World Tour 2011: Tel Aviv, Israel – October 22 #62

Comment from Per Gessle

Thanx for a wonderful Saturday night in Tel Aviv. 12.000 VERY loud voices could be heard singing along. What would we do without you? We had a swell time. See ya next time!!! Cheers, P & Co

Setlist

01. Dressed For Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Wish I Could Fly
05. Only When I Dream
06. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
07. Soul deep (medley with SGNO)
08. Perfect Day
09. Things Will Never Be The Same
10. It Must Have Been Love
11. Opportunity Nox
12. 7twenty7
13. Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)
14. Crash! Boom! Bang!
15. How Do You Do!
16. Dangerous
Band presentation
17. Joyride (introduced with “Hava Nagila”)

18. Watercolours In The Rain
19. Spending My Time
20. The Look

21. Listen To Your Heart
22. Church Of Your Heart

Videos

Articles

Ynet.co.il (sightseeing Jerusalem)
Cozycot.com (Sightseeing Jerusalem #2)

Tal Ashkenazi’s Facebook gallery (Soundcheck + concert)
The Jerusalem Post
Mako.co.il
Mignews.com
Sheraton Facebook page

Misc

The concert was moved from in-door arena (5,000) due to high demand of tickets. According to various sources – there was between 10,000 and 13,600 people on the concert. It was the very first live concert of Roxette in Israel.

Per Gessle for The West Australian: I was a big Nirvana fan

Simon Collins of The West Australian has written a very positive article about Roxette’s current tour and success the band has been experiencing in the last months. Have a look at the full interview and here below you find the most interesting quotes from the Man.

About Marie’s illness and her recovery

“I would compare it to when you have some trouble with your computer, you have to restart the computer from scratch, and that is exactly what she had to do with her life.”

About China concert back in 1995

“It was all students and it was just a fantastic feeling to be part of it, I remember, everyone was just crying afterwards because there were two guys in the audience and they had this banner for the last song, and it said ‘One world, one unity’. I’ll never forget that.”

About grunge wave

“I was a big Nirvana fan, I really loved that band but it sort of destroyed that whole thing that we were part of – Bryan Adams, Roxette, Phil Collins . . . all that kind of stuff. That’s the nature of the game. Trends come and go and, if you’re lucky, you have your years.”

Roxette landed in Tel Aviv

Swedish duo Roxette have arrived to Israel earlier today. Per Gessle flew to Tel-Aviv at three in the morning with a direct flight from Frankfurt, accompanied by family and friends. Marie Fredriksson came with earlier flight. Along with Marie and Per – 30 crew members and 6 tons of equipment came to the Holy Land.

Currently Roxette concert is the most popular event in the country with no 1 on Eventim.co.il charts with several thousand tickets sold so far. No cameras are allowed in the open-air venue on Saturday.

Check some photos from the airport.

World Tour 2011: Oberhausen, Germany – October 19 #61

Comment from Per Gessle

Thanx for a wonderful show in Oberhausen. What a crowd! You knew the lyrics much better than we did! Thanx a million! See ya next time!

Setlist

01. Dressed For Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Wish I Could Fly
05. Only When I Dream
06. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
07. Soul deep (medley with SGNO)
08. Perfect Day
09. Things Will Never Be The Same
10. It Must Have Been Love
11. Opportunity Nox
12. 7twenty7
13. Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)
14. Crash! Boom! Bang!
15. How Do You Do!
16. Dangerous
Band presentation
17. Joyride (introduced with “Hänschen Klein”)

18. Watercolours In The Rain
19. Spending My Time
20. The Look

21. Listen To Your Heart
22. Church Of Your Heart

Articles

The Daily Roxette #1 #2

World Tour 2011: Stuttgart, Germany – October 17 #60

Concert #60!!

Comment from Roxette

Fab gig in Stuttgart. Superb crowd with mighty voices. Thanx everyone for joining the party!!! Tomorrow we’ll do TV somewhere else. Can’t remember where.

