- ABBA – International superstars and one of the biggest artists in music history with hits like Dancing Queen, Waterloo and Take a Chance on Me
- Roxette – The duo of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle who charted internationally with The Look, It Must Have Been Love and Joyride.
- Entombed – Early pioneers of Swedish Death Metal, they eventually added agarage rock influenced style that was dubbed “death ‘n’ roll”.
- Ebba Grön – Sweden’s most influential punk rock band.
- The Latin Kings – A hip-hop group from the southern suburbs of Stockholm, they were one of the first to release a rap album with Swedish lyrics.
- Monica Zetterlund – Actress and jazz singer who started covering American jazz standards and eventually recorded the influential album Waltz For Debby with Bill Evans.
- Cornelius Vreeswijk – One of the most influential and successful troubadours in Sweden, he first learned his craft by listening to the likes of Josh White and Lead Belly.
- Eva Dahlgren – Started her career supporting Roxette on tour and scored a number of top ten hits in the early-90’s.
- Stina Nordenstam – Singer/songwriter whose career has covered jazz, alt rock and pop and includes not only recording but directing music videos.
- Evert Taube – One of Sweden’s earliest major artists, he was a forerunner of the country’s ballad tradition.
- Jan Johansson – Pianist whose Jazz på svenska (Jazz in Swedish) is the best selling jazz album in the country’s history.
- Nationalteatern – Progressive rock group whose repertoire included songs with left-leaning lyrics.
Live Your Life Be Free!
I heard them all, Dangerous, Dressed For Success, Listen To Your Heart, It Must Have Been Love, Fading Like A Flower, Wish I Could Fly, Sleeping In My Car, The Big Love, She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio), The Look, Spending My Time, How Do You Do, Joyride… the hits just kept coming, it was a show to remember. This was one trip down memory lane that I will never forget. Tickets still available for their final Melbourne show on Wednesday at Rod Laver Arena – do yourself a favour and see this one. For an added bonus, you get to see 1927 belt out the classics If I Could, Compulsory Hero, That’s When I Think Of You, You’ll Never Know… this spectacle from Roxette and 1927 is by far the highlight of performances in 2012.
Roxette – Fading Like A Flower (Live In Melbourne)