Billionaire at the Roxette concert - this is the story from 19 years ago

While we are waiting for the Bucharest show, take a look on this story published in the Romanian magazine “Pop Rock & Show” in July 1992. Here, Carmen Olaru writes about her experience at the Roxette concert in Budapest on the 8th of July 1992.

While there have been, as for Guns N 'Roses concert, organized trips in Budapest to the Roxette concert, I have decided to travel on my own. It is true that a trip Iasi-Budapest and back is not really handy, since this effort is both financially and the fatigue accumulated in such a path.

But I assure you it worth it! And not just because I was the first time in a show of this magnitude, with a precious band, but that Roxette has not cheated the fans, but on the contrary. But until I get to the impression that it would be better to tell something about the atmosphere.

July 8, at 20, Kisstadion, in the immediate vicinity of the "big brother" Népstadion attracts viewers of all ages ( I've seen whole families coming to the show, children, adults) who come from different corners of the capital. They come by subway and even if they don`t know the area, the place is very easy to hit: everyone circumvents the big stadium and have a precise direction that I follow too. Many cars, buses around the area, merchants with all sorts of products invite you to stop for the juices, beers, or their sandwiches.

We orderly enter the stadium, we are not asked for equipment, umbrellas, etc.. (as in other shows) and on the back of the entrance-ticket are written those things . I could find inside the stadium Roxette shirts, discs and cassettes "Joyride", some posters obviously with the price for fans.

I'm impressed again, as in any store that i previously visited by the kindness of a lady from the organizing team. She is about 45 years old and do not hesitate to lead me to the place written on the ticket, she understood that i`m probably foreign to the area. The place that I have is very good (950 ft), giving me the opportunity to see and hear everything very well.

I`ve had a 5-10 minutes delay and missed the first part of the show of the opening act: a band with six people (probably swedish or british) who played for 20 minutes. It sounds bad, but everyone expects Roxette. However, the conscientious people in front of the stage they are getting warm singing with these guys too.

The time for Roxette installation team gives me the opportunity to "shoot" what's around. The stadium is almost full (except for a lawn to the left of the stage, which I believe did not offer vision and platform in the opposite side of the stage, the farthest); on the lawn compact group of fans are dancing to the music offered by the organizers, even if it`s not Roxette, but Queen, Genesis, Right Said Fred and The KLF.

The guard-team makes its presence felt through serial extraction of those who, being in the first row in front of the stage, risks to stop breathing because of people pushing from back. Figure this is repeated throughout the show so do not get to impress me.

And it came at 21 ... Roxette and started to play ...

After a recent U.S. tour with plenty of initial emotions, but ultimately ended as a big celebration, those who have charmed American audiences have played again for their dearest - the european fans and it`s expectations have not been cheated!

Having a great sound, an excellent lighting effects, these two swedish who, according to the american press are not able to sustain a show, delighted the audience. Accompanied by six musicians, Per and Marie were able to win without the kind of audience, like the other bands, the fireworks, forced dialogue with gym, directed impulses to sing or dance. Everything was so natural, naturally and spontaneously, that I was convinced again that they live and attract fans only through their music.

They started with Hotblooded, after which followed another 13 songs combining new material with known hits: Dangerous, Spending my time, Fading like a flower, Dressed for Success, Big L, The Look. As expected, the high public reception was the "It Must Have Been Love", preceded by an excellent voice sample (without accompaniment) of Marie.

At 22.10, after a particular effect due to two "fountains of fireworks” from the stage, we were simply said" Good night "but no one moved away. It was weird to miss from the show just the song ”Joyride” who Marie thought that will not be successful in America. After 10 minutes of applause I got what I wanted, but not in any way, but together with six huge colorful balloons thrown at the public (exactly when Per was singing about balloon).

But it is not enough: other stage re-entry, two other songs we enjoy, especially as neither Listen to your heart could not miss. But at 22.35 everything was over!

I haven`t seen at the stadium the bad-behaviour from other band`s fans, the Roxette fans have been warm, sang, danced, lit lights, there were permanently shaken some fluorescent rods ("only" 250 Ft / piece) which created a great stadium picture.

Near me, two teenagers, a girl and a boy were standing holding their hands and sang the whole time. Although type of “nerds" at first glance,  the young fans have shown real head-tail humming songs and proving that they have had time to learn the words. As they loved Roxette, i`m sure that from now they will love them even more than before! And this because these two just “released” in 1989 by Minneapolis Radio DJ Dean Cushman are not at all difficult to love!

At the exit "fight" was given to buy poster of the show and some other posters. But I counted the money again and I said "Okay as I saw them live." I walked past people waiting at the bus arrival and departure of artists considering that I am so richer in my soul (at least that night).

That evening I was billionaire-soul for 1 hour and 35 minutes!

*thanks to daneny


May I ask your permission to

May I ask your permission to use this report on for the Budapest concert? Vă mulţumim anticipat! :)

ok, you can use it. :)

ok, you can use it. :)