Per Gessle – En vacker kväll in Linköping, Sweden – 12th August 2017 – #17

After Mr. G’s hometown show, the band and the master himself, as well as Lars Winnerbäck were ready to take a ride to Lasse’s hometown for the next gig. The whole gang was ready, just the tour bus wasn’t. It broke down before they could leave Hotel Tylösand, but fortunately, a replacement bus arrived very fast and took the team to Linköping.

It was incredibly cold in Linköping, but Swedes didn’t really mind. Many of them still arrived with their picnic baskets and chairs and started having a picnic already outside the venue.

This time the support act order was Good Harvest first and then Strandels played. I prefer it like this. Good Harvest play rather ballads, while Strandels can warm up the crowd with their uptempo songs and in that cold cold town we really needed it.

Per & Co entered the stage some minutes after 9 pm and you could hear the crowd was very hungry to see and hear them. They were already loud before the gang showed up. The band started the concert with På promenad genom stan and the first let’s say 10 rows of the crowd, besides a lovely sha-la-la-la sing-along, were even following the choreography Helena tries with every audience, just waving with one arm up in the air.

The band was even more on fire than in Halmstad. It could be because there was now no stress with the recording cameras all around. At least Per told us this when we met him the day after the show. He said they were more relaxed in Linköping.

When Lars Winnerbäck joined the band on stage for Småstadsprat, the crowd went real wild. They were so happy to see their local hero. The crowd was singing along and cheered Lasse after they ended the song. Per and Lars hugged each other and Per let the crowd show their happiness for a longer time. Then he started talking, but the crowd went on with ”Lasse! Lasse! Lasse!”, so Per stopped talking and told the crowd yeah, come on, more of this. It was much fun! Lars thanked the crowd and then PG could go on with his presentation of the next song, which was again Honung och guld. Per said he tried to find songs he hadn’t played live before and he found appr. 450. The crowd laughed and Per said he thought he would play them all tonight. The crowd was cheering him for that. This time I was standing closer to Lasse and I could see him miming even to that part of the song which Per was singing. The whole song sounded wonderful in Linköping as well and after they finished it, Mr. G and Lasse hugged each other again, the crowd was shouting and clapping and Per asked for more applause for Lasse. Then he went off stage. This section I recorded again, HERE you can watch it! 😉

   

After Kung av sand (loud sing-along to this during the whole song) and Här kommer alla känslorna it was time to dance and jump a bit to the next 3 songs, the usual crowd pleasers. During Gå & fiska! it started raining a bit, but it was still OK not to use the ponchos and it stayed like that. Mr. G was bouncing around so energetically that after this section ended, before the band presentation, he had to catch some air. He said he is not 55 anymore. Haha. During his stand-up comedy part, Mister Magnus came up with the idea to share Per’s profile on that dating site where he found the band members. He said Per is called Oscar E. there and his profile pic is with a dog, a black collie. Magnus asked us to look for Oscar E. on Tinder. Haha. For Andreas and his black gloves Per showed thumbs up with both hands twice, it was funny. Then Chris went on with his psychedelic intro to The Look and when he finished the intro part, he asked the crowd (with his hand) to cheer more. It doesn’t happen too often that he asks for something like this, but it worked well, the crowd got even louder.

The crowd wanted the band back on stage before the encore. Some shouted they wanted to hear Billy, some other shouted Sommartider. The first encore was 1 song less vs. Halmstad. In Linköping they didn’t play (Hon vill ha) Puls. Varmt igen and Tycker om när du tar på mej both sounded beautiful. Always so unbelievable how clearly Helena can sing out all those high notes.

For the second encore the crowd didn’t have to wait too much. Maybe only 1 minute passed after the whole band went off stage after the first encore and Andreas came back to go ahead with his amazing drum intro to Sommartider. The crowd loved it and at the end of the intro Andreas was kidding and showed his exhausted face for fun. Then Per and the rest of the band came up on stage and Per asked the crowd if they were ready. Yeah! He said he couldn’t hear it, so he asked again and the crowd replied even louder. They were so ready for Sommartider!

The last song was Min plats, just like in Halmstad. But still it wasn’t the same, since in Linköping Lasse joined PG for this song too. It was a real surprise also for all those who were there in Halmstad. We didn’t expect Lars to come back on stage. It was cool he came back again, but one could sense they didn’t rehearse this song too many times or not at all, because Lasse was late with joining in the song. Per was already looking at him that he should join in. And another thing is that this song is definitely not written for Lasse’s voice. Sounded a bit strange from him. Anyway, it was great to see him again at end of the gig and he stayed there for the bow and went off stage together with all the others.

It was a fantastic evening! On my list it was the 3rd best show (after Göteborg and Östersund), but it’s in the Top5 also for those who saw PG & Co in Töreboda and Fredrikstad.

Just to keep track of it, I mention that Anders Roos was there at this show too and took tons of pics. Åsa was there too and she filmed a lot, now also in the front row.

Per after the show:

LINKÖPING YEEHAA!
Wow, vi hade hur kul som helst. Ett synnerligen avslappnat band och en fullständigt underbar publik. Vi är lyckligt lottade som får känna den här kärleken vid varje spelning! Och när Lasse W dök upp så föll alla bitarna verkligen på plats. En av sommarens bästa gig if u ask us! Tack alla som kom och skrålade en stund! Syns igen! /P.

All photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

Setlist

1. På promenad genom stan
2. Vilket håll du än går
3. Juni, juli, augusti
4. Det hjärta som brinner
5. Segla på ett moln / Första pris
6. It Must Have Been Love
7. Småstadsprat (duet with Lars Winnerbäck)
8. Honung och guld (duet with Lars Winnerbäck)
9. Kung av sand
10. Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
11. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
12. Spegelboll
13. Gå & fiska!
Band presentation
14. The Look (with När vi två blir en as intro)

Encore:
15. Varmt igen (with Queen of Rain as intro)
16. Tycker om när du tar på mej
17. Joyride

Encore 2:
18. Sommartider
19. Min plats (duet with Lars Winnerbäck)

Videos:

På promenad genom stan & Vilket håll du än går
Småstadsprat & Honung och guld
Småstadsprat
Honung och guld
Kung av sand
Gå & fiska!
Varmt igen
Tycker om när du tar på mej
Joyride

Articles, pictures:

Corren.se

 

Per Gessle – En vacker kväll in Halmstad, Sweden – 11th August 2017 – #16

Per Gessle’s tour finally reached the point when he performed in his hometown, Halmstad. We had been looking very much forward to this show, because concerts in home ground are always so special. This time it was even more special when we got to know that SVT was to record the whole concert. They prepared all cameras at different points of the venue, Simstadion Brottet and we could also see that there were huge screens on the 2 sides of the stage.

Fans came from several countries again: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, USA.

During the day, Lars Winnerbäck turned up in town, so we could sense there was a surprise guest appearance planned for the night. It became 100% sure when we heard Per and Lars rehearsing Småstadsprat and Honung och guld at the soundcheck in the afternoon (from 16:15). We were curious how they would rearrange the setlist if at all, now that Lars joined them for these 2 songs. These 2 songs they rehearsed for appr. 15 minutes and then came Min plats and a little Puls. Woohoo, so we were happy that the setlist might be longer, since Puls got back on it.

Helena arrived at 16:50 and she went in to the venue at the main entrance, so she was walking next to the whole bunch of fans waiting for being let in. We all applauded and cheered her loudly and she was happy about it. Such a lovely lady!

Mats MP Persson arrived to the venue at around 17:45. He was on the guestlist of course and came all the way by bike to enjoy the show. Many fans spotted him and jumped on him to take pictures together. He seemed to be a bit uncomfortable with it, but was posing for the pics anyway. Nice guy.

The SVT cameras for the show weren’t enough, Anders Roos was also there to take thousands of photos of this hometown show and of course, Åsa was also there filming a lot. This time she just couldn’t come to the front row, because the TV guys were moving there with the cameras too, so they would have bumped into each other. This way she was filming from the sides of the stage (and maybe from somewhere else in the crowd too? We will see when the vids are up on GessleHomeVids, YouTube).

First it was time for the performance of the support acts, Strandles and Good Harvest. Strandels put the crowd in a bit of a party mood, then Good Harvest calmed us down a bit. In between the support acts and before PG’s show we could enjoy the view of the huge crowd (11000 people!) on the side screens. The cameraman was very funny. He spotted some people and left the camera shooting them until they realized they were on the screen. The crowd was laughing at the reaction of those up on the screens. It added a lot to the mood of the audience. There should be such screens and cameramen at all venues.

