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.
News archives: 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.
The Roxette Demos!, Vol. 2 is out. Enjoy especially "Turn of the Tide"!
Roxette's hit single "Listen to Your Heart" has reached an amazing 5 million plays on US radio! Congrats Per, Marie and MP!
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:
Here are the Roxette Demos! sleeves, with Mazarin and En händig man. The Roxette Demos! 5, the LP is still in hiding.
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.
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.
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
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.