börjeson picked 14 bootleg DVDs done by bunch of dedicated Poles – Slawek Sztul, Blanka Pentela, Ela Krysinska with a little help from my side. Each band member got two boxes with video recordings of Warsaw 2011 and Gdansk 2012 concerts. It turned out Polish fans were going to surprise the band few more times during the evening…

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In Roxette world dictionary I would call myself a midcore-fan as it was only my 8th Roxette concert ever. The last time I saw Roxette was Kaunas, Lithuania in November last year and hey, what a bloody change it was. For better. Marie secured in her chair in a top-top-top shape, enjoying every minute, clapping her hands. Per was jumping, sweating and speaking per-fect Polish “dzieki” (thanks). You could easily see if they could, they would probably jump off the stage to the crowd to feel the energy hidden there. You could read it off Marie’s eyes that night – stage is the place she wants to be, no matter what the haters say, no matter what you think or press writes. Skitsamma as Swedes say. She wants to be there and she wants to deliver the best she can – and with hand on my heart – she did all there was to put a spell on the crowd, to do the hocus-pocus even without “Almost unreal” in the setlist. One of my magical moments was the whole arena (or at least it felt like so) singing “Paint” part in Watercolours in the rain – such vulnerable voice mixed with a 6,000 fans’ singing is one of that precious moments everyone will remember.

But obviously it wouldn’t be a proper Polish concert, if there was no flash mob. U2, Depeche Mode, Madonna or Robbie Williams – they all had it and Roxette couldn’t have worse fans. Gosia Puterman came up with the idea to create a heart-shaped Polish flag – red in the standing pit, white on the tribunes. It was truely magical to see heart sea during “The Heart Shaped Sea” and “Listen to your heart” – as if Per Gessle’s lyrics came to life that evening. Warsaw harvest was truely successful and fruitful!

Hearts in Warsaw

A lot of things landed on the stage that night – fluffy stuff including white stork, which is considered being Poland’s symbol and a sign of expecting a baby – we all know Roxette is working on a new album, don’t we? Hope it won’t be another 9 months till we hear it. Arek’s white-and-red paper-flower chains were picked up by Magnus and Clarence who tried to wear them for a moment just to bring a little Warsaw-Hawaii feel to the stage. Polish flag was traditionally thrown on the stage and Per took it in his handyman hand for a short blessing moment. A lot of patriotical moments if you ask me, but we actually like our national colours! But as it was dangerous for the band, everyting was taken off the stage. On the top of that Chris played “Pszczolka Maja” known so good from Czech original and some local versions in all former communist countries in the central Europe. Cool addition that made the crowd gone wild! “Dziekujemy” screams from the audience  (thank you) at the end must have come up as a suprise to the band, but I belive they understood what we meant. Anyway we were and still are really thankful, trust us.

Am I happy with the concert? Hell I am! Would I change something? Obviously – more songs, but the setlist is a crowd-winner anyway with all big hits performed, sing-a-longs and overwhelming energy. Will there be more Roxette in the future? Yes, there is a bright future, world needs real entertainers who know their job, do this with heart against all odds. Fuck cancer, fuck hurting leg, fuck bad days, we are here for emotions and true beauty and that’s what Roxette easily deliver. I heard people saying that was the last Roxette concert in Poland. I did hear this back in 2011, also in 2012… That they cannot continue that forever and ever etc. Please, stop. Don’t try to convince yourself that’s the end – we have seen so maaaaany endings and even more beginnings. After all what we learned from Roxette is that all begins where it ends.

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Per after the show:

WARSAW UPDATE: Speechless!!! What a crowd!!! Thanx for an everlasting memory, we had such a blast! Band in top model mood and Marie in terrific shape, who can ask for more? Love!!! /P.

Picture used in the article were taken by Przemek Starosta and Marcin Krzysztof.

Setlist

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)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride /w Pszczolka Maja

Listen To Your Heart
The Look

Articles

Interia
Liveshot.com.pl
Michal Mlynarczyk
Nasze Miasto
Musicalert.pl
Szymon Starnawski Photography
Live Nation Poland

Videos

Pszczolka Maja/Joyride https://youtu.be/vzoztvtAYI4
It Must Have Been Love https://youtu.be/LIBb0piGP9U
Listen To Your Heart (bis) https://youtu.be/XjXvG-NX3jM
Spending My Time https://youtu.be/BZFsrZfqomM
Fading Like A Flower https://youtu.be/fIXvZU_TChI
Dressed For Success/Dangerous https://youtu.be/RCfj1JqU5F0
Sleeping In My Car https://youtu.be/D0IkE2e75Hc
The Big L. https://youtu.be/2YB51l0J7JE
The Look (bis) https://youtu.be/Koo3Ke3bleY

New Roxette album to be released in autumn 2015 – reveled in the latest compilations sets [PHOTOS]

Two new Roxette compilations are already on the market  including revised version of 2006 Rox Box (minus DVD with videos and concert) as well as special compilation called “The 30 Biggest Hits“.  Our friend Daniel Rezmann from Australia shared some pictures, so any of you, photos or CD hunters out there, here comes your feast!

