The music streaming company WiMP has a contest going on to win a meet & greet with Gyllene Tider.
Follow this link for more instructions.
The meeting with the winners will be on May 1st from 14:15 until 14:45 in Stockholm.
”Roxette – osannolika tur och retur” is the title of Sven Lindström’s book about Roxette’s unlikely return. It seems that the book is first being published in Swedish, but Sven informed The Daily Roxette earlier that it will be available in English, too.
Sven said in an interview in July, 2012:
It’s a pretty unlikely story, both about how they broke through, and how they came back a few years ago. There will also be an insight into the fans’ relationship to the band.
It is a dramatic story that this band has been through and I think it will be quite surprising when you see the big picture. They have done a trip like no band in Sweden have done.
The book tells the story of one of Sweden’s most successful bands of all time. It’s a story full of passion and drama, joy and sorrow, unlikely success and dark adversity.
We follow Roxette the whole way. The hobby project that Per Gessle hardly dared to believe in when he was dying his hair blond and Marie Fredriksson was Sweden’s most shining female artist. Worldwide success after the somewhat unlikely breakthrough came out of international pop hits like “The Look”, “Listen To Your Heart”, “It Must Have Been Love” and “Joyride” in the late 80s and early 90s. Tours, disc recordings and conflicts. The shocking news when Marie Fredriksson’s brain tumor almost gave the story a tragic end. The long and difficult way back. And then the almost neverending global comeback in front of celebrating and crying fans worldwide, a comeback unprecedented in Swedish music history.
”Roxette – Den osannolika resan tur och retur” broadens the understanding of a unique Swedish music phenomenon, treated often unfairly in their homeland and almost religiously worshiped throughout the world.
Well, in Nordstedts’ autumn catalog we can see an English title in the list of content, so most probably All Roxers around the world will have the chance to read this promising book:
Lindström, Sven: Today Sweden, Tomorrow the World
Johan Bylin and Roxette Cafe contributed to the article.
The (Swedish) press has reviewed Gyllene Tider’s new album, here are some links!
Hallandsposten (4 points)
Hallands Nyheter (4 points)
gd.se (4 points)
unt.se (4 points)
Expressen (3 points)
Aftonbladet (3 points)
Göteborgs-Posten (3 points)
Helsingborgs Dagblad (3 points)
Corren (3 points)
SvD (3 points)
dt.se (3 points)
allehanda.se (3 points)
Sydsvenskan (2 points)
and last but not least, as it is usual, TDR has reviewed the album too, the best are the small bits of trivia from Thomas.
Aftonbladet and WiMP have teamed up to be able to bring “Dags att tänka på refrängen” to your speakers one day before the official release date, April 24.
You will find a new song released for listening every hour, and until 24:00 CET.
Just follow this link to listen to the album! (you will need to register and install WiMP).
1. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej
2. Man blir yr
4. Allt jag lärt mej om livet (har jag lärt mej av Vera)
5. Tio droppar regn
6. Jag tänker åka på en lång lång lång lång lång resa
8. Chikaboom (Album version)
9. Anders och Mickes första band
10. Tiden är en dåre med banjo
12. Dags att tänka på refrängen
It is one of my hobbies to keep a sort of database of Swedish artists and their connections. It is a fact that there are many many artists in Sweden, and many of them have worked together at a certain point in their career. I think specially the time of the 70ies – 80ies was a period of many collaborations. I started with this many years ago and I am trying to bring my paper-excel database into a better platform. Who knows where this will end.
I also have to mention that the fact that I started to listen to the Swedish Per & Marie material opened the doors for me to other Swedish music and some of these artists have become a fix part of my music collection. And this collection is growing year after year.
Gyllene Tider is, of course, no exception, so I wanted to share part of these findings here.
Marie Fredriksson – Sang backing vocals on “The Heartland Café” and duet with GT “Ingenting av vad du behöver” from “Puls”. She also sang “Vandrar i ett sommarregn” with GT on TV and joined GT on stage a couple of times before. On the other side, GT also joined Roxette in 2010 in Halmstad.
Eva Dahlgren – sang “Vandrar i ett sommarregn” in “Puls”. As far as I know, GT never played this song (or any other) live together. It’s about time!
Niklas Strömstedt – sang “Da’n före da’n” with Gyllene Tider, taken from Glitter, glögg & rock ‘n’ roll. Played as musician and sang backing vocals on “The Heartland Café” and other albums. On his TV program “Tack för musiken” he and Lasse Winnerbäck performed “Honung och guld”.
Christoffer Lundquist - Produced Gyllene Tider’s albums “Fin 5 Fel” and “Det är dags att tänka på refrängen”. Ex member of Brainpool. Brainpool and Gyllene Tider sang “My Sweet Lord (she’s so fine)” on TV together.
Wilmer X – joined GT on stage during Återtåget, sung “Marie i växeln” together. They also formed The Lonely Boys together with some of the GT-ers in 1995.
