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ROXETTE 20! We've gotten hold of The Plum inbetween his promotion trips abroad and asked him a few questions on Rox20: How do you feel about Roxette 20 years really, the best and the worst of these first 20? "It feels excellent even though we've slowed down some these last few years. The best thing is of course the huge response from our audience, everywhere on planet Earth, different religions, skin color, political values... they all like 'The Look' and 'It Must Have Been Lunch'. Amazing. The worst things are that time passes so fast. And that I never learn how to play solos." What do you miss accomplishing with Roxette? "Nothing really, it would be fun to play more concerts and record more albums. We'll see what happens." So, about the RoxBox, can you enlighten us a little about what will be in it? "It will contain the best of what we've accomplished so far, plus hard-to-get stuff, (like the Abbey Road Sessions '95). A DVD with, among other things, hopefully MTV Unplugged from '93. And possibly a bonus-CD with 20 demos..." Björn & Benny (from ABBA) hate releasing demos, you are quite the contrary, why is that? "I didn't know they felt that way. I think demos are interesting so you can figure out how a song came to. I guess I'm a bigger nerd than they are." Tell us more about the new Greatest Hits album. Of course you can't tell about the new material as it doesn't exist yet, but what will make the cut? "A single CD, with our biggest hits, plus one or two new tracks. Some are whining about another compilation, but Roxette's music gets more and more airplay in the world (trust me, I see the royalty figures!) and we get new fans all the time and new generations want to buy the albums. That's why we release new, updated collections in regular intervals. The alternative would be that people would have to try to get our records among the catalogue selection and there you very easily get lost. If you have a problem with another compilation, my tip is to skip this purchase and put your money on your local women's soccer team instead." Since you will be recording in the Aerosol Grey Machine, how do you think this will affect your sound? Will it be softer like "Mazarin," "Finn5fel!" and "Son of a Plumber" or something completely different? "Wow, dunno. I hope we get lots of '80s and sounds of sunshine." So do we, Per, so do we!
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