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Thank you, 2015! Welcome 2016!

2015

Another year, another retrospective!

2015 was once again a year full of releases, concerts, travelling, meetings, happy faces… everything a fan could wish for.

In January we got a sneak peek of the newly built and designed stage that would be premiered a few weeks later. February brought Roxette to New Zealand (finally!) and Australia. Back in February we heard that the new Roxette album would be out in autumn 2015. Well, we already know that the release of the album has been postponed a few times and it seems 2016 will be the year! When? Let’s hope we will get some news in a few weeks. In February, some more dates were announced for summer 2015 too.

In March the big news were that a biography about Marie would be released in autumn. And also that a 25th Anniversary version of “It Must Have Been Love” would be released. The PLECtionary was updated with the latest plecs from the 2015 Australia tour.

In April we got to know who would make our waiting time before a concert shorter and fun: Eskobar! I was personally very happy that Eskobar were chosen as supporting act for Roxette’s European leg of the tour. I have liked this band since early 2000 and it was about time to see them live! It turned out to be a great decision. Roxette fans loved the 3 guys, we hear some have started a fanclub….

The tour in Europe kicked off on May 10th in Milan and took the band to 20 countries (including Faroe Islands!) with a total of 36 concerts between May and August (including a cancelled one in Mainz) plus 2 corporate concerts, one in September in Poland and one in November in Stockholm. The cover of Marie’s book was revealed and we published an interview with Pelle and Eskobar.

Also we found out that Roxette Diaries – a documentary of Roxette done by Jonas Åkerlund with old recordings from late 80ies and early 90ies – would be released soon. The premiere took place in Göteborg in August and later on, it was revealed that the documentary will be released on DVD in March 2016.

In June Roxette visited Dublin, Trondheim, Ostrava, Sofia, Warsaw, and started the “mini-Germany” tour (in total 8 shows, plus one that was cancelled) in Cologne. Also this month the “The Look” remake was announced.

The (digital) new version of the super hit was released on 17th of July, right on time when Roxette was about to bring the tour to Sweden. The remake was recorded as part of Kappahl’s campaign and remixed by Addeboy vs Cliff. A video of the making of the song was also released. A 7″ vinyl was released later in August.

In August the tour ended in Drammen, Norway, with a very special concert with many fans from around the world. But we would not have time to get bored, since the dates for South Africa were announced. The PLECtionary was updated once again. As we mentioned before, Roxette Diaries movie was premiered on August 14th in Göteborg.

In September the promotion of Marie’s biographyKärleken till livet” started. The co-author Helena von Zweigbergk, visited the Göteborg book fair to talk about the book and give some signing sessions. An interview with Marie and articles about Marie and the book could be found on the major Swedish newspapers/magazines around the time the book was released (October 10th). Roxette played in a corporate concert in Warsaw, which despite the difficulties to get a ticket, some fans managed to attend. Also “Some Other Summer” by Sebastien Drums was released. This song is actually composed by Per, and the single released by Sebastien Drums is even sung by Per (and a few backing vocals by Marie). According to Per, the “original version” of “Some Other Summer” will be included in Roxette’s upcoming album.

More 2016 tour dates were announced in November. To our surprise… for Europe! Everybody was expecting South/North America, and maybe a handfull of shows in Europe. But so far we already counted 11 concerts, and rumours have it that there are more to come! According to the information available so far, the first concert we know of will be on June 3rd in Switzerland. The last one on the list is on September 11th, in Moscow. Tickets for all the shows are already on sale, so hurry up! Roxette gave the last concert of the year at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, a corporate concert for Tele2 (telecommunications operator) customers and other invited guests.

Marie gave a signing session in Stockholm on December 5th. On the same day, an interview with her and Helena was broadcast on TV4 Nyhetsmorgon. Many fans travelled to Stockholm for the chance to say hi to Marie and get the book  signed personally by her.

As I am finishing writing this article one thing (Aretha Franklin’s performance yesterday at Kennedy Center Honors, if you are interested) brought me to another (Aretha’s influence on Marie, which made me think of I Never Loved a Man) and I ended up listening to Roxette’s MTV Unplugged from 1993. Yes, recorded almost 23 years ago!

