Roxette XXX Tour – Perth, Australia – February 14 – #18

Many thought it was a good idea to go and see Roxette on 14th Feb, so Perth Arena was quite packed. The band proved it was the best way the crowd could spend their Valentine’s Day. Marie changed the tiger pattern jacket she was wearing in Brisbane for a white jacket and she had a pair of very hot pants on. Even if it seemed to be a bad leg day for her (she was sitting during 2/3 of the show), her performance was still so powerful and one could realize again she’s such an inspiration. The band made the whole audience jump up from their seats and dance, as well as sing along loudly.

There were changes in the setlist. Fading Like A Flower just had to be back, since it has always been a huge hit in Australia. Almost Unreal stayed on the setlist though and came as the first extra song. Perfect Day was sadly left out and Watercolours In The Rain / Paint was performed at its place instead. 7Twenty7 wasn’t played.

Per shared their view on the show right after it had ended:

PERTH! Yes. Wonderful gig in wonderful Perth. Thanx everyone for singing along and showing some serious boogie-moves this hot Saturday! See you next time, dears!!!! Cheers from P&M&Co

Next gig is on Tuesday (17th February) in Adelaide, Australia.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9;

Colosoul (photos by Henry Whitehead Imaging)
watoday.com.au (review)
amnplify.com.au (review)
justincawthorne.com (review)

 

Videos

Spending My Time
It Must Have Been Love, Dressed For Success, Dangerous
Joyride, Almost Unreal, Listen To Your Heart
It Must Have Been Love: 1; 2
How Do You Do!
Dressed For Success
Crush On You, She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio): 1; 2
Joyride: 1; 2
The Look
Listen To Your Heart

Instavideos:
The Look: 1; 2
Fading Like A Flower

 

Setlist

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Pic by Kimchichick

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Almost Unreal
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

Yet another Roxette gig is sold out!

So far it was Feb 28 – Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley, Australia (A Day on the Green) /sold out shortly after tickets went on sale/, May 10 – Milan, Teatro Arcimboldi, Italy and June 13 – Trondheim, Sverresborg, Norway being sold out, but today it has been announced that Feb 21 – Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, Australia (A Day on the Green) is also sold out. Actually, all general admission and reserved seats are sold out, the only tickets remaining are a limited number of Rochford Wines packages. These are available from Rochford Wines on (03) 5962 2119. At Yarra Valley this way there will be more than 10,000 fans to enjoy the XXX show. Woohoo!

Which gig is next to be sold out? Check the list of dates and get your tickets!

 

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Have a “Gessle inspired weekend”

Any plans for March? Particulary, March 13 and 14? No? Then you could go and book a “Gessle inspired weekend” at Per’s Hotel Tylösand in Halmstad. Everybody who books a “Spa & Entertainment package” will get a special treat with a wine tasting of exclusive Gessle wines as well as do a tour around the hotel’s unique pop history landmarks – as is stated on the homepage of the hotel.

This is the complete program as listed on the site:

PROGRAM

WINE TASTING – Friday and Saturday 17.30 PM
The Per Gessle Selection is the brand for the series of wines that the Swedish super star and wine aficionado Per Gessle has launched with the help of some of the world’s most prominent wine makers. In this series there are champagne as well as red, white and non-alcoholic wines, and we will be served a selection of these during the tasting session.

THE POP TOUR – Friday and Saturday
On both Friday and Saturday there will also be a guided tour of selected pop history items on display at the hotel, led by music writer and Per Gessle biographer Sven Lindström, who guides us around Leif’s Lounge with its exhibition of unique Roxette and Gyllene Tider material from Gessle’s long music career.
Sven Lindström has written the authorised biography ”Att vara Per Gessle” as well as chronicling Roxette’s career and sensational comeback. Together with Per, he also hosts the weekly show Nordic Rox, presenting the best music from the Northern countries on Sirius XM satellite radio.

BOOK NOW!
Availability is limited, so book now for a weekend in March with a little bit more of everything.

Roxette XXX Tour – Brisbane, Australia – February 10 – #17

Per posted after the gig:

BRISBANE UPDATE: Yea! Great crowd + band set in party mode = can’t go wrong! First show on the Oz tour is history. Thanx everyone for showing up. See y’all soon again. Now we move to Perth for a while. Badabam again on Saturday! Cheers, P.

 

Articles and photos

Twitter: 1, Instagram: 1, 2, 3

brisbanetimes.com.au (review)
auspop.com.au (review)
amnplify.com.au (photos)
Katherine O’Malley photos
77 Photography

 

Videos

Crush On You

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Pic by Tracey Davidson

Instavideos:
Joyride
Dressed for success
It must have been love
Crash!Boom!Bang!

