Roxette - Hit Songs History

Marie: Yes, it was this song that opened that festival. I was singing as loudly as I could and it was really good.

Per: When I look back at all those one thousand songs that I have written in my life, there is something in “The Look” that sounds magically, it still sounds like a hit.

Brian Philips (program chef KDWB Minneapolis): To listen once is enough. You don’t have to hear it 3 times and think: I like that. It’s just Bang!

Rep: The story of Roxette looks like it is written by themselves. The fact is that there are all coincidences and some random behind all their successes. Besides a magic feeling for pop music, there is also a risk to break your legs in the big crowds, as well as the good opinion of a student who wanted to spread their music all over the world. But we take it from the beginning.

 Rep: In the middle of the ‘80s, Per Gessle is placed on the bottom of his career. The years when he had been a star with Gyllene Tider became history. And as a solo artist, there was nobody who really wanted his disks.

Roxette - 20 years (English Subtitles)



Per Gessle about the success with Roxette and a comeback with Gyllene Tider

Watch the interview in Swedish HERE -

Per: Hi, here is Per Gessle and you are watching Livestage TV, of course.

Rep: Hi and welcome to Livestage here in Globen where Roxette will play tonight. I am here with Per Gessle, welcome!

Per: Thank you very much.

Rep: You're glad for the world tour that you started in February! You have sold over 700 000 tickets.  Probably it will be one million in the end or almost. Have you expected this success?

Per: No, we haven’t expected that. We have started on a lower level, then it has become as big as possible. It seems that we will continue till September next year, so of course it will be about 1.5 million people who will watch our concerts.

Rep: Really crazy!

Per: Yeah, incredible!

Rep: This evening you play in Stockholm and tomorrow in Malmö, right? But you played in Sweden last summer, too, in Gothenburg. How is the Swedish audience compared to the one from outside?

ROXETTE in Moscow 01/12/2011 Live.MTS - the whole concert!!


SVT: Per Gessle at Måndagsbörsen - March 2nd,1981 (Monday's Stock Exchange)


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.

Per: Yes.

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.

Interview with Roxette - 1991

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: Good.

Per: Great.

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?

Arne Hegerfors: interview with Roxette 1994

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?

Live Aid - Interview with Marie Fredriksson

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 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?

PUR: Interview with Per Gessle



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?

Per: Yes, if I compare that to how I was thinking when I didn't have any child - even if it's quite long time ago: 11 years. But now I am another person, you become another person when you have your own children. So of course it is like that. 

Elise: At the festival of this year we have a theme called "The Girls of the World", what do you think about that?

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