NOTP tour: Live album in production

Night of the Proms 2009.As tour producer Jan Vereecke writes on his blog, they have been busy with mixing of the tracks for the German NOTP CD in the last days. The master is now on it’s way into production. They want the CD to be on sale at the German shows themselves, that means from November 27 – the first show in Hamburg. On Monday they had the approval of almost all the included artists: Roxette’s mix was ready, Heaven 17 and Christina Stürmer (recorded at their rehearsals in Antwerp) had been done earlier, John Miles still wanted a few minor changes and Alan Parsons mixed his recordings from Benidorm (Spain) of last year.

The tracklist is still unknown at this point. You can buy the CD at the concerts or order at amazon.de.

Source: Jan’s blog

NOTP Countdown: Interview and impressions

After the full rehearsals yesterday, NOTP producer Jan Vereecke looks very impressed by Marie’s big metamorphosis on stage. He writes on his blog:

I think I’m perhaps most impressed by the rapid metamorphosis of Marie from Roxette: at the first rehearsal a little withheld, but now very strong, certainly the vocals – that bodes well for tomorrow.

I also believe we have no idea of what an emotion the Swedish guests will express when Per and Marie stand on stage. No doubt welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd… There will be many wiping tears away tomorrow …

(half-automatic translation by Google and me 😉 )

Then there’s an interview with Per and Marie in Belgian paper “Nieuwsblad”. We’re hoping for a proper translation or summary of that. Just a teaser: Album. Recordings in hotelroom. Please leave your comment! 😀

Also an interview on Belgian radio JoeFM this morning.

Thanks Project_Z for the news tips! Sources: Jan’s blog | nieuwsblad.be (both in Dutch)

Roxette in Belgian newspaper before the PromsEdit: R2R user spyboo provides us a short summary of some interesting parts.

Roxette have a full recording studio in their hotelroom, so they can jam and work on a new album. Marie has kept singing during her illness, as it keeps her strong. After the small concerts she gave last year, she felt the need to come back with Roxette.

Per has a lot of respect for Toots Thielemans (87 year old Belgian musician, who’s also playing at the Proms). Next to the shows and recording, they are just going to enjoy the time. Per thinks about buying some diamonds and going to the zoo with his son, as they have a new baby elephant here.

Edit 2: Check out the full translation by Project_Z in the comments!

Edit 3: The scan of this article was sent to us by Wim Van Beeck. Thanks!

Scan from the newspaper.

More about Roxette re-releases.

More about Roxette re-release:

Pearls of passion, 1986 (3 bonus tracks e.g. Neverending Love [Tits and Ass demo 1986])
Look sharp!, 1988 (3 bonus tracks)
Joyride, 1991 (3 bonus tracks e.g. “The sweet hello, the sad goodbye”)
Tourism, 1992 (2 bonus tracks e.g. “Fingertips ’93”)
Crash!Boom!Bang!, 1994 (3 bonus tracks e.g. “Almost unreal”)
Have a nice day, 1999 (3 bonus tracks)
Room service, 2001 (3 bonus tracks)

My comment: It’s strange that there are so little bonus tracks. As you may recall, Pearls of Passion (1997 edition) got 8 bonus tracks and now we will get 5 less. Hope to get really nice booklets instead 🙂

Roxette albums to be rereleased on September 30th

According to EMI Sweden the remastered Roxette albums will be released on September 30th. The albums come with bonus tracks and a brand new booklet. So far the date is not confirmed by Per Gessle or EMI, we’re referring to the information EMI Sweden is giving on their homepage. So this could also only be the release date for the remastered albums in Sweden.

Source: EMI Sweden

More about Roxette’s future plans

In an interview with dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad Per and Marie reveal a bit more about Roxette’s future plans beside NOTP.

Now after the comeback announcement there are plenty of offers for concerts and tours, but Marie feels still unable to do a complete Roxette tour. One step at a time. Despite this limitations Per thinks everything they do now is unexpected fun. He learned a lot from Marie’s story and changed his focus from career and money to the best possible entertainment. His recent solo tour already went into that direction.

When asked about a new album, Per reveals that they plan to go into the studio in the autumn. Both look forward to spend a lot of time with each other again, to be creative. If this studio time leads to good new songs they will be released. If they fail, the songs will never be mentioned again…

Click here for the original article in dutch!

So I’m glad they aim for more than some mediocre filler tracks! They want to reach the best Roxette standards again. And I got a feeling, they will succeed! Marie and Per seem to have some hunger again. How about you?