RoxetteBlog turns 5!

Yes, I cannot believe it myself. In a way, it feels like yesterday. On the other hand, it feels more like 25. OK, maybe not 25 but 10?

A lot has happened since that April 2009 when we were in the middle of a Per tour across Europe and the rumours of Roxette (!!) joining NOTP started to show up. The idea was to write about that tour and anything around Roxette, make a kind of archive of all news, probably back then we thought it would be more of the ‘around Roxette’ than Roxette itself, but I think somewhere in our hearts we believed that there would be lots of Roxette to write about. And it turned out to be more than that, we just finished reporting about Marie touring solo across Sweden! And right after the end of the tour we are again reporting about a new Roxette tour… as many say, a neverending tour, or it all begins where it ends.

Surely, we didn’t expect to have so many things to write about and that this project would take up so much time and that it would be so much fun. And I will not lie, there have been some downs as well, times of ‘let’s close it down’ – but then something always happens, a few nice words or some other tiny detail that turn it all it around and brings us back to the reason and magic of why we are doing this.

So thank you everyone reading, following us on FB, sending (nice) feedback, supporting us in a way or another. And, of course, to the great team!

To the next [whatever period of time you wish us to stick around]! (where is Per’s champagne when we need it?)

Ah! And don’t miss out our RXB5 birthday contest!

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L to R: Judith, Kirsten, Patrícia, Tomasz at one of Marie’s concerts. Sascha is missing. Target for 2014/2015: a picture of all 5 together.

Some facts and figures:

Articles written since we started: 1.735, busiest month: March 2012 with 64 articles (!)
Over 3 million views, highest again March 2012
Most written about category: Roxette, followed by tour.

Competition: win an “early entry” pass for the concert in Barcelona

In cooperation with Roxette’s Management and Live Nation we are happy and proud to offer you the chance to enter the Palau Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona on November 19th, 2011 before everyone else does. This means that you and a couple of other lucky winners will be able to enter the venue some minutes before the doors are open to the general public.  Regular entry will begin soon afterwards.

As usual, to participate in this competition simply write an email to judith @ roxetteblog . com including the following information:

– your name
– your nickname on Roxetteblog
– cell phone number

and answer to these questions:

– The neverending Roxette tour goes on next year, name one of the countries Roxette has planned to visit in February-March.

The winners will be chosen randomly amongst all participants who answered the question correctly.

The contest will run until Tuesday 15th of November 18:00 CET.

Good luck!

Don’t forget to read the small letter below.


Contest terms and conditions:
– you can only participate once
– we will randomly pick the winners among all valid emails (valid means: with name, nickname, cell phone number and correct answer).
– the winners will be notified latest on 17th of November and will be required to reply to the email confirming their attendance to the concert.
– further instructions where/when to meet will be sent per email or SMS probably on the day of the concert. If you are not at the meeting point at the agreed time, the prize will be given to somebody else!
– the winners will have to have a valid ticket for the concert and are responsible for their transport to and from the venue and any costs that might arise.
– the prize is for one person only, so the winners won’t be able to take their friend(s) with them.
– Roxetteblog will not enter into any correspondence regarding the result of the contest.
– in the event the priority entry is cancelled for any unforeseen reason, no other prize will be offered as replacement.
– of course, all submitted data will only be used for the purpose of the contest, to contact you for confirmation and instructions, and won’t be given to third parties
– last but not least, be ready to have fun!!

Win a Meet and Greet with Roxette in Berlin!

Update June 11th: Thank you all for participating! The winners have been contacted per sms 🙂 Contest is therefore closed.

In cooperation with D&D and Live Nation we are proud to offer you the chance to meet Per and Marie before the concert in Berlin on Saturday 11th of June, 2011.

To participate in the contest simply write an email to judith @ roxetteblog . com including the following information:

– your name
– your nickname on Roxetteblog
– your cell phone number (for us to be able to contact the winners)

The meet and greet will take place somewhen between 19:00 and the time Roxette steps on the stage at the venue place, Zitadelle.

Good luck!

