Which Roxette songs would you like to hear live? #3

Join the joyride! 1991-1992.Another week another poll! Thank you for all the votes you submitted so far for “Pearls of Passion” and “Look Sharp!

Now it’s the time for “Joyride”. Again, the big hits are excluded from this poll as well as “Soul Deep”, as it was already included in the POP poll. “Things Will Never Be The Same” and “Perfect Day” were in the set list the past years, but we don’t count them as “big hits”… so up to you to choose them or not.

You can choose 2 songs – and the poll will run until next Sunday, June 15th.

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The top 3 results per album:

Pearls of Passion:
#1 – Neverending Love (247 votes)
#2 – So Far Away (222 votes)
#3 – Secrets That She Keeps (217 votes)

Look Sharp!
#1 – Paint (504 votes)
#2 – (I Could Never) Give You Up (282)
#3 – Sleeping Single (207)

Miracles, thankfulness, a whole new world and much affection from both sides

It’s over! 19 shows in 2 months – the solo tour of Marie Fredriksson is finished. But there are many things that feel neverending – all memories and feelings we shared on this tour stay forever. We were the first crowd that made people stand up in Luleå – at least that’s what they (the media) say.

Starting with the first show in Helsingborg mixed feelings are around – some say it was one of the best shows just because it happened, just because Marie was on stage, performing her own songs, some others missed her talking but very well knew that she seemed to be very nervous that night. In fact, Marie got more and more relaxed from show to show and it felt great to be part of that. We were there for her only, to support her and show the rest of the audience why we were there. Most of the people in the audience didn’t join our cheering and supporting and it felt like they even had problems clapping their hands. At the beginning of the tour we didn’t quite know how and if to stand up and how long. In the end we just did and nobody cared about the reactions of the Swedish people. And yes, in the end it was totally clear we would already stand up during “Kom Vila Hos Mig”, which was the second song of the set. Once, Jokke had told us that Marie feels much better when she knows we are there from the beginning and supporting her to the fullest and so it became like a secret agreement to stand up during the 2nd song. We never stopped it again since then, we kept it till the end. Sometimes we just shared a look with other fans, making a move to stand up and then we stood.

It’s hard to choose THE best show since everybody probably has their own favourite night, moment, memory – for me, in Jönköping Marie seemed to be very relaxed, talked a lot, cared less about everything else and just enjoyed herself (and maybe us). In Göteborg the audience was the loudest and the best – it was nice to see that it in fact IS possible to get people stand.

Malmö will be in the heads forever, just because Marie didn’t feel well and struggled with her leg. Oh, many would have loved to help her that night. But to see that she never gives up, never ever, that she is just going on, fighting, being strong – it shows a lot to everyone and provides a lot of strength to everyone. No, she didn’t want a chair, no, she didn’t want to stop, so she came back on socks after the break and gave her best.

These are the moments when suddenly it’s totally clear why she is such an inspiration for so many people. She is a fighter, always smiling, always going strong. And just, when everyone thought that she is somehow making it on her own (but of course with a lot of help and support of her husband!) she tells us to help her again when the next Roxette tour is on. So it happened after the last show in Umeå. First she promised that we see us soon again and then she said: “You have to help me again.” Ah, yes, we will, we so will, that’s what we try to do all the time and that’s exactly what is my personal story with Marie which I adore for 23 years now.

I remember the first show of the Night Of The Proms concerts in Antwerp. I sat in the audience, far away. The lights went down, Marie came up sitting on a stool, walking shyly to the microphone and sang. They started with  “Wish I could fly” and she must have had a little blackout back then. She repeated the first line of the song three times. I was shocked, it wasn’t the Marie I remembered. I was shocked for about 20 seconds and then it was totally clear: I wasn’t there for my own entertainment, I was there to support her and it made me buy so many tickets that I saw 16 shows in total in the end. The motivation is still the same – support, support, support, nothing else.

But back to this year, back to “Nu!” – we experienced a lot of miracles again, we got a lot of thankfulness of the band and found a whole new world ourselves. There was so much affection from both sides that it will keep us going until the next tour.

We heard a lot of wonderful new veIMG_9168rsions, Så stilla så långsamt, Bara för en dag or Den Sjunde Vågen – just to mention only a few. Every concert had its special moments. Every concert seemed to feature at least one crazy fan that decided maybe 10 hours before the show to come and support Marie, to never let this energy stop. Almost every concert brought some surprises – be it roses, lights, signs or just loud cheering. And every concert was a part of a true miracle.

If only Marie knew how many lifes she has saved throughout the years and how many lifes she turned to the better, she wouldn’t believe it. So it feels more than right to give something back, yes, exactly, to give something back. It feels good to know that it’s possible at all.

