Marie Fredriksson has died

We are very sad to share this press note from Marie’s management with you. All our love to Marie’s husband and children as well as her beloved ones.

Marie Fredriksson of Roxette has died

It is with great sadness we have to announce that Marie Fredriksson of Roxette has passed away in the morning of December 9, following a 17-year long battle with cancer.

Marie was born on the 30th of May 1958 in the south of Sweden, starting her musical career in nearby Halmstad where she became friends with future Roxette companion Per Gessle. Following a successful solo debut in 1984, Marie Fredriksson became one of Sweden’s most loved and successful artists. In 1986 she teamed up with Per in Roxette with the ambition to reach outside Sweden, and together they started a historical journey that in the coming years would make them one of the biggest pop acts in the world.

The debut single ”Neverending Love” followed by the album ”Pearls of Passion” in 1986 made them stars in Sweden, but international recognition would have to wait until the single ”The Look” from Roxette’s second album ”Look Sharp!” in the spring of 1989 opened the doors to a massive international breakthrough. It was their first No 1 single on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and would be followed by ”Listen To Your Heart”, ”It Must Have Been Love” and ”Joyride”, as well as numerous worldwide radio staples like ”Dressed For Success”, ”How Do You Do!”, ”Sleeping In My Car”, ”Dangerous”, “Fading Like A Flower” and many more.

The massive success with sales of more than 80 million records paved the way for several worldwide tours, cementing Marie Fredriksson’s reputation as a sensational live performer. She owned the stage, commanded the band and had the audience in the palm of her hand. As great as she was in the studio, the stage was her natural habitat. This unique artistry and energy helped to create a lasting bond between her and millions of passionate fans around the globe.

In 2002, Marie was diagnosed with a severe brain tumor, receiving an aggressive treatment that took its toll but ultimately was successful. Thanks to her extremely strong fighting spirit, Marie by 2009 was able to start a gradual return to the world’s stages. The unlikely second coming of Roxette resulted in several new albums, and tours that again put the duo in front of screaming, smiling and crying crowds all over the world. During the comeback years Marie was an amazing trooper, overcoming the many rigors of touring in order to meet her fans on stage again and again. But by 2016, the show was finally over when Marie´s doctors advised her to stop touring and focus on her health.

Marie leaves us a grand musical legacy. Her amazing voice – both strong and sensitive – and her magical live performances will be remembered by all of us who was lucky enough to witness them. But we also remember a wonderful person with a huge appetite for life, and woman with a very big heart who cared for everybody she met.

Per Gessle comments:

“Time goes by so quickly. It’s not that long ago we spent days and nights in my tiny apartment in Halmstad, listening to music we loved, sharing impossible dreams. And what a dream we eventually got to share!

Thank you, Marie, thanks for everything. You were an outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer. Thanks for painting my black and white songs in the most beautiful colours. You were the most wonderful friend for over 40 years. I’m proud, honoured and happy to have been able to share so much of your time, talent, warmth, generosity and sense of humour. All my love goes out to you and your family. Things will never be the same.

P.”

Marie Fredriksson’s husband Mikael Bolyos and her two children Josefin and Oscar kindly ask for respect in their grief.
The funeral will take place in silence with only Marie’s closest family present.

Stockholm, December 2019.
Dimberg Jernberg Management

Per Gessle to tour Europe in autumn

Here is the press release announcing Per’s tour in Europe. Ticket sales start on Friday, with presales for various shows. Check your local ticket websites for more information!

Good news for European fans of Swedish super group and classic hit makers Roxette—the duo’s songwriter Per Gessle is embarking on a European tour focusing on the mighty Roxette song catalogue this autumn.

The group’s charismatic singer, Marie Fredriksson, announced her withdrawal from touring due to health problems in the spring of 2016, shortly before the release of the group’s tenth studio album, “Good Karma”.

When faced with this situation, Gessle decided to channel his energy into writing material for a Swedish solo project recorded in Nashville later that year. The recordings were made with long-time Swedish musical partners Christoffer Lundquist, Clarence Öfwerman, Anders Herrlin and Helena Josefsson, coupled with a long list of top-league American session players.

Mixing parts of the Roxette touring band with new musicians, Gessle in the summer of 2017 toured Sweden in support of the first of two mini albums from the Nashville sessions, “En vacker natt” (“A Beautiful Night”).

Violin and mandolin player Malin-My Wall, drummer Andreas Dahlbäck and Ola Gustafsson on pedal steel, mandolin and guitar added a fresh touch of Americana, which merged seamlessly with the seasoned Roxette musicians Christoffer Lundquist (guitar), Clarence Öfwerman (keyboards), Magnus Börjeson (bass) and Helena Josefsson (backing vocals).

Both the tour and the Nashville recorded album were enthusiastically received for adding new perspective and depth to Gessle’s music.

– I loved playing with this band, and then it hit me—what if we could do a similar thing dedicated to Roxette music. With Marie unable to perform, all those songs would just gather dust and I was thrilled by the idea of hearing this band performing them, Per Gessle says.