Per’s concert kicked off some minutes after 21:00. To hear På promenad genom stan in Halmstad is a real pleasure, here it made even more sense to start the show with this song. It Must Have Been Love was a success and Helena got cheered loudly. Right after IMHBL came Småstadsprat, so there was the first change in the setlist. For the part which is sung by Lars Winnerbäck on the album, Lasse came up on stage and he was singing it. He got a loud applause from the crowd when he appeared. The song sounded beautiful. No other version sounds as wonderful as the one with the original duet, Per and Lars. What a delight! The crowd cheered the duo loudly during the song too and when they finished it as well and Mr. G told the audience it wasn’t bad. Per and Lasse hugged each other after the song ended. Then Per was talking about the rehearsals and that he tried to find songs which he didn’t play live before and he found there were 470 of such songs. He decided for a song off Gyllene Tider’s 1982 album, Puls. He said he knows Lars likes this song too and so they decided to sing it together. So they went on with Honung och guld. Lasse’s favourite album from GT is Puls and HOG is his favourite song off it. It sounded great in this duet version. After they ended the song, Per and Lasse hugged each other again and Lars went off stage. Per told the crowd it’s hard to top now. I have recorded the whole Lars Winnerbäck guest appearance in Halmstad (not the best quality video because of the smoke and lights, but still you might enjoy it). 😉 Watch it HERE!

 

Ljudet av ett annat hjärta and Gå & fiska! were the songs that made the crowd party the most. I actually expected a more active crowd in Halmstad, but they seemed to be a bit lazy during most of the songs. Of course, the first 5 rows and some smaller groups in the middle and in the back were more in jumping and dancing mood, but the rest of the crowd mostly was clapping and singing along.

After the party session there came the band presentation and Magnus there told the crowd a secret, that after the show there is an after party at Per’s place. He even mentioned a fake address and told the crowd to tell the guards they are with Magnus, so they can join the party. Haha. Mister Magnus also mentioned that Andreas had just turned 50 (which is still unbelievable, as he doesn’t look more than 40 – even Per was kidding him with it), so it’s time to celebrate. When it was Christoffer’s turn to play the intro to The Look and he was rocking to the right side of the stage, Magnus gave bunny ears to him. It looked funny!

Varmt igen and Tycker om när du tar på mej turned out to be wonderful this time too. Helena was singing her heart out and the audience appreciated it. In the first encore there was a change too, they put (Hon vill ha) Puls before Joyride. It was cool to hear Puls again. During Joyride some balloons were let into the air by front row fans.

For the second encore, Andreas went real wild on the Sommartider drum intro. This caught the audience too. Was cool to watch it on the big screens too!

The ending was new too. The closing song was Min plats. Before they started playing it, the crowd shouted ”Gessle! Gessle! Gessle!”. Per smiled, but other than that he didn’t really react on it, just talked a bit and started with the song.

At the very end, after the bow, before going off stage, Per tried to throw picks from the mic stand to the crowd, but most of them landed on the stage still, so he gave up. Not the first time. Haha.

The whole band was very energetic and gave their very best for this show. Also the guest appearance of Lars was very cool and from what we saw on the screens, the recordings will be fab. Looking very much forward to seeing it on TV and maybe it’s a good idea to release it on DVD just before Xmas. Hint, hint!

After the show many fans went to Hotel Tylösand. Not for an after party, rather to say thank you to the band for the show. When we arrived, we bumped into Jonas Åkerlund in the lobby. Then a fan from Norway approached to us. He found it fun that we are a younger generation and a fan of Per. Even if we became a fan of PG only 6-8 years after him. He is a fan since 1983 and so he missed the older songs of Per, the first 2 solo albums. Well, maybe next time, on a future tour we hear some songs off those albums too. Or maybe not. Haha.

Andreas, Malin-My, Chris, Clarence and Magnus arrived to the hotel and we thanked them for the gig and chatted with them for a while. They were all very nice and also kindly posed for pictures. Helena and Ola got to the hotel already before any fans arrived and Per decided to enter the hotel from a back entrance, so we couldn’t meet them. But still it was a very nice time with all the band members we could meet.

Lars Winnerbäck also spent the night at Hotel Tylösand and while we had a further nice night at Leif’s Lounge, we saw him having a chat with his friends there.

All in all, it was a cool evening and night in Halmstad, with PG and the band on fire, with a nice surprise guest on stage and some great crowd reactions. Now please, hurry up and share the recordings with us asap, SVT! And we want it on DVD too!

Per after the show:

Oj! Oj! Vilket fantastiskt gig det blev i Halmstad! Perfekt kväll, hur mycket folk som helst (11000? 12000?), grymt band och dessutom Linköpings stolthet Lasse Winnerbäck på besök. Tack alla som var med och sjöng och dansade och gjorde detta till en superb kväll att minnas väldigt länge. Love! /P.
PS. Vi filmade allt, kommer att bli en härlig rulle!

All photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

Setlist

1. På promenad genom stan
2. Vilket håll du än går
3. Juni, juli, augusti
4. Det hjärta som brinner
5. Segla på ett moln / Första pris
6. It Must Have Been Love
7. Småstadsprat (duet with Lars Winnerbäck)
8. Honung och guld (duet with Lars Winnerbäck)
9. Kung av sand
10. Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
11. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
12. Spegelboll
13. Gå & fiska!
Band presentation
14. The Look (with När vi två blir en as intro)

Encore:
15. Varmt igen (with Queen of Rain as intro)
16. Tycker om när du tar på mej
17. (Hon vill ha) Puls
18. Joyride

Encore 2:
19. Sommartider
20. Min plats

Videos:
Juni, juli, augusti
Första pris
It Must Have Been Love: 1; 2;
Småstadsprat & Honung och guld (complete surprise guest appearance)
Småstadsprat: 1; 2; 3;
Honung och guld: 1; 2;
Ljudet av ett annat hjärta & Spegelboll
Varmt igen: 1; 2;
Sommartider: 1; 2;
Min plats

Articles, pictures:
Hallandsposten: 1; 2; 3;
P4 Halland
SVT: PG interview before the concert

 

Alex Shield in the footsteps of Per Gessle

If you are following the artists signed by Per Gessle’s record label, Space Station 12, you already know that Alex Shield got signed by a big German music label, Starwatch Entertainment. They have just released Alex’s single, The Good Fight in Germany and there are now several articles popping up on German, Austrian and Swiss music sites. You do know that The Good Fight is the song on which you can also hear Alex’s idol, Per Gessle singing, right?

As written in the articles, Alex spent endless weeks in recording studios to prepare for the world of music, and that was where he got the chance to meet his great role model from his childhood – Per Gessle.

I’ve never met Per before, but I’ve seen him outside in front of one of the studio windows. I thought I would play some of my songs to him, but at the same time I realized he probably did not have the time to listen…

Alex took all his courage, introduced himself and asked Per if he could listen to some of his songs. To his great surprise, Per agreed and the rest is, as they say, history.

PG & Alex at the SS12 anniversary party

Per Gessle says:

Yes, that was something really special. Alex played me these songs and I immediately realized that they were exceptional. Fantastic songwriting, interesting arrangements and then his great voice. And since I had just done everything with this record company, I thought… hey, why don’t we actually do something together?

The single The Good Fight is just the beginning of a truly glorious musical career of an artist / songwriter / producer who says:

I want to create timeless music and write songs that will last for future generations.

Well, I was lucky to hear Alex perform live not only once and I think it’s safe to say he has a bright future in front of him. When I write “Alex Shield in the footsteps of Per Gessle”, I do think there is a lot in common and in many things Alex reminds me of Per. He is definitely an exceptional artist and with his amazing songwriting skills and creating great music, as well as having a fab voice, hm… today Sweden & Germany, tomorrow the world? 😉 Best of luck to you, Alex!

Pic of PG by Anton Corbijn, pic of Alex by Christian Gustavsson

Check these sites / songs / videos out!

 

Per Gessle – En vacker kväll in Arvika, Sweden – 3rd August 2017 – #15

After their Malmö gig, Per and the band travelled by the tour bus to Arvika for a festival show. We were lucky in Malmö, because on concert day it wasn’t raining, only a tiny bit during the night, but on 3rd August whole Sweden seemed to be treated badly by the weather gods. It was raining cats & dogs in the South and the North as well.

Pic by Anders Andersson

Arvika is appr. 600 km from Malmö, so only 2 hardcore fans decided to drive and attend the concert there. By the time they arrived, there were still only a handful of people waiting at the entrance to be let in.

At this festival the support acts, first Strandels then Good Harvest performed on the same stage as PG. During their performances people were rather standing in the back, under roofs and tents, but before Per & Co got on stage, the area in front got full despite the heavy rain.

It usually turns out that rainy gigs are much fun. That was the case in Arvika, too. Mr. G and the band were in top shape, smiling and jumping around all the time, no matter if it was their 3rd showday in a row and that the stage was a bit slippery because of the rain. They were full of energy. The crowd made noise and were singing along loudly to almost every song. To the uptempo songs they were even partying.

