Roxette Calls Time on Touring

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6-5-2009 Amsterdam
Roxette, Marie Fredriksson en Per Gessle (r).

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Roxette’s joyride is over. 

The Swedish hitmakers were scheduled to start their RoXXXette 30th Anniversary Tour on June 3, though the dates have all been scrapped due to singer Marie Fredriksson’s poor health. A statement issued on behalf of the duo notes the artist has been “advised by her doctors to refrain from touring.” Fredriksson underwent successful surgery to remove a brain tumor back in 2002, and was able to stage a comeback some years later. Though the latest message doesn’t address the nature of her current illness, what’s clear is that the group won’t hit the road again.

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Co-founding partner Per Gessle added, “Most of all I want to thank the mighty Marie, the Amazon of the holy voice, the Goddess of superb rock performance, the liberated and magnificent interpreter of my humble words and music, for this magic carpet ride which took us to the top of all the mountains. My God, what a great view we’ve had! The joyride on the road is over now – but we sure had fun, didn’t we?”

Gessle and Fredriksson’s act dominated pop music in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s and will be remembered as one of Sweden’s most successful music acts, selling an estimated 75 million albums in a career which will continue with the release this June of Good Karma, their 10th studio album. “For me it’s our best album ever,” notes Fredriksson.

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During a smoking hot stretch, the duo landed four No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 with "The Look" (1989), "Listen to Your Heart" (1989), "It Must Have Been Love" (From the 1990 Pretty Woman soundtrack) and "Joyride" (1991), and a pair of No. 2 hits with "Dangerous" (1990) and 1991’s "Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)".

With the news of Roxette wrapping up as a touring entity, the act’s final performance was to be at the Grand Arena in Cape Town, South Africa on Feb. 8.