|Roxette in Toronto - August 2012|
Swedish Pop Outfit Roxette performed their first Toronto Show in over 20 years tonight at Molson Amphitheatre, their last Show here being March 1992 as part of their Joyride! World Tour. The Duo, which consists of Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson, have sold over 60 million albums worldwide and are known of their international smash Hits: The Look, Joyride, Dangerous, Dressed for Success, Listen to Your Heart and It Must've Been Love; the latter known best as the Theme Song from Pretty Woman.
With three stops on their Canadian Tour including Ottawa last night, Toronto tonight and another in Montreal tomorrow, the Duo are touring in support of their latest Disc from EMI Music, Travelling.
Although a little shaky to start, with Fredriksson marked by having lost a few steps in that powerful upper-register of hers, Gessle kept things energectic on-stage, rocking-out with his Guitar and riling-up the Crowd. As this was my first time ever witnessing Roxette perform live, I actually was surprised to see him front and center considering that a majority of their North American Hits featured Fredriksson's Vocals. I always assumed that she in fact was the Lead Singer.
By the second-half of the Show, the Crowd was on its feet - the in-house Camera panning on Swedish flags waving and ecstatic Gay Men screaming - as their up-tempo numbers were emphasized. The entire Show culminated in an Encore, which included a high-octane seven-minute-long version of their first Hit, The Look. Truly epic.
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will-W. | Audio content: EMI Music)