Per @ Rockefeller


Yesterday I went to see Per Gessle at Rockefeller with Ellen. It was almost like seeing an old flame again. It’s a year and a half since the crazy-days faded away and my relationship to Mr. Gessle turned into something more healty and normal. Thank god for that!

I did not know what to expect from this concert and I didn’t know how it would be to see him again. I was crazy about him like those teenagers are about their idols. Oh gosh, I almost cringe when I think about it. haha. I knew his half new album (december 08) wasn’t that good and I was afraid he would play lots of songs from it. From a review from Aftonbladet, I found out he would only sing a few and a lot of old Roxette songs in stead. Phew!

The support act was the Swede Martinique. A guy dressed in white jeans, black leather jacket and black pointy shoes (just the way I don’t want guys to be) with a womans voice. He only sang 4 songs or something, and I’m glad for that. I didn’t like him at all! Thank god there were better things in store.

It was great to see the band again; Per, Helena, Christoffer, Magnus, Clarence and Pelle. Pelle Ahlsing I didn’t know and I went ‘oh, he’s the drummer from the Rox-days’ when he got introduced. Per in black (black nail poilsh included!). Helena was very sparkly with her golden outfit. Magnus was smiling and laughing a lot. And he still looks a lot like Linda’s dad. Funny! Christoffer looked a bit like a dressed up bum with his long hair, beach-hat and suit-pants. Clarence was the one who really was dressed for succsess with his red, glittery Fez-hat! It was awesome! They all looked great together. Even Ellen said that!

Rockefeller isn’t big and we were there when the doors opened. It was easy to get a good spot. We ended up at first row, all the way out to the left, haning on the fence. Good spot. I had a good eye on everyone.

The concert was a mix of old Rox songs, one new song (Party Pleaser) and some from SOAP and his english solo-stuff. It was no Swedish songs this evening and that was ok. I think it would’ve been weird to mix swedish and english.

It was really fun to hear the old Rox-songs. But i must say that I missed Marie’s voice on some of them, like Dressed for Success, Dangerous and the Look. Still with Per’s voice, they were good. Just not great. The Look was a crowd-pleaser and everybody sang along.

What was great was the Rox ballads I wish i could fly, Listen to your heart and especially It must’ve been Love. IMHBL was a great, great song. Stripped down and really beautiful. That might’ve been the best song of the night!

He had a few SOAP ballads too that were good. I have a party in my head and Late, later on was really nice songs. And when Helena comes in with her beautiful voice, it only gets better. Ah. I love her voice.

The only really bad one was Come On from SOAP. Oh god! When they put full lights on and Per sang with high notes (falsetto?) I buried my face in my hands for a second or two. The lights exposed him and I remember I was thinking ‘Per, why are you doing this?’ haha.

The evening gave me a strange mix of songs Per has made.  A little bit of everything from his ‘english catalogue’.

How do I rate this concert… 4.8/6? yeah…. something like that.

A bit disturbing thought has popped up in my mind. (Chantie might pop her eyes out when she reads this…) It would be kind of fun to see Roxette re-unite and do some concerts! Some… one would actually be enough, if I could be there. I would love to hear Per and Marie perform some of their hits!

One question I ask myself is why Per did this tour. He didn’t play much from his latest album, so it couldn’t be to promote that one. Maybe he just wanted to sing/tour again? I shouldn’t bother trying to figure that out. I should just be happy he’s on the road again. And I am. Happy, happy, happy!

Per, it was nice seeing you and the gang again :)

Don’t stop the music

I’ve just recived a newsletter from that gives me the latest news about music acts in Oslo (at Rockefeller, Sentrum Scene and John Dee).

It looks like it’s going to be a great fall music-wise. The only thing that worries me is my wallet. I’m not sure if I can afford all the concerts I wanna go see!

So far, I’ve decided to go see Lars Winnerbäck in September, Amy McDonald in late October and Ulf Lundell in early Novenber. And I think I’ve said yes to go see Katie Melua. Linda wants to go. I also wanna go see Bo Kaspers Orkester (swedish group), but that’s not at the top at my list.

I see that the Lemonheads are coming to John Dee. I’ve already asked Ellen if she wanna go and she said yes. Even though she doesn’t know them. That’s the girl I like! I have to give her some cd’s so she can get a hint of what they’re like. I remember I went to a festival years ago and the Lemonheads were playing. I only heard the two last songs or something, but immediately heard they were something to check out. I did and I loved them. Their best album is It’s a Shame About Ray. Lovely, goofy pop songs.

Then I saw that Tracy Chapman is coming in November. I would like to see her too. But the tickets are 500 nok and that’s quite expensive for a concert at Rockefeller. But she’s famous and I guess she can ask for such a price… When Ellen now responded yes to the Lemonheads, she also asked if I wanted to see Tracy Chapman. I was like; wow, I’ve ‘just’ been thinking of her too. What a coincidence!

And… there is another concert that would be great. Åge Aleksandersen. That guy is a cool rocking Norwegian guy. He’s out with a new album now, well this summer, and I’m sure that concert would be great. I’ve seen him before and that concert was awesome in my opinion. I don’t think I’ll have anyone who wants to see Åge with me… oh well, it’s not on the top on my list.

So if I add this up, it will be:

– Lars Winnerbäck
– the Lemonheads
– Amy McDonald
– Ulf Lundell
– Katie Melua
– Tracy Chapman, maybe…
– Bo Kaspers Orkester, mabye…
– Åge Aleksandersen, maybe…

And god knows what more acts they will come with as days past… :S

Somebody needs to save up some money. Not that I have so much money to save up though… heh. Thank god, I bought a few new clothes cheeply in the Netherlands last week.

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