News Archives: October 2009
Written by tevensso on October 30, 2009 to Roxette. Source: d&d management.
There has opened a new official Roxette merchandise store in England. The online store carries the same things as the Proms tour sells; tee-shirts, coffee mugs and some other nice things. The store is run by EMI.
Written by Jud on October 26, 2009 to Roxette.
According to the track list from Amazon Germany, the game “We Sing” for Wii, will feature “It Must Have Been Love”. The game is the first karaoke game for Wii and is scheduled to be released on November 13th, 2009. The game is published by Swedish Nordic Games.
Yesterday Roxette played together as "Roxette" for the first time in over eight years (The "Room Service" tour, 2001) at Night of the Proms in Antwerp, Belgium. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports that Marie was certainly the star of this bizarre evening. Roxette gets 3/5 for the concert, and probably would have gotten more hadn't they been so rusty the first song. "There's no doubt she's enjoying being part of Roxette again" Håkan Steen writes. It's very clear to Håkan that both Per and Marie want this more than anything, and more is to come. "Per twangs his guitar like he never took a break [he didn't! ed.] and it's very touching seeing Marie's smile in 'It Must Have Been Love' when she realizes they still have an audience and it wants to sing along!" Håkan continues mentioning that she doesn't move on stage like she used to and her voice is nervous, but warms up by all the love flowing from the numerous fans there.
BILTHOVEN (Updated) - Today, two of Belgium's major newspapers published articles on Roxette's 'comeback' at Night of the Proms:
"Swedish supergroup Roxette makes comeback at Night Of The Proms"
"We have missed the stage and our fans"
They were supposed to come seven years ago, if it wasn't for the fact that Marie Fredriksson (51) was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She fought for her life, and kept dreaming of a Roxette comeback. Belgium gets that honor. Tonight she will stand on the stage of Antwerp's Sportpaleis, together with Per Gessle (50). "No-one can imagine how much we are looking forward to this."
One big question remains this year at Night Of The Proms: can Roxette, the Swedish pop duo consisting of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle, still manage to overwhelm an audience with their hits? And most importantly: is Marie's voice still as good as before 2002, when she was diagnosed with cancer? At the Diamond room of the Antwerp Radisson Blu hotel, Marie left a somewhat weak impression. She was a bit timid, said few words in a slow pace. However, we don't have to worry, according to her entourage. On stage she's still a bomb.
LJUSDAL - First there was nothing, then there was "Wings over America." Now there's "Gessle over Europe"! The live CD/DVD combo awaited by many a fan. Was it worth the wait?
Yes. Yes it certainly was!
The CD is amazing, crystal clear sound, heavy bass and with a live feeling that puts you right back into the audience again. If you were there in the first place, that is… Kudos to Christoffer Lundqvist! The packaging is identical to the Roxette re-releases; a high glossy "eco" pack that looks like a small vinyl LP. Speaking of which, the album comes as a double LP with three bonus tracks as well, not reviewed here though.
The tracks on the album come from the best concerts available, and from what I can understand, some concerts were better than others. "Gessle over Europe" isn't mixed together to sound like one homogeneous concert so there are some fade ins and outs. This only affects the crowd noises though.
I won't review the concert again, so if you want to read about that, check that review out here.
In short: This album is a must have. I would recommend it to non-fans even. However, I have to mention some of the better tracks (and this is hard): "Doesn't Make Sense" is out of this world on this album, and so is "It Must Have Been Love" and "Listen to Your Heart." I can go on and on, but I'll limit myself to these three. What I keep wondering is if they've cut the last part out of "Listen to Your Heart" as I want to remember it from the concert that Per sings "you tell her goodbye…" yet another time.
Now, Capitol is marketing this as a CD with a bonus-DVD, while I think the audience may see it the other way around.
Just to be clear: this isn't an article, this is the promo text from Per's promo folder for the new album. The text is written by Sven Lindström.
"Gessle Over Europe - the 2009 club tour captured live!
Since Roxette’s ”Room Service” tour in the fall of 2001, Sweden has been able to keep one of their true pop superstars more or less for themselves. Starting with 2003’s massively successful Swedish solo comeback “Mazarin”, Gessle kept himself busy in Sweden as a solo act or reuniting with his former group Gyllene Tider. But in the spring of 2009, the Roxette songwriter Per Gessle finally took an acclaimed step back to the international scene.
With a back catalog of songs from multi-million selling Roxette albums as well as solo material from his 1997 international debut “The World According To Gessle” to the 2005 double package “Son Of A Plumber” and last year’s “Party Crasher” album, Per had plenty to choose from.
Between April 16 and May 10 fans in Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Poland, The Czech republic, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and England could experience a seemingly never-ending stream of Gessle-penned hits in an intimate club environment. They got revamped Roxette classics like ”Joyride” and ”The Look” next to more recent solo material like ”Hey Mr DJ” and ”Doesn’t Make Sense”—all in a new and inspired setting that made even a more than 20 year old-faithful like “Dressed For Success” seem like it was written yesterday.
SÖDERHAMN - Gessle.com has posted another teaser for the forthcoming CD/DVD pack, it's subtitled in English and in German. On a sidenote, Per tweeted that the combo will be available at hotel Tylösand in 100 signed copies.
Written by tevensso on October 8, 2009 to Roxette. Source: Aftonbladet.
Roxette is in the new trailer for the expansion pack of the very popular video game Grand Theft Auto - The Ballad of Gay Tony, or at least the song "The Look" is. Check out this preview, or on Rockstar Games for hi def versions. Only for Xbox 360, in stores October 29.
To meet the demand for tickets, there will be an additional Night of the Proms concert in Antwerp, Belgium on November 11. This brings the number of concerts in Antwerp up to 13. See the full list of Proms concerts.
It may also interest you that Night of the Proms is on Twitter: @nightoftheproms.
Written by tevensso on October 2, 2009 to Roxette. Source: Roxette.se.
STOCKHOLM - Head over to Roxette.se and check out the brand new photos of a fresh looking Roxette, taken at Cosmos Studios, former EMI Studios, in Stockholm. The occasion was a documentary Magnus Broni is making about Roxette's hit single "The Look." Magnus has interviewed Brian Phillips and Dean Cushman, among others.
(Updated) - Get your own "Gessle over Europe" poster in high quality PDF format! Courtesy of Per Gessle himself. The latest release date is October 23 now. Bengans has just updated its site and the LP has October 28 as the release date. CD/DVD for 159 SEK (€15) and LP for 239 SEK (€24).
royalball contributed to this article.