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In 1976, Per Gessle met Mats Persson, a member of the band Audiovisuellt Angrepp, forming the duo Grape Rock. Later Micke Andersson, Anders Herrlin and Göran Fritzon joined and the quintet was born. The group’s name was changed to “Gyllene Tider”, alluding to Mott the Hoople’s song “The Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll”. In the following year, the band had become local celebrities in Halmstad for their Christmas concerts. Taking advantage of this they released their quite rare vinyl EP, Billy, selling about 900 copies. In 1980, the LP Gyllene Tider was released, becoming a huge success in Sweden. “Flickorna på TV2” was the album’s biggest hit.

The second album, released in 1981 under the name Moderna Tider, also enjoyed huge success, and was followed by a national tour. The following year Puls was released, with the hits “Sommartider” and “Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång”.

The group tried to break through to the American market in 1984 with the album Heartland (a six track mini version of the album The Heartland Café released in Sweden) under the name “Roxette”; however, the album flopped, selling only about 8,000 copies. The name Roxette was later used by Per Gessle to name his successful collaboration with Marie Fredriksson. In 1985 Gyllene Tider officially broke up.

In the following years, however, a few Greatest hits albums were released and a number of reunions took place, in particular the immensely popular Återtåget tour of 1996. In 2004 the band celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary with the first new album, Finn 5 fel!, in 20 years and a big summer tour in July and August. The tour, called GT25, was a huge success, being the biggest tour in Scandinavia ever and the second largest of all time in the whole of Europe, gathering large crowds all over Sweden. When they performed at Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg on August 7, 2004 during the GT25, 58,984 fans watched the concert live, breaking the record set by Bruce Springsteen, and the performance was later broadcast on TV4.

Gyllene Tider reunited again on August 14, 2010, as a surprise encore during Roxette’s concert in Halmstad, both bands’ hometown. They performed a three-song set, featuring the songs “Juni, juli, augusti”, “Sommartider”, and “När alla vännerna gått hem”, with Marie Fredriksson and the rest of the Roxette band joining them on stage for the last number.

In January 2013, the group announced a new album and summer tour in Sweden, both called Dags att tänka på refrängen. The album was released on April 24, 2013, the 19-show tour started on July 5, 2013 in Halmstad and ended August 10 in Eskilstuna.

To be continued…

The Band

Micke Syd Andersson – drums, backing vocals

Göran “Fritte” Fritzon – keyboards

Per “PG” Gessle – lead vocals, rhythm guitar

Anders “Anki” Herrlin – bass guitar, backing vocals

Mats “MP” Persson – guitars, backing vocals

Tours

The complete GT gig list.

1978

May 12: Bio Reflex, Getinge
May 27: Figarosalen, Halmstad
December 21: Bio Reflex, Getinge
December 27: Figarosalen, Halmstad

1979

April 6: Club Intim, Halmstad
April 27: Lagaholmsskolan, Laholm
June 1: Joe Hill, Halmstad
June 2: Joe Hill, Halmstad
August 1: Bastiljonen, Halmstad
November 21: Hemvärnsgården, Åled
November 29: EMI’s Xmas party, EMI Studios, Skärmarbrink
November 30: Village, Stockholm
December 12: Grundsskolans Lucia party, Folkets Park, Halmstad
December 27: Figarosalen, Halmstad

