Roxette XXX Tour – Halmstad, Sweden (Örjans Vall) – July 22 – #55

Last time Roxette played in Halmstad was 5 years ago, so it was high time for them to do their 6th Halmstad Rox show of all time. Many international Roxers thought they would love to see the band playing in their hometown, so some bought a ticket for only this show in Sweden, others are there at more Swedish shows, but definitely didn’t give the Halmstad gig a miss. There were fans from the US, Argentina, Russia, Spain, the UK, Poland, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, Greece and probably more.

The waiting in front of the venue started in the morning and local people were smiling at us during the day, taking pictures of us, posting it on Facebook and wished us a great evening. Lovely! Even the police guys driving by every now and then showed thumbs up for us from their car. SVT, Hallandsposten and P4 Radio were also there with us. They did some interviews with the fans and shot some cuts. (See links in the Articles and photos section.)

This time there were approximately 100 early entrance ticket owners, but only a bit more than half of them showed up by the time the entrance started. There were also fans who didn’t respect those who were waiting there all day and wanted to do the trick at the inlet. Fortunately, Show Security Sweden was there again to support us and Atli (head of the security team) made it clear how the entrance should work and those who wanted to cheat faced a very correct and fair security supervisor. He got applauded by us for his fairness. The whole security team was very polite and helpful this time, too. Thanks a lot again, Show Security Sweden for assisting us! You rule!

Once we were inside, we found our spots in the front rows and couldn’t wait for the show to start. God was good all day and night and there was no rain at all, but sunshine.

Tonight there were 2 support acts. Besides Eskobar it was Mariette who got on stage first. Her performance started at 19:30. We wished for a far much better crowd in Halmstad than the Kalmar gang and already during the support act performances one could see the audience would be more active than the usually reserved Swedish crowds. Mariette and her band did a great job, the Swedes loved them and yes, I think the international fans liked them, too.

Eskobar hit the stage after Mariette. They communicated even more with the audience than in Kalmar and there were more crowd reactions to their songs than in the previous Swedish city. They enjoyed being on stage and playing for us to the full. Daniel even thanked for the cheering to the ”international guests” before performing Freedom. For Someone New they called Mariette back to the stage and performed the song as a duet. It sounded marvellous!

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Pic by Patrícia Peres

After setting up the stage and instruments for Roxette, those almost 15000 people in the audience couldn’t wait anymore to hear the first tunes of Sleeping In My Car and have much fun during the next almost 2 hours. When Roxette came up on stage you just saw on both Marie’s and Per’s face that it was going to be a fantastic show. Being on home turf, enjoying their home crowd was all written on their faces. The band was in great mood and in top top top shape. Everyone was really on a high. Marie was shining like a real star! She was the pearl and the audience painted their love all over her world. You could feel everyone was grateful to see her on stage and cheered her during the whole concert. Per was very much into being on stage tonight. His presence was incredibly strong with all the Gessle moves and his way of performing. Both him and Marie acted a lot with the crowd, having eye contact with the fans in the front and animating them during the sing along parts which turned out to be very loud tonight. The band was also very active. Christoffer was running around like hell with his guitar, having his cool ”fights” with Per, getting kicked in the ass by Per again. There was now a new funny moment, when Per touched Christoffer’s hat while starting with Crash! Boom! Bang! Magnus was having his Baladas en español moments while charming us with his bass playing. Dea was animating the audience very enthusiastically and she was supporting Marie the lovely way she always does. Regarding Pelle and Clarence, who are always in the background, I just want to mention that without their amazing drum and fabulous keyboard playing this band is just nothing. They enjoyed being there on Örjans Vall’s stage very much.

One of the highlights of the night was It Must Have Been Love with the ’80s band intro from Per, remembering the funny hairdos and shoulder pads from those years, as well as the fantastic bands like Roxette, Milli Vanilli and Modern Talking. Another highlight was Watercolours In The Rain / Paint. Marie and Dea together can only mean a perfect duet!

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Pic by Patrícia Peres

All the international fans brought their balloons, so there were many and people in the crowd loved playing with them during Joyride. After the song the band went off the stage and the only strange thing during the whole show to me was when there were those appr. 5 minutes while they were away. It felt like the audience wasn’t sure they would come back and wasn’t sure they should be cheering. We in the front were very loud, as usual, but it took some time until the rest of the crowd joined in shouting ”en gång till” or screaming. Fortunately, the band heard it quite well, so they got back to us and oh what a Listen To Your Heart performance it was as the first extra song! How Marie ended it was out of this world!

