Win a Meet and Greet with Roxette in Berlin!

Update June 11th: Thank you all for participating! The winners have been contacted per sms 🙂 Contest is therefore closed.

In cooperation with D&D and Live Nation we are proud to offer you the chance to meet Per and Marie before the concert in Berlin on Saturday 11th of June, 2011.

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

– your name
– your nickname on Roxetteblog
– your cell phone number (for us to be able to contact the winners)

The meet and greet will take place somewhen between 19:00 and the time Roxette steps on the stage at the venue place, Zitadelle.

Good luck!

Don’t forget to read the small letter 🙂

Contest terms and conditions:
– you can only participate once
– we will randomly pick the winners among all valid emails (valid means: with name, nickname and cell phone number)
– due to the tight schedule, the winners will be notified per SMS on Saturday 11th morning. As a winner, you will be required to reply to the SMS confirming your attendance to the meet & greet
– further instructions where/when to meet will be also sent per SMS. If you are not at the meeting point at the agreed time, the prize will be given to somebody else!
– the winners will have to have a valid ticket for the concert and are responsible for their transport to and from the venue and any costs that might arise
– the meet & greet will be right before the concert and for about 10 minutes, shared with winners from a German radio station (in total 10 people).
– the prize is for one person only, so the winners won’t be able to take their friend(s) with them to the meet & greet
– Roxetteblog will not enter into any correspondence regarding the result of the contest
– in the event the meet & greet is cancelled, no other date or other prize will be offered as replacement
– of course, all submitted data will only be used for the purpose of the contest, to contact you for confirmation and instructions, and won’t be given to third parties
– last but not least, you can bring one item to have it signed by Marie and Per

iTunes released “Video Hits!” digital compilation

On June 3 EMI Music Sweden released Roxette’s “Video Hits!” compilation on iTunes. It includes 22 videos with bonus clip called “Charm School (Behind The Scenes)”, which we assume is Charm school’s electronic press kit. It costs only 9,99 EUR or 2,49 EUR for each of videos.


1 Dressed For Success 4:06
2 Listen To Your Heart 5:03
3 Dangerous 3:52
4 The Look 3:51
5 It Must Have Been Love 4:15
6 Joyride 4:28
7 Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave) 3:54
8 The Big L. 4:26
9 Spending My Time 4:32
10 How Do You Do! 3:11
11 Almost Unreal 4:02
12 Sleeping In My Car 3:41
13 Crash! Boom! Bang! 4:36
14 Run To You 3:36
15 Vulnerable 4:27
16 Wish I Could Fly 4:38
17 Stars 3:55
18 The Centre Of The Heart 3:28
19 Milk And Toast And Honey 4:11
20 A Thing About You 3:48
21 One Wish 3:16
22 She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio) 3:36
23 Charm School (Behind the Scenes) 8:37

Thanks to Marc.

World Tour 2011: Kosice, Slovakia – June 6 #34

Comment from Per Gessle

Yeehaa!!!! Supergig in Kovice! What a crowd! What a band! Marie in top shape. Smiles everywhere! 9000 people! I need a shower! P.

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. Silver Blue
14. How Do You Do!
15. Dangerous
Band presentation
16. Joyride (introduced with “Macejko“)

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

Miscs
9,000 people in the audience – the concert took place on Pelle Alsing’s birthday.

Articles and photos

Sme.sk (Roxette’s arrival), Sme.sk, Hnonline.sk, Reefe – Facebook page,

Czech reporter review of yesterday’s gig in Prague + huge photogallery

“Catchy melodies, strong choruses and unique symbiosis of male and female music ego, don’t lose its magic – even after so many years. The comeback, which isn’t only a nostalgic memory of the flat past, that’s for sure.”

This is the begining of an article by old time Roxette fan and reporter of Czech music magazine “t-music” Iva Marešová, which with more that 16.000 fans attended yesterday’s gig in Prague. You can read her article in Czech and also in English. She wrote that “thus the main question was – does Roxette’s comeback fall into the category of the meaningless returns or, conversely, belong to a group of those that makes sense? Yesterday’s concert gave the perfect answer.”

And continues that “Prague show offered three kinds of moments – blur, nice and extraordinary. To the class of the extraordinary belonged the American’s “big four” – The Look, Listen To Your Heart, It Must Have Been Love and Joyride. Last-mentioned offered a unique intro – the metal version of Škoda lásky.”

