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?

Gessle for Aftonbladet: we must decide what to do with Roxette

While Roxette was in New York, Per Gessle met Per Bjurman, journalist of Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet. Gessle hasn’t revealed anything new, but there are some facts that we should take into consideration thinking about Roxette and Gyllene Tider’s future. Those are the most interesting quotes from him.

The tour has been the world’s weirdest rehab, Marie’s in a top form again. What we’ll do in the future depends on how she reacts for not playing.

It is a bit special with the US. Knowing how much radio airplay we still get over here, we should’ve sold out Madison Square Garden, but like twenty years ago, we play in a theater. People here recognize the songs very well, but not us as artists. They are constantly singing at our gigs.

We’ve talked about it [Gyllene Tider’s reunion] every year since 2009 and yes, we are “on speaking terms”. We have been there all the time, we just think differently.

But nothing is set, so I cannot confirm it. First we must decide what to do with this band [Roxette]. Above all, it is all about Marie. This tour has been the world’s weirdest rehab she’s started and the question is how it affects her to take two years off. Maybe it’s better for her that we continue to play, I do not know. These are difficult questions.

Those lyrics will never be the same again – blackout version of a popular song

If you thought Roxette play only well-known +20-year-old songs, so you’re wrong. On the night like that, September 4 in Boston, Per came up with a totally new music line and lyrics for “Joyride” album hidden classic – “Things will never be the same”, making Marie singing acapella through some parts of the song.

Here are the words (sorry if we mixed them up):

Well I know where I’m gone
even with again you’re wrong
what’s about, what is this about
a time was gone oh oh oh

Noelia, Miedy Bishop & Myriam Roxana Garcia contributed to the article

World Tour 2012: Boston, USA – September 4 #134

Comment from Per Gessle

Thanx Boston for a great evening. Nice to see so many familiar faces around. Great vibe, slightly tired band after four shows in five days…. but hey….. we had a blast. Hope to come back and kick some more ass!!!! 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. 7Twenty7
11. Fading Like a Flower
12. Crash Boom Bang
13. How Do You Do!
14. Dangerous
Band presentation
15. Joyride (introduced with Boston based TV show Cheers’s tune)

16. Listen To Your Heart
17. The Look

Opportunity Nox and Church of your heart were planned to be performed, but to plane flights, they had to cut out 2 songs from the setlist.

Articles and photos

AP’s picture
Boston.com
BostonGlobe.com
Shutterfly (gallery)

World Tour 2012: New York City, USA – September 2 #133

Comment from Per Gessle

Landed in New York. Phew, it’s a hot place.

Swell gig tonight in New York City! Superpacked Beacon Theater sang so loud it must have made echoes all the way to Halmstad! Thanx for this and thanx for showing up all you die hard Roxers!!!! 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 Sinatra’s New York, New York)

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

Articles and photos

Very special Joyride drink (picture)

Evfa Attling’s Twitt, Picture no 2
Dondi Hom’s Facebook gallery
Baltimore Lauren’s Flickr gallery
Contidianul.ro

USA fans getting ready for Roxette’s visit: fan meeting, contest and more!

In less than two weeks Roxette will be rocking the Beacon Theatre in New York. This will be the first concert out of four of Roxette in USA and a group of six Roxette fans are preparing some nice events to celebrate and enjoy the party together.

These fans have created a group in Facebook where they share and organise everything.

Here is an overview so you don’t miss a thing:

– “The Big A.” – Fan meeting in New York before the concert. Meeting point is Boat Basin Café at around 6 p.m. EDT. More information in this event here.

– Contest to win a Meet&Greet with Roxette in one of the 4 shows.  Six contests have been set up (ie create banners, take pictures of your collection, create a piece of art…).
Check this file out for detailed information on how to participate and win!
Note: it’s for USA citizens or residents only! RoxetteBlog will be the jury in one of the contests.

– The Roxette in North America T-shirt! The team has designed a t-shirt for the occasion, which could be ordered by anyone interested. You can see the design here.

More events may show up the next days.

Thank you Miedy Bishop, Adam Bishop, Lana Sachse, Jennifer Malcome, Marc Tannen and Kemerly for organising all this! See you next week.

Roxette tour dates in USA:

September 2, Beacon Theatre, New York
September 4, House of Blues, Boston
September 14, The Nob Hill Theatre, San Francisco
September 15, Gibson Amphitheatre, Los Angeles

Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com

Official US tour press release – Roxette to play in New York, Boston, San Francisco & Los Angeles

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/

Three years after their 2009 comeback, Swedish pop phenomenon Roxette are hotter than they’ve been since their early ’90s heyday. Roxette’s world tour is in full swing with almost one million concert tickets sold since the tour kicked off a year ago at the Tatneft Arena in Russian Kazan. On top of that, another million Roxette records have been added to the already dizzying 70 million they’ve sold over the years.

So far the band has played more than 85 shows in more than 30 countries (and the trip continues—they don’t plan to rest until they’ve played 150 shows). But besides zigzagging between airports, arenas, hotels and meeting with fans from all over the world, the band also has found time to record their new album, Travelling, to be released digitally in the U.S. on June 5 by Capitol/EMI.

The idea has been to tap into all the positive energy that has boosted the band during this dazzling trip, and channel it into new Roxette music. In short, an album that, just like 1992’s Tourism, captures the feeling of a band on a roll—constantly on the move, snatching inspiration as they go; recording in hotel rooms, studios, at soundchecks and in concert.