What interesting inside (beside music!) is the official statement that new Roxette album should be released in autumn 2015, three years after “Travelling” album. Am I right it’s the first time some really stated that? Anyway, 2015 tour begins tomorrow on the 7th of February (or in fact – according to New Zealand time – today).

Get ready for more from Roxette this year!

 

Rox Box 2015

The 30 Biggest Hits

 

 

Roxette to play in Finland in August

After two successful concerts in Finland last November, it is very probable it will be also Roxette’s second to last stop on the European soil. According to VK.se article, Roxette was set to perform in Vasa on the 15th of August, but it would be confirmed by the 10th of February as there was some “misunderstanding” issues between concert’s organizers and Roxette management.

Anyway, August seems to be busy with late summer festivals for Roxette team with already confirmed gigs on Faroe Island and Norway.

UPDATE (Feb 10th): Today, the concert in Vasa has been officially confirmed by VK.se.

 

European tour is growing by two new concerts

Roxette in Ostrava 2015Two new concerts have been added to a very busy European schedule for Roxette next year.

Marie and Per will play the very second concert in Czech Republic in Ostrava (Cez Arena) on the 15th of June – the same place they toured in 2011 and  they are also going to visit Bulgaria for the second time ever – they play in the capital city of Sofia (at Armeec Arena) on the 17th of June. Tickets will go on sale on www.ticketpro.cz and www.ticketpro.bg respectively.

Current European schedule is as follows:

Europe:

10/5 – Milan, Teatro Arcimboldi, Italy – tickets
13/5 – Madrid , Palacio Vistalegre, Spain – tickets
14/5 – Barcelona, Sant Jordi Club, Spain – tickets
17/5 – Bucharest, Aranele Romane, Romania
19/5 – Budapest, Budapest Sports Arena, Hungary – tickets
21/5 – Prague, O2 Arena, Czech Republic – tickets
23/5 – Jelling, Jelling Festival, Denmark
26/5 – Paris, Olympia, Paris tickets
27/5 – Amsterdam, HMH, The Netherlands
29/5 – Antwerp, Lotto Arena, Belgium

June 2015
1/6 – Dublin, The O2 Arena, Ireland – tickets
13/6 – Trondheim, Sverresborg, Norway – tickets

15/6 – Ostrava, Cez Arena, Czech Republic
17/6 – Sofia, Armeec Arena, Bulgaria

22/6 – Warsaw, Torwar, Poland – tickets
24/6 – Cologne, Lanxess, Germany – tickets
25/6 – Hamburg, O2 World, Germany – tickets
27/6 – Berlin, O2 World, Germany – tickets
28/6 – Dresden, Elbufer, Germany – tickets
30/6 – Mannheim, SAP Arena, Germany – tickets

July 2015
2/7 – Stuttgart, Porsche Arena, Germany – tickets
3/7 – Bad Kissingen, Luitpold Park, Germany – tickets
5/7 – Mainz, Nordmole, Germany – tickets
7/7 – Munich, Olympiahalle, Germany – tickets
8/7 – Vienna, Stadthalle, Austria – tickets
13/7 – London, O2 Arena, United Kingdom – tickets
18/7 – Kalmar , Fredriksskans, Sweden – tickets
22/7 – Halmstad, Örjans Vall, Sweden – tickets
24/7 – Gothenburg, Slottskogsvallen, Sweden – tickets
25/7 – Stockholm, Sjöhistoriska, Sweden – tickets

August 2015
6 or 7 or 8/8 – Klaksvík, Faroe Islands – tickets

Marie’s tour: Norrköping audio bootleg

MfturneThanks to Lionel Zeta we have access to bootleg recording of Marie’s third concert in Norrköping. Have a listen + enjoy!

1. Så stilla så långsamt
2. Kom vila hos mig
3. Bara för en dag
4. Det regnar igen & Sista sommarens vals
5. Ber bara en gång
6. Sparvöga
7. Ett hus vid havet & Ett bord i solen
8. Så skimrande var aldrig havet
9. Ännu doftar kärlek
10. Så länge det lyser mittemot
11. Om du såg mig nu
12. Efter stormen
13. Den sjunde vågen
14. Mellan sommar och höst
15. Den bästa dagen
16. Tro

Marie’s tour: Helsingborg, 19th February #1

Setlist

1. Så stilla så långsamt [1992 – DSR]
2. Kom vila hos mig [2013 – Nu!]
3. Bara för en dag [1987 – ES]
4. Det regnar igen [1992 – DSR]
5. Sista sommarens vals [2013 – Nu!]
6. Ber bara en gång [1996 – IETSV]
7. Sparvöga [1989 off the Swedish drama TV series]
8. Ett hus vid havet [1985 – DSV]
9. Ett bord i solen [2007 – TFT]
10. Så skimrande var aldrig havet [1990 off Taube compilation album]
11. Ännu doftar kärlek [1984 – HV]
12. Så länge det lyser mittemot [1992 – DSR]
13. Om du såg mig nu [1987 – ES]
14. Efter stormen [1987 – ES]
15. Den sjunde vågen [1985 – DSV]

