What is Per Gessle cooking?

David Guetta, Per Gessle, Christoffer Lundquist in the studio - pic was posted on Roxette Official by Per

David Guetta, Per Gessle, Christoffer Lundquist in the studio – pic was posted on Roxette Official by Per

Since that studio photo of Per and Chris with David Guetta was posted on Roxette Official 2 days ago, tons of fans started discussions about what this new project could be. Well, yeah, we are discussing this topic continuously, whenever PG is in the studio. But is it a remix album in progress now or something completely new? Is it related to Roxette or some Per solo stuff?

Mr G said it even in one of the Nordic Rox shows that it’s easy to get stuck in your own style, so for example, he tries writing in keys that he doesn’t know that well. Why not a new genre then?

You might remember our earlier article about Per Gessle featuring Galavant, a house duo from Halmstad. They were together in the studio on 19th September 2013. It’s still not known what they recorded there, but that work must be also related to this new project.

 

Sebastian Atas, Per Gessle, Victor Sjöström - pic was posted by the guys from Galavant at their Instagram profile

Sebastian Atas, Per Gessle, Victor Sjöström – pic was posted by the guys from Galavant at their Instagram profile

One month later, on 24th October 2013, Per posted a selfie from a helicopter, saying he ”talked a lot to DJ Balthazar. Such a generous and talented fella.” DJ Balthazar is a Bulgarian DJ, whose music is something unique between techno and progressive house.

One month passed and Mr G posted a question on 18th November 2013 on Roxette Official:

Had a big “remix-discussion” over dinner….. Do you like remixes of our songs? If so, any favourites from the jolly and colourful Rox-past?

When it comes to remixes, fans are divided into 2 bigger groups. One part of them likes or even loves most of the remixes, the other part is never listening to them. I’m personally not much into remixes, but my ears say Bassflow did magic to ”The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye”. One thing is sure: almost everyone agrees on that anything can be better than ”Dance Passion” (1987).

So now here is this David Guetta piece of info some months later and we still don’t know what it is all about. I think via remixes, PG’s music can reach and be more appealing to the younger generation, so it’s fine to spread the word that way, too. But who knows if it’s really about remixes?

 

© Per Gessle

© Per Gessle

Surely this is not the only project Per is working on, since he was also posting a lot about vintage synthesizers, studio sessions in AGM and T&A studios and all this DJ info. He said it in interviews that he is also working on a soundtrack for a new Jonas Åkerlund film (which Jonas starts shooting this spring) and we know new Roxette material is also in sight in a near or a more distant future.

Hard to be patient when there are so many exciting bits and pieces of news, but again, Roxers are the best at waiting. Hope to hear the outcome of the project(s) quite soon.

 

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Marie’s tour: Visby, 28th February #4

Screenshot is from Antje Friedrich's Örebro video

Screenshot is from Antje Friedrich’s Örebro video

Setlist (there IS a change!)

1. Så stilla så långsamt [1992 - DSR]
2. Kom vila hos mig [2013 - Nu!]
3. Bara för en dag [1987 - ES]
4. Det regnar igen [1992 - DSR]
5. Sista sommarens vals [2013 - Nu!]
6. Ber bara en gång [1996 - IETSV]
7. Sparvöga [1989 off the Swedish drama TV series]
8. Ett hus vid havet [1985 - DSV]
9. Ett bord i solen [2007 - TFT]
10. Så skimrande var aldrig havet [1990 off Taube compilation album]
11. Ännu doftar kärlek [1984 - HV]
12. Så länge det lyser mittemot [1992 - DSR]
13. Om du såg mig nu [1987 - ES]
14. Efter stormen [1987 - ES]
15. Den sjunde vågen [1985 - DSV]

16. Guldgruva [2006 - MBV] (guest appearance of Pugh Rogefeldt)
17. Mellan sommar och höst [1992 - DSR]
18. Den bästa dagen [1985 - DSV]
19. Tro [1996 - IETSV]

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There were not too many familiar faces at the concert tonight, but as Nina Wolfframm informs on FB, the show was the best so far, a million times better than e.g. Helsingborg. Most probably, after the first 3 concerts Marie and the band feel safer, thus more relaxed, they got used to how it works and it’s not that stressful anymore. Well, we know Per didn’t let Christoffer relax, but hopefully, Marie and all the other members of the band could have a rest during the past concert-free days.

