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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 20:23

Swedish pop rock band Roxette to perform in South Africa.

Entertainment Reporter.

Swedish pop rock group Roxette have announced that they will perform at the Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town on February 26, 2025 and the SunBet Arena in Time Square in Pretoria on February 28, 2025.

Roxette's frontman, songwriter and founder Per Gessle, explained in a statement that their South African concerts as well as the rest of their international tour will include some of their classic hits such as "It Must Have Been Love" and "Listen to Your Heart."

"This is all about my Roxette songs, this huge bundle of music and lyrics I've been writing for well over three decades," he said.

The group will be joined on tour by Swedish megastar, Lena Philipsson who replaced former Roxette's lead vocalist, Marie Fredriksson, who died from cancer five years ago.

"I'm not starting a new duo. Marie will always be irreplaceable. However, I'm really lucky to have found an amazing voice and a brilliant performer in Lena Philipsson.

"I co-wrote Lena's first major hit back in 1986 and she's one of the brightest shining stars Sweden has ever known.

"I'm extremely proud she wants to join me in my trek to keep the Roxette legacy alive," Gessle added in the statement.

The Roxette band will consist of Christoffer Lundquist, Magnus Börjeson, Magnus "Norpan" Eriksson, Dea Norberg, as well as original Roxette icons Clarence Öfwerman and Jonas Isacsson.

The pop rock group was a hit-making machine in the late 1980s with albums such as Look Sharp!, Joyride, Tourism and Crash! Boom! Bang! and the No 1 singles Dressed for Success, Listen to Your Heart, Dangerous, Fading like a FlowerThe Look, It Must Have Been Love and Joyride.

Ticket sales for the shows will go live on 10 May at 9am through Ticketmaster or via Big Concerts. The Discovery Bank pre-sale begins at 9am on 8 May.