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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

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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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En vacker kväll, an album review

So here it is, the legacy after this summer’s very successful tour. It’s short, but Per has a reasonable explanation as of why.

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Win a signed copy of En vacker bok

Take a chance and win a En vacker bok book.

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Per to release another book and a live album

After this summer’s exceptional tour it was no big surprise to hear there will be a live record out. And a photo book.

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Per Gessle – En vacker dag, the review

Another month, another Per album – another review! Join the team discussing the brand new Per Gessle album.

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Mono Mind – another secret Gessle project?

The Lonely Boys and even Roxette started out as music projects that did not exactly stress the fact that Per Gessle was actually the driving force behind it. Is Mono Mind another one?

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At home in Halmstad

HALMSTAD – Per comes to his hometown. “No one is a saint in one’s own hometown” goes the saying. I guess Per comes as close as you can get though.

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En vacker kväll finally hits the capital

STOCKHOLM – Gig #10 and at Stockholm’s zoo/outdoor museum Skansen. A gorgeous day, 24° C and sun.

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En vacker kväll in Gothenburg!

GOTHENBURG – The ‘En vacker kväll’ tour rolls into Gothenburg and WHAT A GIG!

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En vacker dag – album #2

Apple has just uploaded the information about Per’s next album En vacker dag.

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A chilly night at Dalhalla

RÄTTVIK – The tour goes into its second week and Per with band showed up in remote Rättvik at the amazing venue Dalhalla. It wasn’t sold out as far as I know, but at least 3,800 were there, the last time I checked.

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En vacker kväll in Helsingborg

HELSINGBORG – Per Gessle’s Summer Tour 2017 – En vacker kväll finally kicked off at Sofiero in Helsingborg tonight. The opening acts were the Strandels and Good Harvest.

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Per does Leif’s – again

TYLÖSAND – Per’s tradition of having “secret” gigs before a tour still goes strong.

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En vacker natt released!

Per’s brand new album is out now!

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The Daily Roxette reviews En vacker natt

Tis time for another TDR round table review of a Roxette related release. This time it’s the brand new Per Gessle album En vacker natt which will be released Friday April 28.

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Småstadsprat the video

Enjoy the video of Per’s latest single “Småstadsprat.”

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Space Station 12 turns 1 with a bang

STOCKHOLM – Last night at Skyddsrummet Per’s record label Space Station 12 threw its 1st birthday party.

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Per to release not one but two new albums

Personal, poetic, Per. Two new solo albums out soon on Space Station 12!

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Per talks 2016 and 2017 with TDR

Tis the time of the year. Time for The Daily Roxette’s traditional Xmas interview with Per. We managed to sneak in a few questions during his glögg sipping.

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Per Gessle on the road again in 2017

News just in! Per Gessle will be going out on a Sommarturné in July & August 2017.

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Space Station 12 – Per partners with BMG with new label

BMG Scandinavia have teamed up with Space Station 12, the new record label formed by Per Gessle!  The new label will release recordings by new and established artists.

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Roxette in Gothenburg – 4 years later!

Exactly 4 years to the day, Roxette returns to Slottsskogvallen.

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Per goes from Roxette to Gyllene in a heartbeat?

Today in 2013 Gyllene Tider started their monumental tour “GT2013 – Dags att tänka på refrängen.” 19 gigs all over Sweden which blew away the rest of that summer’s competition.

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