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.
Amazingly enough it's been 25 years since Roxette's breakthrough album Look Sharp! was released... Whatever happened? Although the sleeve, and Wikipedia, state the release date as October 19, it was really released the 21st, a Friday. Expressen's reviewer wrote that the album sucked because it contained too many hits. Go figure.
From Wikipedia (modified):
Look Sharp! Studio album by Roxette Released October 19, 1988
Look Sharp! is the second studio album by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. It was recorded at EMI Studios in Stockholm and at Trident II Studios in London between March and June 1988. The album was released on October 19, 1988, two years after their debut Pearls of Passion. The album became an international hit, reaching #23 on the Billboard 200 and spawning the major hit singles "The Look" (U.S. #1), "Listen to Your Heart" (U.S. #1), "Dressed for Success" (U.S. #14), and "Dangerous" (U.S. #2). Because of the worldwide success of the album and its singles, Look Sharp! is considered as Roxette's breakthrough.
The album has sold over 9 million copies worldwide.
Stumbled on this link about a Johan Lindell song, produced by Clarence in the mid-80s, that went viral because for 9 years nobody could figure out who recorded it! Eventually it aired on Sveriges Radio (Swedish Radio) and a listener recognized it. Clarence produced it, plays keys on it, Pelle Alsing plays the drums and Tommy Cassemar plays the bass, in 1985. Anyway, thought it was a cute little story you TDR readers might get a kick out of.
STOCKHOLM - Last week there was a release party of sorts for Sven Lindström's new book about Roxette; "Roxette - den osannolika resan tur och retur" (e-version here) ("Roxette - the Improbable Journey Back and Forth"). Attending were select parts of Roxette, namely Per Gessle, Dea Norberg, Clarence Öfwerman and Pelle Alsing, plus some from Parlophone, Live Nation, friends of Sven's and of course Norstedts - the publisher.
This is the second book Sven has written about Per, the former being "Att vara Per Gessle," a 2.2 kg (5 lbs) heavy epic about Being Per Gessle. Sven has a very interesting writing style, which is very captivating. The book starts off from the beginning in 1985-'86 and goes through all major eras of Roxette in the world. From the breakthrough in the US to the mad years in South America, up to last fall. I wouldn't say the info in the book is new to someone like for instance me, but it was still interesting to read it the way Sven writes it. In my opinion the best, and saddest, part of the book was how Micke Bolyos reacted to Marie's near death sentence. I won't give any spoilers, should that even be necessary, but I shed a few tears reading it. It made the whole thing even worse somehow. Another interesting thread is how Roxette was (mis)treated by EMI USA.
"Roxette - den osannolika resan..." is a very nice read. And I forgot to mention that the second half of the book is about 6 fans extraordinaire, which Sven has interviewed while being on the tour. Brazilian, Russian, Swedish/Polish, Argentinian and German fans are all in there, with their stories. I know that Sven wanted US and Chinese fans to be in there but apparently that didn't pan out.
Sven lets us know that the book will hopefully be translated into English and Spanish, but nothing is for certain yet. Sven and Norstedts want it of course.
Even if you don't speak or read Swedish, try it, you might like it!
My only concern with this book is that there is not nearly enough pictures (16 pages.) Maybe I was spoiled by "Att vara Per Gessle" which had hundreds of nice shots. Other than that, this is a great book about Roxette.
A Roxette track made an appearance on a special edition of SiriusXM’s Back In The Day '90s on 9 countdown. The 1991 smash “Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)” was part of the list of the biggest '90s hits from Labor Day weekend.
Former MTV VJ Downtown Julie Brown served as guest host for the countdown and called the song “a super track from their album Joyride.” “Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)” spent 18 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped out at #2 during the week of August 31, 1991. It was kept out of the top spot by another parenthetical song, Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” from the movie “Robin Hood.”
The complete countdown of the top three hits from each years of the 1990s is playing on the '90s on 9 channel throughout the week ahead and is also available on demand on SiriusXM’s web site. If you’re not a subscriber, you can sign up for a free trial period.
HALMSTAD - The absolutely biggest exhibit in Halmstad this year! Rock photos from 1988 - 2013. Domestic and international artists shot under 20 years have been put together in a collection of more than 120 photos shown at Bendt Bil from Aug 3 to September 1.
Many sweet photographs of Yngwie Malmsteen, The Husbands, Iggy Pop, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Back on Stage, Poppiraterna, Gyllene Tider, TOTO, Aerosmith, Cotton Club, Stray Cats, The Creeps, Millas Mirakel, Army of Lovers, Highway Stars, Roxette, Bryan Adams and many more...
Drop by and relive old times as well as recent times.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm Sat 10am-1pm
Anders Sällström has been following Gyllene for many years. Återtåget '96, Mazarin, GT25! and now also the new Live 2013 tour. He's been the band's official photographer before but not this time.
Gyllene will have a wall of their own, with extra photos! (Hard to avoid...)
A large, exclusive photo of the band will be signed in ONE copy, available for bidding. All proceeds will be donated to a, TBD, charity which of course will be decided before August 3.
"Do what you want but harm no one." Roxette's old slogan still seems to work in real life. And it left some impression.
Roxette got praised today in the comments section of German news magazine Spiegel Online. One of the "stagehands" (the guys who among other things build the stages and take care about the technical stuff in the background) talked a little about his experiences with "stars". He said, there is one "international mega star" who had the stagehands set up a private lavatory right under the stage just for him. Or the "German band from Mannheim" which tells the helpers to go out of their sight when the musicians are entering or leaving the stage. Or another German band of "world fame" who does not provide food or drinks for the workers during their 10 hour shift and even bans them from the venue while the show is running so that they cannot take a look.
But then there are the good, "totally normal" ones, and here he expecially pointed out Roxette, "who do not make you feel any different to anyone working backstage, they act marvellously relaxed, along with their own road crew."
That's maybe not exactly a total surprise for you but still worth to mention, right?