Contest: win a copy of “Roxette – Den osannolika resan tur och retur”!

In cooperation with Norstedts, the publishing house of “Roxette – Den osannolika resan tur och retur”, we are giving away 2 copies of the book, which will be out next week.

In order to participate in the contest, simply answer this question:

Author Sven Lindström followed Roxette during their 2011-2012 tour to write his book – in which city did the Roxette tour end?

Write an email with your name, home address (so we can send the book) and the answer to the question to judith@roxetteblog.com until August 28st. The 2 lucky winners will be announced later that week.

Good luck!

Update August 31st: The winners are Elisa Boccara (France) and Oscar Mercado Chavez (Mexico). Congratulations!


And here is the small letter, contest terms and conditions
- In order to participate, you have to send an email to judith@roxetteblog.com with name, address and answer to the question. We will consider all emails we receive until the 28st of August 2013, 23:59 CET time.
- 2 winners will be picked up randomly among those who have participated and sent the correct answer.
- As it is usual, you can only participate once, any attempt to participate twice will lead to your disqualification.
- Prizes won’t be paid out in cash. Prizes will be sent by standard mail only once (so basically, if the envelope gets lost.. we won’t be able to send a replacement) by the publisher.
- Winners will be announced on this website and will also be notified per email. You’ll be required to answer to the email confirming your address.
- 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
- All submitted data will only be used for the purpose of the contest and, in case you are one of the lucky winners, to send you the prize.

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Per Gessle and Sven Lindström at Göteborg Book Fair

One month after Sven Lindström’s ”Roxette – Den osannolika resan tur och retur” is published (30th August), Per and Sven will have a seminar at Göteborg Book Fair on 29th September. Seminar starts at 12:00 and lasts until 12:45.

Ticket you can buy at the entrance and it is valid for the seminar as well. Regular prices for adults: 160 SEK per day; for children / youth from 7 to 19 years: 50 SEK. Free entrance for children up to 6 years. Happy Hour between 9:00 and 10:00 on Sunday (the day the seminar is): ticket for adults: 110 SEK, for children: 40 SEK.

So, is it a perfect excuse to travel to Sweden again? ;)

 

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Gyllene Tider is still on fire!

You might remember an old article of ours where we asked you to vote for a Gyllene Tider-medley and then let you know later in May that the result of all our voting power was that GT won. Thanks to that, the audience of the choreographed fireworks in Norrköping could listen to a medley of 5 GT hits.

Fireworks started at 10 pm on 16th August and the 5 songs played were (in this order):

 

  1. När vi två blir en (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  2. Flickorna på TV2 (1)
  3. Gå & fiska! (1, 2)
  4. Sommartider (1, 2, 3)
  5. Tylö sun (1)

 

Click on the numbers next to the songs for some short Instagram videos and check how the “show” was. ;)

Update #1: now a full video is available on YoutTube. 6m 30s. Click here to watch it!

Update #2 (1st September): a more enjoyable video is uploaded by Göteborgs FyrverkeriFabrik. Click here to watch it!

 

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Roxette – Den osannolika resan tur och retur

Bokus made available the 2 first chapters of Sven Lindström’s new book about Roxette’s unlikely return on their website. Click here to read them. The book also includes stories of 6 well-known Roxers and is published on 30th August, 2013.

 

Contents:

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You can read some more about the book in our earlier article here.

 

A little help for those who can’t speak Swedish: Claudia Bastian and Celestte Williams translated the 1st chapter. We want to emphasize that we don’t want to  break any copyright laws, but appr. 80-90% (if not more) of Roxette fans can’t speak Swedish. So we do hope the English version of the book is out soon after it’s been published in Swedish. ;)

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Gyllene Tider – the band that doesn’t exist

Jan-Owe Wikström’s name or his nickname, Wicke should ring a bell to all fans, as he is the co-author of ”Roxette – The book” (1992) and the author of ”Gyllene Tider” biography (1997). He’s a Swedish journalist and writer, working at Hallandsposten. As Hallandsposten informs, he is writing a book about Gyllene Tider’s latest tour.

Wicke attended 11 concerts, followed the band backstage, spent a lot of time with the crew, was talking to many fans and photographer Anders Roos, who he is working with took about 20 000 photos during this adventure.

The book is going to be a ”road movie” book – that’s how Wicke calls it – and its working title is ”Bandet som inte finns” (= ”The band that doesn’t exist”). This is a fair title if you consider that Gyllene Tider split in 1985 and since then they had only temporary reunions.

The book will contain comparisons between now & then and is planned to be published in November, 2013.

 

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International front row says thanx to Gyllene Tider

19 concerts in 18 cities all around Sweden, 29 songs played live, 5 unstoppable, energetic guys on and approximately 260 000 loud fans off stage from at least 25 countries* practicing their Swedish, a great management, a fab crew, an adorable support act, a top class security team, a working number system, hundreds of hours waiting in front of venues and tons of happy faces. But who cares about numbers (– I mean in general)? We have uncountable wonderful memories from this tour!

