Roxette on tour in Europe 2015!

A press release just came in informing about the third leg of Roxette’s 30th Anniversary Tour: Europe in Spring/Summer 2015!

The tour will start in Milan, Italy on May 10th and go on until July 25th in Stockholm, Sweden. Note that there were some slight changes to the initially published earlier today by other websites!

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, 14th of November. Not sure if this applies to all venues or just Swedish ones, but we will keep you posted as soon as we know! The tickets for Sweden will cost 495 SEK+ service fee.

It’s amazing to be back on the international scenes. The response we’ve had from our audience all these years is overwhelming  and we can’t wait to meet the fans again. We look forward to seeing you in Europe!

Roxette_XXXMay 2015
May 10th  Milan, Teatro Arcimboldi, Italy (ticket pre-sales start Nov 12, normal sales Nov 13)
May 13th  Madrid , Palacio Vistalegre, Spain (ticket pre-sales start Nov 12, normal sales Nov 13)
May 14th  Barcelona, Sant Jordi Club, Spain (ticket pre-sales start Nov 12, normal sales Nov 13)
May 17th  Bucharest, Aranele Romane, Romania
May 19th  Budapest, Budapest Sports Arena, Hungary (ticket sales start Nov 12)
May 21th  Prague, O2 Arena, Czech Republic (Live Nation pre-sales start Nov 11, normal sales Nov 12)
May 23th  Jelling, Jelling Festival, Denmark
May 26th  Paris, Olympia, Paris (ticket pre-sales start Nov 13, normal sales Nov 14)
May 27th  Amsterdam, HMH, The Netherlands
May 29th  Antwerp, Lotto Arena, Belgium

June 2015
June 1st      Dublin, The O2 Arena, Ireland (ticket pre-sales start Nov 12)
June 13th   Trondheim, Sverresborg, Norway (tickets – start Nov 14)
June 22nd  Warsaw, Torwar, Poland (ticket sales start Nov 12)
June 24th   Cologne, Lanxess, Germany (tickets, no info on sales start yet)
June 25th   Hamburg, O2 World, Germany (tickets, no info on sales start yet)
June 27th   Berlin, O2 World, Germany
June 28th   Dresden, Elbufer, Germany (tickets, no info on sales start yet)
June 30th   Mannheim, SAP Arena, Germany

July 2015
July 2nd    Stuttgart, Porsche Arena, Germany
July 3rd     Bad Kissingen, Luitpold Park, Germany (tickets, no info on sales start yet)
July 5th     Mainz, Nordmole, Germany
July 7th     Munich, Olympiahalle, Germany
July 8th     Vienna, Stadthalle, Austria (ticket sales start Nov 14)
July 13th   London, O2 Arena, United Kingdom (ticket pre-sales start Nov 13, normal sales Nov 14)
July 18th   Kalmar , Fredriksskans, Sweden (ticket sales start Nov 14)
July 22nd  Halmstad, Örjans Vall, Sweden (ticket sales start Nov 14)
July 24th   Gothenburg, Slottskogsvallen, Sweden (ticket sales start Nov 14)
July 25th   Stockholm, Sjöhistoriska, Sweden (ticket sales start Nov 14)

Update some hours later: we have found some ticket sales information and added it next to the dates. Most ticket sales start on Friday 14th, but as you can see, some are earlier – and some have pre-sales too. Just check our site out or livenation.se (or your local livenation or ticket seller website) for more information.

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Yekaterinburg, Russia – November 9 – #6

Before the show day, Per gave 4 interviews to the press in Yekaterinburg. Two for TV’s (one of them was for Yekaterinburg TV (the link directly to YouTube), part of the other one can bee seen here (and on YouTube the same), but the complete interview you can watch here), another for a radio (available also as video) and the fourth for a newspaper. So the local media was well interested in Roxette. Last time they played here was March 2011 and one could think it might be too early to come back to a city after 3.5 years, but definitely, it wasn’t the Yekaterinburg crowd who was thinking this way.

From what we heard from fans and as Per also mentioned in his updates, tonight’s concert felt like it was the best so far during the tour. Sometimes it seems that the best show is always the one you have just attended, but looking at the stuff available online thanks to the 21st century and to all those recording something, it was a cool gig indeed. Great energy on and off the stage, Marie is getting stronger and stronger, her voice is shining, Per’s left leg couldn’t stop stomping and the band was amazing, too. The crowd was very loud and they went crazy when they heard the intro to ”Joyride” Christoffer played for them. He performed ”Pesenka pro medvedey” (song about bears). Even those who are not hardcore Roxers said the concert was fantastic and they enjoyed it to the full.

