Thank you, 2015! Welcome 2016!

2015

Another year, another retrospective!

2015 was once again a year full of releases, concerts, travelling, meetings, happy faces… everything a fan could wish for.

In January we got a sneak peek of the newly built and designed stage that would be premiered a few weeks later. February brought Roxette to New Zealand (finally!) and Australia. Back in February we heard that the new Roxette album would be out in autumn 2015. Well, we already know that the release of the album has been postponed a few times and it seems 2016 will be the year! When? Let’s hope we will get some news in a few weeks. In February, some more dates were announced for summer 2015 too.

In March the big news were that a biography about Marie would be released in autumn. And also that a 25th Anniversary version of “It Must Have Been Love” would be released. The PLECtionary was updated with the latest plecs from the 2015 Australia tour.

In April we got to know who would make our waiting time before a concert shorter and fun: Eskobar! I was personally very happy that Eskobar were chosen as supporting act for Roxette’s European leg of the tour. I have liked this band since early 2000 and it was about time to see them live! It turned out to be a great decision. Roxette fans loved the 3 guys, we hear some have started a fanclub….

The tour in Europe kicked off on May 10th in Milan and took the band to 20 countries (including Faroe Islands!) with a total of 36 concerts between May and August (including a cancelled one in Mainz) plus 2 corporate concerts, one in September in Poland and one in November in Stockholm. The cover of Marie’s book was revealed and we published an interview with Pelle and Eskobar.

Also we found out that Roxette Diaries – a documentary of Roxette done by Jonas Åkerlund with old recordings from late 80ies and early 90ies – would be released soon. The premiere took place in Göteborg in August and later on, it was revealed that the documentary will be released on DVD in March 2016.

In June Roxette visited Dublin, Trondheim, Ostrava, Sofia, Warsaw, and started the “mini-Germany” tour (in total 8 shows, plus one that was cancelled) in Cologne. Also this month the “The Look” remake was announced.

The (digital) new version of the super hit was released on 17th of July, right on time when Roxette was about to bring the tour to Sweden. The remake was recorded as part of Kappahl’s campaign and remixed by Addeboy vs Cliff. A video of the making of the song was also released. A 7″ vinyl was released later in August.

In August the tour ended in Drammen, Norway, with a very special concert with many fans from around the world. But we would not have time to get bored, since the dates for South Africa were announced. The PLECtionary was updated once again. As we mentioned before, Roxette Diaries movie was premiered on August 14th in Göteborg.

In September the promotion of Marie’s biographyKärleken till livet” started. The co-author Helena von Zweigbergk, visited the Göteborg book fair to talk about the book and give some signing sessions. An interview with Marie and articles about Marie and the book could be found on the major Swedish newspapers/magazines around the time the book was released (October 10th). Roxette played in a corporate concert in Warsaw, which despite the difficulties to get a ticket, some fans managed to attend. Also “Some Other Summer” by Sebastien Drums was released. This song is actually composed by Per, and the single released by Sebastien Drums is even sung by Per (and a few backing vocals by Marie). According to Per, the “original version” of “Some Other Summer” will be included in Roxette’s upcoming album.

More 2016 tour dates were announced in November. To our surprise… for Europe! Everybody was expecting South/North America, and maybe a handfull of shows in Europe. But so far we already counted 11 concerts, and rumours have it that there are more to come! According to the information available so far, the first concert we know of will be on June 3rd in Switzerland. The last one on the list is on September 11th, in Moscow. Tickets for all the shows are already on sale, so hurry up! Roxette gave the last concert of the year at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, a corporate concert for Tele2 (telecommunications operator) customers and other invited guests.

Marie gave a signing session in Stockholm on December 5th. On the same day, an interview with her and Helena was broadcast on TV4 Nyhetsmorgon. Many fans travelled to Stockholm for the chance to say hi to Marie and get the book  signed personally by her.

As I am finishing writing this article one thing (Aretha Franklin’s performance yesterday at Kennedy Center Honors, if you are interested) brought me to another (Aretha’s influence on Marie, which made me think of I Never Loved a Man) and I ended up listening to Roxette’s MTV Unplugged from 1993. Yes, recorded almost 23 years ago!

If one would ask me what would make the 30th anniversary of Roxette in 2016 very special my answer would be, loud and clear: an (or more) unplugged show.

Of course, looking very much forward to Roxette’s tour in Europe, something that came very much unexpected. And one can only feel thankful. That is the world I would choose for all what is happening. I am thankful it IS happening and I can experience it. With a small break in between in 2013, we have been able to see Roxette live almost every year since 2009.

What will happen in 2016? Here is a schedule of what we know so far:

  • January / February: Roxette to tour in South Africa
  • March: Roxette Diaries released on DVD.
  • June (?) – September (?): Tour in Europe is planned
  • Roxette turns 30!
  • Somewhen in 2016: a new album should be out soon. Per mentioned some days ago on FB that it’s almost done! (and Christoffer is very busy mixing!)

