Brainpool to play in South Sweden on Sunday

The best band (or 2nd best) on this planet is back! Brainpool is to play in the Mossegårdsfestivalen, Sweden, on June 17.

According to the festival plan, Brainpool is set to play between 21:15 and 22:15.

And that’s not all.

According to this article on Sydsvenskan, the band is also working on a new album which is set to be out hopefully end of this year.

Magnus Börjeson is going to be on the stage on Sunday as well, playing guitar. And the band is going to play songs from all Brainpool albums, something they haven’t done since Janne.

Thanks Roxette Café for the info!

News from Helena: concert, Sandy Mouche album and baby on the way!

Helena Josefsson has posted an update on her Facebook website with some great news which confirm what some of us thought/knew: Helena and Martin are expecting a baby in 3 months! Congratulations and all the best from us.

Besides that, Helena writes about the concerts she is going to give the next days:

And also that Sandy Mouche is speeding up to finish their new album!

As Helena puts it herself, “incredible how we managed to make that happen considering the small amount of time home during last year´s Roxette adventure!”

Listen to “My Own Worst Enemy” featuring Helena Josefsson

Swedish Radio played the duet of Robert Pettersson (Takida) and Helena Josefsson and you can listen to it here. Get ready to rock!

If clicking on “play” doesn’t work, just click on the timeline somewhere in the beginning and click play. It should work then. If not, go here.

Helena Josefsson tells about the duet “My Own Worst Enemy” recorded for the film “Hamilton”

As we reported yesterday, Helena Josefsson is featured in a duet called “My Own Worst Enemy” which was recorded for the Swedish film “Hamilton – in the interest of the nation”. Helena has told us a bit more about the song.

How come you are singing a duet for the film “Hamilton  in the interest of t he nation”?

I was singing my music at an internal EMI party and there someone discovered my voice. They were about to record this Hamilton-song, and asked me to try the female vocals. I went to their studio and it worked out great!

My part in the song, as I think of it,  is to illustrate Hamilton’s late girlfriend, singing to him from heaven.

And how was it with Robert Petersson, lead singer of Takida?

Then they tried a number of male singers and they fell for Robert’s voice. I really think his voice is perfect for the song!

We also read that a video was done for the song?

The video was shot a month ago and will be released on the 13/1. I’m excited to see it! The same day I was recording backing vox for the new Roxette-album. It was a very exciting day!

Will you be at the VIP premiere of the film?

Yes, me and Martinique will go to Stockholm for the premiere and there we will perform the song.

Duet featuring Helena Josefsson on Swedish film soundtrack

Helena Josefsson has recorded a duet “My Own Worst Enemy” together with Robert Petersson, lead singer of the Swedish rock group Takida, which will be part of the soundtrack of the Swedish film “Hamilton – in the interest of the nation”.

The film will have its VIP-premiere in the Stockholm on January 10th and will be in the cinemas on January 13th, according to Svensk Filmindustri. The thriller is based on a book with the same title written by Jan Guillou in 1988. Guillou has written 11 novels featuring Carl Hamilton, a fictional Swedish military spy and hero.  Several characters in the books are based on actual people. For example, Jan Guillou is the basis of a character called Erik Ponti.

The song is written by Måns Tristan Sohlman aka Tristan. “I got the request from my management to perform this song and I thought it was a great song when I first heard it,” tells Robert Pettersson to Dagbladet,”it has a very typical film sound already in the intro, and part of it could be called rock”.

A video to the song has been recorded as well, which will have its premiere on Monday. A trailer of the film can be found on Youtube:

The film has even a website and an account in Twitter and Facebook.

David contributed to this article.

Dea Norberg: “I am looking forward to the tour with Roxette!”

As you know Dea Norberg is going to join the Roxette World Tour 2012 as the new backing vocals singer. Many of you have asked “and who is she?”

We have asked Dea to answer some questions for us. Enjoy!

RXB – Judith – We would like to know a bit more about you and your career, when did you start to sing? 

Dea: I started to sing when I was a little kid,  sitting next to my grandmother who played the piano. Later I started to play the piano myself and singing made me feel alive! I studied music and dance since I was 7 years old until I was around 20.