The audience was not standing up, but was making lots of noise. Marie was also talking more between the songs than during the previous concerts. Well done!

There was a change in the setlist, since there was a guest artist, Pugh Rogefeldt. He and Marie performed Guldgruva, which was written (lyrics & music) by Pugh and covered by Marie on Min bäste vän. Marie was also a guest artist at Pugh’s concert in 2006.

Next show is on Sunday, 2nd March, Kalmar.

Thanks for all the info, Nina!

 Video

Julia Kraynova‘s videos:

Så stilla så långsamt
Det regnar igen & Sista sommarens vals
Guldgruva & Mellan sommar och höst & Den bästa dagen

 

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Twelve Peaks of Nordic Rox

Screenshot is from the ”Gyllene Tider sommaren 2013” docu

Screenshot is from the ”Gyllene Tider sommaren 2013” docu

As we already heard it from Per, there is a new show on Nordic Rox called Twelve Peaks. The essence of it is Per Gessle choosing 12 songs according to the actual topic and he and Sven Lindström are discussing them. Sven made the first 2 shows available via Evgeny Perekopskiy. Huge thanx for that! You can check them out at the links below.

 

I encourage you to listen to these shows, it’s really worth it. I always love listening to Sven and Per talking to each other. They always have a very nice, relaxed conversation, a friend to friend discussion about music. All smiles and laughs and jokes and meaningfulness. You just have to love Mr G’s enthusiasm when he is talking about songs and music in general and Sven is a fab partner in that. Magnificent is the word.

 

 

 

Per Gessle’s 12 favourite Xmas tunes

The part with Per starts at 50:14, right after Church of Your Heart being played,  but because of all the gorgeous music you can hear on Nordic Rox, I suggest you listening to the complete, 3-hour-long programme.

 

  1. John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
  2. Wizzard: I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
  3. Bob Dylan: Must Be Santa
  4. Slade: Merry Xmas Everybody
  5. Roxette: It Must Have Been Love (Christmas For The Broken Hearted)
  6. The Crystals: Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  7. Brainpool: The Last Christmas
  8. The Pogues: Fairytale of New York
  9. Elvis Presley: Blue Christmas
  10. Mud: Lonely This Christmas
  11. David Bowie & Bing Crosby: Little Drummer Boy
  12. Nick Lowe: Silent Night

 

At the Bob Dylan song Sven asked Per how it looks like when Mr G is dancing around the Xmas tree and he replied it’s exactly like what you can see in the hilariously good video of the song. So check it out! ;)

It’s impossible for Per to present a Xmas song list without It Must Have Been Love. Here he tells the well-known story of the song, starting out as a Christmas song, how it became the soundtrack to Pretty Woman, Billboard No. 1., etc.

Nice to see Brainpool’s latest single on the list. Per says it’s a cute little song and it’s very Swedish in a way.

About Elvis Mr G says he wasn’t really an Elvis fan, his sister was. His brother was a Beatles fan.

About Christmas in general Per says it’s nice to have a white Christmas. However, if he didn’t have a big family, he would probably leave for a mild climate place with lots of sunshine during Xmas time, to Miami or LA. But he likes it in Sweden. They are talking about Per not being a winter guy. We know he doesn’t ski, but now it turns out he doesn’t swim in the ocean, because there are fish there. So he prefers the pool. Fish-free pool. :)

 

12 songs Per Gessle wished he had written himself

Sven starts the whole show with telling that Per took his time off while recording his new album with Christoffer Lundquist and Clarence Öfwerman. The part with PG starts at 49:10, just after The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye being played. You, see? As I said, it’s worth listening to the complete, 3-hour-long programme.

To the questions how many songs he has written, he says he doesn’t count them, but he probably has 7-800 registered songs [according to an earlier article in Hallandsposten it’s rather 1000!!!], which means he is getting old, he says. Sven says: ”Or you’re writing fast!” Regarding the question that comes up very often during interviews (how can one write a hit?) he says you have to have the ability to make a good melody, but you have to write music that is appealing to yourself, but it’s always a happy accidence of the timing and luck for it becoming a hit.

