Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has declared her "touring days are over" as the Swedish pop duo cancel their summer concerts.
Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumour back in 2002 and she underwent surgery and chemotherapy sessions, and subsequently told Swedish paper Aftonbladet in 2005 she was "healthy" and no longer receiving treatment.
The duo reformed in 2009 and began performing live shows, but they have now announced that their show in Cape Town, South Africa in February (16) was their last ever as Marie has been advised by doctors to "refrain from touring" ahead of their 30th anniversary trek in June (16).
"It’s been an amazing 30 years!" Marie said in a statement on Facebook. "I feel nothing but joy and happiness when I look back on the Roxette world tours... 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.
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Roxette were inspired to write one of their biggest hits, 'Sleeping in my Car', by Oasis.
The Swedish pop duo - Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson - were fans of Britpop and grunge, and one of their most recognisable tracks, 1994s 'Sleeping in My Car', was written trying to replicate the big sound of bands like Oasis.
Per exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''When we did the 'Crash! Boom! Bang!' album we went to the record company and they said, 'We love it, but we can't hear an up-tempo first single' and I was really p****d, because we had some great songs on that, so I went home and wrote 'Sleeping in My Car', and it was like an Oasis thing, I was really into Oasis, and I loved Nirvana's albums.''
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Roxette's Marie Fredrikksen sounds ''better than ever,'' since making a full recovery from cancer in 2002, according to guitarist Per Gessle.
Roxette's Marie Fredrikksen sounds ''better than ever'' when she performs.
The Swedish singer went through a period away from the limelight after being diagnosed with cancer in 2002, but singer and guitarist Per Gessle says after successful treatment, a long period of touring and two albums, she is on better form than ever.
He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''We've had such a huge reception from fans recently, and for Marie's sake, it's enormously important for her to get this response and reception from the crowd.
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The duo was set to perform at the Vector Arena in Auckland on Saturday (11Feb12) but they've called off the gig after Gessle came down with a mystery illness during a flight from Sweden.
He has since been told to rest for the next few days so he can continue with the tour.
Staff at promoters Live Nation were unable to schedule an alternative date for the performance, which was the only New Zealand date on Roxette's current tour.
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Charm School is Roxette's eighth album, but more significantly the first for Swedish duo Per Gessle and Marie Fredrikssen since the latter fought a successful battle with cancer in the middle of the last decade. It was therefore a less than routine release to approach; having more or less span out into a completely different musical orbit since being heavily exposed to their breakthrough album Look Sharp more than twenty years ago, it was difficult to have much by way of expectation.
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Roxette performing live at 'The Night of the Proms' Rotterdam, Holland
Swedish pop duo Roxette are in negotiations to stage a comeback - five years after the band last worked together.
The Listen To Your Heart hitmakers took an extended hiatus in 2002 after singer Marie Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Fredriksson reunited briefly with bandmate Per Gessle in 2004 to celebrate the group's 25th anniversary, with both subsequently concentrating on solo projects.
But now Gessle admits a comeback is a real possibility.
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Swedish pop duo Roxette are heading back to the studio later this year (06), singer and guitarist Per Gessle has announced. THE LOOK stars took a break from music-making when singer Marie Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2002. But having received the all-clear, the band will now record new material, Gessle reveals. He says "We haven't written any new songs yet, but we'll definitely go back to the studio this summer." Roxette, who are considered the most successful Swedish band since Abba, launched their career in the 1980s and hope to mark their 20th anniversary with the new material.
The Swedish studio where pop supergroup Abba recorded has been forced to close-down - after it's current owners could no longer afford the rent.
LENNARD OESTLUND, part owner of the studio says, "I see it as a museum of Swedish music history, especially Abba."
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