Rep: We are here at Måndagsbörsen (Monday’s Stock Exchange) and we were waiting to see Tom Waits, but he couldn’t come here this evening, it was not his fault, but we hope to see him in another programme during the spring. Now it is Gyllene Tider, from Moderna Tider, perhaps there is somebody who has seen the film on TV.
Rep: Welcome Per...Gessle! Gessle is your name.
Per: Thank you. Gessle.
Rep: It was 1977 when you sent the first cassette with a lot of songs. It was you and Micke who did that.
Per: And Mats.
Rep: And Mats! Sorry. The other boys were Micke, Göran and Anders that we can talk about. But you and Mats sent a cassette, there were a lot of songs, you were only 2 guys. What kind of music did you record on it?
Per: It was almost the same music that we play today.
Rep: Soon you will go on a world tour. Welcome here, nice that you could come.
Per&Marie: Thank you.
Rep: How do you feel?
Marie: Nice to be at home.
Rep: Now there is not too much time left. How many weeks will you be at home in Sweden?
Per: It will be some time, then we start the tour again, it will be a long one, perhaps one year or less or more.
Rep: Perhaps you count about 150 concerts in one year. How do you keep in form for that? As you must have a good condition, right?
Rep: Per, talking about the song-writer Per Gessle, what is the difference between Gessle from 1980 and Gessle from 1994?
Per: 10 kg. (all laugh)
Rep: Do you identify yourself when you listen to songs from the ‘80s?
Rep: I am sitting here together with Marie Fredriksson, mostly known for “Ännu Doftar Kärlek”. How does it feel with this live festival for you?
Marie: Yes, as much as I have seen so far, I have to say that I got tears in my eyes when Elvis Costello played “All You Need Is Love”, it was really great. And for me it is difficult to understand how important this festival is, in fact... it must be something huge for the televisions in the world.
Rep: Yeah, I was thinking about the fact that if somebody comes to you and says that you can get 5 milliards crowns...or if you get only 100 000 crowns, then you understand...it can be something like that, difficult to realise how important it is. There are 13 hours left from this festival. Who are you thinking to see?
Elise: Hello I´m Elise and I come from the Youth Care association. I am here with Per Gessle. Do you think that you understand differently children's questions just because you're a parent?
Elise: At the festival of this year we have a theme called "The Girls of the World", what do you think about that?
Rep: Per Gessle is the man who always has new projects. Today he has released his double CD as a tribute to his CD collection. This collection consisted of 100 disks when he was 10 years old. Under the name “Son of a plumber”, he has recorded 24 new songs with a visible influence from the groups of the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Per: This disk has roots back in my teen-age I can say, until the ‘70s, when I became a teen-ager, as I said. It’s a kind of Jude Box, it’s a kind of... I always say that I am the son of my CD collection and it can be remarked quite early on this disk.
Rep: It can be heard that it has elements from his huge CD collection that has inspired him. On the new songs you can recognize many well-known hits from the ‘60s and ‘70s pop bands.
Per: It’s a tribute to the pop history, this is what I have started to do. This time I tried to keep the rhythms and not to think about something else, but just to be a good sound for myself.
Rep: Have you thought about that it would be sold well and so on?
Reporter: Three years ago Marie Fredriksson, the world star from Roxette, was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Since then she has been fighting to come back to life again. A way to do that was painting and today she inaugurates her first exhibition at a gallery in Stockholm.
Marie: Thank you, God, that I still can draw. Time goes, life goes, and you must do what you want to do. You must fulfil your dreams. I am so happy that I have finally opened this exhibition.
Reporter: Marie Fredriksson has painted all the time, in parallel with making music. But it has been private until now. Now she exposes 24 very personal paintings and the exhibition is called “After the Change”. But how is it going when you do this? It goes quite quickly...
Marie: Yes, it does.
Reporter: So that the pencil gets damaged!
Marie: Yes, you can think like that.
Watch the interview on the Swedish TV4 HERE
Reporter: Now we are sitting in the back side of the garden. What does this side mean to you?