Yesterdays show was terrific!!! To be honest…I really don’t care about who is singing the beginning of “WICF”…..it sounded great anyway ..and normally I’m busy with my shaky legs than so I don’t notice anyway …Marie got angry about mixing up the lyrics in WICF again and this time she also got a bit too “creative” with the lyrics during Listen to your heart too….:’). Singing along with “It must have been love” was great and sounded fantastic with the audience even if the hall wasn’t filled as much as yesterday.
I had a perfect seat in the front row right in the middle behind a camera man and we got filmed here and there I guess while we were partying!! My brother and his wife next to me enjoyed the show too very much and got amused as Marie smiled at the faces she recognized, including me. “Hej…she knows you…” And in that second I just had watched Per and didn’t notice…. I’m a big fan of the first row of concerts and so I enjoyed also the other artists a bit more than in the shows before. You just get more details and you are able to communicate. It was pure fun!
The quote of the day became a sentence I heard from some older ladys during the break on the corridors. They where just busy with discussing the show so far and one of them said: “Well…No..no…that is not Annie Lennox… Annie Lennox is from the Eurythmics….She is named Fredriksson and the other one is named Per.” In german the woman sad SHE by naming Per to and we just couldn’t help and bursted out in laughter some metres away…. Maybe I heard it wrong and they said he…but no..I understood “she”.
In the finale I was so lucky to get the flowers from Per. We suddenly got eyecontact and of course I gave signals that I really would like to get the flowers. Yeah…smart throw right into my arms. Thank you dear!!! Marie picked one of my best friends but as she can’t throw so well she tried to give them to him….and than there was this paranoid security girl again who tried to stop him to come closer to the stage. But he got the flowers and we both were really sparkling afterwards.
For me it was the perfect ending for my last NOTP concert. I’m sooo thankful for everything I experienced this year with Per and Marie. I’m sort of speechless when I look back from spring to winter.
They don’t only make fantastic music they are also great people. I knew that already before but anyway… Also the band of course!!! Clarence, Pelle, Jonas, Christoffer…you rock!!!! 2009…what a year!! Hard to believe!
To all the others who are still on tour now: Have fun in Cologne and Dortmund!
Merry Xmas to everyone and a happy new year 2010.
Let’s keep on roxing!!!
According to the NOTP Fanpage the Hannover show was filmed for German TV. Most likely on Thursday since extra equipment arrived Wednesday night.
Our seats were located on the left side of the stage, as the classical swedish stuff was played I could see Marie with her blue glitter-clothing entering the area under the stage, a little later she appeared in the ’stage-hole,’ which was really funny because she waited there by ducking her head 😉 Finally she started singing WICF and was lifted up, the crowd went crazy for the first time this evening and nearly everybody stood up, it was a really touching moment filled with goose bumps and a lot of happiness. Her vocal/textual performence was nearly perfect, some word was missing here and there and one or the other ‘word-change’, but no big deal & nothing in comparison with some early belgian notp-performances (BTW didn’t pay attention what happend to the ’subways’). After the song she raised up her hands and had such a deep smile on her face that you had to fall in love with her, if that hasn’t already happenend in the past 🙂
After the break Roxette came back for the remaining four songs, the crowd was clapping all the time and for me these minutes were like a dream and I enjoyed it in a trance-similar status, overwhelmed by everything I saw: Marie rocked the stage, 9.000 viewers sang along IMHBL & Co and of course Per was also there 😉 Marie aswell did a great vocal job regarding this four tracks (no double-verse or sth. like that), at least it was much better than the recording on the notp-cd, she really gets better and better during this tour if you have a look at all the youtube-clips.
By the way at Joyride we had four (yes, incredible four!) balloons, but at least it was great to have some. To my shame I have to admit that I hadn’t brought some either, I really wanted to, but I forgot – but perhaps it would have been a little weird not to throw them from the interior space.
Of course it was over way too fast, but we gave them a long applause and then again as they came back for the ‘flower-ceremony’. At the end (as everybody threw their bouquets) another very sweet moment took place, the seats were so far away from the stage, that Marie hadn’t the chance to throw it that far, Marie walked to the front of the stage, a fan(?) in the first row was aware of the mentioned fact and went to her, then she gave it directly to him 🙂
All in all it was great evening, Alan Parsons was the highlight after Roxette, Christina was also very good and she seems to be a very nice person (but she should overthink her eyebrows), actually I had to say every artist had a really good live-voice. The Katona Twins were a litlle lame at first, but I liked her performance of modern songs. The host Uwe Bahn reminds me of watching “Bingo Lotto” and I don’t like his artificial looking dyed hair *g*
I also did some videoclips with my mobile, but I don’t think they’re worth to be uploaded, I’ll check it out when I transferred them to my pc.