Anne-Lie Rydé – “When Love Is On The Phone” from “The Heartland Café”.
Lasse Lindbom – produced many GT songs and albums. He also recorded some songs written by Per, he performed “För dina bruna ögon skull” on Melodifestivalen in 1980. The song is also recorded by GT.
Clarence Öfwerman - like Christoffer, produced Gyllene Tider’s albums “Fin 5 Fel” and “Det är dags att tänka på refrängen”.
Jesper Börjesson – TV4 reporter – informed today in a chat on expressen.se that there will be a long report about Gyllene Tider in TV4’s Nyhetsmorgon next Saturday. As you may remember, Jesper visited the guys in Halmstad (Tylösand) on 10th April (press day), so they made a report that will be on air from 10:15 CET on 27th April. You can watch it here worldwide.
Photo is from Gyllene Tider’s Instagram. 10th April, 2013.
Next appearance of GT on TV4 will be on 1st May in ”Humorgalan”. ”Humorgalan” is a charity show in collaboration with UNICEF and this is the 11th consecutive year TV4 is collaborating and broadcasts it live. Judging from last year’s Humorgalan, Gyllene Tider will most probably perform one or two songs during the show. Broadcast starts at 20:00 CET.
We’ve been already kidding with it since last May or so that – with his actual hairdo – Per reminds many people of Mr. Snape from Harry Potter movie. Yeah, even a bad Photoshop pic was made back then (by me, sorry…).
Can’t be a coincidence that Per visited Grindelwald 2 weeks ago.
Now, after Mr. Gessle appeared on Gyllene Tider’s press conference with his freshly dyed, trimmed and straightened hair, Twitter and several blogs (why should we give it a miss?) are bursting with short notes on the similarity (see tweets and blog links after the picture). Judge it yourself:
Well, it doesn’t matter until he himself likes it and those ruthless G majors sound better on a Rickenbacker while he’s shaking his hair.
Links to some tweets & blogs:
In an EPK uploaded to Magnus’ YouTube, Magnus reveals that the song is called “On a Sunday” and that it was written 10 years ago for an album they had been working on together but “was never released”. He also explains that the lyrics were written by Marie and her husband Mikael Bolyos “on a Sunday afternoon”, and thus the title.
You can listen to a short “snippet” of the song, which has been recorded again for this album, in the video below.
The release date of the album is still unknown.
We already informed you about some rumours regarding Gyllene Tider changing the venue in Gothenburg. Today, on a press conference it has been confirmed: GT rocks Ullevi on 12th July! Woohoo!
Slottsskogensvallen was already sold out (20,000 tickets) and Per said they don’t know if Ullevi will be sold out as well, but it doesn’t matter, the gig will be magical anyway. Micke Syd thinks it’s fantastic that they get the chance to do something they never thought would happen again.
The broadcast’s sound was too bad at the beginning but it got better and better and then ended soon. You can watch it here.
Fingers crossed for a sold out Ullevi, however, we will have fun anyway!
Tickets purchased to Slottsskogsvallen are valid for Ullevi, tickets for Ullevi will be released on April 23 at 09:00 CET. If you have a standing ticket to Slottsskogsvallen, but you want to have a seat instead in Ullevi, there is an opportunity to change your ticket between Friday, April 19, 9:00 CET and Monday, April 22, 18:00 CET. To change the ticket call Ticnet at this number: 077-170 70 70.
If you don’t have enough Roxette- or Per Gessle-related sites to follow, here you have the new Facebook page for Per’s wine selection. Knowing Mr. G, the page will surely be managed by himself. There are already some nice pictures of the wines available so far.
On the side of Sommartider wine boxes you can find some summer tips from the sommarguru:
Now only one thing is missing: someone, please, make the wines available worldwide!
If you’re in Sweden, you can order the newest wines here:
Gyllene Tider’s video for their first single off Dags att tänka på refrängen album, ”Man blir yr” premiered on Aftonbaldet TV today. When Per posted ”Video is coming soon!” on Gyllene Tider’s facebook page on 1st April, most of us thought it was just an April Fool’s Day post. Now the video is really here. Most scenes in the clip are from TV4’s Fråga Gyllene Tider show or at least from the same day, shot in the rehearsal studio. There are many old Gyllene Tider pictures appearing, too. The ending is too cool with Per throwing a plec. Watch it yourself!
Fans also had a chance to chat with Mr. Gessle on Aftonbladet at 12:30 CET today. The chat lasted for about 35 minutes.
From the chat we get to know that the girl in Man blir yr video is called Filippa. The guy who drew the awesome Gyllene Tider cartoon characters is called Paco. Ullevi was his best concert with Gyllene Tider and it’s still not out of the game this year. There most probably won’t be any more Gyllene Tider signing sessions than the 3 already announced ones. Mr. Gessle promises there will be some unexpected songs on tour. There is a plan to record the tour on DVD.