The uptempo songs, mainly How Do You Do!, She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio), Dressed For Success and Dangerous got the audience dance and clap along during the whole songs while singing along loud and The Look at the end left the crowd wanting more. When Per said goodbye at the end of the show, he shouted in the mic in Swedish: ”See you soon again! We are very sure about it!”

Marie got 2 heaters on stage and this time it was again BoJo himself who tested if they worked well. In the end only one of them was working during the whole show. But the weather was really nice and rather warm, so we hope that 1 functioning heater was really enough for Marie.

Many in the crowd expected Gyllene Tider to appear on stage as a surprise, but those who are following Roxette and the related artists closely knew that Micke Syd had to be on stage with his Syd & Ekman project at another place, so it was predictable the fab five won’t be seen together in Halmstad tonight. BUT! We weren’t left without a GT tune! Christoffer played ”När vi två blir en” as the local intro to Joyride and it got a fab crowd reaction. We all loved it!

Per after the show:

HALMSTAD UPDATE: Yea! Very nice show at Örjans Vall. Very nice indeed. This place is so cool, just by the water, and tonight our home crowd was in terrific shape. Around 15000 joined the joyride and made a lot of beautiful noise! Vids tomorrow! Cheers, P.

Next stop is Gothenburg on 24th July.

 

Articles and photos

Hallandsposten:

SVT during the waiting time
SVT concert cuts

Videos

Sleeping In My Car / The Big L.
Spending My Time / Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
The Look

Setlist

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Halmstad setlist – Pic by Patrícia Peres

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 (intro: När vi två blir en)

Extra
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

Interview with Åsa Gessle in Hallandsposten

asa_gessle_in_hallandspostenThere is a long and very nice interview with Åsa Gessle in Hallandsposten today, both in printed format and on their website. You will also find some cool pics of Fru Nordin in there. Interview is done by Christian Albinsson, pics by Anders Andersson.

Åsa talks mainly about Hotel Tylösand, her role in the hotel’s life, her designer career, her relationship to Per, as well as her love towards Halmstad, life around Roxette and her filming on tours.

The article mentions Åsa and Per acquired Hotel Tylösand relatively cheaply in 1995 together with businessman Björn Nordstrand. Åsa says they re-invest a lot into the hotel each year. She finds it fun that the hotel is constantly growing and renewed, because she always had a dream to run a hotel, although she thought that it would rather be a small boutique hotel in the countryside than a large conference center.

Regarding Per, Åsa says he is more interested in the art hanging on the hotel’s walls and what kind of wines are served at the restaurants, design ideas, appearance etc. are more Åsa’s thing.

In the Hallandsposten interview she mentions there are plans to create a sun terrace on the roof top of the spa building. Mrs. Gessle says many of her favorite hotels abroad have such a sun terrace with a bar. She is very proud of her babies, Leif’s Bar & Grill and Bettans Bar and says she feels herself at home there.

She talks about how she ended up in Halmstad 33 years ago, in 1982, when she moved to there to open a clothes shop with her then-boyfriend. Their relationship came to an end and she was introduced to Per by a common friend of theirs, Lars Nordin.

I already knew who Per was, but Gyllene Tider were not exactly my idols, so to speak. I had also lived a few years abroad and had not really kept track of Per’s career.

As Åsa tells Hallandsposten, love came approximately a month later, when Per sent her a letter written in tongue-in-cheek style, which truly characterizes Per. He wrote about her dog and if she could kindly leave the dog at home if he had a chance to invite Åsa for dinner. Since then they are a couple. By the way, Fru Nordin says Per still likes writing handwritten letters.

As written in the Hallandsposten article, Åsa planned everything around the Roxette trips. She and Per were travelling together since 1989, stayed at many hotels and in the beginning they could see less of the cities they stayed in, but nowadays it’s quieter and they have time to stop and collect impressions.

Besides organizing the travelling and gathering inspiration from different hotels, Åsa has always had a camera with herself. The Jonas Åkerlund film (Roxette Diaries) we already wrote about will soon be completed, however, it’s still not decided where to broadcast it.

Hallandsposten writes about Halmstad life being perfect for Åsa, she loves living there, while Stockholm suits Per more. He has more social life in the Swedish capital.