As you all know it from the beginning, the front row on all concerts was quite international. Some fans travelled to Sweden to see only 1 show, others attended more gigs and there were even hardcores (e.g. Sandra Knospe and Liv Lindgren) who went to see GT on all concerts.

I tried to contact as many front row fans as I could and asked them to share their thoughts / feelings regarding the tour in 2-3 sentences (it wasn’t too easy to squeeze everything in, I know), as well as photos of themselves from the tour. I couldn’t reach everyone, but I bet these words below and those happy faces in the video represent all GT fans’ thoughts and happiness.

Per, Micke, Göran, Anders & Mats, tack för en helt fantastisk, jävligt bra turné! Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej. Det blev mycket bättre! We hope to see you together on stage again – next time sooner, not 9 years later… ;) (Think about a release party for the live DVD with a “rarities” concert mentioned in the Micke Syd interview.)

Take this video, as well as the fans’ words as a HUGE THANK YOU for the tour!

 

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Argentina

Cecilia Vazquez: ”It was very special. I´m listening to GT since I was 13 and I never thought to see them live. Suddenly, it was my birthday (turned 34), I was in Halmstad and GT were in front of me playing the songs I’ve been listening to for years. I was crying for 15 minutes, since they played Kung av sand, hahahaha. I never expected that kind of power on stage, they are terrific! And one more time, I met a lot of friends. I think one of the best part to be a fan is enjoying the music that I love and having fun with friends at the same time.”

Cristian Dario Brizuela: ”It was great travelling so far and enjoy your music. Thank you for making my life so happy! I hope to be present at the next tour!!! GT thanks & thanks for being so kind, Åsa!!!”

Emilio Gimenez Bahl: ”The tour was another dream come true. The most important was to show my daughters they exist and are real, not just a video on my TV. I’m thankful because they (5 and 8 years old) experienced for the first time the music I’ve been listening to unconditionally for the last 18 years. An Argentinian that moved to Gothenburg in 2011.”

Gerardo Contijoch: ”Seeing GT live is one of the most amazing experiences I had in my life. If anything could top it, it certainly would be another GT tour! You can never go wrong with GT!”

German Divonis (Benke): ”Got the possibility to travel to see GT live for me was a dream come true. I’ve been waiting for that since 20 years ago (the very first time I listened to GT was in ’93). I’ve got a wife and kids and it was so hard for me to travel alone. But Gyllene Tider fulfilled all my expectations!”

Jorge Daniel Diaz: ”I finally had a chance to enjoy GT live! It was amazing sharing it with many friends in the front row, where you can feel their power. Also, I must congratulate the fans who organized the number system, that’s GREAT!”

Lionel Zeta & Brenda Donatti: ”We just wanna say THANK U so much for a fantastic tour! It was amazing! Only 5 shows for us (we would have liked to do the whole tour), but we had a blast! Ullevi will always be in our heart. Thanx for the m&g and for every single moment.”

Maria Francovig Valero: ”Sitting right here at the airport, there’s a collection of images of the wonderful times I have spent this summer! Seeing Gyllene Tider live had always been a dream for me, and now that it finally happened l must admit that you guys topped all I’ve ever dreamt of! I believe we were all sharing the same energy and that was what made this sommartider so special! All I know is I’m up for another magical summer… hopefully soon! Thank you Per, Göran, Anders, MP and Micke for these outstanding and magical summer nights! GT för alltid!!!”

Paula Cafiero Högström: ”4 concerts this time for me! With old friends from near and far, with new nice ppl who may become friends soon…, with my husband!!! And even with my kids for the first time! With an amazing Swedish summer that has been longed for a couple of years now… There are no words that can fulfill what I feel! Memories for life now in my luggage! I feel thankful, grateful, lucky and blessed! It’s so nice to have been part of this! DEEP THANKS GT! (Paula from Argentina but living in Malmö!)”

Sebastián Baioni: ”I’ve been at 4 concerts and this is the end of my holidays, but I can’t be sad. I had more than I expected and a lot of fun with friends who are as crazy as me, enjoying good music, good company and visiting amazing places.”

Silvana Gilarski: ”I love GT from the first moment I heard them! It was really touching to be there, my dream came true! From the bottom of my heart I wanna say thanks for this great tour and for making me so happy! Don’t ever stop!!!”

 

Australia

Celestte Williams: ”Before I left Australia I never imagined I was going to have such an unforgettable & awesome tour. I WAS WRONG!!! All 14 concerts were energetic, fun, and the entire band was impeccable. Sluta inte sjunga på refrängen nu…..”

