Roxette Diaries is a new documentary film in which Jonas Åkerlund tells the story of how Roxette conquered the world. Through their private video recordings we get to follow Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson during a time in their career that surpassed their wildest fantasies. With videos from behind-the-scene of music video productions in Los Angeles, studio sessions in Sweden and of screaming fans in Rio De Janeiro, this film gives us an amazing insight into their artist careers. All the video content in the film is personally recorded by Per and Åsa Gessle, which gives us an exclusive look at the life of one of Sweden’s biggest music exports of all time.
Per Gessle will be present during the premiere on the 14th to answer the audience questions.
- Roxette’s primetime happened between 1986 and 1995 during an era when a video camera wasn’t something you saw every day. But we were really early to own one, and got the chance to record most of it – says Per Gessle. I gave Jonas Ålerlund the mission to capture the spirit of Roxette’s early days in a film, as well as keeping it honest and make it silly and fun to watch.
- I knew about Per’s box with all his private videocassettes for a long time before I finally decided to bring them with me to Stockholm and digitalize them – says Jonas Åkerlund. That’s when the idea for Roxette Diaries was born. This journey back in time is like a smorgasbord for all the fans. It’s a reminder of all the great music they released and how huge Roxette was as a band. Roxette Diaries is the ultimate behind-the-scenes film with 90 minutes of history straight out of Per and Maries diaries.
Roxette Diaries will premiere on Friday August 14th 15:00 at the Capitol cinema in Gothenburg during the Way Out West festival. The film is also shown Saturday 15th at 15:15 in the film tent in the festival area. // Team Rox
Roxette has together with production duo Addeboy vs. Cliff recorded a brand new version of their massive 1989 hit The Look. On the heel of their world wide XXX 30th Anniversary Tour, notably with sold out arenas in the UK and Germany, they are now releasing this exclusive 2015 single remake.
This remake, which today is being released on all digital platforms worldwide, will spearhead a big fashion campaign in Sweden, Norway, Finland & Poland later this fall.
Roxette is one of the biggest acts to ever emerge out of Scandinavia and a truly global pop phenomena. They are currently out on a highly successful international tour, XXX 30th Anniversary Tour, selling out arenas all across the world. After a string of very succesful summer dates across Germany and Austria, they last week sold out the O2 Arena in London, where - according to UK newspaper The Independent - ”Roxette…still hits the big notes”.
With over 75 million records sold over a career spanning almost three decades, there is not that much left for Roxette to prove. Instead they can let creativity and experimentation form their musical narrative. When they were asked if they could provide the music for a major fashion campaign in their native Sweden they felt that collaborating with up-and-coming producer duo Addeboy vs. Cliff could be an interesting approach.
- For this fashion campaign we felt we needed to come up with something really special. Should I write a new song? Was there anything from our earlier records that we could use? To make a brand new version of The Look (which is 27 years old!) felt very tempting, yet I knew it was going to be a pretty big challenge. But The Look is obviously a great title for a fashion campaign! A few months prior we had started to work with the producers Addeboy vs. Cliff and I had a feeling that together with them, we could find a new angle to the track. And as soon as I heard their musical ideas for a remake of The Look, I knew it was going to work, says Per Gessle about recording the new version.
The Look was Roxette's first Billboard No 1 and the kick-start of an amazing international carreer. The Look (2015 Remake) will be available both digitally and as a physical single. It's available as of today on all digital platforms. The seven inch vinyl version of it will be released on August 28th and is already now available to pre-order.
Roxette har under sin världsturné hyllats av både fans och kritiker, nu senast efter en magisk konsert i slutsålda arenan The O2. På lördag når "XXX - The 30th Anniversary Tour” Kalmar som blir den första av totalt fem konserter i Sverige, därefter följer Halmstad, Göteborg, Stockholm och Rättvik.
Några recensioner från måndagens konsert på The O2 i London:
”Marie still hits the big notes that were Roxette's signature on numbers like 'It Must Have Been Love' and 'Listen to Your Heart'. The crowd, some holding aloft actual '80s-era lighters, as opposed to backlit mobiles, lapped up 'Spending My Time' and went mad for 'The Look' and 'Dressed for Success'.”
”Roxette landed on the O2 stage with a Crash! Boom! Bang! sending the crowd into a pop frenzy with their greatest hits from the last 30 years. It was a night of nostalgia bursting with energy as the dynamic duo of Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson played tracks including Dressed For Success, Dangerous, Big L and Sleeping in My Car.”
The Daily Mirror
I Sverige blir det fem stora konserter: 18 juli på Fredriksskans i Kalmar, 22 juli på Örjans Vall i Halmstad, 24 juli på Slottsskogsvallen i Göteborg, 25 juli på Sjöhistoriska i Stockholm och 27 juli på Dalhalla i Rättvik. Eskobar följer med som förband under större delen av turnén och i Halmstad kommer även Mariette vara med och öppna för Roxette.
18.7 Kalmar, Fredriksskans
22.7 Halmstad, Örjans Vall
24.7 Göteborg, Slottsskogsvallen
25.7 Stockholm, Sjöhistoriska
27.7 Rättvik, Dalhalla
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This summer Roxette releases an entirely new
version of their worldwide hit “The Look”. The recording was made in connection to the high street brand Kappahl's newest fashion campaign with the same name – “The Look - 2015”. The Campaign includes five different segments which are named ”The Chic Denim Look”, ”The Always Black Look”, ”The Must-have Look”, ”The Wellbeing Look” and ”The Hot Look”.
- When asked to create a brand new recording of ”The Look – 2015 Re make ” it felt very tempting and challenging. I'm glad to be a part of such a unique collaboration with Swedish Kappahl - both Marie and I respect and like the brand. Popmusic and fashion is a perfect match! It’s about expressions and emotions as well as having the courage to dare and care; says Per Gessle.
In this Billboard article you can read more about how the remake came to be and the story behind it: Billboard - Roxette The Look Remake 2015.
To find out more about the campaign and how you can enter a contest to win meet & greets and concert tickets (you must live in Sweden, Norway, Finland or Poland to qualify) click here.