News Archives: October 2000
200 lucky “listeners” enjoy private, intimate dinner and concert set in Experience Music Project’s ’Sky Church’
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on October 30, 2000 to Misc.
Editor’s Note: In a promo tour full of “highlights,” this is by far the one event that shone the brightest. TDR will be bringing you a “re-packaged” report on the entire tour soon, including that exclusive interview with Per Gessle that we’ve been promising our readers. LEO
SEATTLE Having been blessed with a beautiful, sunny Autumn day in this city known for rain, the 200 or so people waiting in line outside the Frank Gehrey-designed Experimental Music Project (EMP) didn’t have much chance to be bored. There was plenty to look at from the world-famous Space Needle just a short distance away, to the carnival-like roller coaster “joyrides” just across the sidewalk.
Star 101.5 (KPLZ) had billed this event as a “Listener Appreciation Party,” and they were true to their word. Those on the guest list almost all of whom had won their tickets on-the-air were mostly unaware of the VIP treatment they’d experience once inside. Awaiting them was a gourmet buffet dinner, catered by the EMP’s own Liquid Lounge, and, of course, the intimate but fully-staged concert by Roxette.
The concert itself was held inside a space that that EMP and Gehrey have named “Sky Church.” Per and Marie have never played a venue quite this unique and appropriate. Performing in a brand-new, undulating building that almost defies description and perhaps inspired by the design of an architect that Per thinks is “fab” Roxette played flawlessly, aided by a state-of-the-art sound system in a hall with suberb, professionally-engineered acoustics.
The set list was “Wish I Could Fly,” “It Must Have Been Love,” “Joyride,” “Perfect Day,” “Church of Your Heart” (added to tour repetoire especially for this venue), “Listen to Your Heart,” and “The Look.” “Spending My Time” had been preselected for an encore, which of course was necessary.
“All I can say is ’wow’” exclaimed Steven Espinosa, a board member of RoxNorthAmeriFANS who had driven almost 1,000 miles from Los Angeles to attend the show. “Roxette was perfect,” he said. Alex Faraldo, who also serves on the RNAF board and had flown in from Florida, added “I think Roxette played one of their very best intimate concerts. It was the next best thing to being in the studio audience for ’MTV Unplugged’.”
Written by japeke on October 30, 2000 to Misc.
Dutch fans are organizing a fanmeeting to be held at the beginning of next year. The meeting will be in The Hague, Netherlands on January 6, 2001.
Those involved in organizing this meeting are doing so without the involvement of the Netherlands-based International Fanclub.
- Nederlandse Roxette fanmeeting (more info in Dutch)
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on October 23, 2000 to Misc.
TDR INVESTIGATIVE REPORT
Caveat Emptor. It’s a latin phrase that should be stamped on every eBay auction page that involves the selling of an “autographed” item. It means “let the buyer beware.”
And it’s definitely a phrase to keep in mind when dealing with Jeff Summers, a young man in North Hollywood, California, who along with his girlfriend Cathy Cuccia is in the business of selling autographed memorabilia on eBay using the nickname of 99-1. “Roxette signed this acoustic guitar at Virgin Records in New York City,” Summers wrote to describe a recent item he had put up for bid. “Wow! Look at the duo with the guitar at the actual signing. This was signed after the free show that they put on in the store. They played, “The Look” and “It Must Have Been Love” and a couple of others as well. It was great. If you are a big fan of this reclusive group, you would do well to win this awesome guitar. Good Luck!!”
The problem is as people who were at the event can attest there was only one guitar signed there that evening, and that guitar belonged to RoxNorthAmeriFAN Alex Faraldo, who now has it hanging on the wall in his bedroom.
Alex had gotten the idea of having Per and Marie sign an actual guitar shortly before the show. Borrowing the extra money he needed from another fan, he ran up a few blocks to a musical instrument store he had passed by on his way to Virgin Megastore in Times Square.
The photo on the eBay auction site that was offered by Summers as “proof” that what he was selling was genuine, was actually a photo of Alex getting his guitar signed. Summers cropped Alex’s head out of the picture, but still identifible is Alex’s bag from his job at Disney World.
“I was very upset,” remarked Alex in a telephone interview this evening. “I went through a lot to get my two guitars signed (he had another guitar the one shown in the photo that accompanies this article signed in Seattle) and Jen and I both were really disturbed by this.”
- eBay auction for this item (Achieved page showing “cropped” photo of Alex Faraldo)
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on October 18, 2000 to Misc.
