Hats off to Gyllene Tider’s security team

Micke Syd told us in an interview (which will be on this website soon!) last Monday that he was very happy about the numbering system that was created during this tour for those queueing all day, and he has just posted a nice success story in his blog on Hallandsposten.se:

We are glad to have a lot of people on tour not only from Sweden, but from around the world. They come to see several gigs, some of them see all shows. Many of the foreign fans are Roxette fans who started listening also to GT, which I think is great fun. Many of them are queueing all day, sometimes more, but earlier maybe they didn’t get to their preferred spot, if someone else ran faster, etc.

But luckily, now we have a security guy called Atli, who felt that something has to be changed. So he has created a system after gig number two in Lysekil that makes everyone who was queueing long before the gig happy. They go inside the venue in peace together, in line, according to their numbers. Lovely Swedish system! :-) And now there’s a totally different atmosphere among our hardcore fans, which I think is very good. So hats off to Atli and all of you who spend a long time before every gig in the queue outside the entrance.

Nice words, Micke Syd. Thanx for always thinking about us, international fans, too.

Hip hip hurray for Atli and of course, for Sandra Knospe and Celestte Williams, who helped him to find out the best way of a calm insläpp and make all hardcore fans happy. Thanx for your & your colleagues’ (especially Malin’s) efforts, Atli!

From our side, we made a commitment to ourselves to try to spread this to other Rox&Co (you never know what will be next… Roxette, Per solo?) tours as well.

And we would be happy to have you in any other country at any future gig to organize our entrance the same way. It simply makes the concert experience even better. ;)

Show Security Sweden rulez!

01_GT_security_supervisor

© Patrícia Peres

2 quotes from Atli. First one is from Helsingborg, when he started to find out the system:

”I’m sick of you running!”

The other, which we heard many times and knew the answer to it very well:

Atli: ”What happens to those who start running?”
Crowd in chorus: ”You kick them out PERSONALLY!”

It was our pleasure meeting you! Have a good rest after the tour ends!

Article 1 and article 2 on RXB mentioning the great work of the security team.

Update 1: comment from Malin from Show Security Sweden:

You guys makes us blush.. Many thanks for your cooperation and the never ending happy smiles when we arrive to the sites. You rock! /Malin

Update 2: Sandra talked to Malin to say thanks from all of us, because it’s her last concert tonite. She asked Sunny to tell everyone involved that the company is really thankful, too that everyone was cooperating and helping to make the entries work so good. They all appreciate it and want everybody to know it. To quote Malin:

It’s nice to see that everyone was aiming for the same goal: to experience a great concert.

 Update 3: Atli’s comment:

Wow. Thank you everyone. What a summer we have had together!
I will do my last show in Halmstad in a few days. I see that many of you have gone home by then. But I know there are many of you left for the last shows. Thanks for all your smiles and cooperation.
ATLI

Update 4: Show Security Sweden posted our article with this comment:

Gyllene Tider Sundsvall – check!

We would like to thank GT’s great fans for their fantastic cooperation during the whole tour so far and joining us in creating the best possible experience for all. Hats off to you!

See the attached link, this is precisely what makes you go to work with a smile on your face – every day.

And remember: Those who run go back to the end of the queue. Never forget that!

 

Bookmark and Share


Tags: , , ,

#gtsommar – Fans meet Gyllene Tider!

As you may have seen on our website, we organized two contests to get the chance to win a meet & greet with Gyllene Tider in Halmstad or in Stockholm. Appart from that, many newspapers have organized meet & greet contests and some fans organized these meetings on their own.

The meet & greets are always a nice chance to meet the whole band, get something signed, chat a bit with them and then get a group picture of all the winners and then have a big smile on your face for some hours, days and weeks and I think it’s worth writing about it and spread this good vibe around.

So here are some of the stories!

Halmstad was the first concert of the tour so everything seemed to be very “new”. I gathered all the 6 winners plus two fans from Peru, found Thomas Evensson, who would be taking pictures at the meet&greet like he has done in some occasions in the past and we headed to the meeting point where Cecilia from Live Nation met us to go backstage.

We had to wait a bit longer than planned, so we got to know each other a bit better. And we realized that we were a very international group: Australia, US, Poland, Germany, Argentina, Denmark, Peru and Spain/Austria.

John from USA explained how he got to know about the contest and that he had won.

“In the spring, the idea of taking a summer trip to London came up. My husband and I made our plans and when we set the dates I got a crazy idea! Let’s go see Gyllene Tider! We can catch the opening show! I actually convinced my better half to do this, we would fly to Copenhagen the morning of the show, get a car, drive to Halmstad, rock out, drive back to Copenhagen and fly back to London continuing our trip.

