Per Gessle’s Roxette – London, UK – 15th October 2018 – #5

Per & Co. played the 5th gig on tour in London last night. How cool is that to play at a venue, Eventim Apollo (earlier Hammersmith Apllo, even earlier Hammersmith Odeon) that was an important place in one of Per’s biggest idols, David Bowie’s life. On the facade of the building, above the entrance there was written in huge red letters: PER GESSLE’S ROXETTE and there was a tour poster on one of the entrance monitors as well.

It was a seated show, so people didn’t have to rush inside. The doors opened at 7 pm, the support act started at 7.30 pm. Support act was Lee MacDougall again. He was added last minute, on 12th October. Great chance for him to play his first London show in 5 years. The audience liked his music a lot and his anecdotes were fun too. He said the first Roxette record he got in 1993. His sister is a big Roxette fan. His parents would buy them gifts to give them to each other at Christmas. His parents gave him the Joyride album to give it to his sister, but after he put the cassette on and it blew him away, he just couldn’t give it away. He created a plate writing Roxette (spelt wrong) and Joyride on it with glitters and all colorful stuff instead. When he gave it to her sister she was really excited because she thought she knew what’s inside, but then she was plain disappointed, she started to cry. Haha. A story to remember in a fan’s life.

After Lee left the stage, the technicians were setting up for Per and his band. The setlist stayed the same as on the past 2 shows.

Setlist:

1. The Look
2. Milk And Toast And Honey
3. Crash! Boom! Bang!
4. Dressed For Success
5. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
6. Spending My Time
7. I’m Glad You Called
8. Small Town Talk
9. I Have A Party In My Head
10. It Must Have Been Love
11. Opportunity Nox
12. The Big L.
13. Fading Like A Flower
14. Doesn’t Make Sense
Band presentation
15. How Do You Do! (in a medley with No. 16)
16. Dangerous

Encore
17. Queen Of Rain
18. Joyride

Encore 2
19. Listen To Your Heart
20. The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye

It was the second seated show on tour. I wouldn’t have been too sure about the London crowd standing up, hearing they are more reserved, closer to Swedes in behavious when it comes to standing up at shows, but actually everyone were up on their feet already from the beginning, when the gang played The Look. So it seems, seated shows are indeed among the best ones and you can use the seats for your jackets and bags, but you won’t use them to sit.

After The Look Per mentioned this is a classic venue, used to be called Hammersmith Odeon and this is the place where David Bowie killed Ziggy Stardust in 1973. He said let’s hope nobody dies here tonight.

When Per said he’s been writing songs for more than 40 years, the audience cheered him. There are tons of Per Gessle, THE SONGWRITER fans in the UK. Speaking English as their mother tongue they just love how differently Mr. G expresses himself in their language.

PG asked the audience if they knew the lyrics to the songs, please sing along. And they did so. People stayed standing also during the ballads and partied to all uptempo songs.

Doesn’t Make Sense ended with Christoffer’s madness in London too, but he was on a high during the whole concert anyway. Actually, the whole band were in top shape. The crowd cheered Helena a lot, they liked her performance very much. The intro to HDYD worked great. DFS was huge too, probably there was an even bigger party than for OppNox here. IMHBL was of course a song Per couldn’t give a miss and even if there were 72 songs on his mind for the first time during the rehearsals, but the list was reduced, IMHBL had to stay. The loud sing-along was guaranteed.

One thing I expected – I’m quite sure I wasn’t alone with it – didn’t happen. Actually, I wished to hear Small Town Talk as a duet with the original artists, I mean Per and Nick Lowe. And since Nick is English, I thought it was possible to see him on stage in London. Well, he didn’t appear there. I saw he had a show in Canada on October 11th, so maybe that’s why he wasn’t there. Still not at home. Fingers crossed we can hear this duet one day live. STT sung by Per and Christoffer worked extremely well in London anyway.

Before both encores after the gang went off stage, the crowd was clapping heavily and were happy to have the ladies and gents back on stage again and then again.

Some thought it was a guilty pleasure gig for them, some went for nostalgia, some to see the talented songwriter on stage. One thing is sure: all of them had much fun in the audience. PG and the band had a blast too.

Mr. G after the show:

LONDON. Oh yeah, such a treat to play the old Hammersmith Odeon. Remember reading about it all the time when I was a kid getting my Melody Maker every Wednesday. And boy, did we have a blast. Super crowd and band in top shape. We’re only five gigs old but are almost grown by now!!! Thanks everyone for showing up and singing along. London, you never disappoint!!! Lots of love from P&Co.

All pics in the article are taken by Niall Corcoran. Thanx for sharing!

 

Roxette to perform in London 2016

After their sold-out O2 gig in London 2015, Roxette is back to perform in the city in 2016 as well. The show will be on 8th July and it’s part of the Greenwich Music time happening, a four day series of concerts, situated outdoor, in the magnificent surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College, over looking the Thames, lit by the big city lights of Canary Wharf.

