Per Gessle – En vacker kväll in Stockholm, Sweden – 27th July 2017 – #10

Judith’s review:

One of the things I appreciate most about Rox&co is that they keep on surprising me. After so many years following them around and so many shows behind me one would think – what is there to see?

Well, Thursday night was one of those ‘rediscovering’ why I love them so much nights again.

I had been reading reviews and comments since the tour started but I didn’t watch any video. Mostly due to lack of time but also a bit because I wanted to wait to see it myself.

Some of the songs I had seen at the smygpremiär but it was still a wow effect on some “known” songs.

Luckily it didn’t rain! We had been checking our weather apps the whole day and were happy to see the forecasts were wrong again.

The mood in the venue was very calm too. The audience sounded good from where I was. Not wild but sang along loud enough.

Now to some comments about the songs!

The show started slow with På promenad genom stan. It sounded a bit different to what I remembered from Leif’s but it had the same warming up effect with the shalala sing along. I like the arrangements on this one, it has become a very poppy-song.

The mood totally changed with Juni, juli, augusti. With this song the whole set up changes. Per gets a new guitar, lights become alive, the band goes crazy. It felt like going from 0 to 150 km/h in 1 second! Awesome party moment with this and Det hjärta som brinner.

Time to slow down a bit again. Första pris sounded much much better than in June. Also the intro with Segla på ett moln fits very well and sounds very cool.

Finally I got to hear Tittar på dej när du dansar! It was followed by Puls. I am still not sure if Puls is in the right place because it is a fast song again in between 2 rather slow ones. But happy to hear it anyway! I loooove the drums!!!

It Must Have Been Love was one of the big woooows of the night. I started crying right from the beginning. What can I do? I just miss Marie so much and well. It just happens. On the other hand, it sounded so good and was happy to hear it live again. When Helena started to sing wooow!! She has a wonderful voice and she does a great job making the song hers. All in all a very nice sweet and emotional tribute to this jewel. Also incredible response from the audience.

Honung och guld was the second aaahhhh of the evening. I was looking forward to listening to it and it surpassed all expectations. Very nice version!!

The rather slow calm part went on with Kung av sand and Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång (nice Flickan sing along!!) to then go up tempo again and go into the best part of the show for me – incl. band presentation and The Look. The four songs (from Ljudet to The Look) are pure craziness!!! My fave was Spegelboll. Just.loved.it!! And The Look was a fab ending of the main part.

When Per introduced Magnus, he mentioned some of the countries represented by all the fans in the first rows. Nice!!

They came back after a short break and change of clothes (Per) to play Varmt igen. I love this song. One of my fave by Per solo! Was looking forward to listening to it again. Helena’s voice is amazing here too. Incredible performance with goose bumps!!

After Tycker om när du tar på mej it was time for Joyride. My least favourite of the setlist. I wish they would have kept Dressed For Success instead of this! Or exchanged it with any other Rox song. Be it Dangerous or How Do You Do! or any of the other 500 songs by Per that he has never played live before…

The 2nd encore started by incredibly strong drum beats by Andreas. It was time for partying to Sommartider!! Crazy one. Which then led to the last song of the evening. A very nice version of Småstadsprat. It is great to hear Helena singing Lars Winnerbäck’s part. From what I could hear from Swedes standing around me, many were expecting Lars to join as guest in Stockholm. It didn’t happen but there are still 11 shows to go?

All in all a very vacker evening. Looking forward to Borgholm!!

Some more tiny details from Patrícia:

Before the show there was a meet & greet with Mr. G. Those who won on Spotify’s contest could meet him and have their CDs or LPs signed. According to those lucky winners, Per was in a very good mood, he was very nice to everyone and took his time signing everything and taking pictures with the winners.

The crowd was very international that night, or at least the front row. Fans came to cheer Per Gessle from several countries and continents: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Czecz Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, Uruguay. I hope I could list all countries. Impressive, isn’t it? It’s always easy to recognize fans from South America, having their country’s jersey on and their flag banners, so during the band presentation Magnus even mentioned Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Uruguay being represented. HERE you can watch the video of it.