PG after the show:

GIG #15. ARVIKA HAMNFEST. Lång bussresa från Malmö via Halmstad till Arvika genom regn regn och ännu mera regn och det fortsatte att ösa ner hela kvällen. Men vad gjorde det? Grymt gig inför ett härligt galet Värmland som kunde varenda textrad!!! Glashalt på scen men alla överlevde. Tack alla 8000 som dök upp och trotsade de tunga molnen och tack BoJo för det stora paraplyet. Bandet är verkligen i toppform. Nu blir det paus i spelandet en vecka sen väntar Halmstad. Badabam! Love, P.

Pic by Riccardo Löffler

Thanx a lot for your cooperation, Andreas Kämpf & Riccardo Löffler!

Setlist

Pic by Andreas Dahlbäck. Småstadsprat

1. På promenad genom stan
2. Vilket håll du än går
3. Juni, juli, augusti
4. Det hjärta som brinner
5. Segla på ett moln / Första pris
6. (Hon vill ha) Puls
7. It Must Have Been Love
8. Kung av sand
9. Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
10. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
11. Spegelboll
12. Gå & fiska!
Band presentation
13. The Look (with Värmlandsvisa as intro)

Encore:
14. Varmt igen (with Queen of Rain as intro)
15. Tycker om när du tar på mej
16. Joyride

Encore 2:
17. Sommartider
18. Småstadsprat

Videos:

På promenad genom stan
It Must Have Been Love
Ljudet av ett annat hjärta: 1; 2;
Tycker om när du tar på mej: 1; 2;
Joyride: 1; 2;
Sommartider & Småstadsprat
Sommartider: 1; 2;

Articles, pictures:

Värmlands Folkblad: 1; 2;
Arvika Nyheter: 1; 2;

 

Per Gessle – En vacker kväll in Malmö, Sweden – 2nd August 2017 – #14

Some fans who were there in Borgholm sat into their cars right after the show and drove to Malmö, some others stayed in Borgholm for the night and travelled to the next tour stop only the next day. For the 14th show, the queue was not as long as in Borgholm, but still a lot of hardcores showed up, due to Malmö being an easily accessible city for most.

The security team was the least prepared at Mölleplatsen. They literally started the preparations only 10 minutes before the gates opened. This means the supervisor showed the controlling people how the ticket looks and where they should stand. Also the dustbins got to the gates only 5 minutes before we all could enter and the scanners were given out to the controllers only 1 minute before 6 pm. No surprise the whole insläpp was a mess in the end. People who were queueing all day got let in after those people who arrived only half an hour before the gates opened and when you were queueing in the ”wrong” line inside, because that was for the guestlist (which wasn’t marked anywhere at all) they sent you back to the end of another queue. The most incompetent security team in Sweden ever. Not only at the entrance, also inside the venue. Whatever. This should be our biggest problem in life. 😉

                           

When we were already inside, I looked around and checked the merch stand. I was surprised, because I saw a tee with the tour dates on it and I remembered there was none. I went to the stand and asked the girl who worked there if it was new. She said she got them only that day. And that’s the only T-shirt with the dates on. A pity that it’s out only now, almost at the end of the tour. Next time it’s useful to print the dates on ALL tour tees already at the beginning. Real tour tees always have the dates on. But still, better late than never.

Strandels and Good Harvest were the support acts and they get more and more cheering from the audience day by day. And they like it. The more we hear their songs, the more we like them. Andreas Dahlbäck was very busy during GH’s performance. He filmed them with his phone from the left side of the stage and later he went to the other side with 2 of his drumskins and was writing something on them. So we were sure he would again throw them to the crowd at the end of the show. And he did. We would love to see what’s written on those drumskins, so in case you are the one who caught them, just send us a message with a pic on Facebook.

What was very lovely to see in Malmö is that some hardcore fans, not only from Sweden, brought their kids to the gig to show them what it’s all about. Now that there is no age limit, it was a great chance to bring the whole family together and enjoy the concert this way. Kids were also in the front and they even caught guitar picks from Per. Haha. They got enthusiastic. I’m sure it wasn’t their last PG concert.

The setlist was the very same as in Borgholm. We expected more songs or a bit of a change at least. Tittar på dej när du dansar maybe? Haha, I know I know… Well, PG and the band were in top shape. The crowd could have been more active. They were singing along, but not more than that – I mean from row 3-4 or so. They rocked out the most to Ljudet av ett annat hjärta. What is strange that in other places Spegelboll keeps up the jumping and dancing party mood of the audience, but not in Malmö. OK, the front row rocked to Spegelboll as well. Of course. We love those 3 party songs, Ljudet av ett annat hjärta, Spegelboll and Gå & fiska! coming after one another.

During Det hjärta som brinner Mr. G was rocking so hard that his mic turned down, but both technicians, Peter Fredriksson and Micke N-S were rushing to it from the 2 sides of the stage and set it back to normal. It was funny to see.

It Must Have Been Love sounded beautiful in both Per’s and Helena’s performance. Mr. G even posted a video of it on Roxette’s Facebook page:

Malmö last nite: Truly amazing version of IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE. You should have been there! Helena, Malin-My and this group of ppl knock me out every night!!! Probably the best band I’ve ever played with. Lots of love from P.

Besides some very nice comments, there were some related to Helena is not Marie and that Marie can’t be replaced, etc. That is not the case. Can’t be said enough times ”Roxette is Marie and Per”. This is what Per thinks too, so no need to worry about anything. And really no need to be rude with a most lovely person.

Sadly, probably because of reading those comments, Helena felt she had to justify herself and shared the video too:

Here is a clip from the other day ! The Malmö audience was wonderful, thank you. When I sing the song I think about Marie. Who sang the song before me. But now her health stops her from doing it. When I was 9 I got my first album of her and she has been a great inspiration to me, as a solo artist and a fantastic composer. “Sjunde vågen” is my favourite song of hers. And “Sparvöga”. I wish she could have sung this song of Per many more times. Now Per wanted to perform it and he asked me to help him out. Per is an incredible composer, constantly transforming. He’s a real artist to me. The least I can do is put all my prescence into the song, and sing it my own way. That is what Marie would have done.

So lovely words! What Helena does with IMHBL and how she makes it her own is exceptional. It makes no sense to compare one singer to another, Marie to Helena and vice versa. Marie is Marie and Helena is Helena. Helena is a unique Artist with a voice of an angel. The ovation she gets each night (not only after IMHBL, but several other songs – Första pris, Tycker om…, Varmt igen) is a great confirmation of what she is doing is just adorable and perfect. And she is not only an amazing artist, but also a wonderful person!

Per couldn’t help himself, he posted the song again some hours later:

Have to post this one again. So proud to be playing with these guys and dolls! /P.

You must love how he is handling such situations.

During Kung av sand it started raining, but fortunately, only for 2-3 songs. Åsa was there in Malmö, filmed a lot (watch the vids on YouTube, GessleHome Vids!) and when the rain came she also went backstage to get a poncho for herself and came back to the front to take vids of the party songs.

   

When Per presented the band with the dating site story and he mentioned Helena is from Skåne, the county where Malmö is situated as well, the crowd was cheering her even louder. Then he introduced Malin-My and said she is also almost from Skåne, she is from Holmsund. Up North. Magnus is the other band member from Skåne. Actually, from Malmö. So he also got a louder cheering. Per said without Magnus there is no breakfast. Mister Magnus said he knows Clarence can say something in real Malmö style. And he asked the audience to be silent and Clarence said something that sounded very strange and probably only the Swedes or at least those from Skåne could get what it meant. Then Per introduced Ola, almost from Skåne as well, from Luleå and then Mr. G presented the guy in black gloves, Andreas. After all this, Chris went on with his psychedelic När vi två blir en intro to The Look. Not only the intro, but the ending of The Look was psychedlic again and the way Helena is acting with the crowd during the song since some concerts ago, she just rulez!

Sommartider got a similar drum intro as in Borgholm. It was fantastic in Malmö too, Andreas went totally wild on this. Adrenaline on top!

Per after the show:

MALMÖ Wow! Vilken vacker kväll!! Grym och stor publik, taggat band, bara lite regn (rätt snyggt i Kung av sand!) och good vibes överallt. Tack för att ni kom förbi och sjöng och delade minnen med oss!!! Syns igen! /P.

All photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

Setlist

1. På promenad genom stan
2. Vilket håll du än går
3. Juni, juli, augusti
4. Det hjärta som brinner
5. Segla på ett moln / Första pris
6. Min plats
7. It Must Have Been Love
8. Honung och guld
9. Kung av sand
10. Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
11. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
12. Spegelboll
13. Gå & fiska!
Band presentation
14. The Look (with När vi två blir en as intro)

Encore:
15. Varmt igen (with Queen of Rain as intro)
16. Tycker om när du tar på mej
17. Joyride

Encore 2:
18. Sommartider
19. Småstadsprat

Videos:

På promenad genom stan
På promenad genom stan & Juni, juli, augusti
Vilket håll du än går
Honung och guld
The Look: 1; 2;
Tycker om när du tar på mej
Sommartider

Articles, pictures:

Sydsvenskan
Skånska Dagbladet
Pppress.se
Trelleborgs Allehanda (for subscribers only)
Annika Nilsson: 1; 2;

 

Per Gessle – En vacker kväll in Borgholm, Sweden – 1st August 2017 – #13

Borgholm… 28 years and some days after the historical Listen To Your Heart video (and more) was filmed inside the ruins, we could be part of a magical event at the same place on 1st August.

The queueing started already the day before show day, some spent the night there in tents. More fans arrived in the morning and during the day on Tuesday. We knew that this would be the gig that attracts the most hardcore fans from around the world and so it was. People came from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the UK, Uruguay. At least these are the countries of which I know about.

The security team was very cooperative and so there was no issue at the entrance. It went very smoothly and everyone could get to the spot he / she deserved to see the concert from, being it seats in the back or front row or the sides of the standing area.

The concert was held at the very same place as in the LTYH video. A real dream come true for all fans, except for the fact that it wasn’t a Roxette concert, but a Per Gessle show. But even that is so emotional. It was really an undescribable feeling to be there.

Before the gig started, during the support acts’ performance, Åsa, Chris, Clarence, Helena and their families as well as Magnus’ family went up to the side windows of the castle and we waved to them, they waved back. Andreas also went up and probably took pictures from there. Later Victoria (Sweden’s crown princess) and her husband, Daniel also appeared in the window and enjoyed the show from there. Victoria rulez! HERE you can watch her dancing to Mr. G’s melodies.

When Per first talked to the audience before Juni, juli, augusti, he mentioned that Roxette shot their video to Listen To Your Heart there and that the American crew thought the ruins were built just for the video. The crowd was laughing.

Min plats got back to the setlist on a new place and it sounded wonderful after Första pris. But this way there was no Tittar på dej när du dansar. We love seeing Malin-My playing not only the violin, but also the mandolin, so it would be great to have the song back on the setlist. Just saying. Anyway, Per thanked the crowd for the applause after Min plats. He said he is happy we liked it because that’s one of his favourite songs. Before Per started playing It Must Have Been Love, he had to drink a bit and when he got back to the mic he said he swallowed a mosquito. Haha. The sing-along to IMHBL turned out to be wonderful. After the song, Per said it was the night’s Dean Martin moment.

Regarding the sing-alongs, I think also the acoustics of the place helped a lot to make them sound beautiful, because during a lot of songs I heard a loud sing-along, but when I looked back, I couldn’t see too many mouthes moving. Anyway, the crowd was best at clapping that’s for sure. Or better said there were several active groups in the audience, the first 3 rows, of course and then in the middle a bigger group and on the sides some more. Those who were sitting in the back didn’t get up from their seats. Not even during Sommartider…. Hej hej… Yeah, we know, it’s mostly the Swedes and they are not the ones who like to stand up, no matter what. But at least they were clapping hard.

We had nice weather almost all day, but the rain couldn’t wait anymore, so it started falling during Spegelboll and from then on. We quickly put on our ponchos and didn’t pay too much attention to the rain. When you are at such a magical place, you just don’t care. Anything can happen.

Åsa was of course filming a lot again (check out the videos on YouTube, GessleHomeVids) and how she was looking at her husband, admiring him, aaah, so sweet! She was singing along, dancing a bit and you can see in her eyes that she is still so much in love with Mr. G. And that goes vice versa. What a fab couple they are!

The best band presentation so far was in Borgholm. All band members got a huge applause and cheering and as it was Per’s nameday, Magnus made the crowd sing and cheer Per too. Per was throwing kisses and said he became speechless he even forgot where to continue the band presentation. HERE you can watch it all. Just awesome!

 

After the brand presentation Chris played the intro to The Look and it was a bit disappointing that he didn’t play Listen To Your Heart, but När vi två blir en again. We were so expecting LTYH at this place. Anyways, the intro turned out to be psychedelic just like at any other show. Chris rox!

The drum intro to Sommartider was fantastic again. Andreas is doing a fab job and knows how to get the crowd into party mood.

The concert ended with Småstadsprat. Or at least from the band’s side. After they took a bow, before they went off stage, the front part of the crowd started singing Listen To Your Heart.

It was a concert to remember! A pity that Anders Roos wasn’t there, because he would have taken fantastic pictures of Mr. G and the band inside this most awesome venue.

Per after the show:

BORGHOLM, ÖLAND! Oh yea, classic ground. This is the castle where we recorded the Listen To Your Heart-video (and Dangerous!) back in 89. Still magnificent and a joy to visit. And boy, did we have a fab time. Wonderful crowd + a splendid band on the loose = lots of unexpected silliness around every corner. Love that. Thanx everyone for showing up. One to remember! /P.

All photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

Setlist

1. På promenad genom stan
2. Vilket håll du än går
3. Juni, juli, augusti
4. Det hjärta som brinner
5. Segla på ett moln / Första pris
6. Min plats
7. It Must Have Been Love
8. Honung och guld
9. Kung av sand
10. Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
11. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
12. Spegelboll
13. Gå & fiska!
Band presentation
14. The Look (with När vi två blir en as intro)

Encore:
15. Varmt igen (with Queen of Rain as intro)
16. Tycker om när du tar på mej
17. Joyride

Encore 2:
18. Sommartider
19. Småstadsprat

Videos:

Min plats
It Must Have Been Love
Gå & fiska!
The Look

Articles, pictures:

Svensk dam
Barometern
Hänt
Ölandsbladet
Expressen

 

Per Gessle – En vacker kväll in Piteå, Sweden – 29th July 2017 – #12

Regarding promotion, I think Piteå was the most well-prepared for Per Gessle’s concert. Coming from the direction of Umeå, we already saw little boards on the highway that there would be a PG gig in Piteå. Also Pite Havsbad was very active on their Facebook page informing the guests about every detail. They expected Per to beat the audience record (appr. 12000) since on concert day they sold 1 ticket / minute, but in the end there were 8000 people in the crowd.

By arriving to our hotel, at the reception there were people asking the receptionist about the concert. It was funny that the woman there said mostly older people would go and see PG. Haha. Well, not really…

At the venue there was no queueing, you arrived and you were just let in after you got a nice paper wristband. Hardcore fans (Argentina, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, the UK) could get to the front row very easily this way. As the stage was on the seaside, we could go and have a look at the beach. It was a very nice setting. While walking on the beach, Andreas Dahlbäck came to us and we had a little chat with him. He is a very nice guy, very down-to-earth. Among other things he mentioned that Per asked him to find out something different as the intro to Sommartider. So we expected something new from him at the show.

There was no support act in Piteå and the gig started earlier than at any other place. The crowd was singing När vi två blir en and Sommartider before the band came up on stage. It was fun. PG & Co entered the stage at 20:30. I streamed the start of the show (På promenad genom stan) live on our Facebook page. Watch it HERE!

When Per first talked to the audience before Juni, juli, augusti, he mentioned that he played in Piteå in August 1981. 36 years ago, wow.

As Ola Gustafsson was born in Luleå, very close to Piteå, the crowd was cheering him loudly, mainly when Per introduced him during the band presentation. Malin-My Wall is from Holmsund, also not too far from Piteå, so the crowd was cheering Malin-My loudly as well. Per liked it so much that he repeated Holmsund several times, then even Magnus joined in mentioning Holmsund and the crowd was still cheering.

I actually expected a much louder audience during the songs, because it’s said that the more North you go in Sweden, the louder the crowds are, but there were rather smaller groups here and there in the audience who let their voice heard. However, Småstadsprat had a united sing-along. It was lovely.

There were some people in the middle who couldn’t behave well, so the security guys had to step up on the fence in front of us, ruining 2-3 songs this way, because we couldn’t see the stage from them…

This was the first concert where Per used THIS guitar for Ljudet av ett annat hjärta, Spegelboll and Gå & fiska!

 

The Look sing along was a bit messed up, too funny. Per was singing the nananananas being a bit late, so the crowd couldn’t join in how they should. Helena made a little correction, so we went on with the right nananananas.

Andreas did a new intro to Sommartider indeed. We already loved the one he played earlier, but this new one rocked big time! Such a fab drummer he is! During the concert he threw one of his drum sticks to the front of the stage. Sandra Knospe could get it via a security guy, then she showed it to Andreas in between 2 songs to thank it. It was broken. Then at the end of the show, after the band took a bow and said goodbye, Andreas rushed to his drumset and grabbed one more drum stick to give it to Sandra from hand to hand. It was so cool!

