The world’s worst airport?

Some may remember the Saturday comments made by Per Gessle on the Roxette’s official Facebook page (here) about the quality of service on the Johannebsurg’s OR Tambo Airport:

Just spent 90 minutes at one of the world’s worst airports; Johannesburg. Could actually be the No 1 on that scary list….Good God, how about some organization with customs etc? Leaving now. Thank you.

We love South Africa. You know that! But someone should fix the logistix at Jo-burg Airport. A job for BoJo maybe?

South African Times’ Live picked up this discussion and talked with the airport’s spokeperson – Unathi Batyashe-Filli. She said security footage showed that there were long queues at the emigration checkpoint when Roxette were leaving.

Emigration [and immigration] services are provided by the Department of Home Affairs and, though Airports Company SA provides the infrastructure, we are not able to answer questions regarding problems at emigration.

It also turned out that over the last years service at the airport improved a lot. More on that case at Timelive.co.za

World Tour 2012: Cape Town, South Africa – June 8 #112

Comment from Per Gessle

Cape Town #4 in just over a year! Fantastic. We love this place and feel extremely welcome here! Tonight’s show was a blast. The band + Marie in top shape. Even “It’s Possible” sounded terrific. Thanx a million. Promise to come back! Cheers, P&M&Co


Setlist

01. Dressed For Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Silver Blue
05. Stars
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. It’s possible
11. 7twenty7
12. Fading Like A Flower
13. Crash!Boom!Bang!
14. How Do You Do!
15. Dangerous
Band Presentation
16. Joyride (introduced with “Suikerbossie”)

17. Spending My Time
18. The Look

19. Listen To Your Heart
20. Church Of Your Heart

Articles

Gettyimages
Vreemdeling‘s review
Jasminonjupiter‘s review
Cape Town’s backstage (Facebook gallery)

World Tour 2012: Durban, South Africa – June 5 #111

Comment from Per Gessle

THANK YOU DURBAN! What a fantastic night! Seventeen years since we met the last time and boy, did we have a reunion! Marie + the band in top shape, wonderful crowd (9000 ppl) in World Class Mode, we all just loved it! Hope to see y’al soon, dear friends! Now we’re gonna celabrate Pelle’s 72nd birthday! Cheers.

(c) Neil @theboogyman at locerz.com

Setlist

01. Dressed For Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Silver Blue
05. Stars
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. It’s possible
11. 7twenty7
12. Fading Like A Flower
13. Crash!Boom!Bang!
14. How Do You Do!
15. Dangerous
Band Presentation
16. Joyride (introduced with “Suikerbossie”)

17. Spending My Time
18. The Look

19. Listen To Your Heart
20. Church Of Your Heart

Articles and photos

Brian Spurr’s gallery
Witness.co.za
Look Lokal
East Coast Radio (gallery)

Roxette to play in Mexico City in September

Per Gessle already announced in Facebook in May that Roxette would play in Mexico in September.

Now the date has been officially announced by Ocesa Pop in Twitter: the concert will take place on September 19th in the Auditorio Nacional of Mexico City.

There is going to be a Banamex pre-sale on June 11 and 12. The tickets will go on sale to the public on June 13. Tickets will probably go on sale via Ticketmaster, we will confirm when we have more information.

This is going to be concert number 140 and seems to be the last concert of the tour. But is it really going to be the last one?

 

World Tour 2012: Johannesburg, South Africa – June 3 #110

Comment from Per Gessle

Thank you Jo-burg!!! Had a blast tonight! Check out the clips and you’ll see!!!! We haven’t played here since 1995 (Ellis Park, 60.000ppl!!!) but felt very welcome! Hope you had fun! See you soon again!!!!

Setlist

01. Dressed For Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Silver Blue
05. Stars
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. It’s possible
11. 7twenty7
12. Fading Like A Flower
13. Crash!Boom!Bang!
14. How Do You Do!
15. Dangerous
Band Presentation
16. Joyride (introduced with “Suikerbossie”)

17. Spending My Time
18. The Look

19. Listen To Your Heart
20. Church Of Your Heart

Articles and photos

The New Age (one to one interview with Per Gessle)
Big Concerts Facebook gallery
Beeld.com
The New Age Online

Comment from Heidi

What can I say!! Words can’t describe this. I feel euphoria as a Roxette fan.
Euphoria is described by some as an exaggerated feeling of physical and mental well
being. This is exactly what a Rox concert is for me! Although sitting for 8 hours in
a road waiting, it was all worth it! I am amazed that Marie performed so well
tonight after a long flight from Europe! What a superwoman. The set list was the
same as the south American concerts with It’s possible from Travelling. Fantastic
song loved it. First time I saw Dea live. Great artist in her own right. One can
see she loves performing live. Per was his SUPER self as were VERY entertaining.
Loved it. Christoffer is a genius with the instruments he plays. What an
entertainer. He played “suikerbossie” a local folk song which the crowd loved. All
in all we the fans of 15 000 in attendance saw a performance that is considered
first class. We were in the company of a Swedish band that lives and breathes
music. Hopefully the band noticed the words displayed in front. ” The Beatles had
nothing on Roxette. Roxette is the Best band in the world! Leaving Johannesburg
behind tomorrow and heading to Durban for the 2nd South African concert.

