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.

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

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!

“Kung av Tylösand” exhibition in Söndrum

Arrival in Halmstad and one day left until the show. Fortunately we read about the “Kung av Tylösand” exhibition in Söndrum’s library and decided to go there. We saw around 30-40 pictures from the past – mostly from Per’s solo tour in 2003 and the Crash!Boom!Bang tour in 1994 – taken by Dan Karlsson.

Fortunately we didn’t have to pay any entrance fee because it wouldn’t have been worth it. The pictures didn’t reveal any new motives, persons, situations – whatever. So after we saw five or six we knew there wouldn’t be anything new to watch and laughed about the fact that they sold the photos for 1200 SEK (more expensive pictures cost 3000 SEK). I could win a contest promising that every long-term-fan has better photos on his/her computer. For those who couldn’t go: you didn’t miss a thing – maybe a good laugh about the high and totally unrealistic prices. If you have any good Gessle photos on your compter you should try to sell them somewhere, you could maybe make a killing..

Here you see some pictures taken at the exhibition by myself.

The Roxette (or Per’s pre show mix tape!) List 2010

I asked Per on Twitter yesterday if we could know the songs that were played before the concert from his pre-mix tape, as there were a few I spotted being British and growing up in a world of 60’s music (mostly Northern my Dad hailing from Liverpool!)… and the list appeared late last night, so hear it is!

KICKS by Paul Revere & The Raiders
SURFIN’ BIRD by The Trashmen
TEENAGE KICKS by The Undertones
* TEACHER TEACHER by Rockpile
HOT LOVE by T. Rex
BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY by Daniel Boone
* WASHINGTON SQUARE by The Village Stompers
JOLENE by The White Stripes
STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE by The Supremes
MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ by The White Plains
SON OF A PREACHER MAN by Dusty Springfield
A GROOVY KIND OF LOVE by Mindbenders
MMM MMM MMM MMM by Crash Test Dummies
THE RAIN, THE PARK & OTHER THINGS by The Cowsills
MY SWEET LORD by George Harrison
BILLION DOLLAR BABIES by Alice Cooper
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER by Al Green
GIVING IT ALL AWAY by Roger Daltrey
BETTE DAVIS EYES by Kim Carnes
GREEN TAMBOURINE by The Lemon Pipers
1-2-3 by LEN BARRY
ECHO BEACH by Martha & The Muffins
TOY SOLDIERS by Martika

* TICKET TO RIDE by The Beatles
TELEGRAM SAM by T. Rex
THE ONE I LOVE by R.E.M.
PLEASE MR POSTMAN by The Marvelettes
JESSIE’S GIRL by Rick Springfield
MO’REEN by The Mascots
TRETTIFYRAN by Nisse Hellberg
SUNDAY MORNIN’ COMIN’ DOWN by Kris Kristofferson
TAINTED LOVE by Gloria Jones
LOLA by The Kinks
HEY JOE, WHERE YOU GONNA GO? By The Leaves
* MUSTANG SALLY by Sir Mack Rice
LITTLE BIT O’SOUL by The Music Explosion
SHOPPING WITH MOTHER by Per Gessle
AFTERGLOW (OF YOUR LOVE) by The Small Faces
SHOPPING by Pet Shop Boys
MARIE PROVOST by Nick Lowe
COTTON JENNY by Gordon Lightfoot
WORDS ENOUGH TO TELL YOU by The Mascots
* YOU WON’T BE HAPPY by Paul Collins’ Beat
MIDNIGHT RIDER by Paul Davidson
SYMPATHY by Rare Bird
TONIGHT, TONIGHT by Smashing Pumpkins
BEHIND THE WALL OF SLEEP by The Smithereens
* MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU by Stardust

As you’ll notice there is a fair few 60’s and 70’s artist’s in there, some classic music pops by fab four from Liverpool The Beatles and then we have The Kinks, Dusty Springfield, The Supremes and the fab George Harrison plus some tracks from the fabulous Swedish group The Mascots which many will be well-known with from the En Händig Man tour pre video warm up! There is of course some modern day artists as well like Smashing Pumpkins, Crash Test Dummies, Pet Shop Boys, Nisse Hellberg and even Per’s Shopping With Mother makes the list!

All in all a great warm up to Roxette appearing on stage, a fantastic collection of songs and certainly one to remember the show by! You can go have most of them now over at Spotify…

*) not on Spotify… so I suggest you head over to faithful iTunes and purchase what you are missing there!

The King of Swedish Pop meets the King of Sweden

The King of Swedish Pop Per Gessle met with the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf just before Prince Carl Philip’s race in the Porsche Carrera Cup in Falkenberg on the hot and balmy afteroon July 10th. “It is a little bit of freezing… Naaah, I’m just kidding. I’ve read that there was 50 degrees in Bangkok and it was probably the same here in Falkenberg,” says Per to Expressen.

It was not long before he and his familly found the shelter from the sun. He chose the same tent where the King of Sweden Carl Gustaf followed Carl Philip’s race on the track. Just before the race began Gessle had time to say thanks for the royal reception at the castle after Victoria and Daniel’s wedding. “I thanked him for lately. The wedding was fantastic,” adds Per in Expressen’s article.

Prince Carl Philip finished the race in the eighth position.

Source: Expressen.se

Per Gessle: “It’s terrible that a fan from Russia or Argentina travels all the way to Sweden and has an invalid ticket”

Biljettnu.se wants to sue Per Gessle for the interview he has given few days ago. Per Gessle answered to Biljettnu.se via Aftonbladet, “all information around the AC/DC gig that I gave to the media, I have received from various sources – including Live Nation”. He apologizes in case the information is incorrect, but is at the same time glad that these things come to the light thanks to media’s interest. “It is terrible that, for instance, a fan from Russia or Argentina saves up money to buy a ticket online, travels all the way to Sweden and cannot be admitted because the ticket is invalid,” he tells Aftonbladet.

Source: Aftonbladet

Ozzy Osbourne: “Who the f*ck is Gessle?”

Ozzy Osbourne, the ex-member of Black Sabbath and one of the world’s most famous heavy metal singers, said that he likes Roxette but at the same time wondering “Who the fuck is Gessle?!”. He will perform at the Globe on September 7th 2010.

If you have any idea from which interview this quote comes from, I will be greatful for any information.

Source: Expressen