Daniel Rezmann: ”The tour for me was a fantastic opportunity to see some of my favorite music performed live and being able to meet most of the band along the way. It was a wonderful opportunity to see a beautiful country, many parts of which I would never have seen were it not for the tour. And finally, it was great to catch up with some friends met on past adventures, in particular a special German girl.”

 

Austria

Karin Lessjak: ”It was my first GT-concert ever! Although I´m not such a crazy GT-fan (like in case of Roxette or Marie) it was really something very special! First of all it´s always so great to meet all the people you can´t see the whole year because of distance… And the other reason is something very special: I have never seen Per on stage like this! So cool! So happy! When Marie is on stage you see that she is always “the star”. So for me it looks like he enjoyed to be “the star” on stage.”

Michaela Gerhardt: ”Det har varit så jättetrevligt och kul att se er på scenen igen i Halmstad. Och ni var jättebra förstås! Kram, Michi”

 

Belgium

Ann De Vos: ”The one thing I like most of the GT-concerts is the positive mood/vibe all around, which is so what I need personally in my life right now, so definitely perfect timing. Thank you for sharing your music and happiness and keep on rocking!”

 

Brazil

Flavia Rocha: ”It all started in 1997, when I bought Halmstads Pärlor during my first time in Sweden. In 2013, a big dream came true: watching Gyllene Tider’s concert in Halmstad, where they began. TWICE! Unbelievable two front rows made this Brazilian girl cry with pure joy! TACK SÅ MYCKET!”

 

Canada

Katy Phillips: ”Having the opportunity to travel to Sweden and join you for part of a Gyllene Tider tour was a 17-year-old dream that finally came true. You guys were amazing! Tack för allt!”

 

Germany

Alexandra Neitzel, Jenni Kessler, Christina Dercks: ”Vi hoppade, vi sjöng, vi firade… och så finns det alltid en möjlighet att headbanga till Gyllene Tider. Det var underbart att sjunga på svenska igen. We had the time of our lives – how about you?”

Astrid Lenhard: ”I wanted to experience what the real “sommartider”- feeling is about, so I booked a ticket for the Stockholm-concert. I never expected that I will join a Gyllene Tider-show in the front row, but I did and it was unique & awesome!!!”

Chrissie Roehrs: ”This was one of the best summers I had for a longer time, also because the atmosphere among us fans was so great. My memories of this summer will be filled with sunshine, fun, friendship, a special rosé wine and 5 great concerts. Tack för att ni finns!”

Claudia Bastian: ”Gyllene Sommaren – I will forever remember this magical time for the wonderful sunshine, blue sky, nice people waiting in line happily displaying a number written on their hand (a system boldly tried by the best security guy and his team – and it worked out!!! So their presence will be demanded for any future project no matter when and where on this planet), exploring a bit more one of the nicest countries in the world made perfect by seeing five Golden Boys playing ten out-of-the-world gigs with songs that have become “summer” in the soundtrack of my life. TACK SÅ MYCKET for an unbelievable summer (once again) and let’s do the hattrick: play Ullevi three times in your lifetime!!!”

Gaby Hildebrandt: ”What a summer! Awesome 7 front row shows are over, I never jumped as hard as this year! Thanx GT for many great party nights, time for little chats, meeting beloved friends from all over the world again, lots of wine and more than a week of lost voice afterwards! Wanna do it again!!! NOW!”

Ivan Kelava: ”Ingen sommar utan Gessle!!! You already made me happy with this EXCELLENT new album! And now with this fantastic tour! Thanks for your music and those great great gigs! Cheers to you!”

Marta Nowicka: ”It was my first GT-concert and my first time in Stockholm. It was just great!!! I love when my dreams come true.”

Nina Wolfframm: ”As we did not have a single drop of rain at the shows I can definitely say: ni sprider solsken överallt! Thanks for the summer of my life!”

Patricia Bienko: ”Enjoying some GT-concerts in beautiful Sweden was (once again) a mind-blowing experience. Thanks for some unforgettable moments and please don’t ever stop!!!”

Sandra Knospe: ”Who would have thought that 5 1/2 weeks of summer vacation and touring can go by that fast? But time is running when you have so much fun. This was without a doubt the most wonderful summer I have ever had. Great concerts, great fun with friends and Sweden showed its best side regarding the weather, too. Truly a Gyllene Sommar. Thanks to Micke, Anders, Göran, MP and Per for 19 fantastic concerts and thanks to all others (friends and fans, Christoffer, Sven L., Linnea & band, the crew, Show Security Sweden and all other companies involved) who turned this summer into an everlasting great adventure. I could do that for the rest of my life, so please never stop touring once in a while!!!”

Tanja Overrath: ”Thanks for 3 wonderful concerts! Keep on rocking, för det är INTE dags att tänka på refrängen!”