Don’t forget to read the small letter 🙂

Contest terms and conditions:
– you can only participate once
– we will randomly pick the winners among all valid emails (valid means: with name, nickname and cell phone number)
– due to the tight schedule, the winners will be notified per SMS on Saturday 11th morning. As a winner, you will be required to reply to the SMS confirming your attendance to the meet & greet
– further instructions where/when to meet will be also sent per SMS. If you are not at the meeting point at the agreed time, the prize will be given to somebody else!
– the winners will have to have a valid ticket for the concert and are responsible for their transport to and from the venue and any costs that might arise
– the meet & greet will be right before the concert and for about 10 minutes, shared with winners from a German radio station (in total 10 people).
– the prize is for one person only, so the winners won’t be able to take their friend(s) with them to the meet & greet
– Roxetteblog will not enter into any correspondence regarding the result of the contest
– in the event the meet & greet is cancelled, no other date or other prize will be offered as replacement
– of course, all submitted data will only be used for the purpose of the contest, to contact you for confirmation and instructions, and won’t be given to third parties
– last but not least, you can bring one item to have it signed by Marie and Per

Roxette goes South Africa and we have 5 copies of the ZA Greatest Hits to give away

EMI South Africa was very kind and sent us 5 copies of “A collection of Roxette Hits – Their 20 Greatest Songs & Videos” *Exclusive South African Tour Edition CD & DVD* to give away among our readers.

If you want to participate in the contest simply write a comment at the bottom of this article and you are in for the random drawing!

Some info about this edition:
Bar code: 6 009509 339912
Made in RSA
CDEMCJD (WE) 6621 / 5099 9 027457 2 5

If you want to read more about this edition, check this article.

Roxette is going to give 7 concerts in South Africa the following days, starting tomorrow in Cape Town. Additional concerts have been added to the initially planned since the sales were so enourmous, actually, the concerts are almost sold out.

Here are all the dates – have fun!

08.5 Grand Arena, Cape Town, South Africa
10.5 Grand Arena, Cape Town, South Africa
11.5 Grand Arena, Cape Town, South Africa

13.5 The Superbowl, Sun City, South Africa
14.5 The Superbowl, Sun City, South Africa
15.5 The Superbowl, Sun City, South Africa
17.5 The Superbowl, Sun City, South Africa

If you still haven’t got your tickets, you can try here Computicket.com

And don’t forget to visit Roxette South Africa website and Facebook page.

PS: Unfortunately, the cases of the 2CD got a bit damaged on the way from South Africa to RXB Headquarters.. just that you know. They are all still sealed.

And here is the small letter, contest conditions
– In order to participate, you only have to write a comment in this article which consists in more than 3 words ;). We will consider all comments written until the 15th of May, 2011, 23:59 CET time.
– 5 winners will be picked up randomly among those who have written a comment with more than 3 words.
– As it is usual, you can only participate once, any attempt to participate twice will lead to your disqualification.
– Prizes won’t be paid out in cash. Prizes will be sent by standard mail only once (so basically, if the envelope gets lost.. we won’t be able to send a replacement).
– Winners will be announced on this website on 20th of May 2011. You will also be notified per email and you’ll be required to answer to the notification email.

And the winners of a copy of “She’s got nothing on” promo single are…

The 10 lucky winners of our contest where you could win a copy of “She’s Got Nothing On” promo single have been randomly picked among all participants who sent us the correct answers.

Here they are!

Ognian Dimitrov
Peter Silaj
Christopher Jankunas
Zoltan Soós
Daniel Eni
Carolin Hartwig
Valeria Zvarova
Mark Kusters
Birgit Süßkraut
Daniel Alvedahl

Thanks for participating and for passing by, we really appreciate your support and input!

PS: The singles will be sent latest next week (as well as the guitar picks we gave away in January. Sorry, no time, my fault!).

Meet & greet in Halmstad on August 14th

So yes, it did happened. The Daily Roxette with RoxetteBlog.com organized a little meet and greet with Roxette just after Roxette’s concert in Halmstad on August 14th. If you were at Leif’s Lounge on August 13th, you had a chance to win this unforgettable occasion to meet Marie and Per and see a little bif of the backstage.

Here’s the little clip from the meeting.

It’s not perfect, I know, but well, I hope at least that you enjoyed it.