I also like to go out and dance to dance bands, last time about a week ago in Västerhagen. I still have sore muscles. Dancing to dance bands is not something I do with Per. 🙂

We’re going home to Halmstad to gather strength. I love to go to Prince Bertil’s path, which I do almost every day. It’s awesome that new things are happening there all the time and the landscape changes along the way. My favorite spot is Tylöbäck where there is a kind of magical atmosphere, although I think one should clean up a little of all the old trees…

Another favorite spot is the garden where Åsa and Per like just to sit and enjoy peace, and to have breakfast in the special breakfast corner.

It’s nice to have a little routine. Per always drinks filter coffee at certain times, like an old lady, ha ha.

In the interview Åsa talks about her designer career. It started in 2007 when there was a housing exhibition in Halmstad and Lars Nordin asked her if she would decorate one of the apartments. First she said no, because they were in the middle of a tour, but she now mentions the real reason was that she thought it was a little scary. She accepted the challenge in the end and she used By Rydéns lamps in that apartment, so she got in good contact with them. Now she is designing lamps for them. The theme is love and peace and the peace mark is a central element of the design. There are 1 or 2 lamps each season designed by Åsa, who has learned it step by step that it is important to believe in and challenge yourself.

For Åsa, it is obvious that love makes us better people, and her message is that we should be kinder to each other and be happy for each other’s success.

Per starring in Linnea Henriksson’s Halmstad video

If you attended any of the concerts during the Gyllene Tider tour in 2013, you surely remember Linnea Henriksson. She was the support act at all concerts and she did a fantastic job. I think many GT fans became fans of Linnea as well during last summer.

She released her latest album ”Du söker bråk, jag kräver dans” in February and for the song ”Halmstad” she did a video. The video was shot on 15th May in Aleskogen and at Västra stranden in Halmstad.

As Linnea said to Hallandsposten: ”The song is a declaration of love to my hometown and I love Västra stranden. The view of the sea and the harbor are unbeatable and Aleskogen was a refuge to me when I was little. There is a mystery in the forest, you walk among the trees and suddenly, you are at the sea.”

Why we are writing about this video is that its premiere was today and Per Gessle appears in it for some seconds at the very beginning. After Mr G did his part in the video, he posted 2 pics of himself in the woods. The black & white one is close to what you can see in the video in color. (Photos taken from Roxette Official.)

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THURSDAY UPDATE: Just did my part in Linnea Henriksson’s new video clip “Halmstad”. Fab song + outstanding video! Check it out! /P.

THURSDAY UPDATE #2: Out in the Halmstad woods w/ Linnea! Nice. /P.

 

It is indeed an outstanding video and it’s so colorful and cheerful as Linnea herself is. Congrats!

 

Marie’s tour: Göteborg and Halmstad video bootlegs

As far as we know, there is no plan to record any of the concerts during Marie Fredriksson’s tour for a DVD, however, after being in the crowd at 2 of (so far) the best concerts (Göteborg and Halmstad), I definitely think there should be a live DVD. I’m sure many fans agree with me. Maybe it’s still not too late… Stockholm will most probably be one of the best shows as well, if not the best, since the most international fans are going to attend that concert. If there is no possibility, we will of course be very happy with a live CD at least. 😉

Until then we have YouTube and thanks to the fans who recorded those 2 awesome shows, Göteborg (15/03/2014) and Halmstad (21/03/2014) concerts are available as video bootlegs.

We already shared it on our Facebook site, but I must include it here, too: click here to watch the complete megafabulous Göteborg show! I still think that show would have been a perfect one to record for a DVD. Thanks heaps again for sharing, Alexander!

Now the videos for Halmstad are also available, so you can watch Marie’s and the band’s top shape performance and hear the fantastic crowd reactions. My personal fave from the videos is Bara för en dag (screenshot is also from that part). Just look at Marie’s facial expressions and gestures. Lovely! Thanks a million, Nikolett Zentai and Monika for sharing the videos!

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01. Så stilla så långsamt, Kom vila hos mig, Bara för en dag
02. Det regnar igen, Sista sommarens vals
03. Ber bara en gång, Sparvöga, Ett hus vid havet, Ett bord i solen
04. Så skimrande var aldrig havet, Ännu doftar kärlek, Så länge det lyser mittemot
05. Om du såg mig nu
06. Efter stormen, Den sjunde vågen
07. Mellan sommar och höst, Den bästa dagen
08. Tro

 

 

The tour goes on! Next show is on 4th April in Borås!

 

Is there a Per Gessle solo coming?