Chris seemed to be fine after his bleeding Joyride fun in Östersund. He had a plaster on his hand.

18 songs on the setlist is almost festival length…, but we enjoyed the show regardless.

Per after the show:

GIG #12! Pite Havsbad! Oh yea! What a place. one of the most beautiful settings I’ve ever played! So many lovely people. 8000? 9000? 10000? I dunno. They all sounded like a united nation!!! Last time I played Piteå ws in August 1981!!! Amazing. And, oh yes, we got a drum solo from mr Dahlbäck! Where will this surrealistic pillow end???? /P.

All photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

Setlist

1. På promenad genom stan
2. Vilket håll du än går
3. Juni, juli, augusti
4. Det hjärta som brinner
5. Segla på ett moln / Första pris
6. It Must Have Been Love
7. Honung och guld
8. Kung av sand
9. Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
10. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
11. Spegelboll
12. Gå & fiska!
Band presentation
13. The Look (with När vi två blir en as intro)

Encore:

14. Varmt igen (with Queen of Rain as intro)
15. Tycker om när du tar på mej
16. Joyride

Encore 2:

17. Sommartider
18. Småstadsprat

Videos:

Honung och guld
The Look
Varmt igen

Articles, pictures:

NSD
Pite Press
Pitea-Tidningen: 1; 2;
Pite Havsbad

 

Per Gessle – En vacker kväll in Östersund, Sweden – 28th July 2017 – #11

After Stockholm, it was time to travel up North and perform at a festival in Östersund. Per Gessle and the band arrived by private jet, as expected. Mr. G shared a pic of the whole gang in front of the jet.

We arrived in the afternoon and realized that not too many hardcore fans chose to take part in the festival. I could count them on one hand. While changing our tickets to wristbands we could hear the technicians’ soundcheck and there was no band soundcheck that day.

Gates opened at 19:00 and while we were queueing to get in, we met Linnea Henriksson (you surely remember her at least from the GT tour in 2013 when she was the support act). We said hi and she recognized us and told us she would join us in front row for Gessle. Haha. She performed at 19:30 at another stage. A pity that it wasn’t she who performed on the main stage before Per. We got José González instead, who is an Argentinian-Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter and guitarist from Gothenburg. He had a bigger fan base there, very young people who knew all his lyrics and were singing along. That seemed to be a promising crowd for PG as well.

We had rain showers during the day, but by the time Per & Co came up on stage, the rain stopped falling. However, there was a little shower again from the middle of the show, but who cares.

People who live at the main square in Östersund could watch the whole gig from their balconies. How cool is that!

The crowd consisted of very young people, but they knew the lyrics and were singing along loudly to almost all songs. During Tycker om när du tar på mej, when Helena was singing, the crowd started singing parts that Helena didn’t sing. It sounded absolutely awesome! The most dancing, jumping and clapping along was to Sommartider and The Look, but yeah, Joyride as well. Actually, the audience was open to any songs and they loved each of them unconditionally. Even the security guys were dancing with each other! So lovely! People were cheering Per loudly: ”Gessle! Gessle! Gessle!” And also before the encore there was ”En gång till!” and ”Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh” as well. Loved it! So even if we had the shortest setlist that night, it was a fantastic gig!

Chris went so wild during Joyride that probably a string on his guitar cut his hand, so it started bleeding. You can see it on the group pic. Hopefully, all is well with his hand now.

So, the shortest setlist. It could have been 18 songs even, but Puls (which would have worked very well with the Östersund crowd) and Småstadsprat were cut off. They were there on the original setlist though… Actually, Pet Shop Boys came after Per & Co, but only at 00:30 and even if they had a lot of technical stuff to apply on stage, our gang would have had the time to play at least 2 more songs. Btw, the crowd stayed loud during Pet Shop Boys as well. They were really a fab one! I wish such crowds for each gig!

Anders Roos was there at the festival and he took thousands of pictures again.

Per after the show:

YEEHAA! What a great reception we got at The Storsjöyran Festival in Östersund. Magic crowd and somewhat decent band! Loved it! See y’all next time! Like tomorrow! /P.

 

All photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

Setlist

1. På promenad genom stan
2. Vilket håll du än går
3. Juni, juli, augusti
4. Det hjärta som brinner
5. Segla på ett moln / Första pris
6. It Must Have Been Love
7. Kung av sand
8. Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
9. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
10. Spegelboll
11. Gå & fiska!
Band presentation
12. The Look (with När vi två blir en as intro)

Encore:
13. Varmt igen (with Queen of Rain as intro)
14. Tycker om när du tar på mej
15. Joyride
16. Sommartider

Videos:

Juni, juli, augusti: 1; 2;
Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
The Look: 1; 2;
Joyride: 1; 2;
Sommartider: 1; 2;
A boomerang video by Josef Hermansson (Space Station 12)

Articles, pictures:

ÖP (subscribers only)
Rockfoto

 

 

Per Gessle – En vacker kväll in Stockholm, Sweden – 27th July 2017 – #10

Judith’s review:

One of the things I appreciate most about Rox&co is that they keep on surprising me. After so many years following them around and so many shows behind me one would think – what is there to see?

Well, Thursday night was one of those ‘rediscovering’ why I love them so much nights again.

I had been reading reviews and comments since the tour started but I didn’t watch any video. Mostly due to lack of time but also a bit because I wanted to wait to see it myself.

Some of the songs I had seen at the smygpremiär but it was still a wow effect on some “known” songs.

Luckily it didn’t rain! We had been checking our weather apps the whole day and were happy to see the forecasts were wrong again.

The mood in the venue was very calm too. The audience sounded good from where I was. Not wild but sang along loud enough.

Now to some comments about the songs!

The show started slow with På promenad genom stan. It sounded a bit different to what I remembered from Leif’s but it had the same warming up effect with the shalala sing along. I like the arrangements on this one, it has become a very poppy-song.

The mood totally changed with Juni, juli, augusti. With this song the whole set up changes. Per gets a new guitar, lights become alive, the band goes crazy. It felt like going from 0 to 150 km/h in 1 second! Awesome party moment with this and Det hjärta som brinner.

Time to slow down a bit again. Första pris sounded much much better than in June. Also the intro with Segla på ett moln fits very well and sounds very cool.

Finally I got to hear Tittar på dej när du dansar! It was followed by Puls. I am still not sure if Puls is in the right place because it is a fast song again in between 2 rather slow ones. But happy to hear it anyway! I loooove the drums!!!

It Must Have Been Love was one of the big woooows of the night. I started crying right from the beginning. What can I do? I just miss Marie so much and well. It just happens. On the other hand, it sounded so good and was happy to hear it live again. When Helena started to sing wooow!! She has a wonderful voice and she does a great job making the song hers. All in all a very nice sweet and emotional tribute to this jewel. Also incredible response from the audience.

Honung och guld was the second aaahhhh of the evening. I was looking forward to listening to it and it surpassed all expectations. Very nice version!!

The rather slow calm part went on with Kung av sand and Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång (nice Flickan sing along!!) to then go up tempo again and go into the best part of the show for me – incl. band presentation and The Look. The four songs (from Ljudet to The Look) are pure craziness!!! My fave was Spegelboll. Just.loved.it!! And The Look was a fab ending of the main part.

When Per introduced Magnus, he mentioned some of the countries represented by all the fans in the first rows. Nice!!

They came back after a short break and change of clothes (Per) to play Varmt igen. I love this song. One of my fave by Per solo! Was looking forward to listening to it again. Helena’s voice is amazing here too. Incredible performance with goose bumps!!

After Tycker om när du tar på mej it was time for Joyride. My least favourite of the setlist. I wish they would have kept Dressed For Success instead of this! Or exchanged it with any other Rox song. Be it Dangerous or How Do You Do! or any of the other 500 songs by Per that he has never played live before…

The 2nd encore started by incredibly strong drum beats by Andreas. It was time for partying to Sommartider!! Crazy one. Which then led to the last song of the evening. A very nice version of Småstadsprat. It is great to hear Helena singing Lars Winnerbäck’s part. From what I could hear from Swedes standing around me, many were expecting Lars to join as guest in Stockholm. It didn’t happen but there are still 11 shows to go?

All in all a very vacker evening. Looking forward to Borgholm!!

Some more tiny details from Patrícia:

Before the show there was a meet & greet with Mr. G. Those who won on Spotify’s contest could meet him and have their CDs or LPs signed. According to those lucky winners, Per was in a very good mood, he was very nice to everyone and took his time signing everything and taking pictures with the winners.

