The Daily Roxette interviewed Per Gessle in Arnhem in the Netherlands. Read about Roxette’s new album and Per’s future plans here.
The very first look at “Gessle over Europe” DVD menu:
The most interesting things I’ve noticed while the watching:
– the interview parts with Per & fans pop up many times through the Cirkus concert – after “Dressed for success” [Why did Per decide to go on the club tour?], “The Party Pleaser” [Rosina & Dany spotted; Per tells more about how he appreciates the fans – especially those from South America], “She doesn’t live here anymore” [Interview with Ezequiel in Swedish; Per’s story from Warsaw gig about some people from Siberia who came for the concert], “Late, later on” [The idea of this tour], “Do you wanna be my baby?” [Roxette/Gessle music as the soundtrack of our lives; Dany wants her husband to forgive her! :D], “Doesn’t make sense” [The future?], “Joyride” [The little concerts suit Per the best], “Are you an old hippie, sir?” [About “The look”], “It must have been love” [The tour experiances], “Queen of rain” [Per tells more about the band members; fans from Spain, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico after the Cirkus concert]
– though there is a 12 years-old parental adivsory – both videos for “Kix” and “Do you wanna be my babe?” are censored
– some unseen footage from the tour was added to the 100x tribal homevideos
I know it’s difficult to think about our idols’ solo careers at the moment when so many things are happening in the rox-world, but I have to remind you that tonight on P4 Live Per Gessle’s Cirkus concert from May 2009 will be broadcasted as well as the new (hopefully) interview with the Man.
According to P4 website, the radio station has recorded both concerts on May 9th and 10th.
Don’t know what is happening, but P4 does not broadcast the concert.
Edit 2: From Gessle.com: Something has gone wrong, P4 is not airing Per’s concert, but a Ted Gärdestad tribute.
Edit 3: The concert will be broadcasted on November 14. P4 apologized for this problem.
Aftonbladet published a quite interesting interview with Per Gessle regarding “Night of the Proms” as well as “Gessle over Europe” release today.
I do not have really time to translate the whole article, but there are few informations worth knowing:
– Per has written many songs this summer and Roxette are going to try to record some tracks while their stay in Antwerp (almost 3 weeks in one town!). They have something called “Pro Tool” which allows to record music outside the studio with the same high quality.
– Marie on “Night of the Proms”: “I want to do this”
– 600,000 tickets for “Night of the Proms” 2009 are sold
– Marie & Per were more suprised with the check for “Night of the Proms” in 2002 than they were for 2009, but it doesn’t really mean they got less this time
– Per’s first thought about problems with German release of “Gessle over Europe” was: “Oh, finally I have become a little bit dangerous”
Edit: There’s also a new Expressen article with the same topic. (in Swedish). They also mention that Per has taken 16 songs with him to Belgium and Netherlands and that they have rented an extra room in the hotel where they have set up a studio. “We just have time enough between the shows”, tells Per. “I want to test some pre-recordings and see how it works.” Per also tells that if there should be some more of Roxette, it should be new stuff. This sounds very promising! 🙂
After the full rehearsals yesterday, NOTP producer Jan Vereecke looks very impressed by Marie’s big metamorphosis on stage. He writes on his blog:
I think I’m perhaps most impressed by the rapid metamorphosis of Marie from Roxette: at the first rehearsal a little withheld, but now very strong, certainly the vocals – that bodes well for tomorrow.
I also believe we have no idea of what an emotion the Swedish guests will express when Per and Marie stand on stage. No doubt welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd… There will be many wiping tears away tomorrow …
(half-automatic translation by Google and me 😉 )
Then there’s an interview with Per and Marie in Belgian paper “Nieuwsblad”. We’re hoping for a proper translation or summary of that. Just a teaser: Album. Recordings in hotelroom. Please leave your comment! 😀
Also an interview on Belgian radio JoeFM this morning.
Edit: R2R user spyboo provides us a short summary of some interesting parts.
Roxette have a full recording studio in their hotelroom, so they can jam and work on a new album. Marie has kept singing during her illness, as it keeps her strong. After the small concerts she gave last year, she felt the need to come back with Roxette.
Per has a lot of respect for Toots Thielemans (87 year old Belgian musician, who’s also playing at the Proms). Next to the shows and recording, they are just going to enjoy the time. Per thinks about buying some diamonds and going to the zoo with his son, as they have a new baby elephant here.
Edit 2: Check out the full translation by Project_Z in the comments!
Edit 3: The scan of this article was sent to us by Wim Van Beeck. Thanks!
Swedish newspaper Expressen has a somewhat bigger article about Roxette’s stage comeback today. Including interview bits with Clarence! Read here (in Swedish)
And if possible, don’t miss the report about Rox at the Proms of Belgian TV channel EEN tonight: “Is Roxette ready for NOTP?” Seems to be an interview and footage from the rehearsals yesterday.
Edit: You can watch the report online (in English)
Update, December 30: The video was redirected to Youtube. Thanks Project_Z!
