Roxette Australian Tour 2015!

Live Nation is excited to announce that legendary Swedish pop-rockers ROXETTE are returning to Australia for a national tour in summer 2015. 

After the 2011-2012 World Tour that took them around the globe twice over, playing to more than 1.5 million people in 46 countries including our very own shores, Roxette – Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle – are ready to do it all again with the Aussie leg of their world tour kicking off in February, joined on all shows by special guests Boom Crash Opera. 

Tickets for all shows on sale 9am Tuesday May 27. 


My Live Nation members can be amongst the first to secure tickets during the pre-sale beginning 10am Wednesday May 21. Sign up at www.livenation.com.auRoxette will begin their Australian tour in Brisbane on February 10 before heading onto Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Wollongong and Sydney. The band also play two very special A Day On The Green winery concerts in the Hunter Valley NSW and Yarra Valley VIC. 

“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 25 years,” says Per Gessle. “Marie, the band and I are ready and raring to go with a brand new show full of our best hits and a few surprises”. 

One of Sweden’s finest exports, Roxette have a string of much loved hits under their belt including Listen To Your Heart, The Look, 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, many more. 
Arguably one of the world’s most successful power-pop duos, Roxette this year celebrate the 25th anniversary of their juggernaut hit single The Look reaching #1 on the Billboard US Chart in 1989. This track kicked off one of music’s longest-running pop careers with the duo 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, cemented the fact that Roxette were back bigger than ever, much to the joy of fans worldwide. 

Roxette’s 2012 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). 
And so the Roxette joyride continues with their World Tour hitting Australian shores in 2015. Listen to your heart and come join it! 
 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 
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 
TICKETS FOR ALL SHOWS ON SALE 9AM TUESDAY MAY 27 News Limited pre-sale offer: 10am Monday May 19 until 5pm Tuesday May 20 My Live Nation Members’ pre-sale: 10am Wednesday May 21 until 5pm Thursday May 22. For full tour and ticketing information, visit: www.roxette.se & www.livenation.com.au 
#roxettelove
theaussieword.com covered Roxette’s last Aussie tour in February 2012, the article is one of the sites biggest ever features! Check it out here!


Swedish Music Hall of Fame Artists Named

The first group of twelve artists have been named to the new Swedish Music Hall of Fame.

Sweden may not be the largest or most high profile of countries in Europe but they have contributed a number of major artists to the world scene. The country’s five biggest selling acts of all time, ABBA, Roxette, Ace of Base, Europe and the Cardigans, all had major hits in the U.S. and other countries. Modern Swedish artists Eric Prydz, Robyn, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii and Icona Pop have also made major inroads on the world charts.



The Swedish Hall of Fame, which is part of a new complex that also includes ABBA: The Museum, has chosen to induct:

  • 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.  
In a press release, the museum said they named ABBA for ending “male dominance and a macho culture … making music open to everyone, regardless of gender, sexuality or age.”

A three person panel made the selections with artists having to have recorded their first material at least twenty years earlier.  Member Jan Gradvall said “We want to act a bit like teachers, and demonstrate the history and significance of Swedish music. We want to build bridges between genres and generations and give Swedish music the place it deserves.”


Australia Salutes Roxette!

Australia have welcomed pop/rock Swedish sensations Roxette with open arms in the comeback concert of the year! Playing all the major stadiums around the country, Roxette have wowed audiences in massive numbers. Playing a marathon set of Greatest Hits and new tracks from Charm School. The tour is now at it’s end for Australia – the nations response has been astounding… TheAussieWord says thank you!
The success of the Down Under tour has been phenomenal, fan reaction on our blog has been mammoth, hits and visitors dropping by in the thousands to honour and commemorate Roxette’s successful Australian return. TheAussieWord has put together this very special photo/video tribute. A huge thank you to Mark Klumper at Xpose’ for sharing these amazing shots with TheAussieWord BLOG and allowing us to bring it to all of the Roxette fans worldwide! Enjoy the photo roll as well as the supporting nostalgic videos – a couple of hits from the 1986 smash Pearls of Passion – what I believe is Roxette’s best album, together with Look Sharp! 

Roxette…. Australia Salutes You! 

Australia 2012 Setlist (Melbourne / Rod Laver Arena)
Dressed For Success (from Look Sharp, 1988)
Sleeping In My Car
 (from Crash Boom Bang, 1994)
The Big L
 (from Joyride, 1991)
Wish I Could Fly
 (from Have A Nice Day, 1999)
Only When I Dream
 (from Charm School, 2011)
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
 (from Charm School, 2011)
Perfect Day
 (from Joyride, 1991)
Things Will Never Be The Same
It Must Have Been Love
 (from Tourism, 1992)
Opportunity Nox
 (from Pop The Hits, 2003)
7Twenty7
 (from Have A Nice Day, 1999)
Fading Like A Flower (from Joyride, 1991)
Crash!Boom!Bang!
 (from Crash Boom Bang, 1994)
How Do You Do!
 (from Tourism, 1992)
Dangerous
 (from Look Sharp, 1988)
(Band Presentation)
Joyride (introduced with “Waltzing Matilda”) (from Joyride, 1991)
Silver Blue
 (b-side, 1988)
Spending My Time
 (from Joyride, 1991)
The Look (from Look Sharp, 1988)
Listen To Your Heart (from Look Sharp, 1988)
Church Of Your Heart (from Joyride, 1991)

A Belinda Carlisle / Roxette Megamix

Belinda Carlisle and Roxette have taken over Melbourne in the last week! Both superstars contacting me at TheAussieWord on Twitter excited about their time in Melbourne. Carlisle arriving in town primed for her performance tonight and tomorrow night for her legion of Melbourne fans! Belinda letting TheAussieWord know she was well and truly in town and enjoying her walk by Melbourne’s pretty Yarra. As for Per Gessle, the man half of Roxette, acknowledged my post review on Roxette’s Melbourne shows – he was extremely grateful – so much so he tweeted and re-tweeted the article and spiraled http://www.theaussieword.blogspot.com into one massive Joyride!

This audio just in from Belinda’s Melbourne show tonight!

Audio taken from tonights Belinda Carlisle show in Melbourne
Live Your Life Be Free!
 
 
Heaven Is A Place On Earth!
 
Our Lips Are Sealed!

TheAussieWord loves both artists – I wish them all the success in their recent visit to my home turf. Melbourne salutes you!

ROXETTE OWNS MELBOURNE!

There is plenty truth in the saying ‘they came, they saw and they conquered ‘. Roxette in fact did that to the largest of proportions at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne! Roxette, supported earlier on by the greatest unsung heroes of Australian Pop/Rock 1927. It was a night to remember, the classic hits from yesteryear, a trip down memory lane, it was a complete 1986 tape rewind with a display of true pure Roxette brilliance as they sang through decades of a #1 hits, forgotten classics and new songs from their latest album Charm School. Per Gessle had tweeted earlier that Roxette had ‘owned Sydney’, little did they know that a few hours later, they would also own the hearts of a passionate and nostalgic Melbourne crowd.

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 – The Big Love (Live In Melbourne)


Roxette – Fading Like A Flower (Live In Melbourne)

1927 – If I Could (Live In Melbourne)

Roxette: New Music ‘Speak To Me’ & ‘Way Out’

Roxette return with new singles Speak To Me and Way Out, tracks taken from the new smash album Charm School and follow on tunes from the successful debut single She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio). Roxette will take Australia by storm this coming February 2012 with the much anticipated and spoken about tour of the summer! Melbourne will welcome the Swedish pop group on home soil at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday February 18. One huge party!