– Marie of course is irreplaceable, he adds. But she sends her blessings, and we both think that this could be a great way to keep the songs fresh by playing them with a slightly different twist in front of all those wonderful people that has been following us through the years.

Gessle emphasizes that the band is able to cover all aspects of Roxette music; from the hook-laden power-pop hits to the mighty ballads that still gets heavy rotation on classic pop radio all over the world. And he promises to dig deep in his song-vault for some surprises as well.

– Yeah, that’s really the fun part of it—I love playing the big hits like “The Look”, “Listen To Your Heart”, “It Must Have Been Love”, “Joyride” and “How Do You Do!”, but a tour like this is also a great opportunity to rediscover some of the great, but lesser played, songs and find out what we can make of them. Just wait and see…

Dubbed “Per Gessle’s Roxette”, a European tour covering ten countries kicks off in Hamburg, Germany, on October 11. An English album -“Small Town Talk”- featuring material from the Nashville sessions (including a duet with British pop maestro Nick Lowe) as well as new recordings with the touring band, will be released internationally to coincide with the tour.

The tour will include the following stops:
11.10 Hamburg, Laeiszhalle (GER)
12.10 Bryssel, Ancienne Belgique (BEL)
15.10 London, Hammersmith Apollo (GBR)
16.10 Manchester, Apollo (GBR)
18.10 Wien, Stadthalle F (AUT)
19.10 Zurich, Halle 622 (SUI)
21.10 Warszawa, Stodola (POL)
22.10 Berlin, Admiralspalast (GER)
23.10 Köln, E-Werk (GER)
25.10 Utrecht, Muziekcentrum Vredenburg (NED)
27.10 Halmstad, Halmstad Arena
3.11 Espoo, Metro Areena (FIN)
5.11 Stockholm, Waterfront
9.11 Karlstad, Löfbergs Arena
10.11 Linköping, Saab Arena
15.11 Oslo, Sentrum Scene (NOR)
16.11 Göteborg, Scandinavium.

More gigs to come!

Marie Fredriksson releases “I Want To Go”

Press release from Cosmos regarding Marie’s single “I Want To Go” – which is out today!

Marie Fredriksson explores new musical territories on upcoming single

The Roxette singer is back with the single I Want To Go where she’s followed her love for blues and country music.
It’s out November 17th on Amigo.

Listen here

Earlier this year she surprised her fans with the jazz song Alone Again, teaming up with some of Sweden’s most prominent musicians on the subject. This time, Marie Fredriksson will immerse in the american music tradition on her new single I Want To Go.

The original song was written by J.B. Lenoir, a remarkably overlooked gem that almost sunk into obscurity. Now, more than 50 years after it’s birth, Marie Fredriksson reinvigorates this blues classic with a modern production and an unmistakable presence.

I first heard this song about 25 years ago and I just loved it.
I have kept it close to my heart ever since and to finally release my own version of it feels amazing.

– Marie Fredriksson

I Want To Go is out on Amigo on November 17th.

The “listen here” link takes you to a page with links to the digital song on streaming/download platforms like Spotify or Amazon and to an “official audio video” on YouTube.

Picture by Tina Axelsson

Disclaimer from Marie’s label: There is a small, but not trivial error in the press message where Marie Fredriksson is called ”the former singer of Roxette”. 
Marie Fredriksson is still, of course, the singer in Roxette. We’re truly sorry about any confusion this might have caused.

Per Gessle – En vacker kväll in Stockholm, Sweden – 27th July 2017 – #10

Judith’s review:

One of the things I appreciate most about Rox&co is that they keep on surprising me. After so many years following them around and so many shows behind me one would think – what is there to see?

Well, Thursday night was one of those ‘rediscovering’ why I love them so much nights again.

I had been reading reviews and comments since the tour started but I didn’t watch any video. Mostly due to lack of time but also a bit because I wanted to wait to see it myself.

Some of the songs I had seen at the smygpremiär but it was still a wow effect on some “known” songs.

Luckily it didn’t rain! We had been checking our weather apps the whole day and were happy to see the forecasts were wrong again.

The mood in the venue was very calm too. The audience sounded good from where I was. Not wild but sang along loud enough.

Now to some comments about the songs!

The show started slow with På promenad genom stan. It sounded a bit different to what I remembered from Leif’s but it had the same warming up effect with the shalala sing along. I like the arrangements on this one, it has become a very poppy-song.

The mood totally changed with Juni, juli, augusti. With this song the whole set up changes. Per gets a new guitar, lights become alive, the band goes crazy. It felt like going from 0 to 150 km/h in 1 second! Awesome party moment with this and Det hjärta som brinner.

Time to slow down a bit again. Första pris sounded much much better than in June. Also the intro with Segla på ett moln fits very well and sounds very cool.

Finally I got to hear Tittar på dej när du dansar! It was followed by Puls. I am still not sure if Puls is in the right place because it is a fast song again in between 2 rather slow ones. But happy to hear it anyway! I loooove the drums!!!

