Roxette to play in Finland in August

After two successful concerts in Finland last November, it is very probable it will be also Roxette’s second to last stop on the European soil. According to VK.se article, Roxette was set to perform in Vasa on the 15th of August, but it would be confirmed by the 10th of February as there was some “misunderstanding” issues between concert’s organizers and Roxette management.

Anyway, August seems to be busy with late summer festivals for Roxette team with already confirmed gigs on Faroe Island and Norway.

UPDATE (Feb 10th): Today, the concert in Vasa has been officially confirmed by VK.se.

 

Creative April Fools’ Day joke with Per Gessle

Besides TDR, Hallandsposten was also in a creative joking mood yesterday. Good that I read the article only today, otherwise I would have believed it was true. 😉 They came up with the idea of putting Per Gessle on the welcome sign of Halmstad. “During the last week of July, Per Gessle will be available for a few hours each morning for taking pictures with the Castle in the background.” Haha! They even created a test sign with PG. Lookin’ good, isn’t it? If I were the one who decides on such things at the municipality or the traffic authority, I would definitely go for it! Think about it, you guys there! 🙂 It was a great one, Hallandsposten!

PG_Halmstad_sign_01

 

Is there a Per Gessle solo coming?

You might remember our last year article about Gyllene Tider becoming the sponsor of IS Halmia and you already know Per is a major sponsor of Halmia since many years. When Roxette became active again, the girls had Roxette as their sponsor, then in 2013, when GT released a new album and went on tour, it was Gyllene Tider printed on their official jersey (already 2 months before their new album, “Dags att tänka på refrängen” came out).

The girls are dressed for success again! Maybe it has nothing to do with any upcoming tours or any new albums and we don’t know what that surprise could be on 26th April, but nice to see this year it’s GESSLE [heart] HALMIA on the jerseys. Heja Halmia!

Halmia_jersey

IS Halmia jerseys over the past years. Last photo with GESSLE [heart] HALMIA is by iaisaksson.

PS: IS Halmia should use the link to Per’s official website instead of what they are using now at the Sponsors. Not that there is any news on gessle.com since last year. No complaint though. We love having Mr G on Facebook each day instead. 😉

 

English language Roxette book on the way?

We were informed by several different sources that Sven Lindström, author of Per Gessle’s Swedish language biography released in 2007 called “Att vara Per Gessle” (To be Per Gessle) and co-host of Nordic Rox show on Sirius XM, was seen during Roxette’s Argentinian tour in Neuquen. It seems like this is the news many international fans waited for a very long time – rumour has it that he is currently writting an English language Roxette book.

Let’s keep fingers crossed for this to happen!

Live Nation Australia & New Zealand: more news on the way?

As our Australian reader – Celestte Thistlethwayte informs – Live Nation Australia & New Zealand is posting on the We Want Roxette to tour Australia Facebook page that there is more news on its way. Certainly they will not add more dates as the down under tour’s schedule is very tight. It might be meet & greet opportunity, DVD recording or… well, we’re only guessing 🙂 All should be known on Sunday morning.

Rumours from Slovakia: Gallons of milk, pounds of ginger

As we have May and spring is in the air in this part of the world, it’s nice to read a relaxing piece of information once in a while. Topsky.sk has published a very shocking and unbelivable story recently.

Can you belive that Marie and Per want to choose out of 4 (four!!!) kinds of milk (fat, low-fat etc.), use ginger, have sofas in the changing room and fresh flowers while their stay in Kosice, Slovakia?

Can you expect more than that? 😉

Making of the new video. La-la-la-lies.

If you read an article in today’s Aftonbladet, so forget about it. It was written there that extras for the “She’s got nothing on (but the radio)” video did not receive any money (though they agreed on those conditions) and had no food…

According to Aftonbladet and translated by welchemusic.com – the extras had been promised some food but had to content with nothing but coffee and white bread (nothing but the radio would have been better!). A spokesperson for the production company apologized explaining that “it was a difficult location, but there was heat and no more than 30 people in the room. I would like to call these people and apologize as that we did not intend them to feel this way.”

Here is the director Mats Udd’s words of truth:

Got an email yesterday that Aftonbladet was looking for extras who had felt mistreated during the making of the video. A man named Michael Garderud (he previously found a plastic in food – read more about it in Svenska Dagbladet’s article) was an extra on the Roxette video we did. He even wrote on his blog that it was a good recording. But he changed his mind when he read my interview that “”it was fun to work with a big budget”. He called Aftonbladet and said how he had been mistreated during the filming. It is of course amazingly boring, a making of the video should always be enjoyable and as comfortable as possible, especially if you are there for free. But before you cry out in Aftonbladet, you should know that a high budget to me is not a particularly high budget, I have made budget videos throughout 2010 for no more than 20,000 SEK. That is how it looks like, there is no money in the Swedish music video world – but Michael does not know that. Since Roxette has nothing to do with the recording, so the news’ value is approximately equal to zero.

