At last, the dark years are over!

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Photo: Gustav Mårtensson

After the storm, Marie Fredriksson has chased away the disease and feels much better now than before. "I am more grateful now", she says.

Marie Fredriksson turns 50 today and celebrates with her family. She celebrates that she is healthy and she is working on the next CD and new paintings.

-- Congratulations, Marie. How it feels to be 50?
-- It feels good. Especially when it’s such a beautiful day outside. I have a lot to do. I am busy writing songs and drawing.

-- Will you have a huge reception?
-- No, it’s no good to do something big. I may have a big celebration when I reach 60 instead. I will have a quiet day with my family and friends and go away.

-- Do you like to travel?
-- Yes, I really think about a trip. And our children will enjoy it even more.

”Ordet är farväl”

-- You played two new songs in the collection disc which came out in Christmas. ”Ordet är farväl” has text by Peter Eades. How did this work?
-- She is a good lyricist, and it is fun to work with others. It’s been hard work on this song . I think “goodbye’ is such a beautiful word.

-- In the new "A table in the sun" you sing that the dark years are finally over.
-- Yes, it is wonderful. At last it's over. It is absolutely fantastic. It is good that the dark years, somehow, they went so fast.

-- You've got a different attitude towards life?
-- Yes, I am more grateful. It isn’t good to be in such a hurry. I live one day at a time. I love the spring as this time of the year, it is wonderful to just enjoy it. I had to hurry all the time before.

-- It is still must be difficult to put the disease behind you?
-- It is well on the way out. Mostly others are talking about it. I don’t talk about it anymore.

New exhibition in the autumn.

Happy Birthday, MARIE!

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Our colleagues from roxstar.fw.hu have made a puzzle with Marie, and those from littlemarie.net have put some scans from an interview in a Swedish magazine. You can see them all here.
We wait for you to come with more creations and wishes to put on the website!

I like living

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When Marie Fredrikssonreleased her first album it went straight into our hearts. A few years later her carrier went straight up as a singer in Roxette all around the world.
Now she is on her way back, but with a new understanding of life.

In the late teens Marie Fredriksson moved from the family in the south of Sweden to Halmstad. There she met, among others, Per Gessle.
She also appeared in few Gyllene Tider songs, but they had no major collaborations.

Instead, she did her own thing and penetrated the market with records like “Het wind” and “Sjunde vågen “. Her melancholy but still rock power songs and a voice that is both sensitive and strong at the same time (perhaps a legacy of the father Gösta which, according to Marie "sang just as Jussi Björling") went straight into the Swedish home and touched many souls.
In 1986, Marie and Per started to work together, and they formed the Roxette. After some years the success was huge and Marie became a world star.
With songs like The Look, Listen To Your Heart, Joyride and It Must Have Been Love, they enter in music history.

Tours lasted until 2001, with a gap of some years in the mid-90s when Marie get married and have two children. Otherwise, the success was tremendous with a busy schedule and millions of fans.
But in the autumn of 2002 Marie fell on the floor of her bathroom after a jogging tour. She was taken immediately to the hospital where doctors notice that she had a brain tumor.
We are now six years later and last summer she became healthy.
-- It is wonderful and I am fine. No more medication, but I have X-rays taken a couple of times a year. I will have to do this for a long time, she says.

Life changed drastically, and her attitude took a new direction. Now the family is the most important thing. And it’s good to enjoy everyday.

Marie back on stage!

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Today in the online edition of the newspaper Expressen, we can find the new about a come back of Marie Fredriksson to the scenes. She wants to feel again the love and the energy of the people.

She will be 50 on Friday and she will take part in a tour with many Swedish singers this summer.

Update:
According to Expressen, Marie Fredriksson will join this year’s Stjärnklart tour together with Lisa Nilsson and Måns Zelmerlöw.

The tour consists of 12 concerts in Stockholm, Norrköping, Göteborg and Malmö during November and December and is directed to Swedish companies who want to invite their employees to a nice gala before Christmas. Therefore tickets can only be purchased via companies, according to the organisation website.

Sources: Littlemarie.net, Expressen.se, Marie Fredriksson Online

Per enters Swedish album chart

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Per Gessle's re-released and extended album "The World According to Gessle" enters the Swedish album chart at #14.

Fans state this is a great position for the 11 year-old album and also because it does not have a single promotional.

Sources: The Daily Roxette

May meeting

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As you already know we have meet one more time, on our monthly meeting. We discuss a lot, we talk about our local elections (for mayor), we came with a strategy to save the planet and we discover how to prolong life :)) You can see pictures from the meeting here and we invite all those who couldn't come to join us next time, around the end of June. ROx on!

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Interview with Marie on her 50th aniversary!

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Marie Fredriksson has been calm after the storm. From 2002 she fought against a brain tumor, but last summer she was declared cancer free. Photo: Lars Pehrson / Scanpix 2005.

“I had a damn luck to get through.”

Article by Amanda Pietersen
Published : 23 Mai 2008 23:30

Marie Fredriksson writes new songs. Last summer came a happy news for her and all her fans: she is healthy.

It was in 2002 when Marie Fredriksson’s brain tumor was discovered, in the middle of a large Roxette commitment . Cancer forced her to change her life, a thing for which she is grateful.

-The rhythm was so incredibly intense. Today, it has been a different calm.. I do not have such a hurry anymore.