The setlist was the same as on the previous concert.

Per wrote after the show (whatever the problem was with the showers):

EKATERINBURG UPDATE: Great great show tonite. Best so far, says Clarence & Pelle. They might be right. We had a blast. Beautiful crowd. Thanx everyone!!!!! We love this place (except the showers…)! /P.

After a while, being still excited, he shared some videos and the pic of the audience taken by MNS with this text:

EKATERINBURG! THANK YOU!!!! ALL THE LOVE THERE IS! SEE YOU AGAIN! P&CO
PS. Pic by Little Mike N-S

Next gig is on Wednesday (12th November) in Saratov.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;
Elena Mitko’s photo
66.ru article with photos; lots of fab photos here, at the end of the article
deniz-kizi.livejournal.com
Anna Morozova’s pics
ekaterinburg.vibirai.ru – Maxim Vorobyov’s photos
geometria.ru

 

Videos

Kristina Bordovskih’s videos:

Other videos:

Radio interview (voice and video), as well as short report of the concert: here

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Yekaterinburg

Photo from Instagram

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

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Magnitogorsk, Russia – November 7 – #5

Tonight’s show happened in the ice hockey team’s, Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s local arena. I shouldn’t even mention, because it seems so natural already, but Marie appeared barefoot on stage, wearing her hot white jacket. Per’s glam rock jacket found its owner again and the crowd could see it during the first songs. The venue wasn’t sold out, but it still looked quite packed and the crowd seemed to enjoy the concert a lot.

Perfect Day and Queen of Rain found their way back to the setlist, so it was the same as on the first 3 shows.

Per & Co had a great time:

THANK YOU MAGNITOGORSK for a fab evening. Great to see so many people having a splendid time. Including us!! Hope to see you all again! /P&Co

Next gig is on Sunday (9th November) in Yekaterinburg.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6;
pagerok.livejournal.com
Twitter: 1;
Vitaliy Aprelkov’ beauty shots: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; on vk.com
Yury Chernyavka’s photos
Vasily Urintsev’s photos ; dialogpress.ru
Anton Agashin’s photos ; more photos from him
3dblin’s photos: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8;
1mgn.ru
magmetall.ru
geometria.tv
Look Book

 

Videos

Instagram:

Part of the band presentation & Chris playing the intro to Joyride (The Final Countdown)

Time-lapse video of building the stage

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Magnitogorsk

Photo from Instagram

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

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

 

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Novosibirsk, Russia – November 4 – #4

Today it is the 25th anniversary of Listen To Your Heart becoming Roxette’s second US No. 1. It’s nice to have a gig on such days to celebrate. Marie entered the stage barefoot tonite again and Mr G left his glam rock jacket behind. Could be because it was a club concert, so it might have been hot inside anyway.

2 songs (Perfect Day and Queen of Rain) were left out vs. the first 3 concerts (thanx for the info, Evgeny Perekopskiy), probably because the show started appr. one hour later than planned. According to some fans, the reason of the delay was poor organization. The concert should have started at 8 pm, but there were still many people outside. They were not let in and had to wait for long in the freezing cold outside until they got access into the venue. Nevertheless, the gig was fab and the crowd was loud, singing along during the whole concert. The venue, Klub Otdykh looked quite cozy and cool.

Per’s says after the show:

NOVOSIBIRSK UPDATE: Yea! Outstanding gig, A little shorter than usual but hey…… an asskickin’ one. Superb crowd. Thanx everyone for singing along. See y’all again!!! Spasiba! /P & Co

Next gig is on Friday (7th November) in Magnitogorsk.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;
Pravilnoe Radio
geometria.by
Dimitry Zryumov’s photos

 

Videos

Listen To Your Heart & The Look (bad image quality, but OK sound)
Watercolours In The Rain (bad image quality, but OK sound)
It Must Have Been Love

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Novosibirsk

Screenshot is from Ekaterina Sycheva’s instavideo

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Real Sugar
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Krasnoyarsk, Russia – November 2 – #3

After 2 days off, the 3rd gig of the XXX tour happened in Krasnoyarsk tonight. It seems that relaxing for 2 days paid off, since according to fans’ opinion who were there, as well as according to the videos we could see online, this gig was the best from the 3 so far. Marie also felt much better vs. the previous show. Surely, it’s not only because of the fact that she kicked her shoes off, but since her solo tour it seems that being barefoot is a kind of lucky charm and it has magical effects. You rock, Marie!