When we were in London I saw on RoxetteBlog page on Facebook a contest to attend a meet and greet before the show! Just answer a simple question and see if you are chosen. I sent off my email from my iphone. Then later on I check my email and saw Judith had emailed me… I get to go to the m&g!

Well YEAH! How cool is this? I was stoked to just see the show, now I get to meet the band?!?”

Cecilia from Argentina told us how she got the news that she had won. “It was on the 3rd of July in the morning. I checked Facebook and I saw a message from a friend saying ‘Say hi to the Beatles’. I was half asleep and took a while to realize that I had won. I checked my emails and saw that it was true. I jumped, screamed and could only say “I won! I won!” to the friend I am travelling with.”

Everybody was very excited as it was the first time to meet the 5 guys for some of us. Including myself.

Finally it was the time to go in. The m&g took place in the same building we met Roxette back in 2010. The location was a bit dark to take good pictures, so we moved outside. After some minutes the 5 guys showed up and greeted us with a smile.

The first to approach us was Micke Syd, who took some time to talk with all of us. He seemed to be very excited about the tour premiere. Göran explained that he was feeling a bit sick, but ready to rock. Per was in a happy mood, joking with some of us.

“I had the DATPR LP with me, I wanted to have it signed inside. When Per came to me I was holding the LP in my hands, he looked at the LP, then he looked at me, then again at the LP, ‘Your shirt has the same colour than the LP. It fits very well, you are melting with the LP’, he said. He was probably waiting for a reaction from my side, but I couldn’t bring out any intelligent answer to his comment. Celestte tried to help me out with a comment, but I don’t remember anymore what she said. I think then I just said something like ‘I can hide behind the LP if you want’ and we all laughed,” tells Nicole from Germany. “It was a great experience, thank you for making this possible!”

And that was it. We were guided back to the concert area, everybody wearing a big smile.

“Per Gessle just gave me a high 5!” tells John. “And the show was terrific”.

“The whole band was in great mood, it was a great experience, thank you!” says Cecilia from Argentina.

The m&g in Stockholm was … different. It started off with the fact that the security staff would not let anybody with a seat ticket into the standing area, where we were to meet Cecilia from Live Nation. After some talking and showing some of the emails I had exchanged with the management they finally let me in. There I met the 4 winners of the contest, Tomasz from RXB and two fans from Argentina I was asked to collect for the m&g. Thomas also joined us, he would be taking pictures this time around too.

This time there were two more groups waiting to meet Gyllene Tider: the winners of the Aftonbladet contest and some sponsors.

We had to wait a little bit this time as well, but we all have stories to tell so we spent the time sharing our concert experiences. We were again a very international group: Poland, US, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain/Austria and Argentina.

The new Tele2 Arena is rather big, so we had to walk through cables and a big backstage area to get to the room where we would meet the band. Once there we were split in groups and given the instructions: we would stand in a line as usual, get our items signed and then we would take a group photo. This time we also got a Gyllene Tider postcard from EMI in case we wanted to have that one signed.

Everybody seemed to be interested in the m&g because when the guys showed up, I could count at least 3 people (from EMI and Åsa) filming the event with their smartphones. Cecilia from Live Nation explained that we were the group of winners of the RoxetteBlog contest, and Per smiled and said “Great website!” and went on talking to each of the fans. Micke Syd was the last one to join, he knows Thomas Evensson and he always jokes with him “YOU again?” he said to him when he saw him taking pictures, “don’t they have any other photographer?” – well, it’s my fault to keep asking Thomas if he can take the pictures of the M&G if I know he is around. He is doing a great job with that as you can see!

I was asked to take the group to a side right after the picture, so I was not standing in the line this time, but watching from aside. It all went so quick that I don’t even know how I ended up in the picture, I think Bo just said I should be on the picture too and put me where you see me ?

After that we moved to one side and waited until we were showed our way back to the venue.
“it was great to meet them, I never thought I would meet the 5 of them like this, thank you!” said Christine from Switzerland.

Jorge and Sebastian from Argentina met the band in Örebro.

Two fans from Argentina, the four Spanish funny fans (Mariana, Alex, Estanislao and Rosa) responsible for cheering up the band and the front rows with their crazy wigs and Sandra from Germany who is going to all their concerts met GT in Gävle.

“The meet & greet in Gävle came totally unexpected for me. When I got the message from Judith I was very surprised…” tells Sandra, “the M&G went smooth, I used the opportunity to thank Micke for his help in Jönköping when he tried to fix a problem with the car of a friend. It was very nice and different from what I expected.”

_MG_0596

Sandra also got the chance to get her car signed by all the guys in Skövde. MP, Anders and Göran finally signed the car after the concert thanks to the help of BoJo and Johan from Show Security Sweden. “Awesome sommar, awesome memories. Tack alla!” says Sandra.