It was already my 3rd show. Me and my friend Yvonne had seats unfortunately very far away in the 24th and 25th row in the indoor area but wanted to go to the front of the stage when Roxette second part came up.
I already knew the show so I began to watch the audience and this was for me the show with the most waltz dancing people so far. First I thought the audience was a bit lame but I was wrong. Unfortunately we didn’t get any lights at the entrance and I forgot mine from the Hamburg-show but for some strange reasons there were a lot of other people having lights and so there was this special atmosphere again. Christina Stürmer got big applause and also the Katona Twins. Of course me and Yvonne got nervous when the Swedish Midsommarvaka started and when it finally turned into “Wish I could fly” nobody could keep us on our seats. The audience needed some more seconds but as Marie appeared the Tui Arena was exploding suddenly!!! And she did a great job of course. If I remember it right she sang the part with the rooftops twice but who cares. I don’t! Her voice was beautiful. We stood there with shaking knees and enjoyed every second.
And even if I already saw 2 shows before…don’t ask me what comes after “Wish I could fly”. I have no idea. My Mind was blown away sort of. Wasn’t it Alan Parson who suddenly sounded like Roxette because of OUR great Jonas???? Yeah, Jonas did a fantastic job this evening too of course. We are very proud of him!
When Heaven 17 came up on stage later I noticed a little boy who wanted to go to the front but the security girl didn’t let him. She was right sitting next to our row and I noticed later too that she stopped everybody who wanted to go to the stage. I thought: WHAT??? In the beginning the host Uwe Bahn said that everyone was allowed to walk around and go and dance wherever they wanted……What was that??? I got nervous about our plan to leave our seats for the second Rox-Part. But who can fool Roxette-fans??? We had two possibilities. Push this small woman away not caring about her instructions or be more clever than she was…we decided to do it the polite way and just went to the toilet during the Bolero (it was damned necessary anyway) and just returned into the hall thru another entrance in the front. J And as the Band and Per and Marie finally entered the stage we walked down these big stairs I still remembered from the Roomservice Tour and finally stood really near to the stage. Of course the security people stopped us from coming too close but that was nicer than staying back in the 25th row! And then we roxed! It was great. Everyone was singing along and yes I also noticed the 4 balloons during Joyride. Thank you , I forgot mine and also have a little phobia to blow up balloons..so that’s not my fave job…brrrrrr. The 4 songs went over too fast of course but Marie succeeded again with bringing some tears into my eyes with her voice. Per was great too of course and cheered up the crowd. The security people in front of us got really stressed as they noticed some of us filming. They tried to stop us. I have never experienced this before. Stupid!!! Well I prefer pictures anyway. After Roxettes great performance and the big noise of the audience we went back to our seats….and I couldn’t resist to give a grin to the security girl next to our row. J Behind and next to us some people had already left and didn’t return. That was strange. Well, I still don’t know for what my seat-neighbors came at all. They stayed on their seats during the whole show an didn’t look like they enjoyed anything at all. Drinking beer was their most important activity.
After the show we got a hint from Alex (THANKS GUY!!!!!!) about the possible hotel Per and Marie are staying in that night and so we went there. In front of the hotel there were (unfortunately) already some non-fans but autograph hunters and I really don’ t like these sort of guys. Of course they tried to appear as friendly people first but as finally the car with Per and Marie arrived they suddenly transformed into screaming, pushing stupid beings and surrounded Marie immediately. One of them was not even able to pronounce her name the right way. These people told us before that they have had trouble with the bodyguards already in the afternoon and now I could understand why. Per disappeared immediately inside the hotel (maybe he recognized the mob???) but Marie stayed outside for a short while. She hugged two of us 5 or 6 real fans waiting cause she recognized them and I guess she always wrote one or two autographs. The security guy tried his best to shelter her from the pushing non-fans and at the same time tried to let the fans thru. Strange situation. I didn’t like that at all but suddenly succeeded to reach her as she was hugging the other Chrissie from near Kassel because it was her birthday yesterday. ( Sorry girl…I forgot again the name of your hometown) Marie is soooo warmhearted and sweet. First she wanted to hug me too I guess but ended up in caressing my left cheek instead. But then she also wanted to get inside the warm hotel and disappeared.