You might remember our last year article about Gyllene Tider becoming the sponsor of IS Halmia and you already know Per is a major sponsor of Halmia since many years. When Roxette became active again, the girls had Roxette as their sponsor, then in 2013, when GT released a new album and went on tour, it was Gyllene Tider printed on their official jersey (already 2 months before their new album, “Dags att tänka på refrängen” came out).

The girls are dressed for success again! Maybe it has nothing to do with any upcoming tours or any new albums and we don’t know what that surprise could be on 26th April, but nice to see this year it’s GESSLE [heart] HALMIA on the jerseys. Heja Halmia!

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IS Halmia jerseys over the past years. Last photo with GESSLE [heart] HALMIA is by iaisaksson.

PS: IS Halmia should use the link to Per’s official website instead of what they are using now at the Sponsors. Not that there is any news on gessle.com since last year. No complaint though. We love having Mr G on Facebook each day instead. 😉

 

Marie’s tour: Halmstad, 21st March #11

Halmstad was cooking almost at the same temperature as Gothenburg! What a great show and what a great audience again!

Since the venue was changed from Halmstad Arena to Halmstad Theater, a much smaller place, everyone who bought the tickets already the first day they went on sale in October was worrying about the seats, how the organizers would solve this issue. We hoped for not sitting in the 15th row if we had a ticket for the 1st row, however, the organizers tried to assure us that it wouldn’t be the case. We were still not sure about how it could work, until we actually got into the theater and saw that they renumbered the seats, so everyone could be satisfied with the new seats.

In the audience – besides many Roxers from abroad (Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Denmark, etc.)there were Göran Fritzon (from Gyllene Tider) and Jan-Owe Wikström (Hallandsposten; author of the Alla tiders Gyllene Tider book among others). We missed 1 big Roxer though, but we hope for his appearance at least in the crowd at a future concert. Per, you must go and see Ms Effe! She’s awesome! But you know that.

Some of us met Marie and the band when they arrived to Halmstad and they were all smiles already then. We were excited to see them on stage again. Before the show, when almost everyone found their places, a girl from the crew came and distributed some signed Marie cards (the one you could get if you pre-ordered her album Nu!) to the fans in the front rows. It was very nice. Thanks a lot for that!

MF_Halmstad_03And the show began. Should I mention Marie was barefoot? Now it’s quite evident she performs like that and we just love it.

After the acoustic Så stilla så långsamt we just jumped up from our seats and so did almost the whole audience, so the fab intro of Kom vila hos mig led us to a great party this time again. Halmstad crowd was almost as cooperative as the one in Gothenburg. Marie mentioned it already at this song how fantastic the audience is. She kept the acting she did in Gothenburg during Bara för en dag. So lovely! The bridge between Det regnar igen and Sista sommarens vals is still something fabulous. Ber bara en gång brought the party feeling again, but we were sitting, just clapping and dancing while sitting. At Sparvöga Marie mentioned it’s her favourite song and it sounded amazing this time, too. During Ett hus vid havet a seagull flew to the wrong place, but otherwise the performance was fantastic. Still so heart-warming how Marie and Jokke are performing it together. Then came the 2 most touching songs, Ett bord i solen and Så skimrande var aldrig havet. Marie’s facial expressions and how she feels these songs were again undescribable. Ännu doftar kärlek made the audience sing along. Not too loud, but you could hear more people were singing out loud than before. Party time again AND this time the audience stayed standing also after Så länge det lyser mittemot, so we were still dancing during Om du såg mig nu and of course during Efter stormen. Wow! THAT was a party! By the end of the tour there might be a concert where no one is sitting, but standing during the whole show. Before ES, Marie thanked the Roxette fans in English for being there. She got a loud response from the fans. Some fans also shouted ”I love you, Marie!” several times and they got a reply from Marie: ”I love you, too!” The party at the end of Den sjunde vågen when Marie already went off the stage (helped by MNS) was so intensive that even Christoffer’s hat fell off his head.

During the break we didn’t sit down, were clapping and standing all the time, waiting for Marie to come back. And she came back, of course. Micke was helping her again to find her place at the mic stand. The party went on with Mellan sommar och höst, then came Den bästa dagen. Before the closing song, Tro, Marie thanked in Swedish for all the energy she gets from the crowd. It means a lot to her. And it means a lot to us. It’s really fantastic to see her reactions, how she loves the active audience. One can see the whole band enjoys it much more when the crowd makes some noise. Even Surjo was acting more tonight, clapping and dancing a bit in the background and Micke was playing the keyboards many times standing and dancing more than how I could see them before.

