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Rox tour: Anatomy of the Opener

May 29, 2014 — by Stevo Petkovic — Editorial, Live, Roxette

With the brand new Roxette World Tour announced, I thought it was the right time to get into the spirit of this exciting time of year - sort of like anticipating what Santa might bring you for Christmas, so I decided to get in touch with my "inner-Rox-nerd". 

As we fast approach the launch in October, the tour has already drawn much speculation amongst the fans. From the band line up to ticket queuing systems to "please come to my country" and everything in between, but for myself, it's the set list that has always has been a source of fascination. In particular; the Opening Song!

I've always been intrigued as to how Roxette settle on the 20 or so songs they will perform live. Not just the songs they choose, but the actual order too. Per has previously explained that it takes a month or two before the band reaches a rhythm and the show develops a nice flow and it appears that getting the "flow" right can be a tricky process.

On the last tour, even as late as mid-2012, we saw "Spending My Time" moved from being one of the final songs to the fourth track replacing "Wish I Could Fly's" position. It is to be expected that the middle parts will switch and swap - but what has traditionally remained unchanged is the opening song.

So, what do we all think will be the song that launches the Roxette 2014/15 World Tour? Let's have a quick look back at the songs that have had the special honour of being the opening number in their previous tours.

- I Call Your Name (1987)
- Dressed for Success (1988)
- Dance Away (1988/89)
- Hotblooded (1991/92)
- Sleeping in my Car (1994/95)
- Crush on You (2001)
- Dressed for Success (2011/12)

There are many ways you can look at the role of the opening track.

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Roxette hits NZ

May 15, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Live, Roxette

PRESS RELEASE:

ROXETTE

RETURNING TO NEW ZEALAND IN 2015

THURSDAY MAY 15, 2014 - Live Nation is excited to announce that legendary Swedish pop-rockers ROXETTE are returning to New Zealand in February 2015 for their first ever concert performance.

At the height of their career in the late 80’s the duo visited New Zealand for a promotional visit, however they never performed. Then their 2012 concert was regrettably canceled due to illness however the band vowed to return to perform for their fans.

Roxette’s 2011-2012 World Tour that took them around the globe twice over, playing to more than 1.5 million people in 46 countries, Roxette - Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle - are ready to do it all again launching their Australasian tour in Auckland at Vector Arena on Saturday, February 7.

Tickets on sale 12noon Tuesday, May 27.

My Live Nation members can be amongst the first to secure tickets during the pre-sale beginning 12noon Wednesday May 21. Sign up at www.livenation.co.nz “We are beyond thrilled to finally have the opportunity to perform in New Zealand, a stunning country with beautiful fans who have remained some of our most loyal supporters over the last 25 years,” says Per Gessle. “Marie, the band and I are ready and raring to go with a brand new show full of our best hits and a few surprises”. One of Sweden’s finest exports, Roxette have a string of much loved hits under their belt including "Listen To Your Heart," "The Look," "How Do You Do!," "Spending My Time," "Joyride," "Dangerous," "Sleeping In My Car," "Dressed For Success," "It Must Have Been Love," "Almost Unreal" and many, many more.

Arguably one of the world’s most successful power-pop duos, Roxette this year celebrate the 25th anniversary of their juggernaut hit single The Look reaching #1 on the Billboard US Chart in 1989. This track kicked off one of music’s longest-running pop careers with the duo selling more than 75 million albums worldwide to date. The band topped the Australian singles charts three-times with smash hits "It Must Have Been Love," "Joyride" and "The Look," with five of their albums reaching the Top 10 on the Australian album charts.

The band’s come-back began in 2011 with the release of hit single "She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)" lifted from the album Charm School. This, along with their sellout 2011-2012 World Tour, cemented the fact that Roxette were back bigger than ever, much to the joy of fans worldwide.

Roxette’s 2012 tour was a triumphant success, with the first arena shows selling out instantly, extra dates added and rave reviews from fans and media alike. “Unless you’d seen it for yourself, you can’t imagine the mass frenzy the return of Roxette caused,” said the Herald Sun in Australia. “Roxette’s is a back catalogue to die for,” said Life Music Media, while Tone Deaf raved “Every hit gets a big rock ending, every ballad sees several hundred lighters aloft and we love every moment of this trip back to the 90s.”

And so the Roxette joyride continues with their World Tour hitting New Zealand shores in 2015. Listen to your heart and come join it!

AUCKLAND / VECTOR ARENA / SATURDAY FEBRUARY 7

TICKETS ON SALE 12NOON TUESDAY MAY 27

My Live Nation Members pre-sale: 12noon Wednesday May 21 until 5pm Thursday May 22

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Roxette tour extends to Down Under in 2015

May 14, 2014 — by Visa Kopu — Live, Roxette

According to Australian newspaper Herald Sun and New Zealand site UTR, Roxette will visit down under in February 2015. The tickets go for sale already this month, on May 27.

Herald Sun also reports that the opening act will be Boom Crash Opera.

