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Contest Day, part 1: Win a chance to visit Chris in the AGM studio!

April 1, 2014 — by TDR Editorial — Exclusive, Fans, The Daily Roxette

This was sadly an April's Fools day joke - this time!

The Daily Roxette is thankful and proud to offer four of our readers the chance to visit Christoffer Lundquist in his mighty AGM studios. You will see the actual recording studio, the mighty studio cats and “Gubbens hus,” the place the guys (except for Per) stay at night. Of course you can ask Chris all your important questions and try the two echo chambers to your liking. All you have to do is write an email to telling us what the acronym AGM actually stand for.

Please observe the following rules that we had to introduce in order not to reveal the actual location of the studio to the winners:

The trip will take place in the end of April 2014, we’ll start at the Central station in Malmö. The exact date will be disclosed to the winners exclusively. A maximum of 4 winners will be allowed which is due to the limits of the van we will drive you with from Malmö to the AGM. The participants will have to agree to get blindfolded during the ride, all mobile phones and cameras and other devices with GPS functionalities will have to remain in a locker at Malmö station. Don’t worry, photos of this event will be taken for you and sent out afterwards. The winners will have to make sure that they can manage to travel to Malmö at the given date at their own costs. Sorry, you can’t bring your friends or cats with you. Only emails arriving today will be qualified to take part in the contest.


The winner of TDR's photo contest is...

August 16, 2013 — by TDR Editorial — Exclusive, Fans, Gyllene Tider, The Daily Roxette

The Daily Roxette, in cooperation with Anders Sällström, sponsored a photo contest during Gyllene Tider's successful summer tour. The task was to capture   the energy of the concert tour or some other aspect of being a fan. Many interesting photos arrived from everywhere and picking a winner was difficult. An exclusive photo taken by Anders at the secret GT gig at Penny Lane in Halmstad in 1995 will be awarded to Marta Artesero Coll from Spain. The jury, consisting of TDR's photographer team (Colin van der Bel, Kai-Uwe Heinze and Thomas Evensson) along with Anders serving as guest juror, made the selection.

One of Marta's interests is photography. She told TDR that she's been learning for the last two years and that she loves taking photos at concerts. Her winning photo was taken at the Ronneby concert.

"My story as a fan began when The World According to Gessle was released back in 1997. That's when everything started for me. I discovered Gyllene Tider when I started to buy things related to Roxette. And I always loved them. Their music is so great! And live? What can I say! Being there with two friends who are fans like me was really special," said Marta.

This was her second time traveling to Sweden and the first seeing Gyllene Tider live in concert. She enjoyed three concerts: Malmö, Ronneby and Linköping. She exclaimed she had the time of her life!

"It was such a wonderful experience. And meeting Per after one of those concerts made the trip even more special!"

One of the jurors had this to say about the winning photo: "In my opinion, this is an excellent picture. It clearly shows the pure fun Per and MP are having on stage performing, hinting at a similar atmosphere in the crowd. At the same time it shows old friends doing what, to them, must feel like one of the best things in the world and enjoying it immensely."

See the photo in a larger version.



The Daily Roxette Advent Calendar 2012: Face to face with Marie Dimberg, Pelle Alsing, Clarence Öfwerman, Christoffer Lundquist and...

November 30, 2012 — by Kai-Uwe Heinze — Editorial, Exclusive, The Daily Roxette

Ho ho ho. Xmas comes closer, you know that. As every year, there is this well-known 24 step countdown. A day, a door. Yep, nothing new. Except.... you are a regular reader of The Daily Roxette. If you haven't been one, you will become one from now on. Because from tomorrow on until Dec 24, we will give you a good read every day. Sometimes even two. Or more. What's to come?

This summer, we (this is Justyna Bereza of the Polish Roxette page and me) had the chance to meet four top members of the Roxette circus:

  • Marie Dimberg. She's Per's, Marie's (and thus Roxette's) manager. And not only this.
  • Pelle Alsing. The drummer. Famous.
  • Clarence Öfwerman. Producer, keyboarder, smiler.
  • Christoffer Lundquist. Universal genius and studio owner.

Altogether, we talked for almost eight hours. This is like you go there at nine in the morning and keep talking to five in the afternoon. And ask and ask and ask. We had prepared a few witty questions for each of them but actually we wanted to let the talks take their own directions. We wanted to show you the person behind the face you know so well. What's she/he like in private? What's their professional background, what do they think? You will find out that even for the people in Roxette, the world is much bigger than just 200 pop songs. We'll talk about cats, dogs, mice, bicycles, hats, gays, men in women's wear, different techniques to throw a tambourine off stages, late lead singers, missed chances, beer prices, touching noses during concerts and other weird stuff. Then, we will take a very close look at the famous AGM studios where the magic is happening now. Lots of photos to come, lots of interesting things to read, rest assured.

And we have a few more surprises up our sleeves. Stay tuned, check back here every day. If you feel like talking about what you will read here, please do so. We may even send your questions to the people we talked to, if you're interested.

