Per appointed “Artist of the Decade”

STOCKHOLM - Per was appointed "Artist of the Decade" at Metro's "Concert of the Decade" in Globen last night. "It is a fantastic distinction, but I have had a great successful decade with Roxette, "Mazarin" and Gyllene Tider, so it's actually right," he says laughingly to Metro's reporter Axel Björklund.

  Eva Dahlgren opened the show with her new single "När jag längtar" and the well-known "Ängeln i rummet" and was followed by Per and his band, who performed "Gå & fiska!" and "Juni, juli, augusti," and joined the stage again at the end of the show with "Här kommer alla känslorna" and "Det hjärta som brinner."

  As reported earlier by The Daily Roxette, Per has been recording various things in the past year, and he is not sure what his new project will be, he claims. It might be a "three-chord pop" album, in English, Swedish or even French, or a soundtrack "it's one of my dreams to do a full soundtrack to a film, it could maybe be in Swedish, I don't know," he explains. It isn't sure if it will be on a national or international level, or both. "I am 46 and don't
feel so much like repeating what we did in 1989-91, when we flew 260 days a year. I'm not ready to give that much up for a new international career."

  Whatever the new release will be, he says he's not planning to tour in 2006, "but when you look at U2 at Ullevi, it's all coming back to me. When one has been there, one wants to go back."

  Yesterday's concert featured both new and older/established artists, of which Per is more familiar with the latter. "I bump into Håkan [Hellström], The Cardigans and The Ark professionally, like this concert, Grammisgalan or Rockbjörnen. Since we do the same thing, I consider us sort of colleagues. I only know Eva [Dahlgren] privately. I have never met Darin, for instance… Maybe you meet them in the hallway and shout 'great album woohoo' or something."

Additional photos by Tobbe Joneby.

This article was written for an earlier version of The Daily Roxette.
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