Guess who’s coming… coming back again. Roxette’s coming back… tell your friends. Yes they’re back, yes they’re back, yes they’re baccccckkkk. Roxette will be heading back to South Africa in 2015 to mark their ‘XXX – The 30th Anniversary Tour’. Dates are as follows:
On Sunday I got to see Swedish legends, Roxette live in concert again. The band toured the country last year and due to the huge response and popular demand, they came back. I must admit I enjoyed this concert more. I think Marie was a lot more lively and energetic. I’m not knocking her, that’s the last thing I want to do. I just think she’s probably doing a lot better now than what she was a year ago. I think the band jelled well this year too. When she struggles vocally, Per steps in as did the backup singer. It was nice to hear songs like Crash! Boom! Bang! on the set list this year. All in all, 93% of the tickets were sold and I can guarantee you that most of them enjoyed the concert. I most certainly did. These pics were captured on my BlackBerry. Maybe Nikon or Canon can give me one of their cameras to play around with come the next Big Concert 🙂
Last week I got to see a band that I have always enjoyed listening to live in concert. Now you’re probably asking who I’m referring to right? Well it’s the Swedish band Roxette, which is made up of Marie Fredrikkson and Per Gessle. I traveled to Sun City in the North West Province to see them light up the Sun City Superbowl. I was given the opportunity (one of three journalists) to interview Per ahead of the Friday concert, which was too much fun. It’s awesome to chat to someone of his calibre, his experience and his success. I must admit I was a bit bummed that Marie wasn’t able to make the interview and yet you can judge me for this, but I actually wasn’t aware of the fact that she had been so ill in the early half of last decade. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2002, the star underwent surgery to remove the tumor, which was malignant. After that was successfully removed, she underwent month of chemotherapy and radiation and as Per told us, many of her close friends and family weren’t sure she would survive the ordeal.
“I think all of us thought it was the end of Marie actually. She had like a 5%chance of surviving. She had two big operations and she was on all this medication. She was swollen as a result. It has taken her many many years to recover from that. What has taken the most time is to get her confidence back. To be that person people want to see and that she can deliver what they expect. It’s a sort of a miracle that we can do this. If you’d asked me this five years ago I would’ve said no.”
Per said it was also really important not to push Marie. After announcing that she was in remission in 2005, she kept a very low profile until 2009 when Per invited her on stage in Amsterdam to perform a couple of Roxette songs. She did that and according to Gessle, the audience erupted into completely and utter praise for Marie. She’d come so far and the response to her being back on stage was so resoundingly positive, she asked Per if they could start work on a new album. That they did and as Per said, it was on their watch. He said it was important for him and the record label to make sure things were done in a way that would cater to Marie’s needs and at her pace. It’s believed that her love for music and for performing became therapeutic for her and this therapy lead to the announcement of a world tour. This also included South Africa and would mark their first visit to the country since 1995. Now get this, the first two shows (one in CT and one in Jozi) sold out so quickly, it resulted in organisers adding further dates to the tour. From two shows, the final number ended on 7… all of which were sold out. INSANE, but awesome too.
In the interview we also discussed the fact that Roxette happens to be one of the most loved bands, whose songs still appeal to fans, both young and old, black and white etc. So what makes their music so timeless? So appealing? I asked Per that and he said that ever since he started writing songs as a young boy, he’s focused on two things. Creating a good melody and writing lyrics that not only he likes, but fans can relate to. So if anyone has ever wanted to be a singer songwriter, perhaps you should bear that in mind. I mean think about it, a lot of what you hear on the radio nowadays is cool. It’s fun to listen to, it’s great to sing along to, but will it be around in a few years time? Will you still sing that song in five years? Will you still remember the artist who sang the original? Well with Roxette the proof is in the pudding. Look at a list of some of their top songs:
Those are just a few, but when I listen to them now, I think about a certain period of my life and each one of them will bring back a good memory. Speaking of memories, I thoroughly enjoyed the concert. While Marie doesn’t move around as much as she used to on stage (understandably so), I think to be on that stage after several other performances in the months leading up to my concert is incredible. She still sounds great and for everything that she has been through, she looks fantastic too. Check out this little clip I filmed on my Blackberry:
You can see how the crowd still absolutely love and adore the band. Big up to them for coming back and rocking out at Sun City and Cape Town. Big up to Big Concerts and Jacaranda 94.2 for bringing them down and thank you to everyone who made my stay at The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City a good one. Barring my jacket going missing, the room, the hospitality, the breakfast (oh that delicious Palace breakfast) was awesome. Great weekend! If you want to see my video interview you can check it out here for now. I’ll be uploading to Youtube soon.
I love doing this because it shows South Africa is a destination where international artists feel the need to visit and perform for their fans. Love it. So here’s a list of who has been and is coming this year:
Now here are a few more names of artists and events coming up:
– Pitbull will be performing at Emperors Palace tomorrow night. The first I heard about this was on lightpost poster on Wednesday. Still dont know any other details, but enjoy the show if you’re going.
– Kylie Minogue is heading out to SA for her first concert in the country. Here are Kylie’s tour details:
“Aphrodite Live” 2011 South African Dates
Sun City Superbowl Johannesburg
Friday 8 July 2011
Saturday 9 July 2011
Sunday 10 July 2011
Grand Arena in Cape Town
Wednesday 13 July 2011 & Thursday 14 July, 2011
Tickets available from Computicket from R450 excluding service charges
– Timbaland,Lil Kim are coming out this May. They’re coming out for ZAR’s birthday celebrations. Other names such as Ciara and Fat Joe are also coming out and according to the ZAR site, there are more. Damn, Kenny Kunene has some serious dosh.
WOW!!!! This is so awesome and forgive me, but I will be cheesy now. South Africans seem to be ‘joining the joyride’. The response to the news that Roxette will tour SA this coming May has been so overwhelmingly positive, they’ve had yet another date to their itinerary. The initial shows at the Sun City Superbowl quickly sold out, prompting organisers to add another date. That has since gone on to sell out too, so a fourth date has been added. AWESOME!!! Who’s going? I am and I’m not afraid to say I’m really looking forward to it.
So by now you know the big news… If you don’t let me enlighten you. The Kings of Leon are on their way to South Africa. The group will headline two huge headline stadium shows in March next year. The tour, presented by Nokia and 5fm, in association with Big Concerts is scheduled for Cape Town Stadium (on the 24th March 2011) and FNB Stadium (on the 27th March 2011). Start learning the songs from their new album, Come Around Sundown and you can get that album for just R60 at the Ovi Music store now.
Tickets go on sale this morning, so be sure to get to Computicket at 9am! You snooze, trust me you will lose! Those dates again:
· Thursday 24th March 2011, Cape Town Stadium
· Sunday, 27th March 2011, FNB Stadium
This is going to be epic and sjoe, how’s our new year looking for concerts: Roxette, Neil Diamond, U2 and now the Kings Of Leon. Radical! 2011, I love you already!