Setlist

01. Dressed For Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Wish I Could Fly
05. Only When I Dream
06. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
07. Soul deep (medley with SGNO)
08. Perfect Day
09. Things Will Never Be The Same
10. It Must Have Been Love
11. Opportunity Nox
12. 7twenty7
13. Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)
14. Crash! Boom! Bang!
15. How Do You Do!
16. Dangerous
Band presentation
17. Joyride (introduced with “Auf de Schwäbsche Eisebahne”)

18. Watercolours In The Rain
19. Spending My Time
20. The Look

21. Listen To Your Heart
22. Church Of Your Heart

Videos

Wish I Could Fly, Only When I Dream, She’s Got Nothing On, Joyride part 1 , part 2 , The Look part 1 , part 2 , Listen to Your Heart , Church of Your Heart

Articles and photos

Stuttgarter Nachrichten

Stuttgarter Zeitung

Tagblatt

Joyriders World blog

Misc

About 7,000 people were attending the concert (according to Stuttgarter Nachrichten) which is about half of the venue’s capacity.
Helena came up to some fans waiting in front of the venue before the concert and had a chat with them. Chris gave his everything during the show although he had injured his leg due to “too many sexy high jumps on stage” (Per Gessle).
The chemistry between Marie and the fans, again, was very special – the few times she forgot one or two words she’d just look at the people in the front rows and they’d help her out. Also, she seemed so much stronger and confident than in Neckarsulm only four months before. As Per keeps saying in his interviews, it really looked as though Marie was enjoying and relishing every second on stage. After her solo songs “Perfect Day” and “Watercolours in the Rain” the applause didn’t seem to end and you could tell that she was both relieved and proud of the amazing reception she got.
The concert was a breathtaking experience: deeply moving and great fun at the same time. Per and the Band were definitely in charge of the latter. Fans who are still waiting to go to a concert had better look forward to it! They’re in for a superb evening!

Thanks Mr. Jefferson for contributing to this article!

World Tour 2011: Mannheim, Germany – October 16 #59

Comment from Per Gessle

Thank you Mannheim for a great evening. Wonderful crowd as expected. Pretty decent band considering Chris has been out in space the last 48 hours due to his leg injury. He did a great job. New dice tomorrow!

Setlist

01. Dressed For Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Wish I Could Fly
05. Only When I Dream
06. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
07. Soul deep (medley with SGNO)
08. Perfect Day
09. Things Will Never Be The Same
10. It Must Have Been Love
11. Opportunity Nox
12. 7twenty7
13. Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)
14. Crash! Boom! Bang!
15. How Do You Do!
16. Dangerous
Band presentation
17. Joyride (introduced with “Eisgekühlter Bommerlunder”)

18. Watercolours In The Rain
19. Spending My Time
20. The Look

21. Listen To Your Heart
22. Church Of Your Heart

Articles
Morgenweb
Allgemeine Zeitung
The Daily Roxette

World Tour 2011: Halle/Westfalen, Germany – October 14, #58


Comment from Roxette

Superb gig in Halle. We’re blessed with crowds like this. Thanx everyone for helping us out!!!!! Vids probably tomorrow…… Cheers, P.

Setlist

01. Dressed For Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Wish I Could Fly
05. Only When I Dream
06. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
07. Soul deep (medley with SGNO)
08. Perfect Day
09. Things Will Never Be The Same
10. It Must Have Been Love
11. Opportunity Nox
12. 7twenty7
13. Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)
14. Crash! Boom! Bang!
15. How Do You Do!
16. Dangerous
Band presentation
17. Joyride (introduced with “Eisgekühlter Bommerlunder”)

18. Spending My Time
19. The Look

20. Listen To Your Heart
21. Church Of Your Heart

Videos

Articles and photos

Neue Westfälische | Westfalen-Blatt | NOZ | Die Glocke (all with gallery)

Misc

7,000 fans attended the show in Halle. 9,500 is the max. capacity for concerts. Many people came in late, after the support act. During the gig the hall seemed to be full and cooking, though! No Watercolours in the rain – unfortunately.

Christoffer introduced Joyride with the fun traditional “Eisgekühlter Bommerlunder”. Great choice, I would have been clueless what to play! He speeded it up after a very short time though, so that many people were too slow to recognize.

World tour 2011: Hannover, Germany – October 13 #57

Comment from Roxette

Great gig in Hannover. Thanx everyone for joining in. 7500 ppl making a lot of noise…. love that…. vids to follow….

Setlist

01. Dressed For Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Wish I Could Fly
05. Only When I Dream
06. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
07. Soul deep (medley with SGNO)
08. Perfect Day
09. Things Will Never Be The Same
10. It Must Have Been Love
11. Opportunity Nox
12. 7twenty7
13. Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)
14. Crash! Boom! Bang!
15. How Do You Do!
16. Dangerous
Band presentation
17. Joyride (introduced with “Lied der Niedersachsen”)

18. Watercolours In The Rain
19. Spending My Time
20. The Look

21. Listen To Your Heart
22. Church Of Your Heart

Videos

Fading like a flower | Crash!Boom!Bang! | Things will never be the same | Perfect day | Joyride | Opportunity Nox

Articles and photos

All very positive: HAZ | Neue Presse |

Misc

7,000 (press) or 7,500 (Per Gessle) people in the audience.

