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Roxette tours starts in EIGHT DAYS

October 20, 2014 — by Paul Belben — Editorial, Exclusive, Live, Roxette

There are only EIGHT days until Roxette's latest world tour, dubbed the 30th Anniversary Tour, kicks off at the 7,000 seat Fetisov Arena in Vladivostok, Russia.  Following on from the massive 'Neverending Tour', which ended in October 2012, it will be interesting to see how the world react to Roxette's return. 

Per and Marie have been busy over the last few days in rehersals but we will have to wait until the opening night to see what surprises will be on the setlist.  We all know that the big monster hits will be played, but which gems have been picked by the band? Which song will open the concerts off this time?  TDR covered this topic with a article published earlier this year.  You can view it here

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Per Gessle: "I can't discuss that."

September 20, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Exclusive, Per Gessle, Releases, Roxette

Per is in the process of signing all his pre-ordered boxes, more than 1,000. His arm hurts, but that doesn't stop him from grinning. We caught up with him and asked him a few questions that's been on all our minds: Per, big (huge you might say even) box, 2 books, wine, Rox record and Rox tour... How do you find all the time? How does your wife feel about all this?
Well Tom, you have to ask her! She’s pretty busy herself with our hotel and our son and the two budgies. I’m doing all the cookin’!

She’s the next call on my list, promise. Now, you've just started recording the new Rox record, what can we expect, a full album, EP, single? How's Marie doing after her vacation, she looks great in your photos?
Marie’s fine. We start rehearsing for the tour pretty soon and have also recorded a couple of new tracks. They sound fab by the way! I have written quite a few new songs for Rox and we’re looking forward to record them one of these years.

Time’s getting short yes. Will you have time for any signing sessions, for the box or the books? Boox..?
I’ll do some signings at the Gothenburg Book Fair next weekend if you wanna pop by!

Hey, sure why not! When exactly did you come up with the idea for the PGA?
When I realized that so many people seemed to be truly interested. I noticed that every time I shared demos on the Internet. So... I talked to MP to see if it was possible to find all the old stuff in the vaults. And it was. He has done a fantastic job getting it all together. Mending old analogue tapes and making them sound perfect. Per thinks. And hey, Pär Wickholm (the designer) has created his masterpiece with the PGA box.
And the Cosmos Music people who release it have had so many cool ideas. They work endlessly. Without all those guys and dolls this couldn’t have happened! I’m just the Godfather, saying yes or no.

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Per: "I'm working on Rox"

May 26, 2014 — by Colin van der Bel — Exclusive, Per Gessle, Releases

STOCKHOLM - A lot is happening around Per Gessle this time, with two new releases just last Friday. We were surprised by the release of a song called "You Don’t Want Love" by ‘Finnish producer Heikki L feat. Per Gessle’. The song is a dance record, something that sounds like it belongs in Europe’s charts but at the same time is nothing like what we’ve ever heard Per do before. On top of that, the second installment of the Per Gessle Archives was released on Spotify today. iTunes release in June. The Daily Roxette managed to get hold of the man himself for a short interview about these releases and things to come.

Last Friday, "You Don’t Want Love" by Finnish producer/DJ Heikki L was released exclusively on Spotify, over the weekend. The song sounds very fresh and seems to fit perfectly in today’s charts, but it’s very different from from we’ve heard from you recently. Could you share something with us how this collaboration came to be?

I know Patric Sarin a bit from way back. He sent me his and Heikki’s demo and asked if I wanted to sing on the real recording. I liked the song and the style a lot so I said YES!

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A new Roxette album on the way?

May 16, 2014 — by Stevo Petkovic — Exclusive, Releases, Roxette

According to a recent phone interview with Australian radio station KOFM, Roxette could be recording a new studio album shortly. In a fairly routine interview, Per mentions that he started writing new material for Roxette a few months ago and they will be heading to the studio in August to do some new material before rehearsals for the new tour begins in September. So could we see a brand new Roxette album out later in the year or early next year? Stay tuned.

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Marie in Gävle - top notch

April 12, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Exclusive, Live, Marie Fredriksson

GÄVLE - Going into the final, northern, part of the tour Marie visited Gävle in the middle of Sweden tonight. Gävle Concert Hall wasn't sold out, but close to it. There were roughly 35 international fans there, and from what I saw there was even a meet & greet for some of them. Talking to the fans and listening to the crowd after the show I realized this was one of the better shows of the tour. Top 3 even according to some. There were no changes in the setlist, and frankly, I didn't expect it either. Marie was in very good spirits, smiling and almost joking between the songs. Barefoot of course.

The sound was nothing short of amazing! The band was perfect and Marie was brilliant. Christoffer was doing his normal Neil Young wailing and Micke looked stern behind the keys. Second guitar player Jokke Pettersson was all smiles. The audience could have been more "on" but it was a mature audience and you could still see they were enjoying the show. Swedish celebrity Roger Pontare was there. Biggest hits (according to audience reactions) were "Ännu doftar kärlek," "Sparvöga," "Så länge det lyser mitt emot" and "Mellan sommar och höst" where a lot of (other) people stood up. The newer material, being only two songs, didn't seem to hit the spot though.