The setlist was the same as on the first 2 concerts.

Per’s opinion about the show:

KRASNOYARSK UPDATE: Fab gig, best so far by far. Great crowd, lovely band. Love. /P.

Next gig is on Tuesday (4th November) in Novosibirsk.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9;
Julia Raskova’s photos; more photos from her
Photos of the RoxJet
sibnovosti.ru
Anton Mayorov’s photos ; more photos from him
kaleda.ru

 

Videos

How Do You Do!
The Look
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Fading Like A Flower
Christoffer’s intro to Joyride and part of Joyride
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)

Roxette arriving to Krasnoyarsk and an interview with Per
TV report after the show ; the same report on YouTube
enisey.tv report after the show

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Krasnoyarsk

Happy Marie, happy Per, happy band. Photo by Sergey Chivikov

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

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

 

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Micke Syd makes a stand for more organ donation – VOTE!

If you are following the adventures of Micke Syd (Gyllene Tider’s fab drummer) on Facebook, you surely know that his son, Dennis had to go through a kidney transplantation earlier this year. The donor was Madeleine, Dennis’s mother. The whole family is very supportive when it comes to organ donation. Living with Dennis’s health problem for so many years makes it even more understandable.

Micke Syd is the spokesman of MOD (Mer organdonation = More Organ Donation) and the latest support he provided them with was that he and Dennis took part in the charity show of Postkodmiljonären (= Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?). They played brilliantly and won 75,000 SEK for the organization MOD. Now there is a chance to add 10,000 SEK to this by a simple vote on Micke Syd’s and Dennis’s winner dance posted on Postkodmiljonären’s Facebook page. To vote, you just have to click ”like” for the video HERE. Simple as that. Give the organization a chance! Thanks for your help in voting!

 

Micke_Syd_and_Dennis_in_Postkodmiljonären

Photo by Postkodmiljonären

 

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Khabarovsk, Russia – October 30 – #2

Rox_Khabarovsk_by_Olga_O

Pic by Olga O (from Instagram)

The 2nd show of the tour was in Khabarovsk tonight. The band was in top shape and sound-wise the whole gig improved since the premiere concert in Vladivostok. Real Sugar sounded even better! What we didn’t mention in the premiere gig article is that now there is a very short adrenalin intro while the band is getting on stage and before they start off with Sleeping in My Car. Great we have an intro like this on tour!

As we could see it already in the soundcheck video Per shared earlier today, Marie was sitting while singing Perfect Day. On the concert, she was sitting during 3 songs: The Heart Shaped Sea, Perfect Day and Watercolours In The Rain. According to Roxers attending the concert, she didn’t feel comfortable with it. If you check The Heart Shaped Sea video below, you’ll see that it might have been because the chair was set too high. They tried to use the chair during her solo tour, but she refused it there. She chose to perform barefoot instead. And it helped. Maybe it would help now, too, who knows. Kick of them shoes, Marie! OK, now switching to serious mode, watching the video with Queen of Rain, it seems Marie has a difficult time. We really hope that the fans’ positive energy can help her to get better. Sending all the positive vibes towards her virtually as well, from all around the Universe! The songs sounded beautiful anyway!

Another thing to mention is that Chris is doing his lead guitar performance on this tour, too, after the band presentation, before Joyride. Today he played Nad Amurom Belim Parusom (sorry for writing it phonetically, but somehow I can’t use cyrillic letters here…). The setlist was the same as in Vladivostok.

Per’s comment after the show:

THANK YOU KHABAROVSK!!! Fab big crowd tonight, spasiba!! Band in top shape. Hope to see you all soon again. Leaving this town soon, the RoxAirJet is flying west! Cheers, peace & love from P&Co.

Next gig is on Sunday (2nd November) in Krasnoyarsk.

