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.
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.
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.
Watch the interview in Swedish HERE - Livestage.se
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?
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?