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Roxette XXX Tour – Warsaw, Poland (Torwar) – June 22 – #40

Have you ever had a “deja vu” feeling? That you see something you have experienced and enjoyed already in the past? And you really loved it back then? Well, I belive we are all in this deja vu phase once again. Roxette played Warsaw for the first time almost exactly 4 years ago and back then it was the 40th gig on then-growing Neverending Tour Part 1. Now they were back to my town with yet another – surprise, surprise – 40th concert in the 2014-2015 tour edition, at the very same venue, with a little more mature crowd and the band that got some new glossy shirts, but kept the same unforgettable smiles on their faces and rocking attitude few could only imagine.

Torwar takes up to around 6,000-7,000 people and it was surely more packed yesterday than 4 years ago, even considering a little or no-marketing campaign from Live Nation side. I guess it just means good products sell themselves 😉 Queuing started very early in the morning, with people arriving shortly after 6am, but in the end no one took a proper control of numbering system and we chose chaos instead – we like it like that here. In front of the venue both old, young, ladies with kids, disabled, hipsters with beards (me included!), death-metal fans were waiting nicely in the line, dressed in the old Roxette t-shirts or the one produced by Arek Rykaczewski for 60+ hardcore fans from Polish Roxette forum. Some of them were really eager to see Roxette so security needed to drag them out from the line. Shit happens. Gosia Puterman who stood behind “Polish hearts for Roxette” initiative was cutting out white and red hearts, informing people outside with use of a megaphone what they should do during the concert. We also wanted to help somehow that’s why we were handing out simple instructions when the flash mob should start. Impressive number of 2,000 hearts were cut with fans doing this days and nights. Amazing Roxette movement! Where will it lead next?

Roxette and the crew spent Midsommar in Sweden and they were supposed to fly to Warsaw on Sunday. But as there was a hacker attack on the Polish airline’s system Marie and few staff members were forced to change the flight to Monday. Per came to Warsaw at 5pm just few hours before the concert and headed straight to the arena. It was one of the earliest Roxette gigs starting just 20 minutes after 8pm. Just before Magnus Börjeson picked 14 bootleg DVDs done by bunch of dedicated Poles – Slawek Sztul, Blanka Pentela, Ela Krysinska with a little help from my side. Each band member got two boxes with video recordings of Warsaw 2011 and Gdansk 2012 concerts. It turned out Polish fans were going to surprise the band few more times during the evening…

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In Roxette world dictionary I would call myself a midcore-fan as it was only my 8th Roxette concert ever. The last time I saw Roxette was Kaunas, Lithuania in November last year and hey, what a bloody change it was. For better. Marie secured in her chair in a top-top-top shape, enjoying every minute, clapping her hands. Per was jumping, sweating and speaking per-fect Polish “dzieki” (thanks). You could easily see if they could, they would probably jump off the stage to the crowd to feel the energy hidden there. You could read it off Marie’s eyes that night – stage is the place she wants to be, no matter what the haters say, no matter what you think or press writes. Skitsamma as Swedes say. She wants to be there and she wants to deliver the best she can – and with hand on my heart – she did all there was to put a spell on the crowd, to do the hocus-pocus even without “Almost unreal” in the setlist. One of my magical moments was the whole arena (or at least it felt like so) singing “Paint” part in Watercolours in the rain – such vulnerable voice mixed with a 6,000 fans’ singing is one of that precious moments everyone will remember.

But obviously it wouldn’t be a proper Polish concert, if there was no flash mob. U2, Depeche Mode, Madonna or Robbie Williams – they all had it and Roxette couldn’t have worse fans. Gosia Puterman came up with the idea to create a heart-shaped Polish flag – red in the standing pit, white on the tribunes. It was truely magical to see heart sea during “The Heart Shaped Sea” and “Listen to your heart” – as if Per Gessle’s lyrics came to life that evening. Warsaw harvest was truely successful and fruitful!

Hearts in Warsaw

A lot of things landed on the stage that night – fluffy stuff including white stork, which is considered being Poland’s symbol and a sign of expecting a baby – we all know Roxette is working on a new album, don’t we? Hope it won’t be another 9 months till we hear it. Arek’s white-and-red paper-flower chains were picked up by Magnus and Clarence who tried to wear them for a moment just to bring a little Warsaw-Hawaii feel to the stage. Polish flag was traditionally thrown on the stage and Per took it in his handyman hand for a short blessing moment. A lot of patriotical moments if you ask me, but we actually like our national colours! But as it was dangerous for the band, everyting was taken off the stage. On the top of that Chris played “Pszczolka Maja” known so good from Czech original and some local versions in all former communist countries in the central Europe. Cool addition that made the crowd gone wild! “Dziekujemy” screams from the audience  (thank you) at the end must have come up as a suprise to the band, but I belive they understood what we meant. Anyway we were and still are really thankful, trust us.