Among the guests there was Niklas Strömstedt in the crowd, having a blast with his wife, mostly during (Hon vill ha) Puls. Haha. Probably, there were other famous people too in the audience.

Before the band started playing Juni, juli, augusti, Per talked to the crowd and said he had never had a concert at Skansen. Only performed on TV shows there. Talking about TV shows, the whole concert area at Skansen seemed to be much bigger on TV. And… Skansen crowd seems to be much louder on TV than live. I really expected an incredibly loud sing-along audience at this show, but well, there is always room to develop. Per and the band were on fire anyway. At the end of the show Andreas even threw a drumhead to the crowd.

Åsa was there at Skansen and filmed a lot as usual. What was surprising is that there were no photographers in the pit. I’m still wondering if there was no press present or they just had another spot somewhere at the side or in the back from where they could take photos. But not seeing too many media shots from the show, I would say most of them were probably at Alice Cooper’s show in Gröna Lund at the same time. Or who knows…

Tack alla härliga människor som dök upp på Skansen i Sthlm ikväll. Inget regn, ingen vind bara good vibes och sköna leenden överallt. We had a blast.

Tionde gigget o bandet börjar bli ordentligt tajt. Visst var Helena o Malin-My extra grymma ikväll??? Och Quincy o Ola. Herregud vad bra de är! Och The Swedish Sex Machine på bas peakade nog i livet denna glada torsdag. Clair o Chris dundrade på som den nya V-12:an i Ferrari 812 Superfast. Kort o koncist: I’m in good company! Tack alla! /P.

All photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

Setlist

1. På promenad genom stan
2. Vilket håll du än går
3. Juni, juli, augusti
4. Det hjärta som brinner
5. Segla på ett moln / Första pris
6. Tittar på dej när du dansar
7. (Hon vill ha) Puls
8. It Must Have Been Love
9. Honung och guld
10. Kung av sand
11. Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
12. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
13. Spegelboll
14. Gå & fiska!
Band presentation
15. The Look (with När vi två blir en as intro)

Encore:
16. Varmt igen (with Queen of Rain as intro)
17. Tycker om när du tar på mej
18. Joyride

Encore 2:
19. Sommartider
20. Småstadsprat

Videos:

På promenad genom stan: 1; 2;
Juni, juli, augusti
(Hon vill ha) Puls: 1; 2;
It Must Have Been Love
Honung och guld
Kung av sand
Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
Ljudet av ett annat hjärta: 1; 2;
Spegelboll
Gå & fiska!
The Look: 1; 2;
Tycker om när du tar på mej
Joyride
Sommartider: 1; 2;
Småstadsprat

Articles, pictures:

Svenska Dagbladet
Allehanda (for subscribers only)

 

 

Per Gessle at Allsång på Skansen 2017

On June 13th it was announced that Per Gessle would perform at Allsång på Skansen on 4th July. The day has come and Per collected his new band to appear on stage at Skansen. During the day he showed the new tussilago drumhead on insta and also posted a pic of himself and Sanna Nielsen, singer, presenter. We could see some instapics and instavids from the rehearsals where we could hear the band playing Sommartider and Småstadsprat. We heard they also rehearsed Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång). 2 hours before showtime SVT shared a photo of Mr. G posing backstage. He had a new stage outfit on. Black shirt with red stars on the shoulders and black trousers with red stripes on the sides. And Per must have come from the hairdresser, haha, his hair is freshly cut. Ready for tonite, ready for the tour!

The show started at 20:00 and it was available live online. You can watch it HERE! First Sanna Nielsen was singing and introduced the artists who would perform at the event. Per had a chit-chat with some in the crowd while waiting and people were of course taking pictures of him. Mr. G was walking towards the stage after Sanna Nielsen introduced him, waving to the crowd. He was the first to perform, Sommartider. Hej hej, it was a fab starter! All from 3 to 99 in the audience loved it and sang along. So many happy faces all around, all smiles. Per left the stage after Sommartider ended, but Sanna told he would be back later.

