World Tour 2011: Roxette bring the fun back to Dubai


Local website reporters attended the very first Roxette concert in Dubai on May 20th and here is what they have to say about the gig

Thank goodness the likes of Roxette are still around to remind us what pop music used to be about… Fun!

Here is a band that’s never been po-faced about their craft, and from the second the first bubblegum rock riff of Dressed for Success filled the Dubai World Trade Centre, you knew what was in store.

Taking to the stage in outfits that would make David Hasselhof green with envy, the Swedish pop stars quickly had the Dubai crowd eating from the palm of their hands.

Sleeping in my car followed, and the night was already won. Because even if you don’t think you know Roxette, you do and you can’t help yourself.

More of the review to be found at

Per Gessle: We will keep performing as long as there are people who want to see us.

Per Gessle, while his stay in South Africa, did a couple of interviews for Dubai press. Here’s another one.

We have done 19 shows so far and have many more to come. We will keep performing as long as there are people who want to see us. It is what we want to do, both for us and our fans.

Gessle laughed when asked about Dubai.

I’ve heard it’s pretty hot. That’s about it. I have friends who live there who are always asking us to visit, so it’ll be nice to see them. Although they want to take us to lots of very fancy restaurants, I’m just not sure we’re going to have the time. We can’t wait to experience something new.

There are still hundreds of people waiting to greet us at airports around the world. The support of people is unreal. They are what keep us going. Quite often I have ‘pinch me’ moments. Sometimes, 30 seconds before I walk on stage I have that moment when I can’t believe what is happening. How lucky we are.

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Per Gessle: I’m pretty quick compared to my wife

The United Arab Emirates has recently published a short interview with Per Gessle regarding coming Roxette’s concert in Dubai on May 20th.

Do you enjoy playing your old tunes?
To tell you the truth, I hate rehearsing it, but I love to play it for the crowd, because as soon as you have them in front of you it turns into magic.

You’ve been together for so long. What’s your secret to longevity?
We just enjoy working together. The same goes for the musicians we have with us. We have had the same producer since we made the first record and we’re enjoying ourselves.

So, no bust-ups?
We’re human, and of course we have our fights, but at the end of the day we have the same ambition and we just enjoy being together.

Finally – be honest! – how long does it take you to get ready for a night out?
It takes about 15 minutes. I’m pretty quick compared to my wife!


What Having struck an emotional chord with anyone who’s seen Pretty Woman (i.e. everyone), Swedish duo Roxette are coming to Dubai as part of their Worldwide Tour 2011. Expect to sing along to the likes of Joyride and Dressed for Success, as well as tracks from their latest album Charm School.
When< May 20 Where Shaikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre
How Tickets cost Dh300 (silver standing), Dh450 (gold standing), Dh550 (platinum seating). For more information, call 04 447 3863

Thanks to David Di Troia.