31 Aug 1999

Helena Josefsson is a bandstarter too (IX): ewing.1 summer gigs

According to its web, ewing.1 , the band has had some gigs this summer. Two of them have been in Lund (July) and Malmö (August).

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
* Mejeriet, Lund - 1999 - 07 - 08

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
* Malmöfestivalen, Malmö, 1999 - 08 - 15

Some members of the band speak about ewing.1.

Magnus Tingsek (vocals) says: “What I like about ewing.1? Everything, I suppose. The energy, everybodys joy of playing, the 100% struggeling towards our goals. And of course the music. My favourite song is Stuck”.

Mattias Jepsson (electric guitar) agrees: Stuck is my all time favorite song. ewing.1 for me is everything. I love the way everyone express their feelings vocaly and musically.

Marten Dahl (bass) favourite song is The Spring: “I think it's got everything. I like the artistic freedom i'm being given and that everybody is participating with the arrangements of a new song. And I'm also very pleased with me, Helena Josefsson and Magnus. When it comes to arranging harmony vocals. That always brings me in a good mood.

Johan Svensson (drums) jokes: “What I like about ewing.1 is that we all have similar goals in life. We're all determined to reach stardom, glamour, riches that we could live from for the rest of our lives, and a cloud right next to God's when we die... and the songs... yeah, I like the songs too... and our beautiful friendship!

8 Aug 1999

Nice days for P, C & C new team (VIII): Roxette, summer stars

On 27th July, it was released Stars, the third single from the last album of Roxette, Have a nice day. The previous single, Anyone, a very good song, got bad sales. They try this time with a dance floor hit with some mixes.

Since January, Roxette has not play live many times.

In Germany, they played Wish I could fly in a gala (Böblingen, Germany, April 23rd) and Stars in a TV show (Cologne, Germany, July 31st)

In England, Roxette has had two real concerts. The first one, a mini-concert (100 spectators, March 10th) by the UK radio station Capital FM in Leicester Square, London, where they played “Wish I could fly”, “Listen to your heart”, “The Look”, “It must have been love” and “Church of your heart”. In the second mini-concert, three songs were in the tracklist: Wish I could fly, Anyone and The Look (Party in the Park, London, July 4th). This was the most crowded live performance: they played voice-over versions for over 100,000 people in Hyde Park. No real concerts, no real band, no "Have a nice Tour". We miss the "team": Clarence Öfwerman, Christoffer Lundquist, ...

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

According to Marcus Jurgen, from Roxette Service, Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle are thinking of another album before touring, as a tour would be so far after the album release that it wouldn't be fresh anymore. Marcus talk to Per and Marie in Cologne last week and he thinks Roxette will probably experiment a bit with forthcoming recordings, bringing in use the crashing guitars again for some songs.

Last July 15th, Per Gessle confirmed it: “We have started to write songs for the new album and no, there won’t be any tour this year”

BTW, the song "It will take a long long time", from HAND, is in the film Runaway Bride
- cinema premiered on 30 July 1999 -; the director Garry Marshall has re-united with leading lovers Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, from Pretty Woman. But the song by Roxette won't be in the soundtrack because of the problems the band has with their disco label in the United States.