Fans Gather at Leifs & Make The Front Page of Hallandsposten

On Friday evening about 90 fans gathered at Leif’s Lounge to warm up before the concert in Halmstad. What started out as a ‘small gathering’ of fans and an idea of ‘shall we meet for drinks and a chat’ turned into something rather quite special.

One of the highlights of the evening was when Hallandsposten came along to talk to some of the fans and take a fabulous group picture of those of us who attended the meet and greet!

When Hallandsposten arrived around 8pm – 9pm there were around 50 people on the scene but an hour or so later we had around 90 people in Leif’s, most people enjoying food from the Roxette Menu and drinking Leif’s Beer! (Just how cool are those bottles!)

The next morning on the front of Hallandsposten a picture taken outside Leif’s appeared on the front page, which you can see on Hallandsposten (or all the other websites/FB photo galleries which used it as well). Of course, some of us took the chance to take a group picture, like  Kirsten did. We would be happy if those who took a private photo of the fan-group would send it to us to post it here! I know there were some, cannot remember WHO.


We’re hoping we didn’t keep the band and Mrs F awake to long with the late night partying!
I’ll add some more pictures from the evening when I am home tomorrow, and I am sure one of the other Roxetteblog editors will shortly write about the fabulous contest that was held at Leif’s that evening!

A translation of the article is no longer available since we were requested by Hallandsposten to remove it.

Interview with Per Gessle: “We’re talking about recording shows for a DVD-release”

We got hold of Per Gessle during the rehearsals for the coming Roxette performance at Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling’s wedding this Friday and Saturday and asked him about the new Roxette album, the upcoming tour and Per’s online activity. Here is the interview!


RoxetteBlog.com: We would like to start with questions about the recordings. How does the production of a Roxette album compare to an English solo album – apart from Marie’s input? Does it take longer to record and prepare? Do you have a bigger focus on commerciality? Do you get special requests from EMI or do you only show the finished product?

Per Gessle: Every record I’m involved with gets basically the same preparation. I’m sure it has a lot to do with me writing most of the stuff. I’ve always loved top-40 pop and great rock music, so being “commercial” has never been a big issue for me. If a song is good, it tends to be “commercial” in my book. I love a somewhat intelligent lyric, a brilliant melody line, exciting chord-progressions and a fitting production. If you can achieve all of that, you’re most likely to wind up with a “commercial” record.

EMI? I usually (not always) discuss my demos with Kjell Andersson at EMI Sweden. He signed me to EMI back in 1979 (!) and he’s a good sport, he knows when I’m getting lazy… but we always deliver the finished “product” to EMI and get no artistic input from them whatsoever.

RXB: Did the sound change – with new ideas – during the recording sessions this year, compared to the sound you originally planned/recorded during NOTP?

PG: No, not really. When Marie and I decided to make a new Rox-album last year, we inmediatelly went for a “classic” one. We haven’t worked together for many years, so musically the main thing we have in common is the love of the old Roxette-sound… that’s where we came from. Hopefully, I can write some decent songs, Clarence & Chris can provide superb production as always and Miss F. will deliver her beautiful voice. You’ll be the judge if it worked out!

RXB: OK, we will let you know if it worked out, but we are sure of that! Let’s move on to the tour and Roxette live. You are going to play for Princess Victoria and Daniel’s Wedding, how did it happen?

PG: Åsa and me have been friends with them for many years. They’re very nice people.

RXB: The six tour dates for Roxette in 2010 promise to be the first round of something bigger, maybe the “never ending tour”. In the past you said a Roxette tour needs a certain number of dates to be lucrative – which won’t work with a few dates here and then. How do you handle that now?

PG: Nobody knows if it’s possible for Marie to do a two-hour show, so we’ll do something like 70 minutes this summer. It’s all a test.

If you told me 18 months ago that these upcoming shows were gonna happen, I wouldn’t have believed you! It’s unbelievable that Marie is back on track. And she sounds terrific!!! So… if things go well, it might lead to a “proper” tour next year when the new album is released. I, for one, would love that. But it’s really up to Marie to decide.