If one would ask me what would make the 30th anniversary of Roxette in 2016 very special my answer would be, loud and clear: an (or more) unplugged show.

Of course, looking very much forward to Roxette’s tour in Europe, something that came very much unexpected. And one can only feel thankful. That is the world I would choose for all what is happening. I am thankful it IS happening and I can experience it. With a small break in between in 2013, we have been able to see Roxette live almost every year since 2009.

What will happen in 2016? Here is a schedule of what we know so far:

  • January / February: Roxette to tour in South Africa
  • March: Roxette Diaries released on DVD.
  • June (?) – September (?): Tour in Europe is planned
  • Roxette turns 30!
  • Somewhen in 2016: a new album should be out soon. Per mentioned some days ago on FB that it’s almost done! (and Christoffer is very busy mixing!)

A big thanks once again to all of you reading us, sharing our articles (thanks Per!), joining our discussions on FB, for the hints, sharing your experiences in articles on our website.. thanks for your support! And from me big thanks to the RXB team, it wouldn’t be possible without you! We’ve had some issues this year with the servers (especially because the site doesn’t stop growing) so I’ve been kinda busy trying to solve that and some other tech-stuff in the background, so I feel so lucky to count on such a great team, thank you Patrícia, Kirsten, Tomasz and Sascha for the articles, brainstorming, ideas, laughs, meetings, experiences etc etc.

Happy new 2016 to you all!

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Australia is missing Roxette

Live Nation Australia & New Zealand shared Roxette’s setlist on RDIO to let anyone relive the Australian shows. As they say:

Roxette have only just left our shores but fans are still singing their hits!

February saw the triumphant return of Swedish superstars Roxette, celebrating their 30th anniversary. From wineries to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt every show was the ultimate sing-a-long.

You can stream the entire setlist on RDIO to keep the dream alive.

The setlist was a bit different at almost each Oz show, mainly because of leaving out a song or two, or changing the order of the tracks, but all in all, it’s still a nice idea from Live Nation to keep the Roxxxpirit up in Oz. Enjoy listening to it by clicking HERE.

 

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Pic by Live Nation Australia & New Zealand

 

 

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Roxette XXX Tour – Hunter Valley, Australia – February 28 – #25

After last night’s ultrasensational gig in Sydney, everyone was wondering what the band prepared for today’s sold out concert. Well, Roxette never disappoint, so the crowd at Bimbadgen Winery in Hunter Valley got a fabulous show tonight.

It was A Day On The Green gig just like the one in Yarra Valley a week ago and so the people walking around the location could see those beauty signs with all the Rox lyrics on them. The concert started again in the sunset, but it soon got dark, so the brilliant stage lighting could be enjoyed much more.

There was a huge crowd and they all got the Saturday night fever already at the beginning of the gig, so they were on their feet to show how they can dance to those magic vibes. While in Yarra Valley the security team first tried to make people sit down, here, in Hunter Valley even the security guys and event staff joined the party and were dancing during The Look. One must love it!

The band didn’t show any signs of missing a day off between 2 concerts. They were putting all their energy into making this last Aussie gig an unforgettable one. And they succeeded. I’m sure even the kangaroos in the vineyard had one hell of a party.

Per’s touching comment after the concert:

A DAY ON THE GREEN in Bimbadgen. Oh Yeah! Couldn’t imagine a better finale to the NZ/OZ XXX Tour!!!! We love it here!!

Thanx everyone for taking care of us, being so kind and showing true affection for this little band from the south of Sweden. We will never forget the singalong heroes and crazy but irresistable dancing aficionados that have rocked our world for a couple of weeks.

This tour will live on. We truly hope we can come back to play for you again. No promises, this band moves in mysterious ways. But we’d love to come back, you know that!!

