“Songs mean the world to me”: Per Gessle brings Roxette back to life

“Songs mean the world to me”
Per Gessle brings Roxette back to life

More than two years have passed since the death of Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson. But their former counterpart Per Gessle doesn’t want to let the band die as well. “An era is over. Another is born,” he says instead, creating PG Roxette.

Roxette’s music should live on. That is why Per Gessle has now launched the PG Roxette project. The 63-year-old formed the Roxette duo with singer Marie Fredriksson, who died in 2019, and wrote music history in the 90s with songs like “It Must Have Been Love” or “Listen To Your Heart”.

The musician has now announced on Facebook: “An era is over. Another is born.” He will continue the adventure he started with Fredriksson over 35 years ago as PG Roxette. A new album and a tour are planned.

Fredriksson died of complications from cancer in December 2019. It is impossible to replace them, Gessle clarifies. “But that was never my intention either.” Two female singers now make the duo a trio instead.

“I am so proud”

“Both have been in Roxette’s inner circle for years,” it says. These are Helena Josefsson and Dea Norberg. Both are professionals in their field and have been backing vocals for Roxette for years.

Of the process that led to this decision, Gessle writes: “I want to keep the legacy of Roxette alive. I’ve written almost every song Roxette has recorded over the years and they mean the world to me. So hold on I make the right decision. I’m so proud of this work and I love working with these people.”

The new album is scheduled for release in mid-September, with a first single at the end of May. A possible subsequent tour will feature both new PG Roxette material and old Roxette material.