(Listen to Your Heart)
(sorry, a part of the interview is missing on Youtube)
Marie: It was long time ago.
Rep: Yes, but you told me when you came there and I said that I didn’t have time for you. (Marie laughs)
Marie: It feels that I am so little; I don’t feel like a super star.
Rep: Today you have come here with Per. You are number one in Sweden today as female rock star.
Marie: It’s you who said that!
Rep: Yes, but there is a prize that you have got.
Rep: Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson from Roxette, please! (Surrender)
Rep: What is there in your music which draws attention more than other bands? I would appreciate a short analyse, thanks.
Per: Well, it is not so easy to answer this question. Perhaps there is something, as you say.
Rep: Yes, but this appearance you have just had here was quite good.
Per: I don’t know. Perhaps we share the song together; we don’t get tired very quickly as if there were a single person who sings...perhaps. For example my favourite bands like Eagles, Beatles and others, all of them have had several songs sung by a different person in the band. And all these songs were on the same album. On the other hand it is because we have a very good singer, called Marie.
Marie: Thank you for that!
Per: She is very talented, you can’t doubt at all when she sings.
Watch the interview in Swedish HERE (SVT Play) - video available until 29th of February 2012.
Rep: Sweden’s biggest music export after ABBA is called Roxette. In comparison with ABBA, Roxette are still active. Yesterday Per and Marie started a new world tour, with concerts in 30 countries. The tour will last the whole spring and the whole summer. The premiere was yesterday, in Kazan in Russia. We have Per Gessle on the phone now, from Russia. Hello!
Per: Hello hello!
Rep: How was it yesterday?
Per: It was really cool. It felt great to start, we sang and we danced.
Rep: How was it with your emotions?
Per: It was great. Really cool to play in Kazan, I think it was the second concert that took place here, after Scorpions in 2005, on Hockey Arena. So almost no one comes here.
Rep: In a little report there was written that Marie Fredriksson had forgot a little part from the text of “Listen to Your Heart”, but I heard that it had been solved in the end.
Per: Yes, well, it can happen, there are many texts to remember. It happens sometimes that she can forget some parts of the texts. But the audience knows the texts, so you just have to read on their lips and listen to them.
Rep: I think that there is no need to know all texts when you have such a big audience who knows them.
Per: Yes, you can say like that.
Rep: There are almost 20 years since you were on your first world tour. Which is the difference, in your opinion, to nowadays?
Per: well, there is not so much difference. This tour includes a lot of greatest hits that we play, old hits. There are also some new songs from “Charm School”, but mainly the concerts are the same. It is fantastic that there are still people who like what we do, that helps us a lot.
Rep: How do you feel this difference, as persons, how do you feel when you are on stage now, when you have got 20 years older?
Per: Well, we are a classical band, today we don’t use computers and other modern things, we have our old style, so that every evening is different from another one. So there is a big difference from what it has been before. We have a very competent pop band.
Rep: You have a mixture of new and old hits. How do you make the balance between the old hits, that all people want to listen, and the new songs that perhaps you really want to play?
Per: We mix them quite well. Every evening we play about 23 – 24 songs and we try to change a bit from one continent to another. For example in South America there are certain songs that are really big, so we try to play them there. In other countries perhaps we play some other material. So it is different, it depends where we play. So 80% – 85% is represented by old hits, something that people want to hear. We haven’t played in South America for 20 years. We haven’t been on tour so much, so it is cool to play some of the greatest hits.
Rep: Which are the biggest hits in Russia today?
Per: Well, first of all, it’s “It Must Have Been Love”, then “Listen to Your Heart”, then all the big hits. “The Look”, of course. Even the new single “She’s Got Nothing on (but the Radio)” was very successful yesterday, so it is very funny to play them.
Rep: It is a miracle that Roxette are back on stage, taking into account the fact that Marie Fredriksson was very sick because of a brain tumour just a few years ago. How does she feel now?
Per: Well, she is very well now, even if she is influenced very much by this sickness. But she is really great on stage; you can feel that she feels better and better with every concert. So this tour that we have started now is very different from the tour I had in 2009, I mean when I played in Amsterdam and she joined me on stage for two songs. I saw that she felt like home on stage. And after that concert she called me and asked: “why don’t you write a Roxette album?” Then I did it, then we recorded it, so we took it step by step. Now it’s time for a world tour. So it’s a fantastic progress she has done during only two years!
