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Cape Town – After 30 years of making music, Roxette has called an end to their touring days.
In a post on their Facebook page on Monday, their management announced that they will be cancelling the last leg of their massive RoXXXette 30th Anniversary Tour, which was due to start on 3 June.
The post says that "singer Marie Fredriksson has been advised by her doctors to refrain from touring and as a consequence all the summer shows are cancelled". The post goes on to say that their last performance was at "the Grand Arena in Cape Town, South Africa on February 8 earlier this year".
The post included a message from both Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle.
Read it here:
Marie Fredriksson says: "It’s been an amazing 30 years! I feel nothing but joy and happiness when I look back on the Roxette world tours. All our shows and memories over the years will forever be a big part of my life. I’m particularly proud and grateful for coming back in 2009 after my severe illness and to have been able to take Roxette around the globe a couple of more times. Sadly, now my touring days are over and I want to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful fans that has followed us on our long and winding journey. I look forward to the release of our album Good Karma in June – for me it’s our best album ever!"
Per Gessle says: "Who would have thought this small town band from the Swedish west coast were to be still on the loose after 30 years! We’ve done mind-blowing gigs all over the world that has taken us far beyond our wildest and craziest dreams. I want to thank all our fellow musicians and collaborators on and off the road. Thanks also to our beautiful fans, all of you who have listened, encouraged, waited, travelled, all of you who have shared the singing, laughter, joy and tears. Most of you have been just as much part of Roxette as we have! Without you, nothing (and I mean nothing!) would have been possible. Most of all I want to thank the mighty Marie, the Amazon of the holy voice, the Goddess of superb rock performance, the liberated and magnificent interpreter of my humble words and music, for this magic carpet ride which took us to the top of all the mountains. My God, what a great view we’ve had! The joyride on the road is over now – but we sure had fun, didn’t we?"
Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle formed Roxette in 1986 and their debut single was Neverending Love. In April 1989 they became an overnight sensation with The Look and their huge international break was a fact. Since then they have toured the world again and again.
Roxette performed a grand 557 shows in front of millions and millions of cheering people. 75 million albums sold, 51 singles released, four US Billboard number ones and countless top hits on worldwide charts make Roxette one of the most successful bands in the history of pop and rock.
Roxette’s latest single It Just Happens was released on 8 April this year and their 10th studio album Good Karma will be released on 3 June.
The post also states that tickets will be refunded.
Earlier on Tuesday the band took to Twitter and asked fans to share their fondest memories. See some of the tweets here:
Have you experienced Roxette live? Share your memories on social media using #ThankYouForTheJoyride. pic.twitter.com/QZAghTYacG— Roxette (@TheRealRoxette) April 19, 2016
Have you experienced Roxette live? Share your memories on social media using #ThankYouForTheJoyride. pic.twitter.com/QZAghTYacG
@TheRealRoxette Promotional tour of Have a Nice Day, press conference in Argentina 1999. #thankyouforthejoyride pic.twitter.com/dnRPlRPmuw— kenoa gessle (@kenoagessle) April 19, 2016
@TheRealRoxette Promotional tour of Have a Nice Day, press conference in Argentina 1999. #thankyouforthejoyride pic.twitter.com/dnRPlRPmuw
Great memory @TheRealRoxette live in Paris #Thankyouforthejoyride pic.twitter.com/tsQEsJ18zO— Breton Eric (@BretonEric) April 19, 2016
Great memory @TheRealRoxette live in Paris #Thankyouforthejoyride pic.twitter.com/tsQEsJ18zO
@TheRealRoxette #thankyouforthejoyride the last picture I took at my last gig - 24/6/2015 Cologne, Germany pic.twitter.com/MXCdgSHyPp— Daniela (@lilla_sparvoega) April 19, 2016
@TheRealRoxette #thankyouforthejoyride the last picture I took at my last gig - 24/6/2015 Cologne, Germany pic.twitter.com/MXCdgSHyPp
@TheRealRoxette Meeting Per & Marie in 2011, backstage, Cape Town was a real honour! ???? #ThankYouForTheJoyride pic.twitter.com/DCNuS5CQ1B— JohanStephan (@jostephan) April 19, 2016
@TheRealRoxette Meeting Per & Marie in 2011, backstage, Cape Town was a real honour! ???? #ThankYouForTheJoyride pic.twitter.com/DCNuS5CQ1B
— JohanStephan (@jostephan) April 19, 2016
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