And there is one memory that stays forever – the little talk some fans had after the last show in Umeå. We finally realized that we never really thanked Micke for being the one in a million. We knew there wouldn’t be a chance to do so very soon and felt a bit sad. We said that we at least hope that he knows that we know what he is doing and the we very well appreciate it.

Last but not least we take all the wonderful memories of this tour with us – be it meetings (see mine in Umeå with Astrid), great concerts which can’t be forgotten, bad beers after the shows and a lot of nice people on the way.

23th November: Roxette show in Tallinn?

As the Estonian site menu.err informs, Roxette will play in Tallinn at the 23th of November – this year! They write that Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson have played their last show in the Saku Arena in 2011 and quote Per Gessle’s Facebook posting after the show: 10256118_10151965941931396_4122063977327143267_n

“Oh, what a night it was! God, Tallinn exploded ! Great concert, a fantastic audience and a reception. Band hunted totally , Marie was in top form . Big thanks to everyone who made this night unforgettable . Would very much like coming back to Estonia . Every time.”

Futhermore, menu.err wrotes that the Swedish pop duo is doing another world tour “this year”. They also quote the organizers of the last show who say that they had no doubt to book Roxette again when they heard that they would do another tour again: “Our answer was definitely yes.”

Both Roxette concerts in Tallinn in 2001 and 2011 were very memorable and had an enthusiastic audience, the band got standing ovations and the audience sang along. “Roxette is a big Swedish pop brand, which guarantees a certain quality,” Live Nation Baltics promoter Eva Palm says.

So, obviously, Roxette will perform on 23th November in Tallinn, Saku Arena. Tickets are on sale already! The standing tickets cost 39 Euro.

So far, the management has not confirmed either the show in Tallinn or another Roxette tour.

Interview with Marie about the tour: “I am overwhelmed by the response of the audience”

IMG_01762We have had the chance to interview Marie Fredriksson via email during the short tour break and before the tour goes on this Friday in Borås.

RXB: It’s your first solo tour since 2000. How does it feel to be on the stage again singing your own songs?
Marie: Fantastic! I have looked forward to it!

RXB: Regarding the setlist that you put together for this tour. Is there any song that you rehearsed that you now think you should have included in the setlist?
Marie: No, I’m very happy with this setlist.

RXB: And, on the other hand, is there any song that you included in the setlist but you were not sure if it would work?
Marie: It’s always exciting trying old songs with new musicians and I was just happy with the result after our rehearsals.

RXB: I think it is very brave (and rare) to start a concert with such a stripped down acoustic song – how come you chose to play this version of “Så stilla så långsamt” and to play it as first song?
Marie: It was something that Micke suggested. I think it turned out very well.

RXB: How do you feel to the reaction of the audience to songs like “Så länge det lyser mittemot”, “Efter stormen” or “Mellan sommar och höst”, with the audience standing up and dancing along?
Marie: Of course, it makes me incredibly happy – it’s a wonderful feeling to see this from the stage. I am overwhelmed by the response of the audience and I couldn’t imagine how positive they react to all the songs!

RXB: More than half of the shows are done now, only 7 left. How do you feel about the tour so far? Are you going to change anything for the upcoming “second leg” of the tour?
Marie: It’s amazing how quickly time flies when you’re having fun.. I will do my best to really enjoy the rest of the tour but I don’t think we’ll change anything…

RXB: What is your favourite song on this tour?
Marie: It’s hard to choose a favourite song, it changes a bit from concert to concert. 

RXB: Everybody thinks the tour is amazing and that it should be available on DVD or at least CD. Any plans for that?
Marie: No plans for a DVD, we’ll see about a live CD…

RXB: Many fans are travelling from all corners of the world to see you live, what do you think about that? Did you expect to see so many “familiar faces”?
Marie: I am so grateful for the support from the international fans – it’s moving and overwhelming and to be honest – I didn’t expect such a huge turn-up. Thank you all!

RXB: Your husband Micke and nephew Jokke are playing with you in this tour. How does it feel to be able to share your passion for music with your family?
Marie: Michael and I have been on tour before (1992 & 2000) and to add Jokke to the band was a great decision! It’s wonderful to create music with them.

RXB: You also look very proud when Jokke plays the solos… he said in an interview with us that he had waited his whole life to play with you. How is it from your point of view?
Marie: I’ve seen him grow up to become a brilliant musician and of course he makes me incredibly proud!

RXB: Looking at the future, we heard about a possible jazz album and a biography. Could you tell us something about that already?
Marie: It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and will do when the timing is right. You’ll be the first to know…

TDR also got the chance to email-interview Marie, check it out here.