It Must Have Been Love was one of the big woooows of the night. I started crying right from the beginning. What can I do? I just miss Marie so much and well. It just happens. On the other hand, it sounded so good and was happy to hear it live again. When Helena started to sing wooow!! She has a wonderful voice and she does a great job making the song hers. All in all a very nice sweet and emotional tribute to this jewel. Also incredible response from the audience.

Honung och guld was the second aaahhhh of the evening. I was looking forward to listening to it and it surpassed all expectations. Very nice version!!

The rather slow calm part went on with Kung av sand and Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång (nice Flickan sing along!!) to then go up tempo again and go into the best part of the show for me – incl. band presentation and The Look. The four songs (from Ljudet to The Look) are pure craziness!!! My fave was Spegelboll. Just.loved.it!! And The Look was a fab ending of the main part.

When Per introduced Magnus, he mentioned some of the countries represented by all the fans in the first rows. Nice!!

They came back after a short break and change of clothes (Per) to play Varmt igen. I love this song. One of my fave by Per solo! Was looking forward to listening to it again. Helena’s voice is amazing here too. Incredible performance with goose bumps!!

After Tycker om när du tar på mej it was time for Joyride. My least favourite of the setlist. I wish they would have kept Dressed For Success instead of this! Or exchanged it with any other Rox song. Be it Dangerous or How Do You Do! or any of the other 500 songs by Per that he has never played live before…

The 2nd encore started by incredibly strong drum beats by Andreas. It was time for partying to Sommartider!! Crazy one. Which then led to the last song of the evening. A very nice version of Småstadsprat. It is great to hear Helena singing Lars Winnerbäck’s part. From what I could hear from Swedes standing around me, many were expecting Lars to join as guest in Stockholm. It didn’t happen but there are still 11 shows to go?

All in all a very vacker evening. Looking forward to Borgholm!!

Some more tiny details from Patrícia:

Before the show there was a meet & greet with Mr. G. Those who won on Spotify’s contest could meet him and have their CDs or LPs signed. According to those lucky winners, Per was in a very good mood, he was very nice to everyone and took his time signing everything and taking pictures with the winners.

The crowd was very international that night, or at least the front row. Fans came to cheer Per Gessle from several countries and continents: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Czecz Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, Uruguay. I hope I could list all countries. Impressive, isn’t it? It’s always easy to recognize fans from South America, having their country’s jersey on and their flag banners, so during the band presentation Magnus even mentioned Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Uruguay being represented. HERE you can watch the video of it.

Among the guests there was Niklas Strömstedt in the crowd, having a blast with his wife, mostly during (Hon vill ha) Puls. Haha. Probably, there were other famous people too in the audience.

Before the band started playing Juni, juli, augusti, Per talked to the crowd and said he had never had a concert at Skansen. Only performed on TV shows there. Talking about TV shows, the whole concert area at Skansen seemed to be much bigger on TV. And… Skansen crowd seems to be much louder on TV than live. I really expected an incredibly loud sing-along audience at this show, but well, there is always room to develop. Per and the band were on fire anyway. At the end of the show Andreas even threw a drumhead to the crowd.

Åsa was there at Skansen and filmed a lot as usual. What was surprising is that there were no photographers in the pit. I’m still wondering if there was no press present or they just had another spot somewhere at the side or in the back from where they could take photos. But not seeing too many media shots from the show, I would say most of them were probably at Alice Cooper’s show in Gröna Lund at the same time. Or who knows…

Tack alla härliga människor som dök upp på Skansen i Sthlm ikväll. Inget regn, ingen vind bara good vibes och sköna leenden överallt. We had a blast.

Tionde gigget o bandet börjar bli ordentligt tajt. Visst var Helena o Malin-My extra grymma ikväll??? Och Quincy o Ola. Herregud vad bra de är! Och The Swedish Sex Machine på bas peakade nog i livet denna glada torsdag. Clair o Chris dundrade på som den nya V-12:an i Ferrari 812 Superfast. Kort o koncist: I’m in good company! Tack alla! /P.

All photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

Setlist

1. På promenad genom stan
2. Vilket håll du än går
3. Juni, juli, augusti
4. Det hjärta som brinner
5. Segla på ett moln / Första pris
6. Tittar på dej när du dansar
7. (Hon vill ha) Puls
8. It Must Have Been Love
9. Honung och guld
10. Kung av sand
11. Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
12. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
13. Spegelboll
14. Gå & fiska!
Band presentation
15. The Look (with När vi två blir en as intro)

Encore:
16. Varmt igen (with Queen of Rain as intro)
17. Tycker om när du tar på mej
18. Joyride

Encore 2:
19. Sommartider
20. Småstadsprat

Videos:

På promenad genom stan: 1; 2;
Juni, juli, augusti
(Hon vill ha) Puls: 1; 2;
It Must Have Been Love
Honung och guld
Kung av sand
Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
Ljudet av ett annat hjärta: 1; 2;
Spegelboll
Gå & fiska!
The Look: 1; 2;
Tycker om när du tar på mej
Joyride
Sommartider: 1; 2;
Småstadsprat

Articles, pictures:

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