Bravo to Mats then. The video for the single should be available in any day now.

radiorox contributed to the article.

Rumours: Roxette’s new single title revealed?

Yesterday we got the first hints of the possible new Roxette single title. After investigations by several Roxette fans it looks close to being true by now, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

The Cutting Room Studios, known for several mastering works for Roxette, had a news entry about the single, which some fans found thanks to google.com. The post was removed later for unknown reasons, but some fans managed to save the original text and do some screenshots, to which we now have access to:

Our long time friends at EMI Sweden & Roxette are releasing a new single titled “She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)”. The Roxette duo started in 1986, combining Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson. Roxette has sold 75 million albums all over the world and have had four singles in the number one spot on the Billboardlistan in the US. With songs like “The Look”, “It Must Have Been Love”, & “Listen to Your Heart” och “Joyride” you can expect another great hit from this outstanding pair. Mastering with Björn Engelmann.

Björn Engelmann has mastered for example the Room Service singles.

As mentioned above, everything is based on the news posted by The Cutting Room studios. You might remember it was the same way, using google, that the participation of Roxette in NOTP was found out and revealed days before the official NOTP press release and artist announcement.

Update: The title got confirmed!

First tour dates out: Poland and Lithuania.

Arnaldo Mariano Suarez found the first date of Roxette’s world tour 2011 on the web: March 14 at Siemens Arena in Vilnus, Lithuania. The information comes from the website Delfi. More dates are expected to be published today. Keep your eyes open and posting comments on this article.

December 31, 2010 – Lodz, Poland: open air New Year’s Eve Party
March 14, 2011- Vilnus, Lithuania. Location: Siemens Arena

Latest rumors reveal more *probable* dates:

1 March – Kazan Basket Hall, Russia
3 March – Samara MTL Arena, Russia
5 March – Ekaterinburg Palace of Sports, Russia
7 March – Novosibirsk Siberia Arena, Russia
……10 March – Kiev International Exhibition Center, Ukraine
12 March – Minsk Arena, Belarus
16 March – Riga Arena Riga, Latvia

Get ready for big Roxette news on November 2!

If you haven’t heard it yet – Roxette are teasing us on their official Twitter with the following text:

Looks like there will be some kind of Rox announcement on Nov 2! Stay tuned!

So if you had one wish, what would it be? Roxette recently finished recordings of their brand new studio album… and seem quite open to touring the globe in 2011… The announcements not so hard to guess! Get ready to celebrate!

Sources: Roxette on Twitter | Per Gessle on Facebook

Side note: Germany’s big concert ticket vendor Eventim features Roxette on their “Ticketalarm” section since a couple of days. They should have their sources…

Update: Same at oeticket.com. And there’s a brand new pic at livenation.es!

Did BiljettNu.se finance a Roxette comeback?

When not even Roxette’s own company Live Nation in the beginning of this year dared to believe that a concert of Roxette would sell enough, Biljett Nu went in into this business and financed the show. Our investment in Roxette was an absolutely right decision. See you in Halmstad!

Because of a dispute with Live Nation, there is a risk that you may be refused to enter the concert with these tickets. They argue that these tickets are not valid. We hope that this dispute will be resolved until August 14th.

We would like to also remind you that according to Live Nation and Per Gessle himself, tickets bought on Biljettnu.se after July 9th are not valid. Buy your tickets on www.ticnet.se

Source: BiljettNu.se

Reimbursement of The Race Legends tickets?

We got an interesting message from Andreas Kämpf regarding The Race Legends tickets

I got a phone call from Caroline Jepson from TRL last Thursday. She asked me if I want to change my racetickets to Roxette-tickets or if I want to give the tickets back and cancel my hotelbooking. Since I have new tickets for Halmstad I canceled the whole Anderstorp package. She sent me an e-mail and I replied with my bank account details. Now she will transfer the money I payed back into my German bank-account. I expect the money in the next days and will keep you informed.

Special Gessle song for Victoria & Daniel! More to come!

From June 18:
According to Aftonbladet, Per surprised Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling with a performance of a brandnew song at yesterday’s party. Aftonbladet describes it as a romantic ballad specially written for the couple. But that’s not all, there’s another song to be revealed at the actual wedding party – where Roxette will perform on Saturday! We don’t know yet if any of these songs are to be released by Roxette or who will sing the song on Saturday. Stay tuned! 😀

Thanks abysmo for the newstip!

Update, June 28: As tevensso reports at TDR, “Per says he did not perform a song for the couple on Thursday.”

So either the “special song” story was totally made up or the song was presented without a live performance. Also the rumours about Roxette performing a new song at the wedding party on Saturday were not true.