Melbourne’s Joyride with Roxette!

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By Rubal K
What a trip it was to be one of thousands of Melbournians surfing the sound waves at Roxette’s sold out Rod Laver Arena concert. Bedazzled by the band’s exuberance, it was hard to believe that the Swedish pop rock duo was celebrating 30 years of Roxette. It was time to stop reminiscing and join the joyride!

Less than two songs into the set list and the band had everyone on their feet. ‘Sleeping in my Car’ and ‘The Big L’ were a perfect start for the band to engage a captive audience. The band had some accompanying musicians and a backing vocalist too, but Fredrikkson didn’t hold back in hitting some of the higher notes in ‘Spending My Time’ and ‘Fading like a Rose’. The first half had a few fillers that got the crowd excited in anticipation of the big hits.

As expected, Roxette amped up the second half of the show with vivacious numbers like ‘How Do You Do’ and ‘Dressed For Success’, which found some of the already animated fans bopping around a little harder – much to the amusement of the more relaxed fans that chose to remain seated and record some cheeky videos.

A highlight: ‘It Must Have Been Love’, which of course left the crowd in shivers. It’s probably safe to assume that even a passerby outside the arena would have stopped to listen to the crowd singing the songs verbatim.

As the second half concluded, it became obvious that Roxette weren’t going to give it away that easy, so the crowd had to work for it.

Bam! We had an encore, and it was no surprise that the both Fredrikkson and Gessle saved the best for last. ‘Almost Unreal’ and ‘Listen to Your Heart’ had everyone in awe. However, there was still one song the duo had yet to play for their beloved fans. The crowd went berserk as soon as Gessle dropped one of Roxette’s most popular riffs; ‘The Look’, a perfect way to make a memorable evening, unforgettable for the tipsy ladies and gents that went home singing ‘nanana’!

A great night out – the duo may not be as spunky anymore, but they sure know how to put on a massive show despite going in to hibernation for almost a decade. Fredrikkson’s recent illness forced her to remain seated throughout her performance – hats off for her resilience. It was truly inspiring to see the veterans on song, which was a reminder that music doesn’t age, especially when its repertoire is like Roxette’s!

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