A big thanks once again to all of you reading us, sharing our articles (thanks Per!), joining our discussions on FB, for the hints, sharing your experiences in articles on our website.. thanks for your support! And from me big thanks to the RXB team, it wouldn’t be possible without you! We’ve had some issues this year with the servers (especially because the site doesn’t stop growing) so I’ve been kinda busy trying to solve that and some other tech-stuff in the background, so I feel so lucky to count on such a great team, thank you Patrícia, Kirsten, Tomasz and Sascha for the articles, brainstorming, ideas, laughs, meetings, experiences etc etc.

Happy new 2016 to you all!

Australia is missing Roxette

Live Nation Australia & New Zealand shared Roxette’s setlist on RDIO to let anyone relive the Australian shows. As they say:

Roxette have only just left our shores but fans are still singing their hits!

February saw the triumphant return of Swedish superstars Roxette, celebrating their 30th anniversary. From wineries to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt every show was the ultimate sing-a-long.

You can stream the entire setlist on RDIO to keep the dream alive.

The setlist was a bit different at almost each Oz show, mainly because of leaving out a song or two, or changing the order of the tracks, but all in all, it’s still a nice idea from Live Nation to keep the Roxxxpirit up in Oz. Enjoy listening to it by clicking HERE.

 

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Pic by Live Nation Australia & New Zealand

 

 

Roxette XXX Tour – Hunter Valley, Australia – February 28 – #25

After last night’s ultrasensational gig in Sydney, everyone was wondering what the band prepared for today’s sold out concert. Well, Roxette never disappoint, so the crowd at Bimbadgen Winery in Hunter Valley got a fabulous show tonight.

It was A Day On The Green gig just like the one in Yarra Valley a week ago and so the people walking around the location could see those beauty signs with all the Rox lyrics on them. The concert started again in the sunset, but it soon got dark, so the brilliant stage lighting could be enjoyed much more.

There was a huge crowd and they all got the Saturday night fever already at the beginning of the gig, so they were on their feet to show how they can dance to those magic vibes. While in Yarra Valley the security team first tried to make people sit down, here, in Hunter Valley even the security guys and event staff joined the party and were dancing during The Look. One must love it!

The band didn’t show any signs of missing a day off between 2 concerts. They were putting all their energy into making this last Aussie gig an unforgettable one. And they succeeded. I’m sure even the kangaroos in the vineyard had one hell of a party.

Per’s touching comment after the concert:

A DAY ON THE GREEN in Bimbadgen. Oh Yeah! Couldn’t imagine a better finale to the NZ/OZ XXX Tour!!!! We love it here!!

Thanx everyone for taking care of us, being so kind and showing true affection for this little band from the south of Sweden. We will never forget the singalong heroes and crazy but irresistable dancing aficionados that have rocked our world for a couple of weeks.

This tour will live on. We truly hope we can come back to play for you again. No promises, this band moves in mysterious ways. But we’d love to come back, you know that!!

Now it’s back to Europe for us, the studio is waiting. And Pelle’s personal trainer. And Magnus has to find a barber. And the European XXX-tour is that not far away. See y’all in the summer starting in May! Love from P&M&C&C&M&P&D

 

Now comes a bit more than 2 months break and the next gig, the first one of the next tour leg is on 10th May in Milan, Italy! Promising start with a sold out show! Europe is looking very much forward to having Roxette back! Don’t forget that in April we get a new Roxette single off a new Roxette album that is planned to be released at the end of October, so the tour break won’t be so boring. Woohoo!

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13;
Facebook: 1;

Renowned for Sound (review + photos)
A Day On The Green (photos)
Tim Bradshaw Photography (photos)

 

Videos

Listen To Your Heart
The Look (with a koala on Per’s head at the end)

Instavideos / FB videos:
Sleeping In My Car
The Look (Chris playing the guitar on his knees in front of Marie)
How Do You Do!
The Look

 

Setlist

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

Roxette XXX Tour – Sydney, Australia (Qantas Credit Union Arena) – February 27 – #24

When was the last time we wrote the actual gig was the best so far? Couldn’t have been too long ago, but this cliché has to be used again. After the Sydney Opera House gig, which was already a highlight during this leg of the tour, Roxette was able to provide thousands of people in the same city with an out-of-the-world experience tonight at Qantas Credit Union Arena. And you know they really did when die hard Roxers compare the concert to top South American ones and also when your Aussie Roxer friend calls you in Europe on your mobile just to let you know the gig was un-focken-believably awesome. Then you just feel you s.h.o.u.l.d.h.a.v.e.b.e.e.n.t.h.e.r.e.

Was it the effect of attending a fantastic Foo Fighters show yesterday (Per & Co., many Roxers and even more Sydney people attended that gig) or just being in a hyperactive mood today? Doesn’t really matter. The band was absolutely on fire! Marie rocked big time, acting a lot with the audience, being so powerful and her voice was in top top top shape. The crowd could see a hot hot hot Per who was bouncing around more than ever, jumping a lot in his own choreography, conducting all sing-along parts energetically. Mister Magnus showed he is a much better dancer than Michael Flatley and Christoffer’s Waltzing Matilda drove the whole arena crazy. Dea put all her energy into animating the crowd and her backing vocals sounded marvellous. Pelle was hitting the drums harder than usual and Clarence did magic on the keyboards. All roxtars on stage!