 

Hungary

Ági Reichardt: ”This tour was the best ever experience in my life. Being the part of the front row in Ullevi and singing “När alla vännerna gått hem” with Marie Fredriksson was unforgettable. So thank you GT!”

Gyöngyvér Simon: ”This summer for me was briefly the best summer with the best music by the best band with the best fans. Tack så mycket #gtsommar!”

Patrícia Peres (RXB Team): ”I’ve been waiting for 19 years to see Gyllene Tider live and it was all worth it, as I had the July of my life with 7 incredibly fantastic, magical & unforgettable gigs! Per Håkan, Harplinge Ringo, DJ Fritzon, Anders och MP, det är NI som får jorden att gå runt! Glöm inte att det är inte dags att tänka på refrängen!”

 

Italy

Valeria Felluca: ”Being a Roxette fan, I was really curious to see Per on stage with his band Gyllene Tider, in a different environment, in his country and singing in his language, so basically in his world. Well, I was not disappointed at all by these guys! Super concerts in Göteborg and Malmö, great energy and high level performances! Then, thanks to GT, I spent a really special birthday in Göteborg on July 12th. Ullevi stadium turned into a magic place and Marie’s presence made that night perfect, oh what a gift! So thankful for those moments.”

 

Lithuania

Auryte Cekuolyte: ”Per, Micke, Anders, MP och Göran, thank you for making this July hotter for me, thank you for the memories which will make autumn and winter a lot easier to overcome!”

 

Peru

Diana Morales: ”Gyllene Tider, thanks for making me feel so special. I will miss you so much. See you later!”

Kemerly Grau: ”I have been waiting to attend my first GT concert for 18 years!!! Halmstad gig was out of this world. Great energy and passion on the stage! You are so very kind and reachable to the fans and it meant a lot! Peru loves you!”

 

Poland

Basia Konarzewska: ”I expected a cool summer with friends and some good music in Sweden, but all the things happening in “Juni, Juli, Augusti” were just unbelievable. Kick off (secret) start in Leif’s Lounge, 7 great gigs and the the final show as the cherry on the top of the GT cake. Hope we don’t have to wait for the next tour till the next decade!”

Monika Nowak: ”I attended 2 great gigs. It was the first time I saw GT live and now I have unforgettable memories for the rest of my life. That was a great experience.”

Patrycja Gajewska: ”Visual effects on the screens charmed me. I think it was an excellent idea and fantastically completed the show. Combined with the energy flow from the stage I got a huge dose of positive emotions that are still with me.”

Tomasz Wysocki (RXB Team): ”Sweden is a very important part of my Polish life and it couldn’t be different with the current GT tour. Amazing experience, though only-golden-hits-concert is not something I’m a big fan of (more pearls, please). Thanks guys for making my summer even brighter, lighter and smarter. Don’t let me wait for the new tour next 9 years!!!”

 

Spain

Álex Usero: ”The Gyllene Tider concerts really make you feel sommar energy. Thanks to the band, security people and queue organizers… and last but not least: my magic international front-row new and old friends. You made it!”

Estanislao: ”Gigs full of energy, the band having as much fun as we do, sunny weather, sharing all this with old and new friends, best organization ever at the entrances, etc. What else can we wish for? Just one thing: do not make us wait that long for the next GT tour! Thanks guys for an amazing summer!”

Judith S (RXB Team; living in Austria): ”I’m glad that I had the chance to see this great band live once again. Gyllene Tider rocked big time! And it’s been great to meet new and old friends, we’ll share the laughs and happy memories forever. Thank you for the nananas, riffs, beats and Farfisa.”

Mariana Gumuzio: ”I don’t know how to describe this tour, but if there’s something that I haven’t been able to lose since my last concert in Ö-vik is the big smile on my face. So if I have to say something about this tour it’s the smiles, fun and great moments that we did all share together during the queues, shows and doing tourism around Sweden. It’s been 7 incredible shows that I won’t ever forget.”

Ricardo Acosta Hernandez: ”A very kind Swedish old lady told me yesterday: “Their songs bring me back to my youth summer days, and still today the parents are showing GT’s music to their children, so now the old and new generations have come together in the concerts, and this tradition keeps growing on!” It was a pleasure for me to join and be a little part of this beautiful feeling that Gyllene Tider means in Sweden, and hope you don’t mind if I proudly say that this summer, we the international front row became Swedes! Lots of love!”

Rosa Planas Bonet: ”This tour will always be in my heart because it was the very first time we the international fans got along each other with no fighting. The whole tour had a very good atmosphere.”

Tamara Montes: ”Enjoyed a fantastic evening at the Stockholm gig, singing along all these familiar tunes. Not only the show made my day, but also meeting up again with my international crazy bunch that I hadn’t seen since the Neverending Tour. I thank there was no need to run because we are not 20 anymore!!! Next goal: make Per to wear one of our wigs.”

