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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:
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.
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.
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.
We proudly present the Brazilian questionnaires that RoxetteBrasil.net 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!!!!
Christoffer Lundquist has been guest on various Swedish TV programmes to promote his solo album “Through The Window”. Here are some links!
Nyhetsmorgon TV4 part 2
Christoffer performing Tiny Penelope
About the Sir George Martin award
Thanks Per G for the links
Angel Blue on Press2Play.tv
Christoffer Lundquist received the Sir George Martin Music Award yesterday evening at a gala event at Palladium, Malmö (Sweden). Sir George Martin, whom you’ll know as the producer of The Beatles, joined on stage to congratulate Christoffer personally.
Michael Saxell (who wrote the lyrics in Christoffer’s album) and Helena Josefsson were among those who attended. Helena also performed some songs on stage.
Here is a collection of links about the event and Christoffer.
NSK.se including a video of and interview with Christoffer, who also can be seen performing Tiny Penelope from his album “Through The Window” in his studio.
PSL – SVT – also includes a video of Christoffer in his studio
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reviewed Christoffer Lundquist’s album “Through The Window”, which is to be released on May 4th. The newspaper gave the album 3 pluses out of 5. Unfortunately, the text can only be read by Aftonbladet “plus” members.
FakusZarate YouTube user has made a compilation of some of the most funniest, craziest, interesting videos recorded by Per Gessle during the tour(s) in a remix called “Soo Christofferrr!”.
Summer hit 2011? Check it out! (and have a great laugh).
Interview with Helena: “I expect to get a lot of inspiration, and time for reflections, own thoughts!”
Helena Josefsson‘s second album “Kyss mej” was released in February. Almost at the same time, the documentary film “Jag är min egen Dolly Parton” about Dolly Parton, which featured her and other Swedish female artists, was premiered in the cinemas in Sweden.
We wanted to know more about Helena’s career so we interviewed her while she is in South America on tour with Roxette.
Helena: My family on my mother´s side is very musical, my grandfather (now 93 years old, still playing the violin!) played in orchestras, and my grandmother had a record store!
When I was 2,5 years, my mother let me take dancing classes, and from that day, that is my absolute favourite hobby! At the age of 7, I started singing in a girl´s choir, and started playing the piano. But I was no good student there, liked to make my own little songs better! The choir was an amazing experience, an angelic sound that cannot be made with adult voices- even though I try ;o). But it is so fantastic in a choir, every voice is as important, it is like one big body moving towards the same dynamics and expression…
In high school I had my first experience of playing and singing in a band. And I loved it – expressing myself through music – and the stage quickly gave me some space to be whoever I want to be. In college I chose an education with science and music – we sang in a choir. After the first half, my results in school got worse because I knew music was the main issue for me. I remember having five different bands running, and dancing up to five times a week. I remember getting up really early in the mornings, doing my homework, and on the school bus, since I lived in the countryside. I remember my older sister coming into my room, removing the book from my face as I had fallen asleep with it like that!
I have always been very ambitious, almost too much. Sometimes my stomach really hurt from stress, in this period, trying to be great in school even though my passion got all the time I had.
RXB: And how many instruments do you play?
H: The piano and the triangle
RXB: Hey, don’t forget the tambourine! You have released a couple of solo albums but also some with Sandy Mouche. When did you start to compose your own songs?
H: I think it really started around the age of , maybe, 14?
RXB: Can you tell us more about Sandy Mouche? How did you found the band? Are you still playing together?
H: Yes, we are recording our third album now! We have recorded six songs so far, and when we have fifteen, we will choose the best ones and release it.
My husband Martinique, I and Per Blomgren (drummer ) and his girlfriend went on a vacation together in Georgopouli, Greece in 2001. Martinique had written a song, he showed it to us there on the beach bar, it was “A Year”. We loved it! There on that beach, we decided to found a group together, and feeling the sand and the fact that we all had mouches on our left side of the chin, became “Sandy Mouche”.
Per and I had played a lot together in a band called Plastic Soul, and Martinique and Per´s girlfriend Hanna were in the same class.
RXB: Where do you get the inspiration for your songs? And what was the motivation to release first “Dynamo” and now “Kyss mej”?
H: I noticed, on the second Sandy Mouche album, that some of my ideas would be better for a solo project. As a band you have a big quality in being different persons
that really merge together musically, and that is something I want us to use. But I started trying to do other things that were more “produced”, the song “In The Sand” draws in that direction. Then the band identity can become an obstacle instead.