 

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At the end of the concert, a red heart was back. This time there wasn’t ”Tack!” written on it, but it was a heart-shaped pillow Marie got from a fan, Nikolett. That’s what you can see on the picture here.

Halmstad audience was really fab, joining us whenever we stood up and clapping with us to the rhythm. I loved the reactions of some older Swedish people behind me. They were happy about being part of a crowd like this and they were smiling all the time.

 

 

After the show Marie came out and gave some autographs. We also met Pelle and Chris. Chris said it really makes a difference to them when we are there. He said his favourite concert so far was Gothenburg and also Växjö, but tonight’s Halmstad show was very close to them. Chris asked us if we know the guitarist of Gyllene Tider… Of course we know! Pelle and Chris said MP (Mats MP Persson) was playing at a place not too far from the theater, so if we want to see him, we should go there. Some of us went there and yes, MP was playing with a band. They were covering e.g. Bryan Adams: Summer of 69 and we were in time for hearing their cover of Tylö Sun from Gyllene Tider. Per’s voice was definitely missing, but otherwise MP’s playing was great. I had a chance to talk to him a bit and he said they play together with this band once a month. He seemed to feel more comfortable with this cozy set up on stage than with Gyllene Tider. He agreed. This ”after-party” was a great closure of tonight.

Marie and the band are in Karlstad tomorrow. Have fun, everyone and make some noise there, too!

 

Setlist (no changes)

1. Så stilla så långsamt [1992 – DSR]
2. Kom vila hos mig [2013 – Nu!]
3. Bara för en dag [1987 – ES]
4. Det regnar igen [1992 – DSR]
5. Sista sommarens vals [2013 – Nu!]
6. Ber bara en gång [1996 – IETSV]
7. Sparvöga [1989 off the Swedish drama TV series]
8. Ett hus vid havet [1985 – DSV]
9. Ett bord i solen [2007 – TFT]
10. Så skimrande var aldrig havet [1990 off Taube compilation album]
11. Ännu doftar kärlek [1984 – HV]
12. Så länge det lyser mittemot [1992 – DSR]
13. Om du såg mig nu [1987 – ES]
14. Efter stormen [1987 – ES]
15. Den sjunde vågen [1985 – DSV]

16. Mellan sommar och höst [1992 – DSR]
17. Den bästa dagen [1985 – DSV]
18. Tro [1996 – IETSV]

Articles

Hallands Nyheter

Videos

Ett hus vid havet

 

Per Gessle’s short message to all RoxetteBlog readers

Today me and 5 friends met Per in Halmstad. He was very nice, stopped by when he saw us, all smiles, then parked his beautiful Ferrari on the side of the road and jumped out of it. We talked a bit and took some photos. Then, when he was about to leave, I asked him to send a message to all RoxetteBlog readers (sorry for my voice, as I wrote it in my report last night, I kind of lost it during the gig). So, he sent a message. It’s short, but pure Per. 😉

Thanx for always taking your time with us, fans, Per! Much appreciated.

 

 

 

 

Gyllene Tider tour premiere – report from the front row

Actually, it’s about 4 hours after the show when I start writing this article. Still can’t sleep, as it was such an out-of-the-world experience. After becoming a Roxer in 1991 and listening to Marie’s and Per’s solo albums, I found Gyllene Tider in 1994. Never had a chance to attend any gigs back in 1996 or 2004, but now my time has come. The tour premiere couldn’t have been any better! Halmstad, front row. What else could you ask for? If you like at least some of the GT tracks, you should definitely see them live one day. What energy on stage! Per was like a Duracell bunny, just like we got used to it during Roxette’s World Tour – or even more energetic – and that voice, yeah, it will surely kill me one day! Micke Syd makes you want to play the drums and DJ Fritzon’s Farfisa magic is just awesome. MP and Anders are demigods of guitar playing, but just because Chris is God. 😉 It’s still not too late to buy your tickets to any of the concerts (except Helsingborg, which is sold out). If you are attending any gigs, maybe don’t read further and don’t check the pics, to have the ”aaaaah moment” when you’re seeing them for the first time this year.

Stage design

Hats off! It was so well-designed. As you could see on our Facebook page, we had a chance to listen a bit to the soundcheck and at the stage design for some time – until the security staff told us to please, go away. Before the concert started, there was a big black curtain with a white Gyllene Tider logo on it, so we knew there will be an intro and of course, some adrenaline involved. And we were right. The curtain fell off right after the intro. Check the setlist section for details. During the show there was a huge, awesome background monitor, on which several designs appeared, related to the songs or just close-ups from the stage or the crowd. There were several cameras, but we don’t know it yet, if they were there to ensure a great visual experience or because of a tour DVD.

