UPPSALA - An ”In a Wonderful Balloon party” was thrown in Uppsala last Saturday, in celebration of the upcoming book release. The guests experienced an all-nighter with Roxette music, balloons, sparkles and an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book. In the crowd people like Malin Norrgård (responsible for the book’s graphic design) could be spotted, as well as a couple of Roxers mentioned in the book. Another guest – Tove Pehrsson – initiated a book club group on Facebook, called “Vi som läser i en underbar ballong” (Us reading In a Wonderful Balloon). The group is open and you can find it on the Fenomena Förlag profile on Facebook.
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ROXETTE 2012 - FANtastic! : A mini-documentary about Roxette's 2012 world tour.
Here's our story of Roxette's world tour and the special relationship between the band and the fans. Of course we couldn't have done this without the help of many people, especially you readers of the Daily Roxette. Thank you kindly!
Recorded on the 29th of June at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Produced exclusively for the Daily Roxette. Shot, edited and directed by TDR reporter Colin van der Bel. Want to read more about how this video was made (technically speaking) and see some behind-the-scenes pictures? Head on over to Colin's blog.
UPPSALA - Maria Sörgjerd, hailing from Uppsala Sweden, got so fascinated with the Roxette fans outside of Sweden so she wrote a book about it. The book is called "I en underbar ballong - en bok om att älska Roxette" ("In a Wonderful Balloon - A Book about Loving Roxette") and it will be published by her own company Fenomena Förlag early December. Maria tells The Daily Roxette that she's been writing this book for a while, contacting fans outside of Sweden to get their stories. What's different about the book is that it's written about the fans mostly, about what a phenomenon Roxette is to the fans. What makes a person learn Swedish over the Internet and then travel literally thousands of miles to see Roxette, Per, Marie or Gyllene Tider on "holy ground"?, she wondered.
Maria, being a huge Roxette fan herself, is a psychology teacher in Uppsala and has written the book from a psychological perspective, but has tried her best to write it in a way that most anyone will appreciate it. "I en underbar ballong" will not initially be translated into any language, mostly because Maria can't do it herself and she obviously still doesn't know if it will be a success. She doesn't rule it out though.
Roxette World Tour - September 2012
After many years working in the media, and with the opportunity to interview Roxette’s Per Gessle several years ago, this media/long-time fan and supporter had been waiting 20 years to FINALLY see one of Sweden’s biggest exports perform live again in North America.
“If You Had One Wish, What Would it Be?”
In April 2012 Roxette announced they would perform again in New York City September 2. Without any thought I grabbed my calendar and checked my work schedule for September then grabbed to phone to make a call to my good buddy Thomas in Sweden. “Hey, so are we going?!” Thomas replies, “That’s a big 10-4!”
“C’mon Join The Joyride”
Tickets bought, flights booked, and then at long last Roxette announces not just a few dates in Canada but 8 in total! This was just too good to be true! Grabbed my calendar again and checked out what dates would fit into my busy schedule and sure enough; Edmonton and Vancouver were a go! Front row seats were booked, hotels and flight in early May and my 20-year anticipation to Join The Joyride was now in the wings and waiting. Some close friends in Calgary were also ready to Joyride with us to New York and they also booked their trip from Alberta to the Big Apple.
The lucky winners are:
Michael Persson, Sweden
Samu Reijonen, Finland
Kathie Winn, Australia
Gábor Keleti, Hungary
Christina Röhrs, Germany
Congratulations to your €10 gift cards!
The correct answers are as follows:
1. Where does the name "Roxette" originate from?
From a Dr Feelgood song (Roxette).
2. What does T&A stand for in the famous Studio T&A?
Tits & Ass
3. "Writing songs with XX was like a long joyride." was said by?
Sir Paul McCartney (talking about John Lennon of course.)
RoxetteFansUSA lets us know that there are four contests in the air to win exclusive meets and greets with Per and Marie. The contests are open to US citizens and residents only. Download the PDF to get the full rules. Seven lucky winners per concert will meet Per and Marie. Questions to be directed directly to RoxetteFansUSA: firstname.lastname@example.org
CLUJ - For the second time, in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania 22,000 people gathered at the newly built Cluj Arena, the tickets to both the Golden Circle and the VIP Pit having been sold-out. This was the biggest concert so far this year and one of the big ones since the start of this Neverending Tour last year, after the Bospop Festival (Weert, NL) and the gigs held at Tivoli (Copenhagen, DK) and Slottsskogsvallen (Gothenburg, SE). Fantastic atmosphere? You betcha! Outstanding performance? Oh yeah! Like Mr. G himself said, you should have been there!
The magic started from the very moment the band entered the stage. Deafening cheers and screams could be heard, clapping hands all around, video cameras held high in the air with the Rec button on, photo camera flashes going one after another. It had been a bit over a year since the first ever concert in Bucharest, but the Rox hunger seemed to have only grown stronger in this corner of Europe. Every song, from the rocky up-tempos to the more laid-back ballads was met with joy and enthusiasm and sang along to, the crowd sometimes completely obliterating the singing on the stage.
MOSCOW - Today, July 23, 2012, the team of The Look for Roxette, has decided to open the Web-site for all the rox-collectors to upload important infomation regarding rox-related on the site. The team understands how it is important not to lose information related to Roxette and feel the full importance of searching, finding and uploading this information. Each and every registered member can now upload to the enormous base of Roxette-related releases, and each and every fan can now make his or her contribution in enrichment of the site.
To add the absent release at the site, after log in each member can use the "Add release" link that can be easily found at My Account or by using the direct link. If you want to send any additional information about the release, which is already included in TheLookForRoxette.com, please send it from the page of that release through the link “Help Us”. For all other questions you may have, please use “Contact Us”.
Let's make and save the history of Roxette together!
BIRMINGHAM - After roaming around inside the LG Arena for a short while before the show, I sensed that there were a great deal of nostalgic 40-somethings attending tonight's concert. The last time Roxette played this city, they would have been in their early twenties. Now they're more likely here with their reluctant teenage children (I speak from experience - my induction to the music scene was to see '70s disco kings, the Bee Gees with my parents. Cool?! Absolutely!). Knowing how that experience opened my eyes to the world of live music, I could only hope that Roxette had the same effect on some of the younger members of the audience tonight.
But I digress...
First things first - the pictures. I must have been the only photographer in the press pit swaying my hips and singing along to "Dressed for Success", "Sleeping in My Car" and "The Big L.". Not the easiest songs to keep still, calm and composed during, that's for sure! Per and Marie look energized, vibrant even - ready to give it their all.
As I joined my friends up in the seated area to the left of the stage, Per joked about forgetting lyrics and singing along anyway. I'm not going to lie - they did forget a few, but the crowd didn't seem to flinch. Truth be told, only the stalwart fans really noticed. Marie's voice was purer than ever during "Perfect Day". The crowd looked on in awe as she delivered one of the vocal highlights of the evening.
UTRECHT - Last weekend we asked you to send us your best picture of Roxette’s show at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on June 29th.
The lucky winner of the unique custom Heineken glass signed and donated by Per is Kayah who submitted this great picture of Christoffer, Per and Magnus on stage rocking their guitars. Congratulations, Kayah! We really like the energy that this photograph captured and the symmetry of the guitars.
Honorable mention goes to Ann, who submitted this picture of the balloons above the audience during Joyride which we all really liked as well.
We want to thank everyone for sending us their best picture, you can watch a slideshow of the submissions by clicking here.