Original version of Prague’s interview in English without Czech dabbing can be seen and heard on Czech TV website. Just follow the link and enjoy…
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Marek Eben, host of “Na plovárne” (Swimming with…) programme on the Czech TV2, had a chance to talk with Per Gessle just before the Roxette’s Prague concert on June 5th. Practice your Czech!
Before the sold-out Prague gig Roxette was awarded with golden record for “Charm school” album in the Czech Republic. Later on the little meet & greet was held.
Foto: Tomáš Martinek
More pictures can be found at T-music.cz
“Catchy melodies, strong choruses and unique symbiosis of male and female music ego, don’t lose its magic – even after so many years. The comeback, which isn’t only a nostalgic memory of the flat past, that’s for sure.”
This is the begining of an article by old time Roxette fan and reporter of Czech music magazine “t-music” Iva Marešová, which with more that 16.000 fans attended yesterday’s gig in Prague. You can read her article in Czech and also in English. She wrote that “thus the main question was – does Roxette’s comeback fall into the category of the meaningless returns or, conversely, belong to a group of those that makes sense? Yesterday’s concert gave the perfect answer.”
And continues that “Prague show offered three kinds of moments – blur, nice and extraordinary. To the class of the extraordinary belonged the American’s “big four” – The Look, Listen To Your Heart, It Must Have Been Love and Joyride. Last-mentioned offered a unique intro – the metal version of Škoda lásky.”
Article ends with very charming resume: “There are a lot of bands, which can’t avoid the idea they should end up on top with a “big name”. Before beginning a new chapter the candidates for this post were also Roxette. False. Arguments? The potential of the old material that is not just a flat retro as well as the ability to do the new hits that will not reach the success of the past ones, but still belong to above-average.”
Follow the links below, you can find complete article with many pictures from the show and also from a meet and greet with Roxette (these will be added later).
Comment from Per Gessle
Oh yeah! Everybody’s crying with joy!!! Super-fab-fantastic gig tonight in Prague. More than 18.000 extraordinary people in the O2 Arena helped us with another beautiful Prague gig!!!!! We love it here and feel most welcome. Hope we can come back before long!!!! LOVE!!!! P&M & Co
01. Dressed For Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Wish I Could Fly
05. Only When I Dream
06. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
07. Perfect Day
08. Things Will Never Be The Same
09. It Must Have Been Love
10. Opportunity Nox
12. Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)
13. Silver Blue
14. How Do You Do!
16. Joyride (introduced by “Skoda latky”)
17. Watercolours In The Rain
18. Spending My Time
19. The Look
20. Way Out
21. Listen To Your Heart
22. Church Of Your Heart
According to various sources there was around 15,000 – 18,000 people in the Prague O2 Arena, which makes this concert to the biggest one on this tour (so far). “Crash! Boom! Bang!” was rehearsed before the concert.
Articles and photos
Today the Czech ticket webseite Sazkatickets opened the last sectors – the last seats – for the Roxette show. While the standing tickets are already sold out, there’s also only 2.300 seats left. With a capacity of 18,000 people the hall is almost sold out.
Czech fans are extremely looking forward to their tour date in 2011. But, so far, have failed to get hold of tickets for the show.
There is only one seller who has the exclusive rights to sell tickets, which is at the same time the owner of O2 Arena, a company named Sazka. Tickets can be bought on: http://sazkaticket.cz/TicketEN/default.aspx
Unfortunately, the ticket sale has not started yet and nobody knows why. Some fans contacted Sazka and Live Nation a few times to find out where the problem is. Sazka replied that they don’t have any idea when the tickets will be available. Live Nation, on the other hand, communicated about a month ago via the Facebook LiveNation CZ page: “During the course of this week we should get a confirmation on the exact date of start of advance sales. Subsequently, we will inform the public – and through media, web pages and Facebook. Of course, thank you for your understanding.” To the date, nothing has happened yet.
Another problem might be purchasing tickets from abroad, more info can be found here: http://www.sazkaticket.cz/TicketEN/docDetail.aspx?nid=10368&docid=19080724
As stated on the website:
Orders of tickets from abroad please email to firstname.lastname@example.org and specify:
- event name and date,
- number of tickets and price category (preferred sector if need be; please check out tickets availability on-line first clicking on „Tickets“),
- your name, surname and delivery address.