Songs he listed are mostly the ones that inspired him when he was a kid, when he was just listening to these hits. Now he is listening to the songs as a professional and he is missing listening to songs as a non-pro. Songs are not in priority order, Mr G just listed these 12 hits. Picking only 12 songs wasn’t really easy for him, he says.

 

  1. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Refugee
  2. Buzzcocks: Ever Fallen In Love
  3. The Who: Substitute
  4. The Left Banke: Walk Away Renée
  5. The Zombies: Time of the Season
  6. Mott the Hoople: All the Young Dudes
  7. The Beatles: Dear Prudence
  8. The Nerves: Hanging on the Telephone
  9. Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood: Summer Wine
  10. Paul McCartney: Too Many People
  11. The Turtles: Happy Together
  12. Dionne Warwick: I’ll Never Fall In Love Again

 

Regarding The Beatles Per says they released approximately 140 songs and he wished he had written 110-112 of them.

When they are talking about Summer Wine, he says you can do so many great things when you use a male and a female voice. It’s like talking to each other. It was the theory with Roxette, too.

 

As Per informed earlier, there are a zillion ”12 Peaks” shows to come, e.g. his 12 favourite pop drummers and his 12 favourite pop intros. At the end of the Xmas special he was even joking about an Easter special, with 12 songs about eggs. :) Can’t wait to listen to the upcoming 12 peaks!

 

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Interview with Marie Fredriksson before Visby show

Screenshot is from Gyöngyvér Simon’s Örebro SSSL video

Screenshot is from Gyöngyvér Simon’s Örebro SSSL video

Hela Gotland (Annika Jansson) did an e-mail interview with Ms Effe before her concert in Visby (28th February).

About Gotland she says it’s a nice island and she is looking forward to deepening her relationship with it. She has never played there before. Marie says she has been longing for singing in Swedish again. The absolute best thing about performing live is meeting and get close to the audience.

To the question if it is different touring now to touring before her illness she replied today she takes it easy, one thing at a time and puts energy in the right thing at the right time. She is constantly trying to enjoy the ”present”.

Regarding Nu! she says she felt like “finally!!!!”, when it was finished. She is very proud of the whole album and the one and only song, Sista sommarens  vals written by her. Right now her favourite song off the album is Kom vila hos mig, especially live.

In the setlist during the tour everyone will find their own favourite MF songs, there are new and old ones. Hela Gotland asked if there is any song she can’t leave out, since the audience demands hearing it. She said there are more songs like this, but especially Sparvöga. Regarding the arrangement she says she has an amazing band with her, so both the up-tempo songs and the ballads sound great.

Marie informs she will stay in Gotland only for 1 day, but plans to come back for a private stay during summer.

To the question if she has any hidden talents she replied:

I can identify many birds when they are singing…

 

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Marie’s tour: Norrköping audio bootleg

MfturneThanks to Lionel Zeta we have access to bootleg recording of Marie’s third concert in Norrköping. Have a listen + enjoy!

1. Så stilla så långsamt
2. Kom vila hos mig
3. Bara för en dag
4. Det regnar igen & Sista sommarens vals
5. Ber bara en gång
6. Sparvöga
7. Ett hus vid havet & Ett bord i solen
8. Så skimrande var aldrig havet
9. Ännu doftar kärlek
10. Så länge det lyser mittemot
11. Om du såg mig nu
12. Efter stormen
13. Den sjunde vågen
14. Mellan sommar och höst
15. Den bästa dagen
16. Tro

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Per Gessle’s complaint sent to Radio Halland

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Per was a guest on Swedish Radio, P4 Halland this morning. They were talking about a letter Mr G sent to the radio 35 years ago (23rd February, 1979). You can also watch videos shot during the interview. Video 1, Video 2, Video 3.

The letter is about Radio Halland not playing Gyllene Tider often enough, just playing dance bands. He says they wrote quite a lot of letters like this. Radio Halland was special for them, since GT is from Halmstad and they thought the local radio should support local bands more. Per says he didn’t get a reply to that letter back then, he also forgot about it until 20 years later, when one day he entered the building of Radio Halland and saw it at the reception on the wall framed. He remembers they even sent postcards under fake names to have the chance to appear in Poporama (an old radio show).