 

Sweden

Angelica Stålnacke: ”This tour means a lot to me. I was only 12 years when I was with my mom at GT25. So finally I got to experience this tour, like the fan I am to Per. No voice, pain in the body, and with tears in my eyes. Everything’s worth for Per, thank you for everything you give us. I love you!”

Anja Hoppe: ”Att jag bor i Sverige och överhuvudtaget pratar svenska idag är till stor del tack vare er musik som jag (16 och Roxettefan som jag var) upptäckte i samband med comebacken 1995 och älskade från första början. 1996 var jag på semester i Sverige med familjen, men kunde inte gå på den enda logistiskt möjliga konserten då (Malmö) eftersom den var slutsåld. Men precis som 2004 fick jag möjligheten att se er i bl.a. Malmö den här gången, uppleva den underbara musiken, spelglädjen, festen tillsammans med många underbara människor som jag inte heller hade lärt känna om Roxette eller Gyllene Tider inte hade funnits – TACK!”

Åsa Florholm: ”Det var som vanligt underbart att se er. Hoppas att det blir fler turnéer! Tack!”

Christel Johansson: ”Jag har långt ifrån sett alla konserter på denna turnén, men de tre jag har upplevt från första raden har alla varit magiska på sina sätt. Micke Syds Local Fanclub tackar särskilt för trumpinnen som numera har en hedersplats i bokhyllan. Tack, och på återseende!!!”

Eliza Roszkowska Öberg: ”Kära Gyllene Tider, jag vill tacka er för att ni finns och ger oss så mycket glädje och energi! Varje konsert (14 under denna sommar för min del) har varit en underbar upplevelse. A big “Thank you!” to all of you that I could share this summer with, who danced, clapped hands and sang along and made the concerts even better!”

Erik Johansson: ”Gyllene Tider 2013 måste vara det tajtaste svenska bandet genom tiderna. Den energi och spelglädje som bandet utstrålar tar sig rakt in i hjärtat och man lämnas med ett leende av hur löjligt fenomenalt det är.”

Liv Lindgren: ”Jag har svårt att med ord beskriva hur det känns att få uppleva mitt livs stora idoler leverera en otroligt fantastisk och underbar turné. Känslostormar av lycka, glädje och eufori lämnar mig rörd och berörd. GT stort tack för den bästa sommaren i mitt liv!”

 

Switzerland

Cathérine Frei: ”Some time ago, a wise fan stated on “Roxette Official” that Roxette is tattooed in her heart. That’s exactly how I feel about my Swedish summer 2013. All the indescribably beautiful moments at and also alongside the concerts are a fixed part of me now and will be so for the rest of my life.”

Christine Kuehne: ”2013 has been quite an eventful year so far, therefore the GT-tour was a welcomed distraction. And sure enough, the energy of the band, as well as the simple, fun songs made me see the positive aspects of life again. Winning the meet & greet in Stockholm was just the icing on the cake.”

Karin Rubischung: ”Beautiful Stockholm… an amazing and awesome Gyllene Tider concert with Per at his best… and sharing those unforgettable moments with dear friends… I will keep these wonderful moments in my heart forever!”

 

UK

Mandy Sedgwick: ”There are two things that will be forever etched into my memory about the summer of 2013… Firstly a Brit finally won Wimbledon!!! And secondly the two amazing GT gigs I was lucky enough to experience at both Leifs Lounge and the Tele2 Arena. The band’s performance and energy on stage at both gigs was like nothing I’d ever seen or felt before, you absolutely blew me away. A huge THANK YOU for leaving with me such awesome everlasting memories guys! ”

 

Uruguay

Cristina Ferreira: ”Thanx for all the joy, smiles and good vibes you gave us from the stage. I will treasure them forever, you are the best.”

M Jo Majo: ”I felt 13 again jumping and screaming ‘in the crowd in the front row’. Thanx for a wonderful, unforgettable experience.”

 

USA

John Ashfield: ”Seeing Gyllene Tider in Sweden was one of the most memorable concert experiences I’ve ever had. After watching DVDs and listening to the records, it was so great to hear that stuff played live! Meeting the band, well, that was unexpected and a blast. In fact I’ve never met a band/act that had such a nice and thoughtful crew/team and other fans. People from the record label, and the management were all so cool, the swedish fans and the international fans, all so awesome.”

 

 

Thanx for your cooperation and for being so fast, guys and girls! See you next time!

 

*260 000 fans from the above 18 countries + Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Netherlands, Finland, Bulgaria, Mexico

 

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Interview with Micke N-S – ”I decided to play the drums after meeting Pelle Alsing”

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Mikael Nogueira Svensson is the most well-known member of the crew among fans. Many people know him as Micke N-S, the guy behind the iPhone, taking the panorama pics we can see on Roxette Official and on Gyllene Tider’s Facebook site. We know his face and sometimes fans are chatting with him at the venues, but still, we don’t know too much about Micke, just that he is doing a fantastic job as backline technician.