When your order is fulfilled, usually until the next working day, you will be e-mailed back with confirmation and terms of payment. Payment of your reservation would be made via banking transfer, payment has to ordered in czech korunas (CZK) and all the bank charges has to be paid (code “OUR”). Tickets would be sent to your address then by post in a registered letter (expedition fee: within Europe 260 CZK, overseas 450 CZK).
- Tickets can be ordered from abroad 30 days prior to the event at the latest.
Only the very expensive World Ticket Shop (a secondary ticket agent) already offers tickets to Prague show in the O2 Arena. But after a phone verification, we realised that the tickets will be actually sold only via Sazkaticket.cz, and that World Ticket Shop seems to only be adding up buyers to a list, to then purchase tickets from Sazka and pass them on to their customers.
Capacity of O2 arena is 18,000 seats and due to poor access to tickets, we are afraid that the arena won’t be filled as we would wish.
If you know anything about the Czech ticket sale let us know.
Thanks to Lucy for letting us.
UPDATE, 2.12 pm: Petra Osifova lets us know that it seems tickets will be on sale soon: http://www.sazkaticket.cz/Ticket/eventDetail.aspx?docid=19093589
Judith Seuma and Kirsten Ohlwein 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.
Live in Munich, Germany on September 28, 2001 at Olympiahalle (9,592 spectators)
Live in Stuttgart, Germany on October 1, 2001 at Schleyerhalle (6,529 spectators)
Sweepi: I have something from Stuttgart 2001, but then it’s only those 3 tracks (the intro + “Crush On You” + “Dressed For Success”) which were broadcast on German TV and made available by RoxBytes.
Live In Kiel, Germany on October 5, 2001 at Ostseehalle (3,895 spectators)
Live in Leipzig, Germany on October 6, 2001 at Messehalle (8,367 spectators)
Live in Prague, Czech Republic on October 9, 2001 at Paegas Arena (6,252 spectators)
Live in Brussels, Belgium on October 22, 2001 at Forest National (8,503 spectators)
Sweepi: It was originally broadcasted by Belgian radio, 7 tracks plus 2 interviews by Marie in Belgium.
Live in Dortmund, Germany on October 28, 2001 at Westfalenhalle (5,646 spectators)
Live in Frankfurt, Germany on October 30, 2001 at Festhalle (6,296 spectators)
Live in Vienna, Austria on November 2, 2001 at Stadthalle (4,728 spectators)
Live in Stockholm, Sweden on November 16, 2001 at Globen (14.289 spectators)
Live in Gothenburg, Sweden on November 17, 2001 at Scandinavium (10,690 spectators)
Thanks to Roxmarie, sweepi, bianca, Raëlian, @ R2R.
After the bootleg from Amsterdam and the excellent Nordic Rox London gig we get a new concert from Party Crasher Tour. This time is audio recording from beautful Prague at Lucerna Hall on April 23rd, 2009.
Yeeehaaa! What a night! What a show! The Prague-gig became a memory we will never forget! Beautiful hall (Bowie and Kraftwerk have been there!!!) and we certainly rocked our asses off together with the mighty crowd. Thanx for singing along and making us sweat!!!! See ya next time, dear Prague!!!!!!
Thanks to Martina Letochova and Romanian fans at ROxette.ro.
Do you still live on memories? Do you still have flashbacks from the Man’s latest tour? Yep, me too! That’s why I would like to present Party Crasher Tour’s tickets’ collection from each and every gig. I say thanks to all of you who helped me to collect all these tix. If you’ve got any ticket which looks different, then drop a line.
Helsinki – Mari Pudas / Ivanych @ R2R
Oslo – Jan Hedman / Daniel Bernhard
Copenhagen – Bo Hansen / Anja Jensen
Warsaw – Mikolaj Prymka
Prague – Almost Unreal @ R2R
Hamburg – Christina Röhrs
Munich – linki @ R2R
Cologne – Christina Röhrs
Zurich – Alison Lowther / Ms. Fredriksson @ R2R
Gent – otus! / Txiqui @ R2R / Andreea Totoescu
London – Alison Lowther / xarrrr @ R2R
Amsterdam – sarah @ R2R
Halmstad – Alison Lowther
Stockholm – tomos85 / Andreas Kullbjer / Sudek