Dear Roxers, thanks for an overwhelming 2014!
Not only did we start the XXX-tour in style, but also managed to squeeze in some minutes to release a couple of lyric-books, a demo CD-box as well as starting up a brand new Roxette album. And that was before breakfast!
See y’all next year, full speed ahead!
Merry X + Happy New 2015!
Love from Marie & Per
Good news - now we are adding 2 more dates to the tour:
Ostrava, Czech Republic - Cez Arena - 2015.06.15
Sofia, Bulgaria - Armeec Arena - 2015.06.17
SECOND & FINAL SYDNEY SHOW ANNOUNCED AS PART OF THE ROXETTE LIVE 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
with special guests Boom Crash Opera
It must have been love as Live Nation has responded to fan demands and today announce a very special second and final ROXETTE show to be held on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt on Wednesday February 25.
This will be a once-in-a-lifetime performance at this world class, iconic venue to celebrate one of music’s most enduring and endearing duo's 30th Anniversary Tour.
Legendary Swedish pop-rockers Roxette - Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle - will be sure to look sharp when they take to the quintessential Sydney location to perform their endless list of hits to fans in one of the most impressive backdrops in the world.
“To play this show on the steps of the Sydney Opera House is an absolute honor and is sure to be a major highlight of the tour!” says Per Gessle.
The Sydney Opera House Forecourt show will be a high point of the inaugural week-long ‘On the Steps’ series of outdoor concerts, presented by the Opera House and Live Nation as part of the 2014-15 Summer at the House line-up.
“We are beyond thrilled to head back to Australia, a stunning country with beautiful fans who have remained some of our most loyal supporters over the last few decades” says Per Gessle. “Marie, the band and I are ready and raring to go with a brand new show full of our hit songs and a few surprises”.
Tickets for this special event will go on sale at 10am Thursday, December 11.
My Live Nation members can be amongst the first to secure tickets during the pre-sale beginning 10am Tuesday, December 9.
For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: www.livenation.com.au
One of Sweden’s finest exports, Roxette have a string of much loved hits to their name including: The Look – their juggernaut #1 single from 1989 - Listen To Your Heart, How Do You Do, Spending My Time, Joyride, Dangerous, Sleeping In My Car, Dressed For Success, It Must Have Been Love, Almost Unreal and many more.
Selling more than 75 million albums worldwide to date, the band topped the Australian singles charts three-times with smash hits It Must Have Been Love, Joyride and The Look, with five of their albums reaching the Top 10 on the Australian album charts.
The band’s come-back began in 2011 with the release of hit single She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio) lifted from the album “Charm School”. This, along with their sellout 2011-2012 World Tour - taking the band around the globe twice over, playing to more than 1.5 million people in 46 countries - cemented the fact that Roxette were back bigger than ever, much to the joy of fans worldwide.
Roxette’s 2012 Australian tour was a triumphant success, with the first arena shows selling out instantly, extra dates added and rave reviews from fans and media alike. “Unless you’d seen it for yourself, you can’t imagine the mass frenzy the return of Roxette caused,” said the Herald Sun. “Roxette’s is a back catalogue to die for,” said Life Music Media, while Tone Deaf raved “Every hit gets a big rock ending, every ballad sees several hundred lighters aloft and we love every moment of this trip back to the '90s.”
Supporting Roxette on tour are Aussie rockers BOOM CRASH OPERA, renowned for their high energy live shows that bring audiences to their feet. The band's hits from the 80s and 90s are well-loved to this day and include Onion Skin, The Best Thing, Hands Up In The Air and Dancing In The Storm. Dale Ryder (lead vocals) will be accompanied by Peter Farnan (guitar/vocals), Greg O'Connor (keyboards/guitar), Peter Maslen (drums/vocals) and Ian Tilley (bass/vocals).
LIVE NATION presents:
BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE TUESDAY FEBRUARY 10
PERTH ARENA SATURDAY FEBRUARY 14
ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE TUESDAY FEBRUARY 17
ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE FRIDAY FEBRUARY 20
WIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, WOLLONGONG MONDAY FEBRUARY 23
ON THE STEPS, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE** WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 25 (NEW)
QANTAS CREDIT UNION ARENA, SYDNEY FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27
A DAY ON THE GREEN presents:
ROCHFORD WINES, YARRA VALLEY, VIC* SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21
BIMBADGEN WINERY, HUNTER VALLEY, NSW* SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28
*with special guests Eurogliders, Dragon & Boom Crash Opera
For show and ticketing information, visit: www.adayonthegreen.com.au
**SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE SHOW TICKETS ON SALE 10AM THURSDAY DECEMBER 11
Fan Club & My Live Nation pre-sales: 10am Tuesday Dec 9 until 5pm Wednesday Dec 10
Ticket agent pre-sale: 10am to 5pm Wednesday Dec 10
TICKETS FOR ALL OTHER SHOWS ON SALE NOW
For full tour and ticketing information, visit: www.livenation.com.au
For media enquires please contact:
Flourish Public Relations
Melissa Perrett Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 03 9092 8448 / 0402 726 280
Live Nation Australasia
Phone: 03 8632 2500
A Day On The Green
Chrissie Camp Publicity
Phone: 02 9973 3004
(From The Daily Roxette, used with permission.)
Since the tour grew to twice the size the other day, we contacted Per to see what he has to say about some of this and some of that. And Pelle.
Per Gessle, how does it feel like being oot and aboot again, as the Canadians say?