The result is a fascinating musical postcard with 15 superb songs, most of which are new, some that are revisited classics and others being pearls that for various reasons haven’t seen the light of day before. A tight and inspired band has gathered around a batch of Gessle tunes, where the relentless hit-maker again and again proves that his sense of melody and ability to surprise is still top-notch.

“It’s Possible” is the first taster from Travelling – 2 minutes and 34 seconds of sunny pop music that shows one of Roxette’s many sides in 2012. There’s more to come.

Listen to “It’s Possible”
Facebook Roxette Official

ROXETTE: 2012 U.S. TOUR DATES

Sept 2
New York – Beacon Theatre
TICKETS (from USD 42.90 to USD 148.05 – fees included).

Sept 3
Boston – Orpheum Theatre
TICKETS (from USD 47.30 to USD 67.80 – fees included).

Sept 14
San Francisco – The Nob Hill Theatre
TICKETS (from USD 58 to USD 112 – fees included).

Sept 15
Los Angeles – Gibson Amphitheatre
TICKETS (from USD 25 to USD 89.75 – fees included).

Check the “TICKETS” links for more information about sale start, ticket prices and categories.

Thanks to Dondi Hom for sharing this news.

The real thing: Cover for the “Greatest Hits” US edition!

Roxette Latinoamerica got hold of the cover artwork for the upcoming American best-of compilation. Here it is, based on an old (but still quite cool) “Joyride” booklet picture:

Tracklist:
1. The Look
2. Dressed For Success
3. Listen To Your Heart
4. Dangerous
5. It Must Have Been Love
6. Joyride
7. Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)
8. Spending My Time
9. Church of Your Heart
10. Wish I Could Fly
11. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
12. No One Makes It On Her Own

To be released on July 26 – the same date as “Charm School” in the USA. See our previous entries about this subject below this post!

Meanwhile our reader Majdy informs about new articles in American media here and there.

Thanks to alekslerin!

Upcoming USA releases by Roxette in sight!

Today the first signs of Roxette’s upcoming album releases in the USA got public. Both “Charm School” and a compilation named “Greatest Hits” will be released on July 26 by Capitol/EMI. We don’t know yet if the new Hits album features a re-shuffled tracklist or fresh artwork. The following press release was sent out and published by various plattforms:

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — After 25 years as a world-famous act with more than 70 million albums sold, one of Sweden’s top pop groups steps back into the spotlight a decade after the release of their last studio album (Room Service). Roxette’s acclaimed new album, Charm School, released internationally in February, will be released digitally in the U.S. on July 26 by Capitol/EMI. On the same date, Capitol/EMI will release a new collection of Roxette’s Greatest Hits on CD and digitally. Both titles will be available for album and individual song download purchase from all major digital service providers.

Charm School is a new album of 12 songs in a style that’s best described as “updated classic Roxette,” from the initial power pop fireworks of “Way Out” to the bittersweet closer, “Sitting On Top Of The World.” Roxette’s new Greatest Hits collection features 12 major chart hits and fan favorites, including “It Must Have Been Love,” “The Look,” “Listen To Your Heart,” “Dangerous,” and “Joyride,” as well as two new songs from Charm School.

The chances for a new Roxette album to happen looked slim when vocalist Marie Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumor in the autumn of 2002. But Marie managed to defeat the illness, and starting in 2009, the pieces gradually fell together for Charm School’s creation. First, Marie and her Roxette partner, Per Gessle, were reunited onstage in Amsterdam to perform “It Must Have Been Love” and “The Look” during Per’s “Party Crasher” tour. Before long, Roxette had made a full-scale comeback as headliners for the “Night of the Proms” tour in front of more than 600,000 people in Holland, Belgium and Germany.

“By then we started to think ahead and plan for the possibility of making a new album – an album that captured everything that’s good about Roxette while still looking ahead,” said Gessle. During the tour, the band’s hotel rooms were transformed into recording studios where a string of new Roxette songs took shape.

Back home in Sweden, the work continued during the spring and autumn of 2010. Just as when the band recorded in their heyday, Per had written many songs from which to choose. The sensitive ballad “In My Own Way,” for example, is a rediscovered gem from 1984, when Gessle and Fredriksson’s shared dream of international recognition was yet to be realized, while the album’s newest song is the infectious groove-master single “She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio),” written in the autumn of 2010.

Between those songs is everything that has made Roxette one of the world’s most radio played pop groups; the clinging melodies, the passionate delivery, the humorous pop sense and the unique mix of Marie Fredriksson’s and Per Gessle’s voices. All wrapped up in a musical package that is unmistakably 2011.

“For me, the starting point has always been to write songs for Marie’s voice,” said Gessle. “She got this ability to make you believe every word she sings, and that’s why she brings the stories to life. As a songwriter that’s an incredible gift to be a part of.”
Charm School was recorded in the south of Sweden and Stockholm with Clarence Ofwerman and Christoffer Lundqvist as producers (together with Per and Marie). The album is a magnificent return to form after ten years of trials and challenges. As Marie Fredriksson sings in one of the album’s quintessential tracks, “No One Makes It On Her Own.”

Roxette is currently on tour internationally, with European dates scheduled through July.

Source: PR Newswire

Roxette signs with Kobalt in USA?

According to Music Week, Roxette has signed with Kobalt Music Group in the USA.

Kobalt Music plans to represent Roxette for sync in films, TV, gaming and ringtones and will also cover the release of Roxette’s new album “Charm School” in February.

Kobalt currently represents other Swedish artists like Mando Diao, Nina Persson, The Cardigans and known names such as No Doubt, Slash or Tokio Hotel.

So it looks like good news for our friends in USA!

Thanks Mathew, Dave, Marian and Christian for the information!