Per Gessle's New Project: Film Music for Åkerlund's Black Comedy

Per Gessle makes film music for Jonas Åkerlund's next film "Small Apartments", according to a piece of news which appeared on Roxette's Facebook page. 

Per Gessle, 52 years old, is one of those stars located highest up on the "wishing list" at the Swedish television TV4, before the next session of the program "Så mycket bättre" (So much better). The same as ABBA, Joakim Thåström, 54, Charlotte Perrelli, 37 and Veronica Maggio, 30, Roxette profile is one of the most demanded. 

Talking about job, there is even more job now, although not what Gessle needs. 

While working with Roxette, he has recently started a new project about film music. When Jonas Åkerlund has the premiere of his next film, a black comedy called "Small Apartments", later during 2012, Per Gessle will appear as part of the team. Gessle describes this music as being similar to the music he has written for his solo project "Son of a Plumber". 

Sofia Persson 

sofia.persson@expressen.se 

Source: GT (Göteborgs Tidning)

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Roxette - Room Service Special - Argentina 2001

 

Photos: Roxette in Malmö

Roxette played in Malmö on the 4th of November, after 25 years since Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson announced that they had built the group that today is considered to be something mythical: Roxette. After many attempts to conquer USA, they got their first Number One in the USA with ”The Look”. History says that it has been possible to have a huge success in America due to a fan. He must have liked ”The Look” so much that he gave the record to a well known radio station in the USA and he continued to call them until the program chef listened to the song. That radio station included ”The Look” in its playlist and after that the song became quickly a huge hit. 

After 75 million sold records and 4 Number ones in Billboard, they come back today with a big tour. And we don't mean a little cheap tour in Sweden. During one year they succeeded to play in most of the countries in the world. We can mention here Russia, Brasil, Germany, Israel and many others. Next year they are supposed to play, among others, in Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia and England.

Here are photos from their concert at Malmö Arena. Click on the picture to enlarge it...

Roxette: Interview (rapport) SVT 12-10-2006

Rep: One of the most successful Swedish bands who produce export music celebrates 20 years today. Rapport has met Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle, together known as Roxette.

Rep: Roxette have done what most of the Swedish bands can just dream about: to have a great international success. And they have done this together. They have sold 45 million albums and 25 million singles. Now Roxette celebrates 20 years.

Marie: It is difficult to understand that there have passed 20 years. It feels like one year.

Per: Actually. It is incredible; we continue to talk to each other.

Rep: Roxette started in 1986. Per Gessle had had a great success before that, with Gyllene Tider, but their popularity was diminishing. At the same time, Marie Fredriksson was an appreciated solo artist.

Per: It was, in fact, a guy from the record company who thought that we should record a song together. Surprisingly, Marie agreed and we recorded it. A single that became very big here in Sweden.

Roxette 1991

 

Marie: We will have everything with us, so I think that a new Joyride will come.

Rep: Yes, Joyride, the video won the MTV prize for “The best European rock video”, but this does not influence the plans that Roxette have.

Per: I don’t think so. It is important to win, but what is funny with this is to be able to win in front of the competitor.

Rep: The millions continue to come anyway. Joyride has already sold 5 million copies in 20 countries. But the money is not everything that counts in the world, of course.

Per: Money brings a good future, but the most important is to continue to do what you want to do.

Marie: we have got a lot of money in this tour, so I hope that the success will continue. We will see how we spend everything.

Per: Marie has no rings.

Roxette thank for Grammy Prizes

Marie: We are together at Grammy Gala.

Per: And hello to you who are in front of the TV.

Marie: we are sorry that we can't be there with you, but we hope that we will win a lot of Grammy prizes, right? 

Per: Absolutely. And we hope that all of you have a great evening, in spite of the fact that we are not there. And...

Marie: Yes, have a nice time! 

Per: Take care! 

Marie Fredriksson – A Second Chance

Marie: What I have gone through is something very special. That is why I am very thankful that I am sitting here now. I am so happy for that. When I was sick, I tried to be near the records all the time, I wanted to play and sing. I tried to listen to music every day just to get some power.

I think it shouldn’t be so stressful, it should be quiet. How do you feel it? Let’s listen to it once again. Oscar, we will just listen to this once again!

Oscar: Look here, now you can hide.

Marie: I wouldn’t play with Roxette. We had a lot of fun, but... Now I feel very well, I can say. That day, in the morning, Micke said to me that he would go to work with a friend, and then I said: See you later. And he said: Of course. He said he would come home later. And after about 20 minutes I started to lose the sight with the right eye. It was so strange. I wondered: What is happening? For the moment I went to bed to relax a bit. Then... I don’t remember so much now, I just heard Micke’s voice: “Marieee!!” I had hit my head so badly, it was an epileptic falling. I felt really bad, I couldn’t think out anything. Then I remember that the ambulance from Karolinska Hospital came. Yes...you know the rest.

Marie Fredriksson - Art Exhibition in Gothenburg - 2008

 

Rep: What has inspired you when you have done these paintings?

Marie: I have always painted, since I was little. I have already had my first exhibition at home, in Stockholm. It was ok and because of that I had one more exhibition, which was even better than the first exhibition. And on the other side it feels good. And it is also cool to come to Gothenburg. It was long time ago when I was here.

Rep: How would you describe your paintings?

Marie: It is a mixture, there is both coal and white and colour, with coloured chalk. I have used my fingers, too, and my arms. I rarely try to use the pencil, but I think it is very difficult. So there are different paintings, it depends on your mood.

Rep: A difficult question: how do you define art?

Roxette - Soul Deep + Interview at Jacobs Stege 1986

Rep: Thank you for that! You are called Roxette. Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle. And you will go on a world tour, right?

Marie: Yes, of course.

Per: Of course, we will.

Rep: You look so good like this, Marie; you have changed from a blonde to a dark-haired girl.

Marie: Yes, I was tired of that style, so I had to change.

Rep: And you Per, you have also changed your haircut.

Per: Yes, of course. It happened at an exhibition for hairdressers. (laughs)

Rep: Who is the most macho of you?

Per: (points at the reporter)

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