16. Mellan sommar och höst [1992 – DSR]
17. Den bästa dagen [1985 – DSV]
18. Tro [1996 – IETSV]

Comment

Marie Fredriksson’s first concert was a spectacular start of the series of 19 concerts across Sweden. In the city of Helsingborg – as she calls herself as a “hometown” she performed in front of 800-900 people in the Konserthus (philharmonic). There were 18 songs performed and Marie and the band conquered the stage for about 90 minutes. Some of songs were sang for the very first time in the Marie’s touring history – including 2 singles off 2013 “Nu!” – “Kom vila hos mig” and “Sista sommarens vals” as well as  Swedish version of “A table in the sun” from 2007 ballad compilation known as “Ett bord i solen” or second single off “I en tid som vår” – “Ber bara en gång”.  The most popular album during the concert was 1992’s “Den ständiga resan” and after that come 1987’s “Efter Stormen” and 1985’s “Den sjunde vågen” with 3 songs each. The biggest suprise was the lack of Marie’s only #1 single “Där du andas” from 2008 as well as her last tour’s hit “Äntligen”.

Concert generated raving reviews in Swedish media – Aftonbladet gave 4/5 and called the band “magical” and the concert as “full of startled emotions” with 3/5 from both Expressen and HD.se. Marie mentioned her fight with cancer just before “Ett bord i solen”. She also dedicated one of songs during the gig to her father Gösta Fredriksson.

Galleries

RockFoto.net
The Tivoli

Videos

Heartland Anne’s videos:
Den sjunde vågen
Bara för en dag
Så skimrande var aldrig havet / Ännu doftar kärlek

Big thanks to Heartland Anne for sharing clips and photos.

Christina Tholander’s videos:
Ett bord i solen
Ett hus vid havet
Så stilla så långsamt

Ricardo Acosta Hernandez’s video:
Så stilla så långsamt & Kom vila hos mig

Antje Friedrich’s video:
Den bästa dagen

 

Here’s the list of Roxette concerts we think should be released

We all got very excited when Per Gessle posted these two posts on the Roxette official Facebook page on the 17th and 25th of January.

FRIDAY UPDATE: Having discussions with EMI (Warner) about re-releasing all VHS/DVD Rox live + documentaries from the past. How about that? Maybe a huge box set? Rox channel on YouTube? Guess the hardest part is to find the stuff in the vaults…. /P. [Post by Roxette Official.]

SATURDAY UPDATE: For your info: Hope to get most of the live VHS & DVD releases from the past out in the open (in top quality) for your insatiable eyes and ears to enjoy. It’s a little messy in the archives at the moment due to the huge EMI/Warner-merger but I’ve got new batteries in my flashlight!. We’re on the case, promise. /P. [Post by Roxette Official.]

At this point all comes down to a simple question: what to release. Or to be even more precise: what Roxette have rights to release and is in a decent audio/picture quality. Per admitted hismelf the hardest part is to find the stuff in the vaults. We have decided to compile a simple to-do, to-find, to-release list, in case Warner forgets how many great concerts Roxette recorded in the past! Let’s do the proper research together – in case we missed something, please drop us a line or two here in the comment section or on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RoxetteBlog), so we might save a pearl or two from being forgotten 😉

With numbers (1, 2, 3…) we marked official VHS/laser disc/DVD releases, with letters (A, B, C…) – TV performances/internet broadcasts that could be counted as full scale gigs. For obvious reasons we have excluded all unprofessional, private and bootleg recordings as well as other single TV performances (playbacks or live). We didn’t count in one or two first songs from concert reports on TV as it’s a usual thing that journalists have access to those from each concert (as long as there are cameras in the arena). We are here for live experiences – ONLY!

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Marie Fredriksson’s “Nu!” tracklist

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Ginza.se has published the official tracklist of new Marie Fredriksson’s album “Nu!”. In brackets you can find English translations of those titles.

1. Kom vila hos mig (Come, rest with me)
2. Det bästa som nånsin kan hända (The best thing that can ever happen)
3. Det är nu! (It’s now!)
4. Längtan (Longing)
5. Sista sommarens vals (The last summer waltz)
6. Aldrig längre bort än nära (Never farther than close)
7. Bara 3 ord (Only 3 words)
8. Känn dig som hemma (Make yourself at home)
9. Jag undrar vad du tänker på (I’m wondering what you’re thinking of)
10. Stjärna som brinner (The star which burns)
11. I morgon (Tomorrow)
12. Vad vore jag utan dig (What would I do without you)

Official presales of Marie Fredriksson tickets on Coop, Tele2 and Comviq

All international fans got kind of upset when they heard that Marie Fredriksson’s tickets are being sold in presale by Coop, Tele2 and Comviq – exactly the same partners e.g. Gyllene Tider used earlier this year. But don’t worry – though the official sale starts on Monday it doesn’t seem many tickets are bought already.

We have decided to check (but not yet to buy – I have to make up my mind which gigs to go) how the whole process looks like and for which gigs you can choose tickets yourself and for which you can only pick up the category. Here’s a brief summary of what we’ve done. When I write that you cannot choose the exact seat – it means that system randomly picks them up for you – in the most of cases you can only choose category, not the exact place you want to sit.

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