Articles and photos

anni-sanni.com (with marvellous photos!)
habarovsk.moigorod.ru
hab.aif.ru
newmenonline.ru
gubernia.com ; interview with Per (same as in the video, just with photos and in written form here)
vk.com

 

Videos

Sleeping in My Car, The Big L.
Real Sugar; another Real Sugar
Queen of Rain
It Must Have Been Love; another It Must Have Been Love
The Heart Shaped Sea
Perfect Day
7Twenty7
Joyride
The Look
Queen of Rain

Exclusive interview with Per by Gubernia TV
Report about the concert on Gubernia TV

 

Setlist

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

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Vladivostok, Russia – October 28 – #1

Roxette’s 30th Anniversary tour just started today in Vladivostok, Russia!

The setlist has some surprises. Three songs are new on the setlist for this tour:  Real Sugar, which was just played a handfull of times back in 2001, The Heart Shaped Sea, probably seen live only by those who joined the tour in 1992 (besides the Unplugged in 1993) and Queen Of Rain, which was also part of the setlist in 2001 and the Unplugged ’93.

Besides that, Watercolours In The Rain is back on (after a break during the last concerts of 2012) in a stripped down version with only Marie’s voice and Dea Norberg on the piano. Otherwise, the setlist is a nice mix of greatest hits, both ballads and power-pop songs. Sounds like fun!

As always, we will collect newspaper articles, videos and pictures for all concerts whenever possible!

Per’s comment on FB:

VLADIVOSTOK UPDATE: Yeeehaaaaa! Fab concert in front a full house in Vladi, around 7000 ppl I guess. Superb crowd, great band, we loved every second of it!!!! Thanks everyone who made our new world tour happening!!!! Cheers, P&M & Co.
PS. Clips will follow. Sooner or later. Campagne now. Pelle is singing karaoke. Only Alla Pugatjova songs….

Setlist:
Sleeping In My Car
The Big L!
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Real Sugar
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Perfect Day
Watercolours In The Rain
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

Articles and pictures:
Pictures by Evgeny
Pictures on Instagram: http://instagram.com/p/uszCk0yE0b/ | http://instagram.com/p/usz83CyE1l/ | setlist
newsvl.ru
deita.ru
primamedia.ru ; Anton Balashov’s photos
vostokmedia.com
events-vl.ru
primgazeta.ru
livejournal.com
vk.com 1; 2
vlad.mk.ru

 

Audio bootleg

Videos:
From Instagram: Queen of Rain #1, Sleeping In My Car, Real Sugar, It Must Have Been Love, Queen Of Rain #2
Youtube by Vladivostok Art: Listen To Your Heart | Sleeping In My Car | Real Sugar | Queen Of rain
Spending My Time & Crash! Boom! Bang!

TV report about the concert

The Heart Shaped Sea

Watercolours In The Rain

Interview with Per #1

Interview with Per #2

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Per Gessle interview in Expressen

So now we know, it was Malin Roos from Expressen who did an interview with Per at the Göteborg Book Fair after the pop quiz and signing session, when Per went ”backstage” on 26th September. The interview is a fabulous and entertaining reading.

PG_Expressen_interviewAbout The Per Gessle Archives Per says it took a year to put together the collection, there are so many tapes in boxes and bags and old denim jackets. MP has done an awesome job, finding everything. But it’s not at all complete, there are certainly 70 songs left still. He says if someone is interested in songwriting, it’s fun listening to demos. For those who knows and like Per’s catalogue, it’s quite interesting, but for those, who are not interested in his thing, it’s completely useless, he laughs.

Malin Roos asks Per what he means when he claims it has never been more fun than it is now. Per replied there has been a big driving force in him to succeed in music, he really wanted to. Especially, when the international career started. He says it’s awfully hard to succeed internationally as a Swedish artist, but it was really important for him.

Now, when I start to get old and gray, I have a more relaxed approach. It’s not as important to win as when I was 30. Now I’m doing things more for myself. There is an incredibly lot of material I finished, but I have not even bothered to release. I have had so much fun when I played them in, it’s not as important for me that you hear it.

Per says he is not reading the reviews anymore. People usually tell him what a review says, but he doesn’t read otherwise.

To the question if he is difficult to work with he replied:

No, I don’t think so, but I’m pretty definite about what I want and don’t want to do, and therefore I’m bad at working with the wrong people. I’m pretty bad at customizing stuff. If someone gives me an order for “what they want”, so I do a pretty bad job, but if someone says “do what you want with this” so I probably do something very good.

