Well, it has not been officially confirmed yet but both Marie and Per are publicly talking about a possible new Roxette tour "later" in 2014. Dates, places, prices, setlists, meet&greets? Too early to tell. We are quite sure though that should there really be a tour, we can expect another Roxette album somewhen next spring or early summer. Remember that Marie will be busy doing her solo tour in Sweden until the end of April 2014.
It may be tough to beat Bob Dylan who at the moment has done 2,561 concerts on his own "Neverending tour" but with a little support from the Roxette fanbase, this goal seems feasible, don't you think?
Considering that Roxette is one of Scandinavia's most successful bands, it is really about time that there is a documentary about the band.
And given that the group during its sensational comeback tour 2011-2012 played before 1.5 million ecstatic people in 46 countries, it is as much high time for a concert film that shows where the group is right now.
All this and much more fits into the Blu-ray/DVD/CD package "Roxette Live: Travelling The World" which comes out on December 6 and thus should be regarded as the year's most obvious gift for the world's Roxette fans.
In fact, Roxette hasn't released a concert film since the group's first heydays, when they recorded the Crash!Boom!Bang! concert in Johannesburg before an audience of 52,000 people January 14, 1995. Infinitely more drama and darkness lies between this distant golden age and the unbacked resurgence in 2011-2012. Everything is captured here.
We get for instance a complete concert with 90 minutes of an inspired and energetic Roxette live from Curitiba, Brazil, Cordoba in Argentina and Santiago in Chile. The band had by this time been trimmed into an incorruptible and totally buffed rock machine that night after night pumped out 20 of their world hits with an energy that seemed inexhaustible. The film really captures the ecstatic mood of a typical concert in South America in the spring 2012, from the introduction of "Dressed for Success" to the sing-along party in the final encore "Church of Your Heart."
In addition to the concert film is also the poignant and insightful documentary "It All Begins Where It Ends," recorded on the road while Roxette for eighteen months did their unique return to the world stage. Join us behind the scenes, in the bus, at the airport, meet fans around the world and hear the stories of the events that shaped one of Sweden's most fascinating musical destinies.
Also included is a live CD with 16 tracks, recorded at the Teatro Caupolicán in the Chilean capital Santiago May 12, 2012 and the band members themselves classified as one of the tour's absolute highlights. It also contains lots of exciting extras in the form of Per Gessle's backstage films during the tour, the recording of the album Travelling and insights into life on stage just off the headlights.
At the same time a digital/streaming version of the live recording from the Teatro Caupolicán in Santiago will be released with two bonus tracks: "Silver Blue" concert favorite that Roxette fans voted the most desired live song on Facebook, as well as the acoustic encore "Church of Your Heart."
In short, it's like Christmas for everyone with a heart for the band that got up at nine, and took back the championship title when it was the least expected.
GÄVLE - 8,600 souls came to Gasklockorna in Gävle last night – a night with perfect concert weather. The concert itself was basically identical to the one in Stockholm a few days earlier, only of course outdoors. The differences were that the audience seemed a bit older, and not as intoxicated as in Stockholm, so less jumping around, and also the band seemed even more amped! MP was so high on adrenaline he was adding twists and turns to almost each and every song with a mischievous smile. Even "Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång" got a Spanish little touch. It seemed most appreciated by the band members. Per was grinning like a fool at times. The favorite songs in Gävle were "Leva livet," "Gå & fiska!" and of course "Sommartider."
The sound this evening was much better than in Stockholm, although I've heard complaints about the sound being fairly bad front and center. It was great where I was standing at any rate. Tomorrow gig #15 in Sundsvall.
The Daily Roxette got to meet, and photograph, the meet & greet winners this time as well. Gyllene as well as the winners looked very pleased to meet each other. There were Spaniards, Argentinians and a German present and also locals who had won their meet & greet in the Gävle Dagblad.
Number of times "Demon Emptiness" has been played: 0.
STOCKHOLM - Gig 13 out of 19 of the very, very successful Dags att tänka på refrängen - Live 2013 tour. The first gig Gyllene performs indoors in 24 years... Good or bad? Well, the show is pure awesomeness, it needs not to be described any further. However, it doesn't really change, no matter what Per thinks. Yes they add a song and they remove another, but that's just details in the whole scheme. Is that a bad thing though? No. Not at all. Again, they chose not to perform one of their bigger songs, "Demon Emptiness" one of Anders' true favorite songs, but the audienced didn't seem to care. What the audience got was a hit explosion so big that they were literally bouncing off their feet. The Stockholm crowd is picky, and they loved this show. When Gyllene kicked "Ljudet av ett annat hjärta" in gear, the arena just lost it. "Let's flip Stockholm over!" Per said. I have to say that everyone was with Per and the boys from the start, even though the audience seemed kind of cold hearing "Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej." But after that there was no stopping. Hit after hit after hit, well you know what I mean...
The biggest songs, if I must pick, were "Ljudet av ett annat hjärta," "Leva livet," "Flickorna på TV2" and of course "Sommartider!" But that doesn't mean there were any really weak songs in the set. I can always survive without "Billy" and also "Marie i växeln" but from there to say they suck is a long way. When Micke started the famous intro of "Sommartider" 23,082 people were instantly on their feet. All in all I have to say the concert was amazing. When I talked to the band afterwards they said they liked the gig, but it didn't compare to Ullevi. The only really negative thing with the arena is that they kept the roof on, which possibly made the sound bounce around like it did. The sound was less than satisfying, and many complaints have been raised. There have been numerous reasons why the roof wasn't removed, but in the end it wasn't, so there's nothing to say.
I must add that "Dags att tänka på refrängen" - the new single - did not receive the biggest cheers, but it was performed with such intensity it was nerve wrecking.
