David Núñez: Los Angeles concert memories


It was a very hot day! Roxette took the stage at about 21:40. The wait for Roxette to take stage was just very late. The crowd was losing patience waiting for Roxette to take stage. The Gibson Amphitheater didn’t have an opening band, but rather a DJ playing 80s music! But most of us know Roxette did most of the work in the 90s. There were girls dressed up in 80s fashion that evening.

The worker at guest services said that 3/4 of the building had tickets available. I don’t know if it’s true, but it is possible. I would say maybe 40-50% of the venue was sold. I was surprised with the turnout of the enthusiastic fans that showed up! I didn’t like the way Live Nation sold tickets for this event because during the pre-sale of tickets the ‘pit’ area up front were not accessible and you had to be a Citi Bank member to get the tickets for pre-sale, or use a Live Nation app. However, the tickets for up front to the pit area were eventually available through Stub Hub. Other fans were complaining that they didn’t have access, or the option to buy tickets to the ‘pit’ area.

Roxette to LA was long overdue. Then finally after 20 years Roxette finally took stage! The last time Roxette performed in LA was in the exact same venue on a cold, rainy, Friday evening in March of ’92 that I had attended when I was in High School. Looking back, I would’ve never imagined it would’ve taken Roxette 20 years before seeing them return to my hometown. Then as the band finally took stage the crowd came to life! The audience leaped to their feet! The crowd was yelling with enthusiasm where you couldn’t hear the person next to you speaking! Then Marie opened up with “Dressed For Success” and yelled, “Yeah, yeah, yeah….

I was surprised how the audience remembered their songs as they sang along during the evening. What was more amazing was how the audience not only remember the singles, but the album tracks as well. The crowd really just remembered songs from ‘Look Sharp’ and ‘Joyride’ days. When Per was strumming his guitar to the beginning to ‘How Do You Do’ he was telling the crowd to sing along, but many people didn’t know that song, so Per said, “Well, let’s try over here on this side” (on my side of the stage, where I
was in front of Christoffer Lundquist). Then still Per couldn’t hear anyone singing, then finally as he walked closer to me, he could hear me shouting out the opening verse. Then I was the sole singer to ‘How Do You Do’ shouting at Per!

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World Tour 2012: Los Angeles, USA – September 15 #140

Comment from Per Gessle

My Gosh it’s hot in L.A. Take it easy in the sun, we all need your energy tonight!

Thank you L.A. for a wonderful evening! Lots of fans, lots of friends, super response + pretty decent band = Happiness! ! See you soon y’all! 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. 7Twenty7
11. Fading Like a Flower
12. Crash Boom Bang
13. How Do You Do!
14. Dangerous
Band presentation
15. Joyride

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

Articles and photos

RecordBeat.org (review)
TheCorrespondentOnline.com (review)
Examiner.com (gallery)
Wellcome to all Roxette fans 🙂
Los Angeles crowd
Cheryl Butner’s album
MikeTheFanBoy.com (review & gallery)
Michael Todd Images
GMP Guitars (gallery)

Patrícia Peres contributed to the article

World Tour 2012: San Francisco, USA – September 14 #139

Comment from Per Gessle

San Fran!!!! Outstanding! Thank you making us feel at home. Very special venue, but hey – we loved every second of it!!! Thanx for waiting!!! See you next time! 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. 7Twenty7
11. Fading Like a Flower
12. Crash Boom Bang
13. How Do You Do!
14. Dangerous
Band presentation
15. Joyride

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

Articles and photos

RockSubCulture.com (review & gallery)

Per was amazing on vocals and guitar, and Marie was just stellar, with her beautiful voice. More, I could see – and feel – her emotions with every song, with every line. She was on stage living that music, and those lyrics, and it was really quite touching to see an artist with such an attachment to and understanding of her own work, and drawing on that to deliver every line as though it has the meaning that you could only hope to imagine. And this is the kind of thing that you can only truly understand and appreciate by going to see live music like this, and last night was one of those magical concerts where everything seem to hit on all cylinders. Definitely a band that will make you an even bigger fan after you’ve experienced one of their live shows.

Instagram (Per before the show)
Instagram (the band)
Band arriving to the venue
VWXYNOT? (review)

Patrícia Peres contributed to the article

Gessle for FrontiersLA.com: I look through what I have and let my imagination run wild

Per Gessle has been interviewed by FrontiersLA.com recently, just before Roxette’s very first gig in LA. Here’s the most interesting quote regarding the song recorded for “Travelling” album.

There’s a song on the new album called “Excuse Me, Sir, Do You Want Me To Check On Your Wife.” What’s that about?
You tell me. [Laughs] I wrote that song because it was something someone said to me in a London nightclub.

What was your response?
“No, she’s doing fine.” [Laughs] That’s always been the way I write. I pick up things people say and write it down. When the time comes to write songs, I look through what I have and let my imagination run wild. Writing songs is very much like putting a puzzle together. You use things that have happened to you and things that haven’t happened to you.

Per also did a phoner with 89.3 KPCC radio station – here‘s the brief summary of that talk.

Patrícia Peres contributed to the article

If you had one word… what would it be? US fans know the answer!

Roxette Fans USA welcomed the Roxette’s Neverending Tour through a clip done by Jennifer Malcome. The task was to take a picture of yourself and pick up a word that could describe fans’ feelings toward Roxette’s return to the country. Here below is the audiovisual effect of this unusual survey.

And if you had one word to choose, what would it be?