Marie Fredriksson life now is in strong contrast to the fully booked and stressful pop star's life she lived in. Today, it is one day at a time that she applies. Or rather, a half day.

--I have the luck that I can control my work myself and divide the day: work a few hours and then, I take it easy or do something else.

A major change for a person who describes herself as extremely lively and energetic since her childhood.

-- I have always been a dreamer, had much imagination, always drawn and written and sung and thought it was so nice. It was the only thing I was good at in school. Everything else, I was mediocre.

Marie Fredriksson also says that apart from being very active she always slept very little.

She did not calmed down as a teenager. On the contrary.

-I was totally lethal. I loved finding out things and had many interests. But being a teenager was also a hard time - but I can cope with it now, I do not insist on it.

It was nearly a year ago that the doctor could declare Marie Fredriksson cancer free.

Marie Fredriksson turns 50 - send your messages!

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Marie Fredriksson turns 50 on May 30th and as always, you can send your birthday wishes to mfbday@mariefredriksson.net , we will collect all of them and pass them on to Marie.

Deadline: May 28th

Please note:
all emails will be checked before forwarding them to Marie and that only birthday greetings are accepted. And remember Marie doesn’t speak German or Spanish or Russian, so write your message only in Swedish or English. And last but not least, the email address mentioned above is, obviously, NOT Marie’s private email address.
If you want to send a video, photo or any other huge file, please don’t attach it in the email but send a link to the file!

And since this time around is even more special, we’ve got some surprises for those who send a message for Marie. Send the nicest, most creative, longest, shortest, most touching message (*) and you’ll have a chance to win one of the items below, courtesy of Mikael Bolyos, Marie Fredriksson and D&D.

- Ett bord i solen single (this item was sent as invitation for the exhibition with the same name in February)
- Ett bord i solen artbook - signed by Marie!
- Tid för tystnad CD

Remember, send your messages not later than May 28th!

Contest conditions:

- (*) Anybody who sends a message for Marie will automatically participate in the contest. Each message will get a number, at the end of the contest numbers will be picked up randomly to choose the winners.
- Don’t forget to send your full name and mailing address.
- As as it is usual, you can only participate once.
- Prizes cannot be paid out in cash and will be sent by standard mail only once.
- Winners will be announced in June.

Source:mariefredriksson.net

Interview from the book inside the cd TWAG

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It's an old interviw, but still clears some points regarding the songs on this album.

Roxette-man stands on own two feet. Records quintessential solo album. Stirs up media interest with own interview.

After four US #1's, two US #2's, over 100 gold and platinum records and more than 45.000.000 recorded units sold all over the world, you'd think Per Gessle of Roxette had heard just about every question in the fine art of pop interviewing. Not so. Recently he sat down with a tape recorder, a note book and a lot of irksome bloody questions about his upcoming solo venture from the real man in the know - himself. So, here it is.

Per vs. Gessle

One side of the coin walks a mile in its own shoes. Sort of.

PER: What's up?
Gessle: A lot. I've just finished the record. Been mixing and mastering and retouching the album pictures. It's been a lot of work.
PER: Retouching your pictures?
Gessle: Yeah....no...I mean, the songwriting, recording and mixing took some time too.
PER: But you're not the cable kind of guy are you?
Gessle: No, I'm a lost case when it comes to technology. I've done some of the mixing together with the invaluable Michael Ilbert and Clarence …fwerman, who helped me produce the thing. As P.J. O'Rourke says; to them goes the credit - I'll take the money. We've been recording in Benny Andersson's superb studio in Stockholm.
PER: The Benny Andersson? Of Abba fame?
Gessle: Yep. But the mastering was done by Michael Ilbert and George Marino in New York. I asked if I could contribute something and they said they'd phone me.
PER: Why a solo album now?
Gessle: I needed the money.
PER: Surely you must be joking.

The word according to Gessle

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STOCKHOLM - "The World According to Gessle" was released May 2, 1997, it's now back, bigger and better. At least that's what EMI and Per want us to think. Are they right? On The Daily Roxette there is a little chat with Per himself regarding the re-release of this, among fans, widely liked album.

So, Per, back in the lime light yet another time, this time with an old album, tell us, what's the point in releasing "The World" again?

"Well, the thing is that it wasn't available at all anymore!," says Per, quite upset. "I happened to notice this by chance at the EMI office in Stockholm and nobody could explain why it had been deleted. So I decided to put it back on the shelves, but of course with added material I know some people are interested in. Like you for instance." Per smiles and points at this reporter.

Yes, and I am very thankful for that! You've added tons and tons of demos on the second CD, and I have to say, nice ones. What made you do that? I doubt it's that common these days.

"Well, first of all I wanted to make the re-release special. So basically I just asked myself what I as a fan, would want from an album like 'The World.' And the most obvious thing to me is 'behind the scenes' -material, like the original demos for instance." explains Per and continues "If you're really into an album it's always interesting to get to know how the working process got started and so on."

On this release we're getting no less than 20 demos, of which only one has been released before, that being "June Afternoon," and that's not even counting the six B-sides from the singles that are on the first CD. The three Jonas Åkerlund videos of "Do You Wanna Be My Baby?," "Kix" and "I Want You to Know" weren't included but will be available somehow as downloads. It's not yet certain how though. Also missing is the Electronic Press Kit.

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