Thanks to Robert Ecsedi (who went to the Budapest concert) for the following review:
We arrived at the arena around 2.30 PM, local time (CET), where around 25 hardcore Rox fans have been already settled themselves surely and securely :) by the iron gate at the main entrance. The local fans had a normal sized Swedish flag hanged off the gate, they weren’t very communicative with strangers like us, which a bit angered me. But then we met Emil from Bulgaria, who was on his own tour with Rox through Europe :). And later on we got acquainted with Mihai a.k.a. Wolfskin and we soon let everybody know that we ain’t from the neighborhood.
I was surprised to see a girl who was reading way too much in her copy book and being a very curios type of a guy since I was kid, therefore I soon managed to unhide the mystery laying ahead of me, that she was going through of her own manually written Rox lyrics.
Around 5.30 PM we were already able to listen to Roxette, due to the fact the sound check could be heard quite good even outside of the arena. We could hear rehearsing Way Out, Stars, Opp Nox, 727.
Around 6 PM we got hit by a dense rain with lightning and thundering. Of course, this fact was not enough and a solid reason for the organizers in charge, to let us in, at least to the arena’s check in doors. After about a half of hour of time, while everybody was cursing in its own language and also while we went through a deep and complete washing machine mode, the security people finally showed some mercy upon us and decided to let us close to the doors.
They had a 2 way entrance system. I was second right in front and when they started to scan the tickets, being under a great excitement, I had that stupid unconsciousness to leave my ticket with the guard, who was busy checking us in and therefore I could not make it through the next check point, ‘cos I got no ticket. So I had to run back and thank God the guard put my ticket aside.
Even though I had this mishmash, I still got to manage to be in the third row before the final obstacle which we had ahead until we could get fully in. We needed to wait for about a half hour (in the meantime, Chris and Magnus showed up by mistake and everybody had its own moment of laughing out loud), until we could get access in, but due to the fact that the other side of the entrance was opened a few seconds earlier, I found myself standing in the 3rd row right in front of Per’s mike and not according to my 1st row plan.
The supporting act was a girl from my hometown, the Hungarian megastar contest winner and the only good thing about her was that she ended up her show in 30 minutes.
At 9.10 PM the showed started. You cannot describe the feeling which was going through all of us, the audience was so full of energy and you could read that even from Marie and Per’s eyes. We were around 10.000 people for sure out of 12.000 seats. The atmosphere was really astonishing. While Dressed For Success and SIMC were performed everybody just could not resist jumping, waving and applauding.
I was physically finished by the song “The Big L”… ‘cos I had myself jumping and applauding continuously for 9 minutes. As for myself, Marie was singing unexpectedly well, but she really screwed up the whole lyrics during Silver Blue. The setlist was the same as in Bucharest, unfortunately they skipped Way Out again, which was one of my favorites. After Perfect Day we sang Happy Birthday to Marie.
I was so surprised by the song She’s Got Nothing On But The Radio, which had a so catchy rock sound, and there is no room for comparison with the album version.
Per thanked us twice in hungarian: “Koszonom”. Chris surprised us with a famous hungarian folk song, Tavaszi Szel (Spring Wind), a song which was also fully covered by Freddie Mercury in 1986 in front of the hungarian audience.
As for myself the best momemts of the show were when Rox performed Opp Nox and 727 (the outro is so dynamic and mindblowing), you just cannot stay sane and fully possessed while hearing this music.
During How Do You Do, we, the audience, already started to sing the first verse just before Per did his own. The same with the “Dangerous” chorus. The same with the first “Fading Like A Flower” chorus.
During Joyride and The Look even the seated audience stood up in exultation. Listen To Your had Marie with a fabulous ending.
After the show, we jumped in our car and hit the road to the hotel (which was by the way really adventurous since nobody of the three of us was familiar with the city), Four Seasons Gresham, but unfortunately Per and Marie had their way back to the hotel via the hotel’s underground parking option. I was a bit disappointed ‘cos P & M were able to see us, just before they went underground, a group of around 12 fans, waiting their asses off to get an autograph. Anyways, I had my memories with them in 2001 in Austria.
All in all, I must admit that it was an outstanding evening and it worth all the effort, time and money just to get to see them again.