The Dutch NOTP Fanpage runs a series of articles and interviews up to the tour start next Friday. Yesterday they had an interview with Geert Vanhout, the man behind the lightshow. Some interesting excerpts:
Geert: ‘This year will be very special. The LED lights with a low resolution are used for a special light effect during the whole show; there will be less video images compared to last year but there will be more lights. On the stage itself, there will be separate light elements. Besides the artists and the orchestra, we also have to light up the dancers and the extras. All of this needs a lot of material and also a decent programming.’
Geert: ‘From Monday on the rehearsals start in the arena with the dancers, Tuesdays the extras start. On Wednesday the first rough show is done: everyone, also the artists get an explanation of what will happen; it’s a disaster for a musician or an artist not to know some fireworks will explode behind their backs! On Thursday and Friday general rehearsals are planned and Friday evening the first show.’
So fantastic, but the artists only see the design and the result of the light show from next week on. Doesn’t that create any problems?
Geert:’No, that’s not a problem. We discuss in advance with the artists, like recently with Sharon [den Adel]. But the artists know that they work with a professional organization that they can trust; the artists also know that they are part of NOTP and that the show is not build around them.
Read the whole interviews here: notpfan.eu
The NOTP fanpage features interviews with the conductor and the arranger of Night of the Proms. The interviews from this summer reveal some bits about their work with Roxette so far.
Robert Groslot, conductor, on Marie:
Did you meet Roxette before? Were there any rehearsals yet?
No, there were some preparations; When I’ve met Marie in May she was still fragile. I hope she’s much better now; it looks important to me that she’s protected and not has too many contacts.
Franck van der Heijden, arranger, on the orchestra arrangements:
For example, how long do you work at a number for Roxette for the fall editions? However, they are coming with their own band.
Well, Roxette exists from control freaks who like to work with their own arranger. From 2002 there are some things ready for them.
About Roxette we’ve already talked about, since the arrangements of 2002 still exists.
I’m going to rewrite the arrangement because I’m no longer happy with what their arrangers made of it then.
Read the whole interviews here: NOTP Fanpage
Editor’s note: It looks like the arranger interview (from July) was done before he got the new arrangements Per talked about at twitter…
Don’t miss this great interview! You’ll find it here. Per talks about NOTP, Roxette’s future and dreams, and much more. You might even find answers to your questions.
Swedish radio P4 will broadcast Per Gessle’s Cirkus gig on October 24. It is still unknown from which day it will come, but as for now we were informed it would not be the whole concert. Before the broadcasting, the interview will be aired. It is connected with a release date of “Gessle over Europe” which is set to be out in Sweden on October 21.
Source: Gessle.com, TDR
It’s 10 years now that Roxette were in Portugal, both to promote “Have A Nice Day” and film the video for “Anyone”. On April 11, they performed on the “Globos de Ouro” gala (kind of the Portuguese domestic version of the “Golden Globes” awards), broadcast live on TV; on the 12, they did a press conference in Lisbon, plus also a radio interview for RFM (one of, if not the biggest national radio station here); and from 13-15, they made the video for “Anyone”.
Some days later, RFM had a Roxette special day (can’t quite recall it, whether it was the following Thursday that week, or Thursday the following week… it was on a Thursday for sure, though) during which they aired excerpts of the interview with Per and Marie.
Also some time later, sometime around May following the release of the single “Anyone”, Rádio Placard (by then one of the most popular regional radio stations from Porto, Portugal’s second city) aired excerpts of the press conference by Roxette in Lisbon.
Certainly this ain’t no new stuff, but anyways, as I just had a chance to transfer these few radio bits from my old cassette to the computer, so I thought I’d share it. I mean, quality ain’t even thaaat good (the radio on which I made these recordings then wasn’t either), but still. Enjoy!
Contents as follows:
Excerpts of the RFM interview on 12.04.1999 aired a few days later during Roxette special day.
Excerpts of the press conference in Lisbon on 12.04.1999 aired later in May by Rádio Placard during 3 days on their night program “Love Songs”.
Advertisement of “Have A Nice Day” made for RFM (aired on 13.04.1999).
ID made for the programme “Top Capital” on Rádio Capital (aired some Saturday in April 1999).
ID made for the programme “World Chart Show” which by then was broadcast in Portugal by RFM (aired somewhere in 1999).
Written by: sweepi @ R2R
Per Gessle with his wife Åsa showed up on Madonna’s Sunday show on Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg on August 9. It was Gessle’s third Ullevi concert this summer.
– Madonna is fantastic. I expect a great show and a production that will look like very expensive, said Per just before her concert.
But he is not really very inspired by her music, though he likes some of her old hits.
– I saw both AC/DC and U2 this summer. They’ve inspired me a lot. Especially early AC/DC.
On his Twitter site, after the gig, Per wrote that Madonna last night was not really for him and he was really disappointed.
Thanks to linki @ R2R for AC/DC picture.
Marie Fredriksson was on U2 360° Tour concert in Gothenburg on August 1. Expressen published a little interview with her where she admitted that she liked U2 very much. On the other hand, Per Gessle posted on his Twitter, that U2 was great but not fantastic. I’ve seen them so much better many times before. Hilarious stage set though. Loved it.
If you want to download this interview, click here (thanks sweepi!).