A huge Thank You goes out to Marie D, Pelle, Clarence and Christoffer who without any exception have kindly supported this project. They are really nice and friendly people. All of them. All texts you read here have been approved so you can be sure it's true what you read.

And if you read carefully between the lines, you will get a very good idea of what will happen in 2013. You'll see.

Kai-Uwe Heinze & Justyna Bereza

Tomorrow: Face to face with: Marie Dimberg. Part 1: "It's very frustrating."


Roxette 2012 - FANtastic!

November 24, 2012 — by Colin van der Bel — Exclusive, Fans, Live, Roxette, The Daily Roxette, Video

ROXETTE 2012 - FANtastic! : A mini-documentary about Roxette's 2012 world tour.

Here's our story of Roxette's world tour and the special relationship between the band and the fans. Of course we couldn't have done this without the help of many people, especially you readers of the Daily Roxette. Thank you kindly!

Recorded on the 29th of June at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Produced exclusively for the Daily Roxette. Shot, edited and directed by TDR reporter Colin van der Bel. Want to read more about how this video was made (technically speaking) and see some behind-the-scenes pictures? Head on over to Colin's blog.


Are you ready for more Roxette?

November 19, 2012 — by Kai-Uwe Heinze — Editorial, Exclusive, Roxette, The Daily Roxette

The concerts are over for now, and at least up here in Northern Europe, the winter is approaching fast. So is Christmas. Hopefully, we will see the new Roxette live DVD (BD?) being released soon enough to have it as a gift under the Christmas tree.

Well, for those of you who do not want to wait that long, The Daily Roxette has prepared a long list of surprises. Look forward to your most favorite Advent calendar this year. Every door is filled with a goody. And because we know that you've been a good fan this year, some doors are bigger than others.

What's to come, you ask? Time will tell! Check back here from time to time. The first door will open December 1. Watch the video and be sure there's even more than that. More details next week. Stay tuned!

We're excited! Are you?


Calling all fans

June 22, 2012 — by Colin van der Bel — Fans, The Daily Roxette

For a special TDR project which we can’t reveal too much about right now, the Daily Roxette is asking for your help.

Are you going to Roxette’s concert in Amsterdam the 29th and want to share your unique fan story with us? We would love to interview you on camera!

We are also looking for pictures of fans together with Per, Marie and/or other band members taken anywhere around the globe (during the current tour). Do you have a great picture of yourself with Roxette? Please send it to us!

Contact us for more details about this project:



Roxette ruled Britannia!; TDR speaks to Per prior to the show

November 16, 2011 — by Paul Belben — Exclusive, Fans, Per Gessle, Roxette, The Daily Roxette

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Make sure you click on the jump to read Paul's exclusive interview with Per and a particularly well-written comment from Tholmes1138. Note also the addition of a link to a reader's full account of the show.]

LONDON – After a long 17 year wait, Roxette finally brought their epic World Tour to the UK last night.  Wembley Arena was packed to the rafters with about 12,000 fans who, in this reporters opinion, were full of energy and sang along to all of the songs.  

The setlist was, as expected, identical to previous concerts in the re-launched tour (minus "Soul Deep" within "......Radio") and both Per and Marie were in top shape, so we won't cover much on the actual show. However, Chris did an amazing, frenzied version of "God Save The Queen" as the "Joyride" intro.

For a more complete report and review, Brandon Veevers, one of our readers who won a slot at the Meet & Greet, filed this report afterwards for a UK entertainment site.

The Meet and Greet, organised through this newspaper in conjunction with d&d Management and Live Nation, was a great success.  The fans that were lucky enough to win our contest were each able to have one item signed by Marie and Per. One such item was a rare blue vinyl edition of Marie's "Ännu doftar kärlek."  Marie was clearly very surprised when she saw this!  

The Daily Roxette also managed to grab some time with Per for an interview and to answer some questions put to him by you, the readers of TDR!

Photos of the show and Meet & Greet to follow...

(Click read more for the exclusive pre-show interview with Per.)



Win a chance to meet Per & Marie backstage in London!

October 26, 2011 — by Paul Belben — Exclusive, Fans, Live, Roxette, The Daily Roxette

Roxette in LondonLONDON – Planning on attending the big concert in London? Would you like to go backstage before the show to say hello to Per and Marie?

The Daily Roxette, in conjunction with LiveNation and Roxette's management, is pleased to be able to offer a small group of fans the opportunity to participate in a "Meet & Greet" just before the November 15 concert in London's Wembley Arena.

All you need to do is answer at least one TDR Trivia question correctly in order to qualify for the drawing (one entry per person). The eight lucky winners will be chosen at random from the pool of qualified responses.

You have until 12 noon (UK time) on Friday, November 4 to enter the contest.  We'll contact the winners, and you can look for their names to be published here on Sunday, November 6.  Perhaps one of them will be you? Good luck!