NEW YORK MP3.com said Wednesday it would pay up to $30 million to music publishers in a preliminary pact that would give it the right to use more than 1 million songs as part of its Internet-based service.
Under the terms of the deal, trade group National Music Publishers’ Association will allow the songs to be used as part of a service called My.MP3.com, which allows users to store music digitally and then retrieve it using any computer.
The service relies on a database of more than 80,000 albums that MP3.com initially created without the permission of the music publishers or the world’s largest record labels that also own the rights to the music. Roxette tracks are not currently available on the site, but that could change with this agreement. Read more…
Written by roxeteer on October 15, 2000 to Misc.
Update: “It Must Have Been Love” was dropped out of the release at the last minute. Read this article for more information.
The first DVD to feature a Roxette live performance will be released at the end of this month. “MTV Unplugged: Finest Moments” includes, among performances by other artists, an acoustic rendition of “It Must Have Been Love” from the Roxette “Unplugged” session. This compilation was previosly released on VHS in 1999. The DVD version will be released on October 31.
Up to this point, the only other DVD’s that contain Roxette’s music are the two Richard Gere/Julia Roberts movies, both directed by Garry Marshall: Pretty Woman (“It Must Have Been Love”) and Runaway Bride (“It Will Take A Long, Long Time”). As far as the editorial staff at TDR knows, the infamous Super Mario Bros. movie (featuring “Almost Unreal”) hasn’t been released on DVD.
Written by roxeteer on October 12, 2000 to Misc.
The Official International Roxette Fanclub has placed a 30-second video clip from Marie’s latest “Det Som Var Nu” video on their Website. The video includes live scenes from Marie’s summer tour. “Det Som Var Nu” is a duet with Patrik Isaksson and was first released on Marie’s highly successful greatest hits album, Äntligen, last spring. It is also available as a single.
Written by DanJKroll on October 12, 2000 to Misc.
It’s not The Billboard 200, but Roxette fans can take solace that their favorite Swedish duo is back on a Billboard chart. “Don’t Bore Us, Get To The Chorus - Greatest Hits” (Roxette/Edel America) debuts on the Top Independent Albums chart at No. 42. As you all know, Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson signed with Edel America after a long run on EMI.
The last Roxette album to appear on The Billboard 200 was “Tourism” in 1992.
Written by roxeteer on October 11, 2000 to Misc.
Boxman, the Swedish-founded online record store, ceased its operations on Wednesday in an attempt to avoid bankrupty. According to chief executive Tony Salter, the company has until October 23 to find $29 million to be able to continue their business. Another possibility is to find a company which would buy Boxman and its operations pretty much like CDNow which was bought by Europe’s largest media company Bertelsmann AG for $117 million just after the company would have found itself without cash.
Per and Marie both are among Boxman’s 500 shareholders along with other Swedish music business insiders, such as members of Ace of Base. According to Hallandsposten, Per has invested 3 million SEK (approx. $303,000) and Marie about half of that. They both made their investments through their holding companies: Music For Money (Gessle) and Amelia Music (Fredriksson). They both still own most of the shares they bought back in 1997.
“Unfortunately,” said Mats Nilemar, one of their business advisors.
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on October 10, 2000 to Misc.
A freshly remixed “Wish I Could Fly,” intended to generate interest in the U.S. release of the “Don’t Bore Us…” Greatest Hits album, was commissioned by Edel America (EAR), but it is now uncertain whether it will be released, even as just a promo.
While the identity of the remixer is undisclosed, it is a dance version intended to be distributed to dance- and CHR/Rhythmic-format radio stations, club DJs, and directly to some nightclubs. The remix is finished, TDR has learned, but was sent back for some minor, last-minute “tweaking.”
As previously reported here, the remix could also possibly be included on a U.S. commercial (retail) version of the single, should the song pick up steam again, and make it onto the Billboard Hot 100 list. Per and Marie’s promo tour, set to conclude today, was expected to produce a major blip on chart and playlist activity, but time will tell about that.
In the meantime, over 70 radio stations have added WICF to their playlist, and the RoxNorthAmeriFans’ “Roxattaq USA” campaign supported by this e-newspaper continues to ask for your help, especially in making telephone calls. The goal is to call stations already playing the song, and get them to play it more often.
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on October 8, 2000 to Misc.
