Rep: Your audience is very different; there are many people who were 30 years old when you released ‘Joyride’. What do you think about this?
Marie: It’s fantastic. There is a mixture, but it’s great, I think.
Per: Yes. It is really like that.
Rep: How would you describe your music and your lyrics?
Girl (running): He has been a king since ’81!
Rep: He has been a king since 1981, here comes Per Gessle, ladies and gentlemen! Hi, welcome! Here he is!
Rep: Do you feel well?
Per: Yes, I think that.
Rep: Great. Do you know what this is? now…now…
Per: Exactly, I know it! (laughs)
Watch the interview in Swedish - just the first 3:30 minutes - HERE
Rep: Hi there, welcome to the news programme where, during half an hour, we present the most important events of the week that has just finished. Among others, we will talk about this: during the big world tour, Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson have a lot of success with their comeback. (…) So we start with Roxette’s comeback and as we have said, they have been very successful. The band has been all over the world for more than one year. The latest concert was in Shanghai last Wednesday. Before the concert we had got an exclusive interview with Per Gessle.
Watch the interview in Swedish on TV4 Play HERE!
Rep: In February last year I met Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson in their rehearsing room, before the world tour that they are doing now. Now they have been on tour for 14 months and it is the biggest tour in the world. The fact that Roxette can be on stage again depended on Marie Fredriksson, who had fought a lot against the brain tomour. It was also important for her to be able to resist in this tour. In this exclusive interview Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson talk about this journey which, in spite of all odds, has been done. Marie Fredriksson, welcome to Nyhetsmorgon.
Marie: Thank you!
Rep: Per Gessle, welcome!
Per: Thank you.
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When Per Gessle is at home in Sweden, his wife always says that it is Per who lays the table. To be pedant is nothing he is ashamed of.
- Once, when I was at Tina Turner’s house, she told me that she had fired one of the employees who had turned the toilet paper on the wrong direction. And I understand that, he says to P4 Extra.
Haven’t we understood here, in Sweden, how big Roxette are abroad?
Just one year after the release of the latest album Roxette are back with another album. Per Gessle tells Tunigo about the production, about what kind of feeling the duo wanted to “catch” on the new album, as well as why they include new versions of old songs on the album. – “It Must Have Been Love” is quite hackneyed, he explains.
Last year “Charm School” album was released. On the 23rd of March Roxette will release “Travelling”. The material is both new and old, Per Gessle says.
- Most of it is newly written, but a part of the songs have some years behind. It is like that when we make a new album. We go through the archive and check out what we have there. The whole idea with the album is to try to catch all the positive energy that exists in a band which has been on tour so long (19 months). We did a similar try in 1992 with an album called “Tourism”.
The album is recorded all over the world. Per names both hotel rooms in South Africa, sound checks in Dubai and live recordings from Rio, and even Aerosol Grey Machine Studio in Österlen. This is owned by Christoffer Lundquist and Per describes it as “the second home”.