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Thought of a big comeback long gone, but “maybe a mini tour,” says Marie Fredriksson

Written by tevensso on October 7, 2006 to .

STOCKHOLM - Roxette turns 20 years and celebrates by releasing their greatest hits. But even if the album contains two new tracks,
the thought of a comeback is far away.

  “I take everything much, much slower these days,” Marie Fredriksson says.

  Talking to Roxette, who turns 20 and releases a compilation album is of course a dead straight stroll down memory lane. Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson dwell more than willingly on their memories of sold out arenas, chart positions and the superstar lives they lived during the early ’90s.

  “We sold a decent amount of records in South America, but nothing remarkable. Maybe 30,000 records in Brazil. But when we released tickets we sold 120,000 - just in Rio. 60,000 in Sao Paolo, 55,000 in Montevideo. Totally amazing!”
says Per Gessle.

  “China was special. Or Porto Alegre [Brazil],” says Marie Fredriksson in a noticeably quiet and a bit shaky voice.

  Per Gessle adds “It was like Albert Hall only much bigger. Someone in the band had the stomach flu and threw up on stage. That was fun. And after a TV interview in Amsterdam we saw a guy in a window yelling ’I love your record!’ It was Tom Petty, my old hero. ’We love your records too!’ we yelled back.”

  It’s easy to forget how big Roxette really was. During four years in the ’90s they never - never - left the Billboard chart. Roxette has sold around 75 million records. “It Must Have Been Love” has been played over four million times on American radio. It means it’s been played 685 times per day. For 16 years. Not bad for a band everyone considered a one hit wonder when it broke through with “The Look” in 1989.

  “That’s what everybody thought. But we weren’t in our twenties, we were almost in our thirties. We owned our own
publishing companies, we had chosen our management, we kept a check on things. When we got our foot into things, we hung on,” says Per Gessle.

  The comparison with ABBA they’ve heard a few times. But you can’t help it: a Swedish band selling enormous amounts of records all over the world. Loved by many but never favorites among the critics.

  TT Spektra: “ABBA went from being despised by the establishment to being embraced twenty years after their
debut. Will the same thing happen with Roxette?”

  “Yes I believe so. The climate of pop music is totally different today. Almost no artists get time to make mistakes anymore, it’s more of a product thinking these days. Suddenly Roxette stand out as the real deal. It’s for real, we write and produce ourselves and people know all our songs,” says Per Gessle.

  The last few years have been dramatic to Roxette. When Marie Fredriksson [was discovered to have] a brain tumor, many thought that was the end for her and for Roxette. Today she’s well, but still marked by her illness. She talks quietly and moves stiffly.

  “There was a time when I really didn’t think I’d be sitting like this and talking to reporters. But thank God I’m here again. But I take things much, much slower these days.”

  TT Spektra: “Do you really have the energy for this?”

  “I can manage, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t. But I take one week at the time. No long-term plans. Very slow and quiet. I have my family as well, so I don’t want to be rushing about,” Marie says.

  And by that, the question of a real comeback seems to be answered. To start long tours or record full albums doesn’t seem to be on the agenda.

  “It’s this album that is for now. A world tour would be nice, but I don’t think we will do it the way we used to do. Maybe a mini tour?” says Marie Fredriksson.

  Per Gessle can’t hold it in, he really has to tell another anecdote:

  “When I was in New York this summer and went through immigration, the officer asked me what I did for a living. ’Musician’ I answered. Then he wondered if he should know about me. ’Well, I wrote that’ I said, and pointed to the radio which was playing ’Listen to Your Heart’. That was fun.”

Judith Seuma, Marcus van Deursen and Txiqui contributed to this article.


Tour... live album... DVD... ;)

“shaky voice, moves stiffly”

I think this answers some questions that rose resp. should make some people re-think their disrespectful opinion.

Maybe they could record a new album without touring.
What is the problem with this?


I love you Marie!
You’ll always be THE BEST!

As I’ve made clear in my few other posts, I totally respect Roxette/Per/Marie’s choices regarding however they decide to proceed with their career, and following the pace that they are comfortable with.

I only question why the article states that full length albums do not seem on the agenda, or why it wasnt directly asked of them during this interview. The understandable reluctance to commit to the long term, exhaustive effort of a big tour really doesnt preclude the ability or desire to do a new album.

