Roxette cancel Auckland show

Source: Live Nation Australia & New Zealand

ROXETTE CANCEL AUCKLAND CONCERT
Thursday 9 February 2012

Live Nation regret to advise that Roxette have been forced to cancel their New Zealand concert, which was to be held at Auckland’s Vector Arena this Saturday, February 11 2012.

Per Gessle of Roxette fell ill during his flight from Stockholm to Auckland and has been forced to rest for several days to prepare for the remainder of the tour.

Despite the best efforts of all involved with the tour, it has not been possible to schedule an alternative date for the Auckland show within the already demanding tour schedule.

The tour will resume as scheduled in Brisbane on Tuesday February 14.

What now?
For all tickets booked online or by phone, the credit card used in the booking will automatically be refunded. Please allow up to five working days to receive your refund.

If your booking was made at a Ticketmaster outlet, please return to the original outlet with your ticket(s) and the credit card used to purchase, to obtain your refund.

UPDATE from Roxette’s managment

Per got a crazy stomach ailment on the plane down there, so he is dehydrated and needs to rest and get better.

Roxette’s “Travelling” on March 23

According to Swedish online shops – Ginza.se, Bengans.se and CDon.se – the new Roxette album called “Travelling” will be released on March 23, a week earlier than previously expected. On the same date such star like Madonna will also release her long anticipated album.

Update February 7: As it looks like, the album will be released on March 23 in Germany and other “Friday release” countries, March 26 in most other countries.

Roxette to receive the Swedish Government’s special music export award 2011

As Swedish Government informs on its official website – Roxette is to receive music export award for 2011. Here is the official statement:

This year’s music export award-winnig duo celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011 with one of the biggest tours a Swedish band has ever done. The world tour that began in Russia in February 2011 – and that will extend well into this year – exceeded the forecast for number of tickets sold to over one million. The group has since its start sold over 50 million albums and another 20 million singles, and created some of music history’s greatest hits: It Must Have Been Love, Joyride, The Look, Listen to Your Heart and Dressed for success – just to name a few. After ABBA – Roxette’s the most successful band of all time on the international music scene.

The Government’s 2011 Music Export Prize will go to Swedish House Mafia as well. Roxette received this prize once in the past in 2001 for Room Service album and tour.

Congrats to Roxette from the whole RoxetteBlog.com team!

Australian news – meet & greet and Charlize Theron

Antonio Epifania from Australia reports that Sydney radio station Mix 106.5 is giving listeners a chance to win a meet & greetwith Roxette plus tickets to their show on the 25th of February! He was listening after they announced Monday’s winner to an interview with Oscar winner South African actress Charlize Theron and it turned out that she is also a Roxette fan! Roxette helped her get through her difficult high school years.

You can have a listen here & she says it at 1:45min

Fredrik Olastuen – the man behind plane’s photo

As you know – the plane picture used on not the final cover of the Roxette’s forthcoming “T2 – Tourism 2” album was taken by Norwegian photographer Fredrik Olastuen. Who is he – you may ask.

Here’s the little piece of information he publishes on his Flickr page.

26 years old, living in Jessheim, Akershus, Norway.

Work in the videoconferencing industry, certified on Tandberg equipment. When not on work, I spend most of my time as a hobby-/freelance-photographer.

I do mostly sports and concert foto, but experiencing with all kind of genres.

I have always been interested in photo, but it really startet to evolve when I bought my first DSLR. Now I’m almost only shooting with my Canon Powershot G10, but it’s still a lot of fun and I like to experience with motives and techniques.

My main goal is to have fun and take nice pictures of my life and surroundings, and experience while having fun. If you like my photos, that’s a nice bonus 🙂

If you want to follow my updates, you can add me as a contact here on Flickr or on Twitter where I will post every time I publish new photos.

Is this a “T2:Tourism2” cover?

Our reader Barry Mieny has removed the dark area in the bottom of the cover published by online Swedish shop CDON.com. If you look closer you may see that the album’s name includes colone instead of dash [T2:Tourism2[ and that there’ll probably be no spaces in between. This looks like a very tricky name!

We have no confirmation if this cover is real or not.

Update: The cover appeared in better quality at Ginza.se:

Thanks Honky Tonk!

Update 2 by J: Sven H has done some research and found the original plane picture and some information. The picture with the airplane was taken by Fredrik Olastuen who posted the following on his blog:

Speaking of photography, before the weekend I had a very pleasant surprise. Somebody had discovered one of my photos on Flickr and wanted to buy it, to use it album cover of a famous band in Sweden. I, of course, agreed to it, nice that my work is noticed and is appreciated. The picture otherwise also received many good comments earlier, quite funny actually, since the picture was taken almost by chance.

And I myself found this comment on Fredrik Olastuen page, left by Pär Wickholm at Minus on January 11. He basically writes that he works as a graphic designer and would like to buy a picture for an album cover for a “successful artist in Sweden”.

So it looks like the cover will at least have this plane on the cover. The idea is nice, also playing with the T2 = terminal 2, plane, travel, that the whole band is on the cover.. but let’s hope the bus and the band pictures get better!

Thanks Sven!