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On news of the band returning to the country for a series of shows, fans quickly flocked to ticketing offices to make sure they got to see one of the world’s most loved bands on South African soil. The response was overwhelmingly positive, prompting organisers to add more dates to the tour. The result? Seven sold out shows in South Africa alone. Ahead of the show, the band’s Per Gessle said they really weren’t expecting such a response.
With the industry moving into a digital environment with fans downloading albums and using social media as a means to find out more about their favourite stars, Gessle says he too has embraced the new media craze.
I have a 13 year old son. If you told him I was interested in new media, he would probably laugh in your face. It all comes down to the fact that I always wanted to be in control of my music. I remember in the old days in the 80s when you had fan clubs. It was always terrible because there was always someone else running them. There was no money involved, nobody wanted to be involved. It’s just so easy using Facebook for instance. I have my iPhone and a take pictures. It’s just a fantastic thing for a fan to see that level of access.
Thanks to Evgeny Perekopskiy for the link.
Have a listen to a nice phone interview with Per Gessle that was broadcasted on 94.2 Jacaranda radio station – one of the media partners of the South African Roxette tour – the other day.
Janina, one of the radio station’s journalists who did the phone interview, is said to be the biggest Roxette fan (I’m wondering what it really means to be the biggest fan…). Her workmate secretly filmed her singing “The look”. Fan’s life is tough.
During the month of March 2011, SunInternational.com ran a competition in their edition of the Million Thrills newsletter where they asked readers to send us their favorite Roxette memories. Below you will find two of them.
The memories that come to mind when I listen to my Roxette CD collection are bitter-sweet ones… During the 18 months that it took for my divorce to go through towards the end of 1998, I spent many evenings listening to Roxette music, as they were therapeutic for me, gave me hope that life would carry on and get better. It felt like many of the words to songs were specifically written for me in terms of all the emotions I was going through at the time. Thereafter, as my heart slowly healed and I fell in love again, Roxette music never failed to be an integral part of my life, this time a far happier part of my life than previously. I was embarking on new challenges in my personal life as well as career. Roxette’s music is held very dear to my heart. I never become tired of it
When I heard that Roxette was coming to South Africa in 1995, I begged my parents to go watch them and Mom said yes after months of pleading. This was my first big concert that I had ever been to and I remember that feeling of utter excitement going to watch Roxette at Ellis Park Stadium. I also bought a Roxette poster at the concert and one day found my brother & cousin using Marie Fredriksson& Per Gessle faces as target practice for their new pellet guns. Needless to say, I was beyond angry and cried my heart out. I still have not forgiven them for that day.
For more stories from South African fans go to SunInternational.com
12 days before Roxette’s South African leg start, two more dates in South Africa: including Cape Town (May 8th) and Sun City (May 13th) are announced to be sold out. The only remaing date is the last one in Sun City on May 17th.
All South African fans, here’s your chance to win meet and greet with Roxette in South Africa.
Thanks to Heidi.
South Africa seems to be very interested in Roxette. Besides the “Best of” special edition and adding additional dates some weeks ago, today yet another date, May 17th, has been added in Sun City, making it the 4th date in this city and 7th for South Africa.
Tickets are already on sale on Computicket.com
You can find the rest of the dates on our World Tour 2011 page.
After selling out four concerts in Cape Town and Sun City three months before the date the fifth one was added yesterday to the 2011 Roxette World Tour. The new date is The Superbowl in Sun City on Friday, May 13th. It means that not only Brazilian fans get to see Roxette five times this year
Due to a phenomenal response to ticket sales, there are now two extra concert dates released in SA on the 8th May at the Grand Arena, GrandWest Cape Town and 13th May at Superbowl, Sun City
Update no 2:
The first Argentinian date – Buenos Aires on April 4th – is (almost) sold out. Over 8,400 tickets were sold. The second BA show on April 5th went on sale in the last few days.
Tickets are available on Computicket.com
Thanks to Daniel Alvedahl for this information.