Roxette returns to Beijing after 17 years + Show in Shanghai added

As China.org.cn informs, Swedish pop music duo Roxette will play in Beijing on March 12, 2012. The show is scheduled at Beijing’s MasterCard Center. It’s the fifth Roxette’s concert in Southeast Asia afer Jakarta, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taipei concerts and glory return to this part of the world after long 17 years of waiting.

On March 14th, Roxette will play at Shanghai Grand Stage in Shanghai.

Thanks to Evgeny Perekopskiy for sending this news.

First South American concerts on sale

The sale for the first South American concert has just began. The chosen city is Quito in Ecuador. Sale for another concert in Rosario in Argentina qwill start shortly. Despite previous announcments – sale for Bogota gig has not started yet. If you have any other updates, please let us know in the comment section.

Q&A session with Per Gessle on Facebook

In a weak moment of Christmas humbleness Per Gessle has agreed to answer all Rox-related questions on the Roxette Official Facebook wall. From the yesterday’s Q&A session, we got to know that:

Roxette considers playing in Mexico next year
there are no plans for 2012 concerts in Baltic states
Per has never considered releasing Christmas album
“Charm school” track is to be included on “T2 – Tourism 2” album
Roxette is still trying to convince EMI that it’s a good idea to release old concert on DVD/blu-ray
the official dates for European 2012 tour will be announced once everything is set and done
Marie doesn’t really use computers
Roxette might play “Paint” on the tour
most of 2012 concerts won’t have the full Rox-production
“Charm school” is still “a fine album” for Per Gessle

Roxette US dates are “in the can for September” next year
Roxette will play in Denmark next year
Cooper works at Burger King

Christmas greetings from Roxette

Roxette.se published this message from Marie and Per. What can we say. This year has also been amazing for many of us. I will personally never forget it. Thank you!!

Oh yeah!

2011 turned out to be something very special indeed. We don’t really know where to start! The ”She’s Got Nothing On”-single that made it all the way to the-4th-most-played-song-in-the-world for a couple of weeks? The Charm School album that felt like the perfect comeback for this young couple? Or The World Tour that kicked off in February? Oh yeah, let’s start there!

No one expected this kind of reception we got from you guys, we couldn’t even dream of filling huge arenas again. Almost 800,000 people came to the shows this year. That’s an awful lot of tickets!

And you know, we say it again and again, nothing would have been possible without the support, friendship, love + affection we get on a daily basis from YOU; The Rox Aficionados all over the world!!! You make things so much easier.

We certainly hope we’ll meet all of you again in 2012. Looks like this tour will have another 65 shows to go before the finale in October. New cities + new countries are in the can as well as some jolly returns to favourite places.

And, hey, as we’re writing this… we’re just wrapping up the recordings of the new T2 – Tourism 2-album. It feels like we’re having a splendid one coming up, recorded while touring, filled with the positive energy from you + from the superb bunch of musicians we’re blessed to work with.
We la-la-la-la-love it! Have a feeling you’re gonna love it too!

So, folks…..have a wonderful xmas + a mighty 2012.

Cheers,
Marie + Per

World Tour 2012 – what we know so far

As Marie and Per inform in today’s Christmas wishes, there is still around 65 shows to go. So far – according to our counting – 41 concert are scheduled – 9 new countries are in (comparing to this year’s plan), 6 show are sold out at the moment. It means that at least 24 gigs are to be announced any time soon. When? Marie and Per don’t reveal that, unfortunately.

Those forthcoming concerts would probably cover Europe (late June – middle of August) and Canada (September/October?).

FEBRUARY 2012
11.02 Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand #80
14.02 Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia (Sold out) #81
16.02 Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia (Sold out) #82
17.02 Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia (Sold out) #83
18.02 Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia (Sold out) #84
20.02 Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia #85
22.02 Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia #86
24.02 Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia #87
25.02 Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia #88
28.02 Challenge Stadium, Perth, Australia (Sold out) #89
29.02 Challenge Stadium, Perth, Australia (Sold out) #90

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Three Roxette concerts in Norway in July and August 2012

European dates are very slowly showing up (would be nice to get them at once…soon!). According to the Norwegian newspapers Nytt i Uka and Sunnmørsposten, Roxette will be one of the artists to perform at the Jugendfest festival, which will take place in Ålesund’s Color Line Stadium from 16th to 18th of August 2012. “It’s the biggest band we have booked for the Jugendfest for a long time. They have produced big hits during the past 30 years and a lot of people can really relate to them,” says Ante Giskeødegård, the booking manager at Momentium, the company which organises this festival among others to the free newspaper Nytt i Uka.

Other artists which are also confirmed for this festival are the Swedish band Kent, which recently announced a new album and tour for 2012 as well.

Tickets for the festival are already on sale.

