Reunited, Roxette to perform this July at “New Wave” event in Latvia

(Updated) – Editor's Note:  The Daily Roxette originally published this article over a month ago – on April 22 to be exact – announcing that Per and Marie were reuniting and would perform again as Roxette in Lativa this summer.  This article was published prior to our breaking the news on May 4 that Roxette would appear at the Night of the Proms concert series.  We're republishing it today, along with the previous comments.  While mention of Roxette has still not appeared on the event's own website, posters have been put up on the streets of Riga advertising Roxette as "special guests" at the opening of the New Wave festival and today, Per acknowledged the accuracy of our report via a Twitter message. 

Roxette are back together again! According to several published reports, the first of which appeared on Monday [April 20], the duo is set to perform for the opening of New Wave 2009 on July 28 in Jurmala, Latvia.  Some of the biggest newspapers of Latvia and their online news portals have reported that Roxette have already agreed to appear at the opening ceremony of this annual international young pop singers competition.

In an editorial published by The Daily Roxette just days ago, we addressed the speculation that Roxette might reunite, and since then there have been rumors of exactly when and how that might happen, with most centering around the Night of the Proms series of concerts in Europe towards the end of the summer.

From its beginnings in 2002, the New Wave competition has become a significant event not only in Russia and Latvia, but also in CIS and other countries for several years once television rights were sold. Millions of TV viewers watch and support the contestants, confirming the fact that New Wave has become a eagerly-anticipated annual European festival. TDR has learned that this this festival is very popular in Russia, as many of the participants come from post-Soviet countries and regions. We've also reported on this event previously, when in 2003 a contestant from Sweden sang "Sleeping in My Car."

RuthRox/Lilla727 tells TDR that in a short article on TV*Net (in Latvian) they report that the famous Swedish duo stopped in 2002 when Marie was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Later, Fredriksson and the other partner in the duo, Per Gessle, went in for solo projects and the last time they performed together was in 2004 to mark the celebration of their 25th anniversary since they met for the first time… that later led to the foundation of Roxette. They say that the duo has decided to re-establish working this year and have already confirmed their participation in the New Wave festival.

Russian baritone Dmitry Hvorostovskis and Chicago-born (U.S.) singer-songwriter Anastacia (who has fought her own battle with cancer), are reported to be the guest stars for the closing event.

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May 27th, 2009

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