Bookmark and Share


Gyllene Tider ROCKED Tele2 Arena – front row report

This is how I summarized Gyllene Tider’s Ullevi concert about 2 weeks ago: P-U-R-E A-W-E-S-O-M-E-N-E-S-S!  Multiply it by at least 5 and you get to know how Stockholm gig was! I doubted that Ullevi can be topped, but these 5 guys made it! Incredible energy from the very first second of the show till the very end that made everyone sweat on and off stage. It was the best concert I’ve seen during the tour, no question. Per was bouncing around all the time with a smile from ear to ear, MP was also smiling during the whole gig and did a great show, DJ Fritzon was in supertop shape, Anders was simply fantastic and Micke Syd’s acting with the crowd and the cameras was just awesome. There were more cameras this time, so most probably there is much more material from this show than from any other. Fingers crossed for a decent DVD.

 

Per_Gessle_Stockholm_20130727

© Patrícia Peres

 

Tele2 Arena in Stockholm is a new venue. Actually, it’s not completely ready yet, but Gyllene Tider’s gig was the first musical event organized in it. It was planned to be an open air concert, but the roof was closed. Maybe because of the short, but heavy rain in the afternoon. It was quite strange – Sommartider in an arena with a closed roof…, huh? Anyway, the 5 energy bombs on stage rocked it big time.

Sound of the arena surely needs to be improved, though, as the echo was frustrating. It was good when the crowd was singing along, but a bit annoying when Per was singing. Fortunately, there was less echo in the front. 1/3 of the arena was closed and the stage was set up on the shorter side of the venue. Approximately 23000 fans attended the show.

As Per said in the TDR interview, Marie didn’t appear on stage this time and there was no other surprise either. But who needs any surprises when you get to attend a gig like this??? Amazing!

 

 Setlist

1. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej
2. Juni, juli, augusti
3. Det hjärta som brinner
4. På jakt efter liv
5. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjöman
6. Man blir yr
7. Marie i växeln
8. Min tjej och jag
9. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
10. Tuffa tider (för en drömmare)
11. Kung av sand
12. Flickorna på TV2
13. (Hon vill ha) Puls
14. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
15. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly
16. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet
17. Tylö sun

Extra 1:

18. Billy
19. Det är över nu
20. När vi två blir en
21. Gå & fiska!

Extra 2:

22. Sommartider
23. Dags att tänka på refrängen
24. När alla vännerna gått hem

 

I can’t believe that this is my last report of the concerts I was attending. I had a fantastic Swedish summer and 7 unforgettable gigs. Det är över nu for me, but the rest of the tour will surely be filled with a lot of energy. I wish all of you who are still on tour to enjoy it to the full. The Fab Five deserve all attention, sing-along, clapping, shouting, jumping and waving and even more!

As this was my last concert, I’d like to highlight again the great job the security team is doing at each gig during this tour. Hats off to Show Security Sweden! Go to other countries and show them how to do it! Thanx for all your support so far and during the rest of the tour.

 

 

Bookmark and Share


Tags: , , , , ,

#gtsommar #10 Gyllene Tider in Örebro – front row report

Actually, thinking about the fact that it was the 3rd show in a row and as all those attending Leksand gig said that was a hyperenergetic concert, I had no expectations for Örebro. I thought the guys will be tired, won’t have that much energy – as they are not fifty anymore ;) –, but I was surprised by their huge power. All of them were really fresh and enjoyed every second on stage. For me it was the most active gig so far, if we are talking about jumping, clapping, waving, etc.

There was a funny stage scene, when Micke N-S brought Per the cherry guitar. In Karlstad, there was a problem with Per’s black guitar, when they came back for the 2nd extra with Sommartider and Micke N-S had to come to the stage and change the guitar settings from silent mode to normal, while Per was playing the guitar. It was hilarious. So, after that I guess they were joking with this, because last night Micke showed to Per that the guitar was now set to the right mode and then they were laughing with Micke Syd and Per was smiling at that too. It was lovely.

I have to mention that Linnea Henriksson, GT’s support act is very nice and always says thanks to the international gang on the shows since some gigs ago and to give something back, Nina Wolfframm found out that it might be a good idea to bring some nice, colourful balloons to the show. Does it ring a bell to any Roxers? ;) Well, Linnea’s stage outfit and all the decorations are also very colourful, so the balloons looked great and Linnea was really touched by this action.

Regarding the setlist, Leksand was the first gig on this tour where they played Marie i växeln and they kept it for Örebro. No other ”surprise”.