Article ends with very charming resume: “There are a lot of bands, which can’t avoid the idea they should end up on top with a “big name”. Before beginning a new chapter the candidates for this post were also Roxette. False. Arguments? The potential of the old material that is not just a flat retro as well as the ability to do the new hits that will not reach the success of the past ones, but still belong to above-average.”

Follow the links below, you can find complete article with many pictures from the show and also from a meet and greet with Roxette (these will be added later).

Article

Gallery

World Tour 2011: Prague, Czech Republic – June 5 #33

Comment from Per Gessle

Oh yeah! Everybody’s crying with joy!!! Super-fab-fantastic gig tonight in Prague. More than 18.000 extraordinary people in the O2 Arena helped us with another beautiful Prague gig!!!!! We love it here and feel most welcome. Hope we can come back before long!!!! LOVE!!!! P&M & Co

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. Silver Blue
14. How Do You Do!
15. Dangerous
Band presentation
16. Joyride (introduced by “Skoda latky”)

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

Miscs
According to various sources there was around 15,000 – 18,000 people in the Prague O2 Arena, which makes this concert to the biggest one on this tour (so far). “Crash! Boom! Bang!” was rehearsed before the concert.

Articles and photos

ihned.cz, denik.cz, novinky.cz, financninoviny.cz

World Tour 2011: Graz, Austria – June 3 #32

Comment from Per Gessle

Back from the Graz-gig! Thanx everyone for a most memorable evening. The Look was fab! Your singing was awesome, Always a pleasure to play in Austria! See ya in Vienna next time, folks! Cheers! P&M

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. How Do You Do!
14. Dangerous
Band presentation
15. Joyride (introduced with Austrian song)
16. Spending My Time
17. The Look

18. Listen To Your Heart
19. Church Of Your Heart

Joe Cocker was the artist that performed before Roxette’s concert. Around 8,000 people in the audience (according to police sources – 4,000)

Article and photos

Kleinezeitung.at, Kleinezeitung (concert gallery), Kleinezeitung (fan gallery), Krone.at

Swedish Hitz Go Metal – four Roxette songs included

Tommy ReinXeed, singer from the North of Sweden, is now revealing “SWEDISH HITZ GOES METAL” album. Tommy ReinXeed has already released 4 studio albums with his own band ReinXeed in Japan and Europe, but he also has a huge passion to do hard rock/metal versions of his favorite songs. With the album “Swedish Hitz Goes Metal” we get the biggest hits written by ABBA, Roxette and Ace Of Base.

The album is released in Sweden (Naxos Sweden) and Japan (King Records) in May 2011. “Money Money Money” (ABBA) is the first single and the first video. The 2nd video will be Roxette’s “The Look” featuring the Norwegian talented singer “PelleK”.

More info to be found at Facebook page.

1. Mamma Mia
2. The Look
3. Money Money Money
4. The Sign
5. Summer Night City
6. All That She Wants
7. Super Trouper
8. Joyride
9. Intermezzo No. 1
10. Sleeping In My Car
11. The Winner Takes It All
12. Beautiful Life
13. Lay All Your Love On Me
14. Listen To Your Heart

Source: Naxosdirect.se

Thanks to Michal Wroclaw of RoxettePL Facebook page.

World Tour 2011: Budapest, Hungary – June 1 #31

Comment from Per Gessle

Yep! Super crowd in Budapest as expected! Thanx all of you 10 11 12000 for screaming singing shouting waving. We love you, Budapest! Let’s get married!!

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. Silver Blue
14. How Do You Do!
15. Dangerous
Band presentation
16. Joyride (introduced by “Tavaszi szél“)

17. Watercolours In The Rain
18. Spending My Time
19. The Look

20. Listen To Your Heart
21. Church Of Your Heart

Brazilian Q&A with Per Gessle: Who knows, we might pop up in South America again

In March 2011, the RoxetteBrasil.net website asked Brazilian Roxette fans what they would like to know about the band if they could ask. Among all the questions, we chose the best ones and here they are:

ROXETTE BRASIL: First of all, thank you so much for being in Brazil again! You have made a lot of our dreams come true. How does it feel to be in Brazil after 12 years? What are your best memories of our country? What do you think about the Brazilian fans?

