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Per: New Roxette album late next year, project with David Guetta

October 26, 2014 — by Visa Kopu — Marie Fredriksson, Per Gessle, Roxette

The Finnish newspaper Iltalehti recently had an interview with Per Gessle. The insightful piece is written by a long-time Roxette fan Mari Pudas.

In the interview, Per reveals that a new Roxette album will be released "after summer." A single will be released in early 2015.

Per also tells that since summer 2013 he's been working on another project where he's cooperated with David Guetta and Swedish DJs. The new material is modern and electronic, almost techno. "I wanted to challenge myself to write music in a new way and see where it leads."

Per says that "the album has typical Roxette elements but they sound fresh" and that "he's happy that they've moved on and not just repeating themselves." It's not entirely clear if he's referring to the forthcoming Roxette album or another project. Anyway, Per already published a statement on Facebook that the collaboration with Guetta is definitely not about Roxette material.

In the second part of the interview Per talks about Marie and her illness – how she can't see properly with her other eye, how she had to learn to read and write again, and how moving is difficult. "The fact that Marie fought her way back to the limelight and that Roxette is active again is one of my biggest fulfilled dreams," says Per. "Marie is like an Amazon, she has so much willpower. I'm so happy that we're able to work together and tour the world."

Their previous tour started in Kazan, Russia in February 2011 and ended in September 2012. They had 130 concerts in 46 countries. 1.5 million people saw them perform live. Still, Per noticed that one tour was not enough for Marie. "She wants more and more concerts," says Per.

Next week Roxette is starting their 30th anniversary tour. "The rehearsals have been pure joy. Marie is highly motivated and she sings fantastically. Mentally she's just fine, but she has problems with her feet. Sometimes she doesn't feel them at all and can suddenly fall. Then sometimes she moves just like any of us. Rehabilitation process is slow. But the longer we get with the tour, the better she feels. That's how it went the last time as well."

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Badabam!

September 23, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Per Gessle, Releases, Roxette

Well, what do you know! Not much as it turns out. Last night the full Per Gessle Archives were let loose (except volume 5 which still is a vinyl exclusive)! Enjoy the 10 digital parts with commentary on Spotify and iTunes, and probably more sites to come. More info, and links, at the Archives site.

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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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Another week, another release

September 10, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Per Gessle, Releases, Roxette

The next step in releasing The Per Gessle Archives digitally was taken at midnight when The Roxette Demos! Volume 1 was released with lots of goodies. You'll find Per & Sven's comments there as well. The physical box will be released September 24, signed if you hurry up pre-ordering it: CDON, Ginza or Bengans. CDON is best for European customers, Ginza for Scandinavian and Bengans for the rest of the world.

In a week we will get Volume 2 with the following:

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PGA 3 & 4 have arrived

September 3, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Per Gessle, Releases

Per, the busy little beaver, has started another site: The Per Gessle Archives. At that site you can get all the info you need about his upcoming archives. And to show his good faith Volumes 3 & 4, with exclusive comments, were released at midnight. Enjoy! The next installment is out in a week.

Demos & Other Fun Stuff!, vol. 3


1. Ghost In The House #2 (T&A Demo - Nov 14, 1997)
2. Som i en dröm (T&A Demo – May 15, 2010)
3. Honung och guld (T&A Demo – Oct 6, 2012)
4. Always The Last To Know (T&A Demo - Jun 3, 1998)
5. Drowning In You (T&A Demo - Oct 13, 2009)
6. Monster Hangover (72) (T&A Demo - Jan 31, 2002)
7. Ingen kan som du (T&A Demo - May 28, 2003) *
8. Hold On My Heart (T&A Demo - Jan 30, 2000)
9. The Sound Of My Falling Tears (Torsgatan Demo - Sep 12, 1983)
10. Fly Like the Wind (T&A Demo - Feb 18, 1986)
11. Liberty (Dårhuset Demo - Apr 23, 1995) *
12. Sweet Thing (T&A Demo - Dec 16, 1992)
13. Svarta glas (Neverending Love) (T&A Demo - Oct 13, 1985) *
14. Högt i det blå (T&A Demo - Oct 18, 1999)
15. Gone Gone Gone (T&A Demo - Feb 25, 1993)
16. Inte tillsammans, inte isär (T&A Demo – Jun 28, 2003) *
17. Hjärta av glas (T&A Demo - Jan 6, 1986)
18. I Like It Like That (T&A Demo - Jan 24, 2002) *
19. Ghost In The House #1 (T&A Demo - Oct 19, 1997)
20. Lycklig jul (T&A Demo – Oct 3, 1985) *
21. Start! (T&A Demo – Feb 19, 1988)
22. Saken slår mej som på huvudet (Harplinge Demo – Mar 2, 1977) *

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Per Gessle - the author

August 29, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Per Gessle, Releases

Per will release not one, but two books September 25: Texter, klotter & funderingar - den svenska delen about all his Swedish releases, obviously in Swedish, and its English counterpart Songs, Sketches & Reflections - the English part. The books are released on Roos & Tegnér as Gyllene Tider's book was.

Per Gessle is one of Sweden’s most successful artists of all time. Together with Marie Fredriksson and Roxette he has had four songs at the top of Billboard Hot 100 and has sold over 75 million records around the world. For the first time he now speaks open-heartedly about his songwriting, from the debut in the late seventies until today.