Am I happy with the concert? Hell I am! Would I change something? Obviously – more songs, but the setlist is a crowd-winner anyway with all big hits performed, sing-a-longs and overwhelming energy. Will there be more Roxette in the future? Yes, there is a bright future, world needs real entertainers who know their job, do this with heart against all odds. Fuck cancer, fuck hurting leg, fuck bad days, we are here for emotions and true beauty and that’s what Roxette easily deliver. I heard people saying that was the last Roxette concert in Poland. I did hear this back in 2011, also in 2012… That they cannot continue that forever and ever etc. Please, stop. Don’t try to convince yourself that’s the end – we have seen so maaaaany endings and even more beginnings. After all what we learned from Roxette is that all begins where it ends.

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Per after the show:

WARSAW UPDATE: Speechless!!! What a crowd!!! Thanx for an everlasting memory, we had such a blast! Band in top model mood and Marie in terrific shape, who can ask for more? Love!!! /P.

Picture used in the article were taken by Przemek Starosta and Marcin Krzysztof.

Setlist

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride /w Pszczolka Maja

Listen To Your Heart
The Look

Articles

Interia
Liveshot.com.pl
Michal Mlynarczyk
Nasze Miasto
Musicalert.pl
Szymon Starnawski Photography
Live Nation Poland

Videos

Pszczolka Maja/Joyride https://youtu.be/vzoztvtAYI4
It Must Have Been Love https://youtu.be/LIBb0piGP9U
Listen To Your Heart (bis) https://youtu.be/XjXvG-NX3jM
Spending My Time https://youtu.be/BZFsrZfqomM
Fading Like A Flower https://youtu.be/fIXvZU_TChI
Dressed For Success/Dangerous https://youtu.be/RCfj1JqU5F0
Sleeping In My Car https://youtu.be/D0IkE2e75Hc
The Big L. https://youtu.be/2YB51l0J7JE
The Look (bis) https://youtu.be/Koo3Ke3bleY

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Got tickets for a Roxette concert? Read carefully..

It’s crazy – at least for a fan like I am – how there are still people on this planet who don’t know about the illness Marie Fredriksson (lead singer/Roxette) suffered from, just recently I experienced that on Twitter, during the Auckland show. Yes, she had a brain tumour. And yes, she is healthy again. She had to fight a lot for several years, but she made it and she did even though she only had a 5% chance to survive. And now she feels good enough to perform again. Roxette just kicked off their second world tour since 2011. And no, her condition isn’t serious. So in case you got tickets for a Roxette show for the upcoming world tour, please take some advices:

bild-179-e14234933342681.) Don’t wonder about Marie not walking, dancing and jumping around the stage – she simply can’t. She suffers from long term effects which include problems with her right leg (yes, it might be that she struggles with it and touches it all the time), she can’t see properly on her right eye and has problems hearing with her right ear. She has problems walking due to the effects the tumour had on her body.

2.) In case Marie sings wrong lyrics or none at all – don’t worry. It’s only a line or two, she’s back faster than you can think about the correct lyrics yourself. Just let her sing what she wants to. She’s a survivor, a hero, true inspiration for everyone who is seriously ill.

3.) Don’t say that she shouldn’t be on stage in a condition “like that”. She is healthy, really. She is totally fine and all she ever wanted to do and wants to and probably always will want to do is being on stage, perform, sing for and with her fans, enjoy the audience’s response and be what she is: a performer. You have no right to say that she should stay at home, because being on stage is what makes her happy. You can clearly see that in her eyes.

4.) Don’t tell your friends that she looks much older than she is. She’s through a lot lot lot and you wouldn’t look much better if you had survived a 5% survival chance illness. You know – she had to learn reading, counting and TALKING again – not to mention singing. Just show some respect.

How you show her respect?

– Put away your smartphone, don’t wonder about her, don’t worry about her, just ENJOY the show, SING ALONG with her and most of all: show her that you are there for her, your full support and affection.

– Sing as loud as you can, shout her name and make the people around you do the same. Simple as that!

If you can’t, there is another option: If you only have negative things to say, say nothing at all.

Photo: Kirsten Ohlwein

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NEW Roxette tour date – Faroese Roxers, get ready!

