A drink with Jonas Isacsson

Bild 169When I decided to meet Jonas Isacsson, my story about him was already written – in my head. Back then I didn’t know that it would take me another seven months to finish this text. Why? Just because some bad things happened, I didn’t have spare time to write it, my iPhone crashed and didn’t let me play the recording of the interview – and most of all I wanted to do it right, it was meant to be perfect. But in the meantime I realized that there’s no way to write a perfect article about a guy who deserves it. The more I try, the less it works. I am, however, happy now that I finally made it. Please be gentle about my English. I did it all alone, I am not a native speaker and tried my best.

My wish to meet Jonas again and write a story about him came two years ago. When I finally got the chance to really meet and talk to him, I was more than happy. Finally, I would make it to Stockholm and could go for a beer with him. Why I wanted to meet Jonas? When we – Judith and I – interviewed him for Roxetteblog the very first time (November 2009, during Night Of The Proms), I had the feeling he has a lot of stories to tell, a lot of experiences to share. When we had met for the interview, we sat more than 2 hours talking to him and we could have gone another 2 hours if he had had the time. I, however, thought that not the complete story has been told. Some months and years later I really missed him during the Roxette tour, although Christoffer Lundquist did a tremendous job. When I saw Christoffer running across the stage, hitting his guitar and making people in the audience go crazy with his acting and watching, I thought about Jonas again and the feeling I had. I thought that he is just a compeletely different guy on stage. Calm, quiet, shy, withdrawn – whatever you may call it. It fascinated me that a guy can be so lost (in a positive way) in playing the guitar on stage that you can even hear it. Every tone sounds like you feel what he wants to tell with it, every break he makes means exactly that: to be silent for a very short moment.

So, after our first interview I was really eager to talk to him again; just to hear what else he has to tell.
We meet in August 2013 again. It is a sunny day in Stockholm. It is the day of the “Tack för musiken” recording with Marie Fredriksson and it feels like a perfect day to talk about his career, life and thoughts about this and that. It is warm enough to sit outside and drink a beer – and so we do. I wanted Jonas to choose the location and he came up with a small diner in Södermalm. I ask him why he chose this location. “Because it’s so lovely and a nice location to sit outside. Many of my friends live here or around the corner.” I have a look around and notice he chose a vegetarian diner. Asked about that he says that he himself isn’t a vegetarian, but many of his friends are, but that he still loves the food. “I don’t eat that much meat actually, more fish and seafood. But this here is good food. You should try it. Although, I think they are a bit modest with spice. You should bring your own spice.” He thinks a lot before he speaks, he seems a bit nervous but still happy that we meet.

When I had passed the diner earlier I noticed a lot of drug addicts. “It’s nice anyway”, Jonas says about Södermalm after I mentioned the drug thing. “More people are around, it’s not that snobby here.” Of course, I want to know where in Stockholm it is snobby. “Östermalm. Old ladies with dogs out there and so on.” He laughs. We look around and think about Södermalm again. I read somehwere that Södermalm is the one place in Stockholm, where everyone wants to live and work. “It wasn’t like that 20 years ago”, Jonas says. He thinks again. “Pelle lives here. Pelle Alsing. I haven’t seen him in a while. I miss him.” I don’t know what to say in this moment and try to switch the topic.

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Just rumours: no new (Roxette) songs with Jonas Isacsson in the end

In case you are wondering, there is some information spread in Facebook which seems not to be true.

According to the fan, Jonas Isacsson told in an interview broadcasted on Sirius Radio on August 14 that Per Gessle has recorded three new demos. Jonas explained that the songs are “for sure” for Roxette and that he was called to play the guitar base for these songs because Christoffer was busy touring with Roxette.

See what Jonas said about this:

Update, August 17: We contacted Jonas and he disclaims the report:

I have not done an interview for sirius radio, and I don’t know anything about 3 new songs. I’m afraid it’s all made up.

Jonas Isacsson responds to Roxette fans

Since Roxette’s longterm guitar player Jonas Isacsson didn’t participate on the latest album “Charm School” and the current World Tour, many fans wondered why they stopped to work together and wished him to reappear on new projects like the “Tourism 2” (working title) album. Jonas now responded to fans on Facebook in sort of an open letter:

Dear friends!
I’m honored and happy that you enjoy my
guitarplaying so much.
But let Roxette do their new stuff as they want.
It took some time for me to get rid of the ghost and
… grasp that I don’t work with them anymore.
I was sad but now I’m getting over it.
The old records are still there for all to hear and I’m
proud of my work. But that was then!
This is now and Rox are doing fine without me.
And I’m doing fine without them.
Let us carry on just like that.