Welcome to Per’s musical universe. He shares drawings and notes generously from his own studio diaries, handwritten and typed original lyrics with comments and personal photos. The book also presents a personal and exclusive dialogue with music journalist Sven Lindström, in which Per reveals his sources of inspiration, his musical role models and his thoughts about music and lyrics.

If you want to know more about Per Gessle's Swedish works, don’t miss the book Texter, klotter & funderingarden svenska delen.

You can pre-order the books on CDON, Bengans and Ginza among others.

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The PGA in full

August 19, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Editorial, Per Gessle, Releases

The Per Gessle Archives, A Lifetime of Songwriting will be released Sept. 23, in Sweden and in other countries as well if things go as planned. Per says the box will be "heavy" both in weight and contents-wise. There are 10 CDs and one LP plus a hefty book in it. Some demos are already known (*), most are not. Some demos are not what we think they are... Some demos are, according to Per, sadly lost forever due to reasons unknown to TDR, for instance the demos for Per Gessle III and Scener.

Volumes 1 & 2 have been out on Spotify and iTunes etc, since May and the Mazarin demos were released online as "Bad Hair Day" in 2006. Meanwhile, read thru the tracklist and drool. 185 songs all in all! If you find a demo already released and not * in the list, please drop a comment.

Demos & Other Fun Stuff!, vol. 1 *

1 Walk on, Lonely Eyes (T&A Demo – Dec 16, 1999)
2 Being with You (T&A Demo – Oct 22, 2004)
3 Loud Clothes (T&A Demo – Aug 30, 2002)
4 Cafe con leche (AGM – Apr 25, 2007)
5 Fish in a Bowl (T&A Demo – Apr 30, 2000)
6 Hjärta av glas (T&A Demo – Apr 2, 2006)
7 Something in the System (T&A Demo – Jan 3, 2002)
8 Black Sails (Studio 38 Demo – Summer 1982)
9 Always the Last to Know (T&A Demo – Nov 21, 2004)
10 Den tunna linjen (T&A Demo – May 15, 2010)
11 A Girl Like You (T&A Demo – Sep 25, 2004)
12 Byter bara blickar (T&A Demo – Nov 21, 1997)
13 Lägg din hand i min om du har lust (Hamilton Demo – Jun 12, 1978)
14 Kyss från en främling (T&A Demo – Oct 18, 1999)
15 What’s She Like? (T&A Demo – Dec 3, 2010)
16 Before You Go to Sleep (T&A Demo – Nov 23, 1992)

Demos & Other Fun Stuff!, vol. 2 *

1 Kvar i min bil (Agm – Apr 28, 2007)
2 Apple in the Mud (T&A Demo – Jul 4, 1995)
3 Beautiful Girl (T&A Demo – Apr 19, 1999)
4 Stay (At Home, At Work, At Play) (T&A Demo - Jul 5, 1995)
5 When I Close My Eyes (No One Can See Me) (T&A Demo - Jul 20, 1999)
6 Heaven Is Just a Motion Away (T&A Demo – Jan 28, 2006)
7 Jo-Anna Says (T&A Demo – Jan 8, 2005)
8 Mannen med gitarr (T&A Demo – Nov 20, 2002)
9 Hold on My Heart (T&A Demo – Oct 6, 2012)
10 Västra sidan (T&A Demo – Nov 18, 1984)
11 Jag borde förstås vetat bättre (T&A Demo)
12 Being with You (T&A Demo – Sep 11, 1997)
13 Faller ner på knä (T&A Demo – Feb 15, 1996)
14 Gå & fiska! (T&A Demo – Feb 15, 1996)

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He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother: The video is out now!

June 13, 2014 — by Kai-Uwe Heinze — Per Gessle, Video

Expected and longed for by many, the video to "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" has found its way to the masses finally. Per Gessle had re-recorded the song in conjunction with the soundtrack to the Jonas Åkerlund movie "Small Apartments" which was released in 2013. The reason for that was apparently that The Hollies wanted a lot of money for using their version in the movie, so Jonas asked Per if he could record it for him. Per has mentioned the existence of this video several times but it remained uncertain whether it would ever get published. So here it is now. Looking forward to your thoughts! (Video after the page turn)

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Per wants Heikki L to remove video: "Very strange and silly"

May 28, 2014 — by Visa Kopu — Per Gessle, Video

Per Gessle has released a statement about the video for his cooperation with Heikki L, "You Don't Want Love."

Per Gessle appears as a guest solist on DJ Heikki's single "You Don't Want Love". Per added his touch to the song, laid his vocals in a studio in Sweden and that is the full extent on his involvement in this project. DJ Heikki is the artist, it's his single and it's him and his record label who are responsible in making the video. The finished video was presented to Per just the other day and he does not appreciate it at all. Therefore he has chosen not to post it on any of his Facebook- or Twitter pages. /Team PG (link)

Later he added this message:

HEIKKI L VIDEO UPDATE: Very strange and silly video indeed. I think Sony Finland should do the right thing and 
1. withdraw it 
2. make a new better one that we all could be proud of! /P. (link)

Judge it yourself, as long as it's available:

At least this reporter doesn't really get what's the big deal with the video. The first part of the video does look like a commercial for Sony, then it turns into softcore and finally there's a strange twist with everyone having a relationship with each other. The green smoke could interpreted as a drug reference, I guess.

But if something is very strange and silly, it's the video for "Salvation."

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