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Per Gessle



  ★ Latest news

Per has secretly been working with David Guetta and other Swedish DJs. Little is known about the project at this time.

  ★ Biography

Per Håkan Gessle, born 12 January 1959, is a Swedish pop singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the lead singer of the Swedish pop group Gyllene Tider and formed Roxette with Marie Fredriksson (Gessle being the chief songwriter in both bands). With Fredriksson’s illness in 2002, he went back to recording and became a successful solo artist in his native Sweden, selling multi-platinum albums.

Per Gessle was a founding member of Gyllene Tider, in 1976. They quickly became a popular group in Sweden, but after their fourth album, The Heartland Café (1984), sold poorly compared to their previous albums, the group disbanded. Gessle wrote. “We decided to put Gyllene Tider to rest… until further notice.”

In 1982, Gessle released his first solo album, Per Gessle and after Gyllene Tider split-up his second album, Scener, quickly appeared in 1985.

In 1996, after a reunion and subsequent tour of Gyllene Tider, Gessle recorded his first English solo album, using Brainpool and Gyllene Tider as backing musicians. Christoffer Lundquist from Brainpool would also come to collaborate with Per on later releases.

The World According to Gessle, released in 1997, produced three singles, “Do You Wanna Be My Baby?”, “Kix” and “I Want You to Know”. The videos to all three songs were directed by Jonas Åkerlund. The World According to Gessle was re-released in 2008, with extra bonus material and demos.

After Roxette released Have a Nice Day (1999) and Room Service (2001) to moderate success, Per continued with his solo work.

The subsequent album Mazarin (2003), was very successful in Sweden, going five times platinum in 2004. His first album involving singer Helena Josefsson brought Gessle numerous awards; four Grammis awards: Best Artist, Best Male Pop Performer, Best Composer and Best Song. He also won three Rockbjörnen awards: Best Swedish Male Artist, Best Swedish Album and Best Swedish Song — and a Guldälgen (The Golden Moose) Award for Best Song. The song “Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång)”, is Gessle’s most successful release in Sweden, spending two months at #1, while gaining platinum status.

Also in 2004, saw Gessle and Gyllene Tider reunited for a 25th-anniversary celebration that included the band’s first album in 20 years, Finn 5 fel!, and another very successful tour in Sweden. They beat the Ullevi attendance record, after the reparations, which was later broken by U2 in 2009, and the band played to almost half a million fans. As a result, the group was honored with four awards in Sweden.

With Son of a Plumber, he continued his association with other Swedish artists. Jens Jansson along with previous collaborators Josefsson and Lundquist, helped Gessle create his second English album. Released in November 2005, the album contains all of Gessle’s musical heritage. His father was a plumber and the 2-disc album contains a song dedicated to him, “Kurt – The Fastest Plumber in the West”. In Sweden, the album sold platinum on the first day of release. The album was also released in several other European countries in April 2006.

In June 2007, he released another solo album in Swedish with the name En händig man, which shipped three times platinum. A single of the same name was released; “En händig man”. Later in October a book of “Att vara Per Gessle” was published, telling some of the unknown facts about Gessle and his 30-year career.

In late 2008, Gessle released Party Crasher, his seventh solo album and third in English. The first single off the album “Silly Really” was released on 29 October 2008 and achieved critical acclaim from Expressen, calling Per a “pop genius”. After that, Gessle started his Party Crasher Tour, where Marie Fredriksson joined him on stage twice, in Amsterdam and Stockholm. This was eight years after their last live performance together during Roxette’s Room Service Tour in 2001, and after Fredriksson had recovered from a brain tumor discovered in 2002.

In the summer of 2013, Gessle reunited with his first band Gyllene Tider once more, performing some 20 shows in Sweden for an audience totaling about 300.000 people.

  ★ Recent releases

Latest releases: Småstadsprat. March 17, 2017, En vacker natt. April 28, 2017.

  ★ Tours and concerts

Sommarturné 2017:

July 6 Helsingborg, Sofiero slott
July 7 Oskarshamn, Latitud 57
July 8 Örebro, Slottsparken
July 13 Rättvik, Dalhalla
July 14 Töreboda, Torget
July 15  Hasslö, Hasslöfestivalen
July 21 Grebbestad, Tanumstrand
July 22 Gothenburg, Trädgårdsföreningen
July 23, Fredrikstad, Månefestivalen, Norway
July 27, Stockholm, Skansen
July 28, Östersund, Storsjöyran
July 29, Piteå, Pite Havsbad

Aug 1 Borgholm, Slottsruinen
Aug 2 Malmö, Mölleplatsen
Aug 3 Arvika, Arvika hamnfest
Aug 11 Halmstad, Brottet
Aug 12 Linköping, Stångebro
Aug 18 Uppsala, Botaniska trädgården
Aug 19 Eskilstuna, Sundbyholms slott
Aug 25 Vasa, Studio Ticket Live Festival, Finland
Aug 26 Borgå, Popkalaset, Finland

  ★ Important links
  ★ Most recent news


Per and his tour visit rainy Helsinki

HELSINKI – Per Gessle had brought his band to Helsinki, Finland, in the most miserable November weather you can imagine. The concert was originally planned to a larger arena in the neighbouring city of Espoo, but moved and re-scheduled to Kulttuuritalo (Culture House) in the capital.