 

 Setlist

1. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej
2. Juni, juli, augusti
3. Det hjärta som brinner
4. På jakt efter liv
5. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjöman
6. Man blir yr
7. Marie i växeln
8. Min tjej och jag
9. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
10. Tuffa tider (för en drömmare)
11. Kung av sand
12. Flickorna på TV2
13. (Hon vill ha) Puls
14. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
15. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly
16. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet
17. Tylö sun

Extra 1:

18. Billy
19. Det är över nu
20. När vi två blir en
21. Gå & fiska!

Extra 2:

22. Sommartider
23. Dags att tänka på refrängen
24. När alla vännerna gått hem

 

Per_Gessle_shirt_No_1  Per_Gessle_shirt_No_2  Per_Gessle_shirt_No_3

Per’s tour shirts: same design, different GT logo colours (yellow, red, white)

 

All pics in this article are © Patrícia Peres

 

Bookmark and Share


Tags: , , , ,

#gtsommar #8 Gyllene Tider in Karlstad – front row report

Another fantastic night with Gyllene Tider! Fab Five was in top shape and in great mood and the sound was ass-kicking. As Expressen reported earlier, the capacity of the venue is 7000, but Per wrote after the concert that 13000 crazy fans attended the gig. So now we know why we felt so tight in there. ;)

They performed 24 songs last night, leaving out Skicka ett vykort, älskling and En sten vid en sjö i en skog, BUT Arabiska nätter came in. Thank God I could hear it live! It’s clear that not so many fans know this song, but it’s a great party song and it rocks live! 1 old song I’m badly missing from the setlist: Fån telefon and 1 from Dags att tänka på refrängen: Chikaboom. Both songs would be awesome to hear! Wishful thinking…

 Setlist

1. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej
2. Juni, juli, augusti
3. Det hjärta som brinner
4. På jakt efter liv
5. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjöman
6. Man blir yr
7. Arabiska nätter
8. Min tjej och jag
9. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
10. Tuffa tider (för en drömmare)
11. Kung av sand
12. Flickorna på TV2
13. (Hon vill ha) Puls
14. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
15. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly
16. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet
17. Tylö sun

Extra 1:

18. Billy
19. Det är över nu
20. När vi två blir en
21. Gå & fiska!

Extra 2:

22. Sommartider
23. Dags att tänka på refrängen
24. När alla vännerna gått hem

 

Micke_Syd_20130719_Karlstad  Goran_Fritzon_20130719_Karlstad

Micke Syd and DJ Fritzon during Min tjej och jag

 

DATPR_20130719_Karlstad

Dags att tänka på refrängen

 

Per Gessle_20130719_Karlstad

När alla vännerna gått hem

All pics in this article are © Patrícia Peres

Bookmark and Share


Tags: , , , , ,

#gtsommar #7 Gyllene Tider in Linköping – front row report

As I already wrote it in my Ullevi report, it will be hard to top that concert and the best gig so far is still Gothenburg for me, but the guys were in perfect shape and they had the same energy on stage in Linköping. The sound was very good and enjoyable this time, too. Front row had a great party and the whole crowd had some fantastic reactions. Sing-along parts were looooud! ;)

”Linköping tjejer” also had a great time for sure and could see the hot outfit of Anders – just like on earlier gigs, where the weather was too warm.

 

Anders_Herrlin_GT_20130717_Linkoping_01  Anders_Herrlin_GT_20130717_Linkoping_02

Anders before & after

 

By the way, it seems that the Gyllene Tider curtain has ended its career. It added a lot to the beginning of the show during the first 3 gigs, but most probably, it’s impossible to be removed quick enough from the stage or it’s because of the windy weather. So the Fab Five are just entering the stage from the 2 sides. Anyway, it’s still an awesome feeling when they appear.

 

The setlist was the same as in Ullevi, but unfortunately, Marie didn’t join them for the closing song this time. I do hope that Arabiska nätter will be back on one of the future gigs.

 

Setlist

Intro: cartoonsetlist_GT_20130717_Linkoping

1. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej

2. Skicka ett vykort, älskling

3. Juni, juli, augusti

4. Det hjärta som brinner

5. På jakt efter liv

6. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjöman

7. Man blir yr

8. En sten vid en sjö i en skog

9. Min tjej och jag

10. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång

11. Tuffa tider (för en drömmare)

12. Kung av sand

13. Flickorna på TV2

14. (Hon vill ha) Puls

15. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta

16. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly

17. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet

18. Tylö sun

Extra 1:

19. Billy

20. Det är över nu

21. När vi två blir en

22. Gå & fiska!

Extra 2:

23. Sommartider

24. Dags att tänka på refrängen

25. När alla vännerna gått hem

 

 

Per_Gessle_GT_20130717_Linkoping

Per during När alla vännerna gått hem

GT_20130717_Linkoping_01 GT_20130717_Linkoping_02

Goodbye for tonight. Gyllene Tider at the end of the show

 

All pics in this article are © Patrícia Peres

 

 

Bookmark and Share


Tags: , , , ,

#gtsommar #6 Gyllene Tider – Ronneby, July 15

setlist_ronnebyThe concert took place in a very nice park and the setlist was slightly different and it included “Vill ha ett svar”, which had its tour premiere and “Arabiska nätter” (FB video), which had only been played at the “secret” concert so far. On the other hand, “Sten” was skipped.