Per sings much much worse after drinking 4-5 beers, so he never drinks alcohol before a gig. He’s losing focus and it fits his personality very badly. Mr. G is not listening to Justin Bieber (surprise, surprise…). If he could have a dinner with three other musicians, dead or alive, he would choose John Lennon, Syd Barrett and Mama Cass. To the question regarding what he’s most proud of in his career he replied:
I am proud that I still have a wonderful relationship with the audience. It’s the audience around the world that made all this possible.
He says he has never been angry with anyone in the audience while he was on stage:
Our audience is generally VERY positive and active and you never want to stop playing for them!
Regarding his actual hairdo (the hairdo, the hairdo!!! read it carefully! ) he says:
I like my hair right now because I can shake it so cool when I play a ruthless G major on Rickenbacker!
The last question - coming from Felix – was when he is resting. Per’s reaction:
Felix, you sound like my wife!!!!!! I’ve been floating in my life and get to work with what I love. I’ll rest later.
Gyllene Tider releases “Dags att tänka på refrängen” on April 24th and as expected, you will have the chance to meet the 5 mighty guys from Halmstad and get your copy of the album signed.
April 26th at 17:00 CET, Stockholm NK, Hamngatan
April 27th at 14:00 CET, Halmstad Åhlens, Brogatan 14
April 28th at 14:00 CET at Rocks at Kungsmässan, Kungsbacka, Halland.
Hopefully, more dates to come!
Per Gessle posted the following message on Facebook:
Roxette Live+Documentary DVD/BlueRay update: Looks like we have to wait until late summer for release. However, it will include full concert + extended documentary + 90 min hilarious So, Christoffer!-vids. Maybe we should make the audio available on its own as well. It sounds terrific. We all agree that live albums are underrated! /P.
The DVD was originally schedulled for the first quarter of 2013. The documentary was already broadcasted on SVT1 in December 2012 and a short version of the live DVD was also on SVT early January 2013.
But reading Per’s update, it seems that the waiting will pay off if really the full concert is included and an extended version of the documentary!
And YES, please, make the magnific audio available!
We interviewed Martin Sternhufvud (MaMas Barn), who just released an album “Från ingenting till någonting” (you can listen to it at the bottom of this article and buy it here) and talked with him about his music and many other things.
RXB/ Judith: Hi Martin, we would like to begin with the origins. How and when did you get into music? What instruments do you play?
Well, the impulse to express myself through music came very early in my life, when I was like 9 years old I did my first songs and recorded them on my mother’s cassette-player. But it was in the secondary school when I was 16 years old that I met other friends and we started a band. I remember when I met up with MP at that time and asked him if he wanted to play the drums in our first band. He said: Yes!
RXB/J: Who are your favourite artists and inspiration?
My current absolute favorite artist right now is a Swedish guy who calls himself “The tallest man on earth”. Check it out on Spotify or/and youtube. I enjoy all artists who move from the inner space in some sense – I think that is what touches me as a listener. I want to feel the soul of the other…
So genuine artists as Springsteen, Dylan, Lars Winnerbäck, Bon Iver, Fink, Ebba Forsberg among others may help me to awake to a more genuine reality. I think that’s what art is about.
RXB/J: Could you tell us about the 70ies, how did you get to know Per and Marie and start the band with her (Strul, MaMas Barn)?
Per and I went in the same school and he was kind of eccentric, walked around in suites and a hat (guess he found his inspiration from David Bowie…) which was kind of odd at that kind of post hippie-era! Per was a good friend of a friend of mine so we that was how we first met. Further on we shared the same facilities where our different bands rehearsed.
I remember how Per introduced me to Tom Petty in our chill-out room. I was very impressed by Tom Petty – Per was a great fan to him (and still is I guess).
Marie was the girlfriend of our drummer (not MP – now we are in the late 70′s…). So I asked him if he could bring Marie to the band as the rumor said that she sang very nice…And she did! She blew us all away with her voice…!
Göteborgs-Posten informs that there is a good chance to move Gyllene Tider’s gig from Slottsskogsvallen to Ullevi in Gothenburg. GT’s Ullevi gig in 2004 was sold out in 3 hours and 58 977 people attended the concert. Can they repeat that success? Well, Live Nation has booked Ullevi for 12th July, just in case. If more than 20,000 tickets are sold for Slottsskogsvallen, then the concert is moved. Live Nation confirmed on Gyllene Tider’s press day on Wednesday that and everyone is hoping for moving the gig to Gothenburg’s well-known stadium.
The new album “Dags att tänka på refrängen” is released on 24th April, so there is still enough time for it to become a huge success, which turns into even more promising ticket sales.
So far ”only” 2 gigs are sold out – according to ticnet.se – Halmstad, 5th July and Helsingborg, 10th July.
I think all of the fans would agree with me: We hope for Ullevi, too!!!