Per Gessle in Tack för musiken?

Niklas Strömstedt posted a photo on his Instagram account some hours ago with this text: ”Tack för musiken…originalet. Stay tuned!” This is pure awesomeness!

Marie Fredriksson was a guest of the show in 2013 and when Niklas had a Q&A session on AskFM on 21st January 2014, I asked him which part of Tack för musiken with Marie he liked the most and I couldn’t help asking the question if he was planning to invite Per in the future to his show. He said he liked it very much when Marie was singing Sparvöga and to the Q regarding Per he replied ”well…, we will see”. Then seeing the list of guests of the 2014 series I was a bit sad that Mr. G wasn’t there, but now this instapic of the guys looks very promising.

The episode with Marie was incredibly fantastic. Read our summary of the show HERE. For that Tack för musiken we were able to apply for tickets to be in the audience and Marie was very happy to see some familiar faces in the front when the show was recorded in August 2013. Now it seems this option didn’t exist or at least we haven’t heard about it, because for sure there was an audience. It would have been cool to attend such a fab TV recording. If we are talking about it in past tense. But what if it’s a future happening? Fingers crossed!

In 2013 the recordings happened in August-September and the first episodes were broadcast in December. It’s not yet published when the next series of Tack för musiken will be on air on Swedish TV, but hopefully, it is announced very soon and we can watch it still this year. It’s already too exciting to think about what songs Per will perform live and who will be his guests in the show. If it’s really a complete episode about him and he wasn’t ”just” a guest for some other artist. Haha. But no. That’s impossible. He surely has a complete show. Or is this pic about Tack för musiken, the show at all? Or was it a real music show Per and Niklas attended last night (Peter Jöback & Helen Sjöholm’s I Love Musicals maybe) and Niklas just commented the pic with “thanks for the music” referring to that event? Oh, well… Too many “or”-s and “if”-s. 😉 Looking forward to some more details, aren’t we?

Oct 11th morning update: Niklas deleted the photo, which makes it even more interesting. Hm. And it seems that the event last night was Marie’s book release party. 🙂

 

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Pic by Niklas Strömstedt (Instagram)

 

Marie Fredriksson’s biography on Swedish TV

As we posted about it yesterday, journalist Tara Moshizi talked about Marie’s book in SVT’s morning program yesterday. Today it was Helena von Zweigbergk’s turn. She was invited to the same morning show on SVT, Gomorron Sverige and the reporter did a nice interview with her about the book. HERE you can watch it, but unfortunately, only if you live in Sweden. The important part starts at 1:23:13 and lasts until 1:35:09. 12 minutes about Marie on one of Sweden’s biggest TV channels sounds good, right?

At the beginning of the part about Ms. Fredriksson, the program leaders show the book itself, then there are some footage from Marie’s early live performances, Roxette’s Joyride video and Marie’s Skavlan TV show (2013) live performance.

Then the reporter starts talking to Helena. She tells about the title ”Kärleken till livet” that it was Marie’s idea. She was thinking about it for quite a long time, then one day when she was on tour with Roxette in Australia, she just came up with it and was very happy about it. To both Marie and Helena it felt like being the perfect title for the biography.

Helena also talks about how she was first hesitating about writing the book, but when she talked to Marie she realized how much Marie wants to tell the story about her life, without faffing around. While they were working together on the book, they became friends. They had a hard time writing the book, but also much fun.

The program leader asks about how popular Marie is internationally and Helena tells Roxette is incredibly huge and Marie gets so much love from the fans and she is really a loved artist.

Helena talks then mostly about what’s in the book and how they were writing it together. A little about how Marie grew up, her family, how Marie met Per and their work together, how Marie and Micke met and how happy Marie was about it, etc.

She says Marie is a strong and weak person at the same time, but when she is sitting on stage, she is sitting there like a queen and all the fans are just cheering her on.

It was a very nice interview and hearing more and more how Helena is talking about Marie and the book itself, it definitely seems that she was the best person to choose to cooperate on this long-awaited biography.

Here are some stills from the morning show. The older pics are probably taken from the book.

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Thanx for the hint regarding the interview, Anja Hoppe!

