Press release from The Race Legends

INFORMATION REGARDING RACE TICKETS

Race tickets (combination tickets to The Race Legends and Roxette) will not be valid to the entrance of the concert with Roxette in Halmstad, on 14th of August. The reason is that the area of the concert in Halmstad has a limitation in terms of audience capacity.

Purchased tickets are valid for next year’s event. The exact date will be announced this September on theracelegends.com

For refund of tickets, send your information no later then September 15th to: refund@theracelegends.com

We want to thank all ticket buyers for your patience and understanding due to the situation and hope to see you at one of our future events.

Best Regards

The Race Legends

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Tour 2010: Smukfest Skanderborg, August 8

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Setlist

* Dressed For Success
* Sleeping In My Car
* The Big L
* Wish I Could Fly
* She Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
* 7Twenty7
* It Must Have Been Love
* Silver Blue
* Fading Like A Flower
* How Do You Do
* Dangerous
* Joyride Joyride
Extra:
* Listen To Your Heart
* The Look
* Church Of Your Heart

Fan stories

Gabba77: May the devil take Google Translate – and all of you guys would not had read these horrible reviews…
But I was there and I must say that I was really surprised about the big interest for the concert. I had thought that there would probably be 10-15 hardcore fans who would insist on being in the front row and then a lot of curious people who would like just to be there to see this famous duo Roxette.
But 2 hours before the concert I realized I was wrong. There were a lot of fans. People from Germany, Sweden, England, Argentina, Peru and Denmark of course. But not only the fans – everybody wanted a place up front.
It also really surprised me that people seemed to know all the lyrics. I stood among some people with an age of about 20 years – (They were not what we call fans.) They had hardly learned to speak as Joyride was released. But they sang along on all the songs – not only Joyride, LTYH, The Look & IMHBL that you hear on the radio from time to time. But they also knew the lyrics of songs like Fading Like A Flower & Dangerous which you never hear on the radio here.
I had never dreamt that so many people with a Roxette passion were hiding here in Denmark. What a nice surprice!
The reviwer from Gaffa.dk writes that he has been writing several hundreds of music reviews during the last ten years and he has never before experienced such an enthusiastic audience as met Roxette at Smukfest.
It is a big shame that it seems that nobody recorded the moment that Roxette entered the stage and started playing Dressed For Success – it simply does not get any bigger!
What a thrill, what blessing what a big moment – Hallelujah!

Videos

HD clips by MusicDKMan (Joyride, 7Twenty7, The Look, Fading like a flower, How do you do!) | Listen to your heart (by Momse1, has Fading as well) | It must have been love (by AiCStrange2508) | Church of your heart (by stinasveske) | The Look (by pnordentoft) | It must have been love (by metalmickeydk) | How do you do! (by metalmickeydk) | Silver Blue (by 1977browneyedgirl) | The Look part I (by Lurirox, has The Look II + Church as well) | Dressed for success (by MacGyverBurger)

Photos

Smukfest gallery

Roxette’s comments

Thanx for a great weekend!!! Sundsvall was pretty shaky just like a PREMIERE should be!!! The Smuk festival last nite was really really awesome. I’m so proud to be part of this!!!! /Per

it looks like it’s gonna be around 20.000 on Saturday. And almost 30.000 last night. There is a God. / Per

And over 16.000 two days ago… hmmm… forgot that…. Getting spoiled I guess / Per

Official videos

Smukfest report

Media reports

Ugly reviews: Ibyen.dk | Ekstra Bladet | Horsens Folkeblad | TV2 VIP
Fairly nice review: Gaffa | So-so review: Nordjyske.dk

Trivia

Close to 30,000 people in front of Roxette’s stage!

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72 Hours In Sundsvall – It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This!

It all started with a flight to Sundsvall on Friday and the mere twist of fate that the whole of Roxette were on my flight! I promise it was a coincidence, I booked my flight in April and our sources inform us the band only booked there flight around a month ago (I promise we are not stalking you!) I say WE because I was taking the flight with my friend Dany from Brazil! Dany has still not quite got over the shock that she walked through airport security at the exact same time as Marie Fredriksson; she glanced to her right and nearly fainted with shock at seeing Marie and had to sit down! Boarding the flight with the entire band and chatting to Christoffer, Magnus, Clarence and Pelle at the boarding gate was just a fantastic experience and the guys are wonderful to be around!