World Tour 2011: Munich, Germany – October 11 #56

Comment from Roxette

Fab gig in Munich. We all had a blast! Thanx for stopping by, y’all. See ya next time. Vids to follow. Naturally.

Setlist

01. Dressed For Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Wish I Could Fly
05. Only When I Dream
06. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
07. Soul deep (medley with SGNO)
08. Perfect Day
09. Things Will Never Be The Same
10. It Must Have Been Love
11. Opportunity Nox
12. 7twenty7
13. Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)
14. Crash! Boom! Bang!
15. How Do You Do!
16. Dangerous
Band presentation
17. Joyride (introduced with “In München Steht Ein Hofbräuhaus”)

18. Watercolours In The Rain
19. Spending My Time
20. The Look

21. Listen To Your Heart
22. Church Of Your Heart

Articles and photos

All very positive: n-tv | Süddeutsche | Abendzeitung | Merkur | tz

Misc

5,800 people in the audience, that makes the Olympiahalle half full/empty. Reviewers wonder why. The quite late announcement after the Audi gigs this summer in Bavaria could be a reason. In the official German tour announcement Munich wasn’t listed yet.

I saw you in the crowd in the front row… in Vienna!

Roxette’s concert yesterday in Vienna was the best I have seen so far.

That said, let me tell you about this magic weekend and the concert a bit more in detail. My friends Alex and Txiqui from Spain arrived on Sunday, we headed to the center of Vienna to meet Michi and do some sightseeing and have dinner. Even though I am not religious, I find cathedrals impressive buildings, one of the nicest I have seen is Stephansdom in the heart of Vienna. I find it’s even more fascinating to see it at night, so we took our friends to see it, in and out. We, of course, had lots of fun talking about our crazy trips and preparing for the big event the next day.

The next day we headed to the concert place relatively late, compared to other cities and shows I have been to or heard of. I remember going to Kylie Minogue concert at Stadthalle some years ago, going there just like 1 or 1,5 hrs before the doors opened and reaching first row with no real effort. So I hoped this would be the case this time too. When we got there some fans from Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and some Austrians were already waiting, but the weather was quite bad, cold and raining, so we didn’t feel like waiting in the rain for more than 3,5hrs and we went to a café nearby and had a nice chat with Sandra who had joined us.

The doors were supposed to open at 18:30, so we thought waiting for about 1,5 hours would be enough. We got our spots on the first row, right where we wanted, between Christoffer and Marie.

Mobilée, the supporting act, was set to start at 19:30. Roxette at 20:40. Somehow time flew. Mobilée was a nice surprise, a mix of country folk music with indie alternative I would say, but also quite nanana-pop. They did a good job warming the audience up, quite surprising for a band who – according to the singer – had never played in front of such a big audience before. They also seemed very overwhelmed by the reaction of the audience, clapping and jumping along. It was almost a pity that they didn’t play longer!

But just for a few minutes… ok, seconds.

Per’s playlist started to play to build up anticipation for the big moment. After “Sing” I started to get nervous, I somehow remembered from other shows that after that song it wouldn’t take long until Roxette & co would step on the stage. But the best sign for it is when Micke N-S takes the 2 guitars and brings them behind the curtain. Then music stops. It gets darker. Silence, or at least it feels like that, since the stadium is actually not silent at all, people are actually shouting and calling Roxette.

And then they all run to their places and the show starts with “Yeah yeah yeah!!!”. I think this is one of the best moments of the concert, explosion of guitars, Marie’s powerful voice, lights. A friend of mine told me that she wasn’t expecting such a show at all, and that it was a rocking show from the first song. “Yeah yeah yeah!” And this way the first concert of the Autumn tour started off.

I think I haven’t jumped so much during the first three songs as yesterday, I was really out of breath after “The Big L.”. Good it was time to slow down a bit with “Wish I could fly” and gather some energy for the next powerful round: “Only When I Dream” and “She’s Got Nothing On (But The Wiener Schnitzel.. Radio!)”.

There were a few surprises in the show, as Per had already posted on Facebook and told in the airport, they would play 2 new songs. The first one was “Soul Deep”, which was played in the middle of “Radio”. Helena plays the cowbell (?) instrument during this song, and I always thought this sound and rhythm reminded me of another of their songs. I just realised THEN which one! It fits so well, and the moment when “Soul Deep” starts is simply perfect. There is even a similarity in the lyrics „take my breathe away“. I was never a big fan of “Soul Deep”, at least not the album version, I like their live version from previous tours but still.. not my favourite. Until yesterday. Marie shouting and jamming with her voice to the sound of “Soul Deep”, deeps and highs.. simply A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!