Per says it was a tough time to make themselves heard, because just like now, the Swedish music industry was very Stockholm oriented. They had to use all the tools they could.

To the question when was the last time he wrote such a letter he laughed and said he stopped doing it now. By the way, some months after this letter had been written they got a contract from EMI Stockholm.

Photo of THE letter by Göran Fritzon

Photo of THE letter by Göran Fritzon

 

Per says he has always been doing what he loved, writing songs and playing them. He knew it from the very beginning that writing songs for others was not really his thing. He always wanted to play his songs himself.

To the question what was the biggest thing in his career when he is looking back he says it’s Roxette and the 4 Billboard No. 1’s. He says they were pioneers with their tours, touring in South America in the 90’s and also in China. If he thinks about Sweden only, Gyllene Tider is of course still enormous and performing in Ullevi was fantastic, but also their gig in Halmstad in 1995 was magical, then the Återtåget tour in 1996 and playing in Örjans vall in 2004.

As usual, Per says again it’s never clear which song will become a hit or what response you’ll get regarding a song. You have to find your own style and you have to be satisfied with your songs yourself, create them according to your own taste.

Regarding autographs Mr G says he didn’t even have an autograph back in the days, just look at the letter he wrote to Radio Halland, he hadn’t even signed it. Sometimes he did sign Marie’s autographs in the past, at the beginning. George Harrison also signed the others’ autographs in The Beatles he says.

Regarding what he still wants to do before he dies, Per says he wants to work and is looking forward to a new big and long Roxette adventure. Marie is on her solo tour now, but it’s a plan to do more Roxette. To the question if we can see him on stage with Marie during her tour he says he doesn’t think so.

 

 

 

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Marie’s tour: Norrköping, 22nd February #3

Screenshot is from Gyöngyvér Simon’s Örebro SSSL video

Screenshot is from Gyöngyvér Simon’s Örebro SSSL video

Setlist (no changes)

1. Så stilla så långsamt [1992 - DSR]
2. Kom vila hos mig [2013 - Nu!]
3. Bara för en dag [1987 - ES]
4. Det regnar igen [1992 - DSR]
5. Sista sommarens vals [2013 - Nu!]
6. Ber bara en gång [1996 - IETSV]
7. Sparvöga [1989 off the Swedish drama TV series]
8. Ett hus vid havet [1985 - DSV]
9. Ett bord i solen [2007 - TFT]
10. Så skimrande var aldrig havet [1990 off Taube compilation album]
11. Ännu doftar kärlek [1984 - HV]
12. Så länge det lyser mittemot [1992 - DSR]
13. Om du såg mig nu [1987 - ES]
14. Efter stormen [1987 - ES]
15. Den sjunde vågen [1985 - DSV]

16. Mellan sommar och höst [1992 - DSR]
17. Den bästa dagen [1985 - DSV]
18. Tro [1996 - IETSV]

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The first 2 rows (mostly international fans) stood up during the concert and tried to make the Swedes stand up, but it didn’t work as in Örebro, only during Mellan sommar och höst they joined the party. Marie and the band were again happy to see the fans in the front rows having fun and enjoying the concert so much and Christoffer and Jokke did a great job with the guitars.

Next show is next Friday, 28th February, Visby. So there will be a little time for Ms Effe and the guys to rest and a little time for the audience to shape up.

Videos
Ett bord i solen
Ber bara en gång by Astrid Lenhard

Articles
Folkbladet

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Marie’s tour: Örebro, 21st February #2

650x573_MF_tour_2014Setlist (same as on the first concert)

1. Så stilla så långsamt [1992 - DSR]
2. Kom vila hos mig [2013 - Nu!]
3. Bara för en dag [1987 - ES]
4. Det regnar igen [1992 - DSR]
5. Sista sommarens vals [2013 - Nu!]
6. Ber bara en gång [1996 - IETSV]
7. Sparvöga [1989 off the Swedish drama TV series]
8. Ett hus vid havet [1985 - DSV]
9. Ett bord i solen [2007 - TFT]
10. Så skimrande var aldrig havet [1990 off Taube compilation album]
11. Ännu doftar kärlek [1984 - HV]
12. Så länge det lyser mittemot [1992 - DSR]
13. Om du såg mig nu [1987 - ES]
14. Efter stormen [1987 - ES]
15. Den sjunde vågen [1985 - DSV]