Saturday morning and the day of the concert started extremely early for myself and Dany as we were outside Norrporten Arena for 6am, only we were not the first as we expected ourselves to be! Huddled up under a sleeping bag was Laura a girl from Argentina who had been there since 4.30am, and I thought I was crazy! Surprisingly the hours in the queue passed rather quickly when you get talking to other people and before lunch time the international fans had begun to flood in – I was the only UK fan!

Moving on to what you all really want to know about though… and my guess that is the concert!

Roxette’s performance in Sundsvall was just amazing and although it tried to rain before the concert started it eventually held off! I almost do not have the words to describe the atmosphere in the venue, the 16,000 strong crowd in the Norrporten Arena were treated to 20 songs from Roxette, (1 cover ‘Steppin Stone’ but this time the Monkees version rather than the Paul Revere version as on the Party Crasher Tour in 2009). Marie is ever the performer on stage and watching her is like being thrown back 20 years to being a teenager again. Those of us that had the pleasure of being fans back then and seeing Roxette in the 90′s on the Joyride 91 & 92 and Crash 94 tours can see how Marie and Per throw in some actions on stage just like years ago, the stage is just made for Marie, she owns the stage, think back to those words she once uttered in the joyride interview (the one we all once owned on VHS video that we watched over and over and over and wore out when we were teenagers!) when she said how she always wanted to be a performer from a young age, she is a performer, the stage does indeed love MARIE FREDRIKSSON! In fact even writing those words sends shivers down my spine. Marie and Per’s performance on stage in Sundsvall was fantastic, unbelievable! A natural a kind of go with the flow and see what happens and something many of us thought we would never see again after Marie got sick, and here we are, the Roxette come back has indeed happened and in less than a week they will play to 20,000 people in Halmstad!

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2010 tour: Sundsvall, August 7, tour premiere

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Setlist

Fan stories

Swedish media reports about fans that made the long way to Sundsvall/Sweden:
- Danyela Etchard from Brasil, who shared her flight with Roxette
- Brenda Donatti and Lionel Zaragocin from Argentinia, who celebrate Marie’s comeback on 4 concerts

Alison’s report for RXB

Videos

By austlich: Dressed for success | Listen to your heart | Church of your heart | Fading like a flower | It must have been love | Joyride
By bodenina:  Fading like a flower | Sleeping in my car
By zvullo: Joyride | It must have been love | Fading like a flower
By odfah: Dangerous (not full, bad quality) | Steppin Stone
By Paularoxer: Perfect day | 7twenty7

Other: It Must Have Been Love (by JessieKay1978)| It Must Have Been Love (by holmas1) |  | The look (by torbjornl) |  It must have been love (by MrsTwisted)

Photos
Rockfoto.nu

Roxette’s comments

Per: “Marie was fantastic. What a girl! It is a pity that I’m married.” (laughter)

Marie a few song into the gig: “Fantastic! Finally!”

Official videos

Media reports

video: interviews before the concert | Expressens’s concert review | song by song | post-concert interview | blog entry | ST.nu review | allehanda | Aftonbladet | SVD | Dagbladet Sundsvall (5/5!)

Gessle: “Publice in Sunsdvall was fantastic” (ST.nu)

Trivia

16,000 visitors in the arena!

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Let’s make August 7 Roxette day on last.fm!

Posted July 31: Some Roxette fans plan to mark August 7 as ‘Roxette Day’ on last.fm, to celebrate the return of Roxette to the concert stage. It is simple to take part, you only have to listen songs of Roxette during the day via last.fm. In best case that should carry Roxette to the top of the service’s playlists. Everyone is invited to take part!

This call was brought to us by bonamaison

Update August 7: Today’s the day! Let’s play!

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Roxette at Leif’s

As you all know, Roxette gave a “surprise” concert at Leif’s Lounge (at Hotel Tylösand, Halmstad) on Wednesday 4 of August. Here’s my personal review of the before and after.

