May 09, 2011
Roxette rocks Cape Town on first night in South Africa
Last night, May 8, 2011, Swedish super-group Roxette kicked off the South African leg of their Charm School world tour at the GrandArena at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World. This was the first of three sold out shows to be held in Cape Town this week and marked 16 years since Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle last played in South Africa. All photos by Ingrid Sinclair and Celeste Saville.
The show started promptly at 20h00 after a fantastic set by Cape Town outfit the Wedding DJs, who did a great job of warming the capacity crowd up with songs from the late ‘80s and early ‘90s – the period when Roxette were at the height of their popularity.
International shows like these are always a smooth affair at the GrandArena – with ample parking and well-oiled procedures, it’s become a stalwart venue for big international acts in the city.
Marie Fredriksson, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2002, was visibly frail but looked ravishing in her signature black leather pants and short, bleached blonde hair. The air was thick with nostalgia as she sang the songs that made Roxette world famous.
The setlist included 1987’s breakout hit It Must Have Been Love (But It’s Over Now), How Do You Do, I Wish I Could Fly, Fading Like A Flower, The Look and Dangerous, as well as a few of the their more recent songs. Fans will not be disappointed by the song list!
Roxette will be performing in Cape Town again on Tuesday, May 10, and Wednesday, May 11, before heading to Gauteng to treat northerners to their wonderful dose of nostalgia.
The band clearly still has quite a hold on South African audiences: They have no less than seven shows in the country, which are all but sold out.