I grew up on a farm in the south of Sweden and singing and horse jumping was my thing until I was 16. Then I had to make the big choice: do I stay and continue with horses or do I move to Växjö to study music more seriously?

I know I made the right choice, since then music has been such an amazing inspiration and it’s taking me around the world  for many years now!

I studied two years in Växjö, after that I moved to Skåne. There I got in to the amazing Fridhems Folkhögskola and studied singing, jazz improvisation and piano. I heard rumours when I went there that Marie Fredriksson went there as well? I will have to ask her when I see her!

I studied there for two years and after that at Kulturama in Stockholm for two more years. Afterwards I studied dance for one year at University College of Dance also in Stockholm.

And then I started my journey as a freelancing singer, artist and backup singer.

RXB: I read that you have sang backing vocals at Melodifestivalen, Eurovision Song Contest, Cirque du Soleil and also have been in various bands and released some albums and singles… Could you tell us about your career so far?

Dea: My career has been amazing so far and I’ve done more than I would ever dream of doing when I first started! I’ve sung back ups to many Swedish artist and did a lot of TV , tours, shows, concerts, galas, studiowork, bands…

Among others, I have sung for the soldiers in Bosnia and Croatia in 1996. Then I was in the choir when Sweden won the Eurovision Song contest in Jerusalem in 1999. For the next couple of years I was a member of the Melodifestival-choir and was in charge of arranging the back ups for one year. It was stressful but a great experience! All in all I did back ups for Sweden and Malta for the Eurovision Song Contest 8 times.

I released a duet with Patrik Isaksson in Sweden  called “Innan klockan slår” and one with with Niclas Wahlgren “En kväll i augusti”.

And then I have also done the album “Charlotte & Dea” with my friend Charlotte Berg. I think it was 1998, … time flies.

RXB: With which bands have you toured?

Dea: I toured with many Swedish artist around Sweden but also abroad, to name some: 
Lena Philipsson, Orup, Patrik Isaksson, E-type, Dilba, Thomas Di Leva, Uno Svenningsson, Jill Johnsson, Andreas Johnsson, ABBA the original orchestra,  Dr Alban, Charlotte Perrelli, Jessica Folcker, Sarah Dawn Finer, Charlotte Berg, Carola, Markoolio.

Here and there I also worked with Robyn, Helen Sjöholm, Peter Jöback, Lisa Nilsson, Lutrichia Mc Neal.

And last but not least, I had the honour to do back ups when international artists came to do promo in Sweden, for example for Howard Jones, Phil Collins and Craig David.

RXB: I also read something about a show in Las Vegas, could you tell us more about it?

Dea: In 2008 I joined Cirque Du Soleil as a singer for the arena tour “Delirium”. And since 2009 I’ve been part of their steady show in las Vegas “Viva Elvis” where I also had the honour to record “Love me tender” with  Elvis Presley’s real voice, a duet released by SONY.

RXB: And what about your favourite artists, artists who inspire you? What styles do you like?

Dea: I grew up with soul like Marvin Gaye , Stevie Wonder , Prince and also Michael Jackson. Now I listen a lot to Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Bon Iver, Other Lives, Kings of Leon, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead and so many more…

I listen to music from when I wake up in the morning until I go to bed at night!

RXB: What do you like to do besides singing and music?

Dea: I love nature and adventures like hiking, climbing, riding, camping. I also love to draw cartoons and old houses and old furniture. I think they have got soul, I enjoy going to antique markets and thrift stores. And I love cats and dogs and flowers and healthy food and movies and coffee 🙂

RXB: Let’s move on to the Roxette Tour 2012, how did you get the job for the Roxette Tour 2012?

Dea: I got a call and after that me and Per had some conversations via e-mail.

RXB: You have worked with many Swedish artists, have you worked with Per or Marie before?

Dea: No I have not.. looking forward to it! They seem really nice!

RXB: What do you expect from this tour? And what can we expect from you?

Dea: I expect to meet a big audience that loves Roxette and I will give all I have to them… And when we give.. we recieve back!

I’m also looking forward to travel with this group of people, as I worked and toured with some guys from the crew before. And it will be great to be able to see more of this world is exciting!

