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.
Written by tevensso on November 28, 2009 to Roxette. Source: TV4.
Lasse Bengtsson on Swedish TV4 has produced a 23 minute segment with lots of live footage which aired on TV4 today. These are the main points:
Why a Roxette come back Marie?
Marie: - Why not??
How do you feel?
Marie: - Damned great.
Per, another tour?
Per: - Yes, it's amazing to be on tour again. There's absolutely nothing negative about this.
Did you believe you'd be together like this again?
Marie: - Yep.
Per: - Well… I never wanted to ask myself that question. It was always up to Marie. And I'm amazed it goes so well.
Are you serious Marie?
Marie: - Roxette? Yes. It was self evident to me. My sickness came as a bomb, but that was a loooong time ago. Roxette's fans have been amazing all through this.
Per: - She's missed this, I can tell. You've always been a stage artist, even though you've been great in the studio too lately, ha ha!
What's the difference?
Per: - Now the fans are crying mostly, a lot of scenes out there.
Per: We've recorded 14-15 songs, chosen keys, direction and stuff. Plus we're killing time.
Marie: The songs are "totally amazing". When I've heard Per's demos for this album I was totally blown away.
Per: She's such a fan you know!
Per: The recordings sound great. We're sticking to our Roxette sound, but hopefully updating it so it feels relevant to us and preferably others… It's my songs and Marie's voice, as always.
Any differences between the classic Roxette songs and these new ones?
Marie: - My voice is lower now.
Per: - Ha ha, no but we have our style, it's sort of how you dress your Christmas tree you know?
Per: - A fifth US #1 wouldn't hurt!
So, what's this leading up to? Is this a test for the future?
Per: - Yes definitely. There's a huge possibility for a new album, then we'll see. It's a huge step for a real Roxette concert. It's up to Marie. A huge step.
Marie: - I really hope there will be a "creme de la creme" tour sometime. We'll see. We have so many wonderful songs to choose from. We have so much more to give.
How was the gig?
Marie: - Fantastic! Best one so far. Everything clicked.
Pelle goofs around with Marie so Per can't hear the question.
Per: - What was the question?? It was good, Marie was excellent.
How does this predict the future?
Per: Ha ha, we have 25 concerts left, let's do those first. But let's say we have a very good time at work!
Written by tevensso on November 25, 2009 to Roxette.
New Orleans heavy weight rapper Juvenile has made a cover of Roxette's hit single "Listen to Your Heart." Juvenile's 2006 album "Reality Check" debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. "Listen" is featured on his new album "Cocky & Confident" and features Q Corvette.
ARNHEM (Updated) -
On Friday the 13th of November, the Daily Roxette joined Roxette at the Gelredome in Arnhem for a wonderful night. During the first half of the Night of the Proms, a Swedish symphony called ‘Midsommarvaka’ magically changed into the first string arrangements of ‘Wish I Could Fly’. After the stunning synergy between Roxette and Il Novecento, the presenter of the evening promised more Roxette during the second half. In the intermission, The Daily Roxette had an exclusive interview with the Man himself.
First of all, welcome back in Holland Per! How does it feel to be back so soon after the concert in Amsterdam earlier this year?
It was a different story. But it was great, of course, coming here with Marie, Jonas and everything else - it’s cool, yeah. And we look forward to having these seven nights in a row in Rotterdam. I remember playing in Ahoy before. It’s a great crowd.
So what are your feelings about the Proms, since it’s such a bizarre thing on its own?
It is. Very much so. It’s impossible to understand, unless you see it for yourself. You have to really be a part of it to understand it. It’s really hard to describe to friends at home what we are actually doing - it’s fun, it’s great! It’s also a great step. I think it’s a very clever move of Marie, instead of doing a full tour or a full concert. She’s not ready to do those things. With Night of the Proms you share the responsibility with other artists, and you're just doing your four or five songs. And we're doing lots of shows, so she's getting back into the concert mode.
Finnish heavy metal band 'Warmen' recorded a cover of Roxette's "Fading Like A Flower". The song has been released as a bonus track on the Japanese version of their fourth studio album called "Japanese Hospitality". You can listen to the song on Warmen's Myspace page.
Ettexor contributed to this article.
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.