NOTP Countdown: Interview and impressions

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.

Thanks Project_Z for the news tips! Sources: Jan’s blog | nieuwsblad.be (both in Dutch)

Roxette in Belgian newspaper before the PromsEdit: 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!

Scan from the newspaper.

NOTP Countdown: Media is picking up!

jan-per-marieSwedish 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!

NOTP Countdown: Lightshow and Rehearsals

View from the stage at Night of the PromsThe 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

Interviews with heads behind the Proms orchestra

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.

Roxette with Robert Groslot in May 2009
Roxette with Robert Groslot in May 2009
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…

Cirkus concert on P4

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

Roxette on the radio – Portugal 1999.

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!

Download

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

Gessle: Madonna is fantastic

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.

Source: GP.se

Thanks to linki @ R2R for AC/DC picture.

Marie likes U2. So does Per.

Åsa, Lars Nording & Per.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!).

Thanks to crashroxer & sarahdenrara @ R2R.

The 50 greatest Scandinavian summer songs – the list.

Here is the final list of the 50 greatest Scandinavian summer songs according to Per Gessle and Swedish music journalist Sven Lindström which they played on Sirius’ Nordic rox on June 12.

Top 50 songs:

Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry
Worry Sick – Edith Backlund
Hurtful – Erik Hassle
God morgon Columbus – Pontus & Amerikanerna
Sunny Girl – Hep Stars
Cup noodle song – Pineforest Crunch
Runnin’ out of gaz – Pauline Kamusewu
Words Enough To Tell You – The Mascots
The Sun – Melpo Mene
Electric – Melody Club
Dream my days away – Broder Daniel
Honey Honey – ABBA
Ser bara moln – Alf
En gång i vårt sommarland – Gunnar Wiklund
Do You Love Me – Amanda Jenssen
Don’t Call The Police – Moneybrother
Dream On – Atomic Swing
Do You Know – The Lollipops
Sommaren rasar – Bob Hund
Tjörn – Björn Olsson
Over ‘Fore It Started – Caesars Palace
You Can’t Hurry Love – The Concretes
We Got To Be Good To Each Other – Ray Wonder
Watercolours In The Rain – Roxette
Måndagsbarn – Veronica Maggio

Hit – Wannadies
Dimma – Dag Vag
Got To Go – Damn!
Different Sound (Feat. Malte) – Teddybears
Holidays – Brainpool
Nothing to Worry About – Peter Bjorn And John
The Girl and the Robot – Junior Röyksopp
Spiderweb suit – Sandy Mouche
Holiday for girls – Lisa Lindebergh
En ny tid är här – November
No One Sleeps When I’m Awake – The Sounds
Hunting high and low – a-ha
Bo Bo Boogie Pack – Annabee-Nox
One Way Love – Agnetha Fältskog
Segla på ett moln – Anne-Lie Ryde’
Lizard – The Mopeds
I can buy you – A Camp
C’mon – Per Gessle
Heartbeats – José Gonzalez
Don’t Hate On Me – Vincent
Pizza – Adiam Dymott
Stadsvandringar – Dungen
Every raindrop means a lot – Tages
Sail with me, come on and try – I love… – Pugh Rogefeldt
Solglasögon – Docent Död

Sommartider – Gyllene Tider

Cigarettes – Anita Lindblom

Sommartider was not Per’s selection, but Sirius’.

Thanks to the_tevensso from the official Son of a Plumber board.

The 50 greatest Scandinavian summer songs according to Gessle

Roxette’s Per Gessle and Swedish music journalist Sven Lindström celebrate the summer season with a countdown of the 50 greatest Scandinavian summer songs of all time on The Spectrum’s Nordic Rox, SIRIUS XM’s Scandinavian music show. Listeners heard songs by Peter Bjorn and John, Eagle-Eye Cherry, ABBA, Roxette and more.

The Spectrum, SIRIUS channel 18, XM channel 45:
Sunday, July 12 at 8:00 pm ET
Wednesday, July 15 at 11:00 pm ET

Has someone recorded this show or at least got the final list?

Source: TDR, Gessle.com, Sirius XM

Party crasher tour’s releases

We got the final tracklists of forthcoming releases from “Party crasher tour”:

I. Gessle over Europe – CD

1. Dressed for success (Cologne)
2. Drowning in wonderful thoughts about her (Cologne)
3. Stupid (London)
4. Wish I could fly (London)
5. She doesn’t live here anymore (Copenhagen)
6. 7Twenty7 (Amsterdam)
7. I have a party in my head (Amsterdam)
8. Late, later on (Amsterdam)
9. Listen to your heart (Cologne)
10. Do you wanna be my baby? (Copenhagen)
11. Opportunity nox (London)
12. Doesn’t make sense (Cologne)
13. Joyride (Stockholm 2)
14. C’mon (Warsaw)
15. Are you an old hippie, sir? (Warsaw)
16. It must have been love (Cologne)
17. The Look (Halmstad)
18. Hey mr DJ (Amsterdam)
19. (I’m not your) Steppin’ stone (Munich)
20. Sleeping in my car (Amsterdam)
21. Queen of rain (Cologne)

There will be three tracks less than on LP – “The Party Pleaser” & “Dangerous” (Stockholm 1) and “Church of your heart” (Stockolm 2).

II. Live at Cirkus, Stockholm May 9, 2009 – bonus-DVD

1. Dressed for success
2. Drowning in wonderful thoughts about her
3. Stupid
4. The Party Pleaser
5. Wish I could fly
6. She doesn’t live here anymore
7. 7Twenty7
8. I have a party in my head (I hope it never ends)
9. Late, later on
10. Listen to your heart
11. Do you wanna be my baby?
12. Opportunity nox
13. Doesn’t make sense
14. Church of your heart
15. Dangerous
16. Joyride
17. C’mon
18. Are you an old hippie, sir?
19. The Look
20. It must have been love
21. Hey mr DJ (won’t you play another love song)
22. (I’m not your) Steppin’ stone
23. Sleeping in my car
24. Queen of rain

III. 100 x tribal homevideos from the tour filmed by Mr Gessle and his posse

IV. Video clips:
· Silly really
· Jo-Anna says
· C’mon
· Do you wanna be my baby (director’s cut)
· Kix (director’s cut)
· I want you to know
· Hey mr DJ (won’t you play another love song)
· Shopping with mother
· Kix (Lovely Pair mix)
· Kix-cha-cha (director’s cut)

V. Party Crasher EPK – interview by Sven Lindström

VI. Son Of A Plumber Documentary

Source: Gessle.com