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Fans in Argentina gather for reunion

Written by jorgerox on May 31, 2004 to .

BUENOS AIRES - Organized as a reunion get-together for individuals who know each other mainly online (TDR and R2R forums), fans from both Chile and Argentina met yesterday at Plaza San Martín in Buenos Aires. The group then moved indoors to the food court at Galeria Pacifico, a shopping mall, for a bite to eat and to continue socializing.

  Eighteen people enjoyed the afternoon meeting, the date having been selected to coincide with Marie’s birthday. Photos from the event have been uploaded by Jordi (see link).

Happy birthday, Marie

Written by tevensso on May 30, 2004 to .

STOCKHOLM - A short note from the staff and readers of The Daily Roxette to wish you a happy birthday!

- Warmest regards, Visa, Lars-Erik, Thomas and Judith

“Allsång på Skansen” to feature Gyllene Tider

Written by tevensso on May 29, 2004 to .

STOCKHOLM - It seems like Per only whet his appetite last year when he attended Swedish television’s biggest sing-along show “Allsång på Skansen”. July 6 Gyllene Tider will appear on this show.

  Skansen, an outdoor arena/zoo, got their audience record two years ago, of approximately 15,000 people when Ricky Martin appeared on the show. TDR thinks it’s safe to assume this record too will be broken by Gyllene Tider.

“Finn 5 Fel” sample CD released to media

Written by tevensso on May 28, 2004 to .

STOCKHOLM - Capitol Records has released a CD sampler to media called “Finn 5 Fel! - Smakprov” and it contains the six song snippets released earlier on Gyllene Tider’s website, namely the new single tracks “Tuffa tider” and “En sten vid en sjö i en skog” plus “Solsken”, “Ta mej… nu är jag din!”, “Du måste skämta” and finally “Jag borde förstås vetat bättre”.

  Editor’s note: The record in the picture is not broken, the center of the CD has a vine of flowers engraved or painted on it.

Gyllene Tider: “We are like cornflakes, everyone likes us”

Written by Jud on May 28, 2004 to .

STOCKHOLM - Anders Herrlin and Per Gessle visited NRJ and RixFM radio shows yesterday morning to talk about Gyllene Tider.

  On NRJ, the hosts Benji and Alex of the show “Kalaset” talked about the Gyllene Tider hysteria, the band’s future plans - and cornflakes.

  Alex wondered how come everything they release become hits. Per explained that this time they hadn’t worked together for eight years and how you can hear from the songs that the band has been longing for it. “The happiness of playing together again might be the reason for such resulting songs.”

  Gyllene Tider has also been able to gain a very vast audience. Alex commented that her children like Gyllene Tider, she likes GT herself, her mother likes GT… Everybody likes GT! “We are like cornflakes!” Per laughed. “One also has to add the fact that GT means summer and is very Swedish and that the other bands from late 70s and early 80s, our competitors, aren’t in the business anymore.”

  One of NRJ Kalaset listeners phoned to ask Per how many songs he has written for Gyllene Tider. Per didn’t know the exact amoung, “150, maybe 200?” he wondered.

  They also discussed Gyllene Tider’s future. Per said that they have no plans yet. “There’s always a limit for things,” he said. “We have no plans for another album or anything.” Per also explained that he has promised his family to take some time off in the fall after the Gyllene Tider tour, as he has been busy since early last year. “First I made the ’Mazarin’ album and the summer tour, and then I went to the studio to record with Gyllene Tider.”

  Benji also asked what Anders does when he is not with Gyllene Tider. “I’m a musician, a producer, a technician… I have my own studio as well.” Per couldn’t resist to add that he [Anders] has worked with Janet Jackson on her latest album. “Are you also involved with Eminem?” Benji asked. “The most involved I am with him is that I know who he is,” Anders replied laughing.

  The interview at RixFM’s “Morron Zoo” took place on a boat where they grilled salmon and perch. Both Per and Anders confessed that they don’t own a boat. “Where should I go with it?” wondered Per. “I think it’s better to get to know people who own a boat… one can’t own so many things.” “But one can own many cars,” commented the host Titti Schultz. “Well, cars are a different thing…” replied Per.

  Per and Anders were also asked what they prefer to grill. Anders prefers fish and Per thinks that “burgers aren’t bad either,” even though he cannot see himself cooking hamburgers, mixing the meat with egg [according to Titti]. “But I have seen how my wife does it.”