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Per Gessle’s “60 for 60” #per60

It’s Per’s 60th birthday soon so we came up with a most splendid idea. You’ll love this. Again!

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SAAB Arena was conquered

LINKÖPING – It was a cold, dark and dreary night, outside. Inside was a totally different melody! Inside the SAAB Arena there was this little pop orchestra setting up shop.

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Per rocks Mockba (Moscow)

MOSCOW – The concert in Moscow took place in Crocus City Hall. It seems that musicians and organizers like the cooperation, since all Moscow concerts since 2011 are held here.

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The winners of the meet & greet contest

TDR presents, in cooperation with Live Nation and Dimberg Jernberg Management, a meet & greet with Per Gessle.

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Per Gessle’s Roxette hits Per’s second home town

STOCKHOLM – The Waterfront Congress Center. Per with band hits his second home town, and with force! The Crown Princess Victoria with husband Prince Daniel, Peter Jöback and Jonas Åkerlund were all there.

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Per Gessle Rox Utrecht

Per Gessle’s Roxette tour made one stop in The Netherlands before journeying home to Halmstad. Here is a series of photographs just for you.

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Win a meet and greet with Per

Yes you heard us right, you can win a meet and greet with Per Gessle.

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Dr. Feelgood’s Roxette (Warsaw/Berlin)

A couple of shows have passed since my last article, time to dig deep into the topic again. Let’s talk about Warsaw, Berlin and something very important.

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Per Gessle about his tour: I’ll sail on. The water’s deep but exciting

A third of Per Gessle’s Roxette tour is over by now. Time for the “Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”, you would think. No, instead we asked Per about the tour, of course.

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Per Gessle’s Roxette, the Zürich experience

Italian fans Valeria Felluca (text) and Jessica Verta (photos) saw Per Gessle’s Roxette in Zürich, Switzerland. Here’s their report.

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Hamburg: Roxette (Director’s Cut)

Third concert of this tour, second concert attended by The Daily Roxette. One may think we’ve seen it all in Leipzig already but you better be ready for a surprise.

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It’s time to change your mind

Second gig of Per Gessle’s Roxette tour, and I heard different opinions after the first concert. So I got in my car and drove to Leipzig to see what’s what and what’s not.

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What do we know? Thoughts on the upcoming tour

A bit more than two weeks before the tour starts and everything is way too silent. It’s not that we miss the obnoxious “Sooooo Christoffer!” (and we know that Chris will agree with us here) but a little more insight into what is going on behind the curtains would be nice. Rehearsal videos? The band getting in shape? Stage design presentation? So far nothing. We certainly think it’s time to reveal some secrets so we sat down and talked to ourselves. Enjoy and please share your thoughts with us!

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“It Came Too Fast”… but perhaps not soon enough?

It’s taken a long, very long time, but finally, we have been exposed to a different side of Per Gessle. 

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Per Gessle – En vacker kväll, the DVD

Per Gessle went on a successful Swedish solo tour last summer. Usually there’s a DVD from the tours, this time is no different.

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Per Gessle Collaborates with Nick Lowe

“Musical Hero” joins Per on his upcoming “Small Town Talk” album.

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Name You Beautiful – Exclusive video preview

Per had invited all fans and friends to be part of the video to his new single “Name You Beautiful”. And here is the result. Exclusive on The Daily Roxette.

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Be in Per’s new video

Five days ago, Per released his new single “Name You Beautiful.”

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What to play? What not to play? These are the questions…

An esteemed wise man once rapped “…Guess who’s back? Back again. Gessle’s back, tell a friend…”

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Gessle tours Europe with Roxette’s music!

Good news for European fans of Swedish super group and classic hit makers Roxette—the duo’s songwriter Per Gessle is embarking on a European tour focusing on the mighty Roxette song catalogue this autumn.

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Name You Beautiful, the Liebherr anthem

Per Gessle is back with a dynamic song that could have easily been the opening song to Roxette’s last studio album Good Karma.

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And the winners are…

In our contest last week we urged you to send in your best photos of the tour and surroundings, in order to win a signed copy of the brand new photo book En vacker bok.

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Reviewing En vacker bok

Last week we reviewed the live album, today it’s time for the book to be scrutinized. They come as a package – a tour CD and a tour photo book.

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