David Núñez: Los Angeles concert memories


It was a very hot day! Roxette took the stage at about 21:40. The wait for Roxette to take stage was just very late. The crowd was losing patience waiting for Roxette to take stage. The Gibson Amphitheater didn’t have an opening band, but rather a DJ playing 80s music! But most of us know Roxette did most of the work in the 90s. There were girls dressed up in 80s fashion that evening.

The worker at guest services said that 3/4 of the building had tickets available. I don’t know if it’s true, but it is possible. I would say maybe 40-50% of the venue was sold. I was surprised with the turnout of the enthusiastic fans that showed up! I didn’t like the way Live Nation sold tickets for this event because during the pre-sale of tickets the ‘pit’ area up front were not accessible and you had to be a Citi Bank member to get the tickets for pre-sale, or use a Live Nation app. However, the tickets for up front to the pit area were eventually available through Stub Hub. Other fans were complaining that they didn’t have access, or the option to buy tickets to the ‘pit’ area.

Roxette to LA was long overdue. Then finally after 20 years Roxette finally took stage! The last time Roxette performed in LA was in the exact same venue on a cold, rainy, Friday evening in March of ’92 that I had attended when I was in High School. Looking back, I would’ve never imagined it would’ve taken Roxette 20 years before seeing them return to my hometown. Then as the band finally took stage the crowd came to life! The audience leaped to their feet! The crowd was yelling with enthusiasm where you couldn’t hear the person next to you speaking! Then Marie opened up with “Dressed For Success” and yelled, “Yeah, yeah, yeah….

I was surprised how the audience remembered their songs as they sang along during the evening. What was more amazing was how the audience not only remember the singles, but the album tracks as well. The crowd really just remembered songs from ‘Look Sharp’ and ‘Joyride’ days. When Per was strumming his guitar to the beginning to ‘How Do You Do’ he was telling the crowd to sing along, but many people didn’t know that song, so Per said, “Well, let’s try over here on this side” (on my side of the stage, where I
was in front of Christoffer Lundquist). Then still Per couldn’t hear anyone singing, then finally as he walked closer to me, he could hear me shouting out the opening verse. Then I was the sole singer to ‘How Do You Do’ shouting at Per!

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Comment from Per Gessle

My Gosh it’s hot in L.A. Take it easy in the sun, we all need your energy tonight!

Thank you L.A. for a wonderful evening! Lots of fans, lots of friends, super response + pretty decent band = Happiness! ! See you soon y’all! P&M&Co

Setlist

01. Dressed For Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Spending My Time
05. Stars
06. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
07. Perfect Day
08. Things Will Never Be The Same
09. It Must Have Been Love
10. 7Twenty7
11. Fading Like a Flower
12. Crash Boom Bang
13. How Do You Do!
14. Dangerous
Band presentation
15. Joyride

16. Listen To Your Heart
17. The Look
18. Church Of Your Heart

Articles and photos

RecordBeat.org (review)
TheCorrespondentOnline.com (review)
Examiner.com (gallery)
Wellcome to all Roxette fans 🙂
Los Angeles crowd
Cheryl Butner’s album
MikeTheFanBoy.com (review & gallery)
Michael Todd Images
GMP Guitars (gallery)

Patrícia Peres contributed to the article

Gessle for FrontiersLA.com: I look through what I have and let my imagination run wild

Per Gessle has been interviewed by FrontiersLA.com recently, just before Roxette’s very first gig in LA. Here’s the most interesting quote regarding the song recorded for “Travelling” album.

There’s a song on the new album called “Excuse Me, Sir, Do You Want Me To Check On Your Wife.” What’s that about?
You tell me. [Laughs] I wrote that song because it was something someone said to me in a London nightclub.

What was your response?
“No, she’s doing fine.” [Laughs] That’s always been the way I write. I pick up things people say and write it down. When the time comes to write songs, I look through what I have and let my imagination run wild. Writing songs is very much like putting a puzzle together. You use things that have happened to you and things that haven’t happened to you.

Per also did a phoner with 89.3 KPCC radio station – here‘s the brief summary of that talk.

Patrícia Peres contributed to the article

Official US tour press release – Roxette to play in New York, Boston, San Francisco & Los Angeles

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/

Three years after their 2009 comeback, Swedish pop phenomenon Roxette are hotter than they’ve been since their early ’90s heyday. Roxette’s world tour is in full swing with almost one million concert tickets sold since the tour kicked off a year ago at the Tatneft Arena in Russian Kazan. On top of that, another million Roxette records have been added to the already dizzying 70 million they’ve sold over the years.

So far the band has played more than 85 shows in more than 30 countries (and the trip continues—they don’t plan to rest until they’ve played 150 shows). But besides zigzagging between airports, arenas, hotels and meeting with fans from all over the world, the band also has found time to record their new album, Travelling, to be released digitally in the U.S. on June 5 by Capitol/EMI.

The idea has been to tap into all the positive energy that has boosted the band during this dazzling trip, and channel it into new Roxette music. In short, an album that, just like 1992’s Tourism, captures the feeling of a band on a roll—constantly on the move, snatching inspiration as they go; recording in hotel rooms, studios, at soundchecks and in concert.

The result is a fascinating musical postcard with 15 superb songs, most of which are new, some that are revisited classics and others being pearls that for various reasons haven’t seen the light of day before. A tight and inspired band has gathered around a batch of Gessle tunes, where the relentless hit-maker again and again proves that his sense of melody and ability to surprise is still top-notch.

“It’s Possible” is the first taster from Travelling – 2 minutes and 34 seconds of sunny pop music that shows one of Roxette’s many sides in 2012. There’s more to come.

Listen to “It’s Possible”
Facebook Roxette Official

ROXETTE: 2012 U.S. TOUR DATES

Sept 2
New York – Beacon Theatre
TICKETS (from USD 42.90 to USD 148.05 – fees included).

Sept 3
Boston – Orpheum Theatre
TICKETS (from USD 47.30 to USD 67.80 – fees included).

Sept 14
San Francisco – The Nob Hill Theatre
TICKETS (from USD 58 to USD 112 – fees included).

Sept 15
Los Angeles – Gibson Amphitheatre
TICKETS (from USD 25 to USD 89.75 – fees included).

Check the “TICKETS” links for more information about sale start, ticket prices and categories.

Thanks to Dondi Hom for sharing this news.