Take care!
Jonas Isacsson

His last appearance with Roxette was the “Night Of The Proms” tour 2009 and the performance for Princess Victoria’s wedding in June 2010.

Good luck with your new projects, Jonas!

Thanks to Roland for the Info!

Update: Roxette comment this article via Facebook:

We all love Jonas dearly + are sure we’ll work together again.

Electric band 2010 without Jonas Isacsson

According to the German Night of the Proms fan website, Jonas Isacsson won’t be part of the Night of the Proms this year.

A Dutch guitarist called Rob Winter will take Jonas’ place in the Electric Band in 2010. Jonas, who didn’t hesitate to say he’d do the tour again this year, says:

He played with NOTP in Charleroi last weekend. Checked out what he did with Kim Wilde, sounded good.

Additionally, NOTP organizers revealed the first artist for this year’s tour two days ago: Boy George.

Source: NOTP-fanpage.de

Roxette band without Jonas Isacsson

According to Jonas Isacsson himself, he will not be the part of Roxette band that will play in Anderstorp. This time it will be The Party Crasher Band, which would mean that Christoffer Lundquist will play the leading guitar and Magnus Börjeson bass. Does it also mean that we can expect to see Helena Josefsson on stage? It is still unclear.

Per & Marie is doing the show with The Partycrasher Band. The Partycrasher Band is good and more rehearsed with the Rox-songs. More suitable for the occasion.

They played lot’s of Rox-songs on the Partychrasher tour. We only did 5 on NOTP. I’m sure Christoffer is going to get it right. He’s a great musician!

Magnus Börjeson confirmed on Facebook that he is going to play with Roxette in August.

Jonas Isacsson on tour with Hansson de Wolfe in March 2010

As Jonas already revealed in an interview last November, his band Hanssons de Wolfe, where he plays guitar, is going on tour in March this year.

Here are the tour dates:

24 March – Uppsala, Katalin
26 March – Göteborg, Trädgårn
27 March – Stockholm, Rival
28 March – Västerås, Konserthuset

Band members:

Lorne de Wolfe: vocals, keyboard
Jonas Isacsson: guitar
Per Lindvall: drums
Jesper Nordenström: keyboard
Sven Lindvall: bass

You can buy tickets via www.lifeline.se and http://www.ticnet.se

Jonas Isacsson: “I would join Night of the Proms again if they asked me”

Kirsten and Judith met Jonas Isacsson in Hamburg for an interview. He just came back from a walk in rainy Hamburg. After short introduction, we went straight to work.

Yesterday we saw that you are also in the front when you played with Alan Parsons, not in the back behind the orchestra.

– Yeah! I have to come down and play with him as well. That’s fine. He’s an old hero of mine, he was assistant producer of Pink Floyd’s “Dark side of the moon” and he worked with The Beatles as well. So I’m honoured to play with him, actually. He’s a cool guy, and very big, I’m not that tall, I look like a dwarfs. He’s nice, but like 2 meters tall!

Alan Parsons is a new act in the show. There are other new things, for example, Sharon von Adel is not there anymore. So John Miles does “Stairway to Heaven” alone.  We miss her! I miss OMD as well. They played somewhere in town yesterday as well. They were supposed to come to the hotel after the show but they didn’t.

Is it exhausting to play during the whole show, it lasts three hours…

– No, it’s actually better than sitting in the dressing room and wait, because the other guys in Roxette and everybody else have to sit and wait for their moment, kind of boring. The only thing that disturbs me when I come in during the break is that the wine is gone! I’m sure it’s Pelle, Clarence and Christoffer!

Yeah!, We can see that on the YouTube videos.

– Yeah, that happens while I am up on stage you know. It’s kinda funny, stupid but funny. We have a good time anyway.

So we’d like to know about your career. How did you start to play guitar?

– Two elder brothers, Thomas and Mikael, were playing in bands. They both played bass, they would fool around with guitars too. I always tried to be better than them (laughs), so that’s how it started. I went to rehearsals with my brothers, saw the bands, and I liked the atmosphere with amplifiers and all that.

How old were you?

– I was five. There were guitars in my house all around. And my great grandfather played organ at the church, so there was always music in the house and started from there.

Do you play other instruments?

– Yes! Bass and drums. I learnt to play drums at the music school, I could play guitar before that, but drums were the first instrument I really had to learn, but it became boring. I can also play keyboards.

Is it true you played with Joey Tempest and John Norum’s as well, back in early 80ies?