All in all, a very good concert, albeit at 1.25 it felt a bit short.

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Marie talks about the tour

April 2, 2014 — by Paul Belben — Editorial, Exclusive, Marie Fredriksson

When Marie Fredriksson announced the release of Nu! many fans hoped and dreamed for a solo Marie tour.  Their prayers were answered and Marie is currently in the middle of her first solo tour in 14 years, singing songs covering her entire solo career from 1984’s “Ännu doftar kärlek” right up to “Sista sommarens val” which was, of course, released earlier this year. Marie has played concert halls and theatres across Sweden and with only 7 shows left of the tour, there is not long left to catch the show! If you haven't gotten tickets, you may want to look into it.

The Daily Roxette got the chance to speak to Marie recently.  Read on to hear the latest thoughts on the tour from Marie herself:  

TDR: Hi Marie!
MF: Hi!!

TDR: If you think back to 2009 when the beginning of Roxette’s comeback began, and then the subsequent massive world tour, does it surprise you that there are still so many people interested in the work that you and Per do?
MF:  I tend not to think about it like that.  I’m just very happy and grateful that the audience is still with us.  

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Contest Day, part 2: “A.N.O.T.H.E.R. A.I.R.P.O.R.T.“ to be released April 26

April 1, 2014 — by TDR Editorial — Exclusive, Per Gessle, Releases

As many of you have noticed, this was an April's Fools joke... for now!

For a long time fans have kept guessing what exactly Per was talking about when he told us about being at “another airport” every other day, when he possibly can't be flying that much. It turns out it will be his personal contribution to Sweden’s Record Store Day on April 26: an audio book, or a travelogue if you will. While the official press release will be out tomorrow, we can provide you with a few details already.

The audio book will consist of two vinyls full of travel logs noted down and read out by Per himself, in English. He used the long waiting times at the airports all over the world during the last Roxette tours to put down his personal experiences and thoughts. We will learn about advantages of hard hotel beds in South Africa and disadvantages of vegetarian breakfasts at 2pm, there will also be a longer part about his hospital stay before the canceled show in New Zealand (where Per had obviously too much time to make up his mind on airline food and queues to the airplane toilet). Also, you will hear what it’s like not to be escorted by police in Dubai and what the customs in Istanbul initially thought about Christoffer’s incense sticks. And finally we hear the full story of Åsa’s mishap that lead to the infamous song title “Excuse Me, Sir, Do You Want Me to Check on Your wife.” All in all there will be 25 chapters on 2 12″ vinyl discs with a total length of a little less than 2 hours. Each chapter is preceeded by a short sound sample from Per’s voice recorder where he stores his ideas for songs and lyrics. As a bonus track, we hear Per, Chris and Pelle killing The Marcels’ “Blue Moon” in an empty airport hall in South Germany, a little too loud and maybe a little too tipsy...

The mixing has been done by Mats MP Persson in his T&A studio in Halmstad, Sven Lindström helped putting down the right words.

The audio book will come in two editions: On April 26, you can purchase the extended but limited edition (1400 copies) which will include a picture book of 102 pages for 1.400 SEK, only in Swedish local record stores. Two weeks later, the standard edition, without the book (and as we heard sadly without “Blue Moon,”) can be ordered at the usual online stores and iTunes for around 149 SEK.

You can win one signed copy of “A.N.O.T.H.E.R. A.I.R.P.O.R.T” if you send an email with the answer to the following question to contest@dailyroxette.com still today: “What is the IATA code of the Halmstad airport?”. The winner will be drawn tomorrow and the copy of “A.N.O.T.H.E.R. A.I.R.P.O.R.T” will be sent out after April 26. Good luck!

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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 contest@dailyroxette.com 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.

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Gothenburg: Marie's favorite show

March 16, 2014 — by Paul Belben — Exclusive, Live, Marie Fredriksson

GOTHENBURG - Around 1,200 fans squeezed into the Göteborg Konserthus last night.  From the sound of the audience reaction, it felt more like 12,000!  Marie was visably moved by the reaction from the audience and mentioned that this was the best show on the tour so far.  The audience jumped to their feet as soon as "Kom vila hos mig" started!  

Having never been to a Marie-solo concert before, this reporter wasn't sure what to expect.  What was delivered on the night by Marie and her band was excellent.  Marie was on top form! Super-top form in fact!  From the moment she entered the stage (barefoot again), Marie's vocals were excellent, and there were no obvious lyric issues.

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Barefoot and full of energy in Växjö

March 11, 2014 — by Ailsa Plain — Exclusive, Live, Marie Fredriksson

VÄXJÖ - Marie came out to a wave of cheers and applause as she entered the stage (barefoot) in Växjö on Saturday night - cheers that disappeared in an instant as soon as Marie began singing "Så stilla, så långsamt" with only Christoffer's acoustic guitar as her guide. So quiet that that you could literally hear a pin drop - every single person in the audience completely captivated by this amazing voice - fiercely strong, yet heart achingly vulnerable at the same time. From the very first note she sang until she left the stage, Marie had everyone's undivided attention. Nothing less than she deserved.

Marie took the time to thank the Roxette fans for coming along to the show – a comment which was met with loud cheers and a lot of clapping, particularly from the first three rows.

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