He took his time between Gyllene Tider’s Örnsköldsvik show and 2nd Halmstad gig and was happy to share some more information about himself & his work and told us some interesting and funny stories, too.

 

 

PP: – On a Swedish drum workshop website I read this: ”Workshop leader is Mikael Nogueira Svensson, one of the most experienced and hired drum technicians in Sweden.” When did you start your work as a drum / guitar technician? What came first: drums or guitars?

MNS: – I started around 1997 with some local acts in the middle of Sweden, Dalarna. First it was only drums. The guitar bit of it came in the picture in around 2002, when I ran a rental company in Stockholm and had to go on tour with a band and also help the guitar player. And basically, it’s more common in Sweden that the techs help the guitar player more than the drummer.

PP: – Do you like working with drums or guitars more? Or does it depend on the person whom you are working with?

MNS: – It’s totally up to the artist I work for, so it doesn’t matter at all if it’s drums or guitars. But I toured with Prince between Roxette tour legs, which was more of a challenge, because then I did keyboards and piano for him.

PP: – Even keyboards and piano. Great! By the way, have you ever been studying music? Or you just learned to play the instruments by yourself?

MNS: – I’ve been studying at Stockholm Conservatory of Music for 3 years. But the fun part of it is that I decided to play the drums when I was a child, after meeting Pelle Alsing backstage in Gävle on the Joyride tour. And now I work for them.

PP: - Really? That sounds cool! What was Pelle’s reaction, when you told him you decided to play the drums because of him?

MNS: – Can’t remember. Nothing special I guess.

PP: – Oj, Pelle… Any other instruments you play besides the drums and guitar?

MNS: – I can only play the drums, can’t play the guitar. I only know a few chords. But I guess I can set up a guitar better than most of the guitar players out there…

PP: – You’re kidding! I thought it’s evident that you can play the guitar. Hats off then! Besides Roxette and Per Gessle you worked together with many other artists on tour (e.g. Peter Jöback, Carola) or played the drums for (e.g. Rod Stewart and the producer of U2). Who is the one whom you enjoyed to work together with the most?

MNS: – First, I didn’t play the drums for Peter or Carola. I was a tech for them. I played the bass on a singback performance with Peter Jöback once at the Swedish football gala. I kind of like to work with artists who are very aware of everything. It’s a give and take. I like to make it nice for them and they appreciate it. If it’s an artist who doesn’t care about anything, I don’t like it. You get no positive feedback then.

05_Micke_N-SPP: – You are now on tour with Gyllene Tider. How different is it to work with them vs. Roxette?

MNS: – There’s no difference, except that I sleep at home from Sunday till Tuesday. We are the same crew and everything is the same.

PP: -Who is the easiest to work with in GT?

MNS: – I would say it’s equal. Everyone demands a certain kind of professionalism and everyone is just as kind as the other. But I’ve known Micke Syd for the longest time, so he is kind of the same ”father” figure for me as Pelle Alsing.

PP: – You are taking care of Per Gessle’s guitars, Micke Syd’s drums and also Anders Herrlin’s bass guitars, as well as many other things before, during and after the GT concerts. Which is the toughest part of your job now and what do you like the most?

MNS: – I wouldn’t say that I take care of many other things than Per, Micke and Anders. Actually, I only take care of them (their gear). And if you think that something is not connected to them, it is. No one would think about it, but it’s kind of boring to change strings every day.

02_Micke_N-SPP: - Every day??? That must be boring indeed. When do you have to be at the venue on a concert day? What’s the daily routine? What are the first tasks and what is the last thing you do after a gig ends?

MNS: – I’m the last to arrive, at around 11 am. The stage is built the day before by the second unit crew. The riggers and light crew set up everything from 8 am on a concert day. Then I start building the drums, which takes about 1 hour including tuning, head change and miking the drums. After that I set up Per’s VOX rig and Fender amps of Anders. Then it’s lunch. After lunch I set up my tech world [see photo] and connect everything to the sound desk. Around 2 pm we do line check with the crew. Then we remove all the things in front of our risers, so Linnea and her band can set up.

 

 

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PP: – You do soundchecks in the early afternoon with or without the band, but you are also checking the sounds before the concert starts. Were there any difficulties during this tour that you had to solve very quickly before a concert started to make everything work in the end? Or all is going smoothly during these soundchecks?

MNS: – There was no problem so far. Knock on wood.

PP: – I remember there was a moment in Karlstad, when Per looked at you and showed he has problems with his guitar. They were just coming back to the stage for the 2nd extra with Sommartider. You had to come up the stage and change the guitar settings from silent mode to normal, while Per was playing the guitar. It was hilarious. Are you and Micke Syd teasing him a lot with this since then? (At least in Örebro I saw you and Micke Syd were teasing him and showing the guitar was then set to normal mode.)