Heidi van Rensburg, proud Roxette fan

Long and touching article about Roxette on DN

This is an article you cannot miss to read!

If you don’t speak Swedish, try using Google Translator. It’s really worth the reading. And have a tissue at hand, for the tears.

The reporter met Roxette in South America and writes about the tour, Marie’s story, Marie and Mikael, how Per and Marie met, Roxette’s past and present and fans. With comments from the band members, Marie Dimberg and Mikael.

 

 

Roxette to play in Sweden on June 27

One more concert has been added to the Roxette World tour: Festival Peace & Love in Borlänge, Sweden on June 27. This is the only show Roxette will give in Sweden this year (if we don’t count the corporate concert in August).

Information about tickets can be found on the Peace & Love site. Other great Swedish artists to perform in this festival are Laleh, Kent, Thåström or Soundtrack of our Lives.

Is Danish concert cancelled or postponed?

On Friday afternoon people who bought tickets for Danish Brondby Roxette concert on July 21 were informed that this particular show is cancelled due to “logistical problems”. Here is the message:

Due to logistical problems on Roxettes tour, we will unfortunately have to cancel the concert at the cricket ground at Brøndby Stadium on 21 July. Refund: If your tickets are purchased by credit card via www.billetnet.dk so the money will automatically be returned to your account.

The same day the official statement was published on the Roxette Official Facebook page, where Roxette claim this concert is not cancelled – only postponed due to problems with transport of equipment from Romanian city of Cluj to Copenhagen in just two days.

Dear friends, unfortunately we have to postpone our upcoming Copenhagen-show (Criketbanan, Brondby July 21) due to logistic issues. As you know we’re in Cluj July 19 and it turned out be a nightmare to get all our gear to Denmark in time. We don’t like to do things like this and we’ll try to re-schedule and get a new date asap. Sold tickets will, of course, be re-funded. Have a wonderful weekend, y’all.

It’s the fifth Roxette show being on sale cancelled during 2010-2012 tour – including Anderstorp (2010), Tallinn (2011), Auckland (2012), Asuncion (2012) and Brondby (2012). Two first gigs were happilly rescheduled to other dates, both Tallinn & Auckland cancelled due to Marie and Per’s illnesses. Mexico (2011) & Bogota (2012) were removed from the tour’s schedule before even tickets went on sale.

“Touched By The Hand Of God” – the second single off TRAVELLING (Update)

Radio Berlin in its chart show “Hey Music” has recently added Roxette’s “Touched By The Hand Of God” to the voting list. We have no information if this is the second single off TRAVELLING or just a pick from radio’s dj.

Update Per Gessle has confirmed on Facebook that this is the second single

Yep, looks like TBTHOG will be the 2nd single off Travelling! A wise choice do you think?

Gessle reveals: “DVD before Xmas (hopefully)”

After our two calls for a full DVD show and Gessle’s unsatisfactory answer (here and there), we were informed by The Man on Facebook when we can expect this “imperfectly perfect” DVD to be released. It seems like it can be out just in time for Christmas shopping.

According to various fan sources production company starts the cutting in summer and if everything goes right, the DVD will be ready for sale in November. They have already more then 300 hours filmed material! Unfortunately, we will be able to see just 90 minutes of this. As for recording the show – no concert was shot professionally in the quality allowing to be released for DVD purposes. The production team used handcameras only – the same as they did in Berlin or Hamburg last year.

Russia: Roxette have written “a special song” for Oriflame

Last September we revealed that Roxette are set to play at Globen in Stockholm this summer (August 2012) on the special anniversary corporate event organized by the Swedish company Oriflame. In the beginning of May this year it turned out that Russian edition of “Travelling” does not include the very first international single “It’s possible” in both versions.

You may ask how those two things go together? Well, it turns out that Russian chapter of Oriflame claims that Roxette have written a special song for them. What’s its name? Yes, you’re right – “It’s possible”! In the end of May the 9th edition of the Oriflame magazine will be released together with a special bonus CD – including 11 Roxette hits and a new track called “It’s possible”. At this point we only know this will be released in Russia and will cost 99 rubles (ca USD 3.5). The artwork for both the cover and CD discs is shown above this text.

The tracklist for the album:
01. It’s Possible
02. It must have been love (Live in St. Petersburg)
03. Wish I could fly
04. How do you do! (Live in Stavanger)
05. Dangerous (Live in Stavanger)
06. Reveal (Attic Remix)
07. Speak to me (Bassflow Remake)
08. Dressed for success (Live in St. Petersburg)
09. Sleeping in my car (Live in Stavanger)
10. Real Sugar
11. Milk and Toast and Honey
12. Listen to your heart (Live in St. Petersburg)

Thanks to Evgeny Perekopskiy for sharing this news.