According to the local newspaper BLT, Gyllene Tider has beaten the record of visitors in a concert at the Brunnsparken in Ronneby. 11.868 (11.700 according to GT) in the audience! With this the 100.000 mark has already been reached and passed.

Gyllene Tider posted this comment on FB after the concert:

Fab gig i Ronneby. 11.700 sjöng halsarna av sej. Vi är lyckligt lottade som får vara med om det här! Tack alla. Ledigt imorgon. Linköping Kick Ass på onsdag!!!!

Setlist

1. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej
2. Skicka ett vykort, älskling
3. Juni, juli, augusti
4. Det hjärta som brinner
5. På jakt efter liv
6. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjöman
7. Man blir yr
8. Arabiska nätter
9. Vill ha ett svar!
10. Min tjej och jag
11. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
12. Tuffa tider (för en drömmare)
13. Kung av sand
14. Flickorna på TV2
15. (Hon vill ha) Puls
16. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
17. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly
18. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet
19. Tylö sun

Extra 1:

20. Billy
21. Det är över nu
22. När vi två blir en
23. Gå & fiska!

Extra 2:

24. Sommartider
25. Dags att tänka på refrängen
26. När alla vännerna gått hem

Articles and photos

Pictures from MusicStage

Bookmark and Share


Tags: , ,

Win a chance to meet Gyllene Tider in Stockholm!

Gyllene Tider will be the first artist to perform at the brand new Tele2 Arena in Stockholm. To make this night even more special, and in cooperation with Gyllene Tider’s Management and Live Nation, we are proud to offer you the chance to meet Per, Micke Syd, Anders, Göran and MP backstage in Stockholm on Saturday, 27th of July, 2013.

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

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

and (correct ;-)) answer to this question:

- A special guest joined Gyllene Tider on stage in Göteborg last Friday 12th of July to sing “När alla vännerna gått hem” with the band. Who was the special guest?

The 4 winners will be chosen randomly amongst all participants who answered the question correctly.

The contest runs until Sunday 21st of July 2013 23:59 CET.

Good luck!

Update July 23rd
The winners are:

Ilona Ha?adzi?ska
Elin Hammar
Michael Irwin
Christine Kühne

An email is on the way to the winners with more details.

Congratulations!

 

Don’t forget to read the small letter…

Contest terms and conditions that you agree on when participating to the contest:
- 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 per email and will be required to reply to the email confirming their attendance to the meet & greet
- further instructions where/when to meet will be sent per email or SMS on the concert day. 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 to the meet & greet
- Roxetteblog.com will not enter into any correspondence regarding the result of the contest and is not liable for any damages, loss or expenses that may result in connection to the prize
- 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
- the names and a picture of the winners may be published on this website anytime
- participants must be at least 18 years old
- last but not least, you can bring one item to have it signed by the members of Gyllene Tider

Bookmark and Share


Tags: , , ,

#gtsommar #5 Gyllene Tider – Malmö, July 13

 

Malmo

The fifth concert took place in Malmö at the stadion. The setlist was almost the same as in Göteborg two nights before, the only difference was that “Dags att tänka på refrängen” was skipped. According to Expressen, 13.481 people saw GT in Malmö.

Many fans agreed that this was the best concert so far. GT seemed to have a blast too, according to this comment on FB:

Gode Gud! Vilken sommar! Gigget i Malmö igår var helt sanslöst! Det också!!!! Fem grymma spelningar av fem möjliga so far! Tack alla. Och alla ni som kom till Stadion i Malmö; tack för all skönsång och synnerligen goda vibes! We love y’all! /GT

Setlist

1. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej
2. Skicka ett vykort, älskling
3. Juni, juli, augusti
4. Det hjärta som brinner
5. På jakt efter liv
6. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjöman
7. Man blir yr
8. En sten vid en sjö i en skog
9. Min tjej och jag
10. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
11. Tuffa tider (för en drömmare)
12. Kung av sand
13. Flickorna på TV2
14. (Hon vill ha) Puls
15. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
16. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly
17. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet
18. Tylö sun

Extra 1:

19. Billy
20. Det är över nu
21. När vi två blir en
22. Gå & fiska!

Extra 2:

23. Sommartider
24. När alla vännerna gått hem

Articles and photos
PPPress
Kvällsposten
Musicstage
Sydsvenskan
Expressen

Picture by Micke N-S.

