“This is the perfect book for any toilet in the world”

Jan Gradvall* and Björn Nordström, two authors of “Tusen svenska klassiker” (Thousand Swedish classics) – a new bible for all those who love Sweden and are interested in its music, were interviewed lately by Sven Lindström and Per Gessle on “Nordic Rox” at American Sirius Satellite Radio.

Norstedts, the publishing company, got the rights to publish this interview on its website and now you have a chance to listen to 7-minutes programme. And yes, the news title was taken from Per Gessle’s opinion 🙂

* Yep, he was the guy behind the liner notes in RoxBox as well as the author of forthcoming book on another Swedish band – kent.

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Party crasher: review on AllMusic.com & Canadian release

We were informed that AllMusic.com published quite favourable review of Gessle “Party crasher”. Suprisingly, the album seems to be released in Canada on Sony BMG Music lable. We do not know if it is the same version as it was published in United Kingdom or is it something different.

Thanks to roxtexanet at TDR for information.

Swedish Pop Music CD

Presidency of the Council of the European Union (commonly referred to as presidency of the European Union) is the responsibility for the functioning of the Council of the European Union which is rotated between European Union member states every six months. There is no single president but rather the task is undertaken by an entire national government, hence that state influences the direction of European Union policy during its term.

Source: Wikipedia

You might ask why I pasted this information from Wikipedia. As you are probably aware, on 1 July 2009, Sweden took over the Presidency of the EU and all the most important conferences/meetings with European politicians, scientifists and NGO workers are held in the Kingdom of Sweden at the moment. I had a chance to attend in one of these conferences. This wouldn’t be interesting to publish here at all as long as I wouldn’t have received an interesting CD album called “Swedish Pop Music” in the welcome-package. Afer all what’s the most popular thing that we associate with Sweden? Music, that’s for sure.

And guess who’s there? Per Gessle with “Silly really” among such stars of Sweden’s independent music stage as Lykke Li, Frida Hyvönen, Fever Ray, Kleerup, The Soundtrack of Our Lives or Benny Anderssons Orkester (yes, it’s Benny A. from ABBA). As for me, I wouldn’t expect Gessle’s song to appear on such compilation with these artist – don’t get me wrong, but Per was some kind of too commercial to be on this album. But it did happen! 🙂

There are (or better: were) 20,000 such albums and the production cost around 240,000 SEK. They were going to be distributed among all those people who attend UE conferences in Sweden this half of year. It’s an interesting way to promote Sweden and even better – interesting way to promote Per Gessle all over Europe – stright on the high level of diplomacy! 😉

More: SR.se, Swedish UE Presidency

Let the trade begin..

One of our rare blog posts is coming up now! That’s the good thing when you call it a blog – you’re not forced to publish only news but can leave a note once in a while.

So – the tour has started last week and as we all know Per took along a bunch of guitar picks in every color you can imagine. For me – the special thing about these picks is that you have to catch them when he throws them at the show. Either you’re lucky or you’re not. It’s been like that ever since and for some fans it was a game, others started it as a competition.

I however liked the idea that he sold his Party Crasher-tour picks at Hotel Tylösand. Just to make sure that those who waited to catch a pick for such a long time finally had the chance to get at least one from this tour. As far as I remember the price was around 2 Euro each? Ok – I never would have bought them anyway, for me it’s a game: either I get one on a show or I don’t. But it’s easy for me to keep it that way since I am much more of a Marie Fredriksson fan. So if she started to throw -whatever- I’d be a competitor in a second, too!

Nevertheless, the trade with the NOTP picks already began. The tour started a week ago and Per’s picks can already be bought on eBay. A friend just sent me a mail telling me that somebody offered her NOTP picks for 12 Euro each. I couldn’t believe it and I still don’t. I mean: it’s a guitar pick. Ok, you guys (seller) want to earn some money with it – I get it. But can’t you try with other stuff like CDs or posters or shirts? For me, these picks have a highly intanguable value and it should remain like that. But maybe I am too old-fashioned when it comes to catching guitar picks!

And no – no harm intended for those who buy them for such a price. I just wanted to point out the original idea about Per Gessle throwing guitar picks! At least what it is for me! BTW: If I find my Gyllene Tider-plec from 2004 I’ll give it away to the first person who comments on this thread – can take a while to find it, though.

If you feel like you want to buy a guitar pick, click here.

Amazon.de delays delivery of Gessle Live-LP

A few days ago, Amazon.de sent a mail that the delivery of the Live-LP “Gessle over Europe” is delayed. Actually, the mail says:

We’re still trying to get the article you ordered.

Amazon says that they can’t tell a delivery date at the moment but will send a mail when they get further information. Furthermore the mail says that “we cannot guarantee that the article is still available. Are you still interested in it? If you don’t want to wait any longer you can cancel your order as long as it has not been sent off.

Question is: Will Amazon be able to send the LP? Wait and see..

“Gessle over Europe” DVD – menu

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

“Gessle over Europe” reviews

Signed copy of "Gessle over Europe"Two reviews of “Gessle over Europe” CD+DVD set appeared in the Swedish press – the first one comes from Göteborgsposten and the author, Johan Lindqvist, gives the album 3 out of 5 and says that “Party crasher tour” got only press when Marie Fredriksson came in picture.

Another review was published in Upsala Nya Tidning and GOE got 4/5. Per Gessle was compared by the journalist, Ulf Gustavsson, to the cat with nine lives – his Swedish or English solo career, Gyllene Tider, Roxette or Son of a Plumber. Anyway – the review is really positive.

And tonight, the very first look at the DVD – stay tuned!

Gessle’s concert on the Swedish radio P4 [on November 14]

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.

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Don’t know what is happening, but P4 does not broadcast the concert.

Edit 1: 11-minutes interview with Per Gessle on P4.

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.

NOTP Countdown: “I have written many songs this summer”

Night of the Proms logoAftonbladet 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! 🙂