We certainly love to play Brazil. South America has always had a special place in our hearts. Very generous, warm and loud people. We like that!

RXBRA: November 3, 2010 was a special day for us fans, because it was the day you announced the world tour. In that morning Brazilians put Roxette in the 3rd place on the Brazilian Twitter trending topics. This, plus the worldwide excitement, made Roxette the 9th most typed word in the world that unforgettable morning. Per, you are very active in Twitter: were you surprised regarding this fact?

I was. And still am. I’m not that super active on Twitter anymore. I spend more time on Facebook (Roxette Official) these days. But I’m very proud that so many people in Brazil are waving the Rox flag very high!!!

RXBRA: Per, after all these years, what still drives you to write fantastic songs?

Thanx. I do my best. I love my work. I have great people around me who takes the time to understand my ambitions and ideas. Without them I’m sure most of my songs would sound terrible!

RXBRA: You are singing and playing some songs for many years, so when you play them, do you really feel your music as before, as the 1st time (words, melodies, emotions)? I mean do you get moved or it is something little mechanic now? Which song do you get easily moved by when you play?

Songs like “It must have been lunch” or “Listen to your heart” are almost impossible to rehearse these days. But as soon as you have the crowd in front of you, you’re filled with lots of energy and emotions. I love playing all those old songs over and over again. They seem to mean so much for people all over the world. It’s the greatest reward you can get as a writer.

RXBRA: Talking about writing, you wrote 1995 hit “You don’t understand me” in collaboration with Desmond Child. How did this happen? A lot of fans want to know if you are interested in working (writing/singing) with other famous faces. And if so, who would it be?

Desmond and I started working when he was in Sweden doing something else. The songs we wrote were not intended for Rox but Marie fell in love with You don’t understand me the first time she heard it. She wanted to sing on the demo! And it suddenly became a Roxette song. No, I’m not really that interested in writing with other people. Never was actually. But maybe I should try???

RXBRA: You said once in a former Official Roxette Fanclub interview from 1994 that there was a big lack in your life (talking about Sleeping in my car song.) So, did you already make love in the back seat of your car?

Ayayay. No secrets revealed (anymore!). Sorry.

RXBRA: Now, talking about Charm School, Brazilians agree with Clarence when he said it was one of the best Roxette albums. How many songs did you record in the process? Any chance we get to know one or two non-used songs as the next b-sides? Which is your favorite track and Marie s?

There are three, maybe four more around. Don’t know if we’re gonna use them. Marie’s fave track is “No one makes it on her own”. Mine is “I’m glad you called”. And “Way Out” because it’s hard to write songs like that at my age!!

RXBRA: After 10 years, you are back on tour with Roxette. What do you think about so many young people in your concerts? It must feel good to know your music survived all these years, right? Many young Brazilians were on diapers when you sang ‘Hello, you fool, I love you’ for the first time and now they are here singing with you.

Yea, it feels fab!!! It’s like that all over the world. I guess the music we’re making is quite timeless. We were never interested in trends that pass after a few months. We’re very old fashioned in that sense. Maybe it pays off?

RXBRA: Roxette fans always talk about the fact the band doesn’t have a proper live concert registered on DVD. Are there any chances to have a DVD from this tour? Is there any chance of some old concert to be released as well? And also, we are looking forward to seeing you on Blu-Ray!!!

Yea, we’re working on this!!!! Stay tuned!

RXBRA: At Crash! Boom! Bang! documentary, in spite of it was in Swedish and we hardly understood it, you said that you talked to your bottles of wine. (Scene from Per in his wine cellar). Do you still talk with them?

Talking to them? What a great idea! Forgot about that!

RXBRA: Now, what can you tell us about the band’s future? We know the tour might expand till the next year but, after this, things still are up to Marie or now you are back for good? Do you intend to comeback to close the Tour in South America?

It looks like the tour will expand well into 2012. Who knows, we might pop up in South America again before long. We’d love that! No promises, though! Cheers, P.

Roxette Brasil Team: Thank you Per for your kind attention with us and with all Brazilian fans! We hardly can’t wait for that! We bet all fans from South America will sold out the stages once again to see you! So, we hope to see you very soon again!