And we thought it’s strange that Roxette plays in France next year… Now another rare tour date is announced. One in the Faroe Islands! Who would have thought? They will really tour countries and cities they’ve never toured before. Too cool! There is a summer festival in Klaksvík between 6th and 8th August and Roxette is one of the main acts performing there next year. Tickets are already on sale, however, it’s not yet confirmed which day Roxette is there. Most probably, 8th August.

This means the band’s last European gig in 2015 is not going to happen in Stockholm in July, but so far it seems the European tour leg ends in Klaksvík in August. Who knows what else they have in the can? There are still some free days in between the already announced tour dates. Let’s see what happens!

 

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Roxette on tour in Europe 2015!

A press release just came in informing about the third leg of Roxette’s 30th Anniversary Tour: Europe in Spring/Summer 2015!

The tour will start in Milan, Italy on May 10th and go on until July 25th in Stockholm, Sweden. Note that there were some slight changes to the initially published earlier today by other websites!

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, 14th of November. Not sure if this applies to all venues or just Swedish ones, but we will keep you posted as soon as we know! The tickets for Sweden will cost 495 SEK+ service fee.

It’s amazing to be back on the international scenes. The response we’ve had from our audience all these years is overwhelming  and we can’t wait to meet the fans again. We look forward to seeing you in Europe!

Roxette_XXXMay 2015
May 10th  Milan, Teatro Arcimboldi, Italy (ticket pre-sales start Nov 12, normal sales Nov 13)
May 13th  Madrid , Palacio Vistalegre, Spain (ticket pre-sales start Nov 12, normal sales Nov 13)
May 14th  Barcelona, Sant Jordi Club, Spain (ticket pre-sales start Nov 12, normal sales Nov 13)
May 17th  Bucharest, Aranele Romane, Romania
May 19th  Budapest, Budapest Sports Arena, Hungary (ticket sales start Nov 12)
May 21th  Prague, O2 Arena, Czech Republic (Live Nation pre-sales start Nov 11, normal sales Nov 12)
May 23th  Jelling, Jelling Festival, Denmark
May 26th  Paris, Olympia, Paris (ticket pre-sales start Nov 13, normal sales Nov 14)
May 27th  Amsterdam, HMH, The Netherlands
May 29th  Antwerp, Lotto Arena, Belgium

June 2015
June 1st      Dublin, The O2 Arena, Ireland (ticket pre-sales start Nov 12)
June 13th   Trondheim, Sverresborg, Norway (tickets – start Nov 14)
June 22nd  Warsaw, Torwar, Poland (ticket sales start Nov 12)
June 24th   Cologne, Lanxess, Germany (tickets, no info on sales start yet)
June 25th   Hamburg, O2 World, Germany (tickets, no info on sales start yet)
June 27th   Berlin, O2 World, Germany
June 28th   Dresden, Elbufer, Germany (tickets, no info on sales start yet)
June 30th   Mannheim, SAP Arena, Germany

July 2015
July 2nd    Stuttgart, Porsche Arena, Germany
July 3rd     Bad Kissingen, Luitpold Park, Germany (tickets, no info on sales start yet)
July 5th     Mainz, Nordmole, Germany
July 7th     Munich, Olympiahalle, Germany
July 8th     Vienna, Stadthalle, Austria (ticket sales start Nov 14)
July 13th   London, O2 Arena, United Kingdom (ticket pre-sales start Nov 13, normal sales Nov 14)
July 18th   Kalmar , Fredriksskans, Sweden (ticket sales start Nov 14)
July 22nd  Halmstad, Örjans Vall, Sweden (ticket sales start Nov 14)
July 24th   Gothenburg, Slottskogsvallen, Sweden (ticket sales start Nov 14)
July 25th   Stockholm, Sjöhistoriska, Sweden (ticket sales start Nov 14)

Update some hours later: we have found some ticket sales information and added it next to the dates. Most ticket sales start on Friday 14th, but as you can see, some are earlier – and some have pre-sales too. Just check our site out or livenation.se (or your local livenation or ticket seller website) for more information.

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Interview with Per Gessle on Finnish newspaper

Mari Pudas (a Roxette fan from Finland) interviewed Per Gessle for the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti (and interview #2). Here is a summary of the interview.

I’m like any other person, just a normal person. I am grateful for my success, the fact that people are interested in what I do, because it should not be taken for granted. Today, songs and artists come and go, so it is rare for a career to last so long. Every now and then I have to pinch myself,” he explains.