Roxette on German TVs

When Per was in Berlin, he got interviewed by the press, also by German TVs. The RTL stuff was rather a joke with a less than 1-minute-long coverage, even misspelling Per’s name, but Das Erste did it oh so right. You can watch 2 videos online, 6 minutes altogether. You can choose if you want to watch it with Per’s original voice in English or the one with German overdubbing. Among other things, Per talks about the last 30 years, if it was better in the ’80s than now, The Look, their brother and sister relationship with Marie and Marie’s illness, as well as how Marie is doing now and that he thinks it’s the leg thing what bothers Marie the most these days. Ms Effe was doing photo sessions in Stockholm for her upcoming book while Per was in Berlin. He also tells Party Crasher would have probably been a Roxette album if he knew Marie would come back. To the question if he sings along when he hears a Roxette song on the radio he said he just turns up the volume to hear how it sounds in the car, but doesn’t sing along.

This was a lovely interview with him with great questions and even more interesting answers. Check it by clicking HERE. It’s really worth watching! There was a report broadcast on TV /Das Erste/ (different vs. what you can find in the mediathek). Check this one, too.

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Screenshot is from the Das Erste interview

Thanx to all the German Roxers who kept an eye on their TV sets!

 

Update on 20th March: There is one more video interview with Per at Süddeutsche.de. Overdubbed, but still lovely. Watch it by clicking HERE.

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Screenshot is from the Süddeutsche.de interview

 

Vox.de shows the RTL report with correct spelling of Per’s name and in a slightly longer version.

Tack för musiken, Marie Fredriksson

SVT broadcasted the show ”Tack för musiken”, for which the recordings with Marie Fredriksson were on 27th August. Click HERE to watch it!

It begins with Niklas Strömstedt and the band performing ”Tro” live. Niklas welcomes Ms Effe only after this. They are sitting and talking about Marie’s career (solo, earlier bands, Roxette, Per Gessle), illness (she’s healthy now and grateful to be there) and her family. Marie’s husband, Micke Bolyos was sitting in the band, playing the keyboards during the show.

You can see how much Marie enjoyed being there and how fine she is. She was very relaxed, smiling and laughing all the time. Tears appeared in her eyes when Niklas was talking about her album ”Den ständiga resan” that there are 13 songs about darkness, but the last song, ”Till sist” is different. He read up the first lines of the song and asked who these lines are about. Marie pointed at Micke and told it’s about him. They looked at each other with so much love during the whole show.

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Marie started singing when she was a little child. She started the day with singing at 7 am, when everyone else would have loved to sleep. Later, at the age of 17 she wanted to be an actress. It was her dream. She was talking about how she loves writing songs, but after her illness it’s not that easy anymore. She talked about Lasse Lindbom, how much he means to her. They had a fantastic time and were writing a lot of songs together.

In the audience there were many familiar faces and at one point Niklas started talking about Argentina and the fans. Marie realized there were fans in the audience from Argentina, too and said that a lot of Roxette fans are here and they are fantastic. The fans are always by their side, following them and they are even here at this show. Marie told the fans know all the lyrics regardless of where they are coming from or which language the songs are in.

Niklas was joking about Marie’s name, Gun-Marie and pronounced it the English way: Gun-Marie from Roxette. Everyone was laughing.

Read moreTack för musiken, Marie Fredriksson

Gyllene Tider sommaren 2013

TV4 broadcasted an approximately 70-minute-long cut of Gyllene Tider’s summer tour. Unfortunately, it is available only in Sweden, but here you can read a short summary of it and see some screenshots.

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It’s a fantastic documentary with tons of live footage from several shows, mainly Skövde, Eskilstuna, Stockholm and Ullevi, Göteborg. Grumpy Production did a great job! The whole program is nicely cut, it’s of very high quality and contains a great mix of interviews with band members, their travelling around Sweden, joking and having fun backstage, performing live on stage, crowd scenes, the walk to the stage, short interviews with fans and Ms Dimberg, Thomas Johansson, Micke Syd’s mum and dad, Mats Olsson journalist, etc., the stage decoration being cut into parts and signed by the Golden Guys, then given to fans at the last show and we can see some meet & greet scenes. One can even get to know the recipe of a perfect cocktail from Micke Syd. Oh! And the yellow radio has an important role again.