The crowd was very international that night, or at least the front row. Fans came to cheer Per Gessle from several countries and continents: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Czecz Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, Uruguay. I hope I could list all countries. Impressive, isn’t it? It’s always easy to recognize fans from South America, having their country’s jersey on and their flag banners, so during the band presentation Magnus even mentioned Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Uruguay being represented. HERE you can watch the video of it.

Among the guests there was Niklas Strömstedt in the crowd, having a blast with his wife, mostly during (Hon vill ha) Puls. Haha. Probably, there were other famous people too in the audience.

Before the band started playing Juni, juli, augusti, Per talked to the crowd and said he had never had a concert at Skansen. Only performed on TV shows there. Talking about TV shows, the whole concert area at Skansen seemed to be much bigger on TV. And… Skansen crowd seems to be much louder on TV than live. I really expected an incredibly loud sing-along audience at this show, but well, there is always room to develop. Per and the band were on fire anyway. At the end of the show Andreas even threw a drumhead to the crowd.

Åsa was there at Skansen and filmed a lot as usual. What was surprising is that there were no photographers in the pit. I’m still wondering if there was no press present or they just had another spot somewhere at the side or in the back from where they could take photos. But not seeing too many media shots from the show, I would say most of them were probably at Alice Cooper’s show in Gröna Lund at the same time. Or who knows…

Tack alla härliga människor som dök upp på Skansen i Sthlm ikväll. Inget regn, ingen vind bara good vibes och sköna leenden överallt. We had a blast.

Tionde gigget o bandet börjar bli ordentligt tajt. Visst var Helena o Malin-My extra grymma ikväll??? Och Quincy o Ola. Herregud vad bra de är! Och The Swedish Sex Machine på bas peakade nog i livet denna glada torsdag. Clair o Chris dundrade på som den nya V-12:an i Ferrari 812 Superfast. Kort o koncist: I’m in good company! Tack alla! /P.

All photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

Setlist

1. På promenad genom stan
2. Vilket håll du än går
3. Juni, juli, augusti
4. Det hjärta som brinner
5. Segla på ett moln / Första pris
6. Tittar på dej när du dansar
7. (Hon vill ha) Puls
8. It Must Have Been Love
9. Honung och guld
10. Kung av sand
11. Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
12. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
13. Spegelboll
14. Gå & fiska!
Band presentation
15. The Look (with När vi två blir en as intro)

Encore:
16. Varmt igen (with Queen of Rain as intro)
17. Tycker om när du tar på mej
18. Joyride

Encore 2:
19. Sommartider
20. Småstadsprat

Videos:

På promenad genom stan: 1; 2;
Juni, juli, augusti
(Hon vill ha) Puls: 1; 2;
It Must Have Been Love
Honung och guld
Kung av sand
Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
Ljudet av ett annat hjärta: 1; 2;
Spegelboll
Gå & fiska!
The Look: 1; 2;
Tycker om när du tar på mej
Joyride
Sommartider: 1; 2;
Småstadsprat

Articles, pictures:

Svenska Dagbladet
Allehanda (for subscribers only)

 

 

Per Gessle – En vacker kväll in Fredrikstad, Norway – 23rd July 2017 – #9

The 9th show on tour was a festival gig in Norway, the first concert outside Sweden. A handful of hardcore fans decided to go and see Per and the band there too and what a good decision they made! The gig turned out to be even more wonderful than the one in Gothenburg. Honestly, when you think Mr. G and his gang can’t surprise you with an even better show than what you had already experienced, they just do. And this coming on a 3rd day in a row when they have no days off, just gig after gig. Fantastic! They rule!

The festival crowd seemed to be in great party mood already before Per & Co came up on stage, so it was predictable they would be a loud audience for the main act too. Loud? It’s not even the right word to describe them. Ass-kicking crowd for an ass-kicking band. People cheering during the whole show, singing along all the time and clapping, whistling, dancing, jumping, whatever you can imagine.

There were several memorable moments at the concert, but just to highlight some most fab ones, I mention 2.

This was the first time Chris didn’t play a Per-song-related intro before The Look. He played In the Hall of the Mountain King (he played this as intro to Joyride already in 2011 when Roxette had a tour stop in Norway). Before he could start playing, the crowd was so loud he had to tell them ”Shhhhhhh!” Haha. Too cool!

After Sommartider, before Per could start performing Småstadsprat, the audience went ”oh-oh-oh-oh-oh”. Such a great crowd reaction, such a sweet acceptance of love from Per and the band! Watch it HERE! Says it all how the whole Månefestivalen gig was! Pure awesomeness!

Still is from Üli Car’s VIDEO of those magical oh-oh-oh-oh-oh moments!

Per’s most enthusiastic comment after a show on this tour so far:

FREDRIKSTAD, NORWAY JULY 23, 2017! Hallelujah! My Gosh what a gig. Slightly shorter version due to it being a festival but HOLY COW what a crowd! We love you! Thanx for singing along and making our lives exploding with joy! Been riding on the tour bus three hours now and we still talk about you!!! Lots of love + see ya soon!!!! /P.

   

All photos in the article are taken by Sandra Knospe, except for the still from Üli Car’s video. Thanx so much for your cooperation, girls!

Setlist

1. På promenad genom stan
2. Vilket håll du än går
3. Juni, juli, augusti
4. Det hjärta som brinner
5. Segla på ett moln / Första pris
6. It Must Have Been Love
7. Honung och guld
8. Kung av sand
9. Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
10. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
11. Spegelboll
12. Gå & fiska!
Band presentation
13. The Look (with In the Hall of the Mountain King as intro)

Encore:
14. Varmt igen (with Queen of Rain as intro)
15. Tycker om när du tar på mej
16. Joyride

Encore 2:
17. Sommartider
18. Småstadsprat

Videos:

Juni, juli, augusti: 1; 2;
Det hjärta som brinner
It Must Have Been Love
Chris playing the intro to The Look & The Look
The Look
Tycker om när du tar på mej
Joyride
Sommartider: 1; 2; 3; 4;
Don’t miss out on Per’s before-the-show backstage videos on his YouTube channel either! 1; 2; 3; 4;

Articles, pictures:

Fredrikstad Avisa
Månefestivalen FB: 1; 2;
Gaffa
Fredrikstad Blad (for subscribers only); this one is not only for subscribers
Ringdalen
Artist Pictures Blog
Photo Lasse Ljung

 

Per Gessle – En vacker kväll in Göteborg, Sweden – 22nd July 2017 – #8

A hot, sunny day in Gothenburg, a beautiful park, some most enthusiastic Per Gessle fans and a tight band were all together to create a fantastic 8th concert night. You could feel there was something in the air in the city when already during the technicians’ soundcheck there was a guy who was dancing(?) to each and every sound Micke N-S and Jakob created on the drums and on the guitars. It was a very entertaining half an hour or so. Later there was no soundcheck for the band, so we could be kind of sure there was no new song planned to be played that night.

Lots of fans (even from Brazil!) were waiting outside the park which closed at 3 pm because of the concert and the gates opened again at 6 pm. This time we had to try if our running shoes were still working fine, since both entrances opened at the same time. Still all hardcores could find a decent spot in front of the stage.

Göteborg is usually different to any other Swedish cities and towns when it comes to concerts. People there know how to party and what the concerts are about. No picnic, no 15 meters’ distance left between the front row and the 2nd row until the support acts start playing. They are gathering in the front right after being let in. And it always feels good and promising.

Per had the same support acts with him as in Grebbestad. Alex Shield and Charla K started playing at 19:30. Now Alex was not that nervous anymore as on Friday, even talked more to the crowd. There was a little low sound problem with his guitar, but even that he took easier than in Grebbestad, just by mentioning he got a bit unfocused by this. I don’t have to mention that he sounded fab again. Charla K was also acting more, now taking off the mic from the stand and moving around a bit. She sang wonderfully again. Strandels came at 21:10 and Tova, the singer made the audience cheer for Gessle several times. She is also more and more talkative to the audience.

The stage and instruments were getting ready for Per & Co’s performance and while the technicians were busy with all this, Anders Roos set his many cameras at several places. Mr. G and the band hit the stage some minutes after 21:00. The crowd was already cheering for them several times before 9 pm.

 

The opening song was Min plats and it got a huge applause from the audience. Per talked to the crowd and said it’s always wonderful to play in Gothenburg. It’s almost home ground for him. He also said it’s the first time for him to play in Trädgårdsföreningen. Well, this is not really true, because in 1996 he played there twice with Gyllene Tider. Återtåget Live! was recorded at that very place. But being a hardcore live artist, one can forgive him for not remembering each and every place he played at. Haha.

The next song was På promenad genom stan and Göteborg let its voice heard. Heavy sing along on this one and dancing even in the back.