Six gigs left. And on Aftonbladet TV (featuring a certain TDR photographer in white...) Per opened up for another tour. "Just not maybe this year..."
KARLSTAD - The Daily Roxette team consisting of me and Kai-Uwe Heinze was in Karlstad to share their reflexions of the 8th Gyllene Tider concert. The story's below. I hope you'll enjoy it!
Standing up early with the sun shining brightly through the window in my hotel room. Golden reflexions on the wall tell me one thing... the Golden Boys are in town! The last preparations before we hit the road to the concert place at Mariebergsskogen in Karlstad. Camera bags are well packed, smiles are on and we're ready to enjoy the show all evening long.
There we are, at the parking place where we face the usual Swedish brilliant organisation. Around 10 people are there to show us our parking place, a nice big gap between two other cars. Thank you, good service. Karlstad, what a wonderful place you are! The sun is bathing in the lake that touches the venue, people enjoying the calm evening by sitting at the coast doing picnic. The lake is full of boats with people sipping wine while trying to catch the sounds from the stage. It was before 6pm when we arrived. We did small stroll to see if we can meet the well known international fans from the Golden first row. And yes, we found them easily at the start of the queue! All of them happy and waiting excitedly but very patiently for the gates to open.We did a small talk about their extremely exciting journey from one concert to another, with us they shared their emotions and stories about following the band. Some of them came to Sweden only to see and hear Gyllene Tider, some of them for the first time, just like me. The list of shows to see is long. I heard about seven or even more. Isn't this real love? It surely is!
During our chat the guards opened the gates. The talk stopped instantly. Now they were ready to enter their destination, the best places in the first row. We still had some time so we used this sunny afternoon to take a walk at the lake. "Andas in, andas ut." Maybe we should bring fishing poles next time...? But let's get back to the topic...
LINKÖPING - How would you imagine a typical great Swedish summer day? Sun, yes. A small town with lots of young people. Warm air. People with picnic baskets on the green grass near a river. Relaxing. Listening to some good music. You know, Swedish summer tunes such as.... "Sommartider, hej hej!". Yep, welcome to the Gyllene Tider concert in Linköping!
The problem was, and this will be the only complaint I will have this time, that exactly these Swedes I mentioned sat outside the venue in what seems to be a great summer sport in this country. You can see literally hundreds of people sitting right outside the fences listening to the concert for free.
The paying audience instead was a good mix of all ages, interests and probably countries. The Swedish audience is a very kind and happy one. They dance, they sing along, they party to the songs. There is a very positive mood all over the place. Even the guards smile and move their hips. Really lovely to see, and this alone is worth going to one of GT's gigs. But wait...
MALMÖ - Smaller crowd at Malmö stadium, about 1/3 of Ullevi, but the band was just as good as in Gothenburg - if not better. They seemed more relaxed, talking to and joking around with the audience a bit more. Micke Syd even messed up the first line of “Min tjej och jag” because he just couldn't help himself and burst out laughing right at the beginning of the song and Per greeted the international fans in English once again. As the previous night at Ullevi, the show started with “Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej.” “Dags att tänka på refrängen” was skipped and “Vera” is still reported missing, but we got Susanne instead. Even if the latest GT album has quite a few great up-tempo songs which could easily have been turned into rocking live songs, it's plain to see that the most powerful reaction received from the public is during the older songs from the ‘80s, which justifies the set list packed full with golden gems.
This time around I got a seat somewhere at the back of the stadium since the tickets for the field area were already sold-out as the Ticnet agent clearly showed me on his monitor back in mid-May. However, there were still some empty seats left up in the stands even during the concert. The sides of the arena were closed to the public and the running track served as a big avenue for people to move between the field and the concert facilities. There was also an elevated ramp for the disabled and the parents with children in prams, very thoughtful.
GOTHENBURG - The new Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg proved to be yet another milestone for GT this year. Although 'only' 42,223 people attended the concert this time and GT did not break their own attendance record from 2004 when no less than 58,977 enthusiastic fans gathered together to re-live the golden times, the atmosphere was most surely just as incendiary last night as it was 9 years ago. Fans started to queue from the previous evening, bringing blankets and mattresses with them for a more comfortable night spent outside the stadium. Luckily it was perfect weather for a concert, 24 degrees C and mostly sunny, even though during the night it was a bit cooler.
When this reporter reached Ullevi in the afternoon of the concert date, quite a small crowd had gathered outside the field entrance. We received a queue number written in blue marker on the back of our hands. For numbers 1 to 62 the long waiting was really worth it since they were allowed to enter the stadium at 2:30pm. From what we could hear from outside the venue, they got to see the sound check and even do a bit of karaoke with the golden boys. It must have been a hell of an experience! Unfortunately for the rest of the fans queuing since the early afternoon things did not go as well. We were told that our 2nd group would be allowed in as well, then our entrance time got postponed to about 5pm, but we did not really get in until after the official time, 5:30pm. To add to the irritation, after passing through the first 2 security control gates, we were held at the last gate for about 10 minutes until the security volunteers got their instructions. By that time the queue numbers did not matter anymore since people had flown in from the sides before our own gate was opened and there were also some code bar reading devices not working, which also added more to the delay. The 'no running' policy was indeed saluted, but since a couple of hundred people had already gotten in before us, it did not help us secure the very good spots we had been hoping and waiting for. A bit of advice to the security team would be to keep the 'no running' policy in place, but also to be more careful with the entrance allowance for the numbered queuing people and the info they are given regarding their expected entrance time. In case an early admission will indeed be granted, this should be made clear to whom exactly and at what time, so that all feels fair.