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. 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)

Marie Fredriksson at Radio Nova - Finland

Watch the interview in Swedish HERE (Radio Nova - Finland) 

Marie: Hi, here is Marie Fredriksson. I come from a classical workers family, I can say. I have 4 sisters and brothers, so we are 5 children. I am the youngest. So it was me and my nearest sister who was 3 years older than me. The other 3 children were born long before us. We were 4 sisters and a brother. There are 16 years between me and my eldest brother.

My childhood was quite difficult, my mother worked in a food factory and my father was a mailman in the countryside. We lived in a small house in an idyllic village located in the countryside in Skåne (South of Sweden). The family had many members and we got a lot of love. But what was really good was that all the children had inherited from the parents that love and interest for music. My father had a fantastic voice. So he decided to buy a piano where we could play and listen to music. So I can say that I grew up with music and I chose music very early. I have got a lot of support from my family, especially from my father. And I have become what I am today.

Roxette at Jacobs Stege - 1986


Rep (Jacob Dahlin): Welcome to a special edition, this time we will wait for the new year together with the most successful Swedish artists of this year. Welcome here Marie Fredriksson, Magnus Uggla and Per Gessle! You recognize Per and Marie from Roxette. How has this year been for you, Marie?

Marie: It has been fantastic. I have released “Den sjunde vågen” and “Pearls of Passion”.

Rep: And Magnus?

Magnus: Last year, on New Year’s Eve, I was lying in bed, I had pain in my belly, I didn’t feel so well. I vomited and watched Ulf Lundell. And the whole year has been like that, I can say.

Rep: You have watched Ulf Lundell the whole year!

Magnus: The others, as well.

Rep: What about you, Per?

Interview with Roxette - 1992

Per: It was great especially the work for the stage. We had everything with us, the band, the crew, all the people who have worked there. It feels great, it feel that all are the best!

Marie: On a scale from 1 to 10, we use to say 11.

Per: I think that Halmstad, my house...

Fans: Marie, I love you!

Marie: I love you, too!

Fans: Peeer!!

Per: She likes me, it feels nice, actually.

Rep: How much money do you think that Per Gessle earns in a year?

Person 1: 200 millions.

Interview with Roxette - 1993

Rep: The songs that you play here at Cirkus have an acoustic version. How is it to change the songs to acoustic music?

Per: It is not very difficult.

Marie: They are written like that.

Per: Yes, they are written on acoustic guitar and piano and such things. What we tried to do was to find a whole, a song that can fit the 8 members in the band, for example. A part of them can keep the rhythm with the foot, but not too much, as it doesn’t function too well. As you said, many of the songs are remade, so it is difficult to keep this rhythm. For example How Do You Do.

Rep: Do you feel that you sing differently when you do these acoustic versions, differently from the way you usually sing?

Marie: No, probably you don’t stress / accentuate so much, but in principle, it is the same.

Interview with Roxette

Marie Fredriksson - Interview at "Pulsen" TV Show


Rep: Marie Fredriksson!! Hello, welcome!

Marie: Hello, thank you!

Rep: Please, have a seat!

Marie: Thank you!

Rep: This song was really good. A real hit, I can say.

Marie: Yes, it has become a hit.

Rep: We will talk about this song a bit later. But first we have to say that you were born at the end of May and at the end of the ‘50s.  

Marie: Yes. ’58. Östra Ljungby, near Ängelholm.

Roxette on the Victory Train Around the World


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