  The band has already started to rehearse for the tour. “However, we will of course not rehearse ’Sommartider’ or ’Gå och fiska’,” said Per. “Those songs can’t be played without the audience.” The most difficult song to play live will surely be “Tuffa tider” due to the part with a ukulele. “It already took us six hours to record the song because the ukulele didn’t stay tuned very long,” explained Per. “We’ve constructed a ’super ukulele’ for the tour…”

Gyllene Tider enters the charts at #1 with double A-sided single

Written by Jud on May 28, 2004 to .

STOCKHOLM - As everyone expected, Gyllene Tider’s singles “Tuffa tider/En sten vid en sjö i en skog” enter the Swedish official single chart at #1 this week and has sold gold (15,000 copies) in one week.

  “Thanks thanks, this is really nice!” Per tells Aftonbladet, “especially because both songs are number one now.” Aftonbladet’s reporter Klas Lindberg wonders which is the real single, “both of them,” Per replies, and continues explaining that their ambition was to break with the fact that everything is so formated in the music business.

  With almost 400,000 tickets sold for the summer tour, Per wishes to have a great summer with nice weather “since we all deserve it after the cold winter.”

GT to visit Rix FM’s morning show

Written by tevensso on May 26, 2004 to .

STOCKHOLM (UPDATED) - Per Gessle and Anders Herrlin of Gyllene Tider will be guests at one of Sweden’s biggest radio stations - Rix FM’s “Morron Zoo” tomorrow morning.

  Per visited the show last summer, and like Per did last time, the guys will be helping to barbecue during the program “and it looks like this time it will be fish,” says Rix FM’s website.

  The program runs between 6:00 and 10:00 CET and can be heard via Internet. According to the hosts Gyllene Tider will appear shortly after 8:30.

Gyllene Tider to release karaoke record

Written by tove on May 25, 2004 to .

GÖTEBORG - People have been singing along to Gyllene Tider songs for years, but now there’s to be another option available: karaoke!

  Göteborgsposten in their print edition on Friday reported that Gyllene Tider plans to create karaoke versions of their songs. Anders Herrlin is now listening to the songs and mixing them to take the vocals away.

  The compilation will be sold during the tour for the benefit of BRIS - Barnens Rätt i Samhället (Children’s Rights in Society).

Signing sessions for “Finn 5 Fel”

Written by tevensso on May 24, 2004 to .

HALMSTAD - Record signing sessions for the forthcoming Gyllene Tider album “Finn 5 Fel” have now been published on the band’s official site.

Wednesday June 9, Skivlagret, Halmstad

Thursday June 10, FOLK & ROCK, Malmö

Thursday June 10, Åhlens City, Stockholm

Saturday June 12, Skivfyndet Frölunda Torg, Gothenburg

  All times are CET.

“Join the Flumeride” DVD out in early June

Written by tevensso on May 21, 2004 to .

HALMSTAD - Ola Ingvarsson, the producer of “Join the Flumeride”, revealed to The Daily Roxette that the “Join the Flumeride” DVD will be released in early June in Sweden.

  The DVD will include the movie, a new short film that summarizes what has happened since “Flumeride”, with the title “Kaka på kaka (cookie on top of cookie)”, and a “behind the scenes” documentary - all subtitled in English.

Single out today, song clips on Gyllene Tider web site

Written by Jud on May 19, 2004 to .

STOCKHOLM - Gyllene Tider’s double A-sided single “Tuffa Tider / En sten vid en sjö i en skog” hits the stores today with very positive reviews from various media. RixFM, one of Sweden’s biggest radio stations, added “Tuffa tider” to their playlist on Monday morning as this week’s “hit warning”. Expressen’s Anders Nunstedt wrote that this summer belongs to Gyllene Tider. “Don’t worry if you don’t hear this song today, they will play it tomorrow, and the rest of the year…”

  To celebrate the release, Gyllene Tider has published clips of six new songs on their official web site. The songs are “En sten vid en sjö i en skog”, “Tuffa tider (för en drömmare)”, “Solsken”, “Ta mej… nu är jag din!”, “Du måste skämta” and “Jag borde förstås vetat bättre”.

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“Marie feels OK” Per says

Written by tevensso on May 19, 2004 to .

STOCKHOLM - In today’s edition of Swedish tabloid Expressen Per reveals that he’s already looking forward to record another Roxette album. “I have written new songs in English for Roxette,” Per tells Expressen’s Anders Nunstedt. “But it all depends on how Marie feels about it,” Per continues.

  On being asked how Marie really is, Per replies that she’s OK, that he spoke to her the other day. “I don’t know if she thinks it’s worth it, a new take at Roxette will take a lot of strength and time.”