What followed was a loud embarrassing stupid discussion from the autograph hunters with the bodyguards cause they didn’t get the autographs they wanted. I think I heard the bodyguard shout something like: “You just want to sell autographs at ebay…be honest…..” I’m so pissed about such people. They arrived there with a file full of things and treated Marie like an animal in a zoo. I already met such kind of people before and they seem to be the same all together.
I was satisfied anyway…of course I just could talk rubbish to Marie and let her know that I will have seats in the first row tomorrow (today!!) but well…I have to work on that.
It was a grrreeeeat evening and now I’m already in a hurry to get dressed for Roxette again.
Christina Stürmer posted a video on YouTube on the 16th, I am not sure where the video is from though. There is a little bit of Roxette on it.
Judith and Kirsten met Christoffer Lundquist in Frankfurt before the show on Sunday. In the following interview you’ll find information about Christoffer’s career, love to music, touring with Per and Roxette and much more.
Judith: How did you start to play music, compose, get in to music?
Christoffer: My parents got me and my sister when I was 6 years old to play violin. And I hated that. I hated every second of it, and I never practiced, never did anything, was horrible, but I sort of discovered it was nice to play notes and find them for yourself, and make up little tunes, so when I was maybe 10 or 11 I skipped the violin and finally dared to tell my parents I didn’t want to do that anymore, and I got an old guitar from my aunt, who also introduced me to the Beatles. From then on I’ve done nothing but playing, try to write arrangements, I am a totally single-minded person, that’s the only thing I do.
J: How many instruments do you play?
C: I actually only play guitar and bass, you know, reasonably well, the rest is sort of just cheating, but since I buy so many instruments, I have the possibility to practice with them. I play a bit of decent flute, half-decent saxophone, clarinet, I got an oboe, that was fun for a year and then it was too hard, so I skipped that. I have so many different instruments in my studio, but they are all kind of keyboard instruments.
J: Was Brainpool your first band?
C: No, I had my own band when I was in high school, we played prog-rock, loooong 20-minute songs which I wrote and forced everyone else to play.
J: So when did you start to compose your own stuff?
C: Probably at the age of 10, when I got the guitar. That’s the reason for playing for me, to try to make your own music or play your own stuff.
J: Did you actually study music?
C: No, never, the three years of violin when I was 6 to 10 is all my music education.
J: And how did you get to Brainpool?
C: David Birde was a friend of mine from high school, he had Brainpool going, the bass player was to go and do this army service, so I just joined as a replacement for him. But it turned out that the four of us got along very well and we liked each other, so when his army was over, he was no longer welcome I am afraid, it’s a bit harsh, but it’s the way it was. That was I think 91. It took a few years until we got a record deal and released our first album.
J: How was it that Per discovered your music in first place?
C: He had just started this side of Jimmy Fun Music which was going to release other music, besides Per’s own. We were one of the first bands to send him some demos, just by chance, that’s just the kind of music Per likes. Besides that, our singer, Janne, he sounds a little bit like Per, a little bit of this childish voice if you like, a bit high pitched, so he just fell for it. Back then Per used to listen to all the demos which had to do with Jimmy Fun, later he got a bit tired of it, and didn’t care so much, but in the beginning he was really into it.
J: So it was actually his decision to publish your music.
C: Yes, his and Ben Marlene, the guy he had hired to run Jimmy Fun Music. So yes, we were the first band he signed.
J: Tell about your first album, Soda, which songs were included?
C: You normally collect the best songs from many years and put them on the first album, so that’s the way it worked with us. The second album was a bit more difficult because we had to write the same amount of good quality songs in a shorter period of time.
J: How did you write the songs? Did you compose them all together?
C: Janne and David wrote most of the songs, I helped with a couple of them, and then I was mostly into the arrangement and producing.
J: The style throughout the albums changed quite a lot.
C: Yes, that was because we got easily bored. Once we had done something, we wanted to try something else, different.
J: Indeed.. you started with some kind of punk and..
C: …and ended up with rock operas! Haha! That’s a huge change, I agree.
J: I actually got the first CD when you went on tour, during C!B!B!, you might not remember, it’s 15 years ago, some fans were waiting outside of the hotel for Roxette to come out, and you came out, all of you four, we stared to talk with you, you looked quite surprised we even knew who you were. How did you experience the touring with Roxette?
