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“The shortest world tour ever” ends in Helsinki - Per talks with TDR

Written by tevensso on September 26, 2003 to .

HELSINKI - The Daily Roxette meets a neatly dressed Per Gessle in Hotel Simonkenttä, Helsinki, Finland. He’s wearing jeans, a pink striped shirt and a new, cool necklace. “Thanks, Jonas [Åkerlund] found it in L.A., he finds the best stuff all the time!” Per says proudly. It’s “Sommar-Mazarin” time for Finland and Per is doing a whole stretch of interviews. Although today the weather is far from summer in Helsinki, with eight centigrades and rain. Per is looking a bit exhausted this being his tenth interview for the day. He’s also been on the road almost constantly since Tuesday, he lets TDR know. Tuesday he was in Oslo giving a concert at Rockefeller. The concert was a blast and they all had fun. “There was a huge party afterwards, I’m told,” Per says. He didn’t join, as he felt he wanted to visit his family quickly. Per flew in very early this morning to Helsinki instead.

  Why Helsinki? Per says that it felt empty when the tour ended - uncomplete. There were no more places to play in Sweden. “So we thought about Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen. Copenhagen didn’t work out, but the other two did.” He also mentions that it’s good for the press coverage and good for the local record company branches. “It doesn’t matter to me if it’s a big place or not. The important thing for me is to play. It will be a little bit like the release party gig [in Halmstad], only longer, and better,” Per adds, smiling.

  Per calls this the “shortest world tour ever”. It started in Oslo on Tuesday and now ends in Helsinki.

So what’s up with this new DVD, TDR wonders? “It will be out before Christmas, and it will contain a full concert in 5.1 surround sound,” Per divulges. “It will also contain the documentary from the ’Mazarin’ bonus DVD - ’En Mazarin blir till’, and the new documentary that’s just been broadcast on Swedish TV - ’Per Gessle - Ta en kaka till!’”. If there’s room, Per may add his “The World According to Gessle” videos. “Did you know there are three different videos to ’Kix’? There’s one for ’Kix Cha Cha’ even!” Michael Ilbert is brought in to mix the DVD’s sound. “It may even include interviews with the band too, I heard.” TDR asks about the title. “It’s not really titled yet, but I want it to be in line with the rest. We’re playing around with ’Mazarin DVD’, but well, we don’t know.”

  Speaking of DVDs, the Roxette DVD is being updated according to Aftonbladet. Per confirms this and feels it’s good that the DVD is updated with new videos. Updated means that the old version will be withdrawn and replaced with this new edition. “So I can have all my videos in one place,” Per smiles. There will also be a new cover. “We’ve found a new, cool, remix version of ’The Look’ that we will include too,” says Per. Seriously speaking though, Per feels that you don’t have to buy it again if you don’t want to, being confronted with some fans’ reactions to the new plans. “Some things need updating, or things just stand still,” Per states. “For instance, even if the Gyllene Tider tour next year doesn’t happen, there will for sure be several updates of old Gyllene Tider compilations.”

  “Back to ’Mazarin’, how goes it, how does it feel now?” asks TDR. Per lets us know that it feels wonderful, he says that if he’d known what kind of impact this album would have had, he may not even have dared recording it, at least not in the way he did record it. “People stop me in the streets just to tell me how much they love the album, it’s weird! And even one of the air hostesses told me she listens to the album everyday. It seems to mean so much to so many. I had no idea that people would be so touched by my thoughts!”

  We go into the area of singles, and Per mentions that after the delightful problem of interlacing the release of “På promenad genom stan” with the previous single “Känslorna”, there will almost certainly be a third single. “’Tycker om’ is such a nice song, most people have that as a their favorite. Did you know that ’Promenad’ is already number six in Sweden, by the way? Up from 44 to six,” Per says. “’Känslorna’ is number 11,” he adds. He means the radio air play charts.

  TDR wants to know if there are left-overs from “Mazarin”. “Ummm, not really. There’s ’Mannen med gitarr’ which Monia Sjöström got, I have a demo of that. And then there’s this other song… I forget the title right now, but no, not really, a few maybe,” Per says thoughtfully.

  Gyllene Tider’s 25th anniversary? “We are about to talk. We haven’t yet. What’s pro this is that it’s an anniversary that doesn’t come back and that it’s very good for me, time wise. I have nothing planned. What’s against this is that, for me, if it will happen then everybody must be very motivated. I mean, Göran [Fritzson, keyboards] doesn’t even play anymore. I don’t even know if he plays at all,” Per tells TDR. He continues: “It has to sound damn terrific, the attitude has to be right. The reason must not be that we want to go on the road again to cash in on our fans. If it’s so then maybe we shouldn’t bother, and do something else instead. It’s a lot about checking the mood among the guys.”

  Per is on fire now, and adds “A follow-up question is: Will we release something new together with a possible tour? A single, an EP, an album? Who will record it? Things like that…” TDR asks how a hypothetical tour will look, an “Återtåget 2” for instance. “No I don’t think so, I don’t know really but maybe a shorter tour with bigger gigs? Maybe sell out the Gothenburg stadium, I mean if Robban [pianist Robert Wells] can do it, why couldn’t we,” Per grins. “What’s the bottom line, it has to be good. But it feels good, the five of us haven’t met in a long time, but the good vibes are in the air!”

  On a side note, Per mentions that he thinks Marie’s new solo album will be out next year. If Gyllene Tider also goes on tour then that’s just great. Roxette is hopefully back with new things in 2005. “It’s a possible scenario,” Per states.


Just great!!! Thank you!