 

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Curtain at the beginning and Mikael Nogueira Svensson (Per’s guitar technician) arranging the plecs on the mic stand (with a plec in his mouth)

 

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Background monitor

 

Setlist

Intro: a funny (maybe 3-5-minute-long) cartoon with the well-known drawing on the big screens on the 2 sides, with a mix picking a little part from several songs, even from Knallpulver

1. Gå & fiska!

2. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej

3. Juni, juli, augusti

4. Det hjärta som brinner

5. På jakt efter liv

6. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjöman

7. Allt jag lärt mej om livet, har jag lärt mej av Vera

8. En sten vid en sjö i en skog

Band presentation

9. Min tjej och jag / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång (medley)

10. Tuffa tider

11. Kung av sand

12. Flickorna på TV2

13. (Hon vill ha) Puls

14. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta

15. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly

16. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet

17. Tylö sun

Extra 1:

18. Det är över nu

19. Billy

20. När vi två blir en

Extra 2:

21. Sommartider

22. Dags att tänka på refrängen

23. När alla vännerna gått hem

 

Some more things to add:

  • When they came back to the stage for the 1st extra session, Per greeted the international front row. And it was really international: Australia, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Spain, Austria, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Sweden. Sorry if I’ve left out any countries.
  • Per presented ”Det hjärta som brinner”, ”Allt jag lärt mej om livet, har jag lärt mej av Vera” and ”Sommartider” as Anders’s favourite songs.
  • What a great ending with 2 such awesome songs. ”Dags att tänka på refrängen” sounded marvellous live! There were even fireworks after the show, but from the front row, we could just hear the sounds, no visual experience for us.
  • They skipped ”Arabiska nätter” – according to the official setlist that would have been the first song in Extra 2
  • Åsa was also there. She was filming a lot.
  • The security staff was very nice and helpful from the very beginning and it stayed like this until the very end.

 

Thank God, I still have 6 chances to take some more of this drug with my friends this summer. I’m without voice now, but I’ll surely recover for the next gig. If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, do a favour to yourself and go to see them live! It will worth it. 😉

 

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The maestro is concentrating and having fun during ”Tuffa tider”

 

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Micke Syd and Anders in the front during ”Tuffa tider” & Per & MP during ”Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly”

 

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Åsa filming the crowd

 

 

All pics in this article are © Patrícia Peres

 

#gtsommar #1 Gyllene Tider – Halmstad #1, July 5

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Yesterday we spent quite a lot of time on our Facebook page following all happenings around the premiere night in Halmstad. There was no bigger suprises as long as you don’t count no “Man blir yr” on the setlist. Comapring to the GT25 tour, 5 songs were replaced including 3 new from the latest album and such pearls as “På jakt efter liv”. Though they played “Arabiska nätter” at the soundcheck, it wasn’t performed after all. According to the setlist provided by one of fans, AN was planned to be performed as the first song of the second encore, just before “Sommartider”. To give you a very quick overview of what has been performed: 4 songs from “Gyllene Tider” (1980), 7 songs (we are also counting in bonus tracks) from “Moderna Tider” (1981), 4 from “Puls” (1982), 4 from 95-96 period, 2 from “Finn 5 Fel” (2004) and 4 (as long as you consider intro to be integral part of the concert) from the latest 2013 album. We shouldn’t be suprised after all, as we all know how reluctant Per & Marie were to play new songs on the Roxette tour as well.

Comment from Per Gessle:

Superb opening of the Gyllene Tider tour on home turf in Halmstad July 5th! Thanx everyone for your support. Today: the sun is up, the sky is blue: we’re on our way to Lysekil to kick some ass together with 14-15000 GT Headbangers! Sounds like a great Sunday to me! Cheers, P.

Speaking of reviews, most of them are rather positive. Hallands Nyheter’s Hilda Blomberg calls the premiere gig “an impressive show” where “hits never end”. Daniel Claeson of Goteborgs Posten gives 4/5 for the gig saying the band has never sounded so good before and it’s clear 2013 version is the best one he has ever heard. Aftonbladet gives three out of five pluses for the Halmstad gig with no particular reason for this kind of mild evaluation, additionally calling the show “lovely party for old people” but 5/5 for Gessle’s new hairdo – strange things happen, indeed. As for Expressen, it’s 3 out of 5 from Anders Nunstedt and the biggest problem Anders has is that there is almost nothing new to the Gyllene Tider show – “they are going to earn millions of crowns on this tour, but the change [between previous tour and this one] is not worth a damn”.