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My gosh! Even without seeing a complete concert in this docu you can relive the tour. You feel you are back in time, it’s summer, you are standing in the front row and going crazy for Gyllene Tider, singing along, jumping and shouting. Awesome!

 

The songs (no complete songs, but almost) you can hear & see performed live:

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  1. Juni, juli, augusti
  2. Sommartider
  3. Gå & fiska!
  4. Man blir yr
  5. När vi två blir en
  6. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
  7. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet
  8. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej
  9. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjömän
  10. Det hjärta som brinner
  11. Min tjej och jag
  12. Kung av sand
  13. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly
  14. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
  15. Det är över nu
  16. Dags att tänka på refrängen

 

You can hear some other short GT tunes as well, however, I missed Flickorna på TV2 and Billy from the live footage, but something must be left for the DVD, too. 😉 No release date is set for the DVD yet, but hopefully, we don’t have to wait too long. Provide us with a live CD, too, please!

 

PS: You can see PG wearing glasses in the docu for a short while. And I’m not talking about sunglasses. 😉

 

Marie Fredriksson & Mikael Bolyos interview on TV4

This morning at 10:15 am CET there was a short interview with Marie and Micke in Nyhetsmorgon on TV4. The interview took place at Marie’s & Micke’s home in Stockholm. Marie was talking about how grateful she is for everything and they both said they learned how to live in the present. Marie said she learned to live with the fact that it takes her more time to write and also that she can’t remember the lyrics sometimes.

It means a lot to both of them that they could make this new album, ”Nu!”, however, it took a long time to release it. When she wrote ”Sista sommarens vals” of course she was thinking about Micke and when Micke wrote ”Vad vore jag utan dig” he thought about Marie. Marie says this latter song is so beautiful. That’s her favourite off the album and it feels fantastic to sing Micke’s words. Watch the video how Marie is “touching” Micke when they are talking about these 2 songs. So lovely! 😉 Both Marie and Micke were in a very good mood and relaxed, Marie was smiling all the time during the interview.

They were also talking about the kids, how fantastic it is to have them and that they are also interested in music and they are talking about music each day. They also told the story of their meeting in Sydney and how they became a couple right after that.

While touring with Roxette she felt better and better, she got strength and she gained her self-confidence back. Marie – besides her family – is grateful also to Per who was writing new material for Roxette and believed so much in Marie.

Marie is longing for the tour. It will be fantastic to tour in Sweden with a great band she’ll have with her. Besides new songs, there will of course be old ones, too on the setlist.

Watch the video HERE! Don’t forget to check the wonderful old pic of Marie in front of Micke!

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Marie Fredriksson’s awesome performance in Skavlan

Marie and her husband, Mikael Bolyos appeared in today’s Skavlan show. They performed ”Sista sommarens vals”, the only song Marie wrote for her new album, ”Nu!”. It was a live performance and left everyone breathless not only in the audience, but also in front of TV and computer. It was so touching! Top class piano playing by Micke and what an amazing voice of Marie! She started the song a bit insecure, she looked so fragile, but after warming up in some seconds her voice opened up and she was singing incredibly good! She’s an angel! And watch her facial expressions! Aaaw!

We hoped for some talking, but unfortunately, there was no interview with Marie, ”only” this awesome performance. You can watch it by clicking HERE or at the pic. It starts at 52:29. It is worth watching it at the link of the complete show, because it’s a bit longer and has a much nicer ending than the clip you can see on SVT’s website.

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Screenshot is from the performance.

Marie Fredriksson’s new single

As Warner Music Sweden informs, ”Sista sommarens vals” is Marie’s 2nd single off “Nu!” and it will premiere in Skavlan this Friday. Skavlan is a Norwegian-Swedish television talk show hosted by Norwegian journalist Fredrik Skavlan. The show will be on air on SVT and it will also be available on SVT Play. The show with Marie starts at 21:00 CET, 22nd November.

Not sure the video clip, which we’ve already informed you about will appear in the show, too or if there is an interview as well, but Marie will surely sing the song. Woohoo!

