“Way out” available on Amazon.de

It seems like the tracklisting for “Way out” single will be slightly diffrent from the one that was presented before. “Way out” will be released in the radio edit, which is said to be shorter with 2 seconds from the album version (2:43 comparing to 2:45). Crash!Boom!Bang!/Anyone from Brussel will last for 6:21.

Source: Amazon.de

Thanks to The Real Roxers.

Bucharest: Roxette’s too loud? The 8-meter wall is being built

Organizators of the first Roxette Romanian concert in Bucharest do not want to disturb too many people and they have already started building a sound wall that would protect people living in the area from loud noices. Zone Arena, where Roxette will perform on May 30th, will be surrounded by a protective wall, 8 meters high and 100 meters long.

It is also said that the venue can take over 30,000 people which would make this Bucharest date till the biggest concert during the Roxette’s World Tour 2011.

After all Ms Fredriksson’s birthday should be loud!

Source: Stirile Pro TV, BestMusic.ro

Per Gessle: We will keep performing as long as there are people who want to see us.

Per Gessle, while his stay in South Africa, did a couple of interviews for Dubai press. Here’s another one.

We have done 19 shows so far and have many more to come. We will keep performing as long as there are people who want to see us. It is what we want to do, both for us and our fans.

Gessle laughed when asked about Dubai.

I’ve heard it’s pretty hot. That’s about it. I have friends who live there who are always asking us to visit, so it’ll be nice to see them. Although they want to take us to lots of very fancy restaurants, I’m just not sure we’re going to have the time. We can’t wait to experience something new.

There are still hundreds of people waiting to greet us at airports around the world. The support of people is unreal. They are what keep us going. Quite often I have ‘pinch me’ moments. Sometimes, 30 seconds before I walk on stage I have that moment when I can’t believe what is happening. How lucky we are.

More at gulfnews.com

Journalist: “I feel like I should hug you”; Per Gessle: “Please, do!”

Swedish pop group Roxette’s fans showed their undying support when the dates for the South African leg of the Charm School tour were announced, making sure every show was sold out. Top Billing caught up with Per Gessel, the male part of this well loved duo and a award winning musician in his own right. We find out about his and partner Marie Frederikson’s love for Cape Town and what his favorite Roxette song is. Watch this episode to find out the inside scoop, like how hit single, It must have been love was originally written as a Christmas song.

Anyone who knows how to watch the whole episode?

Source: Topbilling.com

Per Gessle: I’m pretty quick compared to my wife

The United Arab Emirates gulfnews.com has recently published a short interview with Per Gessle regarding coming Roxette’s concert in Dubai on May 20th.

Do you enjoy playing your old tunes?
To tell you the truth, I hate rehearsing it, but I love to play it for the crowd, because as soon as you have them in front of you it turns into magic.

You’ve been together for so long. What’s your secret to longevity?
We just enjoy working together. The same goes for the musicians we have with us. We have had the same producer since we made the first record and we’re enjoying ourselves.

So, no bust-ups?
We’re human, and of course we have our fights, but at the end of the day we have the same ambition and we just enjoy being together.

Finally – be honest! – how long does it take you to get ready for a night out?
It takes about 15 minutes. I’m pretty quick compared to my wife!

Read more at gulfnews.com

What Having struck an emotional chord with anyone who’s seen Pretty Woman (i.e. everyone), Swedish duo Roxette are coming to Dubai as part of their Worldwide Tour 2011. Expect to sing along to the likes of Joyride and Dressed for Success, as well as tracks from their latest album Charm School.
When< May 20 Where Shaikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre
How Tickets cost Dh300 (silver standing), Dh450 (gold standing), Dh550 (platinum seating). For more information, call 04 447 3863

Thanks to David Di Troia.

94.2 Jacaranda phone interview with Per Gessle

Have a listen to a nice phone interview with Per Gessle that was broadcasted on 94.2 Jacaranda radio station – one of the media partners of the South African Roxette tour – the other day.

Janina, one of the radio station’s journalists who did the phone interview, is said to be the biggest Roxette fan (I’m wondering what it really means to be the biggest fan…). Her workmate secretly filmed her singing “The look”. Fan’s life is tough.