According to Per, nowadays songwriters are “hired guns”. They have to please a management, a producer, an artist and a record label. He says he has never had to compromise this way. He is the most proud of Roxette that they managed to make their career based in Sweden and not moved to London, LA or New York, as everyone wanted them to do.

Regarding the Roxette tour, Expressen asked if they will top the number of countries (46) they played in during the last tour. Per said there will be at least as many countries. He says there are always new people around and on Facebook one can see that most of them are between the age of 25 and 40, which he thinks is remarkable, considering that he turns 80 soon. [Yeah, Per’s soon. ;) /PP ]

The reporter asked Per about how many letters he got when he turned 55, since she read in the book he got 2000 when he turned 23. Per said there are different times today, he gets thousand greetings online. So the reporter said then Åsa doesn’t have to check the love letters anymore. Per replied:

No, not so much, but there are some strange letters coming in every now and then.

When Malin Roos asked him how is it growing old with the role of being a charmer or girls’ idol, he replied:

Hm, I don’t know, I’ve never seen myself that way at all. But of course, we are rock stars when we are abroad. If we are going to South America, it is 400-500 people who greet us at the airport. It is in a way unreal, but also a privilege.

Per tells Expressen he’s been lucky to work with his hobby. He has never had to make a decision about what to be when he grew up. He had so much success that he didn’t have to worry about things that ordinary (non-rock star) people have to care about. Like inspecting the car and stuff. Someone else makes it for him.

Malin Roos asked how many times Per has been caught by speeding. First he replied never, but then he remembered one occasion when he was driving a hired car to the studio in Skåne. He was more annoyed about the fact that he was caught in a Toyota and not a Ferrari.

Per was asked about Gabriel, too, if he also outsourced the ”job” of attending parents’ meetings. He said he is an active parent. He is not a rock star for his son, for God’s sake. His family’s life was more based on what he was doing, but when Gabriel was born, everything became different and he got other responsibilities. Of course, sometimes it was more difficult to deal with everyday things, but during the past 7-8 years, Åsa also gained much more own life. She works with design and has her own lamp collection among others. Per says it’s fun.

Expressen asked Per what he invests his money in besides expensive cars. Per replied he lives a pretty normal life. They have a hotel that costs a lot of money. Then there is art and photos.

To the question what is left to do for him what he hasn’t done yet he replied:

I would like to learn to make good pop music.

He says he is not ready and it feels like it’s just the beginning. He feels enormously triggered for each production and project he deals with. He says he’s hardly listening to guitar pop anymore, but he’s rather listening to modern pop music. E.g. Capital Cities “Safe and Sound”, Donkeyboy “Crazy Something Normal”, Ariana Grande “Problem”, Meghan Trainor ” All About That Bass”.

The only CD I have bought this year is Leonard Cohen’s new one, but I haven’t listened to it yet. I can’t find my CD player.

When Per was talking about his LP collection, Expressen asked him what he would save first when there is a fire in his house. He said then he would leave the vinyls and take a nice photo.

I can’t remember any German guy lying on the floor filming Per’s feet (mentioned in the Expressen article), but it would be fun to know what it was good for. ;)

 

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Interview with Per Gessle on Finnish newspaper

Mari Pudas (a Roxette fan from Finland) interviewed Per Gessle for the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti (and interview #2). Here is a summary of the interview.

I’m like any other person, just a normal person. I am grateful for my success, the fact that people are interested in what I do, because it should not be taken for granted. Today, songs and artists come and go, so it is rare for a career to last so long. Every now and then I have to pinch myself,” he explains.

As we all know, Roxette go on tour starting this upcoming Tuesday in Vladivostok . After summer 2015 Roxette plans to release a new album – with the first single to be released early 2015. Per started to work on the album in summer 2013, and he tells that it will be “modern, almost electonic/techno”, but still keeping the pop sounds.I wanted to challenge myself to write music in a new way, and see where it leads. Of course, the album will have typical Roxette components but they will sound fresher. I’m really glad that we have moved on and are not just repeating ourselves.” Per has also been working with David Guetta and other Swedish DJs for other projects.

