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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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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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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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"The Look" to be re-released

April 14, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Releases, Roxette

April 26, Record Store Day in Sweden, "The Look" will be re-released in the original deep red 7" with the red sleeve. A 25 year anniversary logo has been added. The 7" will be released in 1,000 copies only. Non-Swedes can buy it via bengans.se. It is not yet known if the song itself will be the original or a remix, but the B-side will be the original "Silver Blue" demo.

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Abba & Roxette added to first Sweden Music Hall of Fame

February 9, 2014 — by Brett Williams — Music Business, Roxette

On February 7, 2014 Abba and Roxette were the two obvious names to enter the very first Sweden Music Hall Of Fame.

The first group of twelve artists have been named to the new Swedish Music Hall of Fame.

Sweden may not be the largest or most high profile of countries in Europe but they have contributed a number of major artists to the world scene. The country’s five biggest selling acts of all time, ABBA, Roxette, Ace of Base, Europe and the Cardigans, all had major hits in the U.S. and other countries. Modern Swedish artists Eric Prydz, Robyn, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii and Icona Pop have also made major inroads on the world charts.

The Swedish Hall of Fame, which is part of a new complex that also includes ABBA: The Museum, has chosen to induct:

ABBA – International superstars and one of the biggest artists in music history with hits like "Dancing Queen," "Waterloo" and "Take a Chance on Me."

Roxette – The duo of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle which charted internationally with "The Look," "It Must Have Been Love" and "Joyride."

Entombed – Early pioneers of Swedish Death Metal, they eventually added agarage rock influenced style that was dubbed “death ‘n’ roll”.

Ebba Grön – Sweden’s most influential punk rock band.

The Latin Kings – A hip-hop group from the southern suburbs of Stockholm, they were one of the first to release a rap album with Swedish lyrics.

Monica Zetterlund – Actress and jazz singer who started covering American jazz standards and eventually recorded the influential album Waltz For Debby with Bill Evans.

Cornelius Vreeswijk – One of the most influential and successful troubadours in Sweden, he first learned his craft by listening to the likes of Josh White and Lead Belly.

Eva Dahlgren – Started her career supporting Roxette on tour and scored a number of top ten hits in the early-'90s.

Stina Nordenstam – Singer/songwriter whose career has covered jazz, alt rock and pop and includes not only recording but directing music videos.

Evert Taube – One of Sweden’s earliest major artists, he was a forerunner of the country’s ballad tradition.

Jan Johansson – Pianist whose Jazz på svenska (Jazz in Swedish) is the best selling jazz album in the country’s history.

Nationalteatern – Progressive rock group whose repertoire included songs with left-leaning lyrics.

In a press release, the museum said they named ABBA for ending “male dominance and a macho culture … making music open to everyone, regardless of gender, sexuality or age.” A three person panel made the selections with artists having to have recorded their first material at least twenty years earlier. Member Jan Gradvall said “We want to act a bit like teachers, and demonstrate the history and significance of Swedish music. We want to build bridges between genres and generations and give Swedish music the place it deserves.”

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The Ultimate Roxette & Gyllene Tider Xmas article 2013

December 23, 2013 — by Thomas Evensson and Kai-Uwe Heinze — Editorial, Exclusive, Gyllene Tider, Roxette

2013 has been a great year for everyone involved in Roxette and Gyllene Tider with a summer tour and a lot of books, CDs and now even BDs having been released. Now it's time to settle down for a while and see how all these fine people who have brought you so much joy are celebrating their Xmas.

We sent these five questions to everyone in the Rox/GT camp:

1) How will you be spending X-mas/the holidays this year?
2) What have you been most proud of in 2013?
3) What's your biggest goal for the next year?
4) The best X-mas gift you've ever gotten was...
5) Your personal favorite X-mas song is...

And here are their answers:

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"Look Sharp!" 25 years on New Year's Eve

December 12, 2013 — by Thomas Evensson — Music Business, Roxette

On New Year's Eve the documentary "Look Sharp! 25 years" will be broadcast on Swedish Radio P1 and P4.

The program has been put together by Tove Meyer and Tara Moshizi, both Roxette fans in hiding. Tove and Tara are journalists and got to know each other when they were by coincidence put in the same room at the radio building in Stockholm, Sweden. This lazy Friday afternoon Tara asked Tove to put on a song to pep them before the weekend. She picked "Dressed for Success" and Tara became so excited she just cried out "Are you a Roxette fan too??" Tove nodded happily.

That's how they both discovered they were "Roxers" and soon after they started sketching up the plans for a Roxette documentary. Since Roxette's album Look Sharp! turns 25 it felt natural to pick that as the theme of the show. With songs like "The Look," "Dangerous" and "Listen to Your Heart", Look Sharp! is Roxette's breakthrough album, and with that record Roxette has undoubtedly written international pop history.

Meeting Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson was also of course very thrilling. They came to Tove's and Tara's studio on Söder in Stockholm. According to Tove both of them were very decent and have generously shared memories and experiences from this era.

Per and Marie describe what Look Sharp! has meant to them, and how it feels to perform the songs today. Manager Marie Dimberg also recalls the Big Break when the band went from being Big in Sweden to international superstars.

"We are very happy to have gotten the opportunity to tell this mighty story. Join us on New Year's Eve to hear it!" says Tove.

Tuesday December 31 12.03-13.00 CET on P4
Tuesday December 31 16.03-16.45 CET on P1 with a rerun January 3 januari CET 18.15. Also available in the app Sveriges Radio Play.

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