Vienna (Austria) is getting ready for Roxette

Roxette will give a concert in Vienna, Austria, next Monday 10th of October. This concert is in a way special because of two reasons: it will be the first “official” concert of the European Autumn leg of the neverending tour, which also means a new stage and maybe maybe maybe even a new setlist, and the “first” one after the last concert of the summer tour.

“First” and “official” if you allow me to consider the concert in Tromsø, Norway in September part of the summer tour and the corporate concert Roxette gave for Vestas Wind Systems in Herning, Denmark, last Sunday as not part of the Autumn tour.

I feel that it is special also in another way. The Austrian media has published a couple of articles about the concert, Roxette sounds more often on the radio, and last but not least, currently 2 contests are running to meet Per (ORF) or Roxette (Krone) next Monday.

And as a funny note. I just received a warning from ARBÖ, an Austrian car club, for traffic jam which might be caused by Roxette  on Monday. They warn about possible traffic jams around the area of the concert place, Stadthalle, before and after the concert and advice people to either take the public transport (free with the concert ticket) or plan to go to the concert with enough time. And, of course, getting back home by car might also take a while.

And I am currently thinking, Christoffer was given some suggestions for songs to play during the Joyride intro. Which one will make it? We’ll find out on Monday!

The countdown has started 🙂

PS: consider this more a blog than real news, I am also somehow getting excited about the concert, the first one for a long time I don’t have to travel to somewhere and is so to say “next door” and “home”. If I am allowed to consider myself already half “wiener” after living some years here… But my Spanish side will be present as well, specially because two dear Spanish magic friends are joining the concert as well! I just say “Claaaaaaarence, Claaaaaarence”.

Helena Josefsson on tour with Dolly project

You may remember Helena participated in a documentary film called “Jag är min egen Dolly Parton”. Now she and the other women who participated in the film are on the road as “Dollykollot”.

The first concert took place yesterday in Malmö during the Malmöfestivalen. You can find an interview with Helena and Lotta Wanglén here.

The other concerts are on August 26th in Berns, Stockholm, and August 27th in Stora Teatern, Göteborg.

Helena mentions in her Facebook page that one of the concerts will be recorded by Swedish Television and broadcasted later this year.

Roxette will be on tour until August 2012; 50 concerts done, 80 to go!

Per Gessle reveals in an interview with Hallands Posten that “after Göteborg [concert #50], we still have 80 concerts to go”. The tour will go on until August 2012.  “As soon as we leave a city, the tour promoter wants to book us again, which is the best feedback one can get”, tells Per to Jan-Owe Wikström.

Per also comments on the success of “Radio” on the radio, “we’ve never been played on the radio as much as nowadays.” And it is specially thanks to Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe, “where we are very successful.”

Per also says that he thinks Marie is in a great shape. “Last week in Locarno was the best I’ve seen of her since, right, the 90ies”, says Per.

As we know, the band is working on a new album, “2rism”. They have already recorded 5 songs and have booked more studios around the world.

“Charm School” has sold half a million copies, which indeed is great nowadays.

Some thoughts about the tour dates.

  1. So far they have done 50 concerts.
  2. Per says they still have 80 to go, and until August 2012.
  3. Of these 80, we know already 23 of the dates (July until December 2011).
  4. This means there are 57 (if the 80 is a fix number and not just estimation) dates still unknown.
  5. Conclusion: save the whole 2012 for more! 🙂

Thank you Thomas from Sweden for the link!

Additional show in Munich?

It’s not listed in the tour plan yet. But if you believe the newsletter, German ticket website Eventim sent out earlier today, there’s an additional show in Germany planned. This would be the first show of the autumn leg. The show in the Olympiahalle in Munich is listed for the 11th of October. The ticket sale starts tomorrow at 9 am.

Source: Eventim Newsletter

UPDATE, 18/03/: The ticket sale started one hour ago and Munich is not on the list anymore. So maybe it’s simply not confirmed yet or Eventim just got wrong information.

Additional tour dates in Germany in Autumn!

Live Nation has sent out the first dates of the additional dates which will be added to the Roxette World Tour 2011. The dates are, so far, for Germany and Spain (already known) only.

“The concerts have been great so far,” tells Per Gessle. “Marie and the band are in top form and the response of the audience has been incredible. And it is also great that the new album has been received like this. We are very happy and look forward to this exciting year!”

2011.10.13 – TUI Arena – Hannover, Germany
2011.10.14 – Gerry Weber Stadion – Halle (Westfalen), Germany
2011.10.16 – SAP Arena – Mannheim, Germany
2011.10.17 – Schleyerhalle – Stuttgart, Germany
2011.10.19 – König-Pilsner Arena – Oberhausen, Germany
2011.10.24 – O2-World – Berlin, Germany
2011.10.25 – O2-World – Hamburg, Germany
2011.10.27 – Arena Nürnberg – Nuremberg, Germany
2011.11.18 – Palacio Vistalegre – Madrid, Spain – pre-sale starts March 16, normal sale March 18
2011.11.19 – Sant Jordi Club – Barcelona, Spain – pre-sale starts March 16, normal sale March 18

Information about ticket sales in Germany is still not available.

In addition, apparently Live Nation Spain has cancelled the Golden Ring tickets which were announced last week, so currently only the normal tickets (49 EUR) are listed on the website.

More dates to come, hopefully in other countries and Stockholm too! For the complete tour agenda so far, visit our World Tour 2011 page!

Update: Tickets for Germany will go on sale this Friday, March 18 at 9 in the morning.

A short note about releases: The interest in the countries where “Charm School” hasn’t been released yet is very high. However, the album won’t contain the same track list in all countries. For example, China has forbidden Roxette to release “Sleeping In My Car” due to the sexual content. Therefore the live version of this song, which is included in the Deluxe version of “Charm School”, will be excluded.

