Big interview with Per, 2 new Roxette tracks

There’s a big interview with Per on www.gessle.com, mainly about the Party Crasher tour experiences. The band members promised each other to let this tour literary “never end”. Per will fly to NYC to get an US release for the album.

Today I asked Per on twitter if Roxette aim for a whole album or just some tracks. He responded “2 tracks. that’s it for now.” Not exactly the answer I dreamed of! But we’ll see how it continues. Wonder how these songs will be released…

Update: The interview was moved to The Daily Roxette.

Party Crasher-DVD at the end of summer

According to Per Gessle, the Party Crasher-tour DVD will be released at the end of summer all over Europe and contain about 100 home videos. Per also tells that several live tapes from European shows exist and they (Christoffer and Per) are listening to them these days. Furthermore the audio recordings are supposed to come as a live CD in a package with the DVD.

Amsterdam bootleg

pg2009-05-06_front A Dutch fan, Joost, recorded Per Gessle’s Amsterdam gig from the 6th of May with Marie Fredriksson as a special guest and prepared a wonderful cover for this bootleg. The Brazilian Roxette site published an mp3 compressed rip of the recording which you can download following the link below:

CONCERT (password: www.roxettebrasil.net)

Or you can contact Joost for the original non-compressed audio files at www.dutchtaper.com. You can download the cover made by Joost here as well.

Together we crashed the party!

Two days have passed and still the feeling of the Party Crasher tour is there. None of all Rox and related tours I have joined can compare with this one. It was special for several reasons. It was special because it was a club tour. I guess none of the concerts outside Sweden was sold out and that made it even more special. It felt like that really those people and fans who really cared joined and crashed the party. Fans who waited for this possibility for years and who didn’t care if it was sold out or not. I always dreamed of seeing Roxette live in a club. Now at least half of the dream came true. And it feels like even Per and the band enjoyed this little tour that left us so delighted and longing for more. As Per wrote on Twitter it finally makes sense. It’s about the music, getting people together who share a passion, having fun together from the first to the last minute.

This tour was special because people finally got over some resentments. Differences between the fans of all the different countries didn’t matter in most of the cases. Ok, here and there reports of pushy Germans or pushy Spaniards popped up but nearly everywhere people finally talked to each other, with each other and even shared an evening together in Stockholm after the first gig at the Cirkus. Finally we can have fun together, just as it needs to be. Small venues, all the die-hard fans – yeah, we finally see what really matters. I hope we can preserve this feeling until NOTP. It was so nice to get to know other fans from other countries and it’s so important to talk TO each other not just ABOUT each other. Keep that, guys!

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More about Roxette’s future plans

In an interview with dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad Per and Marie reveal a bit more about Roxette’s future plans beside NOTP.

Now after the comeback announcement there are plenty of offers for concerts and tours, but Marie feels still unable to do a complete Roxette tour. One step at a time. Despite this limitations Per thinks everything they do now is unexpected fun. He learned a lot from Marie’s story and changed his focus from career and money to the best possible entertainment. His recent solo tour already went into that direction.

When asked about a new album, Per reveals that they plan to go into the studio in the autumn. Both look forward to spend a lot of time with each other again, to be creative. If this studio time leads to good new songs they will be released. If they fail, the songs will never be mentioned again…

Click here for the original article in dutch!

So I’m glad they aim for more than some mediocre filler tracks! They want to reach the best Roxette standards again. And I got a feeling, they will succeed! Marie and Per seem to have some hunger again. How about you?

Press writing about the Amsterdam surprise

Especially Swedish press published some nice articles about last night’s big surprise in Amsterdam. Some excerpts:

Per about Marie’s reaction afterwards: “She was completely overwhelmed by the response we got. The audience had a big smile on their faces and the whole room had goosebumps”.
There’s also rumours about another performance by Marie in Stockholm, but it’s not decided yet. Join here, if you want to get Marie to conquer the stage in Stockholm!

Furthermore, as we learned before, Marie and Per are going to record new songs in autumn (take your time guys, we want GOOD songs, please no more OW if possible) but it’s not sure how and when they are going to be released.

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/scen/article5085561.ab
http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/musik/article5076292.ab
http://www.expressen.se/noje/1.1559969/har-star-roxette-pa-scen-igen
http://www.expressen.se/noje/1.1559971/gessles-lofte-till-fansen-nya-latar

Roxette’s stage comeback on video!

What could make this fantastic day perfect? A rox-historical moment on video! Roxette back on stage together!!! 😀

First (blurry) videos from Expressen:
The Look | It Must Have Been Love

Much better quality from Youtube:
It Must Have Been Love | The Look | The Look (HQ)

More videos:

Per and Marie after the show – Gessle.com

Per and the band and Marie after the show – Gessle.com

Photos:

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Judith says: I tell you, you will cry!!!
Sascha says: Really hard not to look like crazy at work these days! 😛

Per and Magnus tell about NOTP impressions and Marie on stage

Per at twitter:
“Busy day today in Amsterdam. Dutch media, photosessions, Swedish media. Soundcheck with Marie F in 30 min. Voila!”
“Great press reception in Antwerp yesterday re NOTP. The world seems ready!!!”

The latest from Magnus:
“Soundcheck with Marie was super!”
“In Amsterdam. Tonight will be special.”

Source: http://twitter.com/PartyPleaser | http://twitter.com/mistermagnus

Report about Roxette’s comeback at german people magazine

German TV channel ZDF will have a report about Roxette’s comeback at NOTP in tomorrows “Leute Heute” show! Check it out: May 6, 5:45 pm CET. Normally the shows appear online at ZDF Mediathek afterwards.

Source: PresseEcho.de

Roxette at ZDF report

Update: The report is now available at ZDF Mediathek! Choose your media play and klick “Übernehmen”.

As you’d guess they tell the story we already know, but feature some interview scenes from the press conference as well.

German radio station HR3 reports from the NOTP press conference.

Impressions she got:

– The HR3 reporter was the first to interview Roxette after the announcement, to warm them up for two following TV interviews.
– Marie looked beautiful but at the same time you can tell she was seriously ill. She needs a bit of help for stairs etc.
– She often leaned on Per for comfort, was rather silent but radiated happiness.
– The most moving interview the reporter ever did.
– Per promised new songs, joked to write them in the waiting times on tour.
– Roxette will play five songs at NOTP.
– Marie is glad to make a slow way back to the stage this way.

You can listen to this report (in german) at the station’s website: HR3

Let’s bring Marie on stage in Stockholm!

As we heard yesterday Marie Fredriksson is going to be on stage with Per Gessle in Amsterdam tomorrow. But a lot of people already got tickets for the Stockholm show and expected Marie to show up there.
Now it doesn’t really look like that and with this group we want her to know that we want to see her in Stockholm as well. Now that Roxette are back and a great fall is to come we want to get excited already! So it’s kind of a petition to tell Marie that we want her and we need her and we love her. And that we love Roxette, of course.
Let us show our support and bring Marie on stage in Stockholm, too! For that reason I opened a new group in Facebook called  “Marie: Join Per on stage in Stockholm, too”.
Join and tell your friends!