Bookmark and Share


Tags: , ,

#gtsommar #4 – Gyllene Tider rocked Ullevi – front row report

P-U-R-E A-W-E-S-O-M-E-N-E-S-S! This is how I can summarize Gyllene Tider’s gig in Ullevi, Gothenburg. The whole show was really awesome: magical sound, the Fab Five in top top top shape, fantastic setlist, joyful mood on and off stage, great crowd AND Marie joining the guys on stage towards the end of the last song, ”När alla vännerna gått hem”. It was so touching when Per went off stage for coming back with Marie. The reaction of the crowd can’t be described. It was fantastic!!! Tears of happiness all around.

Ullevi was not sold-out, but 5 golden guys + 1 amazon + those 42 223 fans who attended the concert made everyone feel like it was a sold-out gig. One-of-a-kind show, that’s for sure, but we wouldn’t mind if it would happen again during the tour.

Per_MP_20130712_Ullevi

MP & Leggy in action

 

Setlist

Intro: cartoon

1. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej

2. Skicka ett vykort, älskling

3. Juni, juli, augusti

4. Det hjärta som brinner

5. På jakt efter liv

6. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjöman

7. Man blir yr

8. En sten vid en sjö i en skog

9. Min tjej och jag

10. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång

11. Tuffa tider (för en drömmare)

12. Kung av sand

13. Flickorna på TV2

14. (Hon vill ha) Puls

15. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta

16. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly

17. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet

18. Tylö sun

Extra 1:

19. Billy

20. Det är över nu

21. När vi två blir en

22. Gå & fiska!

Extra 2:

23. Sommartider

24. Dags att tänka på refrängen

25. När alla vännerna gått hem

 

Ullevi_GT_setlist_20130712

Ullevi setlist (thanx to Eliza Roszkowska Öberg for showing it)

 

Some more things to add:

  • There was no GT curtain, as Ullevi stage was much bigger than any of the stages during the tour, so after the cartoon, the guys just came on stage and started performing ”Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej”, which was an ass-kicking opener. During the soundcheck we could hear that the order of the first 2 songs will be changed.
  • This time ”Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång” was not performed by Micke Syd, but by Per.
  • Crowd reaction was fantastic during the whole show and before the extras the audience went crazy.
  • Last but not least: it turned out that front row can be reached without running and all we need for this is acting as adults and a great organizer. Thanx to Jimmy & Co. for their support in it.
  • Oh! And there were fireworks again at the end of the concert.

 

 

PG_before_Marie_appears_on_stage_GT_20130712_Ullevi   Marie_Fredriksson_joined_GT_20130712_Ullevi

Marie_&_Per_GT_20130712_Ullevi

Per some moments before Marie appeared on stage; Blurred pic of Marie; Blurred pic of Marie & Per – sorry for the blurred ones… It was so touching that I just couldn’t concentrate enough.

 

It was the best GT gig so far and I doubt it can be topped. Congrats, guys!

We hope to see Marie again (& again & again)! ;)

 

All pics in this article are © Patrícia Peres

 

Bookmark and Share


Tags: , , , , , , ,

#gtsommar #3 – Gyllene Tider in Helsingborg – front row report

By the time me and my friends arrived to the venue (Sofiero, Helsingborg), we were already 20 fans waiting outside. The security supervisor started telling us he would find out an organized way of how to get to the stage. Quote of the day: ”I’m sick of you running.” ;) So, by the help of our very own Celestte Williams and all first 50 fans, he organized a very calm entrance with no running and all of us could get to the best places in the front row. Great job!

 

01_GT_security_supervisor

Atli, Security Supervisor of the year (btw, the pass is looking good, isn’t it?)

 

While we were waiting for the gig to start, Sven Lindström appeared with a Photo pass and greated some international familiar faces.

 

02_Sven_Lindstrom

Sven Lindström chatting with fans

 

There were several news appearing whether one can have a picnic during the gig or not. The final decision was that anyone who felt like bringing a picnic basket, eating and drinking wine on a blanket during the concert, they were very welcome. Still a strange tradition.

After the support act, Gyllene Tider hit the stage. I thought my 2nd concert will be at least as much fun as the premiere gig was, but unfortunately, the sound was very weak – I could hear my voice better than Per’s and actually, the whole sound was somehow very low. Maybe in the back, on the blankets it sounded better.

Micke Syd didn’t seem to be in a very good mood this night. He wasn’t acting as much with the crowd as usually. The one who took the cake today was definitely DJ Fritzon. We could see he enjoyed the show to the full and did a top class Farfisa magic again.

