Roxette to play Anderstorp

(Updated) - Roxette will play Anderstorp Raceway August 14, for the Race Legends. The stadium holds 45,000 spectators. "Roxette hasn't played Sweden since 2001, it feels great to be on stage in Sweden again. This will be extra fun, since I've raced there myself several times" says Per Gessle. Urban Stamming, CEO The Race Legends, says "This is the first and, as far as I know, only concert Roxette will do in Sweden this year. Roxette is a dream come true for us. Per is excited as he is very interested in racing!" The concert will last 1.5 h says the CEO.

Everyone that has bought tickets for the race will be able to see the concert. There will also be a very limited number of tickets sold for the concert only. Racing tickets are from 800 SEK and up.

Update: The Daily Roxette has managed to get hold of Per for a short interview.

So Per, Anderstorp, it must be like the mothership is calling you home?

Yes sir - when a racing track calls out for you you just have to answer!! (Sounds like a pop song, doesn't it?) I visited their race legends event two years ago and had a great time. This year it looks like they're gonna have loads of really really fantastic old Formula One drivers attending the race among many other things. So it will be a special set up for a Roxette concert for sure.

Hmm, yeah, a song that's already written… Why did you pick this place?

We're slowly but surely trying to get Roxette back on track. This is one of several major things we're gonna do this year and it feels perfect to kick it in on home turf. And, you know, the recordings of a new album have already started. 2010 is off to a good start.

It's a big race track, isn't it?

Yes, I've heard that they can hold 45,000 people around the track. However, I think the capacity is around 8-10,000 where we're gonna play.

Is it true you will play an entire full length show?

Yes, it will be a "real" Roxette concert. I can't say how long it will be though, we'll decide during rehearsals. But we expect something like 60-70 minutes. And I'm sure there will be more artists announced pretty soon. If the weather's good it will be a magic night.

The CEO says this will be Roxette's only gig in Sweden 2010, can you verify this, or will there be others?

I don't know at this point, a year is very long. It's definitely the only one confirmed as I'm writing this…

Will there be any surprises for the audience?

I guess just the fact that we're doing a concert is a surprise to most people!!!

This article was written for an earlier version of The Daily Roxette.
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January 28th, 2010

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