(photo credit: Courtesy of Orit Pnini)
If one needed further convincing that Roxette is back and up to the challenge of
a world tour, Saturday night’s performance at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Center,
before a crowd of some 13,600, should be proof positive.
when Roxette rushed onto the stage was fantastic. When the band opened with the
hit single, “Dressed for Success,” it was as if Marie Fredriksson (vocals) and
Per Gessle (vocals and guitar) had leapt off the album cover of Don’t Bore Us –
Get to the Chorus and come to life. They looked exactly the same as I remembered
them! The pair were backed by a keyboard player, two other guitarists, a drummer
and a back-up singer/tambourine player, and the relaxed presence of the group
and their constant energy and interaction with one another made them a hugely
entertaining act to watch.
They played all their hits, including “The
Look,” “Listen to Your Heart,” “Spending My Time,” “Joyride,” “Fading Like a
Flower,” and “Sleeping in My Car” as well as a few tracks from their latest
album, Charm School.
During the audience participation segment at the
beginning of “It Must Have Been Love,” even the ever-present strolling drink
vendors stopped in their tracks to sing along... it was that hard to
A highlight was when guitarist Christoffer Lundquist strummed an
electric version of “Hava Nagila,” relying on the crowd to fill in the
The band attempted to leave the stage twice and both times they
were cheered back on. While it is undeniable that the years have affected the
voices of the singers, the good mood, energy and the characteristic combination
of simplicity and humility of Roxette have not changed.
timid and quiet than in the past (perhaps because of her fight with cancer) kept
a tuned and smooth register. Gessle has an amazing gift for writing really great
Together, they create and deliver a Roxette addiction for those
who just can’t get enough of their unique sound. This Joyride is far from over!