Now it’s back to Europe for us, the studio is waiting. And Pelle’s personal trainer. And Magnus has to find a barber. And the European XXX-tour is that not far away. See y’all in the summer starting in May! Love from P&M&C&C&M&P&D

 

Now comes a bit more than 2 months break and the next gig, the first one of the next tour leg is on 10th May in Milan, Italy! Promising start with a sold out show! Europe is looking very much forward to having Roxette back! Don’t forget that in April we get a new Roxette single off a new Roxette album that is planned to be released at the end of October, so the tour break won’t be so boring. Woohoo!

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13;
Facebook: 1;

Renowned for Sound (review + photos)
A Day On The Green (photos)
Tim Bradshaw Photography (photos)

 

Videos

Listen To Your Heart
The Look (with a koala on Per’s head at the end)

Instavideos / FB videos:
Sleeping In My Car
The Look (Chris playing the guitar on his knees in front of Marie)
How Do You Do!
The Look

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Hunter_Valley

Pic by Alex Doenau

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)
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

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Roxette XXX Tour – Sydney, Australia (Qantas Credit Union Arena) – February 27 – #24

When was the last time we wrote the actual gig was the best so far? Couldn’t have been too long ago, but this cliché has to be used again. After the Sydney Opera House gig, which was already a highlight during this leg of the tour, Roxette was able to provide thousands of people in the same city with an out-of-the-world experience tonight at Qantas Credit Union Arena. And you know they really did when die hard Roxers compare the concert to top South American ones and also when your Aussie Roxer friend calls you in Europe on your mobile just to let you know the gig was un-focken-believably awesome. Then you just feel you s.h.o.u.l.d.h.a.v.e.b.e.e.n.t.h.e.r.e.

Was it the effect of attending a fantastic Foo Fighters show yesterday (Per & Co., many Roxers and even more Sydney people attended that gig) or just being in a hyperactive mood today? Doesn’t really matter. The band was absolutely on fire! Marie rocked big time, acting a lot with the audience, being so powerful and her voice was in top top top shape. The crowd could see a hot hot hot Per who was bouncing around more than ever, jumping a lot in his own choreography, conducting all sing-along parts energetically. Mister Magnus showed he is a much better dancer than Michael Flatley and Christoffer’s Waltzing Matilda drove the whole arena crazy. Dea put all her energy into animating the crowd and her backing vocals sounded marvellous. Pelle was hitting the drums harder than usual and Clarence did magic on the keyboards. All roxtars on stage!

What about the crowd? They were the loudest, most clapping-jumping-dancing party people on this leg of the tour, constantly proving proudly they knew all the lyrics by heart. This was definitely a very important factor that made the band so damn good tonight. So much adrenaline and goosebumps all around!

The setlist got its 18-track length back and with The Look at the end, having a high pulse, it was the hardest thing to say goodbye to Roxette and leave the arena.

Per’s comment after the show:

SYDNEY #2 UPDATE: Wow wow wow! Whatasplendidevening!
We had a blast and it felt and looked like you did too!!! Overwhelming appreciation is what I feel right now. Wonderful farewell show in Sydney! LOVE TO COME BACK! ANYDAY!!! Newcastle tomorrow!! Then it’s bye-bye! /P.

Can Roxette do an at least as magical concert tomorrow as they did today? Next gig is on Saturday (28th February) at Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley (A Day on the Green). That’s gonna be the last one in Oz. For a while.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18;
Twitter: 1; 2;

Troy Constable Photography (fab shots)
Qantas Credit Union Arena (photos)

 

Videos

How Do You Do!
Christoffer playing Waltzing Matilda
Joyride
The Look

Instavideos:
Sleeping In My Car: 1; 2;
The Big L.
It Must Have Been Love: 1; 2;
How Do You Do!
Fading Like A Flower
The Heart Shaped Sea
Dangerous
Dressed For Success
Joyride: 1; 2; 3; 4;
Almost Unreal
Listen To Your Heart
The Look: 1; 2;

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Sydney_QCUA

Pic by M Kairouz

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

Extra:
Almost Unreal
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

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Roxette XXX Tour – Sydney, Australia (On The Steps at the Sydney Opera House) – February 25 – #23

When this once-in-a-lifetime show was announced in December last year, all Roxers felt very proud of Roxette. I mean how cool is that that they perform at the Sydney Opera House! OK, the gang didn’t play inside the building, but still, what an honour to have the chance to do a concert at the forecourt of such an iconic venue. Per thought so, too: “To play this show on the steps of the Sydney Opera House is an absolute honour and is sure to be a major highlight of the tour!”

