Per and his band perform an intense club gig in Helsinki

HELSINKI - The rock club Tavastia in Helsinki, Finland wasn't completely packed with people, but that made the atmosphere even more enjoyable and intimate for those fortunate enough to be there. About 400 tickets were sold in advance and since the club has the capacity of 700, The Daily Roxette estimates there were around 500 people listening to this last concert of Per's "Mazarin" summer tour.

  The set list was exactly the same as in Oslo on Tuesday, concentrating on the more rocking songs. Especially "(Hon vill ha) Puls" rocked like it never has before. Rather surprisingly, the audience really warmed up when "Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång" started. It seemed like everyone knew the lyrics and sang along. A similar reaction was only produced with "Sommartider," which ended the concert.

  Per first looked a bit tired on stage, but was nevertheless in a good mood. Because of the nature of a club concert, the audience was able to shout their comments and requests to him. Unfortunately, the song list had already been decided and Per and his band didn't play any songs suggested by the audience.

  An excellent gig by excellent musicians, anyway.

  The "Mazarin" album hasn't been a major success in Finland, having failed to reach the Top 40 chart. However, the songs have been very popular among the Swedish-speaking minority, and it looked like most of the audience were either members of that minority or Roxette fans - or both.

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

  ★ The author:
Visa Kopu

  ★ Publishing date:

September 26th, 2003

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