“I never said I’d cancel Roxette”, says Per

HALMSTAD (UPDATED) - While The Daily Roxette waits to see Per Gessle before the final Gyllene Tider concert, it rained, rained, rained… I don't think there has been more rain in Halmstad ever.

  When we finally get backstage, Per greets us with a smile – he has just met a bunch of foreign fans. TDR gets right down to business and asks Per about the "end of Roxette" story in Aftonbladet.

  "The rumors are not true. My sentences were taken out of context totally. If Marie wants – and can – we will certainly continue with Roxette," Per says. "Of course, we won't aim to conquer the US again… but why not a smaller tour, like the one in 2001, that one wasn't longer than this tour for instance," he continues. "We also still have a contract with EMI, I don't remember how many records, but…"

  How about the time out? "I haven't said that either, I will disappear from the limelight, but I won't stop doing things, as per usual… all I want right now is to get out of sight for a while. "

  The Daily Roxette inquires carefully about Marie Fredriksson's condition. "There's not much to say really, it's more or less the same, she has her good periods and her bad ones. She needs time. It's also a lot about how motivated she is about moving around. She's been recording her album for a long time now, but I really don't know much about it."

  That said we go on to other business. The new Gyllene Tider single, "Solsken," will likely be out in September, with some "Finn 5 fel!" demos as b-sides. The song "Choklad, vanilj, jordgubb" is not yet finished so it won't be used. In connection to this, The Daily Roxette inquired about other future releases. "There will be the DVD, hopefully out before Christmas. The footage is shot mainly in Gothenburg, and the sound will be the best possible. We recorded all the concerts," says Per. "In addition we may release a new live CD, but that hasn't been decided yet." Per also mentions that the old remastered albums will be released without the bonus tracks (as single CDs) mid-priced, and they are thinking about releasing a b-sides CD with unreleased demos. "I'm really against releasing these demos, but on the other hand, they are a part of our past so why not," Per tells The Daily Roxette.

  SF (Svensk Filmindustri), is at the moment restoring the original 16mm film of Parkliv manually, frame by frame, so it can look its best on DVD when it finally is released.

This article was written for an earlier version of The Daily Roxette.
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August 19th, 2004

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