 

Setlist

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Perfect Day
Almost Unreal
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

Got tickets for a Roxette concert? Read carefully..

It’s crazy – at least for a fan like I am – how there are still people on this planet who don’t know about the illness Marie Fredriksson (lead singer/Roxette) suffered from, just recently I experienced that on Twitter, during the Auckland show. Yes, she had a brain tumour. And yes, she is healthy again. She had to fight a lot for several years, but she made it and she did even though she only had a 5% chance to survive. And now she feels good enough to perform again. Roxette just kicked off their second world tour since 2011. And no, her condition isn’t serious. So in case you got tickets for a Roxette show for the upcoming world tour, please take some advices:

bild-179-e14234933342681.) Don’t wonder about Marie not walking, dancing and jumping around the stage – she simply can’t. She suffers from long term effects which include problems with her right leg (yes, it might be that she struggles with it and touches it all the time), she can’t see properly on her right eye and has problems hearing with her right ear. She has problems walking due to the effects the tumour had on her body.

2.) In case Marie sings wrong lyrics or none at all – don’t worry. It’s only a line or two, she’s back faster than you can think about the correct lyrics yourself. Just let her sing what she wants to. She’s a survivor, a hero, true inspiration for everyone who is seriously ill.

3.) Don’t say that she shouldn’t be on stage in a condition “like that”. She is healthy, really. She is totally fine and all she ever wanted to do and wants to and probably always will want to do is being on stage, perform, sing for and with her fans, enjoy the audience’s response and be what she is: a performer. You have no right to say that she should stay at home, because being on stage is what makes her happy. You can clearly see that in her eyes.

4.) Don’t tell your friends that she looks much older than she is. She’s through a lot lot lot and you wouldn’t look much better if you had survived a 5% survival chance illness. You know – she had to learn reading, counting and TALKING again – not to mention singing. Just show some respect.

How you show her respect?

– Put away your smartphone, don’t wonder about her, don’t worry about her, just ENJOY the show, SING ALONG with her and most of all: show her that you are there for her, your full support and affection.

– Sing as loud as you can, shout her name and make the people around you do the same. Simple as that!

If you can’t, there is another option: If you only have negative things to say, say nothing at all.

Photo: Kirsten Ohlwein

Roxette XXX Tour – Auckland, New Zealand – February 7 – #16

When the news started spreading in May 2014 that Roxette would tour Australia and New Zealand, all Kiwi fans must have been over the moon. They have been waiting for long since the last time Rox would have performed there in February 2012. Per fell ill on his flight from Stockholm and they had to cancel the show. Earlier, Roxette visited New Zealand for a promotional visit at the end of the 80’s, but never performed there. Roxette kept their promise to come back and Per now luckily avoided eating strange stuff on board or maybe it was his airline PJs that kept him healthy this time.

Before the show, fans could check the merch stand as usual. Besides the new XXX water bottle you’ll find an XXX baseball cap and the Tour Program as new stuff. The tour program looks extremely hot with fab pics inside. The scarf they have now looks like it’s made of a different type of textile than what we could get in 2014.

Before the gig, the audience could see a sign that said: ”Tonight’s concert (and possibly audience) is being filmed at the request of the artist. Enjoy the show!” Maybe it’s for a new project or just to see how the new stage design works with the audience or any other reason. I hope we’ll get to know it one day and most importantly, see at least a part of that recording.

Vector Arena was fully packed, everyone was sitting impatiently while waiting for Roxette. There was a support act, Ekko Park starting at 7.30 pm. Roxette was set to hit the stage at 8.30 pm, but they entered with appr. 20 minutes delay. During the support act and the beginning of the show the background elements of the new stage design were still “rolled up”, but already during the first song the audience got to see the new stuff in action. There were cool lighting effects and lyrics appeared on the background every now and then, as well as the band’s name. It was quite colorful and looked stylish and fresh. Stunning like Pelle’s beard, to quote PG. 😉

We thought New Zealand can be warm enough for Per to leave his glam rock jacket behind, but he kept it for the first 3 songs. Marie kept the tradition of being barefoot. Both of them and the band were in great mood and they were very energetic. There were some light mistakes here and there in the lyrics, but who cares when you get the crowd on their feet and make them sing along and stand until the end of the show. Marie was sitting during 2 ballads, The Heart Shaped Sea and Perfect Day, but then she got up again and rocked on. The crowd went nuts at many songs and Roxette was bringing down the house in Auckland.