16. Mellan sommar och höst [1992 - DSR]
17. Den bästa dagen [1985 - DSV]
18. Tro [1996 - IETSV]

 

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Watching some videos from the first concert also those who couldn’t attend the show could hear Marie was in top shape. One thing I was missing badly: the singing along. And actually, I was wondering if the audience sitting still was because of the theater atmosphere and being a seated concert in Sweden. I’ve never attended such a concert, so I started thinking OK, this might be the right behaviour and I’ll have to get used to it when I’m there to see Marie live. BUT luckily, today’s show proved that even if it’s a theater event, there are those songs that do make you stand up and dance and sing along and clap your hands. Efter stormen and Mellan sommar och höst were 2 of those songs this time. Check the instavideo below!

According to fans who were there, today’s show was even better than the fabulous premiere concert. Marie and the band were in very good mood and Marie liked the audience standing up and dancing. So, let’s keep it up!

Articles & galleries
Pressbilden (with photos)
Örebroguiden
Nerikes Allehanda
Örebrotribune

Videos
Efter stormen instavideo
Så stilla så långsamt  by Gyöngyvér Simon
Så skimrande var aldrig havet by Antje Friedrich

 

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Marie’s tour: Helsingborg, 19th February #1

Setlist

1. Så stilla så långsamt [1992 - DSR]
2. Kom vila hos mig [2013 - Nu!]
3. Bara för en dag [1987 - ES]
4. Det regnar igen [1992 - DSR]
5. Sista sommarens vals [2013 - Nu!]
6. Ber bara en gång [1996 - IETSV]
7. Sparvöga [1989 off the Swedish drama TV series]
8. Ett hus vid havet [1985 - DSV]
9. Ett bord i solen [2007 - TFT]
10. Så skimrande var aldrig havet [1990 off Taube compilation album]
11. Ännu doftar kärlek [1984 - HV]
12. Så länge det lyser mittemot [1992 - DSR]
13. Om du såg mig nu [1987 - ES]
14. Efter stormen [1987 - ES]
15. Den sjunde vågen [1985 - DSV]

16. Mellan sommar och höst [1992 - DSR]
17. Den bästa dagen [1985 - DSV]
18. Tro [1996 - IETSV]

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Marie Fredriksson’s first concert was a spectacular start of the series of 19 concerts across Sweden. In the city of Helsingborg – as she calls herself as a “hometown” she performed in front of 800-900 people in the Konserthus (philharmonic). There were 18 songs performed and Marie and the band conquered the stage for about 90 minutes. Some of songs were sang for the very first time in the Marie’s touring history – including 2 singles off 2013 “Nu!” – “Kom vila hos mig” and “Sista sommarens vals” as well as  Swedish version of “A table in the sun” from 2007 ballad compilation known as “Ett bord i solen” or second single off “I en tid som vår” – “Ber bara en gång”.  The most popular album during the concert was 1992′s “Den ständiga resan” and after that come 1987′s “Efter Stormen” and 1985′s “Den sjunde vågen” with 3 songs each. The biggest suprise was the lack of Marie’s only #1 single “Där du andas” from 2008 as well as her last tour’s hit “Äntligen”.

Concert generated raving reviews in Swedish media – Aftonbladet gave 4/5 and called the band “magical” and the concert as “full of startled emotions” with 3/5 from both Expressen and HD.se. Marie mentioned her fight with cancer just before “Ett bord i solen”. She also dedicated one of songs during the gig to her father Gösta Fredriksson.

Galleries

RockFoto.net
The Tivoli

Videos

Heartland Anne’s videos:
Den sjunde vågen
Bara för en dag
Så skimrande var aldrig havet / Ännu doftar kärlek

Big thanks to Heartland Anne for sharing clips and photos.

Christina Tholander’s videos:
Ett bord i solen
Ett hus vid havet
Så stilla så långsamt

Ricardo Acosta Hernandez’s video:
Så stilla så långsamt & Kom vila hos mig

Antje Friedrich’s video:
Den bästa dagen

 

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Interview with Marie Fredriksson before the tour

Helsingborgs Dagblad (Björn Gadd) did an interview with Marie before the tour starts today in Helsingborg. They asked her what comes to her mind when she looks back on her career. She says:

Time flies when you’re having fun. I am so happy and grateful for everything I’ve been through and that I can still keep on doing what I love most of all.

