Hello awesome auditory, here you could find some important facts, about our hero – our captain JOEY TEMPEST
Joey Tempest, Joakim – as his mother used to call him in his childhood years – was an ordinary boy, as all swedish boys of his age . He was playing football and ice-hockey, and he was driving go-cart.
During his school years, Jocke played in different local rock bands, such as: “Roxanne”, “Blazer”, “Made in Hong Kong”. He was a singer and a bass-player there. They used to perform at local schools and stages.
Ambitious to be always a winner, in those years as now, he ranked 4th place in a Swedish go-cart junior championship, but the music came first so quickly. He was conquered by Elton John and Elvis Preslay and also listening rock bands as “Led Zeppelin”, “Nazareth”, “Sweet”, “Slade”. So, he started to learn playing some musical instruments from as his sister had taken piano lessons.
He took guitar basic lessons and had also learned to play the
In 1978 – Joakim was invited to sing in is friend’s, John Norum, band – Force. Besides Joakim Larsson (vocals, keyboards and acoustic guitars) and John Norum on guitar the band had John Leven on bass and Tony Reno (real surname Niemisto) on drums. In 1982 they have participated in a Young talents competition for rock music, which was held in Sweden. At that time the guys also changed the name of the band to “Europe” and Joakim changed his name to Joey Tempest. They won the 1st prize – an album to recording.
He wrote the anthem and the great hit The Final Countdown
Joey started his solo career after the band had split up. He had worked on a song, “We will be strong”, with John Norum for John’s solo album “Face the Truth”. Joey made his 1st solo album, “A place to call home”. On this album besides singing all the songs Joey also played the guitar, which shows that he’s not only a good singer, but also a good guitarist. The music style was different from Europe’s, being closer to country. Before that, Joey was recognized “The best Swedish singer” in Germany. In 1997 his 2nd solo album,”Azalea place”, was released. This album wasn’t as successful as the 1st one, though the song “The Match” went quite high on the musical hit-charts in many countries.
Also the next year Joey was invited to perform the hymn of the national football team of Germany for the World Championship. He sang it together with the famous German opera singer Anna Maria Kaufmann.
Another important event in 1998 was the recording of Mike Batt’s Philharmania where Joey performed Bruce Springsteen’s song “Born to run” with the Royal Symthonic Orchestra. Europe had a gig on New Year’s Eve in Stockholm. It was the first reunion after the split-up 7 years before.
The most important event for Joey it is the date 29.09.2000, when he married Lisa Woringhton. They met first in 1992 in London, since then Joey had fallen in love with Lisa, but the music was still his “first” love as always. So, in 2001 Joey with the Swedish pop-singer Patrik Isaksson, performed the song by Pugh Rogefeldt “Har Kommer Natten” – “Here Comes the Night”.
October, 2002 Joey’s 3rd solo album was released. The title is simply “Joey Tempest”. The style of this album is very different from the previous two. It gets really more rocking! Mic Michaeli (the Europe keyboard player) helped Joey with this album, putting the sound of rock guitars at first and no more girl backing vocals.
Even if I had been a real talented writer , I would not have been able to write so many books about Joey – this magnificent and gorgeous person – because he will never stop to surprise us! Joey is the best musician and “Europe” is his child.
Like Joey said: “Nothing is constant … except change”.