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Roxette Roxette Roxette Roxette
Roger Hodgson Anouk Anouk Anouk

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As tradition goes on Bospop, the Saturday is mainly booked for well-known rock & pop acts and this year is no different. The first interesting band today is without a doubt Ringo Starr And His All Starr Band. As a member of The Beatles, Ringo gathered everlasting worldwide fame and once you’ve had a taste of that, it’s hard to let go. “What’s my name?? What’s my name??” the famous Beatles drummer screams. Still addicted to fame and fortune, he knows he’s the main factor in this all-star band, but as it appeared was more of a symbolic nature. Just the day before, Ringo turned 71 and is visually charmed when the fans start chanting ‘Happy Birthday’. I must confess he still looks amazing these days. However, he was and never will be a good singer, as he painfully proves kicking off with ‘It Don’t Come Easy’ and ‘Honey Don’t’. Luckily he’s surrounded with a bunch of rock veterans who still can deliver the goods, including Wally Palmar (The Romantics), Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth), Edgar Winter, Gary Wright and Rick Derringer. Each of them are performing former hits like ‘That’s What I Like About You’ (The Romantics) and ‘Love Is Alive’ (Gary Wright) to ‘Rock ‘n Roll, Hoochie Koo’ (Rick Derringer) which go down great with the mostly older fans. Most impressive song however is ‘Broken Wings’ (Mr Mister) performed by Richard Page, who still has an amazing voice. Finally, with ‘Yellow Submarine’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ and ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ Ringo Starr brings back the legend of The Beatles and turns the field into a big karaoke bar. John Lennon’s ‘Give Peace A Chance’ puts an end to a show that left me with mixed feelings.

It took almost ten years for Roxette and more preciously Marie Fredriksson to recover from a brain tumour and it’s a miracle she pulled through and is ready to perform again. Marie still looks good and her singing abilities are almost as in the old days. However she’s avoiding the higher notes, which she apparently can’t reach anymore. But the short haired blonde doesn’t seem to care and sings every note with her heart and soul. Together with guitarist Per Gessle she forms the essence of Roxette, a band responsible for a dozen hits going from opener ‘Dressed For Success’, ‘Sleeping In My Car’ to ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Joyride’. New songs are hardly played, but who needs them if you’ve got such a back catalogue. With encores ‘Listen To Your Heart’ and ‘The Look’, Roxette deliver a perfect festival set for young and old.

As the original voice of Supertramp and composer of the band’s greatest hits (together with Rick Davies), Roger Hodgson is a true legend. In 1983 he decided to leave Supertramp to spend more time with his family and to pursue a solo career. Since a few years he’s playing acoustic live shows again and played the Bospop festival before. This time however he’s accompanied by a full band, which gives just that little extra. Everyone knows the Supertramp classics, so the tent is completely packed to watch this performance. And rightfully so, because from the first notes of ‘Take The Long Way Home’ this is a magic show. Everyone is singing along and there’s an electrifying vibe I haven’t witnessed since Journey’s first performance at Arrow Classic Rock festival in 2006. “I’m sorry to interrupt you, but I’ve only have an hour to play” jokes Hodgson when the crowd goes wild after every song and refuse to calm down. Songs like ‘The Logical Song’, ‘Breakfast In America’, ‘It’s Raining Again’ and ‘Dreamer’ are all time classics and hearing the rarely played ‘Fool’s Overture’ was awesome. Headliner Anouk had to start her show later to give Hodgson the chance to do a well-deserved encore with ‘Breakfast In America’ (again). Bringing back the songs that have touched many lives was heart-warming and both Hodgson and the fans turned this gig into an unforgettable show.

It was clear Anouk would have a rough time following the act of the weekend, but then again she played a home match. Her personal relation problems have been widely spread in the news, but as an artist she still delivers the goods and seems very relaxed on stage. Big hit ‘Girl’ starts the set, but Anouk doesn’t rely on her hits. Instead she chooses mostly songs from her latest album “To Get Her Together”, which is more soul and funk orientated. And quite frankly she tackles this genre just as good as her rock repertoire. Also the fans are digging this new direction and with the help of backing singers Trijntje Oosterhuis and Jenny Lane, Anouk gives a quite enjoyable show. Her Dutch roots might have prevented her from international success, but Anouk certainly has the talent to make it anywhere in the world.

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Bospop (Anouk, Roger Hodgson, Roxette & Ringo Starr And His All Starr Band)
July 9, 2011

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