Back in the early 1990’s the pop charts were filled with hits from the Swedish duo Roxette, while their chart popularity may have wained, their talent has not. For their first tour of the United States since 1992 Roxette returned to the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles and brought their hits with them.
Roxette has had to battle many obstacles in their long history, record companies, dismissal from critics and lead singer Marie Fredriksson’s health. Marie suffered a concussion from a fall and when getting checked out, it was revealed that she had a brain tumor. After surgery another tumor has found and a long period of rehabilitation was required.
While this Marie Fredriksson took a minute to get used to for those who have not had the opportunity to see the band live in over 20 years, I am happy to report that her voice is just as amazing as it ever was.
Roxette was my first official “concert” when I was growing up and to be honest I never thought I would get to see them live again. It was such a blessing to be able to see the band on U.S. soil once again and rocking the house! I don’t think there was a butt left in their seats once Roxette opened with Dressed For Success of of their Look Sharp! cd!
Ripping though all their hits including “Joyride,” “Dangerous,” “The Big L,” “Fading Like A Flower,” “Spending My Time,” and “Listen To Your Heart” Roxette honestly never sounded better. The highlight of the evening for me was the acoustic version of “It Must Have Been Love” from Pretty Woman. Starting the song out with a simple guitar and then instigating a sing along with the entire theater and finally busting out with a full blown version of the song it blew the roof off of the Gibson!
The only criticism I could possibly have about the show was that I wanted it to be longer! Not that the band short changed the audience any but there are so many other songs I would have loved to hear! It was a treat hearing lesser charting songs like, “How Do You Do?,” “Perfect Day,” “Stars,” “7twenty7,” and to close the evening a heartbreaking rendition of “Church Of Your Heart.”
I sincerely hope that this is not the final journey to the U.S. for the Swedish duo but if it is they surely went out on top!
Check out the live in concert photo gallery below!
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