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Roxette - den osannolika resan tur och retur

September 5, 2013 — by Thomas Evensson — Editorial, Roxette

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.


"Fading Like A Flower" named one of Labor Day’s biggest hits

September 2, 2013 — by Dan J. Kroll — Music Business, 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.


If you happen to be in Halmstad this summer, see Absolut Sällström

June 28, 2013 — by Thomas Evensson — Gyllene Tider, Misc, Roxette

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" left an impression

June 18, 2013 — by Kai-Uwe Heinze — Music Business, Roxette

"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?


Live Nation sued by Biljett Nu

January 27, 2013 — by Thomas Evensson — Music Business, Roxette

Roxette's tour organizer Live Nation have been sued by second hand ticket company Biljett Nu over the concert debaucle back in 2010 when Roxette's "comeback" concert was moved from Anderstorp to Halmstad. Biljett Nu demands 4 million SEK (€460,000) in damages.

In short: Biljett Nu were the official organizer of the Roxette concert in conjunction with the Race Legends race, in Anderstorp, Sweden. The race was cancelled due to poor ticket sales but according to Biljett Nu's CEO, Hans Haraldsson, Biljett Nu still had the option of having Roxette perform. Haraldsson also claims no one wanted to bet on Roxette so Biljett Nu took a risk "...putting millions into this." And when Live Nation saw that the risk paid out they took over and moved the concert.

Live Nation's CEO, Carl Pernow, disagrees and says to SVD that the company behind the Race Legends cancelled the whole event, including the concert. The new concert in Halmstad was a totally new event which was arranged by Nöjet and to which Biljett Nu no longer had a contract.

It's word against word. Biljett Nu had the right to sell 15,000 tickets to the original Roxette concert and kept selling even after the concert had been moved to Halmstad. Nöjet reported Biljett Nu to the market court but the market court ruled in favor of Biljett Nu. Live Nation and Nöjet were ruled to pay the court costs.

Per Gessle commented to TDR August 12, 2010: "I think it's terrible that BiljettNu continues to sell tickets they know are invalid. BiljettNu are obviously aware of that there are no contracts between BiljettNu and Roxette or the local organizer. Still they go on and it's 'Joe Sixpack' that gets to take the blow…"

This is by far not the only time Biljett Nu are on thin ice.

With this lawsuit Biljett Nu want to clear their name.

Daniel Alvedahl contributed to this article.


Six degrees of Roxette - Roxette song on "Private Practice"

January 24, 2013 — by Chris Chase — Music Business, Roxette

The Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards has recorded a cover of "It Must Have Been Love," which was featured on January 22 in an episode of the American TV-show "Private Practice" - a spin-off of the medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" centering on the life of neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery.

A single hasn't been released yet, but Kathleen posted on her Facebook page the other day, to say that it will be released soon, with more details to come.

Trivia: Roxette's name was borrowed from a Dr. Feelgood song; Dr. Feelgood made a record called Private Practice; and now, a Roxette song has been featured on a TV-show called "Private Practice." Six degrees of Roxette!


Another Hollywood hit for Roxette?

January 19, 2013 — by David Di Troia — Misc, Roxette

Men have fantasy-baseball getaways and rock-star camp. For women? There's a Jane Austen vacation.

At least so it goes in the fictional Austenland, Jerusha Hess' romantic comedy of the same name about a place where fans of the author can take a holiday in an English manor. There they live out a “Fantasy Island”-style getaway filled with bodices, high tea and men as fine-looking as Mr. Darcy.

Based on Shannon Hale's novel, the film's  main character is Jane Hayes, a down-in-the-dumps thirtysomething (Keri Russell) who memorized the first three chapters of “Pride and Prejudice” at age 13 and isn’t always sure where the playacting stops and true romance begins.

Hess is a co-writer of Sundance phenomeon "Napoleon Dynamite," which husband Jared co-wrote and directed, and that film's playfulness is much on display here.  (Among the campy touches are musical montages featuring swoony throwback pop ditties like Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a Place on Earth" and Roxette's "It Must Have Been Love," which add to the film’s romantic whimsy.)


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