To many Roxers’ big surprise, there were fab changes in the setlist. However, one can miss Real Sugar and Fading Like A Flower, 3 of the songs that many fans wished for appeared on the setlist. First of all, Crush On You! Sounded awesome live again after so many years! You can check it in this video. Then Almost Unreal was performed as well. These 2 songs were already cool additions, but they kept something more for the extras. From Watercolours In The Rain when it’s only Marie and Dea on stage there was a transition into Paint. What a wonderful version it was! Even if it wasn’t the complete song, it’s just amazing they added it. Check it out here! Awesomeness is the word! We know it’s not too easy to have a new setlist too often, so it’s much appreciated that there are these extra marvellous changes. So huge thanks for listening to what hardcore Roxers asked or voted for on the XXX Tour poll (already 4 songs out of the top 10 or album top 3 have been played since we run the poll, including Real Sugar!)

Per got a new set of guitar picks for the New Zealand – Australia leg of the tour. And he used them, making many in the crowd happy to catch them. The phrases “THROW THIS AT CHRIS” and “WHERE AIR PER? / PER AIR HAIR!” are simply hilarious.

Per & Co after the show:

AUCKLAND UPDATE: Yeah! Super gig tonite in front of around 6000 wonderful NZ ppl!!! First time for us here, we felt very welcome!!! Thanks all of you who attended the show. New stage production (which made us all slightly nervous from time to time), a couple of new tracks in the set list and and brand new hardcore guitar pix couldn’t stop this Saturday from being a winner!! Vids to follow tomorrow when I’m awake. Cheers everyone… Love from P&Co

Next gig is on Tuesday (10th February) in Brisbane, Australia.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

13thfloor.co.nz (review and photos)
musicnation.co.nz (photos)
libel.co.nz (review and photos)
livenation.com.au (photos)
thebreeze.co.nz (photos)

 

Videos

Crush On You
Paint
The Look; another The Look vid
Listen To Your Heart
It Must Have Been Love (part)
Almost Unreal

PG interview via phone on TV4 (in Swedish)

Instavideos:
How Do You Do! (with lyrics appearing)
Almost Unreal

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Auckland
Pic by Alice Barry

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Perfect Day
Almost Unreal
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

 

 

Thanx a lot for your cooperation, Celestte Williams and Alexis Schettler! Huge thanx for the extra videos, Celestte!

New Roxette album to be released in autumn 2015 – reveled in the latest compilations sets [PHOTOS]

Two new Roxette compilations are already on the market  including revised version of 2006 Rox Box (minus DVD with videos and concert) as well as special compilation called “The 30 Biggest Hits“.  Our friend Daniel Rezmann from Australia shared some pictures, so any of you, photos or CD hunters out there, here comes your feast!

What interesting inside (beside music!) is the official statement that new Roxette album should be released in autumn 2015, three years after “Travelling” album. Am I right it’s the first time some really stated that? Anyway, 2015 tour begins tomorrow on the 7th of February (or in fact – according to New Zealand time – today).

Get ready for more from Roxette this year!

 

Rox Box 2015

The 30 Biggest Hits

 

 

Roxette to play in Finland in August

After two successful concerts in Finland last November, it is very probable it will be also Roxette’s second to last stop on the European soil. According to VK.se article, Roxette was set to perform in Vasa on the 15th of August, but it would be confirmed by the 10th of February as there was some “misunderstanding” issues between concert’s organizers and Roxette management.

Anyway, August seems to be busy with late summer festivals for Roxette team with already confirmed gigs on Faroe Island and Norway.

UPDATE (Feb 10th): Today, the concert in Vasa has been officially confirmed by VK.se.

 

Roxette XXX-Tour: another date in Norway!

rxno2Roxette will play at the 20th edition of the Elvefestival in Drammen, Norway, on August 22nd, 2015.

Tickets for the festival, which takes place between August 21st and August 23rd, can be bought at billetservice.no starting on Friday, Feb 6th. The ticket for Saturday, the day Roxette will perform, costs 585 NOK and the festival pass for two days 715 NOK. Roxette is the only known artist so far, further artists will be announced soon(ish).

Drammen is just about 45 minutes from Oslo, and it’s on a Saturday, so not many excuses not to go there, huh?

 

 

Per Gessle – the book fair pop quiz sound recording

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Pic by Patrícia Peres

You surely remember last year’s Göteborg Book Fair either you could personally be there or not. On 26th September Per, in between 2 signing sessions, took part in a very entertaining pop quiz that was led by Sven Lindström. Another participant of the quiz was the other lonely boy, Nisse Hellberg. 4 months after the event, the book fair team decided to share the sound recording of that seminar, so now everyone can enjoy it. A short summary of the day as chapter 1 you could already read here at RoxBlog in this article and 1/3 of the seminar you could already watch as a video summary in this RoxBlog article. The seminar was of course in Swedish, but it is worth listening to it even if you don’t speak the language. How these guys love music shines through their talking. Always! Oh and you can also hear how Per loves to win. Because he won. Of course.