Here are the dates announced so far:

February 7 -  Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand
February 10 - Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia
February 14 - Perth Arena Perth Arena, Australia
February 17 - Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia
February 20 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia
February 23 - WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, Australia
February 27 - Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney, Australia

Additionally, Roxette will play two A Day on the Green shows, supported by Boom Crash Opera, Dragon and Eurogliders at Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley on February 21 and Bimbagden Winery in the Hunter Valley on February 28.

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Roxette to take another lap around the world

April 23, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Live, Roxette

Yesterday it was announced that Roxette would appear in Tallinn, Estonia on November 23, and today a Russian site announced the following dates. It seems the Neverending Tour is kicking into gear again, and once again it starts in the east.

October 28 - Vladivostok, Fetisov Arena, Russia
October 30 - Chabarovsk, Platinum Arena, Russia

November 2 - Krasnoyarsk, DS them. Yarygin, Russia
November 4 - Novosibirsk Expo Centre, Russia
November 7 - Magnitogorsk, Metallurg Arena, Russia
November 9 - Yekaterinburg, DS Uralets, Russia
November 12 - Saratov, LDS Crystal, Russia
November 14 - Rostov-on-Don, Sports Palace, Russia
November 16 - Krasnodar, Basket Hall, Russia
November 19 - St. Petersburg, Ice DS, Russia
November 21 - Moscow, Crocus City Hall, Russia
November 23 - Tallinn, Estonia
November 25 - Kaunas, Lithuania
November 28 - Helsinki, Hartwall Arena, Finland
November 29 - Turku, HK Areena, Finland 

February 10 - Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia
February 14 - Perth Arena Perth Arena, Australia
February 17 - Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia
February 20 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia
February 23 - WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, Australia
February 27 - Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney, Australia

More to come... of course!

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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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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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Marie in Helsingborg - what a treat!

February 20, 2014 — by Neil Curran — Editorial, Live, Marie Fredriksson

HELSINGBORG - I wanted to write a review for Marie's Helsingborg concert, but I feel this is going to turn into much more than a review, because I think I have to explain the other things to show just how special this was to me. I still remember quite clearly the first time I heard of Roxette. It was on UK TV in 1990, where they played clips of 3 songs: "It Must Have Been Love," "Listen To Your Heart" and "Dressed for Success." I could also vaguely remember "The Look" from the year before, but it hadn't really registered at the time. It wasn't really the songs that hooked me in, it was Maries voice, and I knew I had to hear more of it. I remember going for a search for their record, but Look Sharp! was nowhere to be find in my local record store. I eventually found the LP in the tiny music section of a department store called 'Littlewoods'  and that was me hooked for the next 25 years!

Of course I didn't have any Internet access back then so had to me a little more innovative to find out about the latest releases. I would regularly be asking my local record store to check when the next Roxette release was happening. If I didn't get any joy from them I would sometimes call the EMI headquarters in London, although on most occasions they weren't particularly helpful. In fact because of them I missed out on Roxette's show in London in 1995 to coincide with the release of Don't Bore Us... but that's a story for another time. I can't remember when exactly, but at one point I became aware of the fan club in Holland and that became invaluable for finding out about the latest releases. The fanzines were also fantastic for getting much more information about the band, exclusive interviews and information about the recording process and advance notice of when the next record would be released. It was from being a member of the fan club that I also became aware of Pearls of Passion, as well as their solo projects, and from that moment on (from 1991 from what I remember) I spent all my money ordering various rarities from Record Collector magazine as well as buying all the old Marie/Per/GT albums (on CD by that point!)

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Marie Fredriksson's 2014 tour kicks off

February 20, 2014 — by Paul Belben — Live, Marie Fredriksson

HELSINGBORG - Last night saw the premiere of Marie Fredriksson's long awaited 2014 solo tour at the Helsingborg Konserthus, an intimate venue in one of Sweden's southernmost cities. Aftonbladet gave the show 4/5 while Expressen and Helsingborgs Dagblad stayed with 3/5. 

There was official merchandise on sale which included T-shirts, candles, posters and iPhone covers to satisfy every need.  From the pictures that Rockfoto have published, it looked like Marie was clearly enjoying being back on stage singing her Swedish songs after a long 14 year wait.  

18 songs in total were played and the setlist was:

Så stilla så långsamt
Kom vila hos mig
Bara för en dag
Det regnar igen
Sista sommarens vals
Ber bara en gång
Sparvöga 
Ett hus vid havet
Ett bord i solen
Så skimrande var aldrig havet
Ännu doftar kärlek
Så länge det lyser mittemot
Om du såg mig nu
Efter stormen
Den sjunde vågen
Mellan sommar och höst
Den bästa dagen
Tro

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Venue change for Marie's Halmstad concert

February 13, 2014 — by Paul Belben — Live, Marie Fredriksson

Marie Fredriksson's concert in Halmstad on Friday 21 March has had a venue change. The concert will now be held at Halmstad Theatre.

The reason behind this change is to give the Halmstad audience the same intimate experience as the other concerts on this tour. All tickets purchased are, of course, valid for the new venue.

If you have any questions, please contact the organisers - info@nojet.com

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