This medley led to the next round of ballads. And we could finally see what the new stage was to offer. I actually didn’t know what to expect when Per said there had been changes. I was afraid that it would become too sophisticated.  I liked the quite simple stage and the fact that they were the attraction and not what was happening behind them. I saw the curtain fall and the background was suddenly black before and during a part of “It Must Have Been Love”. I asked myself  “hm? The background stays now black?” Ha! Suddenly the background turned into a sky full of stars! I am a big stars fan. Whenever I am not in the city and I get the chance, I stare at the sky, at the moon, at the stars. And suddenly I was standing there listening to Roxette, feeling like I was on top of a mountain staring at the stars.

Then the spotlights turned into light effects with “Opportunity Nox” and “7twenty7”. Disco party! Helena and Christoffer spotted us straight away at the beginning of the show and had lots of fun with us, and we with them. Interaction with the audience in a concert is the most important for me. It’s these small things like dancing, pointing, waving, smiling, looking at each other which for me make the difference. And this is something Helena and the others do so well, and, of course, Per and Marie. It is a great feeling as well when you see they recognise you and put a big smile on their face like “Hey! You are here too!” During these two songs we put on our special-super-fashion glasses. I am still laughing at their reaction!

The next surprise was “Crash! Boom! Bang!”, which we had shortly heard during the rehearsals. Not only the fact that they were playing “C!B!B!” was a surprise, but also the nice arrangements and how they split the song. Per started the first verse in a more acoustic way and Marie joined the second part and the song went then from acoustic to full power ballad. It’s a bit sad that “Silver Blue” had to be replaced by this track – instead of simply adding it to the set list, but I guess there is a reasonable explanation for that. On the other side, it was a real treat for all long-time fans to have been able to enjoy this song live, at least for a while. I would have never expected them to sing “Silver Blue” live, ever. So thanks for that! And after all, it would be boring to hear the same set list for 1 year!

Per teased the audience playing the first chords of “How Do You Do!” – amazingly people recognised the song and started to sing on their own. I just learnt “How Do You Do!” and “Tourism” were huge hits here in Austria, so there you have it. The perfect bridge brought us to “Dangerous”.

Of course, Clarence got our attention as well, what else could the Clarence Fanclub do but shout “Clarence! Clarence! Clarence!” during the band intro? Christoffer waltzed us to “Joyride”. It was fun to hear the crazy speeded-up Waltzer, it had been the #1 suggestion out of 5 or 6 I had sent Christoffer a few days before the show. Falco had been on the list as well, Per mentioned in the beginning of the show that maybe maybe maybe maybe Christoffer would be playing a Falco song, so I then knew Chris would not play any Falco.

After “Watercolours In The Rain” and “Spending My Time”, which the audience sang along alone for a while, the famous guitar intro turned people even crazier. “The Look” was one of those interaction moments for us too. Helena ended up with our super-fashion yellow glasses and dancing with us. And Christoffer with our guitar-wizard hat just before “Listen To Your Heart” and “Church Of Your Heart”.

The audience was – for the Austrian standards if I am allowed to say that – amazing. As you know, I come from Spain and I am used to clapping, shouting and singing along non-stop in a concert. The isn’t that way here. At least not from the first minute on. It takes a while until people melt and start to have fun. I felt audience went wild from the beginning. I couldn’t see the sitting areas so well, but I know from other concerts that people sit and don’t stand up to dance, but I heard from various friends who were standing at the back that even though it took a little while, many people stood during the whole show, and specially at the end. So I tell you Roxers: this is nothing everybody achieves! Be proud!

And what else can I say about Roxette? It didn’t feel like there had been a 2-month break at all. One could see they were all happy to be on stage again. The sound was impressively rocking and powerful and crazy. And the new stage gives it a special flair, it really fits the indoor concerts which are planned for the next weeks. If the band is like this already now, how is it going to be in Barcelona?

After the concert we couldn’t move our legs and arms anymore. The feeling was worse today when I stood up. I even have sore muscles in my jaw of so much laughing! I just can say I am glad that I am going to see them in more cities, I just added one concert to the list today. I would never trade these concert moments for anything. The feeling of happiness during and after the concert is hard to describe. I just thought today that I could do this for a living!

Definitely, this one was the best (Roxette) concert I have seen so far.

A big thank you to Roxette and band! And thanks magic friends for the nice moments as well!