Big thanks to Danyela Etchart of RoxetteBrasil.net for sending us this interview.

Upcoming USA releases by Roxette in sight!

Today the first signs of Roxette’s upcoming album releases in the USA got public. Both “Charm School” and a compilation named “Greatest Hits” will be released on July 26 by Capitol/EMI. We don’t know yet if the new Hits album features a re-shuffled tracklist or fresh artwork. The following press release was sent out and published by various plattforms:

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — After 25 years as a world-famous act with more than 70 million albums sold, one of Sweden’s top pop groups steps back into the spotlight a decade after the release of their last studio album (Room Service). Roxette’s acclaimed new album, Charm School, released internationally in February, will be released digitally in the U.S. on July 26 by Capitol/EMI. On the same date, Capitol/EMI will release a new collection of Roxette’s Greatest Hits on CD and digitally. Both titles will be available for album and individual song download purchase from all major digital service providers.

Charm School is a new album of 12 songs in a style that’s best described as “updated classic Roxette,” from the initial power pop fireworks of “Way Out” to the bittersweet closer, “Sitting On Top Of The World.” Roxette’s new Greatest Hits collection features 12 major chart hits and fan favorites, including “It Must Have Been Love,” “The Look,” “Listen To Your Heart,” “Dangerous,” and “Joyride,” as well as two new songs from Charm School.

The chances for a new Roxette album to happen looked slim when vocalist Marie Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumor in the autumn of 2002. But Marie managed to defeat the illness, and starting in 2009, the pieces gradually fell together for Charm School’s creation. First, Marie and her Roxette partner, Per Gessle, were reunited onstage in Amsterdam to perform “It Must Have Been Love” and “The Look” during Per’s “Party Crasher” tour. Before long, Roxette had made a full-scale comeback as headliners for the “Night of the Proms” tour in front of more than 600,000 people in Holland, Belgium and Germany.

“By then we started to think ahead and plan for the possibility of making a new album – an album that captured everything that’s good about Roxette while still looking ahead,” said Gessle. During the tour, the band’s hotel rooms were transformed into recording studios where a string of new Roxette songs took shape.

Back home in Sweden, the work continued during the spring and autumn of 2010. Just as when the band recorded in their heyday, Per had written many songs from which to choose. The sensitive ballad “In My Own Way,” for example, is a rediscovered gem from 1984, when Gessle and Fredriksson’s shared dream of international recognition was yet to be realized, while the album’s newest song is the infectious groove-master single “She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio),” written in the autumn of 2010.

Between those songs is everything that has made Roxette one of the world’s most radio played pop groups; the clinging melodies, the passionate delivery, the humorous pop sense and the unique mix of Marie Fredriksson’s and Per Gessle’s voices. All wrapped up in a musical package that is unmistakably 2011.

“For me, the starting point has always been to write songs for Marie’s voice,” said Gessle. “She got this ability to make you believe every word she sings, and that’s why she brings the stories to life. As a songwriter that’s an incredible gift to be a part of.”
Charm School was recorded in the south of Sweden and Stockholm with Clarence Ofwerman and Christoffer Lundqvist as producers (together with Per and Marie). The album is a magnificent return to form after ten years of trials and challenges. As Marie Fredriksson sings in one of the album’s quintessential tracks, “No One Makes It On Her Own.”

Roxette is currently on tour internationally, with European dates scheduled through July.

Source: PR Newswire

World Tour 2011: Bucharest, Romania – May 30 #30

15,000 Romanian fans attended the very special gig that took place on Marie Fredriksson’s birthday. Looking at the clips, it seems like all previously planned actions took place – so there was singing of “Happy birthday” before “Perfect day”, “The ballad hits” hearts up in the air during the song and stars during “Silver blue”.

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 (Happy birthday before the song + hearts)
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. Silver blue
14. How Do You Do!
15. Dangerous
Band presentation
16. Joyride (introduced by “Ciuleandra”)

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

20. Listen To Your Heart
21. Church Of Your Heart

Articles and photos

Realitatea.net, Adevarul.ro, Evz.ro, Cancan.ro, Roxette.ro, Stirileprotv.ro 1, Stirileprotv.ro 2, Stirileprotv.ro 3, Stirileprotv.ro 4