It was raining cats and dogs during the day, but fortunately, it stopped by the time Roxette got on stage. Everyone was impressed by the view all around, both the crowd and the band. From the stage the Sydney Opera House and the beautiful audience on the steps could be seen and people who went to party with Roxette got to see a very cool stage set in front of them, as well as huge screens. The only thing I didn’t really understand why the screens showed all what happened on the colorful stage in black and white. Never mind. The stage background was different versus what we saw so far on this tour leg, but the lighting design was the very same.

The place looked so fantastic that Per even joked with the crowd they (the band) wouldn’t mind if the crowd turned their backs towards them to watch the beautiful view. Actually, the view was so stunning Per and Mister Magnus couldn’t help taking a selfie in the middle of the stage with the Opera House in the background. It was before they started to play Crush On You, when they usually have their conversation about Magnus’s fave Rox album. They didn’t give that discussion a miss this time either.

The acoustics of the site were quite good, so not only the band, but the crowd sounded awesome, too.

Regarding the setlist, it seems the more steps are involved, the shorter the setlist gets. The Heart Shaped Sea and Almost Unreal were left out, so the band charmed the audience with only 16 songs.

Per after the show:

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE UPDATE: Wow, what a gig! The most beautiful setting ever? Could be! Great show tonite, super crowd and no rain!!!! Who can ask for more? Thanx for showing up, all you beautiful people!
See you Friday at the Quantas Credit Union Arena. Prepare to kick ass! /P.

Can you believe that only 2 shows are left on this leg of the tour? Next gig is on Friday (27th February) at Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24;

gettyimages.com (photos)
thedailytelegraph.com.au (review)
amnplify.com.au (photos)
dailymail.co.uk (review with photos)
theaureview.com (photos)
smh.com.au (review)
maytherockbewithyou.com (review; photos)
Troy Constable Photography (beautiful photos)

 

Videos

Spending My Time
It Must Have Been Love
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
Crush On You
Joyride
Listen To Your Heart

Instavideos:
Per’s ”Good evening, Sydney!”
Spending My Time: 1; 2;
It Must Have Been Love: 1; 2;
How Do You Do!
Fading Like A Flower
Christoffer’s Waltzing Matilda performance
Joyride: 1; 2;
Listen To Your Heart: 1; 2;
The Look: 1; 2; 3;
The Look from a far-away balcony

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Sydney_OTS_at_the_SOH

Pic by Kasey Trombley

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)
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

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Roxette XXX Tour – Wollongong, Australia – February 23 – #22

The seventh show of this leg of the tour happened in Wollongong, not too far away from Sydney. The crowd there was not the most animated of all, but they still enjoyed the gig, just not as loudly and actively as other Aussie audiences. At least during the first half of the concert. They didn’t feel like getting up from their seats until they heard the real greatest hits. One can judge Per / Roxette for doing greatest hits shows instead of playing e.g. one album per concert, but it’s really those evergreens that make the wider audience sing along louder and make some moves. Marie, Per and the band put full energy into their performance and for the second half of the concert they succeeded in getting most Wollongong people on their feet. From then on, big part of the audience were shaking their booties till the last guitar string sound in The Look. Hopefully, Mister Magnus is doing fine after he fell over at the end. There he laughed, so surely there are no issues.

After having a rest for one show, The Heart Shaped Sea was performed again, so the setlist was the same as in Melbourne.

Per after the concert:

WOLLONGONG YEA! Superb gig tonite, especially the second half which became “a splendid time guaranteed for all”! A few mistakes musically on my behalf (and I guess the keyboard-player had OD’d on green tea or something during The Big L…).
Outstanding crowd. Thanx all of you for stopping by and sharing these beautiful moments with us. See y’all next time! /P.