South African press: Roxette still dressed for success

Roxette’s Per Gessle opens up about the band’s past, his life-long love of music, singer Marie Fredriksson’s near-fatal brain tumour, and writing hit records.

People love our songs, they seem to be part of people’s lives – which is just amazing. The songs I write are based on the music I listened to when I was very young – music from the ’60s, ’70s – so everything I do is basically melody oriented. I think also it has helped that we’re not American, we’re not English so we’ve always been a little bit offside. We’re a Swedish band with a Swedish manager, a Swedish producer, so we’ve done everything outside the global music industry and I think that’s really helped us out. There have been times when people have said: ‘You have to move to New York or LA, or at least move to London’, but we’ve never wanted to do that.

We always listen to our gut feeling. It was the same when I wrote the new album, ‘Charm School’. My ambition was not to write a best-selling album. I just wanted to write a great album for Marie – these are the songs I want her to sing. If it works commercially, then hallelujah. If it doesn’t, we’ve still done a great album.

When we perform, we’re one of those bands who don’t use computers, vocals on tape, or click tracks or whatever – it’s just 100 percent live, like when we started out. For us that’s so much more fun – sometimes a song goes too fast, sometimes it goes too slow – and every show is unique. We try to make it interesting and enjoyable for ourselves.

More at iafrica.com

World Tour 2011: Cape Town, South Africa – May 11 #21

This was concert #3 in Cape Town. Roxette is now moving on to Sun City for 4 concerts on 13th, 14th, 15th and 17th of May.

Don’t forget to check the full tour plan from time to time, maybe you find some city you may want to add to your personal tour!

Setlist

01. Dressed for Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Wish I Could Fly
05. Only When I Dream
06. She’s Got Nothing On (But the Radio)
07. Perfect Day
08. Things Will Never Be the Same
09. It Must Have Been Love
10. Opportunity Nox
11. 7twenty7
12. Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)
13. Stars
14. How Do You Do!
15. Dangerous
Band presentation
16. Joyride (no traditional tune)

17. Watercolours in the Rain
18. Spending my Time
19. The Look

20. Way Out
21. Listen to Your Heart
22. Church of Your Heart

Photos

Photos have been added to Heidi’s Flickr.

Reviews

Roxette’s Marie on top of tour

Heidi wrote about the concert last night – same place but totally different concert!

Roxette once again performed to a sold out 7000 fans in attendance. The fans were treated to the usual set list this time “Silver Blue” replaced by “Stars” as on Sunday evening.

The band was beyond hot! This is probably, like Per said, the best band Roxette has ever had. Everyone plays their role in the band to create something so spectacular! Just thinking what Marie had to endure and what she is delivering on stage at the moment is beyond my comprehension. It is unreal unless you are in attendance at the concert. To explain to someone who had not attended one of these concerts would be an impossible task.

Newcomer to the Roxette band, Helena seems right at home at the moment in this Roxette ‘family’. She knows her part well and adds energy & magic to this whole live experience. The band is enjoying themselves on stage and is having the time of their lives. Truly happy people in an environment that fits them like a glove. Roxette you have yet again proved not only to South Africans, that you are among the best bands in the world, but also to planet earth. Rox on until next time we meet in Cape Town.

Per Gessle: I feel this is the best Roxette band our fans have ever seen

Clayton Morar, SA’s celeb expert & autograph hunter, posted a blog entry from the Monday press meeting in Cape Town. Read some extracts from what he noticed during the interview:

I feel this is the best Roxette band our fans have ever seen. We’re enjoying touring around the world and we’ll continue to sing and produce hits as long as Marie’s comfortable with how we do things and as long as the fans keep supporting us. All we’d like to do is to continue to make good music!

I love SA wine and I’ve previously brought my family out for a visit a few years ago, and we took a tour to all the wine farms outside Cape Town. While there I met up with Ernie Els (SA golfer) and Bjorn Bjorg (Swedish tennis star) and had a great time. I also love the food here and the great sights of Cape Town.

Check Clayton Morar’s blog out for more pictures and stories.