1980 – Gyllene Tider

January 6: Club Intim, Halmstad
February 13: Växjö
February 22: Stadsteatern, Karlshamn
February 29: Gisleparken, Gislaved
March 1: Folkets Park, Karlshamn
March 7: Glädjehuset, Stockholm
March 14: Pinoccio, Halmstad
March 15: Focus, Kungsbacka
March 16: Göteborg, Backa fritidsgård
March 26: Fina, Hudiksvall
March 27: Medborgarhuset, Lycksele
March 28: Club Cleopatra, Luleå
March 29: Mad Molly, Skellefteå
March 30: Hedbergska salen, Sundsvall
April 1: Rackarbackspuben, Uppsala
April 2: Rock Palais, Stockholm
April 4: Spooky, Varberg
April 5: Folkets Park, Karlshamn
April 6: Lobo, Göteborg
April 6: Kattegattskolan, Halmstad
April 18: Forum, Oskarshamn
April 19: Club Alexander, Lidköping
April 25: Folkets Hus, Rottneros
April 26: Club Eagle, Mjölby
April 30: Kärringryggen, Virserum
May 1: Folkets Hus, Åstorp
May 2: Dagstorp
May 3: Folkets Hus, Blomstermåla
May 9: Fotbollsplatsen, Torne
May 10: Strandparken, Torekov
May 14: Björkgården, Varberg
May 15: Atlantic, Borås
May 16: Torget, Skara och Spooky, Varberg
May 17: Folkets Park, Huskvarna
May 23: Norrköping
May 24: Östervåla
May 25: Storebro
May 28: Elvis, Västerås
May 30: Parken, Söderhamn
May 31: Parken, Fagersta
June 5: Hyltebruk
June 6: Parken, Oskarshamn
June 7: Sjökronaprken,Helsingborg
June 8: Liseberg, Göteborg
June 9: Night Life, Halmstad
June 11: Vämöparken, Karlskrona
June 13: Grace Club, Gävle
June 14: Parken Zoo, Eskilstuna
June 20: Viskan
June 21: Kornsjöstrand
June 23: Öregrund
June 27: Tivoliparken, Sölvesborg
June 28: Pireus, Malmö
June 29: Vrigstad
July 2: Brunnsparken, Örebro
July 3: Parken, Hudiksvall
July 4: Folkets Park, Bollsta
July 5: Kärrgruvan, Norberg
July 7: Hjo
July 8: Visby
July 10: Borgholm, Öland
July 11: Osby
July 12: Ellös
July 13: Vessigebro
July 18: Village, Stockholm
July 19: Glädjehuset, Stockholm
July 20: Åland
July 25: Stallet, Vassmolösa
July 26: Fagerfjäll
July 27: Helsingfors, Finland
July 30: Bengtsfors
July 31: Mjölby
August 1: Lund
August 2: Karlskrona and Kristianopel
August 9: Folkets Park, Linköping
August 15: Grängesberg
August 16: Knivsta
August 17: Säterdalen
August 22: Norrtälje
August 23: Hagfors
August 28: Kungälv
August 29: Falköping
August 30: Karlshamn
September 7: Gröna Lund, Stockholm
October 31: Spooky, Varberg
November 1: Axevalla Travbana, Skövde
November 5: Bellevue, Karlshamn
November 6: Biograf Mosaiken, Bromölla
November 7: Folkets Park, Växjö
November 8: Lönsboda
November 11: Alingsås
November 12: Forum, Oskarshamn
November 14: Folkets Hus, Trollhättan
November 15: Night Flight, Överlida
November 19: Parken, Lidköping
November 20: Parken, Linköping
November 21: Folkets Park, Gävle
November 22: Folkets Hus, Rottneros
November 24: Avesta
November 26: Östersund
November 27: Härnösand
November 28: Skelläfteå
November 29: Noraström
December 2: Katrineholm
December 3: Motala
December 5: Göteborg
December 6: Idrottens hus, Örebro
December 12: Västerås
December 13: Hindås