MNS: – Hahaha! Shit happens to everyone. And actually Syd is not talking about the guitar, he is just teasing me, because Per makes fun of me holding the guitars for so long. He’s fooling me and decides to wipe his face once again and have another drink. So I have to stand there and look like a fool. Sometimes I walk back before he can take the new guitar.

PP: – Now that’s too funny. Anyway, which is your personal favourite among Per’s actual guitars – Cherry Gibson, Blonde Gibson, Black Gibson or the Black Acoustic – and why?

MNS: - I like the Black Gibson, because it’s the easiest to work with. But I bought the Blonde for Per during the Roxette tour and that one has grown in my mind and feelings. (Also in Per’s, I guess, since it’s used for more songs now.)

04_Micke_N-SPP: – Between the support act, Linnea Henriksson and the GT gig we see you on stage with a red plec saying ”Tänk att få sätta på” (part of the lyrics of Flickorna på TV2). Lookin’ good. Is it your personal plec? Is it an own design?

MNS: – It’s my personal tuning pick. It’s one gauge thicker than what Per plays with. It’s more comfortable and more accurate to tune with. I have had own tuning picks since Roxette started the tour. Purple ones.

PP: – We know that for the Roxette tour you had many ideas regarding plecs and Pelle’s drumkit with the star was absolutely your idea. How much have you been involved in designing this year’s plec collection and drumkit?

MNS: – I have designed all of them. Per gave me a few lines he wanted to see on them and I did the rest. The drumkit setup is designed by me. The front head design is Gyllene Tider’s official tour shield, not my design, but I made a few changes to it. It’s 3D, if you look closely at it. Peter, who printed and helped out with the Roxette drumkit, also did the graphic work and printing for this and the Leif on the small kickdrum.

PP: – Talking about ideas, we could see one of your greatest in the Roxette live concert film, namely the small cam on Per’s guitar. Awesome camera angle. Can we expect anything like this in the coming GT live film?

MNS: – No, but I pitched the idea for the show designer to add the GoPro wide angle cameras in the production inside the drumkit. But that is shown every night, so it’s nothing new.

PP: – Back to your past. Have you ever played in any band? Are there any plans that you want to leave backstage and come into the spotlight one day or it’s not your cup of tea at all?

MNS: – I was playing in a band during my years at the Conservatory of Music. We did a reunion in 2009 and played for 2 weeks in St. Anton ski resort. But there are no other plans and it’s nothing I want to do.

PP: – Do you already know what’s next, whose backline are you going to be after the tour ends? Or do you take a good rest and have some free weeks?

MNS: – I do all the pre-work for the Swedish / Norwegian talk show, Skavlan at our national TV station (SVT). I take care of the acts playing there when it comes to all backline work and logistics. It can be any artist: Foo Fighters, Take That, Alicia Keys or a local act. Funny thing is that Sinéad O’Connor asked me if I could get her a guitar for her performance. The only one who I knew he had a guitar Sinéad wanted was Per. So I called him and borrowed his guitar for that show. He told me to say hello to her, since earlier they met in another TV show (where she ripped a photo of the Pope).

You can watch Sinéad O’Connor’s performance in Skavlan show here. She was playing Per’s Gibson Les Paul Jr. /PP/

PP: – One last question came into my mind when I looked at your cover picture on Facebook – Bruce Springsteen throwing the guitar to his technician. Cool one! Who is the artist you would love to work with if you had one wish and why?

MNS: – Foo Fighters, because it’s good music and they are nice guys.

PP: – Fingers crossed for you to work with Foo Fighters then. Thank you for your time and for the fun stories. See you on a next Gessle-related tour!

MNS: – Thank you for coming to the shows. We are nothing without you. And who knows. There might be something in the future, or not…

 

Pics with PP watermark are © Patrícia Peres, pic w/o PP is © Mikael Nogueira Svensson

 

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Interview with Micke Syd: “It’s the way we deliver the songs and the communication with you that create this good vibe, I think it’s very unique.”

We met Micke Syd in a café in Södermalm, one of the nicest districts of Stockholm, the Monday after the Stockholm concert. The weather wasn’t as nice as the previous days, but still allowed us to sit outside for “fika”, the Swedish word for “drinking coffee”. After a bit of chit-chat about our stay in Stockholm, travelling here and there to go to concerts and how Micke Syd is feeling today (“better today, yesterday I was totally KO!” he told us) we started with our interview.

Judith: So let’s start with some background. How did you get into music and when did you start playing drums?
Micke: I think I’ve always wanted to play drums. I remember when I was 5 or 6 and my parents had parties at home and played music and danced, I had a metallic ashtray and I played with knitting needles on it, just for myself, following the rhythm of the music. I don’t know why! (says with a smile). Then I got a drum kit for Christmas when I was 12 or 13, so I learnt to play myself. When I was in 9th grade I had some music lessons for some months but I learnt the rest myself. Then I started to play with Anders and a friend named Martin and the rest you know.