But we have a very good news for you Anders, Per Gessle hopes to change a little bit on every concert (though 19 tracks are must-have on every concert). So there are still high a chance for some B-sides you will surely be excited about! 🙂

Setlist

1. Cartoon intro with Knallpulver
2. Gå och fiska
3. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej
4. Juni, juli, augusti
5. Det hjärta som brinner
6. På jakt efter liv
7. Dansar inte lika bra som sjömän
8. Allt jag lärt mej om livet (har jag lärt mej från Vera)
9. En sten vid en sjö i en skog
10. Min tjej och jag
11. Flickan i en Cole-Porter sang
12. Tuffa tider
13. Kung av sand
14. Flickorna på TV2
15. (Hon vill ha) Puls
16. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
17. Ska vi älska så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly
18. (Kom så ska vi) Leva Livet
19. Tylö Sun

20. Det är över nu
21. Billy
22. När vi två blir en

23. Sommartider
24. Det är dags att tänka på refrängen
25. När alla vännerna gått hem

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#gtsommar 450m2 of Swedish summer

Marknadplatsen in Halmstad is almost ready to have a great ‘golden times’ party tonight. The brand new stage of 450m2 with two big screens on each side, lights and sound systems was built by over 200 people. The total area for the concert amenities, including toilets, refreshments is a staggering 10,000 m2. As HallandPosten informs 1500 was the number of the extra tickets released this Wednesday since the production got bigger and they were able to fit in more people than they thought in the beginning. Additionally Micke’s son Dennis will be part of the filming crew, Gyllene Tider drummer shared this information on his blog the other day.

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For those who head to Halmstad, Halland Posten published list of places which Gyllene Tider’s fans should visit during their stay in town – from Hamiltons Vag till old Tits & Ass studio in Styrdal.

If you are interested in live reports from Marknaplatsen, Hallands Nyheter journalists are of help. Today at 3pm CET they will start reporting all happenings from the premiere night. Follow them here.

Corina Lesu contributed to the article.

Win a chance to meet Gyllene Tider in Halmstad!

Are you going to see Gyllene Tider live in their hometown Halmstad next week? Keep on reading!

In cooperation with Gyllene Tider’s Management and Live Nation we are proud to offer you the chance to meet Per, Micke Syd, Anders, Göran and MP backstage in Halmstad on Friday, 5th of July, 2013.

To participate in the contest simply write an email to judith@roxetteblog.com including the following information:

– your name
– your nickname on Roxetteblog
– cell phone number

and (correct ;-)) answer to this question:

– Gyllene Tider’s new compilation “Soldans på din grammofon” – 2 vinyl LP version will come with a bonus EP. Name one of the 4 tracks included in this EP.

The winners will be chosen randomly amongst all participants who answered the question correctly.

Hurry up! The contest runs until Tuesday 2nd of July 2013 23:59 CET.

Good luck!

Don’t forget to read the small letter…

Contest terms and conditions:
– you can only participate once
– we will randomly pick the winners among all valid emails (valid means: with name, nickname, cell phone number and correct answer).
– the winners will be notified per email on Wednesday 3rd of  July 2013 and will be required to reply to the email confirming their attendance to the meet & greet
– further instructions where/when to meet will be sent per email or SMS on the concert day. If you are not at the meeting point at the agreed time, the prize will be given to somebody else!
– the winners will have to have a valid ticket for the concert and are responsible for their transport to and from the venue and any costs that might arise
– the prize is for one person only, so the winners won’t be able to take their friend(s) with them to the meet & greet
– Roxetteblog will not enter into any correspondence regarding the result of the contest
– in the event the meet & greet is cancelled, no other date or other prize will be offered as replacement
– of course, all submitted data will only be used for the purpose of the contest, to contact you for confirmation and instructions, and won’t be given to third parties
– the names and a picture of the winners may be published on this website anytime
– last but not least, you can bring one item to have it signed by the members of Gyllene Tider

 

Update 3rd July:

The lucky winners who sent us the correct answer and are going to meet Gyllene Tider on 5th July in Halmstad are:

1. John Ashfield
2. Celestte Robins
3. Eliza Roszkowska Öberg
4. Cecilia Vazquez
5. Nicole Breuer
6. Anders Johnsen

If you are among the winners, check your e-mails, because Judith will send out the details today. If you don’t reply to that e-mail by the time Judith states, the already picked (picked the same way as in the video below) next participants will have the chance to take part in the Meet & Greet. If you are in the list above, but you have changed your mind and don’t want to meet GT, the same rule comes into action, so the next picked participants will get the M&G opportunity.