For example, you don’t want a drum kit in the song, but then the drummer can get bored. And what really gives “Sandy Mouche” our sound in the way that “Neons”, “Fairies and Elves” and “Spiderweb Suit” is something only we four can do together.
On the other hand, being a solo artist opens more possibilities, because I don’t have to compromise with anything.
RXB: You have written songs in English, Swedish, even some French. What language do you feel more comfortable with? Do you think language influences the lyrics? Like for example Swedish more personal, English more “fun”?
I was trying to record “Kyss Mej” with my own south-Swedish accent, but the whole voice changes depending on how you hold your mouth, throat and tongue! And in my case the voice got clearer and lighter in “Stockholm”-accent. The voice is such a funny instrument
RXB: And what about your favourite artists, artists who inspire you? What styles do you like?
H: I love Kate Bush, The Cure, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, The Cardigans, Nick Drake, Nina Simone, Monica Zetterlund, Elis Regina (from Brazil), Astrud Gilberto, The Cranberries and so on…, choir music, birdsong!
But I can get a kick out of hard-rock, like metal, too. The energy in it!
RXB: Even though you worked with Per in his solo projects and went on tour with him a couple of times, you have joined Roxette for the first time now. What is the biggest difference between Gessle’s tour in 2009 – where you performed Roxette songs as well – and this tour? Of course, besides that now Marie is back.
H: The biggest difference must be that we are playing in more parts of the world, and that I am more a backing vocalist now, before I sang more.
RXB: What do you expect of this tour?
H: I expect to get a lot of inspiration, and time for reflections, own thoughts!
RXB: It’s quite a huge tour.. visiting all continents and being around for almost a year. How do you combine it with your family?
H: My husband is amazing!! And the audience pulls me up when I miss my family too much!
RXB: Are there any Rox songs you really like or prefer to play on the tour?
RXB: If I don’t remember wrong, you were studying to become an optician.. is that right? If so, can you tell us about that? It’s quite different to what we know of you so far..
H: Yes, my sister is an optician. The Party Crasher tour was tough because my son was so young, and I was feeding him at night, I got very tired. I thought that maybe I need another job that is easier to plan. But I realized quickly that musician is my right element!
RXB: By reading your lyrics and reading about the “squirrel-action”, I get the impression you are a person who is very connected to nature. Are you vegetarian? What is nature for you?
H: I am selectarian, eat meat sometimes if it is game, but mainly fish! Yes, I love nature, and children too. I hope my music and voice can do good in some way.
RXB: And last but not least, can you tell us a bit more about the Dolly Parton film? Is there more to come?
H: We made a tribute to her, and it was filmed. The photographer decided to follow us for five years, and it became a movie, and yes, a record and concerts will follow!
Helena performing Stars with Roxette in Cordoba, Argentina (April 7th, 2011)
Posted March 11: Malin Ekstrand, whom you have seen singing backing vocals in Roxette’s Summer tour last year, has recorded an EP called “Nära” which is out today on iTunes, Amazon and other digital music stores.
“The music: Open, Warm, Loving, Personal, Happy, Laid Back, Intimate, Elaborated, Playful, Soft, Ingenious.
I am just like anybody with thoughts and ideas, right and wrong. The difference is that I write it down, using music. My life, so far, has been very exciting and I have had many positive surprises.
In addition to my lovely man and my two wonderful children I also enjoy having music as a close friend. Music has always followed me, but in different shapes and genres: pop, rock, funk, soul, jazz, musicals and that mixture of everything that is a genre of its own. All of it has enriched my life and helped me develop. I have been given the opportunity to explore music as a pianist, a solo artist, a choir singer, a teacher, a creator and as a listener. The music in my life changes, as do my goals and myself. My next goal is to always believe in myself.
A good friend said: If a song has come to you it is selfish not to pass it on. These five songs have come to me, you can have them.
Update March 30: Malin’s team now offers an additonal purchase possibility:
For those of you living in parts of the world where iTunes or other download services can’t deliver Malin’s EP “Nära” to you – here is finally a store that we set up especially for you!
“On Air” is the first single out of Christoffer Lundquist’s first solo album “Through The Window” (release date: May 4th) and can be already bought online on a Finnish website Meteli.net (store not known to us..).
If you have Spotify and are in Sweden, check it out here!
Update March 28th: Here are some promo pictures of Christoffer and the album cover in better quality!