We arrived at the hotel at around 5 pm and went to get our reserved tickets. There weren’t many fans waiting outside/inside the hotel, must have been maximum 10. After getting our tickets we headed to the beach, the weather was nice, so why not wait for my 3 Spanish friends and the 3 girls coming from Malmö/DK enjoying the sun? After a while sitting near Bettans Bar I suddenly heard Marie’s voice, I was like “what?” I am not sure if they had been playing for a while already, if so, I didn’t realise until I heard Marie’s voice: Rehearsal! Some curious Swedes and me headed to Bettans to try to see the band. I had always wanted to see / hear a rehearsal and there they were! Tylösand, sun, beach and Roxette. I was wondering when would I wake up from this dream…
After a while Poli, Saar and Stina arrived. I informed them about the rehearsals, and we thought they had ended them, but then suddenly they played “How do you do!”. We were all “huh! they are playing THIS song?”. It was just a preview of what the concert a few hours later would be.
I had booked a table for 2 at Leif’s Terrace for dinner at 7 pm, which was the time the doors at Leif’s would open as well, so we headed to the hotel. Right on time my Spanish friends arrived, so we all went in a few minutes after 7. Of course, some people were already sitting by the fence front row. Txiqui kept a place for me (thanks!!) while I was eating at the terrace. We got a nice table, with a great view over the stage, which was perfect for Connie, since she didn’t want to stand in the crowd.
At about 9 pm I went to the front since it started to get full of people. The atmosphere was great, many people, and many Swedes wanting to be close to the stage!!! I got to meet Ted, I think we had seen eachother shortly at GT’s concert in 2004, but had never really talked to him before. A pleasure!

And now starts the interesting part for you. The concert started about 15 minutes late, at 10:15pm. We were all very nervous, excited, shouting for Roxette, and finally there they were! The show started like a bomb with the “yeah yeah yeah” to Dressed for Success. It was an explosion of happiness, light, guitars, drums, Marie’s voice. The version was similar to the one during Per’s tour last year. Of course, with one BIG difference, MARIE!!! Actually, as you check the setlist, the whole show felt a bit like a recicled Party Pleaser concert, keeping the Roxette songs which worked so well, and adding other Roxette songs instead of Per’s. I don’t mean it negative at all. The show worked last year, the songs rocked, so why wouldn’t it WITH Marie? Of course, we also got some songs we didn’t get to hear with Per solo, and some surprises.

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2010 tour: Halmstad, August 4, dress rehearsal

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Setlist

1. Dressed for success (Look sharp!)
2. Sleeping in my car (Crash! Boom! Bang!)
3. Opportunity nox (The Pop Hits)
4. The big L. (Joyride)
5. Wish I could fly (Have a nice day)
6. She doesn’t live here (Don’t bore us…)
7. 7twenty7 (Have a nice day)
8. Perfect day (Joyride)
9. Things will never be the same (Joyride)
10. It must have been love (Pretty woman)
11. Stupid (Marie left the stage on this song)
12. Do you wanna be my baby (Marie left the stage on this song)
13. Silver blue (Per said they sing this one because it was #1 in the song requests/ fans wanted to hear, yep, it was your choice, dear RoxetteBlog.com readers) (Tourism)
14. Fading like a flower (Joyride)
15. How do you do! (Tourism)
16. Dangerous (Look sharp!)
17. Joyride (Joyride)

Encore:
18. Listen to your heart (Look sharp!)
19. The look (Look sharp!)
20. (I’m not your) Steppin’ stone
21. Church of your heart (Joyride)

Fan stories

Judith’s report for RXB

Videos

Intro | Listen To Your Heart | Joyride (part) | Silver Blue | Wish I Could Fly | LTYH 2 (better audio)

By Sarah: Silver Blue | Perfect Day | Church of Your Heart

By Alex Usero, go to his YouTube profile, you’ll find It Must Have Been Love, Perfect Day, Things Will Never Be The Same, Wish I could Fly, Silver Blue.

By Judith (parts of How Do You Do!, Opportunity Nox, Steppin’ Stone and Silver Blue full).