Tickets go on sale 4th December at 9 am at Ticketmaster UK, but presale begins on Wednesday, 2nd December at 9 am local time! Good luck!

 

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World Tour 2012: Birmingham Audio Bootleg

Torsten Dettlaff published on his website a high quality recording of the Birmingham Roxette concer that took place on July 6, 2012.

He decided to record it with a portable DR-100 recorder. The results are actually pretty good – as he write on the website. You will find a download link there as well. Unfortunately, “Dressed for success” is sadly missing.

Cover for this bootleg done by Roxette Cafe.

World Tour 2012: Birmingham, UK – July 6 #118

Comment from Per Gessle

BIRMINGHAM!!! Thanx for a fab evening. Great great crowd! Super response, we loved every second of it! 18 years ago since played in this town!!!! Have to come back VERY SOON!!!! Cheers, P&M&Co

Marie in Birmingham

Setlist

01. Dressed For Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Spending My Time
05. Stars
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
13. Crash Boom Bang
14. How Do You Do!
15. Dangerous
Band presentation
16. Joyride (introduced with “God Save The Queen”)

17. Listen To Your Heart
18. The Look
19. Church Of Your Heart

Articles

Ian St Peters: “Roxette are a brilliant band. They are a stadium band. And boy can they entertain.” (5/5 stars)
Express & Star: “If ever there was a singer who looked pleased to be on a stage it is Roxette’s Marie Fredriksson.”
ResonanceUK (review)

World Tour 2012: Manchester, UK – July 4 #117

Comment from Per Gessle

THANK YOU MANCHESTER! What a fab evening we had! Super crowd (as expected) and a quite jolly band I must say! Have to come back before long! Thanx for sharing these two hours with us! Cheers, P&M&Co

Setlist

01. Dressed For Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Spending My Time
05. Stars
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
13. Crash Boom Bang
14. How Do You Do!
15. Dangerous
Band presentation
16. Joyride (introduced with “God Save The Queen”)

17. Listen To Your Heart
18. The Look
19. Church Of Your Heart

Thanks to Ally for help with song’s order.

Articles

Roxette inspired by Oasis (interview with Per)
CultureWitch (review)
rock-zone.co.uk (review)

World Tour 2012: Glasgow, UK – July 3 #116

Comment from Per Gessle

Glasgow! Yey! What a crowd! Wonderful vibe, great response in spite of some technical problems. We played here almost exactly twenty years go! Amazing! See you next time. Thanx you lovely Scotsmen/Scotswomen!!!

Setlist

01. Dressed For Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Spending My Time
05. Stars
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
13. Crash Boom Bang
14. How Do You Do!
15. Dangerous
Band presentation
16. Joyride (introduced with “Scotland the Brave”)

17. The Look
18. Listen To Your Heart
19. Church Of Your Heart

For the very first time in a very long time Opportunity Nox was performed on the concert as well as Silver Blue dropped from the setlist. Spending My Time – instead of being first song in the encore section was just after “The Big L.”.

Articles

The Herald Scotlad (Interview article published before the concert)
The Herald Scotland (review of the concert)
Isopix (gallery)
stv (review) “The super-Swedes returned to Scotland in an 80s whirlwind.”

The BBC reviews “Charm School”. Fun reading!

Chris Roberts of the BBC got to review Roxette’s new album for the upcoming UK release. They get away pretty fine!

With a Hollywood-like sense of triumph over adversity, Roxette return with their first album since singer Marie Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2002. She recovered, and the Swedish power-pop duo seems appropriately exhilarated. …

Read it here: BBC

Roxette highest new entry on UK Radio Airplay Charts this week

Update March 21, 2011:

“She’s Got Nothing On” up to #26! on UK Radio Airplay Charts.

Thanks Chris for the tip.

Published March 14, 2011 – 13:12

Roxette entered the UK Radio Airplay Charts with “She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)” at #31, the highest new entry of the week!

The song started out last week on Radio 2’s A-List and several programmes frequently played it. It still remains on the A-List for a second week running! Fans also report hearing it on Radio 1 as well as local commercial radio stations!

The new album “Charm School” sees a release in the UK on March 28th with both the regular and the deluxe album being already available for pre-order from online stores! All fans want now is that UK tour date!

Andreas Weizbauer contributed to this article.

Party Crasher – UK edition

The online version of Robert Thorselius’ The Look For Roxette book published some pictures of Gessle’s “Party crasher” from United Kingdom.

“Party Crasher” was released in the UK on June 15 and the label releasing the album was not EMI/Capitol, but Sony Music.

P.S. It seems like Per knows this website well as he posted info on his Twitter page.

Source: TheLookForRoxette.com