Yesterday it was announced that Roxette would come to Tallinn, Estonia November 24, and today a Russian site announced these 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, LSD 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
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.
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.”
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...
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.
Again for those of you who surf the web, but not particularly Facebook, here's another brilliant article from our friend down under, Brendon Veevers, about Roxette's 10 best Pop Hits. There will be a follow up on Ballad Hits, of course.
We hope you haven't missed our new YouTube channel where we showcase old, great and hard to find Roxette and related videos and interviews subtitled! Whenever possible we have remastered the audio and even the video. Today's video is from 1986, the very first performance Roxette ever did: Jacobs stege 1986.
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.