– I lived in Upplands Väsby where they come from. John Norum had a band called W.C., Water Closet, with some friends of mine, he was a great guitar player but  he was a kid back in those days, he was very shy and stood with his back to the audience, but everytime I listened to him play guitar, I thought “this guy is great.” So we lived in the same town and grew up with those guys as well. I also worked with Joey’s first solo album.

You said you lived in Upplands Väsby, but where do you come from?

– No, I was born in Umeå. We’re nearly one age. We moved to Dalarna and I moved to Stockholm in 1975.

You also worked with Eva Dahlgren a long time. How did you start to work with her?

– I worked with Eva from her second album “En blekt blondins hjärta”, from 1980 till 1991. Eva’s producer Anders Glenmark and I were on tour with a band, we played in the same show, a bit like this show wi

th various artists, and Eva was backup singer in one band, so we met then and became friends. Then Anders and me started to work together and we formed a band actually, with Eva. Then in 81 we went on tour with Eva, the woman went rocket skyhigh immediately, with such great songs.

How was it working with her? You composed one song with her, “Älska mig”.

– It was great! We also did music for a children’s movie and worked a lot together those days. I miss her sometimes, to play with her. We have still contact, we live very close to each other in SouthernStockholm, we see each other shopping groceries, you know, so I see her a lot. But she has a new band and works with Lars Halapi, they seem to have a good working relationship, so I don’t want to go and mess things. But if she’d ask I’d say yes , of course.

How did you start to work with Roxette?

– Working with Eva lead to other jobs, I got to do a lot of sessions with other big Swedish artists. I was working in studio 4-5 days a week, with different people and different kind of music, including dance bands, lots of stuff. And Clarence, Pelle and I knew each other since 1977, from different bands, Clarence got the offer to produce a solo album with Per, which then became Roxette. Clarence said “I want to have this band,” which was me and Pelle, and Tommy Cassemar. So I worked with them since 1986, except for the 7 years where Marie didn’t play. That was tragic.

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Den standiga resan turné 1992.

DSR tour 1992.Live in Uppsala on December 16 or 17, 1992 at Universitetsaulan.
Part 1
Part 2

Live in Luleå on November 25, 1992 at Pontushallen.
or here track by track: MarieFredriksson.eu

Live in Stockholm on December 7 or 8, 1992 at Cirkus.
Part 1
Part 2

Tour-credits

Lighting and stage design by Pontus Lagerbielke.

Musicians:

# Marie Fredriksson (vocals and grand piano).
# Margareta Andersson (backing vocals).
# Mikael Bolyos (keyboards)
# Anders Herrlin (bass)
# Magnus Helgesson (bass)
# Jonas Isaksson (electric guitars)
# Christer Jansson (percussion)

Thanks to Leo.
Source: MarieFredriksson.eu

UPDATE, October 10th: I uploaded Luleå 1992 again – first two tracks don’t skip on this one.
Enjoy: Live in Luleå
Kiwein

Mikael Bolyos’ Never again

Mikael Bolyos Thanks to Evgeny Perekopskiy (Ivanycz @ R2R) we are able to listen to a quite old Mikael Bolyos’ song. It was “sweet 1983”, Jonas Isacsson on guitar, Erik Häusler on saxophone and Mikael Bolyos on keyboards, programming & vocal. The song is called “Aldrig mer” which means “Never again”.

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If you know anything more about this song e.g. if it was released and where, feel free and inform us.

Aldrig mer

Aldrig mer, aldrig mer ska jag va’ med en annan kvinna
Aldrig mer, aldrig mer ska jag överge dig
Aldrig mer, aldrig mer ska du ur mitt liv få försvinna
Aldrig mer, aldrig mer

Jag och du skönast, det gräset är grönast och himlen blå
Man kan ju tycka att det låter som lycka och väl kom
När alla tycker förseende tekniken bedrar min sinne
Blir de skivor min tidsfördrivor
Jag svär att alltid va dig trogen

Aldrig mer, aldrig mer…

Ville ju leva som Adam och Eva i paradis
Ha varann och älska oss fram vi var oskuld
Men om du känner att kärleken vänder och går sin vik
Kom då till mig jag tröstar dig och svär
att alltid va’ dig trogen

Om du tror de ska fånga mig, kan du spara dina tvivel
För jag vet att jag älskar dig och vill alltid vara nära dig

Aldrig mer, aldrig mer…

Thanks to Gyllene Tjej for writing down the lyrics and, of course, thanks to Mikael B. for music.