Per Gessle mangles Cirkus

STOCKHOLM (Updated) – Spring is certainly in the air as the fans start lining up outside Cirkus in Stockholm. "Super fan" Erik Johansson has been there since the night before and is first in line — again. He feels it's his duty. When this reporter arrives at around 4:30 pm, there's quite a few people there already. Cirkus runs a very tight ship and everyone there has a number on their hands, and these numbers are checked regularly. The mood is nice and the video crew interviews people here and there. This reporter notices a longer stay at the Brazilian… or was it the Argentinian camp. Other nationalities noticed are Brits, Russians, Germans, Scots… and a few Swedes thrown in for good measure.

Per steps on stage a little after 8 pm, and the crowd goes wild. Per is all smiles for the whole hour and a half. The band is in absolutely top shape, and you can hear this is a band that is having fun! While shooting photos in front of the stage during the first three songs, this reporter could hear Per's shoes banging on the floor when he does his trademark Per "dance moves."

"The beautiful Cirkus-venue, a very relaxed band and crowd-pleasing setlist and… of course… a mind-blowing audience that makes life so sweet for us!" says Per.

There are, as far as this reporter can tell, no changes in the setlist this evening; it goes from A to Z like a freight train, even though the band jokes and starts playing Gyllene Tider's old hit "Sommartider" after Per yelling "Did I hear 'Sommartider'??" Chris also falls into The Knack's "My Sharona" in the intro of "Do You Wanna be My Baby?"

This is a great concert, the sound is more or less perfect, and it's understandable that they chose Cirkus to be the place for the video shoot. Marie Fredriksson didn't show up, but is expected to make a guest appearance this evening for the last concert. Will it be better tonight? We will definitely see. Stay tuned.

And for those who wonder, the two Stockholm concerts are being shot in hi-definition.

Update: Per lets us know that there won't be a Meet & Greet tonight (Sunday) since there'll be too much going on after the show.


  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
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