To the question what she gets her energy and inspiration from she replied she’s at home as much as she can. She can’t wait for spring to come, listening to the birds. She doesn’t like winter.

650x573_MF_tour_2014She talks about how difficult it is – after her illness – for her to write lyrics to songs, she usually starts with the music. She is very proud of Sista sommarens vals, the one and only song she wrote for her new album, “Nu!”.

About Per Gessle she says he has been a great support for her over the years and when it was the hardest time of her life. He is a very dear friend to her and they have a very good sister-brother relationship. Marie is happy that Per wanted to write a song to her in Swedish. That song is Känn dig som hemma.

Ms Effe says she likes Kom vila hos mig very much on the new album. That was one of the first songs Micke wrote for the album.

She says to Helsingborgs Dagblad she wants to pull the audience in up-tempo songs and wants to convey proximity in ballads during the tour. She thinks each tour is something new, every audience is special. It means a lot to her to tour in Sweden again after so many years.

She wanted to start the tour in Helsingborg, as she feels like home there. It’s extra fun that now Jokke Pettersson, her nephew is in the band, too, next to of course, Mikael Bolyos. Pelle Alsing, Christoffer Lundquist, as well as Surjo Benigh are also in the band.

To the question what comes after the tour she replied she always tries to take one thing at a time and now all the focus and energy go for the tour.

Then we’ll see what happens.

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TV4 met Marie during the rehearsals

TV4 met Marie and the band during the rehearsals and did a very short interview with her. In the video we can most probably see the final design of the stage and the final outfits.

Ms Effe says in the interview that her head is spinning, but she’s very happy about touring in Sweden again after so many years and it’s gonna be so much fun. She takes it easy. Lovely to see her in such a good mood in the video.

You can hear Bara för en dag in the clip, so this song will surely be performed during the tour. It sounds goooood! A bit less than 5 days left!!!

CLICK HERE or on the picture to watch the video!

Marie_rehearsals_TV4

 

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A fan’s special thank you to Marie Fredriksson

Manuel Terrón Browa is a long-time fan of Roxette and Marie Fredriksson. He has been teasing us, Roxers since some weeks that today, 14th February something special is coming from him. There was even a very nice teaser video saying: ”Sometimes all you need to say is thank you.” So we could be kind of sure it was going to be a a thank you video to Marie.

Now it’s out and we can see Manuel made a beautiful short film in which he says thank you to Ms Effe. Marie is his inspiration and he wanted to express his feelings via this artistic video. The most touching part starts at 03:13. Look at Marie and Manuel, how lovely their meeting was and listen to the wonderful words Marie tells him. Awesomeness!

Manuel says this video is his ”gift for Marie and all the people who are able to live in the moment and believe in the good in life”. CLICK HERE or on the picture to watch it!

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Here are Manuel’s words to the video:

We all experience music in our very own ways. This movie was made out of pure appreciation. To share this film with people who love music and who live their passion is very special to me.

The clips used in this video were shot in New York, Berlin, Osnabrück, Rotterdam, Bretagne, Moscow, St. Petersburg, on the road, in cities, in nature, in concerts. All recordings are my own and were taken throughout several years.

Additional video footage was filmed by the same guy who edited this film. Thank you, Mr. Friedrichs.

A very special thanks goes out to Yana, who filmed a very special moment in my live.

A lot of the footage is very personal and meaningful to me. Maybe you are able to feel it.

I’m looking forward to Marie Fedriksson’s tour and meeting a lot of people again at those concerts.

With love,
Manuel

 

Film by: Manuel Terrón Browa

B-Roll, Sound & Editing: Stefan Friedrichs

Creative Assistant: Larissa Schacht

 

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BADABAM! – a new item in the PLECtionary

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© Per Gessle

You surely remember the day when Per posted 2 photos from the guest bathroom. Yeah, those 2 pics (pic 1, pic 2) on which we could see tons of plecs in a cosmetics bag. No surprise that many of us started thinking about a perfect excuse to use the guest toilet of the Gessle Residence one day. No clue what those picks are doing in the guest bathroom (???), but W-O-W! It was a heart-attack moment when the photos appeared in the newsfeed.