We had to wait until 20:50 to see Mr. G again. Sanna said Per wrote more songs than she could count and she started singing It Must Have Been Love, asking the audience to sing along, while PG was getting up on stage again. Per loved to hear the crowd singing IMHBL. Then he and the band started playing Småstadsprat. Now the cameras showed close-ups of the band members too. They sounded fantastic together again. The part Lars Winnerbäck sings on the album version was sung by Sanna Nielsen this time. The crowd didn’t really sing along to this one. They need to practice a bit more or check their booklets thoroughly next time.

After Småstadsprat Sanna asked Per about a tour memory he would never forget. Per said there are many, but he remembered and told the story when (he believes) in Mexico City he tried a sexy move on stage, but he stumbled over a lamp and his pants got torn. Marie and the front row thought it was funny, but Per thought thank God there were no mobile phones back then. He said anyway it’s great to be on tour and play to fantastic crowds like this here. The best is to be waiting for 22 hours to be 2 hours on stage.

Then he and the band performed Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång). The whole crowd got on their feet. With this song the show on TV ended. All artists came up on stage and got a sunflower in their hands. Not a tussilago. Haha. They were singing Stockholm i mitt hjärta together. We hoped for more PG in the last 30 minutes that were broadcast online only, but he didn’t perform more.

Per’s thoughts about tonight:

Allsång på Skansen! Tack alla som sjöng med. Tack för en underbar kväll i ett härligt sommar-Stockholm. Grymt band, Sanna var fab på “Småstadsprat” och publiken…. wunderbar!!! Syns på torsdag. Då smäller det! /P.

The tour starts in 2 days! Come and join Mr. G for En vacker kväll or more! 😉

Pics:

Aftonbladet
Expressen

Per Gessle and Gyllene Tider – Allsång på Skansen history:

PG 2003
GT 2004
PG 2007
GT 2013

 

Gyllene Tider rocked at Allsång på Skansen

Gyllene Tider performed today in the premiere show of this year’s Allsång på Skansen. The Fab Five already appeared in this show in 2004, when they played ”Sommartider” and ”En sten vid en sjö i en skog”. For today’s performance they chose the ass-kicking ”Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej” from the new album as a starter after 2 songs sung by the showman. It sounded incredibly awesome live! First I thought ”why the crowd is sitting still when this song makes you jump and shout???”, but then I was informed the sitting audience is not allowed to stand up. Well, rules are to break them, aren’t they? 😉

After their first song, there was a very short interview with Per and Anders, then they went off the stage and some other artists appeared to perform. At the end of Allsång there came an interesting medley: ”Flickorna på TV2”, ”Juni, juli, augusti” and ”Sommartider”. One of their best medleys ever and oh, yes! Now this made the audience stand up and dance and sing out loud. The medley made me think that the guys might be brave enough not to play any of these latter 3 songs as separate ones during the tour, but in a medley and this way more unexpected songs can get on the setlist, not mentioning more songs from their latest album, Dags att tänka på refrängen.

After the TV show ended at 21:00 CET, there was an extra song from Gyllene Tider on the web broadcast: ”Gå & fiska!”. The crowd was still standing and enjoying the show to the full and Per was throwing away plecs to the crowd while performing. Some more talking with GT after the song and Micke Syd was throwing away his drumsticks to the audience.

Some more details must be mentioned: the guys looked fantastic and they were in top top top shape; Leif on Micke Syd’s drumkit was too cool; Mr. Gessle’s boots with those red skulls were incredibly hot AND the new plecs looked just awesome on the stand!

You can watch the whole show by clicking HERE.

Bring on 5th July! Oh, no! First bring on tomorrow for those who are lucky enough to attend the Leifs Lounge gig!