RXB: Could you tell us about the rehearsals? Have you looked at the list of song suggestions from fans for the summer tour? Could you tell us if you already tried any of the Top-10 songs or if we can expect some of them? (Let’s help Roxette to make their playlist! or Facebook)

PG: Of course, we checked that list out. It’s really exciting!!! Quite surprising choices, I must say. We’re rehearsing right now and have tried a few of them, let’s see what happens down the road…

RXB: Are there finally plans for some live DVD release(s) and to record this summer tour? It’s a pity Roxette shows can only be found on the dead VHS format!

PG: I know, it’s such a shame. We have to work on that! Yeah, we’re talking about recording some upcoming shows for a DVD-release. Maybe something more, private pics, docu-stuff… Time will tell.

RXB: You spoilt us with entertaining videos from NOTP and the studio – of course without showing any song fragments, yet. In what form could we expect to see these making-of videos when the album is out? Deluxe album edition, future DVD release or just on the web…?

PG: I don’t know, I like the idea of communicating regularly with people who are interested in what I do, that’s basically it. There are so much more material lying around that hasn’t been shown yet. Eventually it will be released… One way or another. I’ve toyed with the idea of releasing 500 demos on the net!

RXB: Do you have plans to re-launch www.roxette.se with more content and multimedia (e.g. videos, song streaming, tour agenda/history…) with the tour/ new album? As much as we enjoy your activity on services like Snowfish or Facebook, one would expect Roxette content at the one and only official site…

PG: I guess so, but I like the Snowfish-idea so I’ll stick to that for a while.

RXB: Why do you think we – the fans – are still longing for new Roxette songs after all these years?

PG: I don’t know. Like I said earlier, I’ve been doing this professionally for 31 years. I’m very grateful someone is still interested in my humble work. I’ve been very lucky to run into the talents of lots of people… Marie, Clarence, MP, etc…. It’s been a great trip. A great trip indeed.

RXB: Per, thanks a lot for your time!

PG: My pleasure.

Judith, Kirsten, Tomasz and Sascha @ RoxetteBlog.com

Pictures taken from Snowfish.com

Roxetteblog.com turns one year old

April 2009. All of a sudden, many things were going on in the Roxette world.

Per was on his Party Crasher Tour, rumours that Marie was to join Per in one of his shows, rumours about “Night of the Proms”, information was posted here and there, it was hard to keep up with all informations and then this crazy idea just came to our minds.

A website which would (try to) gather all news and  more and less relevant information about Roxette and anything related.  The idea was to simply collect information from newspapers, forums, Facebook and who knows where else from in one place and make it easier for everybody to keep up with it.

A year has passed by. First thought that comes to my mind, “what? one year already?”. And then I can only think back and smile and feel proud of what we’ve reached so far. To put it in numbers:

334,653 total views
8,620 views on our busiest day (October 24th!)
2,176 comments
ca 1,000 views per day
515 followers on Facebook
500 articles
254 users on the website
217 on Twitter

If I had to pick up a highlight during the past year,  it definitely has to be Roxette’s comeback on May 6th in Amsterdam, also one year ago. And then Night of the Proms. And the interviews with Jonas, Christoffer and Clarence.

Of course, we wouldn’t be here without your daily support and we appreciate your comments, emails, reporting of news, that help this website making better and better. Thanks also to tomos85, Kiwein, Sascha and Abysmo for all your hard work and keeping up with everything which is going on around Per and Marie.

And talking about birthdays, Planet Roxette, the Roxette website in German, turns 10 this year. Congratulations!

Jonas Isacsson: “I would join Night of the Proms again if they asked me”

Kirsten and Judith met Jonas Isacsson in Hamburg for an interview. He just came back from a walk in rainy Hamburg. After short introduction, we went straight to work.

Yesterday we saw that you are also in the front when you played with Alan Parsons, not in the back behind the orchestra.

– Yeah! I have to come down and play with him as well. That’s fine. He’s an old hero of mine, he was assistant producer of Pink Floyd’s “Dark side of the moon” and he worked with The Beatles as well. So I’m honoured to play with him, actually. He’s a cool guy, and very big, I’m not that tall, I look like a dwarfs. He’s nice, but like 2 meters tall!

Alan Parsons is a new act in the show. There are other new things, for example, Sharon von Adel is not there anymore. So John Miles does “Stairway to Heaven” alone.  We miss her! I miss OMD as well. They played somewhere in town yesterday as well. They were supposed to come to the hotel after the show but they didn’t.

Is it exhausting to play during the whole show, it lasts three hours…

– No, it’s actually better than sitting in the dressing room and wait, because the other guys in Roxette and everybody else have to sit and wait for their moment, kind of boring. The only thing that disturbs me when I come in during the break is that the wine is gone! I’m sure it’s Pelle, Clarence and Christoffer!

Yeah!, We can see that on the YouTube videos.

– Yeah, that happens while I am up on stage you know. It’s kinda funny, stupid but funny. We have a good time anyway.

So we’d like to know about your career. How did you start to play guitar?

– Two elder brothers, Thomas and Mikael, were playing in bands. They both played bass, they would fool around with guitars too. I always tried to be better than them (laughs), so that’s how it started. I went to rehearsals with my brothers, saw the bands, and I liked the atmosphere with amplifiers and all that.

How old were you?

– I was five. There were guitars in my house all around. And my great grandfather played organ at the church, so there was always music in the house and started from there.

Do you play other instruments?

– Yes! Bass and drums. I learnt to play drums at the music school, I could play guitar before that, but drums were the first instrument I really had to learn, but it became boring. I can also play keyboards.

Is it true you played with Joey Tempest and John Norum’s as well, back in early 80ies?

– I lived in Upplands Väsby where they come from. John Norum had a band called W.C., Water Closet, with some friends of mine, he was a great guitar player but  he was a kid back in those days, he was very shy and stood with his back to the audience, but everytime I listened to him play guitar, I thought “this guy is great.” So we lived in the same town and grew up with those guys as well. I also worked with Joey’s first solo album.

You said you lived in Upplands Väsby, but where do you come from?

– No, I was born in Umeå. We’re nearly one age. We moved to Dalarna and I moved to Stockholm in 1975.

You also worked with Eva Dahlgren a long time. How did you start to work with her?

– I worked with Eva from her second album “En blekt blondins hjärta”, from 1980 till 1991. Eva’s producer Anders Glenmark and I were on tour with a band, we played in the same show, a bit like this show wi

th various artists, and Eva was backup singer in one band, so we met then and became friends. Then Anders and me started to work together and we formed a band actually, with Eva. Then in 81 we went on tour with Eva, the woman went rocket skyhigh immediately, with such great songs.

How was it working with her? You composed one song with her, “Älska mig”.

– It was great! We also did music for a children’s movie and worked a lot together those days. I miss her sometimes, to play with her. We have still contact, we live very close to each other in SouthernStockholm, we see each other shopping groceries, you know, so I see her a lot. But she has a new band and works with Lars Halapi, they seem to have a good working relationship, so I don’t want to go and mess things. But if she’d ask I’d say yes , of course.

How did you start to work with Roxette?

– Working with Eva lead to other jobs, I got to do a lot of sessions with other big Swedish artists. I was working in studio 4-5 days a week, with different people and different kind of music, including dance bands, lots of stuff. And Clarence, Pelle and I knew each other since 1977, from different bands, Clarence got the offer to produce a solo album with Per, which then became Roxette. Clarence said “I want to have this band,” which was me and Pelle, and Tommy Cassemar. So I worked with them since 1986, except for the 7 years where Marie didn’t play. That was tragic.

Read moreJonas Isacsson: “I would join Night of the Proms again if they asked me”

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.

5 months of Roxetteblog – thanks!

On April 29th we started with Roxetteblog, not really knowing where this would lead us to. Five months later, we get a big smile on our faces when we see:

  • We have written 209 posts, to which you wrote 389 comments
  • We have had about 4,000 unique visitors per month and 102,000 views in these 5 months

We now think it’s time for three things:

  • Thank you all for your support!!!
  • Thank you for your contribution to the site as well: keep the articles and news coming!
  • Ask you for your feedback:  we would like to know what you like and you dislike about this website. What you miss, what we could do to improve it.

You can leave your messages here, or use the contact form or our Twitter account @roxetteblog. Thanks!

And I personally want to thank the team behind Roxetteblog: Tomasz, Kirsten, Sascha and Jiri for their time investigating and writing great articles 🙂