News Archives: December 2009
HALMSTAD - Radio Halland's Pelle Hörmander has met Per Gessle for their traditional after-Christmas interview. These are the highlights of the 13 minute interview:
About the new album:
"We're thinking '80s, that immediate in-your-face production. We're looking at 'Look Sharp!' production wise. The songs are short and effective. Clarence calls it "fool proof production" meaning not so many instruments and they all are very clear to hear. I'm trying to think that way when I write [for this album]. It's hard to explain."
- Is it as danceable as 'Party Crasher'?
"No, not at all. Not at all. Maybe next year when we sit here again, the album's out."
"Half of the songs are written for me, half for Marie. Marie hasn't written anything for the album. I'd like Marie to sing it all, but I guess that's not possible so I have to fill in here and there."
"I do see Roxette performing again, that's what we want. Why not in Sweden? If not, we'll have to make room for Sweden. This is not written in stone though, but if you had asked me 6 months ago I would have said no."
- Next big Roxette tour, will you take more space on stage?
"Yes I might, since I've been touring a lot solo lately I now feel more comfortable to be on stage."
- Still interested in the US?
"Sure, but that will never happen again. We're too old and vintage. But there may well be a cover of a Rox song that will climb the charts. The songs still have power, not sure that Per & Marie have it anymore…"
"We're in the studio until midsummer for starters. Then possibly rehearsals if we're to do concerts."
"Next year there will be nothing but Roxette."
Written by tevensso on December 28, 2009 to Roxette. Source: Roxette.se.
Swedish television, SVT, will premiere its new show "Hitlåtens historia" ("The Story of the Hit") with the story of Roxette's "The Look." The first episode will be shown January 16 on SVT1 21.45 CET with a re-run January 17.
NB! New date!
Written by tevensso on December 20, 2009 to Roxette.
The Dutch TV channel Nederland 2 will broadcast a 50 minute version of Night of the Proms 2009 on Monday December 21, 19.25 CET. The show will be re-run on Friday January 1, 14.15, also on Nederland 2.
Olga contributed to this article.
HANNOVER - Toodiloo all Roxers!
2009 turned out to be a killer year after all!
Per’s small but heartwarming Party Crasher Tour around Europe in the spring was followed by the huge and glorious Rox comeback at the Night of the Proms.
Thanks everyone for your support (appreciated!) and for those loud voices in the front row (interesting!).
Also, we started recording a new Rox-album on the road. So far so good but there are, of course, lots more to be done. And for next year we have even more mighty plans. Will let you know what’s goin’ on in Roxville before long. But for now we wish y’all a great xmas och a extraordinarily swell new year. See ya around the corner.
Cheers from Marie & Per.
CURITIBA, BRAZIL - Writer/director Marcos Marques from Curitiba, Brazil, wrote a screenplay based on the Son of a Plumber song "Are You An Old Hippie, Sir?". With his screenplay he won the 1st place at the Curitiba Cultural Foundation screenplay contest. As a prize he received $ 6,000 to make a movie based on this script. The short movie is titled "Você É Um Velho Hippie, Senhor?" in Portuguese and was shot November 1. It is currently in post-production. According to the movie producer, Priscila Zaruvny Borges (who kindly informed The Daily Roxette about this project), the story is about two guys at a convenience store and an old man that sometimes looks like an old hippie and sometimes like a serious business man. The two guys spend the movie trying to answer the "title" question. Look for the premiere at Curitiba's Cinemateca in June 2010!
Per has just let The Daily Roxette know that the albums "The World According to Gessle," "Son of a Plumber" and "Party Crasher" now are via Tunecore digitally released in these online stores:
# iTunes U.S.
# LimeWire Store
# iTunes Australia/N.Z.
# iTunes Canada
# iTunes Japan
Additionally the single "Silly Really" is also available on Amazon.com.
Roxette, in particular Marie Fredriksson, has made the 'Hummingbird 100". The countdown is an all female list and is run in conjunction with Australian Music Channel "MusicMax".
Four Roxette tracks made the list, "It Must Have Been Love" (#27), "Listen To Your Heart" (#53), "The Look" (#82) and "Joyride" (#94). Pink, meanwhile, claims the most spots of any female artist with seven tracks inside the 100. Beyonce, Roxette and Madonna all have four and Blondie, Rihanna and Alanis Morissette have three apiece.
The poll results have been picked up by several Australian online news sites including Queensland’s Courier Mail.