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.
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