By Txiqui (Perfect day, Fading like a flower, Things will never be the same, Silver blue)

Photos

Photos can be found here in the photoshow at GP.se.

Great photo gallery by Txiqui/Roxspain

Roxette’s comments

Great dress rehearsal last nite. Marie in top form. The band kicked ass (after 4 songs..). The crowd was awesome. Hallelujah everyone.

Official videos

Media reports

Announcing the gig: Hallandsposten | Aftonbladet | Expressen | HD | GP | Aftonbladet
GP reports live from the concert
Concert reports: The Daily Roxette | Hallandsposten | Skanskan.se

Trivia

The 600 tickets sold out within 2 hours, despite only available at Hotel Tylösand. Plus 400 invited guests.

Pearls of passion – 0
Look sharp! – 4
Pretty woman soundtrack – 1
Joyride – 6
Tourism – 2
Crash! Boom! Bang! – 1
Don’t bore us… – 1
Have a nice day – 2
Room service – 0
The ballad hits – 0
The pop hits – 1
Per’s solo – 2
Cover – 1

Please excuse the rough translations!

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Roxette play surprise concert at Leif’s Lounge

As www.roxette.se informs, Roxette decided to share their dress rehearsal with 600 fans:

Like in 2003 (Per Gessle), 2004 (Gyllene Tider) and 2007 (Per Gessle again) there will be a secret concert, like a dress rehearsal if you will, in Halmstad August 4! Roxette will play Leif’s Lounge at Hotel Tylösand on Wednesday night. 600 tickets will be released on Wednesday morning, in order to stop ticket scalpers, and will cost 295 SEK. Tickets may be bought in the reception of Hotel Tylösand starting at 11.00 AM.
The concert starts at 10 PM.

Official tourstart will be Saturday in Sundsvall.

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16,000 people bought tickets for the Halmstad concert

According to the latest article published on Hallandposten.se, over 16,000 tickets were sold for the Roxette concert in Halmstad and the organizers in the official application documents say about max. 22,000 fans that can be expected on the concert day. The police sources claim that the marketplace can take even more people – close to 30,000 spectators.

Ingmar Nilja, the local police chef, met with the organizers from Nöjet AB two times just to discuss all the issues about the Roxette gig. It was decided that the organizers will be responsible for people’s safety in the concert area and because of that Swedish policemen will not get paid for their help.

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New Roxette billboard in Moscow

Thanks to Evgeny Perekopskiy for the picture.

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Malin Ekstrand to replace Helena Josefsson on 2010 tour

According to the latest information published on PER GESSLE OFFICIAL Helena Josefsson was replaced by Malin Ekstrand on 2010 Roxette tour.

Helena isn’t with us on these upcoming gigs. New face/voice for you all: MALIN EKSTRAND. An excellent choice, sir.

More about this new backing singer can be found on her website.

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Gessle’s plectrums for 2010 tour?

Thanks to Sandra Knospe for the information. And here is the official comment from Per Gessle:

Howdy, yes these were made for the upcoming shows. However, I didn’t like the colour so I gave them to blue Christoffer. Naturally, he loved them! So he uses them, not me! Mine looks the same but are a/white with black logo b/black with white logo.

Source: Tradera.com, Facebook

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Halmstad Festival poster

If you have a better picture of this poster, send it to us!

Source: Vikunja’s Fan Page

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Did BiljettNu.se finance a Roxette comeback?

When not even Roxette’s own company Live Nation in the beginning of this year dared to believe that a concert of Roxette would sell enough, Biljett Nu went in into this business and financed the show. Our investment in Roxette was an absolutely right decision. See you in Halmstad!

Because of a dispute with Live Nation, there is a risk that you may be refused to enter the concert with these tickets. They argue that these tickets are not valid. We hope that this dispute will be resolved until August 14th.

We would like to also remind you that according to Live Nation and Per Gessle himself, tickets bought on Biljettnu.se after July 9th are not valid. Buy your tickets on www.ticnet.se

Source: BiljettNu.se

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Russian musician inspired by Roxette’s “It must have been love” video

Thanks to Evgeny Perekopskiy for this information.

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