“Gessle over Poland” Video Bootleg DVD is finally out!

Remember Gessle over Poland audio bootleg we published here last year? Though now it’s the World Tour 2011 time, it’s still nice to watch some clips coming from the memorable European “Party Crasher Tour” by the Man from Roxette.

“Gessle over Poland” video bootleg is the result of nearly 2 years’ work of several people – mostly of Slawek Sztul, the one who has recently recorded Vilnius gig. We tried to do it everything in English, but some materials are in Polish – like radio and press interviews with Per. Anyway – the concert what’s important.

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New interview in British newspaper

British newspaper “Metro” joins the UK “Charm School” promotion and published an interview with Per Gessle yesterday. Nothing new is been told, besides maybe:

What’s the worst gig you’ve done?
I did a gig with the band I was in before Roxette at a festival in northern Sweden. It turned out the act on stage before us was a stripper.

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Musicians for a reduced VAT rate

Per Gessle amongst other important artists as Andrés Calamaro from Argentina, Alejandro Sanz, Carmona Bros of Ketama and Niña Pastori from Spain, Krezip members from the Netherlands, Tiziano Ferro and Jovanotti from Italy, Air members from France, Sir Elton John and Sir Tom Jones from UK have signed a petition asking for a reduced VAT rate on sound recordings in order to put an end to cultural discrimination against music.

Source: Ifpi.org

Thanks to Emilio for this piece of information.

Song-by-song “Charm school” interview with Per Gessle

An in-depth German interview that was published last week is finally available on www.news.de website in English video version with German subtitles.

Part 1 – “Way out”, “No one makes it on her own”, “She’s got nothing on (but the radio)”

Part 2 – “Speak to me”, “I’m glad you called”

Part 3 – “Only when I dream”, “Dream on”

Part 4 – “Big black cadillac”, “In my own way”, “After all”

Part 5 – “Happy on the outside”, “Sitting on top of the world”

And here’s the whole interview in one part:

Roxette to perform 25 songs on the forthcoming tour

Per Gessle has revealed in today’s inteview for Swedish radio station Mix Megapol that Roxette would probably perform 25 songs on the new tour – they rehearsed 5 songs from the new album as well. In the new German interview for Frankfurter Rundschau he also reveals that they will play their biggest hit mostly

That’s simply because I’m a fan myself. If I go to see U2, the Stones or AC/DC, I want to hear their greatest hits. I remember going to a concert of The Police’s Reunion Tour once and they only played three of their hits – and then all this other shit they had been doing. I hated it and left. If David Bowie ever goes on tour again, I’ll want to hear the hits that have meant so much to me. Not the ones he happens to be desperate to play. If I pay – play for me!

Listen to the interview (5 mintues in to the clip)
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Thanks to Daniel and Mr Jefferson for those pieces of information.

Update February 10: Roxette.ro features an English translation of the whole interview. Thanks Mixella!

Per Gessle on SIRIUS XM concert

Yesterday at the Apollo club in Harlem an exclusive concert for SIRIUS XM listeners took place. SIRIUS XM launched a month-long “Paul McCartney’s Band on the Run Radio” channel devoted to the music of Paul McCartney. The concert also celebrated that SIRIUS XM reaching 20 million subscribers.

Per Gessle was one of the guests – he was sitting next to Keith Richard and Ronny Wood.

Great Paul McC-show tonight at the Apollo in Harlem. He started with Magical Mystery Tour. Hard to beat!

Interesting ppl in the seats next to me: Keith and Ron liked it when Macca did Marvin’s Hitchhike…

PER GESSLE ON THE RED CARPET

Per Gessle: “Clarence considers the new album the best since Joyride”

Per Gessle is back in Stockholm from mixing the album in New York and has taken some time to answer some of your questions.

Roxetteblog: Hi Per! We have collected some questions from our readers this time. As you can imagine, many or, ok, most, turn around the new album and the world tour.

Per Gessle: Hello folks, thanks for all these questions, I’ll do my best to answer them.

RXB: So let’s start with the world tour 2011. What was the moment you knew: Now Roxette is back – we can conquer the world again, we will go on a worldwide tour? Was it after a concert this summer? If so, which one? (Chrissie R)

PG: Well, when we moved into Germany with the Night Of The Proms-Tour I could tell that Marie was almost ready. She was focused, she sang well and she finally got back her selfconfidence that means so much when you’re trying to make sense on stage. The last part of that tour was pure joy as well as working with her in the studio this year. And the summer concerts, of course, was a treat. Especially St P was a highlight in my book. And guys and dolls, don’t forget that the feedback Marie got from you during all those concerts is what made it happen for her. And me.

RXB: Your had been touring the world about 15 years ago, the music scene and the world have changed significantly, how does it feel to be on the road today? What are your expectations about this long tour? (honky tonk)

PG: Honky Tonk, hello! You know what, when you’ve been doing this for such a long time (I jumped on this train over 30 years ago) you don’t think that much anymore, you just do your thing. I’m not trying to compete with anybody, I just try to enjoy myself, challenge myself and do the best I can with my writing, recording and performing. I love being on stage much more today than I did in the 90’s, don’t ask me why…. Also, knowing what Marie has gone through it’s really a blessing that this upcoming tour exists at all. And, of course, in the end of the day I’m honoured and grateful that our music still means something to a lot of people around the world. That can never be taken for granted.

RXB: “Back with their greatest hits” – that’s what is written on Roxette tour posters and apparently the tour name. Is there a chance you will play more than just a few of songs from the upcoming album or will it be more like a 25th anniversary tour? You know, we are working on a setlist suggestion again…

PG: Yaheeyaaaa, that’s not the tour name, someone just made that up! Things like that happen all the time!! But of course the show will be based on the obvious hits, that’s what most fans want to hear and you know us, we aim to please!!! However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t play the odd album track or your semi-forgotten, hidden favourite gem. February is the rehearsing month, we’ll decide these issues then. I hope. By the way, let us know your thoughts on the setlist. We’re known to pay attention. Not Pelle, though.

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Ask Per!

So now you have your own chance to ask Per Gessle about forthcoming album and world tour. Just write a question (or drop a line) in the comment section and we – RXB staff – will choose the best ones and will try to get a little more information on these issues from the Man.

Please, don’t ask Per if Roxette is going to visit your country/city, he’s an artist, not a touring agency. Thanks for your patience 🙂

We are waiting for your questions till November 6th… so you have just 24 hours!