Next gig is on Wednesday (25th February) in Sydney. That’s gonna be a special show, On the Steps at the Sydney Opera House.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5;

rockclub40.smugmug.com (photos)

 

Videos

Instavideos:
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success: 1; 2;
The Look: 1; 2;

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Wollongong

Pic by Celestte Williams

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

Extra:
Almost Unreal
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

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Roxette XXX Tour – Yarra Valley, Australia – February 21 – #21

As we already wrote about it, tonight’s concert was sold out in the Yarra Valley. Approximately 11,000 people went to see Roxette at Rochford Wines. Those walking around the place could bump into Roxette lyrics everywhere, since the organizers of A Day On The Green put signs including the lyrics to several spots (1; 2; 3; 4). The DJ playing Sommartider before the show was a real surprise both for the die hard fans and for the band & crew. The song didn’t have much effect on the rest of the Australian audience though.

The whole scenery was quite picturesque. Roxette started playing in the sunset. The weather was hot, more than 40 degrees, so no surprise Per posted the question ”First time in shorts on stage???” before the concert. You guessed it, he was too coward to wear shorts during the performance, but at least he left the glam rock jacket backstage. He could have joined Marie in white though. This was their first open-air concert since long and on this tour leg this was the first one with screens on the sides, so that everyone in that huge area could clearly see what was happening on stage.

What was happening on stage? Magic! Yeah, again. Marie was sitting this time, too and she was – as expected – on a high and Per was bouncing around as usual. The band helped the crowd feel the weather even hotter than it already was. Actually, the security guys wanted to make the audience sit, but you can’t help jumping up from your seat when you hear those Rox tunes. You just can’t. So the security team gave up and let the crowd party.

The setlist tonight had even more of a festival length. Compared to the past 3 concerts they now left out The Heart Shaped Sea, so in the end it was 17 songs performed.

PG after the show:

A DAY ON THE GREEN UPDATE: Truly magnificent evening. Thanx everyone for making this such a memorable night. We had a blast in spite of the crickets trying to kill us!!!
Day off tomorrow, flying to Sydney! Vids coming up eventually, dears! /P.

Next gig is on Monday (23rd February) in Wollongong, Australia.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11;

Rochford Wines – Yarra Valley (photos)
A Day On The Green – LUSH Images (photos)
festivalsofaustralia.com (photos)

 

Videos

It Must Have Been Love

Instavideos:
Joyride
The Look

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Yarra_Valley

Pic by Scott Jenkins

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)
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Almost Unreal
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

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Roxette XXX Tour – Melbourne, Australia – February 20 – #20

Some hours before showtime Per promised ”hitting Melbourne hard tonite”. And they did! Most Roxers who attended several gigs during the New Zealand – Australia leg of the tour said this concert was the best so far. We hear it quite often when it comes to Roxette, don’t we? Even those who saw them at the same venue almost exactly 3 years ago said tonight was something more special. I tend to believe them.

Marie again decided to be sitting during the whole show, so one could be very sure about the fact that her singing would be extra sensational. She sings her heart & soul out gig by gig. Per and the band were also full of energy and rocked the stage, acting a lot, paying a lot of attention to Marie. The crowd loved every minute and showed how to party, standing and dancing from the very beginning instead of sitting in their seats. They also knew the lyrics well enough to sing along each and every song.

Many in the crowd mentioned this is how a band should sound live and Roxette should teach other groups how to do it right. It’s oh so true!

There was no change in the setlist vs. the last 2 concerts.

Per & Marie & Co. about the outstanding concert:

MELBOURNE GIG SUMMARY. We had an unforgettable evening tonite. Thanx for showing up all you 9000 Roxers. i know you had a good time judging by your faces + the noise you made singing!!!! Truly fantastic. What a lovely Friday! Lots of love from P&M&Co.

Next gig is on Saturday (21st February) in Yarra Valley (A Day on the Green), Australia. A big part of tonight’s Rod Laver Arena party Roxers will probably show up also at Rochford Wines to see the band again.

