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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: The Per Gessle Archives September 24, 2014.

  ★ Tours and concerts

Per was busy taking Roxette on the road. Per’s latest solo tour was in 2009. New tour next summer, who knows?

  ★ Important links
  ★ Most recent news

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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Per meets TDR – Round 3 (Europe)

TDR meets Per to discuss upcoming releases, working with Marie, and much much more.

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Per meets TDR 2015 – Round 1

This time of year it’s both hard to find Per as he sneaks away for his tanning vacation, as well as hard for Per to find time to answer our nagging questions. He didn’t get any rain this time around, so just now we got the response, and once again from on board an airplane!

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The Per Gessle Archives for Dummies

Towards the end of last year, Per Gessle delivered a very special and impressive collection. One of the biggest collections to our knowledge actually. As always, Per responded to the fans’ desire to know more about his work, his long lost demos and the origins of his classic songs. The fans were generously rewarded with a mammoth box set; The Per Gessle Archives which covered a wide range of demos, 186 to be exact, from Per’s solo days, some of his Gyllene Tider career (possibly more to come, Per says) and of course, the mighty Roxette era!

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New from the Per Gessle Selection

On December 1 three new wines in The Per Gessle Selection were made available to the public; The Pleaser (308 SEK – 32€,) The Convincer (325 SEK – 38€) and The Improver (599 SEK – 63€.)

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This is probably your last chance to see Per live this year

You can never have enough autographs, can you? So if you still should have unsigned items in your fan collection (shame on you) this is your last chance this year to solve this very problem.

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Meanwhile aboard the RoxJet

Since the tour grew to twice the size the other day, we contacted Per to see what he has to say about some of this and some of that. And Pelle.

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Per: New Roxette album late next year, project with David Guetta

The Finnish newspaper Iltalehti recently had an interview with Per Gessle. The insightful piece is written by a long-time Roxette fan Mari Pudas. In the interview, Per reveals that a new Roxette album will be released “after summer.” A single will be released in early 2015. Per also tells that since summer 2013 he’s been […]

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Well, what do you know! Not much as it turns out. Last night the full Per Gessle Archives were let loose (except volume 5 which still is a vinyl exclusive)! Enjoy the 10 digital parts with…

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Per Gessle: “I can’t discuss that.”

Per is in the process of signing all his pre-ordered boxes, more than 1,000. His arm hurts, but that doesn’t stop him from grinning. We caught up with him and asked him a few questions that’s been on all our minds: Per, big (huge you might say even) box, 2 books, wine, Rox record and […]

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The Roxette Demos!, Vol. 2

The Roxette Demos!, Vol. 2 is out. Enjoy especially “Turn of the Tide”!

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Another week, another release

The next step in releasing The Per Gessle Archives digitally was taken at midnight when The Roxette Demos! Volume 1 was released with lots of goodies. The physical box will be released September 24, signed if you hurry up pre-ordering it. In a week we will get Volume 2 with the following: 1. 7Twenty7 (T&A […]

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Let’s present the sleeves

Here are the Roxette Demos! sleeves, with Mazarin and En händig man. The Roxette Demos! 5, the LP is still in hiding.

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PGA 3 & 4 have arrived

Per, the busy little beaver, has started another site: The Per Gessle Archives. At that site you can get all the info you need about his upcoming archives. And to show his good faith Volumes 3 & 4, with exclusive comments, were released at midnight. Enjoy! The next installment is out in a week. Demos […]

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Per Gessle – the author

Per will release not one, but two books September 25: Texter, klotter & funderingar – den svenska delen about all his Swedish releases, obviously in Swedish, and its English counterpart Songs, Sketches & Reflections – the English part. The books are released on Roos & Tegnér as Gyllene Tider’s book was. Per Gessle is one […]

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The PGA in full

The Per Gessle Archives, A Lifetime of Songwriting will be released Sept. 23, in Sweden and in other countries as well if things go as planned. Per says the box will be “heavy” both in weight and contents-wise. There are 10 CDs and one LP plus a hefty book in it. Some demos are already […]

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He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother: The video is out now!

Expected and longed for by many, the video to “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” has found its way to the masses finally. Per Gessle had re-recorded the song in conjunction with the soundtrack to the Jonas Åkerlund movie “Small Apartments” which was released in 2013. The reason for that was apparently that The Hollies […]

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He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother: The video is out now!

Expected and longed for by many, the video to “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” has found its way to the masses finally. Per Gessle had re-recorded the song in conjunction with the soundtr…

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Per wants Heikki L to remove video: “Very strange and silly”

Per Gessle has released a statement about the video for his cooperation with Heikki L, “You Don’t Want Love.” Per Gessle appears as a guest solist on DJ Heikki’s single “You Don’t Want Love”. Per added his touch to the song, laid his vocals in a studio in Sweden and that is the full extent […]

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Per: “I’m working on Rox”

STOCKHOLM – A lot is happening around Per Gessle this time, with two new releases just last Friday. We were surprised by the release of a song called “You Don’t Want Love” by ‘Finnish producer Heikki L feat. Per Gessle’. The song is a dance record, something that sounds like it belongs in Europe’s charts […]

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