The Race Legends ticket.

Thanks to Christina Röhrs.

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Helena Josefsson to sing with Roxette on Victoria’s wedding

Taken from Helena Josefsson’s official website:

Just a small update!
Recording and composing with Sandy Mouche gives me a lot of joy in between the exam- studies.
No news about the solo-album so far.

Singing backing vocals with Roxette when our Princess gets married!

Now I´ll pick up my sun-beam-boy at his grand mother.

Have a fine day!
Helena

Thanks to Lantartida.

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Swedish musical about the 80ies to feature Gyllene Tider songs

According to an article on BLT, Philip Zandén is going to direct the musical “Älska mig i natt”, which is going to follow the concept of Mamma mia! but with Swedish hits from the 80ies.

The show is to feature about 30 songs of artists such as Orup, Gyllene Tider, Eva Dahlgren or Lisa Nilsson.

The premiere should be in the beginning of January 2011 at Chinateatern in Stockholm.

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Anderstorp ticket

E-ticket for Anderstorp Roxette show bought on Eventim.se.

If you have any other ticket you would like to show (without codes, of course!), just let us know at office@roxetteblog.com

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NorrportenArena.se’s blog

NorrportenArena.se publishes a new video at least once a week in its blog section in which organizers discuss issues around Sundsvall festival – e.g Roxette’s favourite song, Roxette’s performance on Victoria’s wedding or concert sceneography.

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Gessle, Ulvaeus and Ledin behind “Next Big Thing” contest

According to DagensIndustri, pop legends Björn Ulvaeus, Tomas Ledin and Per Gessle are behind a new project which they hope will become Sweden’s biggest music competition – a kind of “Idol” on the web. It drew my attention that artists and songwriters can make money online, says Per Gessle to Dagens Industri.

Behind the contest called “Next Big Thing” is Snowfish.com – the company owned by famous Swedish stars. Anyone who does not already have a record deal can participate in this competition and the idea is that the audience will be a jury and will vote for the winner. It is still unclear if only Swedish citizen will be able to participate in it.

With 100,000 opened accounts, we estimate that around 25,000 are going to be the artists and the rest will be a jury, says Niklas Holmstén, Snowfish CEO. Advertisment revenue is estimated at about 10,000,000 SEK and compensation for the artists will be calculated basing on the number of listeners.

The idea is supported by e.g. Telia Sonera, Spotify, Sony Ericsson and Musikbörsen.

Source: DI.se

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Newspapers confirm: Roxette will play on Victoria’s wedding!

The rumours reach back to January, but know it looks like confirmed: Roxette will perform on the special concert to Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding! Over the weekend several scandinavian newspapers reported about Roxette, Benny Andersson and Carola (wedding dinner) to be among the invited performers.

Officially it’s still secret, but Aftonbladet tells about Victorias big – but until long very unrealistic – wish to have Roxette performing her favourite song “The Look” on her wedding concert on June 18. This marks Roxette’s “historic comeback” in official form to a Swedish live stage after 8,5 years!

Aftonbladet goes on to report about Roxette’s surprising comeback and the upcoming album. Per Gessle is the only artist on the official guest list for the evening. The wedding and concert will be broadcasted live on SVT1 and other TV stations. Roxette’s manager Marie Dimberg still declined to comment…

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Per Gessle answers to questions from fans

Q from David Di Troia: Hey Per!
What are the stories with these songs?

Taken From BMI:
ONLY YOU – Is it really as bad as you made it out to be? Was it meant for TWATG?

BEING WITH YOU
ONLY WHEN I DREAM
LOUD CLOTHES
HOLIDAY
LIBERAME AMOR – Is this the Spanish version of you Don’t Understand me?
HOLD ON MY HEART – Written for another Artist?
DEPUIS LA N…UIT DES TEMPS – Written for Another Artist?
FEMALE GODDESS – Lou Bega, really?
HAPPY NEW YEAR – Written for SOAP or PC?
Cheers
Dave

PER GESSLE OFFICIAL

Hey David, yea “Only you” is actually terrible. BWY OWID LC HOL are pretty decent ones. I/We might use them some day. HOMY was recorded by some European boyband, can’t remember their name. I like that song too! It might pop up somewhere else.

Q from Marcos Dolmance: Dear Per, there are lots of people waiting for Roxette to play again in Argentina, we’ve been following you since we were just teenagers, couldn’t go to your shows because we were too young, so we hope for at least one more visit. Please take it into acount. Regards from Buenos Aires.
PER GESSLE OFFICIAL

Yep, would love to come back to South America. Let’s see what happens down the road. Cheers, P.

Q from Aline Trevisan: Per, have you been to Lady Gaga show?
PER GESSLE OFFICIAL

No, such a shame I missed it. I like her Paparazzi-song. And Jonas’ videos

Q from Wendy Collaer: Check it out =) The Baseballs – The Look
PER GESSLE OFFICIAL

Christoffer likes it!

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Gessle to present classical rock photos

Per Gessle loves classical rock photos. This summer he will present works of his most favourite photographer – 71-years-old American Henry Diltz at Tres Hombres Art Gallery in Tylösand Hotel. This man has taken the most legendary photos of The Doors, Neil Yound, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Eagles, Joni Mitchell or Jimi Hendrix.