We all started checking the plecs one by one and could also see real rare items on the top among the picks from the past decade. When I say rare items, I’m not talking only about the ”LOOK SHARP! / IT’S ONLY PLAYBACK P.GESSLE” and the ”Ta mej… nu är jag din! / Åsa” plecs, but also about such a rare pick which hasn’t been part of Sandra Knospe’s collection either. The white ”MONEY NEVER SLEEP$ / ROXETTE P. GESSLE” plec with black letters!

When I saw it, I got very excited and thought where is Sandra when we need her. She has to see it immediately! Some hours later she was online and of course, she also started drooling when she saw Mr G’s posts on Roxette Official. It didn’t last long until THE plec got into her sight. And she let Per know about it, posting the same pic with a funny sign to hold that guitar pick back. One could have been more than 99% sure Per would react on that post. And he did so. But I think no one thought what the content of his comment would be:

 

Sandra, send me an envelope with your address and the pick is yours. Your collection deserves it! /P.

 

© Sandra Knospe

© Sandra Knospe

Pure awesomeness! And he was so right. No one else would deserve that plec more, than Sunny. Sandra was faster than a shot from a gun, ran to the post office and the letter was on its way to Sweden in about an hour. Another fast PERson replied to that mail very soon and BADABAM, Sandra’s collection got closer to being complete. Woohoo!

This way the PLECtionary is also updated. The numbers are changed now, since this plectrum had to be No. 3 on the list. Check it out!

Sandra says this pick has become the most precious item in her collection. It will be hard to beat how she got this guitar pick.

And this is still not the end of the story. Sandra posted a photo on Roxette Official to thank Per for THE plec and Per replied:

 

Happy you’re happy. /P.

 

Speechless is the word. I know I kinda repeat myself quite often when it comes to such things, but is there anyone who would question that this guy is the most caring and most awesome artist in the whole wide world? Roxers are the luckiest fans, that’s for sure.

south_park_plecNow only 1 mystery has to be solved: what is that sweet South Park plec doing among all the precious PG-related guitar picks?

 

And still one thing left to dream of: to see the red Ferrari box, the archive in which there are all the plectrums, kept proud and polished.

 

P.S.: Per, dig a bit deeper in that cosmetics bag! There still might be some hiding picks, one or two of those missing bits that could further help Sandra find Plectrum-Nirvana. ;)

 

If you are interested in reading some more about this topic, check out the interview with Sandra.

The Man himself is talking about the plecs and more in this interview.

The PLECtionary you can find here.

 

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Interview with Marie on P4 Extra: “I am looking forward to the tour!”

Marie was interviewed by Erik Blix on P4 Extra. Marie talked about the upcoming tour, meeting her fans and also about a project she has longed to do for a long time: something with jazz and soul.

Here is a summary of what Marie said:

Erik Blix thinks that Marie’s blonde haircut is a kinf of signature, and wonders if people would recognise her otherwise. “Haha! Well, I have had it for such a long time..  haha who knows, but yes, everybody is used to it now”.

Erik Blix congratulates Marie on the Hall of Fame selection and asks her if she thinks an artist is missing “naah.. haha I don’t think so.. but.. there are many great bands out there”.

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Marie will go on tour in just 11 days and she is looking forward to it. “I am just so much looking forward to it,” she says. She hasn’t been on tour for more than 10 years, Marie explains that she has been touring with Roxette the past years and that things just take some time. But now the time has come.  Marie explains that they are having so much fun at the rehearsals and that it feels exciting to perform her songs in Swedish.

The reporter wonders if she still feels nervous when it comes to touring. She tells that she does! Marie also explains that it makes a difference if she is on tour with Roxette, because Per is a great support, and now she feels a bit of alone on stage, but she has a great band with her, so it’s going to be fantastic.

Erik Blix saw that there are some competitions for meet&greets with Marie and wonders how it is to meet her fans. “It’s going to be great, meeting my fans is the best there is because they have always supported me and believed in me.” The reporter wonders if there aren’t any crazy fans who for example want to cut off a bit of her hair or something like that “yes, sure, there are many idiots out there, but most of them are extremely nice, they are the best.”