J: and did you have any favourite drummer or inspiration?Micke Syd 2
M: I think I had when I was younger; I always liked all those good drummers who had a personal sound when they play. A beat is a beat, but there must be that special something.
The thing is, you can be technically very good and fast but that doesn’t mean that it’s good.  So, of course, Ringo Starr or Charlie Watts were some of my inspirations. When you hear them play, just one beat, you know it’s them playing, it’s their personality coming through the drum sticks.

J: I think there are just a few drummers you can put in that category, I just got into Bruce Springsteen lately. I sometimes like to concentrate on an instrument when listening to an album, mostly it’s the drums or guitar. So I am amazed the way Max Weinberg plays.
M: Max Weinberg is fantastic. The feeling you get from him is very strong and precise. Love it.

J: It reminds me in a way you play, very much defined strong beats, very fast and catchy as well. And that’s one of the things I love about Gyllene Tider. You hear the difference if you are not playing the drums. You have a very much defined strong beat and you totally miss it when somebody else plays GT songs.
M: Thank you! I think this is the biggest thing with us in Gyllene, we have a totally own sound. All the 5 of us need to be there for this special thing to happen. And the fact that you hear when it’s me playing is the key. It comes with age, I know that I am never gonna be playing faster than *beep*, but I know that I can play ME.  Like MP plays himself, or Anders and Göran and Per. And that is the formula that makes us so special. It’s important to know who I am when I play. And what happens with me and the others in the band. And this is the kind of drummers I like and what I like to hear in other bands too. I am rather old now so I don’t listen to songs that way anymore, but sometimes you just have to. Like for instance, Paul McCartney’s drummer – have you seen him live?

J: Yes, just a month ago!
M: that is great to hear. Did you notice the drummer? Abe Laboriel Jr. His father is a legendary bass player; you can check him on Youtube. Abe Jr. is a huge guy, he also sings and has a very soulful voice and he plays fantastic drums. We could do the same beat on the same drums and it would sound totally different. Just because of the way we do this. And that’s all about music. Find who you are and play the best you can.

J: How did you create the drum parts for the new songs? I understood that Per sent you the demos, which are basically guitar and some keyboard, and that’s all. Was it on the fly in the studio or did you prepare yourself?
M: that’s one thing that was so magical about “Dags att tänka på refrängen” and the difference to when we did “Finn fem fel”. Per had written like he always does, on guitar and him singing, maybe some rhythm pattern or keyboard. He sent the songs bit by bit in spring I think, and I decided for myself to just listen to the songs once this. Sometimes when you listen to them more often, you listen to the chords, you may think ‘I have heard it before’, and you get a wrong input or idea about the song. Then you also start to think how you will play things. So I just listened to them once and left them. I think that one of the best things with us is that when we are together things just happen, we just do it. Of course, I have my box of fills and my beats and rhythm, you will probably hear the same or similar on more than one song. But it’s my way of doing it. So this time we just played.

J: And it worked out amazingly, because the album is great and you really seemed to have fun, some songs sound even like having been recorded live.
M: I think one of the good things was that we started out with “Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej” because it’s a very powerful song and because we had already played it 32 years ago, but we still remembered it. Now when we rehearsed we even did songs from the EP “M”, like “M” which we never played back then, so we just said ‘let’s see if we can play it’ and we could. So songs are somewhere here in the brain, and when we get together it all comes back.

J: So what happened after “Det blir aldrig…”
M: We recorded this song in two or three takes and that was the beginning of the creative thing going. The first day we did a lot of takes, everything went so fast we didn’t even have time to think and I think that was the good thing, we simply played.

And many times what we played then became the arrangements, so you could say that we did the arrangements for the songs in real-time. And when you do that, often the stuff that comes out is amazing and the way it should be.

And for me this is very important too, I have to keep the tempo, I have to know what is happening to put the beats and the fills so it melts with the rest, so I like when it’s flowing, it shouldn’t stop, it should be like a dance. The parts between the verse and the chorus should be together with some nice … something. So when we do it like this, that fast, it just happens, this is nothing you can talk about. And it’s so special to be in a band where we have such a communication that is not verbal, it’s totally something else.

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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!

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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!

 

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#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.”

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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#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

 

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

 

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#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

 

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Micke Syd and DJ Fritzon during Min tjej och jag

 

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Dags att tänka på refrängen

 

Per Gessle_20130719_Karlstad

När alla vännerna gått hem

All pics in this article are © Patrícia Peres

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#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.

 

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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

 

 

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Per during När alla vännerna gått hem

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

 

All pics in this article are © Patrícia Peres

 

 

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#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

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