The opening will take place on July 2nd and the exhibition will continue till August 30th. One of Henry Diltz galleries exists in New York, two in California and now – one more in Sweden at Tylösand Hotel. “This year it was my own choice. Henry Diltz has taken some photos for Roxette’s “Tourism” and even for one of my solo album [En händig man promo session in Los Angeles]. He’s one of my real favourites,” tells Per Gessle to Expressen. He goes on explaining that Henry Diltz is a photographer who was “on the right place in the right time”, and even though he might not be one of those big artists, he has made a documentary of an important part of rock story, “that’s why Henry Diltz never was in these price categories as many of his colleagues,” informs Per, and explains an anecdote about how he realised, a few months after he had taken some pictures for his cover, that he had never got an invoice for the session, and how he only charged him 500 dollars for it.

His classical, hand-made and signed photos at Tylösand gallery cost 10,000 SEK and more.

Source: Expressen.se

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Official Roxette channel on YouTube?

You may have noticed that it got harder and harder to find official Roxette music videos on YouTube in the past months. That banning of “official” content is a matter of copyright issues between YouTube, music labels and the recording rights organisations. Now it appears that a user called “roxette” uploaded all the Roxette videos into a channel called “Roxette”.

Well, the channel already exists since 2006 but the videos only got uploaded 2 weeks ago. According to the channel page, it’s an official YouTube partner based in Sweden. Who’s behind this? EMI, Per or the management? Or just a fan – despite the “partner” tag? What speaks for EMI is the rather low video quality… but at least they’re available again!

Link: Roxette channel on YouTube

PS. Um, the presence of “Fireworks” may speak against Per… ;)

Update: EMI Germany is linking to this channel! www.youtube.com/roxette works as well. Looks pretty official!

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Gyllene Tider’s first time on stage.

32 years ago.
Gyllene Tider – Live at Medborgarhuset (Bio Reflex) in Getinge

May 12, 1978, Friday at 7.30 pm
Tickets: 10 SEK [just 20 were sold, other people were allowed to enter for free]

The band:
Per Gessle
Mats Persson
Micke “Keef” Andersson (aka “Syd” in the later years)
Janne “Bas” Carlsson

Total time: 70 minutes

Per Gessle: This is we who are Gyllene Tider! (microphone wasn’t on)

1. Rebel, rebel (var blev du av?) [early version of "Åh Ziggy Stardust (var blev du av?)"]
2. Jag vet [Swedish version of Dr. Feelgood's "I can tell"]
3. Pornografi [Per dedicated this one to Curt H-son, king of pornography]
4. London [7-minutes long ballad]
5. Min vän
6. Barbacka [heavy rock song]
7. Bobbos boogie [song about Magnus Uggla]
8. Det blåser upp till storm [11-minutes long; Per on his only solo on Gibson-guitar]

PG: We are going to end up this gig with one long track, probably too long, written by Tommy Steele.

9. Syndafloden [12-minutes long with 6-minutes long intrumental part inspired by Pink Floyd's compositions]
10. Gloria [with both English and Swedish lyrics]

PG: Mats Persson on guitar, on drums our B52′s Micke “Keef” Andersson, on bas Janne Carlsson and my name is Rutger Backe.

RB was Halmstad’s BK’s goal shooter – Rutger Backe, though Per supported Halmian, the other Halmstad’s football team.

Source: Jan-Owe Wikström, Gyllene Tider, Stockholm 1997, pages: 26-30

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Billboard.com article on Roxette’s new album

Billboard.com published an article about Roxette’s new album. You can read it here: Billboard.com

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Join the Joyride – Porto Alegre concert

She did it again. Danyela Etchart, Brazilian fan, created an amazing documentary about Roxette “Join the Joyride!” tour concert in Porto Alegre, Brazil on May 6th, 1992. It was 18 years ago. More on that concert you can read on Dany’s fan blog.

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Roxetteblog.com turns one year old

April 2009. All of a sudden, many things were going on in the Roxette world.

Per was on his Party Crasher Tour, rumours that Marie was to join Per in one of his shows, rumours about “Night of the Proms”, information was posted here and there, it was hard to keep up with all informations and then this crazy idea just came to our minds.

A website which would (try to) gather all news and  more and less relevant information about Roxette and anything related.  The idea was to simply collect information from newspapers, forums, Facebook and who knows where else from in one place and make it easier for everybody to keep up with it.

A year has passed by. First thought that comes to my mind, “what? one year already?”. And then I can only think back and smile and feel proud of what we’ve reached so far. To put it in numbers:

334,653 total views
8,620 views on our busiest day (October 24th!)
2,176 comments
ca 1,000 views per day
515 followers on Facebook
500 articles
254 users on the website
217 on Twitter

If I had to pick up a highlight during the past year,  it definitely has to be Roxette’s comeback on May 6th in Amsterdam, also one year ago. And then Night of the Proms. And the interviews with Jonas, Christoffer and Clarence.

Of course, we wouldn’t be here without your daily support and we appreciate your comments, emails, reporting of news, that help this website making better and better. Thanks also to tomos85, Kiwein, Sascha and Abysmo for all your hard work and keeping up with everything which is going on around Per and Marie.

And talking about birthdays, Planet Roxette, the Roxette website in German, turns 10 this year. Congratulations!

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Watch Åsa Gessle’s interview on TV4

Here you have a chance to watch 8-minutes-long interview with Åsa Gessle in Swedish on TV4.

Thanks to Dany and Rosina for informations.

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