Roxette will play in Finland end of November, “Finland is fun to play,” says Per. He also explains that he has got more self-confidence with his voice and that he discovered he is not a bad singer and his voice has some strenghts. He also comments on the fact that they have taken their music to many places around the world. “We wanted to go out from Sweden to the world and we managed it. Sometimes Marie and I look at each other on stage with a smile, and we realise what we have reached”. And he explains that he realised in the previous tour that one tour is not enough for Marie, “she wants more and more concerts”
 
Per also says that he doesn’t know which is the most important song they have done, but that they realised during the rehearsals how good “Queen Of Rain” is, which they haven’t played for a while. Will we hear this one on tour? We will see!
Thanks Mari for your help!
SETTING THINGS STRAIGHT FROM SEOUL: No, at this point in time there won’t be any collaborations with David G and/or any other DJ’s on the new Rox-album. Misunderstandings. Stuff lost in translation. I am working with different ppl on different tremendously exciting projects but it has got nothing to do with Rox. So you know. /P.
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New Roxette material in 2015

The news regarding the BMI London Awards reached Musikindustrin.se. They asked Per about the gala, The Per Gessle Archives, his books and Roxette.

About the gala Per said it was a lighthearted event with the usual red carpet-walking and quick TV interviews where the subjects changed between Marie’s brain tumor and Miley Cyrus’s tongue. He tells the award for this year’s song, Daft Punk’s Get Lucky was well deserved. Getting 2 awards, one together with MP for more than 5 million plays of Listen To Your Heart and one for more than 5 million plays of It Must Have Been Love among other, much older songs with the same amount of airplays was good for the ego, Per says. But all other 5 million-air songs are fantastic.

Regarding the book fair in Gothenburg he says whenever he / they do an official appearance, The International Hardcore Fans always turn up.

It’s always nice, they are really wonderful supporters from around the world who are there for better or worse. So the book fair was a very happy event for me. Lots of people and good atmosphere.

And now some news for all those who don’t fancy the idea of another greatest hits album. Per confirms again:

Roxette has been in the studio and finished a bunch of singles that will be released next year. We also aim to put together a brand new album in 2015, but right now we are concentrating on the “XXX – The 30th Anniversary Tour” starting October 28 in Vladivostok. It ends, as it looks now, the summer of 2016. I believe my passport expires then.

roxette

 

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New Roxette tour merchandise!

Per shared some pictures of the merchandise that will be available during the upcoming tour, which starts in one week!

So far: 3 t-shirts and 1 bag, which Per called tee-bag, where you can put all the tees :)

Let’s hope for a mug and a hoodie!

 

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Music Against Cancer – signed guitars from Roxette

Musik Mot Cancer (Music Against Cancer) is a non-profit organization. Their purpose is, on a voluntary basis, to raise money for Barncancerfonden Väst (children’s cancer foundation) and the children’s department of the hospital in Norra Älvsborg. They collect autographs on instruments and other things from musicians and put them up for auction together with the photo of the artists holding the signed item.

Yesterday they met Marie and Per and got a guitar signed. The guitar, together with this photo, will be auctioned until 16th November, Music Against Cancer Day. The event will take place in Folkets Hus Kulturhuset in Trollhättan, Sweden between 14.00-20.00 on 16th November. Check out Musik Mot Cancer’s website and Facebook page for the details! Here is the event page on Facebook.

 

Update on 23rd October:

There seem to be 2 more guitars besides the one signed by both Marie and Per. One is signed by Marie only and another by Per only. See picture below. According to the website, signed instruments will be available on the website, too, for online auction from 24th October that lasts until 16th November and winners will be announced at the event mentioned above.

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Update on 25th October:

Links to the auctions:

Starting price for all 3 guitars is 1000 SEK. One has to register on the website for bidding. Anyone can bid from around the world, but mainly in case you are not from Sweden, I suggest you contact the organizers, since I’m very sure they will not deliver the guitars at their own expense. Check it with them before you would bid. Contact them HERE.

Update on 2nd November:

Musik Mot Cancer added some more items signed by Marie and Per. 2 Marie and 2 Roxette CDs, a Roxette DVD, one of Per’s books and a TPGA box. You can also bid on these items, just click Gå till Auktionen här at the website and then scroll down.

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Interview with Per Gessle: “I wanted the books to show who I am, my style, my drawings, my silly notes and confused guide-lines”

PG BookFair01-1 We had the chance to ask Per Gessle some questions about the books (“Texter, klotter & funderingar” and “Songs, Sketches & Reflections”), so we went through the books and thought of some detailed ones. Per, who is currently busy with the Roxette rehearsals, nicely took the time to answer to all these questions. Here is the result!

