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.

 

 

 

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]

Comment

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

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]

 

Comment

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

 

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]

Comment

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

 

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.

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!

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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

 

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.

 

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.

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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Roxette to be featured in the Swedish Music Hall of Fame 2014

smhof-logo-180The Swedish Music Hall Of Fame has announced the first artists to be featured in the Hall of Fame and, of course, Roxette is among them!

The artists featured in the Hall of Fame have had a significant influence on the development of pop music in Sweden. The selection is done by an expert jury formed by various Swedish music journalists.  There is one condition in order to be elected: the record debut must have occurred the last 20 years before receiving the distinction. So for this year artists who had their debut in 1994 or earlier were considered.

The exhibition featuring Roxette will open on March 20th and will be available throughout 2014.

These are the first 12 elections to the Hall of Fame:

  • Evert Taube
  • Jan Johansson
  • The Latin Kings
  • Nationalteatern
  • Cornelis Vreeswijk
  • Stina Nordenstam
  • Ebba Gro?n
  • Eva Dahlgren
  • Entombed
  • Monica Zetterlund
  • Roxette
  • ABBA

This is the reason why the jury chose Roxette:

Pop music at its purest involves getting the listener to experience an enhanced sense of life for three or four minutes. Few groups in pop history have used that formula as skilfully and lovingly as Swedish duo Roxette, comprising Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle. Only four Swedish acts have ever topped the US charts. Roxete did it four times. Songs like “The Look,” “Listen To Your Heart,” “It Must Have Been Love” and “Joyride” have become evergreens that never disappear from radio play lists.

The Swedish Music Hall of Fame is located in the same building as ABBA The Museum in Djurgården, Stockholm. Tickets cost 195 SEK and gives you access to both museums.

Congratulations!

Gessle wines are the 3rd best selling celebrity wines

Photo is from TPGS Facebook page
Photo is from TPGS Facebook page

All wines in The Per Gessle Selection – Kurt & Lisa and Furet launched in October 2012, Sommartider in April 2013 – were warmly welcomed on the wine market.

2013 was a perfect year for the Gyllene Tider comeback and launching Sommartider wines. Sommartider became a quite evident component of tons of picnic baskets during the tour in Sweden.

At the same time, all TPGS wines were travelling the world, since many fans brought some bottles / boxes with themselves home after the tour. If you’ve been checking the Facebook page of Per’s wines, you could see that many bottles and boxes were opened already during summer, but lots of fans were waiting patiently to open them on special days, like a birthday or at Xmas.

 

 

 

As the blog ”Ett eko av mat och vin” informs, according to Systembolaget’s sales in liters in 2013, Mr G’s wines are the 3rd best selling celebrity wines. Here is the complete list:

 

 

Celebrity Sales 2013 (litre)
Per Morberg 1479283
Tina Nordström 114812
Per Gessle 111134
Petter 88312
Bo Hagström 85658
Elvis Presley 68528
Motörhead 59088
Bengt Frithiofsson 56832
KISS 54688
Maria Montazami 45272
Ernst Kirchsteiger 32747
Lasse Stafanz 16968
Richard Juhlin 7442
Tomas Ledin 3737
Robert Gustafsson 2650
Slayer 2276
Lill-Babs 2162
Rolling Stones 2019
Sweden Rock 2000
Ernie Els 1816
Ulf Wagner 1604
Carl Jan Granqvist 1418
Kent 1344
Leif Mannerström 1331
David Bowie 749
Rocky 745
Hammerfall 696
Nils Liedholm 469
Francis Ford Coppola 442
Glenn Strömberg 429
Coldplay 367
Penélope Cruz 237
Erik Lallerstedt 180
Marilyn Monroe 134
Plura 22
Markus Aujalay 14
Ernst Billgren 5
Swedish House Maffia 2
Laila Bagge Wahlgrens 0
Total celebrity wine sales 2013: 2247607

 

So 111,134 liters of TPGS wines were sold last year. Wow! Congrats! No real surprise, but 95% of it was Sommartider rosé and white. Sommartider rosé boxed wine even made it to the Top50 rosé wines at Systembolaget, landing at the 48th place with the sales of 55,954 litres.

Elvis Presley is also selling well, but it seems that Swedes are no fan of David Bowie when it comes to his wine. Whatever. A kind of boost in TPGS sales is surely coming in February, March and April when fans are in Sweden for the Marie Fredriksson tour. Hopefully, Systembolaget is well-prepared for that in the concert cities.

Let’s see what kind of new items 2014 brings to all wine and champagne lover Gessle fans. Until then, some new short video ads like these for Sommartider wines during Vintertider would be fun, don’t you think? 😉

 

Here’s the list of Roxette concerts we think should be released

We all got very excited when Per Gessle posted these two posts on the Roxette official Facebook page on the 17th and 25th of January.

FRIDAY UPDATE: Having discussions with EMI (Warner) about re-releasing all VHS/DVD Rox live + documentaries from the past. How about that? Maybe a huge box set? Rox channel on YouTube? Guess the hardest part is to find the stuff in the vaults…. /P. [Post by Roxette Official.]

SATURDAY UPDATE: For your info: Hope to get most of the live VHS & DVD releases from the past out in the open (in top quality) for your insatiable eyes and ears to enjoy. It’s a little messy in the archives at the moment due to the huge EMI/Warner-merger but I’ve got new batteries in my flashlight!. We’re on the case, promise. /P. [Post by Roxette Official.]