As we all know, Roxette go on tour starting this upcoming Tuesday in Vladivostok . After summer 2015 Roxette plans to release a new album – with the first single to be released early 2015. Per started to work on the album in summer 2013, and he tells that it will be “modern, almost electonic/techno”, but still keeping the pop sounds.I wanted to challenge myself to write music in a new way, and see where it leads. Of course, the album will have typical Roxette components but they will sound fresher. I’m really glad that we have moved on and are not just repeating ourselves.” Per has also been working with David Guetta and other Swedish DJs for other projects.

Roxette will play in Finland end of November, “Finland is fun to play,” says Per. He also explains that he has got more self-confidence with his voice and that he discovered he is not a bad singer and his voice has some strenghts. He also comments on the fact that they have taken their music to many places around the world. “We wanted to go out from Sweden to the world and we managed it. Sometimes Marie and I look at each other on stage with a smile, and we realise what we have reached”. And he explains that he realised in the previous tour that one tour is not enough for Marie, “she wants more and more concerts”
 
Per also says that he doesn’t know which is the most important song they have done, but that they realised during the rehearsals how good “Queen Of Rain” is, which they haven’t played for a while. Will we hear this one on tour? We will see!
Thanks Mari for your help!
SETTING THINGS STRAIGHT FROM SEOUL: No, at this point in time there won’t be any collaborations with David G and/or any other DJ’s on the new Rox-album. Misunderstandings. Stuff lost in translation. I am working with different ppl on different tremendously exciting projects but it has got nothing to do with Rox. So you know. /P.

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New Roxette tour merchandise!

Per shared some pictures of the merchandise that will be available during the upcoming tour, which starts in one week!

So far: 3 t-shirts and 1 bag, which Per called tee-bag, where you can put all the tees 🙂

Let’s hope for a mug and a hoodie!

 

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Which Roxette songs would you like to hear live? #9

Travelling CoverAnd here is the last of the album polls with “Travelling”. As always, you can choose two songs. In this case, “It’s Possible”  as well as the live tracks (songs released on other albums) are out.

The results of “Charm School” are quite interesting. A clear majority is for “Speak To Me”, followed by #2 is “No One Makes It On Her Own” and #3 “Only When I Dream”.

Next week we’ll have the big hits and probably some rare tracks… and we should be ready on time when Roxette starts to rehearse!

Thank you for participating!

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 28-07-2014 17:38:02
end_date 15-08-2014 23:59:59
Poll Results:
Which 2 songs from "Travelling" would you like to hear live?
Total Answers 2743
Total Votes 1421

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)

Joyride
#1 – (Do You Get) Excited? (404 votes)
#2 – Hotblooded (292 votes)
#3 – Knockin’ On Every Door (278 votes)

Tourism
#1 – The Rain (296 votes)
#2 – Fingertips (252 votes)
#3 – Queen Of Rain (239 votes)

Crash! Boom! Bang!
#1 – Fireworks (407 votes)
#2 – What’s She Like? (385 votes)
#3 – Run To You (384 votes)

Have A Nice Day
#1 – Crush On You (465 votes)
#2 – Anyone (257 votes)
#3 – Beautiful Things (222 votes)

Room Service
#1 – The Center Of The Heart (378 votes)
#2 – Milk And Toast And Honey (374 votes)
#3 – Real Sugar (324 votes)

Charm School
#1 – Speak To Me (613 votes)
#2 – No One Makes It On Her Own (302 votes)
#3 – Only When I Dream (301 votes)

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Which Roxette songs would you like to hear live? #4

05_tourism_coverPoll time again! Now it’s the time for “Tourism”.

Again, the big hits (that were played during most tours at least) are excluded from this poll. “So Far Away” was already included in the “Pearls of Passion” poll. “Silver Blue” was already #1 in our previous poll back in 2010 and Roxette played it during the tour 2010-2012, but we think it’s just fair to include it again.

If you are new here and want to know more about the idea behind this poll series, check this article!

You can choose 2 songs – and the poll will run until next Sunday, June 29th.

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 21-06-2014 18:00:00
end_date 29-06-2014 18:00:00
Poll Results:
Which 2 songs from "Tourism" would you like to hear live?
Total Answers 1968
Total Votes 1045

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)

Joyride
#1 – (Do You Get) Excited? (404 votes)
#2 – Hotblooded (292 votes)
#3 – Knockin’ On Every Door (278 votes)

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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.

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 08-06-2014 00:01:45
end_date 15-06-2014 23:59:59
Poll Results:
Which 2 songs from "Joyride" would you like to hear live?
Total Answers 1927
Total Votes 1034

 

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)

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