1981 – Moderna Tider

March 13: Folkets park, Hedemora
March 14: Folkets Hus, Karlstad
March 15: Riderhallen, Oslo, Norway
March 18: Olympen, Lund
March 19: Finnevedskolan, Värnamo
March 20: Folkets Park, Tidaholm
March 21: Nittorpshallen, Limmared
March 22: Parken, Borås
March 25: Sporthallen, Vimmerby
March 26: Himmelstalundshallen, Norrköping
March 27: Folkparken, Mora
March 28: Maserhallen, Borlänge
March 29: Ekilla Sporthall, Märsta
April 29: Karlshamn
April 30: Kristianopel
May 8: Liseberg, Göteborg
May 9: Borås
May 10: Skövde
May 13: Karlskrona
May 14: Dagstorp
May 15: Varberg
May 16: Vara
May 17: Växjö
May 20: Uppsala
May 21: Simonstorp
May 22: Kalmar
May 23: Älmhult
May 24: Helsingborg
May 27: Fagersta
May 28: Södertälje
May 29: Västerås
May 30: Lindfors
May 31: Säter
June 2: Gröna Lund, Stockholm
June 3: Mariestad
June 4: Vänersborg
June 5: Malung
June 6: Karlskoga
June 7: Avesta
June 8: Karlstad
June 10: Tärendö
June 20: Överkalix
June 21: Luleå
June 25: Malmö
June 26: Burseryd
June 27: Kinna
June 28: Torne
July 1: Storebro
July 3: Gamleby
July 4: Linköping
July 5: Sjönelund
July 6: Öland
July 7: Visby
July 8: Vrigstad
July 10: Viskan
July 11: Mohed
July 12: Hede
July 15: Bjurberget
July 16: Hofors
July 17: Köping
July 18: Orsa
July 19: Rättvik
July 21: Gräbbestad
July 22: Ellös
July 23: Hunnebostrand
July 24: Arvika
July 25: Kärrgruvan, Norberg
July 26: Eskilstuna
July 29: Ljusdal
July 30: Gävle
July 31: Mjölby
August 1: Vägasked
August 2: Alingsås
August 5: Östersund
August 6: Lycksele
August 7: Skellefteå
August 8: Norsjö
August 9: Piteå
August 12: Drammen, Norway
August 13: Årjäng
August 14: Hagfors
August 15: Kristinehamn
August 16: Örebro
August 19: Katrineholm
August 20: Borlänge
August 21: Bollstabruk
August 22: Bergsjö
August 23: Sundsvall
August 26: Momarken, Norway
August 28: Tidaholm
August 29: Värnamo
August 30: Huskvarna
September 2: Gjövik, Norway
September 3: Lilleström, Norway
September 4: Trollhättan
September 5: Kungälv
September 6: Folkparken, Halmstad

1982 – Sommartider ’82

July 14: Ljusdal
July 15: Visby
July 17: Hultsfred
July 21: Bengtsfors
July 22: Hunnebostrand
July 23: Varberg
July 24: Åhus
July 28: Örebro
July 29: Mjölby
July 30: Köping
July 31: Västerås
August 1: Öland
August 4: Vrigstad
August 5: Södertälje
August 6: Norberg
August 7: Eskilstuna
August 11: Gävle
August 12: Östersund
August 12: Viskan
August 14: Bergsjö
August 15: Grängesberg
August 19: Borlänge
August 20: Björneborg
August 21: Avesta
August 25: Oslo, Norway
August 27: Värmbol
August 28: Linköping

1984 – Heartland Café

March 16: Köping
March 17: Avesta
March 23: Lidköping
March 24: Limmared
March 28: Östersund
March 29: Örnsköldsvik
March 30: Kalix
March 31: Lycksele
April 5: Alingsås
April 6: Överlida
April 7: Rottneros
April 12: Lund
April 13: Häradsbäck
April 14: Halmstad
April 18: Mjölby
April 19: Gislaved
April 20: Malmö
April 21: Karlshamn
April 22: Blomstermåla

1989

January 12: Norre Kavaljeren, Halmstad (PG’s 30th birthday)
August 30: Norre Kavaljeren, Halmstad (release of “Instant Hits”, 10 years GT)

1991

September 17: Ishallen, Halmstad (Roxette’s “Join the Joyride” tour, Anders’ 30th birthday)