During the concert, the number of InstaRoxers became 1000. In case you are not following Roxette on Instagram yet, click here to reach their account that was created only a week ago or look for @realroxette on insta.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;

Carbie Warbie (photos); more photos from CW
amnplify.com.au (photos)
theage.com.au (review)
rockclub40.ning.com (review + beautiful photos)
amnplify.com.au (review)
thedwarf.com.au (review + 60 beauty shots)
stkildanews.com (review with 1 photo)

 

Videos

Sleeping In My Car
Spending My Time

Instavideos:
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
Joyride
The Look
Marie & Per waving goodbye

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Melbourne

Pic by 39helene

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

Extra:
Almost Unreal
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

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Roxette XXX Tour – Adelaide, Australia – February 17 – #19

The third Australian concert happened in Adelaide tonight. Fortunately, it was the same day as One Direction’s Adelaide gig, so there was no chance for the band to attend yet another 1D show and thousands of Aussies could show they have a great taste in music, so they chose and went to see Roxette. The concert turned out to be a blast. The band could have the whole crowd on their feet and the audience was singing along and dancing through the night, enjoying hearing their most fave Rox hits.

This time Marie decided to be sitting from the very beginning of the concert, so she could concentrate more on her singing, which of course, blew the whole crowd away and the audience felt very proud of her. Marie was smiling all the time and showed how she enjoyed the whole thing. Per was on a high and the band joined him with the same mood. Some said they have never seen such an animated crowd in Adelaide, so they certainly did a great job.

One couldn’t keep up with all the fab short clips Per posted after the concert ended. He spent appr. 2 hours with sharing many-many videos Åsa recorded at the show. Check out Roxette’s Facebook page to watch them!

The setlist was the same as in Perth, so sadly, Perfect Day, 7Twenty7 and Queen Of Rain are not yet back.

Per’s comment after the gig:

ADELAIDE: Yes and wow! What a gig! Superb crowd and a very motivated band. Can’t go wrong with that hit bonanza the last 45 minutes!!!! Thanx for coming, we felt unstoppable tonight. See y’all in Melbourne. /P.

Next gig is on Friday (20th February) in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6;

mix1023.com.au (photos)
glamadelaide.com.au (review)

 

Videos

The Look (with the end of the concert including the bow)

Instavideos:

The Look
Fading Like A Flower
It Must Have Been Love
Spending My Time
The Big L.

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Adelaide

Screenshot is from this video.

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

Extra:
Almost Unreal
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

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Roxette XXX Tour – Perth, Australia – February 14 – #18

Many thought it was a good idea to go and see Roxette on 14th Feb, so Perth Arena was quite packed. The band proved it was the best way the crowd could spend their Valentine’s Day. Marie changed the tiger pattern jacket she was wearing in Brisbane for a white jacket and she had a pair of very hot pants on. Even if it seemed to be a bad leg day for her (she was sitting during 2/3 of the show), her performance was still so powerful and one could realize again she’s such an inspiration. The band made the whole audience jump up from their seats and dance, as well as sing along loudly.

There were changes in the setlist. Fading Like A Flower just had to be back, since it has always been a huge hit in Australia. Almost Unreal stayed on the setlist though and came as the first extra song. Perfect Day was sadly left out and Watercolours In The Rain / Paint was performed at its place instead. 7Twenty7 wasn’t played.

Per shared their view on the show right after it had ended:

PERTH! Yes. Wonderful gig in wonderful Perth. Thanx everyone for singing along and showing some serious boogie-moves this hot Saturday! See you next time, dears!!!! Cheers from P&M&Co

Next gig is on Tuesday (17th February) in Adelaide, Australia.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9;

Colosoul (photos by Henry Whitehead Imaging)
watoday.com.au (review)
amnplify.com.au (review)
justincawthorne.com (review)

 

Videos

Spending My Time
It Must Have Been Love, Dressed For Success, Dangerous
Joyride, Almost Unreal, Listen To Your Heart
It Must Have Been Love: 1; 2
How Do You Do!
Dressed For Success
Crush On You, She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio): 1; 2
Joyride: 1; 2
The Look
Listen To Your Heart

Instavideos:
The Look: 1; 2
Fading Like A Flower

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Perth

Pic by Kimchichick

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

Extra:
Almost Unreal
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

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Yet another Roxette gig is sold out!