The first Gyllene Tider section with Juni, juli, augusti made the crowd clap & sing along heavily and they were even jumping along.

This time I streamed Segla på ett moln / Första pris live on our Facebook page. You can watch the video HERE.

While keeping the ”new” song /(Hon vill ha) Puls / they added to the setlist the day before (it rocked in Göteborg too!), Tittar på dej när du dansar got back and we enjoyed it so much! This song should really stay on the setlist forever. I know… I can’t mention it enough times. 😉

The crowd loved It Must Have Been Love and of course were singing along loudly. Kung av sand was also a loud hit.

Before Honung och guld, which Per wrote in the spring of 1982, Mr. G mentioned he was looking for songs he had never played live before and found like 500. Haha.

Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång was such a blast that while grooving around in the front part of the stage, Per stumbled over his monitor. Thank God he could keep his balance and bounce on, so he didn’t fall off the stage or anything serious happened. We don’t want to see Dave Grohl’s throne on PG’s stage, right? 😉 Micke N-S recognized very quickly that something was wrong and he rushed to the monitor to set it back to its place.

 

The great vibes didn’t end here. Starting with Ljudet av ett annat hjärta it was onehelluva party section until Per and the band went off stage before the first encore. Spegelboll rocked big time again and the crowd didn’t stop jumping and singing along during Gå & fiska! either. The band presentation was much fun this time too and after Chris psychedelic När vi två blir en intro, The Look made the crowd go wild.

Göteborg people shouted, whistled and were clapping loudly to have the gang back on stage. The first encore with PG appearing in white was magical as usual. Varmt igen and Tycker om när du tar på mej sounded extrawonderful on Saturday. DFS was skipped, just like on Friday and the band went on with Joyride which put the crowd in party mood again. So much that until the second encore they didn’t really get silent. Then bang! Andreas came and sat behind his drums. Started the intro to Sommartider. We all loved it! PG asked the band if they were ready for more, if the guys and girls for ready for more and if Göteborg was ready for more. The crowd just went wild for this.

The set ended with Småstadsprat and the audience cheered the band while they were saying goodbye.

This was definitely one of the concerts that you didn’t want to come to an end. If I said in Grebbestad Per & Co gave 120%, in Göteborg they gave 150% at least, but not only them. The audience too! Everyone was all smiles on and off stage during the whole concert. All fans (even those who attended Töreboda) thought that Göteborg was the best gig so far. The band thought so too.

We could see a lot of PG-Chris, Ola-Chris, Ola-Chris-PG, Ola-PG, PG-Magnus, PG-Malin-My, PG-Helena, Malin-My-Magnus, Malin-My-Clarence, Helena-Malin-My, Malin-My-Chris, Andreas-Ola, Chris-Ola-Andreas, Magnus-Chris-Ola, Chris-Magnus, PG-Magnus-Chris actions on stage. One just couldn’t decide which squaremeter to watch to enjoy the visual experience of the gang’s fabulous playing together. One of my favourite actions is when Ola gets close to Per during Det hjärta som brinner and they play their guitars back to back. PG was throwing a lot of guitar picks on Saturday and by checking each other’s caught picks, we realized that there is now a Space Station 12 plec he plays. A black one with white little stars and the SS12 logo on it. Lookin’ good! /Update on 25th July: as Per says: “TO CLARIFY THINGS: There are NO OFFICIAL Space Station 12 guitarpicks made whatsoever. If you see one it’s an unofficial one. /P.” Weird thing… Now where those picks were flying from then? Hm. Anyways, good to know they are not part of the official set./

Per had so much boogie in his shoes that he was often back to his mic late when he had to sing. It was so funny and cool at the same time. He was swaying his hips all the time, doing his left leg stomping as well. Among his black outfits, the most sexy is the one he was wearing in Gothenburg. The shirt with silver stars and the trousers with silver stripes. Looks so hot! Oh and Helena! 1 or 2 concerts earlier I realized she wears no shoes on stage. She is rocking around barefoot! Too cool she is!

All in all, Göteborg never disappoints! I can’t really remember any concerts in Gothenburg that didn’t work. This city rulez! If there is any recording planned for this tour, it should have happened on Saturday. But still, let’s keep our fingers crossed that at least one of the shows will be recorded and released for our pleasure later.

PG after the show:

Mindblowing gig in Gothenburg. Wish you all were there!!!

All photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

Setlist

1. Min plats
2. På promenad genom stan
3. Vilket håll du än går
4. Juni, juli, augusti
5. Det hjärta som brinner
6. Segla på ett moln / Första pris
7. Tittar på dej när du dansar
8. (Hon vill ha) Puls
9. It Must Have Been Love
10. Honung och guld
11. Kung av sand
12. Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
13. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
14. Spegelboll
15. Gå & fiska!
Band presentation
16. The Look (with När vi två blir en as intro)

Encore:
17. Varmt igen (with Queen of Rain as intro)
18. Tycker om när du tar på mej
19. Joyride

Encore 2:
20. Sommartider
21. Småstadsprat

Videos:

Min plats
Segla på ett moln / Första pris: 1; 2;
It Must Have Been Love
Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
Gå & fiska!
Varmt igen
Tycker om när du tar på mej
Sommartider & Småstadsprat

Articles, pictures:

Göteborgs-Posten
Rockfoto

 

Per Gessle – En vacker kväll in Grebbestad, Sweden – 21st July 2017 – #7

After 5 days off, 36 years after he played there for the first time, Per Gessle’s tour continued in Grebbestad on 21st July. We all were praying for good weather, because the weather forecast predicted there would be rain all day. Even Per asked us to bring the sun:

TORSDAG UPPDATERING: Har varit ledig (?) några dagar. Turne’n fortsätter med friska tag imorgon i Grebbestad. Kommer att bli grymt. Funderar på ett par nya låtar….. kanske “Oh yeah oh yeah (oh oh)” eller “Solens vän”…. Eller nåt. Syns snart, P.

THURSDAY UPDATE: Yes, dear you! The En vacker kväll-tour continues proudly tomorrow in Grebbestad. Bring the sun, we’ll bring Clarence. /P.

It was indeed raining heavily all day, but surprise surprise, by the time the support acts started playing, there was no rain at all. The security team was very nice anyway, they let us be waiting under a tent, so that we don’t get soaking wet.

Besides praying to the weather gods, we were also praying for PG talking seriously when he wrote he was thinking about a couple of new songs for the show. We of course were quite sure he wouldn’t play Oh Yeah Oh Yeah (Oh Oh), but Solens vän sounded promising. However, if we were him, we would still go for some more PG solo instead. Mr. G and the band arrived for soundcheck at 16:15. There was indeed a ”new” song to be rehearsed and it was (Hon vill ha) Puls. They played it 4-5 times and Per all the time asked the band to make it slower. He found it too fast how they were playing it. We already found the fast version too slow though. Haha. They also rehearsed Första pris and Min plats. And that was it… They finished at 17:00. So we were sure Puls would be included and we just hoped it wouldn’t replace any other song, but added to the set. Wishful thinking…

This time there were 2 support acts again, but it was the first time Alex Shield & Charla K (Space Station 12) joined in. Both of them sounded fab. You could feel that for Alex it’s not yet comfortable to play live, probably mainly for such a big audience. His hands were shaking and also his voice in the beginning, but how he is playing the guitar and how he sings out high and low sounds is amazing. He should gain more self confidence, because what he is doing is absolutely great (both regarding songwriting and playing and singing live). You have to start somewhere and I’m quite sure Alex will get the groove very fast. Charla K has an amazing voice and she was born to perform, that’s for sure. She handles the audience very easily. The 2 best sounding songs were Good Fight and Should’a Let Me Go performed by them. After them came Strandels and they were again very good at warming up the audience for Gessle.

PG & Co came up on stage shortly after 9 pm, the crowd was cheering them loudly. The opening song this time was På promenad genom stan. Even if they rehearsed Min plats at the soundcheck, they skipped it. Not that we have anything against starting the show with a well-known song. It works quite well. The audience starts singing along immediately and it sets the mood.

Regarding Puls, unfortunately, it wasn’t an addition. It replaced Tittar på dej när du dansar. Not just that… The setlist got even shorter by cutting it with Dressed For Success. Not good, not good. 19 songs were played in the end and it wasn’t even a festival show. Ojoj.

Regardless of how many songs were played, Per gave 120% on stage and the band as well. They were very energetic and work together better and better by every gig. I think I mentioned it already before and it’s still valid: the best party songs are Ljudet av ett annat hjärta and Spegelboll. Very powerful how they come after each other and the crowd can’t stop dancing and jumping.

This time I chose Tycker om när du tar på mej to stream live on our Facebook page. HERE you can watch the video. Sounds so beautiful you must hear it live in person!