Rep: You will play all the time now, until summer. Where will you go now?
Per: We have played in Russia three weeks, we had three concerts here. Then we will go a bit to South America and next month we will play in South Africa and Dubai. At the end of May we will start with Europe until the end of July. Then we will continue in autumn, so the tour will last about two years.
Rep: So you want to continue, you don’t stop at the end of July, you will continue during autumn as well.
Per: Yes, absolutely, we will continue.
Rep: So, you will be in Gothenburg on the 24th of July.
Per: Absolutely. It will be damn cool!
Rep: Per Gessle, thank you so much for talking with us today!
Per: Thank you, too! Have a nice time!
Rep: All the best! Bye!
Watch the interview in Swedish HERE (SVT Play) - video available until 29th of February 2012.
Rep: It must be a bit exciting; we have to play it again. You can call it training playing. Per Gessle, Marie Fredriksson, welcome!
Per and Marie: Thank you!
Rep: We have some party drinks here that I was thinking to offer to you after a while.
Rep: Now you will go on tour with Roxette again. Earlier you played on Wembley, as well as in South America, you were in China, you were all around the world. Now you are here at Kalas TV (Celebration TV) for the first time. This must be the biggest appearance you have had. (all laugh)
Per: Yes, almost, we have already talked about it. So it is true.
Rep: And it’s not the last TV appearance anyway.
Per: Today it is the last one.
Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle are back on stage. Last Wednesday, late in the evening, they had a comeback – at home.
Roxette are back. After having sold all the tickets, they have had a little show at Leif's Lounge in Tylösand, outside Halmstad, before a mini tour which they had arranged.
Roxette stood on the stage again in front of about 1,000 people and it is perfectly clear that they haven’t been forgotten. The audience were attentive at every movement: if Marie clapped her hands, the audience did the same. If Per jumped, the audience did the same.
- Thank you very much! Oh, God, how many people! This was a test concert. We will go on a little tour and we thought that it was good to see how we can resist it. We were thinking to play something old and something even older, says Per Gessle during the concert and the audience was very happy.
They belong to the 90’s like Discman, Girlies and Inline Skates. After almost ten years break, Roxette announce their comeback. Per Gessle about the sickness of his band partner, Marie Fredriksson and the retro chic-potential of the duo.
Rep: Mr. Gessle, the big time of Roxette was in the early 90’s. How often do people tell you memories that, in fact, they can associate with Roxette songs?
Per: Quite often. I’m joking, this has to do with the fact that I’m getting older. I think it’s cool to live this way, to belong to people, and we can still do this – especially after everything that happened to Marie.
Per Gessle, 52 years old, wanted to become an architect at the beginning and he played the first acoustic guitar only when he was 17 years old. 1986, together with the singer Marie Fredriksson, 53 years old, he succeeded to create Roxette, one of the most successful Swedish pop-exports.
Roxette could impose, among the other groups, with No 1 hits like „The Look“ (1989) or „Joyride“ (1991), they have sold 70 million albums all over the world. 2002 the doctors diagnosed Marie Fredriksson with a brain tumour. Now Roxette are still together on stage, somewhere around 12.6. in Oberursel and on 16.6. in Köln. Their new album „Charm School“ will be released on Friday.
Since 2006 different versions of the special prize for Swedish music exports have been offered to that artist from the music industry who has made longstanding efforts to promote and spread the Swedish music abroad and has also contributed to spreading a positive image of Sweden.
Roxette - Honorary Prize 2011
50 Years Old and a Pop King? - Per Gessle Starts from the Beginning
After Roxette’s success over the planet, Per Gessle took back the throne as Sweden’s pop king with his summer songs about life in little towns, as well as about love. So why does he put on a rabbit mask and dance disco one month before he turns 50?
Born: 12th of January 1959
Autumn 1988. Student Dean Cushman, 21 years old, leaves Minneapolis, USA and starts his travel to Sweden.
He will attend some courses for computers at Borås University. It’s just for half a year. But the events of this half a year are to write a new chapter in the music history, as well as to change the lives of two young pop artists.
Few months before the American student arrives to Sweden, Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson go into the studio in Halmstad to work for the third album signed Roxette.
The duo have a common dream: to have an international success, but the interest from the world is not so huge now – in spite of the fact that they have sold a lot of albums in Sweden.
The new album, “Look Sharp”, seems to follow the same model. A great success at home with 350,000 sold albums during two months – but no success outside the country yet.