- Greetings from the RoxAir Jet. Waiting for an early lunch. Spaghetti Arrabiata. Coke Zero. Some cheesecake maybe. I’m starving.
It feels great to be back on the road. The band has already become that superb power pop machine we all strive for. We’re playing and singing and fooling around without thinking. Sounds scary but it makes everything much more relaxed. And everyone in this band is enjoying each other’s company which makes life really easy. We’re not Pink Floyd. No fistfights.
Is the old band in shape again? Who needed the most treatment? Don’t say Pelle…
- The rehearsals are always the toughest ‘cos it’s almost impossible to take “The Look,” “Listen To Your Hip” or “It Must Have Been Lunch” seriously without a crowd. We’re feedback-junkies. The band consists of some of the best players ever to come out of the grey Swedish caves so they always sound terrific and behave accordingly… as you might have noticed during the shows. Except Pelle, of course.
Of course… When you go on tour together again, like now, after a gap of almost two years, how long does it take you to get used to the touring schedule?
- You know what to expect when you start touring. We’ve done it so much. All or lives. It’s no big deal. The hardest part is to be so far away from your family and your local paper in the morning. And the cars. They miss me too. I’m sure. At least the cars.
OK. we noticed that you (Per) mostly walk around in clothes that rather fit the Swedish late summer, not exactly what you would expect being in Russia’s Far East, no matter whether you are in warm Seoul or bitter cold Siberia. How in the world are you not getting sick?? I mean, you do freeze, Chris keeps saying you do.
- I started a social society club long ago called ”Vägra Vinter” (”Refuse The Winter”). I’m the CEO since I’m the only member. So I have to take responsibility for my old actions. And besides, I don’t like winter clothes. They’re so heavy. And I’m always indoors anyway. If I go out I take a car. Or borrow Pelle’s hockey gloves.
How can one actually kill time between the concerts? While the band seems to check out all the local pubs one by one, what are you doing? Apart from excessive Facebooking.
- Playing guitar in my room, writing songs, Skyping with friends and family, doing interviews via mail, going to the gym, sleeping late, having dinner, drinking wine. Checking out if Pelle’s alive. Normal stuff.
Alright, we’ve seen you shopping in malls in a few cities. Do you ever buy any interesting souvenirs from the coolest corners on Earth?
- I found a fab pocket flask with a picture of Putin on in a very weird store. Irresistable. The shop sold camouflage-helmets and guns and psychedelic sunglasses and fake watches. I think Pelle bought a knife. Or a fork. Or a bomb.
As far as I could tell from watching your home videos, the hotel standards are not always comparable to the one you run in Tylösand. As the quite comfortable person that you are, what has been the worst experience so far?
- Oh it’s nothing. I’m traveling without my family on this short trip and when I’m on my own I can basically live in a cupboard. As long as there’s proper Internet and a decent bathroom I’m quite happy. I’m a very easygoing rhythm guitar player.
On a more serious note, I could not help but notice that the tour so far looked a lot like the tour from two years ago. You once mentioned there would be a new stage and maybe video screens. When is it to arrive and what will it look like?
- Well, the current stage-set is quite different from what we had in 2012. Small but efficient. The ”XXX” stage-set will premiere in New Zealand and go on from there until the tour finishes in 2016. There was no chance we could bring it to the Russian dates due to the very long distances in Siberia. It takes days for the trucks to arrive. We knew that from the beginning. Everything XXX is being built in London as I write this. It looks really really cool. Patrick Woodroffe and Stufish designed it. Even Pelle is impressed. On the other hand, he can’t see that well. And he can’t hear.
The European tour dates have just been published, congratulations to this massive list first of all! Besides the usual places, you now also go to Milan (last time there in 1989) and even Paris (last concert in 1992). These are markets that have had to suffer from a long physical absence of yours. Could this be a sign that you are going to reconquer long forgotten markets again?
- Why not? L’Olympia in Paris is awesome. Every artist wants to play there at least once in his/her lifetime. Classic aisles. And Italy has always been a sour spot on our touring map. We have lots of beautiful fans there but we never really became part of the domestic live market. When we toured in our prime all over the world between 1989-1995 there were no proper promoters available in Italy. All of them were in jail, ha ha ha. We really love Italy so it will be a killer show in Milan. You should come.
I should, I should. When is it again? Is this European tour list fully complete or could possibly more dates get added along the way?
- May 26! A few more will probably appear. Four or five maybe.
What about other regions of the world, like the South and North Americas? Canada is missing you, eh!
- Yes, the tour will continue after Europe. At this point I can’t say when but we are of course eager to play South Africa, South America, the US and Canada as well. And Asia could be fun. And Jupiter. Time will tell.
There are bigger gaps between the tour legs. How are you going to fill them? Say: “studio.”
- Yes, I’m working on so many projects I don’t know where to start. Right now we’re finishing a couple of Rox tracks and more recordings with Rox will take place in January. We have to go back to rehearsals again before NZ/Oz due to the new stage production. Everything takes time. Can I borrow some of yours?
Like I have any to spare? I can rent you some maybe. Shiny new press pictures have materialized just in time for the concerts. Have they been made for the tour only or will they suit another purpose? A single sleeve, maybe?
- Just for the media. More will follow.
On a total side-note, a fan asked us if you ever have been approached to do a Bond theme?
- No, but I would love to give it a shot. We all love the Bond-movies. Pelle could play the villain. The Drum Lizard.
Thank you for your time. What’s the next thing you’re going to do right now?
By Emmelie Åslin. (You may find bigger versions and more photos in the Gallery.)