Anyway, we enjoyed the concert despite the bad sound and some pushing, drunken girls, who couldn’t accept that there are ”some” other fans around them. One short note to all Swedes who can’t imagine that foreign Roxette fans can be Gyllene Tider fans at the same time: it’s possible! So, don’t be surprised and don’t question our being a fan when you see us at any concerts. ;)

 

03_Per_Gessle_Kung_av_sand

Per during Kung av sand

 

Regarding the setlist, it’s nice that there was a slight change again.

 

Setlist

Intro: cartoon

1. Skicka ett vykort, älskling

2. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej

3. Juni, juli, augusti

4. Det hjärta som brinner

5. På jakt efter liv

6. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjöman

7. Man blir yr

8. En sten vid en sjö i en skog

9. Min tjej och jag / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång (medley)

10. Tuffa tider

11. Kung av sand

12. Flickorna på TV2

13. (Hon vill ha) Puls

14. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta

15. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly

16. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet

17. Tylö sun

Extra 1:

18. Billy

19. Det är över nu

20. När vi två blir en

21. Gå & fiska!

Extra 2:

22. Sommartider

23. Dags att tänka på refrängen

24. När alla vännerna gått hem

 

Keep “Dags att tänka på refrängen” in, please!

 

All pics in this article are © Patrícia Peres

 

 

Bookmark and Share


Tags: , , ,

#gtsommar First look at “Soldans på din grammofon”

What can we say? It has really become golden summer – not only with a good weather outisde in this part of Europe, but also with release of the latest Gyllene Tider hit compilation. I think Golden Boys have more hit compilation albums than Roxette by now? :-) If you haven’t purchased it yet, you can do it via popular online Swedish shops such as Bengans.se or Cdon.com. Daniel Kuhn shared his photo of the splending SPDG vinyl edition – including two massivly orange discs and a red EP with 4 bonus tracks with a disco ball cover.

If you are more like Henry being disco freak, you can buy it through iTunes and listen on Spotify, Deezer or WIMP.

1005596_651211658242225_1536535481_n

Bookmark and Share


Tags: , ,

#gtsommar #2 Gyllene Tider – Lysekil, July 7

The second concert took place in Lysekil on the west coast of Sweden – over 14,000 people attended this gig. Gyllene Tider got to the concert arena by boat as Expressen reports (full gallery to be found here). Per Gessle and other band members were intreviewed on board and to just quote Gessle: “Our songs are in the Swedish people DNA code. We have audience from 6 to 60. It’s great to see that.” The boat trip probably inspired the band to play “Man blir yr” live for the very first time.

In the Bohuslaningen article, two fan stories were presented – including Gyöngyver Simon from Hungary who came at 4AM (!!!) and Eliza Roszkowska-Öberg (she came at 5AM!), Swedish-Polish fan that you may remember from “Att vara Per Gessle” book. More reports from the concert to follow today and tomorrow. Additional report was published by Expressen – as it wasn’t Nunstedt, so everything was stricly positive where journo calls the concert as a “classic summer dream” where “Gyllene Tider manages to deliver: pulse, feeling and a lot of love.”

As for the concert itself, it was shorter than the Halmstad premiere. “Dags att…” was skipped and “Vera” was replaced with the first single off the latest album “Man blir yr”. According to those who were there – it was a much better choice for beer stands owners.

Setlist

1. Cartoon intro with Knallpulver
2. Gå och fiska
3. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej
4. Juni, juli, augusti
5. Det hjärta som brinner
6. På jakt efter liv
7. Dansar inte lika bra som sjömän
8. Man blir yr
9. En sten vid en sjö i en skog
10. Min tjej och jag
11. Flickan i en Cole-Porter sang
12. Tuffa tider
13. Kung av sand
14. Flickorna på TV2
15. (Hon vill ha) Puls
16. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
17. Ska vi älska så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly
18. (Kom så ska vi) Leva Livet
19. Tylö Sun

20. Det är över nu
21. Billy
22. När vi två blir en

23. Sommartider
24. När alla vännerna gått hem

© Glenn Andersson

© Glenn Andersson

Bookmark and Share


Tags: , ,

Per Gessle’s short message to all RoxetteBlog readers

Today me and 5 friends met Per in Halmstad. He was very nice, stopped by when he saw us, all smiles, then parked his beautiful Ferrari on the side of the road and jumped out of it. We talked a bit and took some photos. Then, when he was about to leave, I asked him to send a message to all RoxetteBlog readers (sorry for my voice, as I wrote it in my report last night, I kind of lost it during the gig). So, he sent a message. It’s short, but pure Per. ;)

Thanx for always taking your time with us, fans, Per! Much appreciated.