Obviously Marie does have the stamina to enter the recording studio and sing; enough strength to record a full album. The fact is she has put out 2 solo albums since her recovery, and obviously in that context she was every bit as much a driving force, if not more, than she would be in the scenario of recording a Roxette album with Per Gessle and their other usual collaborators.

My wish isnt about a Roxette tour, or a crazy promotional marathon. I just want another album at some point, if good health and good luck prevail. I think the chances of that are actually alot better than the article paints it to be. But hey, if she wants to do a mini tour, I’m all over that :P

No matter what future will bring to us, I´m very happy and proud of being part of this joyride, as a fan, and that my city (Porto Alegre) is a nice memory to Marie & Per - it isn´t the first time they mention it!

Love you, Marie & Per!!


“I only question why the article states that full length albums do not seem on the agenda, or why it wasnt directly asked of them during this interview”.

I agree you. It seems this is the journalist´s opinion. Of course things won´t be the same as before, but I still think Marie & Per enjoy doing Roxette music and they will keep on doing it if they are able to.

“But when we released tickets we sold 120,000 - just in Rio. 60,000 in Sao Paolo, 55,000 in Montevideo. Totally amazing!” says Per Gessle”.

What !!! Are you ok Per ??? What about Argentina??? 120.000 in Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA May ’92), 20.000 in Tucuman (ARGENTINA April, ’92), and 27.000 in Cordoba (ARGENTINA April, ’92). Do you remember Argentina ??? Buenos Aires, Cordoba and Tucuman are in ARGENTINA, not in Brazil or Uruguay.

Go on supporting Roxette.

A mini tour would be more than fantastic!

I’m really happy :)

Sweet dreams everyone.

Mini tour? This is better than nothing!

I´m happy Roxette is still HERE!

It would be nice this mini tour but... How can Marie do many performances with many songs live during a small tour, when she can´t do one performance with one or two songs on playback in big TV show?
I believe they can record a long play album in Marie´s Studio Vinden, at least Marie´s parts. Or Aerosol Grey Machine. This is homage studios, no hectic. If she can record two solo albums, why not one for Rox.
Tour is impossible in this situation. As we all know, HAND solds more than RS even wihout tour. If you ask me, I prefer new album.

I would love to see Marie and Per live! If that’s not possible, maybe they can come to Argentina just for promotion like they did in 1999. I would love that too!!! :)

“Then he wondered if he should know about me. ’Well, I wrote that’ I said, and pointed to the radio which was playing ’Listen to Your Heart’. That was fun.”“

that line actually brought tears to my eyes. it was made of sentamental thoughts, happy thoughts, and how much friggen AWESOME that was.

A new short Album without Tour it´s for me OK.

A Mini-Tour it´s fantastic.

Amazing news but....whats that TT SPEKTRA?
Any link?

Thank you! ;)

Marie RULEZ!

fantastic! =D
Lov you Per and Marie

Great interview! (Why can’t I spell the word view?)

I’ll be happy about anything I get from rox, doesn’t matter what it is.

usalauren: same here!!! :(

I would like to read some friendly words directly from Per as he did regularly some months ago on SOAP & Rox site. I miss his witticisms he always did. This ’official’ news are so impersonal. I know he has still something to do but it takes some two minutes to add some news stories to him.
For example: This story from NY airport...

Just 30.000 in brazil? i dont think so...
someone needs to remember Per! jus the album - THE POP HITS - SALES OVER 100.000!!! 50.000 JUST IN ONE WEEK! between other things like the song IM SORRY - played in one day more than tother song was ever played here! ( it was a single here like i dont want to get hurt... ) about the shows here or in Argentina, i just think a litle thing, is the very big success of Roxette in us countryes a great reason to Rox come here and bring us a opportunity to saw a GREAT SHOW!!!


Yes but The Pop Hits was released in 2003 and Per is talking about 1989-ish...

Here comes another article from TT-spektra

No, it’s the same as this one.

But a new pic! :-)

thanx tevensso!

Nice pic.

here’s another pic:

“I wrote that.”


“Someone in the band had the stomach flu and threw up on stage. That was fun.”

WTF? Fun? O_o I guess bunny is some / sort of surfer ... lotsa ewwww’s and wtf?’s lol


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