So far it was Feb 28 – Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley, Australia (A Day on the Green) /sold out shortly after tickets went on sale/, May 10 – Milan, Teatro Arcimboldi, Italy and June 13 – Trondheim, Sverresborg, Norway being sold out, but today it has been announced that Feb 21 – Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, Australia (A Day on the Green) is also sold out. Actually, all general admission and reserved seats are sold out, the only tickets remaining are a limited number of Rochford Wines packages. These are available from Rochford Wines on (03) 5962 2119. At Yarra Valley this way there will be more than 10,000 fans to enjoy the XXX show. Woohoo!

Which gig is next to be sold out? Check the list of dates and get your tickets!

 

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Roxette XXX Tour – Brisbane, Australia – February 10 – #17

Per posted after the gig:

BRISBANE UPDATE: Yea! Great crowd + band set in party mode = can’t go wrong! First show on the Oz tour is history. Thanx everyone for showing up. See y’all soon again. Now we move to Perth for a while. Badabam again on Saturday! Cheers, P.

 

Articles and photos

Twitter: 1, Instagram: 1, 2, 3

brisbanetimes.com.au (review)
auspop.com.au (review)
amnplify.com.au (photos)
Katherine O’Malley photos
77 Photography

 

Videos

Crush On You

Instavideos:
Joyride
Dressed for success
It must have been love
Crash!Boom!Bang!

 

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
Perfect Day
Almost Unreal
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

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New Roxette album to be released in autumn 2015 – reveled in the latest compilations sets [PHOTOS]

Two new Roxette compilations are already on the market  including revised version of 2006 Rox Box (minus DVD with videos and concert) as well as special compilation called “The 30 Biggest Hits“.  Our friend Daniel Rezmann from Australia shared some pictures, so any of you, photos or CD hunters out there, here comes your feast!

What interesting inside (beside music!) is the official statement that new Roxette album should be released in autumn 2015, three years after “Travelling” album. Am I right it’s the first time some really stated that? Anyway, 2015 tour begins tomorrow on the 7th of February (or in fact – according to New Zealand time – today).

Get ready for more from Roxette this year!

 

Rox Box 2015

The 30 Biggest Hits

 

 

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TV promotion in Australia

Last week Per Gessle gave some interviews on Australian TV shows (from Stockholm). You can watch them here:

The Daily Edition:

Mornings

The Morning Show

Today

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Marie Fredriksson ”still singing the shit out of most people”

A 2-page Roxette article was published yesterday in the Sunday MailU on Sunday, Brisbane, Australia. It also contains interview parts with Per. He talks about Marie’s illness and recovery, how she gained her energy back, the Amsterdam show in 2009 where Marie joined him on stage during his solo tour and how she called him to do a new Roxette album after that.

Per about Marie’s illness and recovery:

I remember there was one particular moment when I felt this is the worst day of my life. We went to see some friends in the South of Sweden, and some kids came up – and this is when Marie had her treatment, she was all swollen up and had no hair – and they asked for my autograph and they didn’t recognise her. I could see how disappointed she was that nobody recognised her anymore – that was a horrendous moment for both of us. To be part of that and see that and see how she went through that and came back to being on stage and still singing the shit out of most people, it’s just amazing. So, I’m a big fan. She is an Amazon. She is so strong. We didn’t know if she could actually do the tour. On the contrary, it became rehab for her, so to speak, getting all this energy from the crowd.

Mr G also talks about the past, how they got to know each other with Marie, how the story of Roxette began and how they reached the international breakthrough. To the question what he sees when he looks back on his life he replies:

Basically, when I look back on my life, if you say years like 1985 or 1996, I always think about what album I was releasing, or touring, so I always think of my life as records.

In the article they mention Per’s successful career with Gyllene Tider and Marie’s solo records. They also talk about how to write hits. To the question what successful songs have in common Per replies:

It’s a good question. For a song to become a hit record, to attract loads of people, there must be something that is magnetic about it. On the other hand, there are so many hit songs out there that I don’t understand how they became hits.

If you want to read the complete article, you can click here. You can buy this single issue (20th July, 2014) for 0.89 EUR.

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