 

 

 

 

Bookmark and Share


Tags: , , ,

Gyllene Tider tour premiere – report from the front row

Actually, it’s about 4 hours after the show when I start writing this article. Still can’t sleep, as it was such an out-of-the-world experience. After becoming a Roxer in 1991 and listening to Marie’s and Per’s solo albums, I found Gyllene Tider in 1994. Never had a chance to attend any gigs back in 1996 or 2004, but now my time has come. The tour premiere couldn’t have been any better! Halmstad, front row. What else could you ask for? If you like at least some of the GT tracks, you should definitely see them live one day. What energy on stage! Per was like a Duracell bunny, just like we got used to it during Roxette’s World Tour – or even more energetic – and that voice, yeah, it will surely kill me one day! Micke Syd makes you want to play the drums and DJ Fritzon’s Farfisa magic is just awesome. MP and Anders are demigods of guitar playing, but just because Chris is God. ;) It’s still not too late to buy your tickets to any of the concerts (except Helsingborg, which is sold out). If you are attending any gigs, maybe don’t read further and don’t check the pics, to have the ”aaaaah moment” when you’re seeing them for the first time this year.

Stage design

Hats off! It was so well-designed. As you could see on our Facebook page, we had a chance to listen a bit to the soundcheck and at the stage design for some time – until the security staff told us to please, go away. Before the concert started, there was a big black curtain with a white Gyllene Tider logo on it, so we knew there will be an intro and of course, some adrenaline involved. And we were right. The curtain fell off right after the intro. Check the setlist section for details. During the show there was a huge, awesome background monitor, on which several designs appeared, related to the songs or just close-ups from the stage or the crowd. There were several cameras, but we don’t know it yet, if they were there to ensure a great visual experience or because of a tour DVD.

 

GT_curtain    Mikael_Nogueira_Svensson_plecs

Curtain at the beginning and Mikael Nogueira Svensson (Per’s guitar technician) arranging the plecs on the mic stand (with a plec in his mouth)

 

GT_tour_background_monitor_2013_01     GT_tour_background_monitor_2013_02

Background monitor

 

Setlist

Intro: a funny (maybe 3-5-minute-long) cartoon with the well-known drawing on the big screens on the 2 sides, with a mix picking a little part from several songs, even from Knallpulver

1. Gå & fiska!

2. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej

3. Juni, juli, augusti

4. Det hjärta som brinner

5. På jakt efter liv

6. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjöman

7. Allt jag lärt mej om livet, har jag lärt mej av Vera

8. En sten vid en sjö i en skog

Band presentation

9. Min tjej och jag / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång (medley)

10. Tuffa tider

11. Kung av sand

12. Flickorna på TV2

13. (Hon vill ha) Puls

14. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta

15. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly

16. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet

17. Tylö sun

Extra 1:

18. Det är över nu

19. Billy

20. När vi två blir en

Extra 2:

21. Sommartider

22. Dags att tänka på refrängen

23. När alla vännerna gått hem

 

Some more things to add:

  • When they came back to the stage for the 1st extra session, Per greeted the international front row. And it was really international: Australia, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Spain, Austria, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Sweden. Sorry if I’ve left out any countries.
  • Per presented ”Det hjärta som brinner”, ”Allt jag lärt mej om livet, har jag lärt mej av Vera” and ”Sommartider” as Anders’s favourite songs.
  • What a great ending with 2 such awesome songs. ”Dags att tänka på refrängen” sounded marvellous live! There were even fireworks after the show, but from the front row, we could just hear the sounds, no visual experience for us.
  • They skipped ”Arabiska nätter” – according to the official setlist that would have been the first song in Extra 2
  • Åsa was also there. She was filming a lot.
  • The security staff was very nice and helpful from the very beginning and it stayed like this until the very end.

 

Thank God, I still have 6 chances to take some more of this drug with my friends this summer. I’m without voice now, but I’ll surely recover for the next gig. If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, do a favour to yourself and go to see them live! It will worth it. ;)

 

Per_Gessle_GT_tour_premiere_2013_001          Per_Gessle_GT_tour_premiere_2013_002

The maestro is concentrating and having fun during ”Tuffa tider”

 

Micke_Syd_Anders_Herrlin_GT_tour_premiere_2013_01      Per_Gessle_Mats_MP_Persson_GT_tour_premiere_2013_01

Micke Syd and Anders in the front during ”Tuffa tider” & Per & MP during ”Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly”

 

Asa_Gessle_GT_tour_premiere_2013_01

Åsa filming the crowd

 

 

All pics in this article are © Patrícia Peres

 

Bookmark and Share


Tags: , , , ,