Marie’s latest album is called “Nu!” – this means live for her, just living the moment. That’s how she’s living right now, after all what she’s gone through. She explains that she tries not to plan long-term and just enjoy what happens now. Of course, she has become better in living the moment because of her illness. She also explains that she loves to just sit down and listen to birds sing, specially when birds start to wake up and show up again. She reveals she can even distinguish some of the birds she hears tweet.

It took Marie and Micke a long time to finalise “Nu!”, but now that it’s finally out, Erik Blix wonders how it feels to release something that they have been working on for so long. She says it feels great, to just be done with it and then look forward to the next project. The album is full of love, Marie talks about her husband Mikael Bolyos who has supported her all the way and has written (with other composers) most of the songs on the album. She explains that it takes very long for her to write texts, so she is happy that she wrote “Sista sommarens vals” and it turned out so nice.

Erik and Marie look back in time into the 80ies and even before that, when Marie was into the “progg” movement, but she doesn’t want to talk much about that “haha! it was cool.”

Marie also reveals that there is one thing she really wants to do: start with her jazz project again. “I love jazz and blues and always wanted to do something with that.” But she doesn’t want to reveal any details, even if the reporter tries to find out if she will record old jazz songs or new ones, “no sorry, cannot talk about it, haha! it’s too early!”

Marie also tells that she hates winter and snow and that therefore she loves her house in Spain. She gets inspiration there and she writes music and also paints.

Erik Blix asks about her illness and what it has given to her. She is happy that she managed and that she is here now. There was a time when she had to take many pills (up to 25 a day even!) and it was very hard, but she was always sure inside that she would manage. Her faith helped her too as well as the fact that she has always believed in herself and, of course, her family. Marie doesn’t want to go into further details about her faith, but she tells that she sang a lot in the church when she was a kid and it gave her strength, so she grew up with it and it means a lot to her. She also explains that nowadays she feels fine but that when she is tired she has problems with one leg, but “I have started to like my leg, haha”.

Roxette and Marie have done music for some films (Pretty Woman, Arn, Sånt är livet…), so the reporter wonders if she could choose, for which film would she have liked to make music for. Marie tells that there are many great films out there, so it’s very hard just to pick up one.

Erik comments on Marie’s rock look and some pictures where she is wearing T-shirts of Beatles or Ramones, she explains that she just liked the T-shirts and got them. Of course, she loves the bands too. Specially Jimmi Hendrix and Joni Mitchell meant a lot to her, but also a lot more. She listened to them when she was a kid, she is not much up-to-date nowadays, but she explains that her son has a great ear for music and has a great music taste, also her daughter, they like all kinds of music.

The first Marie thought when she was asked to sing at Princess Madeleine’s wedding was “oh, what am I going to wear? haha!”. She was very happy that the Princess asked her to sing at her wedding and what was amazing for her was that she wanted to listen to “Ännu doftar kärlek”, she felt very proud about that. So they rehearsed a lot and she also found a dress to wear that day. For Marie this song means strength.

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Win a chance to meet Marie in Helsingborg!

MF_Tack_för_musiken_02Marie will start a 3-month tour and will take her to 19 cities in Sweden on February 19th in Helsingborg. We know you are all looking forward to seeing Marie singing her Swedish songs live again, and we want to make this experience even more special. In cooperation with Marie’s management D&D we are proud to offer you the chance to meet Marie in Helsingborg. We have four places to give away!

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

- Your name
- Cell phone number (make sure it works outside your country and in Sweden!)

and answer to these 2 question:

- Marie performed two songs at the Polar Prize gala in 1996. Name one of the two songs.
- So far, two singles were released off Marie’s latest album Nu! Which was the first to be released?

The four winners will be chosen randomly amongst all participants who answered the questions correctly and will be announced here and on our Facebook page.

You can participate until the 15th of February!

Good luck!
Don’t forget to read the small letter…

Note that there is another meet&greet contest going on on Marie’s official Facebook page as well!

[Update February 16th]
And the winners are…

Martin Cascallar
Isabel Schramm
Claudia Stratmann
Ricardo Acosta

Congratulations!

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