Posts Tagged Russia

Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Moscow, Russia – November 21 – #11

Who would have thought, but after all the ”best so far” gigs in Russia, Moscow became No. 1! The concert was officially sold out and 8000 people were there in the crowd to make noise. The crowd was really fab, their hands were in the air all the time and they were singing, jumping and dancing during the whole show. Those who attended the concert say they had an extraordinary experience. Roxette is a band that needs no support act to warm up the crowd. From what I could see, Moscow audience brought the most balloons during the Russian leg of the tour. They looked very good in the air during Joyride.

Perfect Day got back to the setlist to make it complete for the last Russian show. Marie was not sitting during any of the songs this time. Per was jumping even more than usual, Ms Effe sounded awesome and the band was on a high, too. So much on a high that Dea, Mister Magnus and Chris came off the stage during The Look and went close to the crowd to party a bit together with them. So cool! This show was a perfect way to celebrate Clarence birthday’s eve. Grattis, Clarence!

Per & Co about Moscow show and all 11 Russian concerts:

MOSCOW UPDATE: Truly fab gig tonite. Wonderful crowd and a band on fire. Thanx RUSSIA for taking care of us on this tour!! Eleven unbelievable gigs!!!
We’ve had a splendid time and appreciate all your love and affection beyond limits! So many cities I can’t even spell that wlll stay in my (and our) hearts forever. We all truly hope we can come back before long!!!!! LOVE FROM P & CO

Next gig is on Sunday (23rd November) in Tallinn.

 

Articles and photos

c-lebrity.ru (photos and video of arrival to and leaving the hotel)

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16;

crocus-hall.ru

 

Videos

Sleeping In My Car
Spending My Time c Crash! Boom! Bang!
It Must Have Been Love
The Heat Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain
Band presentation & Christoffer’s intro & Joyride
Listen To Your Heart

Instavideos:

Roxette is back to Moscow
TV report after the concert
Bridge TV – short report, interview with Per backstage

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Moscow

Marie & Per waving goodbye to Moscow and the Russian leg of the tour. Photo taken from Instagram © sfakhreev

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Real Sugar
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Perfect Day
Watercolours In The Rain
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

 

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: St. Petersburg, Russia – November 19 – #10

After a little rest at home in Sweden, Roxette hit the stage again in St. Petersburg tonight. It was the first time during this tour that a support act (Vlada Chuprova) was performing before Roxette started their show. Click here to see a backstage pic with Vlada and Marie.

St. Pea crowd went crazy hearing the hits and they were singing along and clapping during the whole concert. The band was in top shape, Christoffer’s intro did the magic again, Per was bouncing around and Marie was smiling all the time while singing her heart out. This time she was sitting again during 2 songs (The Heart Shaped Sea and Watercolours In The Rain) as in Khabarovsk. Perfect Day was left out from the setlist (thanx for the info Evgeny Perekopskiy). Queen of Rain was quite touching and how Dea supported Marie was wonderful!

Micke N-S might be on holiday or had another job to do, because tonight it wasn’t him, but Mike Lindström who took care of Per’s guitars as a technician. It was great to see that this time Åsa also joined the gang.

Per in eXXXtasy after the concert:

ST PETERSBURG UPDATE: Truly fab gig tonite. Best so far on this tour? Maybe!!! Wonderful crowd and Miss Effe in top shape. The band quite good too…. Yeehaa! /P.

Russia had some ”best so far” shows, it seems. 😉

Next gig is on Friday (21st November) in Moscow. That will be the last Russian concert for a while.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23;

itar-tass.com
flashnord.com
Anton Rodionov’s photos
PMI Corporation
geometria.ru – Soia Petina’s photos
d-stroz.livejournal.com

 

Videos

Sleeping In My Car & The Big L.
Spending My Time
Fading Like A Flower
Fading Like A Flower & How Do You Do!
The Heart Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain
Joyride
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

Instavideos:

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_St_Petersburg

Photo by Timofey Sharko

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Real Sugar
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

 

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Krasnodar, Russia – November 16 – #9

The 9th concert was held in Krasnodar tonight. The venue, Basket Hall was big enough to have screens on the 2 sides of the stage, so those who were sitting in the back could clearly see what was happening on the scene. However, during How Do You Do! it seemed those who handled the screens got lessons from the guys who did the Roxette Live – Travelling The World DVD. No fast cuts, but quick changes between close-ups and big screens. Not sure if it went like this during all uptempo songs.