You can watch the video of picking the winners here.

 

 

Linnea Henriksson, Gyllene Tider’s support act

Many of us were keeping fingers crossed for Brainpool as GT’s support this summer, but it soon turned out that we will see someone else in this role. The tour is very close now and you might be interested in who’s that girl who will be on stage before Gyllene Tider each night during the tour.

Linnea Henriksson is from Halmstad, born in 1986. She is a Swedish jazz and pop singer and songwriter. She participated in Idol 2010 and finished the talent show at the 4th place. In 2007 she became the singer of a Swedish band called Prylf and together they released an album (Kind of Green) in 2010. Linnea’s debut album (Till mina älskade och älskare) as a solo artist was released in May, 2012.

She was voted to be the Artist of the year in 2012 and won P3 Guld, which is a music prize awarded by Sveriges Radio P3 to Swedish artists in several music categories.

 

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Regarding her relations to Gyllene Tider, Linnea says to nwt.se:

I was singing their songs at each speech day. They are Swedish summer for me. I don’t think I’ve experienced a barbecue, where their music was not there somehow. They have certainly left their mark on Halmstad, so I feel very proud.

 

As Orup helped Linnea in writing songs on her debut album, nwt.se’s reporter asked her if it is time to get help from Per Gessle, too:

If one day we would be sitting there any night, both of us with a guitar, I won’t be the one who says no. He’s a great songwriter and it would be fun to work with him.

 

Linnea says regarding the GT tour:

Even those who have not heard me before and will come only to listen to Gyllene Tider, I’ll really try to fill up with energy.

 

Here you can watch her videos and listen to 2 of her songs:

 

 

 

See you soon, Linnea!

 

 

Awesome Gyllene Tider signing session photos

You may remember Expressen’s article about a big chaos when Gyllene Tider had their signing session in Halmstad. Well, journalists like colouring their headlines and of course, there was no chaos at all, but what is very true in the article is that Basia Konarzewska, a great Polish Roxer, was flying to Sweden with a friend of hers to be present on the signing sessions in Halmstad and Kungsbacka. Basia had a fantastic weekend with the guys and she took some awesome photos of the two sessions she was attending. Judge them yourself by clicking here. Happy faces all around! 😉

 

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© Basia Konarzewska

 

Gyllene Tider enters the soccer world

As Gyllene Tider published the news on Monday, they are going to sponsor 2 Halmstad soccer teams: Halmstads BK and IS Halmia. Per Gessle is already a major sponsor of Halmia since many years.

Gyllene Tider is divided into two soccer camps. Per, MP and Göran are supporting Halmia, while Micke Syd is for HBK. 3:1 is not a bad result of a ”match”. Oh, we didn’t forget about Anders: he prefers fishing. 😉

Micke Syd gave a short interview to Sveriges Radio yesterday talking a bit about the sponsorship. Listen to it here.

Jersey of HBK is blue and will have a red Gyllene Tider logo, while red-white Halmia jersey will have a blue logo on the back. Aftonbladet showed a montage of the HBK jersey. It won’t look like this, but you can have a look at how blue and red fits together. Halmia’s jersey you could already see several times on facebook, Roxette Official. 😉

 

HBK Halmia

© SCANPIX / Aftonbladet                                                                 Photo taken from Roxette Official’s facebook page

 

Update: Halmia’s jersey will look like this:

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Photo was shared on Gyllene Tider’s facebook page.

 

#gtsommar Second Gyllene Tider concert in Halmstad on July 6? Coop knows better!

…though the official sale did not start yet, Coop, the best chain in Sweden ever (everyone will admit that after today), announced that the second concert in Halmstad is planned on Saturday, July 6. And we are pretty sure it’s not a mistake… 🙂

In addition to Ticnets VIP package for the 6th, Remco Verhaaf noticed that the codes on the tickets of Malmö and Halmstad contain a “1” in the 3 letter concert code (MS1 & MP1), while Gothenburg only mentions SLS. So maybe a second Malmö gig is an option as well? We love all those conspiracy theories!

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