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Per: This album is very different from the other albums. It’s an album which contains short specific songs. It’s an album without guitar, without rock. At the same time I wanted to keep those ingredients that make music function for me, I mean the melody and refrains that I like. So it is still my type of music, it’s just a different form to present it. Now I will record Silly Really, song number one.
Christoffer: A good refrain.
Per: So Party Crasher is an album based on the fact that I wrote songs with a groove sound, a beat... which I haven’t done before. I always used to sit at the piano or take the guitar and played the melody. But this one is based on a groove sound...
Perhaps it sounds trivial, but to me there is a big difference. I tried to write it in another way. And this has been the whole essence of the album, even if it became a dance album or a party album, I don’t know, but I tried to make it move more than usual.
They came back on stage last winter and it feels that they never want to stop. After their come back, Roxette played a) in front of 800,000 fans, b) in 31 countries c) during 79 evenings. The extended tour seems to continue during the whole year 2012.
On the 23rd of March the new album "Travelling" will be released, a kind of "Tourism 2" – recorded on the road during the tour. In hotel rooms, in small studios and during soundchecks.
Perhaps it sounds impossible, but the first single sounds like having been recorded in the backstage of ”Melodifestivalen” (The Music Festival) than in other parts of the world. "It's possible" is a happy pop single, 2.5 minutes long, without frills and with a refrain which already remains in your brain after you have listened to half a song. It’s a classical well-made hit.
You can listen to the new single here:
Rep: They have sold 75 million disks and have already done two big world tours, opening the doors to China in 1995. They represent Sweden’s biggest music export after ABBA. But everything turned another way for Roxette when Marie Fredriksson was diagnosed with brain tumour eight years ago. Like this she was talking about her eyes when I met her last spring.
Marie: So if I do like this, this is my good eye. If I look at you like this, wait, I have to turn around and follow my head, because I can’t see anything with this right eye. It’s totally dark. I use to hit things sometimes because I cannot see. But now I have got used to it...
Rep: Nobody thought that Marie Fredriksson would be able to be on stage again. But she is back, with Per Gessle. Roxette have planned 42 concerts in Belgium, Holland and Germany, in front of a very enthusiastic audience. Me and my colleague follow them in Rotterdam.
Rep: It starts to get dark in Rotterdam and we are on the way to a concert with Roxette, who have come back. Marie, after 8 years, why?
Marie: Why not? It is fantastic to play.
Marie: Thank you.
Waiter: Here you are!
Per: Shall we take a little of this?
Marie: Yes, that would be good.
Per: If you want to see what people want, you are so nice to them. But when it comes about payment, then it is quite expensive.
Per: Marie is not that person who stays long away from the edge of the stage. She comes and dominates the audience.
MELBOURNE - With just 90 minutes before showtime, I had the great honor of sitting down with Per Gessle back stage at Rod Laver Arena for Roxette's second Melbourne concert. We discussed all topics from Travelling to Charm School to the exciting soon-to-be-announcedNorth American Tour and everything inbetween. Enough talk: enjoy this exclusive Daily Roxette interview.
Tickets are already on sale through myticket.ro and also shortly through Diverta magazines. The prices are between 65 and 250 RON, but this week you can have a discount on the prices at the grass section (grey ). Here you find the image with the seats and standing places:
UPDATE: According to adevarul.ro, the authorities from Cluj-Napoca signed the contract with Emagic Romania, regarding the Roxette concert. So it is official!
This is according to the official Roxette 2012 tour book, which reveals 4 new concerts in 2012:
17.07 Sunset, Zurich, Switzerland
19.07 Cluj Arena, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
21.07 Criketbanen, Brondby, Denmark
28.07 Qstock Festival, Uleaborg, Finland
The dates have not been confirmed by the Roxette Management, yet, but we hope they will become official, soon.
Can't wait to Rox again!