It’s always interesting to hear what opinion people who attend a Roxette concert have. Nice to read that even those who state they are not really Roxette fans, just know their songs and know some of their lyrics by heart had a blast and would go to another Rox gig anytime. They also showed very well how much they knew the lyrics and were singing along during the whole concert.

After 2 shows with less songs, it seems today there were no problems with the organization at the venue, so the setlist was complete again.

Per informed after the show:

KRASNODAR UPDATE: Truly fantastic gig in K. Superb crowd, band in a most playful mood. Clips tomorrow. Now r.o.x.a.i.r. back to Sweden for a while. Time for Pelle to wash his hair. Thanx everyone for showing up tonite and making this a true everlasting memory. Sincerely hope we can come back and make some more noise!! Cheers, P&Co.

The families will surely be very happy to have the guys and ladies back in Sweden, even if it’s only for some days. Have a great time at home, you all!

Next gig is on Wednesday (19th November) in St. Petersburg, where there will also be a support act, for the first time on this tour.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8;

yugopolis.ru
kuban.kp.ru
kublog.ru

 

Videos

Fading Like A Flower
Dangerous
It Must Have Been Love

Instavideos:

TV report about the concert

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Krasnodar

Photo taken from Instagram. _svet_loveee_

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Real Sugar
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Perfect Day
Watercolours In The Rain
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

 

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Rostov-on-Don, Russia – November 14 – #8

Roxette performed at Rostov-on-Don’s Sports Palace tonight. They met a loud crowd there and made everyone sweat on and off stage. Per was so much on a high he even stormed over Christoffer’s mic stand. Dea was fast enough to catch it and Jakob Johnzén (Christoffer’s technician) rushed up to the stage to set everything back to normal. You can see this action in the Joyride video (at about 3:30) taken by Tiina Pitkänen. During Christoffer’s intro to Joyride, Dea and Magnus did a warmly welcomed dance.

The plush toy koala, whose name is still unknown was watching the gig from next to Pelle’s drum again. As we mentioned in our post yesterday, it’s there since the 2nd show (Khabarovsk). As Evgeny Perekopskiy told us, a fan threw it to the stage in Vladivostok when Marie and Per were leaving after the show ended. We know about another plush toy kept as a talisman on stage during the tour in Brazil in 2011. It was a pink bunny. Thanks for helping us to find it, Bianca Martins Cappelletti.

The concert started with an appr. half an hour delay, again because of poor organization at the venue. So the setlist was shorter this time, too.

Per’s thoughts after the gig:

ROSTOV ON DON UPDATE: Fab gig tonite. Super lovely crowd and a very relaxed band. Hot + sweaty = we like it like that! >Thanx everyone for making so much noise!!! /P.

Next gig is on Sunday (16th November) in Krasnodar.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6;

Andrey Borodulin’s photos
donnews.ru
rostovnadonu.bezformata.ru
Inna Inna’s photos

 

Videos

Sleeping In My Car
It Must Have Been Love
Joyride
Various

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Rostov-on-Don

Photo by Lena Tünina. Taken from Instagram.

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Real Sugar
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Saratov, Russia – November 12 – #7

While Roxers were busy with all the pre-sale stress, hunting for the best seats at the seated shows, buying their tickets for the European leg of the tour in 2015, the 7th concert was held in Saratov tonight. The show was in a very small, cozy venue. According to a police report there were a bit more than 2000 people. The gig started appr. 1 hour later than planned. As fans informed, it was again because of poor organization. People had to wait for long at the entrance, just like in Novosibirsk. It seems that cozy venues have this issue in Russia. Unfortunately, the venue was not the best one from those fans’ point of view who had their seats on the sides, because from there (as you can also see on these photos) they couldn’t really see the whole stage. Better said, they couldn’t see the whole picture of what was happening on the stage. However, Duracell Bunny Per, Dea and Professor Lundquist did their best with going to the very sides of the stage, turned towards that part of the audience and played for them. The crowd was grateful and very loud, found the concert super, so one could forget about the negative sides of the poor organization.

Marie changed her white jacket to a black one and Per’s jacket had a night off this time again (it was too hot inside the venue). Marie was wearing her ”I Am Who I Am” tee and of course, she was barefoot. The warming up video Per shared on Roxette Official is to die for! Marie and Dea singing hand in hand. Lovely! We want more of backstage moments like this, Mr G!

Too bad, but the setlist was shorter than usual this time again. Perfect Day and Queen of Rain were left out (thanx for the info, Evgeny Perekopskiy), so it was the same setlist as in Novosibirsk.