2010 tour: Sundsvall, August 7, tour premiere

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Setlist

Fan stories

Swedish media reports about fans that made the long way to Sundsvall/Sweden:
Danyela Etchard from Brasil, who shared her flight with Roxette
Brenda Donatti and Lionel Zaragocin from Argentinia, who celebrate Marie’s comeback on 4 concerts

Alison’s report for RXB

Videos

By austlich: Dressed for success | Listen to your heart | Church of your heart | Fading like a flower | It must have been love | Joyride
By bodenina:  Fading like a flower | Sleeping in my car
By zvullo: Joyride | It must have been love | Fading like a flower
By odfah: Dangerous (not full, bad quality) | Steppin Stone
By Paularoxer: Perfect day | 7twenty7

Other: It Must Have Been Love (by JessieKay1978)| It Must Have Been Love (by holmas1) |  | The look (by torbjornl) |  It must have been love (by MrsTwisted)

Photos
Rockfoto.nu

Roxette’s comments

Per: “Marie was fantastic. What a girl! It is a pity that I’m married.” (laughter)

Marie a few song into the gig: “Fantastic! Finally!”

Official videos

Media reports

video: interviews before the concert | Expressens’s concert review | song by song | post-concert interview | blog entry | ST.nu review | allehanda | Aftonbladet | SVD | Dagbladet Sundsvall (5/5!)

Gessle: “Publice in Sunsdvall was fantastic” (ST.nu)

Trivia

16,000 visitors in the arena!

Sundsvall Roxette gig gets its own website

Media are really interested in summer Roxette concert that will take place in Sundsvall on August 7th. It will be the first full Roxette gig since 2001. According to the press release it will be the first European Roxette concert. It can mean there is no chance for any other show before August 7th.

After several articles in local press, over 9,000 tickets sold, Norrporten Arena’s website got the new look – only dedicated to forthcoming summer festival. You can read the most important information regarding the festival: find media partners and sponsors, buy tickets for the show, bus, train or book a room at one of Sundsvall hotels and hostels.

There is also a chance to win tickets for the festival as long as you can decribe your most exciting Roxette experiance in Swedish – before May 1st. The winners will be announced on Monday May 3rd. No informations is given if only Swedish citizens can participate in this contest.

In “Örongodis” section you can listen to two radio advertisments of the concert (the longer and the shorter one).

Source: Norrporten Arena

Roxette to play in Sundsvall on August 7

According to Swedish media, and confirmed to Roxette’s manager Marie Dimberg, Roxette will play in Norrporten Arena, Sundsvall (Sweden) on August 7.  The organizators exepect around 20,000 in public. This will be, if no more shows are added to the tour, the real first Roxette concert since 2001.

Tickets will be on sale on April 23 via Ticnet. The support band will be German The Baseballs, known from their Elvis-covers of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and… Roxette’s “The look”.

It seems like the information in Norwegian and Danish press about two gigs in Sweden are finally confirmed.

Aftonbladet, SVT, ST, Dagbladet

Watch 2-minutes report about the concert

Chrissi Schäfer and Eloy Mathesan contributed to the article.

Roxette in Russia in September

D&D Management confirmed the dates for two Roxette concerts today. The shows are in Russia and these are the dates:

September 10 – Moscow Mega Sport Arena
September 12 – St. Petersburg New Arena

Per Gessle also sent a short message to The Daily Roxette confirming the dates and hinting at more shows to come:

It feels fab to start the new year announcing live concerts by Roxette. Both Moscow and St Petersburg should be great fun! And if we’re all lucky there’s even more to come. By the way, the new recordings are going great, we’ll continue sweatin’ it out for the next six months or so. You’ll find videos/pics from the recordings on Snowfish.

Cheers, P.

A Russian ticket site has already listed both Roxette shows.

Source: The Daily Roxette

Q&A night on Twitter.

The yesterday’s night Per Gessle answered for many questions which he didn’t really do in the last few weeks. And for your information, there are a lot of interesting and mysterious answers:

Q from memami04: Will there be meet&greets like you did at the Party Crasher Tour?
A: Hope we can make a few. No promises, though.

Q from madonnajanetj:Can’t wait for NOTP in Antwerp. Will get a full, proper Rox Tour in 2010??:-)
A: Hmmm, I’d buy a ticket….

Q from frulampa: Is there a live CD or live DVD from “Room-Service”-Tour 2001???
A: Well, yes…. it’s lying around somewhere unreleased… something for another box maybe….

Q from rosa_73: What did you do in Italy? Did you buy new Ferrari?
A: Just had to check out that 458 Italia….
[Ferrari 458 Italia]

Q from memami04: Did you feel comfortable by doing Demos at Tits&ass again. Or do you like doing songs without Demos anymore?
A: Since I’m writing a bit for Marie there has to be some kind of demo around. I love doing simple ones at T&A.

Q from shneedelwoods: Writing songs & making demos? Solo stuff or brilliant new rox material? any plans yet?
A: I’m writing for Roxette, myself and GT. You never know what’s gonna happen, do you? Better be prepared….

Q from memami04:gessle over europe is coming! But when? Can’t wait to Watch the Show again. Do you Love the idea of a GT Tour again?
A: GT Tour? Hell, yes!

Q from RoxAnna1978: how do you feel abot the songs (demos) you have recorded now-do they sound good?
A: Do they sound good? Are you joking?

Q from elcondetin: What’s your mood nowadays in the demo writing/recording world.. uptempo slow -mid? How feels writing for Marie again? natural?
A: Nothing’s changed. I write anything. Anything to please me. Been writing some duets though (for a change).

Source: Twitter