  Gyllene Tider spent most of yesterday giving interviews, after which Per left for Halmstad for the weekend, where he will see Marie, among other things.

  Pelle_Pop contributed to this article.

Roxette mentioned in the UK’s Guardian newspaper

Written by onlywhenidream on May 18, 2004 to .

LONDON - Roxette are featured in an column in this morning’s Guardian newspaper in the UK. In her bylined column, Ellie Levenson writes about why she loves Roxette. It’s mainly a nostalgia piece, with no current detail, but the print version of the newspaper has a nice picture of Marie and Per from the “Have A Nice Day” era.

  “I am too young to really appreciate Abba,” Levenson writes, “…besides, Marie and Per had better hair.

  The Guardian is the UK’s leading media-important national newspaper.

Final “Finn 5 Fel” tracklist

Written by Jud on May 18, 2004 to .

HALMSTAD - Gyllene Tider’s official website has revealed the final tracklist for “Finn 5 fel” today. The tracklist is, though, slightly different to the one we published earlier in April.


01: En sten vid en sjö i en skog (“A Stone by a Lake in the Forest”)

02: Solsken (“Sunshine”)

03: Tuffa tider (Tough Times)

04: Ordinärt mirakel (“Ordinary Miracle”)

05: Ta mej…nu är jag din (“Take Me…I’m Yours”)

06: Jag borde förstås vetat bättre (“Of Course I Should Have Known Better”)

07: Du måste skämta (“You Must Be Joking”)

08: Nere på gatan (“Down on the Street”)

09: 72

10: Ande i en flaska (Gabba gabba gabba come on come on karma karma) (“Genie in a Bottle”)

11: Varje gång det regnar (“Every Time it Rains”)

12: Hjärta utan hem (“Heart Without A Home”)

13: Speciell (“Special”)

14: Har du någonsin sett en dröm gå förbi? (“Have You Ever Seen a Dream Pass By?”)

Marie Claire contributed to this article

Summer fun... Gyllene Tider’s new singles see sunshine!

Written by tevensso on May 16, 2004 to .

The Daily Roxette is proud to present, courtesy of EMI/Capitol Records, snippets of Gyllene Tider’s brand new double A-sided single “Tuffa tider/En sten vid en sjö i en skog”. In this Flash-based presentation, you’ll find several surprises!

  Many of our regular readers have already heard the complete songs after reading a TDR report Friday that revealed that one Swedish newspaper did not follow the procedure mandated by the record label and prematurely posted the songs to their website, in full. Göteborgs Posten has since been directed to remove the songs.

  Nevertheless, even if you’ve already heard the songs, we invite you to explore our Flash presentation, created for The Daily Roxette by Judith Seuma and Txiqui. You’ll find more than a few things to explore, including a contest for registered TDR subscribers!

GT’s single world premiere on May 15th

Written by tevensso on May 15, 2004 to .

STOCKHOLM (UPDATED) - Gyllene Tider will appear this Saturday on a morning television program. Their website has announced that the band’s first single will premiere on TV4’s program “Nyhetsmorgon” on May 15th.

  Update May 15: A “video” was shown, homemade, like the “Mazarin” sessions. The video looks perfectly OK. What was interesting is that a recording schedule in the video listed the illusive Roxette song “Ghost in the House” to be recorded. The Daily Roxette guesses this song has become “Ande i en flaska” in Swedish. Other interesting things on the schedule was for instance “Ingen kan som du”, which is on Per Gessle’s album “Demos”.

  Other than that Gyllene Tider feels that it was great to meet again, the songs were recorded very fast, sometimes even “too fast”, according to Micke Syd, drummer. The interview was rather vacant as nothing really new came up.

Swedish paper puts new singles online, removes them later

Written by Jud on May 14, 2004 to .

GÖTEBORG (UPDATED) - The Swedish newspaper Göteborgs Posten reviewed the two new singles, “Tuffa Tider (för en drömmare)” and “En sten vid en sjö i en skog”, on their online edition earlier today. They also put the songs online for listening, but replaced them later with a message that tells the songs will be available from Monday.

  GP’s Magnus Jönsson gives three points out of five to “Tuffa tider (för en drömmare).” “It’s the new sing-along song,” writes Jönsson, “in a backbeat even. Professional and playful, but a bit thin. It catches on after a few runs though.”

