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TDR meets Per Gessle - again

December 24, 2012 — by Thomas Evensson — Exclusive, Per Gessle, Roxette

STOCKHOLM - It’s more winter than ever and snow is piling high when The Daily Roxette sits down with Per for our traditional Xmas interview. It’s Thomas who is addressed, but the questions come from Kai-Uwe and Justyna as well. I am freezing in the bitter cold. It’s -21 C (-6 F)... TDR is very happy that Per has taken some time for us in his busy (?) Xmas schedule.

How are you doing in the snow and cold, Per?

Hi Thomas, I'm doing swell. Hate the winter though. It's so hard to dress up!!

Yeah I know, I can’t stand winter, who cares about fashion when the wind blows? 2012 has been a very busy year for you and Roxette, with the tour and new album and all. And it's not over yet, is there anything else happening the last few weeks of the year? The Roxette live/docu DVD and Small Apartments soundtrack have been postponed? How does 2013 look, Rox-wise, Gessle-wise, Marie-wise, anything else-wise?

Oh, I wish there were more hours in a day! I've been busy writing new songs, both for myself and Rox and for other extremely secret projects...

Extremely secret projects...?



Merry Roxmas!

December 21, 2012 — by Roxette — Exclusive, Roxette

Friends and neighbors.

2012 turned out to be a smashing year. Big big tour, new songs = new album, loads and loads of autographs signed, letters written, stamped and sent, guitar picks urgently needed by all of you, thousands of intelligent and uplifting comments on the web published, old pictures and vids popping up, new ones finding their place in the Rox history. Everything turned out so much bigger and brighter than expected.

Thanks for helping us out and making all this possible. Without you we would still be playing the local Pizza Hut (and we never made decent versions of ”Streets of London” and ”Hallelujah” anyway...).

So… lots of love + have a most wonderful xmas-season + a groovy new year. See y’all again next year. New dice! Cheers!

+ the rest of the Rox bunch


For you who don't have Facebook

December 16, 2012 — by Thomas Evensson — Roxette

Per just revealed the title of the new Roxette documentary which will be aired at least in Sweden and maybe some other countries, before it's released on DVD: It All Begins Where It Ends!


In a wonderful balloon - a review

December 12, 2012 — by Thomas Evensson — Exclusive, Misc, Roxette

UPPSALA - The Daily Roxette received a copy of Maria Sörgjerd's book "I en underbar ballong - en bok om att älska Roxette" (In a Wonderful Balloon - a Book about Loving Roxette" published by her own company Fenomena förlag. The book is about Roxette's fans and why they love Roxette. It has been written from a psychological point of view since author Sörgjerd majored in psychology. Maria has also interviewed lots of mainly non-Swedish fans.

So what conclusions does she reach? Well, it's hard to say. Some things are self evident, being a Roxette fan myself. Some things I don't recognize at all. All in all she puts her finger on the small phenomenons that happen when crazy Roxette fans are involved, good things mostly, but also bad things. What I find interesting is that she has also noticed this viscious hostility among Roxette fans. The book tries to describe to outsiders how it is to be a Roxette fan. I'm not sure Maria manages that, if feels like the only ones who would understand this already know. And the ones who don't, won't care, sadly. Roxette is usually never viewed in a positive way in Sweden, not by media at least. What I miss in the book is going deeper in the cases Maria has interviewed. Interesting as they may be, I want to know more about the specific people. What happened in their lives to make them turn to Roxette like a religion? How do you leave your husband/wife/so behind to travel literally thousands of miles to listen to a band that sings in a foreign tongue?

"I en underbar ballong" will initially only be published in Swedish, which is good! Then foreign fans will get another incentive to learn the gods' native language!


A Wonderful Balloon party

December 4, 2012 — by Maria Sörgjerd — Fans, Misc, Roxette

UPPSALA - An ”In a Wonderful Balloon party” was thrown in Uppsala last Saturday, in celebration of the upcoming book release. The guests experienced an all-nighter with Roxette music, balloons, sparkles and an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book. In the crowd people like Malin Norrgård (responsible for the book’s graphic design) could be spotted, as well as a couple of Roxers mentioned in the book. Another guest – Tove Pehrsson – initiated a book club group on Facebook, called “Vi som läser i en underbar ballong” (Us reading In a Wonderful Balloon). The group is open and you can find it on the Fenomena Förlag profile on Facebook.


A Roxette Xmas gift

December 4, 2012 — by Thomas Evensson — Roxette

Roxette's documentary, recorded during the world tour and which eventually will end up on DVD, will be shown on Swedish TV - SVT December 26 at 10.30 pm CET. According to Per the version to be shown on TV is shortened. Roxette Café also found that there will be a concert aired on SVT January 2, at 10.30 pm.


Roxette 2012 - FANtastic!

November 24, 2012 — by Colin van der Bel — Exclusive, Fans, Live, Roxette, The Daily Roxette, Video

ROXETTE 2012 - FANtastic! : A mini-documentary about Roxette's 2012 world tour.

Here's our story of Roxette's world tour and the special relationship between the band and the fans. Of course we couldn't have done this without the help of many people, especially you readers of the Daily Roxette. Thank you kindly!

Recorded on the 29th of June at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Produced exclusively for the Daily Roxette. Shot, edited and directed by TDR reporter Colin van der Bel. Want to read more about how this video was made (technically speaking) and see some behind-the-scenes pictures? Head on over to Colin's blog.


Are you ready for more Roxette?

November 19, 2012 — by Kai-Uwe Heinze — Editorial, Exclusive, Roxette, The Daily Roxette

The concerts are over for now, and at least up here in Northern Europe, the winter is approaching fast. So is Christmas. Hopefully, we will see the new Roxette live DVD (BD?) being released soon enough to have it as a gift under the Christmas tree.

Well, for those of you who do not want to wait that long, The Daily Roxette has prepared a long list of surprises. Look forward to your most favorite Advent calendar this year. Every door is filled with a goody. And because we know that you've been a good fan this year, some doors are bigger than others.

What's to come, you ask? Time will tell! Check back here from time to time. The first door will open December 1. Watch the video and be sure there's even more than that. More details next week. Stay tuned!

We're excited! Are you?


Roxette with 6 songs on the SWR1 Hitparade

October 29, 2012 — by Michael Mayer — Roxette, Sales & Charts

Every year, German based radio station SWR1 Baden Wuerttemberg organizes a one week chart show, searching for the best songs ever. This year Roxette is back with no less than 6 songs with "Listen To Your Heart" in the best position.

1001 Listen To Your Heart
1088 It Must Have Been Love
1104 The Look
1618 Spending My Time
1813 She's Got Nothing On (But the Radio)
1984 Crash!Boom!Bang!

The top 10:

1 Stairway to heaven - Led Zeppelin
2 Bohemian rhapsody - Queen
3 Child in time - Deep Purple
4 Tage wie diese - Toten Hosen
5 Brothers in arms - Dire Straits
6 Nothing else matters - Metallica
7 Wish you were here - Pink Floyd
8 Hells bells - AC/DC
9 Music - Miles, John
10 Smoke on the water - Deep Purple