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Gyllene Tider’s song in the final

You might remember the first 3 shows of this year’s Alla tiders hits on SVT since there were Marie Fredriksson, Per Gessle and Gyllene Tider songs performed by other artists. Panetoz, the guys who presented Gyllene Tider’s ”När vi två blir en” got into the final and performed the song tonight again. Before they went on stage, Micke Syd wished them good luck via a video message. Click here to watch it (he appears at 9:44). This is a screenshot from that video:

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Nothing can beat the original, of course, but Panetoz’s interpretation of the song is totally different to the ”När vi två blir en” we know and this makes it a completely new song, both in sound and in the lyrics. The audience liked it a lot and was singing along, as well as dancing together with them, but this time it wasn’t enough to win (winner: Timo Räisänen – Lyckliga gatan/Anna-Lena Löfgren). Click here to watch Panetoz’s performance.

All the videos related anyhow to Miss Effe, PG and GT in Alla tiders hits you can find in our earlier article. Just click HERE.

 

Per & Marie & GT in ”Alla tiders hits” on SVT

SVT starts broadcasting a program called ”Alla tiders hits” on 7th September. The essence of this show is that famous Swedish artists are interpreting Swedish greatest hits. Per Gessle, Marie Fredriksson and Gyllene Tider songs are chosen for the first 3 shows. The article will be continuously updated with the available videos. Here is the list of relevant hits and the dates.

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8 pm CET, 7th September, SVT1 and SVT Play:

Christer Sjögren – Tycker om när du tar på mej/Per Gessle
Tomas Andersson Wij – Här kommer alla känslorna/Per Gessle

 

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8 pm CET, 14th September, SVT1 and SVT Play:

Panetoz – När vi två blir en/Gyllene Tider winner of this part!
Cookies n Beans – Sparvöga/Marie Fredriksson

 

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8 pm CET, 21st September, SVT1 and SVT Play:

Jasmine Kara – Ljudet av ett annat hjärta/Gyllene Tider

 

 

The show you can watch live all around the world at this link: Alla tiders hits

2 videos for the first show are available on SVT’s website. In the videos they are showing Per, talking about these 2 of his songs and showing the artists who will be interpreting his hits. Click here to watch the short video with ”Här kommer alla känslorna” and here to watch the other with ”Tycker om när du tar på mej”.

Host is Niklas Strömstedt (yes, he’s the host of ”Tack för musiken”, too, where we will see Ms Fredriksson in December), who will be assisted by a stand-up comedian, Karin Adelsköld. A stand-up comedian? Well, watching some videos on YouTube from this Christer Sjögren and seeing he’ll try to perform Per’s most beloved song…, it might turn out to be a comedy. Let’s see what happens.

 

Update, 13th September:

2 videos for the 2nd show are available on SVT’s website. In the videos they are showing Gyllene Tider, as well as Marie, including a short a capella of “Sparvöga”. Looking at the artists who will perform the 2 songs tomorrow, it’s gonna be interesting. Hopefully, better than last week’s 2 PG song interpretations. Click here to watch the short video with “När vi två blir en” and here to watch the other with “Sparvöga”.

 

Update, 20th September:

1 short video for the 3rd show is available on SVT’s website. In the video they are showing Gyllene Tider & Per Gessle, as well as Jasmine Kara, who will perform GT’s “Ljudet av ett annat hjärta” tomorrow night. Click here to watch the video. Let’s see whether Jasmine makes a completely different version of the song or just a standard cover.

 

Update, 26th October:

Here you can read our article about the final.

Gyllene Tider rocked at Allsång på Skansen

Gyllene Tider performed today in the premiere show of this year’s Allsång på Skansen. The Fab Five already appeared in this show in 2004, when they played ”Sommartider” and ”En sten vid en sjö i en skog”. For today’s performance they chose the ass-kicking ”Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej” from the new album as a starter after 2 songs sung by the showman. It sounded incredibly awesome live! First I thought ”why the crowd is sitting still when this song makes you jump and shout???”, but then I was informed the sitting audience is not allowed to stand up. Well, rules are to break them, aren’t they? 😉

After their first song, there was a very short interview with Per and Anders, then they went off the stage and some other artists appeared to perform. At the end of Allsång there came an interesting medley: ”Flickorna på TV2”, ”Juni, juli, augusti” and ”Sommartider”. One of their best medleys ever and oh, yes! Now this made the audience stand up and dance and sing out loud. The medley made me think that the guys might be brave enough not to play any of these latter 3 songs as separate ones during the tour, but in a medley and this way more unexpected songs can get on the setlist, not mentioning more songs from their latest album, Dags att tänka på refrängen.