Per posted after the concert:

SARATOV UPDATE: Truly great gig tonite. The most fab crowd imaginable in spite of the hardcore sweaty smell in the volleyball arena with no oxygen at hand! But we all survived and had a blast! Thanx for showing up and making this a truly great memory for all of us! Cheers, P.

Next gig is on Friday (14th November) in Rostov-on-Don.

 

Articles and photos

vzsar.ru
nversia.ru
geometria.tv

Instagram pics: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14;

sarnovosti.ru
saratov.monavista.ru
sovetov.su
sarinform.ru
om-saratov.ru
saratov.kp.ru

 

Videos

Sleeping In My Car
Crash! Boom! Bang!
The Heart Shaped Sea
Listen To Your Heart
Real Sugar
Watercolours In The Rain
Stars
Christoffer’s intro to Joyride
Band presentation, Christoffer’s intro and part of Joyride

Instagram videos:

TV report
RoxetteBlog made it to the news on a Saratov TV

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Saratov

Photo by Ramilya Bakhteeva (vzsar.ru)

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Real Sugar
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Yekaterinburg, Russia – November 9 – #6

Before the show day, Per gave 4 interviews to the press in Yekaterinburg. Two for TV’s (one of them was for Yekaterinburg TV (the link directly to YouTube), part of the other one can bee seen here (and on YouTube the same), but the complete interview you can watch here), another for a radio (available also as video) and the fourth for a newspaper. So the local media was well interested in Roxette. Last time they played here was March 2011 and one could think it might be too early to come back to a city after 3.5 years, but definitely, it wasn’t the Yekaterinburg crowd who was thinking this way.

From what we heard from fans and as Per also mentioned in his updates, tonight’s concert felt like it was the best so far during the tour. Sometimes it seems that the best show is always the one you have just attended, but looking at the stuff available online thanks to the 21st century and to all those recording something, it was a cool gig indeed. Great energy on and off the stage, Marie is getting stronger and stronger, her voice is shining, Per’s left leg couldn’t stop stomping and the band was amazing, too. The crowd was very loud and they went crazy when they heard the intro to ”Joyride” Christoffer played for them. He performed ”Pesenka pro medvedey” (song about bears). Even those who are not hardcore Roxers said the concert was fantastic and they enjoyed it to the full.

The setlist was the same as on the previous concert.

Per wrote after the show (whatever the problem was with the showers):

EKATERINBURG UPDATE: Great great show tonite. Best so far, says Clarence & Pelle. They might be right. We had a blast. Beautiful crowd. Thanx everyone!!!!! We love this place (except the showers…)! /P.

After a while, being still excited, he shared some videos and the pic of the audience taken by MNS with this text:

EKATERINBURG! THANK YOU!!!! ALL THE LOVE THERE IS! SEE YOU AGAIN! P&CO
PS. Pic by Little Mike N-S

Next gig is on Wednesday (12th November) in Saratov.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;
Elena Mitko’s photo
66.ru article with photos; lots of fab photos here, at the end of the article
deniz-kizi.livejournal.com
Anna Morozova’s pics
ekaterinburg.vibirai.ru – Maxim Vorobyov’s photos
geometria.ru

 

Videos

Kristina Bordovskih’s videos:

Other videos:

Radio interview (voice and video), as well as short report of the concert: here

1.5-hour-long video bootleg

Setlist

Roxette_in_Yekaterinburg

Photo from Instagram

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Real Sugar
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Perfect Day
Watercolours In The Rain
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Magnitogorsk, Russia – November 7 – #5

Tonight’s show happened in the ice hockey team’s, Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s local arena. I shouldn’t even mention, because it seems so natural already, but Marie appeared barefoot on stage, wearing her hot white jacket. Per’s glam rock jacket found its owner again and the crowd could see it during the first songs. The venue wasn’t sold out, but it still looked quite packed and the crowd seemed to enjoy the concert a lot.

Perfect Day and Queen of Rain found their way back to the setlist, so it was the same as on the first 3 shows.

Per & Co had a great time:

THANK YOU MAGNITOGORSK for a fab evening. Great to see so many people having a splendid time. Including us!! Hope to see you all again! /P&Co

Next gig is on Sunday (9th November) in Yekaterinburg.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6;
pagerok.livejournal.com
Twitter: 1;
Vitaliy Aprelkov’ beauty shots: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; on vk.com
Yury Chernyavka’s photos
Vasily Urintsev’s photos ; dialogpress.ru
Anton Agashin’s photos ; more photos from him
3dblin’s photos: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8;
1mgn.ru
magmetall.ru
geometria.tv
Look Book

 

Videos

Instagram:

Part of the band presentation & Chris playing the intro to Joyride (The Final Countdown)

Time-lapse video of building the stage

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Magnitogorsk

Photo from Instagram

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Real Sugar
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Perfect Day
Watercolours In The Rain
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

 

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Novosibirsk, Russia – November 4 – #4

Today it is the 25th anniversary of Listen To Your Heart becoming Roxette’s second US No. 1. It’s nice to have a gig on such days to celebrate. Marie entered the stage barefoot tonite again and Mr G left his glam rock jacket behind. Could be because it was a club concert, so it might have been hot inside anyway.