Update a few hours later: It looks like Roxette will also be in Norway in July. According to ticketmaster.nl and Billetservice.no a concert is planned on July 14 in Fredriksten Festning in Halden. Tickets go on sale on Friday 16th of December via Billettservice.no.

Update 15 Dec.: And a third date for Norway: 13th of July in Odderøya Live Festival, Kristiansand.

Thanks Evgeny and Ludo for the tips!

Third Brisbane date was a mistake

It turned out that the latest press release about new South American tour dates included a mistake – not concerning any of the Latin America concerts though.

We got reply from Live Nation Austriala & New Zealand that the third Brisbane date on February 23, 2012 is incorrect and “it’s very unlikely to see any further concert” there.

Roxette to play in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Ecuador

According to T4F information published on the website, Roxette will visit Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil during South American part of the World Tour 2012. Those dates which we published yesterday turned out to be true. Those below in bold are confirmed ones, the rest is still rumour.

19.04 Parque Simón Bolívar, Bogota, Colombia
20.04 Lima, Peru
23.04 Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina
24.04 Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina
26.04 Ruca Che, Neuquen, Argentina
28.04 Polideportivo Islas Malvinas, Mar del Plata, Argentina
30.04 Metropolitano, Rosario, Argentina

08.05 Teatro do Positivo, Curitiba, Brazil
10.05 Credicard Hall, São Paulo, Brazil
12.05 Citibank Hall, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
15.05 Ginásio Nilson Nelson, Brasília, Brazil
18.05 Chevrolet Hall, Recife, Brazil

Still – there are lot of gaps in the schedule.

Update: The official announcement!

ROXETTE RETURNS TO SOUTH AMERICA IN 2012

2011 has been an amazing year for Roxette with a fantastic world tour and the great success of the new album Charm School. During the first nine months of their world tour they have played to over 800,000 fans at 79 concerts in 31 countries. Next year Roxette will continue to tour in venues throughout Europe, Asia, South America and South Africa.

Due to the overwhelming response Roxette received when they visited South America earlier this year, Roxette has decided to return and in April 2012. The band will play in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Tickets will be released soon.

Roxette’s album Charm School was released by EMI earlier this year. Charm School has reached the No. 1 spot in several countries. In March next year a new album called T2- Tourism 2 will be released worldwide.

Tour dates 2012
11.2 Auckland, Vector Arena (New Zeeland)
14.2 Brisbane, Entertainment Centre (Australia)
16.2 Sydney, Sydney Entertainment (Australia)
17.2 Sydney, Entertainment Centre (Australia)
18.2 Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena (Australia)
20.2 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre (Australia)
22.2 Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena (Australia)
23.2 Brisbane, Brisbane Entertainment Centre (Australia)
24.2 Brisbane, Brisbane Entertainment Centre (Australia))
25.2 Sydney, Entertainment Centre (Australia)
28.2 Perth, Challenge Stadium (Australia)
29.2 Perth, Challenge Stadium (Australia)
3.3 Jakarta, Indoor Tennis Stadium (Indonesia)
6.3 Singapore, Resorts World Convention Center (Singapore)
8.3 Hong Kong, Convention Center (Hong Kong)
17.4 Quito, Coliseo Ruminahui (Ecuador)
19.4 Bogota, Parque Simon Bolivar (Colombia)
21.4 Lima, Explanada Estadio Monumental (Peru)
24.4 Buenos Aires, Luna Park (Argentina)
26.4 Neuquen, Ruca Che (Argentina)
28.4 Mar del Plata, Polideportivo (Argentina)
30.4 Rosario, Metropolitano (Argentina)
3.5 Cordoba, Orfeo (Argentina)
5.5 Asuncion, Yacht Club (Paraguay)
8.5 Curitiba, Teatro Positivo (Brazil)
10.5 Sao Paulo, Credicard Hall (Brazil)
12.5 Rio de Janeiro, Citibank Hall (Brazil)
15.5 Brasilia, Nilson Nelson (Brazil)
18.5 Recife, Chevrolet Hall (Brazil)
3.6 Johannesburg, Coca-Cola Dome (South Africa)
5.6 Durban, ICC Durban Arena (South Africa))
8.6 Cape Town, Grand Arena (South Africa)

“Svarte Rudolf” sang by Gessle on P3

Last week Swedish public radio P3 broadcasted programme “Livet är en fest” (Life is a party) with episode called “Halmstads pärlor, del 1” (Halmstad’s Pearls, part 1). Yesterday it was time for the second part with such pearls as “Svarte Rudolf” (accoustic song sang by Per Gessle) or “Farlig Terräng” (early Flickorna… demo by Gyllene Tider). The first 20 minutes of episode are dedicated to Roxette’s career including songs like “Neverending love”, “Listen to your hear” and extracts from interviews with Marie and Per in Swedish.