C: Well, we came from nowhere and in a couple of months we were suddenly playing to 15000 people in Barcelona, so we were just “aaaahhh!”. It was an amazing adventure. We soon realized it was amazing and fun and learnt a lot. But at the same time nobody really wanted to hear us, of course, I mean, that’s the way it is with support acts. We also realized that after a while, some of the hard-core Roxette fans sort of started to like us, so that was nice. We got a better reaction in some countries. But I remember a gig in Prague, where they had particularly big tickets, and “Roxette” was written on them with large printing, after we had played a couple of songs, people started to raise their “Roxette tickets” .. but well, it didn’t matter, we just played even faster and louder.
J: But I still remember in Barcelona some people sang along. My sister and I had spread your CD … We had lots of fun.
C: Yes, I remember that. That was fun, to find small groups of people at the shows who actually listened and sing along. I remember the gig in Barcelona, we didn’t get much reaction from the audience in general, but Spain is different, you know, so I remember I was playing, I just took a couple of steps to the left and then everybody stood up, I was like “WHAT?”, that had never happened before. Haha!
J: I remember there was even a fanclub, started by a Swedish girl called Annika.
C: Yeah! There was also a girl called Nadja, yes, I think that was the name, from Germany.. or maybe Austria? It was really crazy in Sweden for a year or two, a lot of young girls, like 14-year old girls who fell in love with Janne. It was a bit like Gyllene Tider but on a smaller scale. Btw, the first concert I ever went to was a Gyllene Tider concert, during Moderna Tider, I remember I listened to it in secret because I thought it was a big embarrassing, a bit girly music, and I liked heavy important prog rock, but there was something about his voice you couldn’t resist, couldn’t not listen to it, that hit me.
J: What happened then with Brainpool?
C: It was mainly, the three of us who are still in the band, we drifted apart from Janne, so to say. It’s not that we weren’t friends, but we didn’t have that much in common, didn’t spend that much time together. The three of us are like brothers, so I guess that was the reason, he felt it wasn’t fun anymore. I don’t think he coped very well with the fame and success thing, he just didn’t like it so after a couple of years he felt like he didn’t want to do that anymore.
But we continue, it’s still fun, even though it’s more a hobby band now.
J: Do you still meet and play?
C: We try sometimes, let’s make a new album, but we need time and money and we are busy with many other things, to support ourselves. But we will again, one day, I’m sure. The Junk rock opera is very much alive. The American director who did the show in LA with it, two years ago, is coming to my place in January, we’ll write some new songs for it and develop it. They’ve done like 30-40 shows and now he knows what he feels is missing in the plot, so he’s going to tell us “we need to change this here,” or “this character is not clear enough”, so we are going to record some new music in January. I am really looking forward to it. After that we’ll start working on new Roxette music.
Olympiahalle in Munich might still be there. I don’t really know after the Rox gig tonight. Awesome! Thanx everyone for making us GODS!
Munich #2 was superb ! This is what I call an audience ! Per was wearing black and white pants this time. Everything went perfect from the beggining. Marie was very very warm with the audience, waving and smiling. Per was little bit too serious. At the end of the show he stole Chris’ hat. Per threw his bouquet and me and my friends got it ! Per & Marie left early tonite as well but Pelle, Chris and Clarence were there for a small chat (under the snow).
The show yesterday was amazing ! Marie was in top shape since the begining with WICF ! Walked around the stage and danced during TL and Joyride. By the way, the na na na during TL was mixed with the na na na of Hey Jude here as well. ITHBL started with the acustic version with just Per and Marie. Lovely ! Per was very enthusiastic as well, walked down few steps of the stairs there are in the stage. He rocks ! The crowd was very receptive. There were quite a few fans waiting outside Olympiahalle (Sweden, Germany,Russia, Argentina and Uruguay) but ROX left early after the show.
The gap between the shows in Erfurt and Munich marks the half time of the German NOTP dates. The NOTP videoblog celebrates this day with comments by the artists on video. Catch some words by Clarence, Oscar (rox engineer), Per and other band members in there!
This became official few weeks ago that “The Night of the Proms” is going to be showed for the very first time in Poland in February 2011. On the Facebook page of this event there is a survey in which you can win 2 free tickets for the Polish show as well as vote for the most interesting artist/group which should play in Arena Lodz (ca 15,000 spectators) in Lodz, the third largest city in Poland. There will be only one concert in Poland and no artist is confirmed at this point.
According to the latest informations, Roxette is winning in the “international artists” category. I do not know if it makes Roxette’s appearance in Lodz more possible, but it is cool to know that Poles have a good taste in pop music 🙂
RMF FM, the largest radio station in Poland, is the media partner for this event. The same radio was promotiong Per Gessle’s “Party crasher” gig in Warsaw this year.