Party Crasher tour rolls into Halmstad; faces large, appreciative hometown crowd

HALMSTAD, SWEDEN - About 2,000 tickets were sold to this evening's "homecoming" concert in Halmstad, Sweden. The show, which was held at the indoor Sporthallen, attacted a crowd from all over southern Sweden (along with the now familiar small groups of fans from other countries) eager to hear Per and his band.

In Halland Posten's backstage video interview with Per (in Swedish), he states that he enjoys playing in his childhood town. "The audience is always nice and active," he says. [Editor's note: Per also comments on how people were holding their cameras and taking photos with one hand, while blowing their noses (from crying) with the other when Marie took the stage in Amsterdam.] He also told this local newspaper (see article) that the tour "has been the the must fun thing I've ever done. The intimacy that we experienced in smaller venues has in some way reminded me why I do what I do."

As many of our readers already know, Per and his music are symbols of the Swedish summer, and with summer right around the corner, the Swedish crowd was ready to let loose and celebrate. After opening with "Dressed for Success," Per approached the mic and shouted out "Hello Halmstad!"  The response was an explosion of cheers that reverberated in the echo-prone sports hall.

Per's mother, Elizabeth, was spotted amongst those sitting in a makeshift VIP area set up behind the mixing board.

Tonight's concert was, in part, a dress rehearsal for the videotaping of the DVD that will occur at the Stockholm concerts. The set list, which follows, is therefore expected to remain the same with Marie joining Per on stage — as she did in Amsterdam — for "The Look" and "It Must Have Been Love."


  1. Dressed for Success
  2. Drowning in Wonderful Thoughts About Her
  3. Stupid
  4. Party Pleaser
  5. Wish I Could Fly
  6. She Doesn´t Live Here Anymore
  7. 7twenty7
  8. I Have A Party In My head
  9. Late, Later On
  10. Listen to Your Heart
  11. Do You Wanna Be My Baby?
  12. Opportunity Nox
  13. Doesn´t Make Sense
  14. Church of your Heart
  15. Dangerous
  16. Joyride


  1. C´mon
  2. Are You an Old Hippie, Sir?
  3. The Look
  4. It Must Have Been Love

2nd Encore

  1. Hey Mr. DJ
  2. (I´m Not Your) Steppin' Stone
  3. Sleeping in My Car
  4. Queen of Rain


This article was written for an earlier version of The Daily Roxette.
Technical errors may occur.

  ★ The author:
Lars-Erik Olson

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May 8th, 2009

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