 

Screenshots are from the show.

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PG_at_Allsang_pa_Skansen_20130625

 

 

Two Gyllene Tider live shows before the tour

Today was busy with announcing dates of two live shows of Gyllene Tider before the tour premiere.

 

1.       Allsång på Skansen

SVT announced all the artists and dates of this year’s Allsång på Skansen. Gyllene Tider is in the premiere show, so the guys perform there on 25th June. SVT will broadcast it live. This is not a complete gig, the whole show is 1-hour-long and four artists / bands are in the 1st show. If you are in Stockholm that day, you can buy your tickets at the entrance of Skansen. There is no separate concert ticket, you just pay the entrance fee (150 SEK) to Skansen. Pre-booking tickets or seats is not possible. Skansen’s main entrance opens at 10 am. Event starts at 19:30 and SVT starts broadcasting it from 20:00. Rehearsals are from 17:00.

Click here for an earlier article of ours with past Allsång performances of Gyllene Tider and Per Gessle.

 

2.       Hotel Tylösand concert

Per revealed on Gyllene Tider’s Facebook site after midnight that there might be a Hotel Tylösand gig before the tour premiere. Today it was confirmed by Hotel Tylösand, so this nice tradition lives on. The club concert is on 26th June, 1 day after Allsång. Location: Leifs Lounge. It will be an indoor gig and you can also book a table at Leifs Terrace, concert menu including the concert ticket costs 650 SEK / person. The concert ticket itself costs 300 SEK / person. Doors open at 7 pm, concert is at 9 pm. Age limit: 20. The concert menu you can already book, but the concert tickets go on sale at 5 pm CET on 17th June. You can buy them only at the entrance of Leifs Lounge, max. 6 tickets / person. No online sale.

Update from Hotel Tylösand at 8:30 pm, 11th June: concert menu is sold out, no more place at Leifs Terrace.

 

Gyllene_Tider_Hotel_Tylösand_2013

 

Anyone attending these shows: have much fun!

 

 

Now it’s 100% sure: Gyllene Tider at Allsång på Skansen

In an earlier article of ours we informed you about a rumour that according to Aftonbladet, Gyllene Tider will participate in this year’s Allsång på Skansen. Per kind of confirmed the rumour by sharing the article, but now that Expressen is writing about it and Micke Syd confirmed GT’s appearance in an e-mail to Expressen, we can be 100% sure.

Micke Syd promised some new and some old songs to be played at Skansen. About how it feels to perform at Skansen he writes:

It feels good. It’s a beautiful place with an audience singing amazingly well.

 

It’s still not clear which Tuesday Gyllene Tider is there, but the complete list of artists will be announced on 11th June, so then we might know more about the date as well.

Read more about Allsång på Skansen HERE.

 

 

Gyllene Tider at Allsång på Skansen

According to Aftonbladet, Gyllene Tider will most probably be one of the guests at Allsång på Skansen. SVT has not yet confirmed the list of artists.

Allsång på Skansen (Sing-along at Skansen) is a Swedish show held at Skansen, Stockholm. SVT broadcasts it on Tuesdays between 8 pm and 9 pm CET every summer. The audience (10 000 – 25 000 people) is supposed to sing-along with musical guests to well-known Swedish songs.

This year’s Allsång på Skansen premieres on 25th June (lasts until 13th August). Looking at the tour agenda, the Fabulous Five are free each Tuesday, but might be busy with travelling from one place to another, so as the GT tour starts on 5th July and ends on 10th August, the guys – if they really take part in this year’s program – may appear at the show on 25th June, 2nd July or 13th August. We’ll let you know about the exact date once it is announced.

Gyllene Tider already appeared in this program in 2004 and Per also took part in it in 2003 and 2007. Here are some of their performances at those shows:

 

Gyllene Tider 2004:

 

Per Gessle 2003:

 

Per Gessle 2007: