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Well, the day has finally arrived. Forbes and I were able to salvage the last of the Gosney archive when we met up today. It all started with the infamous "Gosney Tapes", which are still in the middle of being gradually released, but today we were able to lift several tracks straight from Forbes' PlayStation 2 memory cards and record them directly onto disc. This means that the final release (before the compilation album to conclude the project) was the first to be created 100% digitally and without the use of videotapes of any kind.
The tracklist and album title has already been created, and can be found on the Gosney discography page in the Music section of the website. Appropriately, the album will be called "Memory".
"Memory" will have a total of 22 tracks and is made up of 2 parts - 1. Previously unreleased material, and 2. Remastered versions of selected Gosney classics from previous albums.
More info on this album to come in the near future as it is scheduled for release in March.
The next single release by Gosney is up - "Swamp", from the upcoming album, "6540", to be released this Saturday!
Well, it finally happened, folks! The band that gave me my first spark of inspiration in getting into the music scene some 22 years ago has been in my home country for their first ever live performance in this part of the world. Living in Christchurch, I stopped at nothing to grab onto the opportunity to attend this event, which would be a world first for them as well. It was a special night for all of us, you could say.
I shall break down as much as I can about how this came about, how it all took place, and my thoughts on it afterwards. I'll try not to go for too long, but no promises though. I've eaten my own words before...
Firstly, Roxette were planning on performing in New Zealand during their previous tour. However, due to an illness, that particular concert had to be cancelled. I was unable to afford tickets to that show, so its cancellation gave me mixed feelings. Disappointment, because they weren't coming, and of optimism, because this could mean that there may be a second chance in the future. Thankfully the latter was true, and within minutes of the earlybird sales becoming available, I jumped in and grabbed a couple for my wife and I, risking being late for work in the process (I have priorities). I had to hold back on the excitement though, as I planned on making it 'Facebook official' once the actual physical tickets arrived via snail mail. So, now we had a few months to wait for the big day, and pray no further illnesses would come about!
Jumping forward to the beginning of 2015, it was then announced that the tour would be for the band's 30th anniversary, which made it a little extra special...or XXXtra special, in this case. Also, the New Zealand gig was to be the launch of the tour itself. Even better!
Then comes February. My wife and I made our way up to Auckland the day before the concert so we could get ourselves settled for 4 nights of leisure time - the second of which included the main event. When the day came, we made our way to Vector Arena by foot as we were staying close by at a hotel in the city centre. As we arrived at the complex around 5-5:30pm (over an hour before the venue doors were open), we went into a nearby bar, The Tuning Fork, to have some food beforehand. While doing so, I had a look around at the people already there and at the ones still arriving. I was very keen on seeing how many Roxette fans like me are actually in this country.
The doors were due to open at 6:30pm, but first I decided to invade the merchandise trailer... A little over $280 later (no joke), I walked away with a t-shirt, the "XXX" compilation album, Per Gessle's book, "Songs, Sketches & Reflections" (English version), and "The Per Gessle Archives" box set (1 of 2 available). The most money I'd spent during the entire Auckland trip, but worth it.
It was time to go in and grab our seats. My wife and I were seated to the right of the sound desk, which is ideal for me because I know a fair bit about that side of the industry. Felt right at home.
The opening act was scheduled to perform at 7:30. They were Auckland's own, Ekko Park. A nice choice, if you ask me. Look them up sometime. They performed for 30 minutes.
Following this performance there was a 30-minute intermission...or so we thought. Firstly, I don't think the time by my mobile phone was the same as Vector Arena's. Theirs could've been more correct, for all I know. But by the time I had in front of me, Ekko Park hit the stage about 5-10 minutes late, which lead me to think maybe Roxette would be the same after the intermission. However, they were actually a little later than expected. But then the lights went off and the crowd started to cheer.
Then we were greeted by the in-your-face intro of "Sleeping in My Car" as they opened up. We were in for a fun ride, without any doubt!
I could go into detail about each song they played that night, but I'd be here forever. Instead, I'll point out a few key moments that are worth taking note of, especially if you're a die-hard fan like me.
There were quite a few songs in the first half of the show where the audience sat in their seats a lot. Allow me to explain this from a New Zealander's point of view. A majority of our population that know of Roxette will tell you that they know all of their hits from 1989 to 1992 (1994 if you're lucky). That's songs from "The Look" right up to the likes of "How Do You Do!" and/or "Sleeping in My Car". Much of their releases beyond the "Crash! Boom! Bang!" album (1994) have been released here, but got little or no airplay/promotion in this country. I can't explain why this is the case, and no I don't think it's fair. As for their material released from 1986 to 1987, the only time any of it has been released here is on a music video DVD. So, when it comes to the audience's reaction to the 'unheard' songs, it's not being offensive or anything. It's just a result of poor promotion on NZ media's part. Those who aren't familiar with the other material besides the big hits just need an introduction to the rest of the world of Roxette. Thankfully, I'm not in that category as I'm the type who researches that which interests me. When it comes to Roxette, I've been doing this since I've had Internet, basically.
The crowd stood up whenever a familiar song came on, of course. Most of their hits made up the second half of the show, so everyone was on their feet eventually.
Judging by the volume of the crowd cheering/screaming, I think the most popular song of the night comes as no surprise, really. After being played more than 4 million times on the radio since 1990, "It Must Have Been Love" is bound to pull on your heartstrings.
"Crash! Boom! Bang!" had Per Gessle singing the first verse and chorus before Marie Fredriksson took over. They did this in previous tours too.
"Crush on You", "Almost Unreal" and the inclusion of the chorus of "Paint" in this evening's rendition of "Watercolours in the Rain" came as a surprise to the Roxette community tuning in online (I was posting the tracks in real-time on Twitter for the world to see). I was pleased to hear "The Heart Shaped Sea" also.
I also noticed that Marie needed some help getting on and off stage, and even to sit in a chair (before performing "Perfect Day"). It can be understood if anyone in the audience were feeling concerned or confused about why this was the case. I think this has something to do with her health scare back in 2002, and any reaction to this can be forgiven if whoever was concerned wasn't aware of what happened back then. Like I said before, much of New Zealand has been in the dark about Roxette's history after the mid-90's. Either way, Marie put on a great performance regardless.
I'm going to wrap things up now as I don't want to take too much time blogging. Besides, the tour has only just begun. If you want the full experience of Roxette's 30th anniversary, go grab a ticket for the nearest venue and check them out for yourself! You have my word that you won't be disappointed.
Back in 1993, I could've only dreamt of attending a Roxette concert. The closest they ever came to our shores after I officially became a fan was during their tour for "Crash! Boom! Bang!" Even before then, they only got as far as Australia. But now, 22 years later, I can finally say, "Roxette came to NZ, and I was there with them."
Just wanted to correct a minor error in my previous blog mentioning Boom Crash Opera being the opening act for the Roxette concert this Saturday. Apparently it's not them at all, but a band called Ekko Park, for whoever's interested in the details.
Hello everyone. Yes, we're still alive! Just an update on our activity as of late.
Like I mentioned earlier in the year, this month would be a fairly quiet one, and it has been. This is mainly due to the fact that I will be attending a concert in Auckland in less than a week's time, and I've been busy preparing for that (as well as being held up at my day job).
The concert, of course, is Roxette and it will be their first ever gig in New Zealand. This will be a special event for me because:
1. Roxette is the band that inspired me back in the early 90's to consider a music career as an option.
2. They are the band that inspired the early days of my first band attempt, Swede.
3. Being their first gig in NZ, this is sort of a historic event for both them, the country and myself.
They were supposed to have performed here at an earlier date, but before they could make it into the country last time, there was an illness and the concert had to be cancelled. I was unable to purchase any tickets at the time, so I was relieved that they announced the gig that's coming up. It gave me time to prepare for the day they went on sale. I've been ready for this concert for months now.
This may be the only blog entry I post this week because of how much more that needs to be done before heading up there, so I shall go over a few things you should expect from us shortly after I return...
1. There will be a blog review of the concert including the setlist, info on their opening act - Boom Crash Opera (which I find to be an interesting choice considering the name of Roxette's 1994 album, "Crash! Boom! Bang!") - and much more.
2. Just like the early days of Swede, seeing Roxette playing live may give me a strong jolt of inspiration, which will help towards the recording sessions for Swede's album, "Time Traveller", which I intend on releasing before this Christmas.
3. Forbes and I have talked about meeting up after returning to Christchurch to sort out the final batch of Gosney tracks that are stored on his PS2 memory card.
4. I will also resume recording the next EP for n-Somnia.
That's about it for now. The next time you see anything new on the website will probably be at least one of the things I've just mentioned. If anything else comes up before the weekend, I'll most likely mention it the first moment I get. Apart from that, stay safe and I'll see you in a little over a week's time!
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