What about the crowd? They were the loudest, most clapping-jumping-dancing party people on this leg of the tour, constantly proving proudly they knew all the lyrics by heart. This was definitely a very important factor that made the band so damn good tonight. So much adrenaline and goosebumps all around!

The setlist got its 18-track length back and with The Look at the end, having a high pulse, it was the hardest thing to say goodbye to Roxette and leave the arena.

Per’s comment after the show:

SYDNEY #2 UPDATE: Wow wow wow! Whatasplendidevening!
We had a blast and it felt and looked like you did too!!! Overwhelming appreciation is what I feel right now. Wonderful farewell show in Sydney! LOVE TO COME BACK! ANYDAY!!! Newcastle tomorrow!! Then it’s bye-bye! /P.

Can Roxette do an at least as magical concert tomorrow as they did today? Next gig is on Saturday (28th February) at Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley (A Day on the Green). That’s gonna be the last one in Oz. For a while.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18;
Twitter: 1; 2;

Troy Constable Photography (fab shots)
Qantas Credit Union Arena (photos)

 

Videos

How Do You Do!
Christoffer playing Waltzing Matilda
Joyride
The Look

Instavideos:
Sleeping In My Car: 1; 2;
The Big L.
It Must Have Been Love: 1; 2;
How Do You Do!
Fading Like A Flower
The Heart Shaped Sea
Dangerous
Dressed For Success
Joyride: 1; 2; 3; 4;
Almost Unreal
Listen To Your Heart
The Look: 1; 2;

 

Setlist

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The Heart Shaped Sea
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Almost Unreal
Listen To Your Heart
The Look

 

Roxette XXX Tour – Sydney, Australia (On The Steps at the Sydney Opera House) – February 25 – #23

When this once-in-a-lifetime show was announced in December last year, all Roxers felt very proud of Roxette. I mean how cool is that that they perform at the Sydney Opera House! OK, the gang didn’t play inside the building, but still, what an honour to have the chance to do a concert at the forecourt of such an iconic venue. Per thought so, too: “To play this show on the steps of the Sydney Opera House is an absolute honour and is sure to be a major highlight of the tour!”

It was raining cats and dogs during the day, but fortunately, it stopped by the time Roxette got on stage. Everyone was impressed by the view all around, both the crowd and the band. From the stage the Sydney Opera House and the beautiful audience on the steps could be seen and people who went to party with Roxette got to see a very cool stage set in front of them, as well as huge screens. The only thing I didn’t really understand why the screens showed all what happened on the colorful stage in black and white. Never mind. The stage background was different versus what we saw so far on this tour leg, but the lighting design was the very same.

The place looked so fantastic that Per even joked with the crowd they (the band) wouldn’t mind if the crowd turned their backs towards them to watch the beautiful view. Actually, the view was so stunning Per and Mister Magnus couldn’t help taking a selfie in the middle of the stage with the Opera House in the background. It was before they started to play Crush On You, when they usually have their conversation about Magnus’s fave Rox album. They didn’t give that discussion a miss this time either.

The acoustics of the site were quite good, so not only the band, but the crowd sounded awesome, too.

Regarding the setlist, it seems the more steps are involved, the shorter the setlist gets. The Heart Shaped Sea and Almost Unreal were left out, so the band charmed the audience with only 16 songs.

Per after the show:

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE UPDATE: Wow, what a gig! The most beautiful setting ever? Could be! Great show tonite, super crowd and no rain!!!! Who can ask for more? Thanx for showing up, all you beautiful people!
See you Friday at the Quantas Credit Union Arena. Prepare to kick ass! /P.

Can you believe that only 2 shows are left on this leg of the tour? Next gig is on Friday (27th February) at Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney.

 

Articles and photos

Instagram: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24;

gettyimages.com (photos)
thedailytelegraph.com.au (review)
amnplify.com.au (photos)
dailymail.co.uk (review with photos)
theaureview.com (photos)
smh.com.au (review)
maytherockbewithyou.com (review; photos)
Troy Constable Photography (beautiful photos)

 

Videos

Spending My Time
It Must Have Been Love
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
Crush On You
Joyride
Listen To Your Heart

Instavideos:
Per’s ”Good evening, Sydney!”
Spending My Time: 1; 2;
It Must Have Been Love: 1; 2;
How Do You Do!
Fading Like A Flower
Christoffer’s Waltzing Matilda performance
Joyride: 1; 2;
Listen To Your Heart: 1; 2;
The Look: 1; 2; 3;
The Look from a far-away balcony

 

Setlist

Sleeping In My Car
The Big L.
Stars
Spending My Time
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Crush On You
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
Watercolours In The Rain / Paint
Fading Like A Flower
How Do You Do!
It Must Have Been Love
Dressed For Success
Dangerous
Joyride

Extra:
Listen To Your Heart
The Look