At this point all comes down to a simple question: what to release. Or to be even more precise: what Roxette have rights to release and is in a decent audio/picture quality. Per admitted hismelf the hardest part is to find the stuff in the vaults. We have decided to compile a simple to-do, to-find, to-release list, in case Warner forgets how many great concerts Roxette recorded in the past! Let’s do the proper research together – in case we missed something, please drop us a line or two here in the comment section or on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RoxetteBlog), so we might save a pearl or two from being forgotten 😉

With numbers (1, 2, 3…) we marked official VHS/laser disc/DVD releases, with letters (A, B, C…) – TV performances/internet broadcasts that could be counted as full scale gigs. For obvious reasons we have excluded all unprofessional, private and bootleg recordings as well as other single TV performances (playbacks or live). We didn’t count in one or two first songs from concert reports on TV as it’s a usual thing that journalists have access to those from each concert (as long as there are cameras in the arena). We are here for live experiences – ONLY!

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I’m 1 in a million, you’re 2 of a kind

No, we won’t do a flashmob every month, BUT Roxette Official reaching 1 million likes on Facebook is definitely something we had to celebrate. Many of us were thinking about this magic number since long, but then Kathie Winn came up with the question if we would really do something. Then we had to speed up, as the page was getting 2000-5000 likes per day.

But what should be the BIG idea? Well, when you’re stuck, besides talking to yourself, it’s always good to go back to the roots. This time to Neverending Love. Is there another phrase that could express our feelings towards Roxette any better? Not really. More than that, there is a perfect line – You’re 1 in a million, we’re 2 of a kind – which Alexandra Neitzel ”translated” into something more fitting for this occasion – I’m 1 in a million, you’re 2 of a kind. Then Basia Konarzewska came up with the idea to take pics of ourselves holding a sign that says this line.

An event was created on Facebook, just like the last time when we had the poster flashmob and many Roxers joined from around the world.  We all started thinking about our own photos, how creative they should be, if we should visit the gym before we take the pics or go to the hairdresser, but as I said before, the number of likes on the page was speeding up, so there was not much time left.

Finally, everyone could find out how to appear on the pic, where to write that 1 line and started calculating when Roxette Official might hit the 1 million threshold. Alexandra was doing different scenarios every 10 minutes, so we had a close estimation that 1 million could be reached at about 5 pm on Sunday, 26th Jan. We’ve been reloading the page constantly on this side of the world, alarm clocks were set on the other side and it was even more fun to spend our times on Facebook together with Per, who also seemed to be waiting for the magic moment impatiently. He was posting several times during the day, trying to push the number of likes towards the million. And it worked. However, poor him was busy with posting a cute boyish pic of himself right at the time the page reached 1 million. Quite Gessleish, isn’t it? He took a picture, but it showed 1,000,002. So he was desperately looking for a proper screenshot:

SUNDAY UPDATE #5: Aaaarrgghhh, missed the magic moment. This is what I got. Did you catch the million mark on photo? /P.

One can always count on Roxers, so he got the 1,000,000 screenshot which he could post at last. But before he did that, when the time has come, photos were spreading all over Roxette Official. The result was again: FAB! Many pics were uploaded to the timeline of the page and Per realized it immediately. He started sharing them, but after 4 he found out there would be more, so it made no sense to share them all. One of the pics he shared was Alexandra’s:

Thanks Alexandra and everybody else for making this happen! Splendido! Cheers!
/P&M

So, Per, could you tell us your alias you use in our closed fan groups? 😉 Funny that he posted exactly that pic with this comment. How else could it be if not because of him being a secret member of our groups? Haha.

He wrote a separate post, too after seeing there were more and more pics to come:

THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR FAB PICS RE THE MILLION MARK ON FACEBOOK! VERY NICE INDEED! /P.

 

We are incredibly glad you’ve been there with us waiting, Mr G. You deserved all the remaining Breaking Bad episodes for this. CONGRATS & keep up the good work on Roxette Official!

Roxers, thanx for joining! Come back tomorrow and we do it again! Well, OK, maybe not tomorrow. Let’s wait a bit more until our next flashmob. 😉

P.S.: No chance to sing Neverending Love with the original lyrics anymore – or at least for some weeks…

Here is a collage of all the 118 photos. You can download it in hi res from HERE.

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Update 5:15 pm 27th January:

2 great videos have been made to keep this flashmob in our memories forever. The first one is made by Doogsyify Winn, Kathie’s handy daughter and the 2nd is by another talented video-maker Roxer, Michi Seeber. Thanx for your work with them and sharing them with us!

 

 

 

Roxette Official reaching 1 million likes

TheWorldsMostSuccessfulPowerPopDuoSupportedWithLoveByTheBestFansOnThePlanet reached 1 million likes on Facebook!

The page went live on 9th December 2010, so 3 years and 2 months ago. Thanx to this, we got even closer to Roxette and Roxette got closer to us than ever before. Daily posts, info, news, huge amount of pictures, loads of short videos, some re-re-repostings, great songs of the day, meaningful questions to us, answers to lots of our Qs, comments on many of our posts or comments = pure fun for our hungry Roxer souls!

One could say: but hey, there are bands and artists with much more likes on their Facebook page, so why is that such a big deal? I would say this 1 million is a fantastic and well-deserved result of a constant, top level ”thinking from the fans point of view” job, which is much appreciated by all of us. I think I can talk for tons of Roxers: it’s better being 1 in a million and having Mr G himself operating the site than being 1 in tens of millions without his jolly updates.

So, open the champagne and let’s celebrate! Congrats for the great achievement to the World’s Very Best oPERator and his Magical PowerPopDuo Partner, as well as to the wider Rox Family! Keep up the good thing and keep the Admin!
 

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Update: Per shared this article with this comment:

Hey, it’s you out there that made it happen! /P.