2 songs (Perfect Day and Queen of Rain) were left out vs. the first 3 concerts (thanx for the info, Evgeny Perekopskiy), probably because the show started appr. one hour later than planned. According to some fans, the reason of the delay was poor organization. The concert should have started at 8 pm, but there were still many people outside. They were not let in and had to wait for long in the freezing cold outside until they got access into the venue. Nevertheless, the gig was fab and the crowd was loud, singing along during the whole concert. The venue, Klub Otdykh looked quite cozy and cool.

Per’s says after the show:

NOVOSIBIRSK UPDATE: Yea! Outstanding gig, A little shorter than usual but hey…… an asskickin’ one. Superb crowd. Thanx everyone for singing along. See y’all again!!! Spasiba! /P & Co

Next gig is on Friday (7th November) in Magnitogorsk.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;
Pravilnoe Radio
geometria.by
Dimitry Zryumov’s photos

 

Videos

Listen To Your Heart & The Look (bad image quality, but OK sound)
Watercolours In The Rain (bad image quality, but OK sound)
It Must Have Been Love

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Novosibirsk

Screenshot is from Ekaterina Sycheva’s instavideo

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Real Sugar
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Krasnoyarsk, Russia – November 2 – #3

After 2 days off, the 3rd gig of the XXX tour happened in Krasnoyarsk tonight. It seems that relaxing for 2 days paid off, since according to fans’ opinion who were there, as well as according to the videos we could see online, this gig was the best from the 3 so far. Marie also felt much better vs. the previous show. Surely, it’s not only because of the fact that she kicked her shoes off, but since her solo tour it seems that being barefoot is a kind of lucky charm and it has magical effects. You rock, Marie!

The setlist was the same as on the first 2 concerts.

Per’s opinion about the show:

KRASNOYARSK UPDATE: Fab gig, best so far by far. Great crowd, lovely band. Love. /P.

Next gig is on Tuesday (4th November) in Novosibirsk.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9;
Julia Raskova’s photos; more photos from her
Photos of the RoxJet
sibnovosti.ru
Anton Mayorov’s photos ; more photos from him
kaleda.ru

 

Videos

How Do You Do!
The Look
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Fading Like A Flower
Christoffer’s intro to Joyride and part of Joyride
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)

Roxette arriving to Krasnoyarsk and an interview with Per
TV report after the show ; the same report on YouTube
enisey.tv report after the show

 

Setlist

Roxette_in_Krasnoyarsk

Happy Marie, happy Per, happy band. Photo by Sergey Chivikov

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Real Sugar
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Perfect Day
Watercolours In The Rain
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

 

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Roxette 30th Anniversary Tour: Khabarovsk, Russia – October 30 – #2

Rox_Khabarovsk_by_Olga_O

Pic by Olga O (from Instagram)

The 2nd show of the tour was in Khabarovsk tonight. The band was in top shape and sound-wise the whole gig improved since the premiere concert in Vladivostok. Real Sugar sounded even better! What we didn’t mention in the premiere gig article is that now there is a very short adrenalin intro while the band is getting on stage and before they start off with Sleeping in My Car. Great we have an intro like this on tour!

As we could see it already in the soundcheck video Per shared earlier today, Marie was sitting while singing Perfect Day. On the concert, she was sitting during 3 songs: The Heart Shaped Sea, Perfect Day and Watercolours In The Rain. According to Roxers attending the concert, she didn’t feel comfortable with it. If you check The Heart Shaped Sea video below, you’ll see that it might have been because the chair was set too high. They tried to use the chair during her solo tour, but she refused it there. She chose to perform barefoot instead. And it helped. Maybe it would help now, too, who knows. Kick of them shoes, Marie! OK, now switching to serious mode, watching the video with Queen of Rain, it seems Marie has a difficult time. We really hope that the fans’ positive energy can help her to get better. Sending all the positive vibes towards her virtually as well, from all around the Universe! The songs sounded beautiful anyway!