Hopefully, chapter 2, i. e. the interview Jan Gradvall did with Per on 28th September will also be uploaded as a sound recording at least. Until then, enjoy this little pop quiz!

 

Sneak peek of Roxette’s XXX stage design

What Per already said about the new stage design is that it was built in London, Patrick Woodroffe and Stufish designed it, it’s very expensive, it’s 8 tons of equipment (excl. band members) and it looks as stunning as Pelle’s beard, so we’re gonna love it.

Patrick Woodroffe (who appears at the end of the apple pie party video) has lit several artists over the last 40 years, e.g. ABBA, AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Depeche Mode, The Rolling Stones, etc.

Stufish created stage design for The Rolling Stones, U2, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Elton John and Simply Red among others.

This evening, Soundforce Scandinavian AB, the company that helps the band with sound and video technology shared a photo from the rehearsals. There is still much left to speculate until we see the stage set in action on 7th Ferbuary in Auckland, New Zealand where it has its premiere. Since there don’t seem to be too many physical elements (or maybe we just can’t see them all on the pic), the stunning factor will surely be the digital and lighting parts of it, so all the techniques they use to make the background move & shine. Exxxciting!

And of course, another stunning factor will be the band itself. Hard to wait to see them live again very soon! 2 weeks left until the XXX tour goes on!

 

Photo by Soundforce Scandinavian AB
Photo by Soundforce Scandinavian AB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update on 25th Jan: Soundforce was probably asked to remove the photo from their Facebook page. They were a bit too early posting it it seems.

Update on 24th Feb: Woodroffe Bassett Design shared some photos from the rehearsals. HERE you can check them out.

Would it be fun to have Roxette concerts on USB stix?

We already informed you about Roxette’s one and only Norway concert in 2015 being sold out. When I was checking the organizer’s Facebook site, I saw an interesting thing. Roxette’s concert is on 13th June in Trondheim and Mark Knopfler plays there one day before them. This fact is not quite interesting, but I realized Mark Knopfler records all his shows and gives the fans the opportunity to purchase high-quality, live soundboard recordings of every show on a guitar-shaped USB stick or as mp3 / FLAC download. Digging deeper in this topic, many more artists are providing such a treat.

This USB stick doesn't exist. It's just an illustration.
This USB stick doesn’t exist. It’s just an illustration.

Wouldn’t it be cool to have the professional sound recordings of the concert(s) you attend during the XXX tour? Since Roxette play 100% live, each concert is very much different to the others, even if the setlist doesn’t change much or not at all from one concert to another. On one hand, all concerts are most probably recorded anyway, so it would be just a nice extra to copy them on some sticks and provide Roxers with the possibility to buy them. On the other hand, Chris wouldn’t have the chance to mix all concerts one by one since it would be simply too much and maybe the PERfectionists they are, it wouldn’t feel comfortable for them to release such sticks.

Either way, let’s play with the thought it’s possible. Let us know about your opinion!

 

What do you think?

 

The tour goes on in 18 days! Either we get live recordings or not, we are looking very much forward to all 2015 shows and more!

 

Any Per Gessle birthday party today?

Another year passed and Mr. G became 20454 days old today. Wishing a splendido birthday to Per! The past year was again full of fun, joy and treats in many forms and most importantly, we got some more gorgeous & cool music from him. Cheers to another busy year!

Do you have any plans about how to celebrate Per’s birthday? You can choose more than 1 from the list below. If you choose ”Other”, we would be glad to read about your plans in a comment.

 

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These photos in the collage were shared by Per during the past year at the uncountable number of Facebook pages he is handling. We are ready for even more pics until his next birthday, aren’t we?
How do you celebrate Per's birthday?

 

 

 

Roxette’s one and only concert in Norway is sold out

Roxette_TrondheimAs we already informed you about it in an earlier post of ours, tickets for the one and only Roxette concert in Norway in 2015 were selling like hot cakes. Tickets went on sale on 14th November and the next day we could read it in Norwegian newspapers that half of the total amount of tickets had been sold only in a few hours.

Today at 13:30 it was announced that only 237 tickets were left, then some hours later the operators of the Facebook page of Trondheim Concerts posted (also at the event’s Facebook page) that the Roxette concert is officially sold out. 10,000 people will see Roxette at Sverresborg Arena on 13th June! Woohoo! Congrats!

Those of you who wanted to see Roxette in Norway, but haven’t bought your tickets yet, now you may want to plan another option. HERE you can check the complete list of already announced dates.