World Tour 2011: Vienna, Austria – October 10 #55

Comment from Per Gessle

Wow! What a crowd! What a band!!! Thanx everyone for making this new-start of the tour such a jolly one!!! We certainly had a blast. Chris was outstanding as always, Helena took us to heaven w/ no return, Pelle was at the front line as always, Magnus wooosh!! what a wardrobe! + Clarence; majestic presence and skills beyond belief. And I haven’t even mentioned Miss Marie. A class act from a different planet. And Vienna, hope to see you again real soon!!!!!!!!!!! Cheers, P.

Setlist

01. Dressed For Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Wish I Could Fly
05. Only When I Dream
06. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
07. Soul deep (as a medley with SGNO)
08. Perfect Day
09. Things Will Never Be The Same
10. It Must Have Been Love
11. Opportunity Nox
12. 7twenty7
13. Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)
14. Crash!Boom!Bang!
15. How Do You Do!
16. Dangerous
Band presentation
17. Joyride (introduced with “Strauss Waltz”)

18. Watercolours In The Rain
19. Spending My Time
20. The Look

21. Listen To Your Heart
22. Church Of Your Heart

Articles and photos
Kronet.at
Oe24.at #1 #2 #3
The Daily Roxette’s interview with Per
News.at

Miscs
New stage and lights. Two songs were dropped (Silver blue + Way out) and two ‘new’ were included – Soul deep and Crash!Boom!Bang! Around 8,000 people in the audience.

Roxette play in Jakarta, Indonesia

One of Indonesian music promoters, Big Daddy Entertainment Group, has just announced that Roxette is going to have a concert in Jakarta, Indonesia on March 3rd, 2012 – just after Australian tour ends. Several Indonesian entertainment news media/blog have written about the announcement, including Rolling Stone Indonesia.

Last time Roxette performed there was on February 6, 1995, and that was their first and only concert ever.

Source: RollingStone Indonesia
Thanks to Miedy Bishop for informing us about that.

Vienna (Austria) is getting ready for Roxette

Roxette will give a concert in Vienna, Austria, next Monday 10th of October. This concert is in a way special because of two reasons: it will be the first “official” concert of the European Autumn leg of the neverending tour, which also means a new stage and maybe maybe maybe even a new setlist, and the “first” one after the last concert of the summer tour.

“First” and “official” if you allow me to consider the concert in Tromsø, Norway in September part of the summer tour and the corporate concert Roxette gave for Vestas Wind Systems in Herning, Denmark, last Sunday as not part of the Autumn tour.

I feel that it is special also in another way. The Austrian media has published a couple of articles about the concert, Roxette sounds more often on the radio, and last but not least, currently 2 contests are running to meet Per (ORF) or Roxette (Krone) next Monday.

And as a funny note. I just received a warning from ARBÖ, an Austrian car club, for traffic jam which might be caused by Roxette  on Monday. They warn about possible traffic jams around the area of the concert place, Stadthalle, before and after the concert and advice people to either take the public transport (free with the concert ticket) or plan to go to the concert with enough time. And, of course, getting back home by car might also take a while.

And I am currently thinking, Christoffer was given some suggestions for songs to play during the Joyride intro. Which one will make it? We’ll find out on Monday!

The countdown has started 🙂

PS: consider this more a blog than real news, I am also somehow getting excited about the concert, the first one for a long time I don’t have to travel to somewhere and is so to say “next door” and “home”. If I am allowed to consider myself already half “wiener” after living some years here… But my Spanish side will be present as well, specially because two dear Spanish magic friends are joining the concert as well! I just say “Claaaaaaarence, Claaaaaarence”.

Roxette’s new stage in progress


The “damp” blog by Lucas Lindholm offers some interesting insight to the preparation of Roxette’s new stage equipment for the upcoming European leg of the Charm School World Tour. The more-or-less locally rented stages of the previous tour legs seem to get replaced by more dedicated touring equipment. Per hinted at stage upgrades in an interview early August:

The successes of the first half of the tour means that Roxette will be travelling with a larger stage and more equipment. We need to improve it a bit for the autumn tour.

The photo galleries so far picture the work on September 26, 27 and probably 28. So who’s able to describe the visible technical upgrades, any experts out there?

Source: damp

“Speak to me” to be performed on “Die Ultimative Chart-show”

On Friday, November 11 German TV channel RTL will broadcast “Die Ultimative Chart-show” with Roxette as the special guests. Roxette are said to perform “Speak to me” single.

“25 Jahre Kuschelrock – Die große Jubiläumsshow” is a special episode of the programme that will celebrate 25 years of the well-known CD compilation series called “Kuschelrock”.