Another thing to mention is that Chris is doing his lead guitar performance on this tour, too, after the band presentation, before Joyride. Today he played Nad Amurom Belim Parusom (sorry for writing it phonetically, but somehow I can’t use cyrillic letters here…). The setlist was the same as in Vladivostok.

Per’s comment after the show:

THANK YOU KHABAROVSK!!! Fab big crowd tonight, spasiba!! Band in top shape. Hope to see you all soon again. Leaving this town soon, the RoxAirJet is flying west! Cheers, peace & love from P&Co.

Next gig is on Sunday (2nd November) in Krasnoyarsk.

Articles and photos

anni-sanni.com (with marvellous photos!)
habarovsk.moigorod.ru
hab.aif.ru
newmenonline.ru
gubernia.com ; interview with Per (same as in the video, just with photos and in written form here)
vk.com

 

Videos

Sleeping in My Car, The Big L.
Real Sugar; another Real Sugar
Queen of Rain
It Must Have Been Love; another It Must Have Been Love
The Heart Shaped Sea
Perfect Day
7Twenty7
Joyride
The Look
Queen of Rain

Exclusive interview with Per by Gubernia TV
Report about the concert on Gubernia TV

 

Setlist

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Real Sugar
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Perfect Day
Watercolours In The Rain
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
7Twenty7
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look
Queen of Rain

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CD-sleeves for “It’s possible” special Oriflame album

This Oriflame CD-sleeve was found the other day by Per on his balcony. We really like the idea of looking for a full rox concert DVD on this balcony as well. C’mon Per, you can do it! 🙂

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Russian edition of TRAVELLING

Roxette’s latest album TRAVELLING was released in Russia last month. This edition is a bit of strange as it includes only 13 songs and both versions of “It’s possible” were removed for unknown reasons. Picture was taken by Alexander Funk.

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Marie Fredriksson for Russian TV: Cancer is a new form of life inside of us

Marie Fredriksson gave a touching interview for programme about cancer done for a Russian NTV channel. Here are the quotes from Marie translated by Evgeny Perekopskiy and proofread by Celestte. This exclusive interview was shot during one-hour session at Marie’s house in Stockholm in December 2011.

WATCH THE WHOLE PROGRAMME (Marie’s part starts at 39:48)

Narrator:
A slim woman singing about changes in the microphone can actually grab the audience in venues with the capacity of 100 000 people. But when she tries to say the word “cancer”, she still feels insecure.

Marie Fredriksson

I couldn’t learn how to talk about it without worrying. I just sang the song “The Change”. Few people know that this song is about cancer. For some unknown reason I needed this meeting with cancer. It changed me totally. I started to listen to my inner voice, talk to my body. And the main thing is that I started to draw. (Marie laughs)

All that I feel and experience is in these drawings. By the way, this is Madonna (Marie points at her drawing). Not the singer, no. This is the Madonna that I imagine for myself. Who saved me from illness. Who rescued me.

The first drawings I created because of fear. I just wanted to understand what was happening to me. What the cancer was all about.

Narrator:
Looking like an alien, drawing alien subjects, for a while wonderfully Marie Fredriksson created her personal, alien theory of the origin of cancer.

Marie Fredriksson:

I started to think that cancer is somehow a new form of life inside of us. That people having those cells that then will become cancerous are born and live and then those cells wake up. And perhaps in the future people will be able to live with those cells.

Narrator:
In spite of the incredible story, from the scientific point of view, the singer of Roxette is right in many things. To transform cancer in chronic illness that won’t break off life is one of the directions of the modern scientific thought

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World Tour 2011: Moscow Video Bootleg

You can always count on Russian fans! After last year’s bootleg recordings of Moscow and St. Peteresburg, here are another two videos covering almost whole Moscow concert that took place on December 1, 2011.

Part 1

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World Tour 2011: St. Petersburg, Russia – December 3 #78

Comment from Per Gessle

Oh yea! St Petersburg was just as expected!!!! Brilliant crowd and the Rox Machine is still going strong. Thanx everyone for making this an everlasting memory. Hope you had a great couple of hours, we certainly did! See y’all next time!!!

Setlist

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
11. 7twenty7
12. Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)
13. Crash! Boom! Bang!
14. How Do You Do!
15. Dangerous
Band presentation
16. Joyride (introduced with “Pesnya pro zaicev”)

17. Watercolours In The Rain
18. Spending My Time
19. The Look (ended up with “Kalinka Malinka”)

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

Photos and articles

InsiderNews.ru (gallery)
Visualrian.ru (gallery)
TV100.ru (TV report)

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