1995

May 15: Penny Lane, Halmstad (release of “Halmstads Pärlor”)
June 30: Stora Torg, Halmstad
July 1: Hotel Mårtenson, Halmstad

1996 – Återtåget

July 3: Beach Club, Tylösand
July 5: Sofiero, Helsingborg
July 6: Sofiero, Helsingborg
July 7: Slottsudden, Sölvesborg
July 9: Slottsruinen, Borgholm
July 10: Slottsruinen, Borgholm
July 12: Pinneviken, Lysekil
July 13: Mariebergsskogen, Karlstad
July 14: Sammilsdal, Leksand
July 17: Gamla A7, Visby
July 19: Jogersö, Oxelösund
July 20: Gränsö Slott, Västervik
July 21: Fästningen, Varberg
July 24: Stadion, Stockholm
July 26: Slottet, Finspång
July 27: Parken Zoo, Eskilstuna
July 28: Sjöängen, Eksjö
July 30: Boulognerskogen, Skövde
July 31: Evedal, Växjö
August 2: Slottsmöllan, Malmö
August 3: Trädgårdsföreningen, Göteborg
August 5: Trädgårdsföreningen, Göteborg
August 6: Strömvallen, Gävle
August 7: Folkets Park, Örnsköldsvik
August 9: Brottet, Halmstad
August 10: Brottet, Halmstad

1999

January 12: Leifs Lounge, Tylösand (PG’s 40th birthday)

2004 – GT25!

July 14: Halmstad, Örjans vall (23,329 visitors)
July 15: Halmstad, Örjans vall (23,733)
July 17: Lysekil, Pinneviken (22,454)
July 18: Helsingborg, Sofiero (12,528)
July 20: Norrköping, Idrottsparken (23,405)
July 21: Sunne, Rottneros Park (12,103)
July 23: Stockholm, Stadion (32,508)
July 24: Stockholm, Stadion (32,215)
July 25: Falun, Lugnet (20,518)
July 28: Skövde, Karstorps fritidsområde (19,917)
July 30: Växjö, Värendsvallen (30,232)
July 31: Malmö, Mölleplatsen (16,930)
August 4: Örebro, Eyravallen (22,500)
August 6: Jönköping, Elmiafältet (30,410)
August 7: Göteborg, Ullevi (58,980)
August 10: Västervik, Gränsö slott (15,036)
August 11: Eskilstuna, Sundbyholmstravet (21,546)
August 13: Sundsvall, Park Arena (22,337)
August 14: Skellefteå, Torget (10,528)
August 17: Oxelösund, Jogersö (13,875)
August 18: Halmstad, Örjans vall, 27,168)
August 27: Stockholm (exclusive show for Tele 2)

2010

August 14: Halmstad, Marknadsplatsen (Roxette concert)

2013 – Live 2013 – Dags att tänka på refrängen

June  26: Leif’s Lounge, Halmstad
July 5: Halmstad, Marknadsplatsen
July 7: Lysekil, Gullmarsvallen
July 10: Helsingborg, Sofiero slott
July 12: Gothenburg, Ullevi
July 13: Malmö, Stadion
July 15: Ronneby, Ronneby Brunn
July 17: Linköping, Stångebrofältet
July 19: Karlstad, Mariebergsskogen
July 20: Leksand, Hembygdsgårdarna
July 21: Örebro, Brunnsparken
July 24: Kalmar, Fredriksskans
July 26: Jönköping, Elmiafältet
July 27: Stockholm, Tele2 Arena
July 31: Gävle, Gasklockorna
August 2: Sundsvall, Konsertfest Norrporten arena
August 3: Örnsköldsvik, Strandparken
August 7: Halmstad, Marknadsplatsen
August 9: Skövde, Karstorps Fritidsområde
August 10: Eskilstuna, Sundbyholms Slott

2014

April 11: Stockholm, Berns (corporate gig, DLF, 12 songs)