After the TV show ended at 21:00 CET, there was an extra song from Gyllene Tider on the web broadcast: ”Gå & fiska!”. The crowd was still standing and enjoying the show to the full and Per was throwing away plecs to the crowd while performing. Some more talking with GT after the song and Micke Syd was throwing away his drumsticks to the audience.

Some more details must be mentioned: the guys looked fantastic and they were in top top top shape; Leif on Micke Syd’s drumkit was too cool; Mr. Gessle’s boots with those red skulls were incredibly hot AND the new plecs looked just awesome on the stand!

You can watch the whole show by clicking HERE.

Bring on 5th July! Oh, no! First bring on tomorrow for those who are lucky enough to attend the Leifs Lounge gig!

 

Screenshots are from the show.

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Marie Fredriksson in ”Tack för musiken”

It’s nice to hear so many news about Ms Effe being very active nowadays. Today it has been announced that Marie will appear in Niklas Strömstedt’s ”Tack för musiken” (= Thanks for the music) show.

The show provides an exclusive and unique picture of Sweden’s most famous artists. Niklas and his guests are talking about music, memories, anecdotes from the artists’ career and also singing songs during the program that is recorded in Maximteatern, Stockholm. Other famous guests related to the participating artists are also attending the show, so we might see Per in the part with Marie as well.

The third season of this program starts in December on SVT, but recordings with Marie are on 27th August.

If you want to be in the audience, apply for tickets asap by sending an e-mail to Joanna Nilsson (Audience Manager): tackformusiken@titan.se. Provide your name, phone number, e-mail address, number of tickets you need and the name of the artist you want to see. Tickets cost only 70 SEK, payable in cash at the entrance. Who comes first is served first!

 

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Gyllene Tider’s Parkliv today

SVT1 broadcasted a 55-minute-long Gyllene Tider nostalgia trip at 22:00 CET on 6th June. The documentary – Gyllene Tider’s Parkliv today – was teased as you can watch Parkliv (1981) ”together” with the guys and it indeed felt like watching the old docu together with them. They were sitting in a studio and while they were chatting with each other and with Annika Jankell, Parkliv was on in the background. They were watching it on a screen in the studio and it also appeared in the corner of the TV to make it possible for all viewers watching it at the same time. Unfortunately, the documentary is only available in Sweden. Click here for watching it.

 

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The whole docu is very cosy. Everyone is chatting, drinking water or wine, eating crackers and laughing a lot. The guys are joking with each other about how they looked like back in 1981, how Per was singing, how Micke Syd was playing the drums, etc. They are humming some tunes and playing air guitar and air drums while watching Parkliv. The make-up girl comes in every now and then and is adjusting make-ups (not only Per’s).

 

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The guys are telling anecdotes like the story of Per saying the phone number of Micke Syd’s mother’s hair salon in Parkliv (where there is a long beep), but girls read Per’s lips, so they were calling the saloon all the time and drove Micke Syd’s mother crazy with that.

Looking at the 1981 crowd Micke Syd is inviting you, guys and girls, who can see yourselves in Parkliv to post them a photo on Gyllene Tider’s Facebook site.

Annika is also trying to make a comparison between the girls falling for Gyllene Tider and the ones falling for e.g. One Direction or Justin Bieber. Interesting topic, but c’mon! Where will these latter boys be in 30 years…? 😉

 

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© All screenshots are from the documentary

“Gyllene Tider’s Parkliv today” is broadcasted again at 13:55 CET and 01:05 CET, 9th June on SVT1.

 

Thanx for the cooperation to Celestte Williams.

 

Gyllene Tider nostalgia trip

You might remember the video Per shared on Gyllene Tider’s Facebook page appr. 2 weeks ago, where they appeared in a legendary TV studio with legendary Annika Jankell (reporter). The legendary interview was for a documentary that will be on air at 22:00 CET, 6th June on SVT1 (also at 13:55 CET and 01:05 CET, 9th June).

“Gyllene Tider’s Parkliv today” is a nostalgia trip back to the summer of 1981 and contains parts from Parkliv documentary, concert photos, hits, as well as the interview Annika did with GT about the past 30 years.

 

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1m 56s teaser is available here.