RXB: Have you seen the videos that Per uploads to Facebook? As you can see, lots of crazy stuff going on backstage and front-row…

Dea: I’ve seen some ! The audience is amazing!

RXB: When will you start rehearsing with the band?

Dea: We will probably meet in January – then I’m hopefully ready for the stage in February.

RXB: Is there any Roxette song you really look forward to sing to?

Dea: I’m happy to rehearse this material, I feel the songs fit my voice range and I’m happy to listen to Helena Josefsson’s take on the harmonies. She is great! I’m looking forward to sing “It must have been love”!

Wish me luck and see you out there!

Of course, we wish Dea all the best for the tour start and 2012. We in Europe will have to wait a little bit so it’s your turn in Australia, Asia and South America to make her feel at home and welcome! 🙂

Jonas Isacsson responds to Roxette fans

Since Roxette’s longterm guitar player Jonas Isacsson didn’t participate on the latest album “Charm School” and the current World Tour, many fans wondered why they stopped to work together and wished him to reappear on new projects like the “Tourism 2” (working title) album. Jonas now responded to fans on Facebook in sort of an open letter:

Dear friends!
I’m honored and happy that you enjoy my
guitarplaying so much.
But let Roxette do their new stuff as they want.
It took some time for me to get rid of the ghost and
… grasp that I don’t work with them anymore.
I was sad but now I’m getting over it.
The old records are still there for all to hear and I’m
proud of my work. But that was then!
This is now and Rox are doing fine without me.
And I’m doing fine without them.
Let us carry on just like that.

Take care!
Jonas Isacsson

His last appearance with Roxette was the “Night Of The Proms” tour 2009 and the performance for Princess Victoria’s wedding in June 2010.

Good luck with your new projects, Jonas!

Thanks to Roland for the Info!

Update: Roxette comment this article via Facebook:

We all love Jonas dearly + are sure we’ll work together again.

Helena Josefsson on tour with Dolly project

You may remember Helena participated in a documentary film called “Jag är min egen Dolly Parton”. Now she and the other women who participated in the film are on the road as “Dollykollot”.

The first concert took place yesterday in Malmö during the Malmöfestivalen. You can find an interview with Helena and Lotta Wanglén here.

The other concerts are on August 26th in Berns, Stockholm, and August 27th in Stora Teatern, Göteborg.

Helena mentions in her Facebook page that one of the concerts will be recorded by Swedish Television and broadcasted later this year.

“The best band our fans have ever seen” has a word!

We proudly present the Brazilian questionnaires that did with all the band members during their stay in South America. All them responded promptly and personally commented their answers during the flights and hotels. A big hand to Dany Etchart who sent us this interview!


ROXETTE BRASIL: It is your first time in Brazil. What are your expectations?

Well I would admit since I don’t know much about Brazil, only from school, my expectations are very normal, warm climate, friendly people, different culture, etc. But already after two days I blow away by the friendliness, hospitality and warmth we’ve encountering. I love it here – already. And the audience reaction – wow…!!!

RXBRA: What are your biggest musical influences?

60’s and 70’s rock and pop music like The Beatles, The Who, Rolling Stones, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, etc etc. I seem to be especially close to music made between 1967 and 1973 for some reason, almost everything from that period seems to hit a chord with me. But I listen to lots of different music, classical music, I love opera, etc etc. There’s sooo much great music to discover.

RXBRA: How does it feel to be part of the Roxette world today?

Oh, it’s an honor, a privilege, an adventure, an education, and on a personal level it’s about doing fantastic things with your friends… it’s unbelievable really, what can I say?

RXBRA: How did you meet Per? (Was because of Brainpool) And Marie?

Yes, my band Brainpool was the first band Per signed to his Jimmy Fun label in 1994. And three months later we’re supporting Roxette on their “Crash! Boom Bang! Tour”. That’s how I met Per and Marie and on that tour I also became great friends with Clarence. Then Brainpool was asked to play on a couple of tracks on “World according to Gessle” and after that just stayed, I guess!

RXBRA: Soooo Christoffffffeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerr, say something for Roxette Brasil website readers!

THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING SO INCREDIBLE NICE, WELCOMING AND FRIENDLY TO US!!!!! I badly want to comeback to Brazil now, I love it so much here already! Thank you all!!!!

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