RoxSpain represenatives appeared on national radio station “40 Principales” Friday evening where Äntligen was given a “nice song” comment by the well-known DJ. The fans talked about Marie’s album and recently completed tour, the US album and promo tour, and the fan meeting they had planned the next day.
Fifteen fans showed up for RoxSpain’s first fan meeting on Saturday in the center of Madrid. RoxSpaniard Agus successfully attempted to slip Do You Want to Be My Baby? into the “background music” of the place they were at. According to Peter Mills, one of the leaders of RoxSpain, “she had to lie and say it was part of the show.” The music was played so loudly that some of us were astounded (or even embarrased) by it.”
Here’s how Peter described the rest of the day: “Music shops, walk (tour round some parts of the city), lunch, walk, park, walk, sit in a terrace bar, walk, have supper, divide ourselves, walk, search for some pub/disco (no luck)…walk (fans dropping out little by little)…search for a taxi… I think every who attended would agree that it was a very good (and tiring) experience. We all had a marvellous time and enjoyed meeting each other very much.”
Written by roxeteer on October 6, 2000 to Misc.
Aftonbladet’s video interview with Roxette is now available on their website. The interview is in English and was recorded during their in-store appearance at Virgin Megastore, New York. While the videostream is under three minutes long, you can still see short clips from their live performances of “Wish I Could Fly” and “It Must Have Been Love” as well as hear Per and Marie comment on the new US compilation, the fans and the Internet.
Editor’s Note: TDR’s own interview with Roxette, conducted “on the road” during their ongoing U.S. promo tour, will be appearing here shortly complete with some astonishing information from a relaxed and at-ease Per Gessle, and exclusive images from TDR’s own photographers. LEO
- Aftonbladet’s Webb TV: Roxette interview (RealPlayer required.)
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on October 5, 2000 to Misc.
Edel America (EAR) and Roxette Recordings have entered into an agreement with EMI Sweden whereby EMI companies worldwide will have the opportunity to release the unique, U.S. version of the greatest hits compilation, “Don’t Bore Us, Get To The Chorus.”
Many EMI operating companies including obviously EMI Sweden have decided to release this compilation, with some of them doing so as early as this Monday, October 9th.
As TDR readers already know, one of the “new” tracks on the album is the single “Wish I Could Fly”. The song was a pretty big hit in Europe and has found a warm welcome in the States from both radio and press. It continues to slowly gain airplay on U.S. radio stations, with the current promo tour expected to spike that at least a little bit. Ryan Urcia, a spokesperson at EAR, told TDR that the label “really appreciates fans calling the stations right now to request the song.”
(Sascha contibuted to this article)
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on October 5, 2000 to Misc.
LONDON EMI Group and Warner Music on Thursday abandoned their existing plan to create the world’s largest music group after tough negotiations with Europe’s competition authorities. The merger concept had been in trouble almost from the very beginning.
But Britain’s EMI and Warner Music’s U.S. parent Time Warner emphasized their belief that a merger made sense and said they would keep talking in an effort to reach a deal acceptable to regulators.
Written by roxeteer on October 4, 2000 to Misc.
The long-awaited Roxette discography book is still on hold. Robert Thorselius, the author of the book, told The Daily Roxette that the publishing has been delayed for editorial reasons, e.g. proof reading. “We are now in the final stages of producing the book and we expect to release the book by the end of this year or early next year,” he says.
Some time ago, the publisher was looking for a new title for the book, but they didn’t receive any suitable suggestions, so the book will be published under the original title “The Look for Roxette”.
“The Look for Roxette” will be published by a Swedish company called Premium Publishing.
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on October 3, 2000 to Misc.
No smörgåsboard. No Wisconsin cheese. WZEE Radio in Madison, Wisconsin, has cancelled their “Lunch with Roxette” contest a week before the event itself was to occur.
Rich Davis, the program director for the station, wrote to those who had already won today explaining that “unfortunately the Roxette show was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.” The station has offered those few listeners who had already been invited to the lunch on October 10th, a pair of tickets to another concert as a replacement prize.
The promo tour calendar at roxette.net has been updated to reflect this, and other, changes.
- RoxNorthAmeriFans (Tour Calendar)
Written by roxeteer on October 1, 2000 to Misc.
Gyllene Tider reunited briefly for TV4’s 10th anniversary on Friday. They performed a playback version of “Gå & fiska”. Their performance wasn’t broadcasted live, as Per was in the USA on Friday. A RealVideo clip is available on TV4’s website.