  On the other hand, “En sten vid en sjö i en skog” receives the maximum score: five points. “Don’t let the title deceive you,” he comments, “this is Gyllene power-pop of its best kind. Classical but modern. GT 2004 quite simply. This song makes Tom Petty lift his hat.”

  Thomas Evensson contributed to this article.

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Gyllene Tider’s single to be released “twice” next week

Written by tevensso on May 12, 2004 to .

STOCKHOLM - The upcoming Gyllene Tider-single will be “En sten vid en sjö i en skog” after all, and it will be released in exactly one week - next Wednesday. But there’s “another” single as well.

  It’s an old Gyllene Tider tradition to release double A-sided singles; it started with “Flickorna på TV2/Himmel No. 7” and continued with “Ska vi älska så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly/(Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjömän.” Now, this new single will follow that tradition by including two tracks: A-side “En sten vid en sjö i en skog” and the A-side: “Tuffa tider (för en drömmare)” (Tough Times (For a Dreamer)).

  “It’s been like going on a very much longed for school trip recording with the Gyllene-guys again,” Per Gessle says. “We recorded 15 songs down in Skåne and 14 have made it to the album. Half of them feel like strong singles so it’s been almost impossible to select a single. So we picked two!”

  “Tuffa tider” includes a ukulele and an ocarina, while “En sten…” is a power-pop song á la Gyllene Tider.

  Pelle_Pop contributed to this article.

  The Daily Roxette will stream the new songs on Sunday at midnight CET.

Gyllene Tider updates their web site

Written by roxeteer on May 12, 2004 to .

(UPDATED) - Gyllene Tider has updated their official web site with the first promo picture for the forthcoming “Finn Fem Fel” album. In the photo the band poses by the sea and their faces, as well as the name of the band, have been covered with a crayon.

  Confirming that the release date for the album will be June 9, which is a week later than originally planned, the site plans to re-launch with new content on that date as well.

  Gyllene Tider has put some effort into their online presence. In addition to the band’s official web site, their GT25 summer tour has its own, regularly updated site. Both web sites are in Swedish.

Update May 12: A large picture of the sleeve has been added.

  Jicko contributed to this article.

Golden pop art in Halmstad

Written by tevensso on May 12, 2004 to .

HALMSTAD - Pop25 lets The Daily Roxette know that there will be another exhibit in Halmstad this summer, namely “Gyllene Popkonst - en resa genom 25 år (Golden Pop Art - a journey through 25 years)”. This exhibit will concentrate on Gyllene Tider’s, Roxette’s and Per Gessle’s records, and the album as a phenomenon. “We’ve had this idea for a long while, and when it was clear that Gyllene Tider would tour in 2004 we had nothing stopping us anymore,” Joakim Andersson and Micael Magnusson, the creators of the exhibition say.

  There will be over 500 different records and cassettes to see, from twenty or so countries. Everything from Gyllene Tider’s first yellow EP via Per Gessle’s solo material to Roxette records from the four corners of the world. Every record and edition has its own story and anecdotes which will be told at the exhibition.

  The exhibit is arranged by two record collectors and there is no entrance fee. The address is at Kungsgatan 2 in Halmstad. It will be open between 11:00 and 17:00 CET, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from July 6 through July 30.

Extra concerts added to GT25 tour schedule

Written by tevensso on May 7, 2004 to .

STOCKHOLM (UPDATED) - Due to the enormous pressure for tickets Gyllene Tider has decided to add four new concerts to their schedule this summer:

July 24 - Stockholm’s Stadium, Stockholm

August 10 - Gränsö Castle, Västervik

August 17 - Jogersö, Oxelösund

August 18 - Örjans Vall, Halmstad - Sold out

The tickets will be released Friday May 7.

  There are now over 325,000 tickets sold. These new concerts are added to stifle ticket scalping.

  “We are overwhelmed! Not in our wildest dreams we could imagine that this tour would dwarf Återtåget! This may be very fun,” Per Gessle says in a statement.

Dance covers of Gyllene Tider featured on new CD

Written by daniel_alv on May 4, 2004 to .

STOCKHOLM - A couple of years ago, a CD called “Replay Dance Mania” was released in Sweden. It contained dance covers of famous songs like “Heaven”, “Forever Young” and “Words.” Now they have made their fourth album in the series and it’s called “Replay Dance Mania - Svenska Hits” (Swedish Hits). The album features popular Swedish songs like “Öppna landskap”, “Främling”, “Sommaren är kort” and also two covers of Gyllene Tider – “När Vi Två Blir En” and “Sommartider.”

  The album was released last week.


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