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TDR reviews RoXXXette on the Road


In 1986 two friends met and said “Hey, let’s start a band and conquer the world?” Said and done. Now 30 years later they are still around, more so than ever perhaps…


Anyway, to cut the story short, the band became a Big Thing all over the world, and has basically stayed there ever since. Now in 2016 it’s been 30 years!

xxx_2Photographer Anders Roos, also a southern Swede, followed Gyllene Tider around in 2013 to document their tour. Anders tagged along Roxette around the world documenting their XXX tour. I imagine this book was in the back of their minds even then. The book starts with the rehearsals in Alby, Sweden, goes through all of Australia, most of Europe and ends in Dalarna, Sweden. I assume that since South Africa wasn’t planned to be the last stop of the tour, Anders didn’t go, therefore the book ends in Sweden. An amazing journey by an amazing band. The book “Roxxxette on the Road” is a terrific book any Roxette fan should, nay: must, own. Even if you aren’t a Roxette fan and only like great photos, this book is for you. “RoXXXette on the Road” is a gift to Roxette’s dear fans. From fans jumping in the front row, to meet & greets in Dresden, to our own TDR guy at Sydney Opera House interviewing Per, this book encapsulates the whole touring experience!

xxx_4There will be a “Roxers Edition” of the book as well, with 16 additional pages (the regular one consists of 320), signed “in silver” by Per Gessle, it also contains one of 15 different enlargements signed by Anders Roos. It all comes in a nifty box and is limited to 300 copies – worldwide.

Being a photo book the photographs in this book are stunning. Anders has a certain style that pleases me. He shoots dark photos, with lots of contrast, slightly faded. Or his black and whites which often are blueish. Very stylish. And the book is smack full of them. What’s even better is that they aren’t just from the shows, sure there are a few from the shows, but most are from backstage and from other places. Per all alone with his MacBook in a lounge in Brisbane for instance. Or Marie contemplating in her dressing room. Much like Jonas Åkerlund’s “Roxette Diaries”, this book captures those rare, off-guarded moments and preserves them in a glossy, stylized form, forever preserving those special Roxette memories that cannot ever be erased – this book almost picks up where the “Roxette Diaries” documentary left off, an exclusive and thrilling backstage pass to a poignant time in Roxette’s career, a continuation of their triumphant 2011 come back as a global touring band – but also, in a bittersweet twist of fate, the mammoth XXX Tour which would of course become their very final Joyride around the globe.

Photos aside, fantastic as they are, what really knocks me down is Per’s notes. There are 41 notes – reflections – in this book and for once (may I say that?) Per has been quite personal. Thoughts and wonderings which we normally don’t get to hear. Of course there are Per’s normal comments as well, Roxette’s treasure box of songs… But why not? He also thanks Roxette’s amazing fans. “We would be nothing without you.”

xxx_3One reflection I found particularly funny was Per going to LA and when talking to immigration the TSA officer asks Per, after Per saying he was a songwriter, “Oh yeah, written anything I’ve heard?” to which Per points to the ceiling saying “Sure, I wrote that…” Playing over the speaker system was “It Must Have Been Love”. The officer told Per he was welcome to the US.

All in all, a very nice book to add to your Roxette collection, limited or not. If I could choose, I’d seen it even bigger than the size we got it in,  22 x 28 cm (8.5 x 11″), but it works. The reflections are in English, and I doubt there will be any other language released.

I talked to Anders, and he mentions he took “around 38.000 shots in Europe and Australia”…

For now you can get the normal edition pretty much everywhere in Sweden. AdLibris for instance, while the only site that has added the Roxers Edition so far is Bokus.

  ★ The author:
Thomas Evensson


  ★ Publishing date:

June 17th, 2016


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  • David Andrew Carmon

    I remember the quote about the airport being Listen To Your Heart

    • And NYC… yes I know.

    • RobS

      Or maybe it happened more than once. They have been travelling over the world through countless airports for so long.

      The sentiment stays the same regardless.

  • Tridy

    OMG, Nifty box x4 the price of the “normal” edition?
    That is like the price of PG Archives + 2 PG Books combined together. It better be “signed in platina” then.

    • mazarin

      Absolutely inadequate price for few pages more & bla bla bla…!! So how much is Per’s signature? 🙂

      • Tridy

        Nothing personal, just business. There will be more than enough buyers even for this price. Because this is the book about the FINAL tour, it adds to the demand a bit, you know.
        BTW, on Tradera, a couple of day ago a 2CD bootleg from 94 CBB Tour show in Karlskoga was sold for 1225 kr. How about that?
        http://imgbay.mobi/di/1225-kvvql.jpg

  • Tridy

    Bokus says:
    Ny exklusiv fotobok:
    “RoXXXette on the road”

    it could mean that it is exclusive to, and could only be bought from Bokus.

  • RobS

    Wouldn’t mind getting the Roxers edition, but might have to settle for the normal one.

    I see Stevo got a nice pic in the book. What a nice little bonus 😀

    • He’s still squealing… 😉

      • Tridy

        Does he get his “share” as well 😉 ?

  • dan crews

    Plz help. Bokus wont deliver to US. I really need the roxers edition

  • dan crews

    Why only bokus? If there’s only 300 this could be a problem

    • Seems it’s sold out now.

      • ontherox

        Is there any chance that they will print more books of the roxers edition? I still would like to buy one and I’m quite sure another 300 or more can be sold

  • Tridy
  • Tridy

    I don’t have a FB account, so I cannot upload the picture off a comment in the book that I got, so here it is:
    http://i68.tinypic.com/npme6t.jpg




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