Don’t forget to grab the books and check them out while reading for a complete experience. Or to buy them if you haven’t yet (or you may be lucky in… read at the bottom!)

RXB/J&PP: So let’s start from the beginning. When did you get the idea to make these books? Was it born at the same time as the box? What came first, the idea of releasing TPGA box or publishing the books?
Per Gessle: Hello.. It’s something that’s been in the back of my mind for a long long time. There are so many songs around, so many demos. It really is “a lifetime of songwriting”! Also I’ve got so many studio diaries that need some fresh air!!

Through our Facebook-site I’ve also noticed that many people are interested in the demos. That feedback was certainly important to me in my decision.

It’s been a great ego trip in spite of the endless hours of research that was needed to make (especially) the box happen, since the amount of material is so vast. Lots of people have been involved, primarily MP (finding & refreshing old tapes + recording & editing Sven’s and my conversation-pieces which took forever), Pär Wickholm (CD-box layout) and Benny Mårtensson (book layout). Without those guys it wouldn’t have happened. Not like this. I’m extremely pleased with the result.

The books are not simply some lyrics put together black on white with a few pictures but something much more personal, with comments, drawings and other things from your archives. What was your initial concept you had in mind? Did you have such design in mind from the beginning?
Yes. I didn’t want to do just standard lyric-books. I wanted them to show who I am, my style, my drawings, my silly notes and confused guide-lines. To write a song is a long journey and most of the time people only get to know the final destination.

Why did you decide to split them in two books, English and Swedish? Do you plan to release the English book outside of Sweden?
I’m sure both books will be available globally through Amazon etc. The reason for two separate books is that otherwise it would have been too thick. And I don’t want to compete with the bible. Or the complete edition of “Fifty Shades Of Grey”.

We also realized that some songs are missing from the books and some are missing your comments and only the lyrics are included. How did you decide on which songs to include and comment on?
I wrote down what I remembered and if there were any good stories or anecdotes connected with the songs. Some songs I don’t remember writing. Some lyrics didn’t make it due to copyright-reasons. “Tylö Sun” and “Skicka ett vykort, älskling” for instance. I don’t own the copyrights to those.

10624861_10152244866910178_591528627164385920_nEvery page on the books is different, some pictures are used more than once but each page has a different design. We know Benny Mårtensson did this part, but what was your involvement? Did you check every page or give hints to certain lyric pages how they should look like?
Yes. I wasn’t in favour of using the same pics more than once but Benny found that OK. A few of his pages I didn’t particularly like so he remade them. He’s done a fantastic job. A very talented guy. The original idea was just to mix the lyrics, my studio diaries incl drawings and combine them with a few comments about the songs. Then I realized that some of the original lyric-sheets looked really cool with coffee-stains and dead flies on them so we used a lot of those. The pics should not be the main thing. Just to spice things up a bit and make it even more personal and easy to look at.

One can read the books in (at least) 2 different ways: Either with or without the music to the lyrics. While reading the books without music one gets a deeper insight into your lyrics and realizes (once more) how great songwriter you are. Did you (re)discover parts of your lyrics that impressed you? Lyrics long forgotten where you thought “wow, did I write that?”? (or some you thought “what was I thinking?”).
Thank you. I’m happy you enjoy my work. My ambition writing lyrics has always been that they should be capable to stand on their own two feet. I think it’s crucial that you should be able to read a song lyric without getting too embarrassed. Both as the writer and as the reader. Sometimes I’ve screwed things up, sometimes it feels good when I bump into one of my lyrics.

We have both interviews in the Swedish book, but only the Sven interview in the English one. Both are great reading for fans or even non-fans and going through all the interesting things in the Tomas Andersson Wij interview, it would have been a good idea to translate it and include it in the English book as well. Why didn’t you decide for having it there?
I agree. TAW’s interview is great and should have been included in both books. If there will be a 2nd edition it will be translated and made available in English as well. The reason we didn’t include to begin with was that Tomas and I mostly talked about my Swedish work and thought it didn’t really interest that many people abroad. We were wrong.

