Truely magnificent gig in Stavanger. Thanx everyone for making life sweet!!!!
Marie was great. Her hi-lites were Halmstad, Stavanger and St. Peter.
Spanish fan team decided to record everything on tape (high quality one! :), but there was some minor problems and that is the reason why the first two songs – “Dressed for success” and “Sleeping in my car” are missing. Anyway – sweet sixteen from Stavanger only for you on RXB.
81:12 – 6.96GB
1. Opp?rtunity nox
2. The Big L.
3. Wish I could fly
4. She doesn’t live here anymore
6. Perfect Day
7. Things will never be the same
8. It must have been love
9. Silver blue
10. Fading like a flower
11. How do you do!
14. Listen to your heart
15. The look
16. Church of your heart
The story of Stavanger gig from our Russian reader – Evgeny Perekopskiy.
It all started some months ago, when I happened to get one of the last tickets to the Stavanger gig. I was shocked at the price of postage (nearly 10 euros) and if you know how fast our Russian post is, then, without a doubt, you will understand me how nervously I was waiting for my ticket to arrive.
After one month (!) it arrived. But then Laura (an Argentinean fan) asked me if I could find her one more ticket, so I started to look for one for her. I found, here on RoxetteBlog, an advertisement from Csaba, a
Hungarian fan, offering a VIP ticket. So I contacted him and got it. Then all I had to do was wait for the moment to come…
On August 20th, I had to take four (!!!) flights to reach Stavanger and this I did 🙂 Csaba met me in Stavanger and gave me my ticket. Next morning I went to meet Laura who was staying at the Radisson Blue Atlantic Hotel. When I met her, she said that Marie and Per were also staying there. What a nice coincidence! 🙂 Later in the lobby I met two German fans, Tina and Anja, and three Argentinean fans, Silvana, Lionel and his wife Brenda. We were sitting and waiting for someone from rox related to come. Soon Oscar and Josefin came to the receptionist to order breakfast. Oscar recognized me and we chatted a bit.
Then it was midday. We needed to go to Randaberg to get in line. But prior to our departure to this village, we met Mikael Bolyos. He wished us a great time and to enjoy the gig. When we arrived in Randaberg, I found a lonely Roxette poster where Marie and Per’s faces were blue because the poster was a bit old. I thought that their faces had became blue because of the cold Norwegian climate 😉
When we reached the Viste beach, we noticed some Spanish and Norwegian fans. Some minutes later, the
security woman asked us to move to another area because Roxette were going to rehearse. When we moved, we saw Per arriving with his wife Åsa. Per was holding a bunch of red roses. They were for Åsa, of course, to celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary. Roxette started their rehearsal at around 4 o’clock. They played: ‘The Big L.’, ‘Opportunity Nox’, ‘Fading like a flower’, ‘Silver Blue’, ‘Church of your heart’, ‘7twenty7’ and ‘Dressed for success’. After they finished rehearsing, the security team made four entrances, two for VIP visitors and two for ordinary ticket holders.
At 5.30 pm they opened the gates and fans ran as fast as they could. Luckily, I was standing near the front of Marie’s micro. Then I went to see what they served for VIP guests. There were some salads; fruit, fried meat, delicious shrimp and other dishes. I had some food and took some bananas for my friends who were sitting on the front row 🙂 The support act – Paperboys – a Norwegian hip-hop band started to play at around seven o’clock. They played very well and I saw the audience liked them a lot and knew the lyrics singing along the whole session.
The clouds became grayer and grayer. It was damn cold and windy. I wasn’t thinking about myself, I was thinking about how Marie would manage to conquer the wild wind. Roxette went on stage at around nine in the evening.
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1. Dressed for success
2. Sleeping in my car
3. Oppurtunity nox
4. The Big L.
5. Wish I could fly
6. She doesn’t live here anymore
8. Perfect Day
9. Things will never be the same
10. It must have been love
11. Silver blue (in one of the articles called “Kiss me”)
12. Fading like a flower
13. How do you do
16. Listen to your heart
17. The look
18. Church of your heart
The gig was wild, the surroundings were wild, the wind was wild, but the fans were wilder. When Roxette started to play ‘How do you do!’ proclaiming it a hit from back in 1992, it started to rain. The rain was so cold and so intense. We had no time to put on raincoats because we didn’t want to waste time on wearing useless raincoats. When Roxette played ‘Dangerous’, it was the rain which was dangerous for our health. But who cared? Marie was wearing a scarf. I don’t think it helped her to keep warm. Per was merely wearing a shirt. I was screaming: ‘Fuck the rain’, some other fans screamed it too. 😉
While Marie, Per and the band played ‘Fading like a flower’, the whole audience screamed: It’s such a cold
cold town! It was damn true… The show was so emotional because we, the fans, supported Roxette as much
as we could. I saw Marie concentrating on Laura’s eyes while Miss Bolyos was singing ‘Silver Blue’. She sang it perfectly, without changing words or forgetting the lines. Even if she did, who cared? Not me.
8,000 people in the audiance in a sold-out show. There were no Gessle’s solo tracks this time and no “(I’m not your) Steppin’ stone”. The rain was pouring down during the show and it was quite cold that evening – Marie wore a scarf. After the show people had problems with leaving the venue due to the traffic jam. Only three police cars were on the place.
Bygdebladet.no published 4 pictures from Viste Stranden in Randaberg where Roxette will perform a sold-out gig for over 8,000 people on Saturday, August 21st. The only problem that the organizors might have is weather. There are reports of anything from rain to sun. The most optimistic forecast says it will be a fine weather, 17 degrees. Let’s hope that it will be the same situation as it was in Halmstad.