Great! I always love TDR’s exclusive interviews. If anyone has the chance to ask Per again, I’d like to know:
1. What he thinks about the website. :-P Are there plans to finally relaunch it as a full-featured roxette-webcentre with complete biography, discography, audio- and video-samples of the whole catalogue, gallery and so on? Right now it’s a shame...
2. What about a tour DVD? If there’s no proper new material, what about rereleases of the LiveIsm- and C!B!Live!-videos on DVD? Don’t these need to be updated as well in Per’s sense?
3. Any chances to get Roxette on a movie-soundtrack ever again? That would be a relaxed way to keep Roxette on the airwaves worldwide during the break.

While we are on the topic of updates, Per, what about updates of the Roxette catalog?

Look Sharp!, Joyride, Tourism, and Crash! Boom! Bang! would be nice to have UPDATED, digitially remastered, and maybe throw in some bonus tracks? Please?

If we probably won’t get a new Roxette release until 2005, an updated catalog, DVD releases of concerts, and other rarities (such as MTV Unplugged) would be a nice treat for the fans while we wait. :)

I wonder what this “new, cool, remix version” of ’The Look’ Per is referring to? If it’s new then it can’t be ’The Look ’95.’ Hmmm. Hopefully something good.

In any case, nice interview. :)

oh great interview!

To Per :P -> Everytime you’re yourself, honest with your songs and sound.... it will allways be as good as Mazarin, keep it like that even with Roxette ;)

damn, tev... did he say if the Rox DVD was going to be “remastered”

he looks just awful in these pink clothes!!!

Oooh, and I got a hug tuesday from Per... aaah.*Gushes*

Dear Pelle! Hopefully, by now, with all this people’s reaction on “Mazarin”, you have an idea on what people want from you, no matter if it’s Gyllene Tider, Roxette or you solo. Please, no more artifical, empty, still-born songs neither artificial image!!!! To hell with the charts & trends, just do what your heart wants to! All of us love you and Marie as you are - honest, extremely talented and deep in LOVE with music. And the “good vibes” will always be in the air!!!!!!!!

Great interview, good job!

Some good news... The Mazarin will be as I thought then!

And please Per, a new Gyllene Tider album please! You can call it “jubileums tider” and call the tour “Jubileums tåget”

I just looooove his shirt, he looks really good nowadays!

ummmmm , well he dosent want to cash in on Gyllene Tider
“It has to sound damn terrific, the attitude has to be right. The reason must not be that we want to go on the road again to cash in on our fans.”

but he is ok doing it to roxette fans all around the world. :-/

”Per confirms this and feels it’s good that the DVD is updated with new videos. Updated means that the old version will be withdrawn and replaced with this new edition. “So I can have all my videos in one place,” ......and the rest.

I think this is a huge Contradiction me thinks.

It would be better for anyone to offically release the ’roxette tours ” .

PS cant wit for marie to be back, lately feels like its’ per per per. and i dont like his album much :P

No HE is not. >:(
This is what you don’t seem to get. You don’t HAVE to buy the fecking stuff. >:(
EMI decides what is released.
If you wanna be a tightass, go ahead.
Stop with the dig against Per. >:(>:(>:(

Per isn’t just Roxette either. He can do as he pleases. His solo and GT were there first!!!!!!!!

SO true.

what a great interview! NOT to mention the pic that makes me melt!

I’m soooo happy about the Gessle DVD! The Roxette one is not so important any more, when I get sooo much Per stuff instead :)

It will be a lovely X-mas, with interesting presents...

What a great interview Thomas!!!

Yeah can we please drop the subject on the Roxette DVD enough already... GOD just don’t buy the fecking thing if you don’t want it... I will buy it! In fact cannot wait for it!

Thanx Per, for an awesome summer and for Stockholm at the meet and greet, wicked day which I will never forget! Awwww and Thanx for hugging Manda in Oslo she is made up now!!

By the way: Sen kväll med Luuk starts tonight - 1 out of 10 episodes, it’s time to see you around there Per ;) Would be FANTASTIC!!! :)

Oh yes...Sen kväll med Luuk...where are my Potatoe least one good show on TV4...

PER...there must be enough space on your DVD for your “WATG”-videos...Pleeeeez...snälla du....(speaking of having all videos together!!)

A name for the DVD?? Hmmm.. what about: En DVD, älskling?? Sommar- Mazarin Turné 2003

What about an Återtåget DVD next year..VHS is so...baaaah..

...lalala...I will go to Ikea tomorrow..buying lots of Mazarin...shubidu....yam yam...

What’s Per talking about? Promenad #6?

It’s Känslorna that goes up from #7 to #6 this week - - Promenad is a brand new entry at #20.

And the most exciting part of all that interview???That Marie might release her solo album next year!!!! THAT IS GREAT NEWS :) I’d so love to see her back and doing well.

Of course I can’t wait for the Per DVD sounds like a half decent buy!

Great interview TDR!

Why not? It’s the nearest hotel to the club. And it was much better place to have an interview than the dark club where the band members and the staff were probably doing a sound check.

Hotel Simonkenttä is nearest hotel from Tavastia. Only about 100 meters from Tavastia.

But it’s not near enough... I saw Christoffer outside of deparment store Forum. He was lost while walking from hotel to Tavastia :) Everybody else was waiting at Tavastia cos they have soundcheck. Christoffer told to Marie D. that Tavastia is different place than it used to be :) Marie D. just laughedo him. Tavastia has never been on different place :)

@animalkingdom: Per is talking about the radio air play charts. I added that to the article.



I’ve met Per at Scandinc hotel just when he was checkingg-in. I also asked him about Marie’s new album and he told me that the exact date of it’s release it still unkown. I even managed to take a picture of Per and myself there.... We was so cool! Gessle roXXXXXXXXXXX!!! =))

yes this was good news!!! and really hope it will be a tour next summer with gyllene tider, and a new album!! Please Per!! and the rest of teh gyllene tider members, please make a album and a BIG tour!!!


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