In the Sven interview you say you try to avoid learning too much, because you are afraid of losing the unconscious. At the same time, working together with all those fantastic musicians, it’s impossible not to learn from them. How can you keep the balance?
Well, what I’m trying to say is that it doesn’t really work for me to “educate” myself too much and learn the classic and proper rules of music. I want to trust my gut feeling and if I need help (which I do all the time…, I know what I want but I don’t know how to get it…) I consult more “educated” people than me, Christoffer and Clarence for instance.

I truly believe that I’d been a far less interesting songwriter if I didn’t follow my own set of rules and instincts. I don’t really know when I’m doing things “right or wrong” and that’s the whole idea for me. Follow that sweet smell of surprise. Read the rest of this entry »



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Interview with Dea Norberg: “I live and breathe music all the time”

pressbild 4_1We took the opportunity that we were spending some days in Stockholm end of September to set up a last-minute meeting with Dea Norberg to talk about her EP “Storm”, which was released on the 1st of October. We talked about the EP and the process behind it, but also nature, travelling and, of course, the upcoming Roxette tour.

“Storm” EP

RXB/Judith: Thank you for taking some time to meet us so short notice! You are going to release an EP next week, on October 1st. When did you come up with the idea of doing this EP?

Dea: As a singer you have your creative side too, the writing part has always been a little bit there for me, but I hadn’t really done anything on my own before. I actually released an album with a friend of mine in 1999, some of my old songs were there, but this EP is all on my own. That release was so long ago, so when fans came up to me asking me to sign that one, it felt like it was time to do something else, haha! This EP shows where I am right now.

We know the album will be released digitally, but will it be available physically too? [You will find information about where to purchase the album at the bottom of the article]

Yes! So far the physical can only be bought in Swedish music stores, so I am in contact with CDBaby, they sell worldwide, so I hope I can set it up so that everybody can buy it. I am doing everything myself, so I am also learning a lot with this release. It’s a big process. And I actually have a copy for you!

[we look at the EP, a very nice digipack with lovely pictures of Dea]

Åsa Elmgren, the make-up girl at the Roxette tour, did the make-up for these pictures. And I was lucky to be able to have a horse of a friend of mine for the photo session.

I just thought, you could take some CDs with you and sell them at the merchandise stand during the Roxette tour?

Actually, Per said “you should sell it on the tour” haha! I was like “Can I?” and he said “of course!” So that is super nice. But I am still not sure, I have to see how many I can carry with me and if it works out. It may be a bit tricky to take them in some parts of the world, with customs and all. But somehow it will be available for you all, either this way or via CDbaby.

Dea_cover_600Are you planning on doing a lot of promotion with the album?

I never had this need of “I wanna be a star” now, be out there in the spotlight. I like to be in the background, so I don’t have the ambition for this to become something huge. I also don’t plan to do any release party, I don’t have time now, I have to concentrate on the upcoming Roxette tour. But if someone listens to the EP and likes it then it’s fine. Like I said in a couple of radio interviews I did the last weeks, the main reason I made this was for the Roxette fans, who either came up to me with either the old CD or asked me if I would ever do something solo. So I will be happy if people listen to it and like it.

I just heard the song “Storm” so far, I liked the melody, it’s the kind of music I have been listening to a lot lately, kind of indie, very much about the instruments…

Yes, for me it’s about emotion. To create a little world, almost meditative, with music but still in the pop world. And indeed, the focus on the CD is more the music than the singing, you will see.

When did you record the album?

In April this year. The recording process was very quick, the producer, Andreas Dahlbäck, and I spent quite some time deciding where to go, but once the musicians were in the studio, it was just two days. The rest was mixing, finishing the small details and also lots of paperwork to be able to actually release it.

Have you been writing songs for a long time? Have you written the songs yourself?

Yes. I was always writing fragments, bits and pieces, when I was travelling, waiting at the airport or at the countryside. I also play piano, so it’s more like putting thousands of ideas together. I think I will try to do this more often now, I enjoyed the process.

Two of the songs, “Stay For A While” and “Have You Ever” were composed with Jens Frithiof, the guitar player on the album, back in 2008. I wrote “Storm” and “Say” this year. All lyrics were written by me.

I see that all four songs are in English, do you always write in English or also in Swedish?

I also have a couple of songs in Swedish too, but I gave all the stuff to the producer and he tried to find the central theme for the album, so these four songs made it in the end. Maybe those in Swedish will be released later. Read the rest of this entry »



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