Sommartider wasn’t played as the first song of the 2nd encore, but at the end of the first encore, right after Joyride, so the intro to it wasn’t so powerful in Grebbestad. BUT, the crowd loved it and didn’t want the band go off stage again.

Småstadsprat was very popular among the people in Grebbestad. The crowd was singing along loudly. Nice ending of the show, but still, when even Per himself mentions in the Hallandsposten interview that it’s unnecessary to bring the energy down again when you have already built it up. We agree! That’s why we would love to have an uptempo ending to the shows. Sommartider works perfectly as a last song and Småstadsprat would fit in somewhere else in the setlist.

Marie Dimberg was there at the show too. She was filming both the support acts and Per’s performance. Åsa was there too and she is getting even more professional at filming. She now used 2 iPhones at the same time. Haha. Videos are already available on GessleHomeVids.

Sponsor Vera & John used the big magenta balls again, but in Grebbestad the crowd somehow pushed it all the time towards the stage. Magnus kicked it once and the ball got back again and again. Once Micke N-S got fed up with it and grabbed it, then killed it. Actually, these balls are really heavy, much tougher than the Roxette beach balls we had in 2011-2012, so they are more dangerous as well, if they hit someone or something on stage.

Anders Roos was also there to take photos both at the soundcheck and during the concert.

6350 people decided to see PG in Grebbestad and with this, TanumStrand reached a record number of visitors. According to Per, the show was even sold out.

Per about Grebbestad:

GREBBESTAD! Yeehaa! Fantastiskt gig inför ett utsålt Tanumstrand. Vi hade skitkul. Ni också, såg det ut som!!!! Videos imorgon på YouTube: GessleHomeVids – Godnatt! /P.

All photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

Setlist

1. På promenad genom stan
2. Vilket håll du än går
3. Juni, juli, augusti
4. Det hjärta som brinner
5. Segla på ett moln / Första pris
6. (Hon vill ha) Puls
7. It Must Have Been Love
8. Honung och guld
9. Kung av sand
10. Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
11. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
12. Spegelboll
13. Gå & fiska!
Band presentation
14. The Look (with När vi två blir en as intro)

Encore:
15. Varmt igen (with Queen of Rain as intro)
16. Tycker om när du tar på mej
17. Joyride
18. Sommartider

Encore 2:
19. Småstadsprat

Videos:

Juni, juli, augusti
Segla på ett moln / Första pris
It Must Have Been Love
Varmt igen
Tycker om när du tar på mej

Articles, pictures:

Bohusläningen

 

Per Gessle – En vacker kväll in Hasslö, Sweden – 15th July 2017 – #6

As last night’s gig was yet another festival show, we expected a shorter setlist and the same songs as in Oskarshamn. Per and the band surprised us though, already at the very beginning of the concert, because instead of Min plats, they started the show with På promenad genom stan. Starting with a well-known song made the audience sing along right from the start and it gave a different vibe to the concert vs. when the opening song is Min plats.

The concert ended with Småstadsprat, however, as we mentioned it earlier, Sommartider would be better to be kept as the last song. It would be an even more relevant closing song at a festival.

Anyway, as Per says, he and the band think this was the best gig so far. PG being yesterday’s headliner artist attracted so many people to come to Hasslöfestivalen that they reached an attendance record. Cool!

Åsa (or better said “Awesome” as PG calls Fru Nordin on his YouTube channel lately, how sweet!)  filmed incredibly lot and the videos are already out on GessleHomeVids. She rulez! And Mr. G + the band too!

   

Per about the show:

Yeehaa! Som fisken i vattnet trivdes vi på Hasslöfestivalen. Fantastisk publik + en härlig sommarkväll + supertaggat band = en bra kombination! Bästa gigget hittills, tycker vi! Tack för all sång + blommor + presenter + specialgjorda öletiketter! /P.

Setlist

1. På promenad genom stan
2. Vilket håll du än går
3. Juni, juli, augusti
4. Det hjärta som brinner
5. Segla på ett moln / Första pris
6. It Must Have Been Love
7. Kung av sand
8. Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
9. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
10. Spegelboll
11. Gå & fiska!
Band presentation
12. The Look (with När vi två blir en as intro)

Encore:
13. Varmt igen (with Queen of Rain as intro)
14. Tycker om när du tar på mej
15. Joyride
16. Sommartider

Encore 2:
17. Småstadsprat

All photos in the article are taken by Sandra Knospe. Thank you for your cooperation, Sandra!

Videos:

På promenad genom stan
Juni, juli, augusti: 1; 2;
Det hjärta som brinner
Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
Varmt igen
Sommartider

Articles, pictures:

Hasslöfestivalen FB
Blekinge Läns Tidning

 

Per Gessle – En vacker kväll in Töreboda, Sweden – 14th July 2017 – #5

The 5th gig on Per Gessle’s summer tour has definitely left the crowd and the gang breathless. Mazarin entering the Swedish vinyl charts at No. 1 must have had a good effect on Mr. G’s anyway great mood and the gang was ass-kicking as well.

Approximately 4500 people gathered in Töreboda at the square to see Mr. G and they gave their best. They were probably the most active and loudest crowd so far, singing along during the whole concert and clapping hard during almost each song.

One of the sponsors, Vera & John prepared some gadgets (caps, inflatable cheering gloves and huge balloons) for the event. Their brand colour is magenta and so the gadgets were available in that colour. The big magenta balloons were let fly over the crowd and during The Look even Per kicked in one of them when it was getting close to him. THAT moment you can see at appr. 1:45 in THIS video. Too cool!

The setlist was changed a bit. One important difference vs. Dalhalla is that Tittar på dej när du dansar got back. Woohoo! Keep it in! No LTYH was played and the band even left out Honung och guld. Småstadsprat they performed right after It Must Have Been Love and it fitted there perfectly.

The uptempo songs turned the whole area into a big party place and ending the show with Sommartider was one of the best decisions. Such a hit as the closing song of the event leaves everyone wanting for more and that’s the way it should be. So let’s hope Per keeps it this way and from now on, all concerts end with Sommartider.

The show in Töreboda is considered to be the best so far on this tour! Let’s see what happens next time!

Anders Roos was there again to take photos (1; 2) and Åsa was filming (1; 2; 3) during the show this time too.

Per’s words after the show:

Grymt gig igår i Töreboda. Fullt hus och fullt drag. Tack alla. Syns igen. /P.

 

Setlist

1. Min plats
2. På promenad genom stan
3. Vilket håll du än går
4. Juni, juli, augusti
5. Det hjärta som brinner
6. Segla på ett moln / Första pris
7. Tittar på dej när du dansar
8. It Must Have Been Love
9. Småstadsprat
10. Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
11. Kung av sand
12. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
13. Spegelboll
14. Gå & fiska!
Band presentation
15. The Look (with När vi två blir en as intro)

Encore:
16. Varmt igen (with Queen of Rain as intro)
17. Tycker om när du tar på mej
18. Dressed for Success
19. Joyride

Encore 2:
20. Sommartider

All photos in the article are taken by Sandra Knospe. Thank you for your cooperation, Sandra!

Videos:

Min plats: 1; 2;
Juni, juli, augusti: 1; 2;
It Must Have Been Love: 1; 2;
Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång): 1; 2;
The Look: 1; 2;
Sommartider: 1; 2; 3; 4;
16.5 minutes of the show (several songs)

Articles, pictures:

Mariestads-Tidningen

 

Per Gessle’s Mazarin is No. 1 again!

When Per Gessle announced the release of Mazarin on vinyl in the interview we did with him in May, we all got excited. The fans always wanted Mazarin on vinyl, but it never happened. Until 7th July 2017! 1 week after its release date, the vinyl is No. 1 on the Swedish vinyl charts and it brought Mazarin back on the album charts as well! Woohoo! How cool is that!

Mazarin was released on 16th June 2003 and it became gold already on its release day. 2 days later it became platinum and platinum it is 5x! A little history:

  • Gold 2003-06-16
  • Platinum 2003-06-18
  • Platinum x2 2003-08-04
  • Platinum x3 2003-08-19
  • Platinum x4 2003-11-21
  • Platinum x5 2004-02-02

The album entered the charts at No. 1 on 26th June 2003 and kept its No. 1 position for 11 weeks. I mean 11 weeks!!! Mazarin was on the charts for 66 weeks and came back as No. 1 on 23rd January 2004 for 2 weeks. Now for the 67th time it’s on the album charts again at No. 15!

En vacker natt is at No. 21 now on the album charts and No. 9 on the vinyl charts.

Big congrats to Mr. G! And thanks for this release from the bottom of our hearts!

You can order your copy of the Mazarin vinyl here: Bengans, Ginza or buy it at the merch stand during Per’s summer tour or get yourself a signed copy at Hotel Tylösand. 😉