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Europe have started the new “Walk the Earth” tour around the world in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Puerto de la Cruz, Spain, with Monkey Faces as support band to review live the new album and its successes.


Europe is much more than The Final Countdown. The vocalist of the Swedish band Joey Tempest said it a few days ago in reference to the two concerts they will offer this weekend in the Canary Islands. Yesterday they were already in the Gran Canaria  Arena pavilion, in Siete Palmas, with Hackers as guests; and this afternoon, starting at 8:00 p.m., they will be at the El Peñón stadium, in Puerto de La Cruz, with the opening of the concert by Monkey Faces.

They Are Two concerts that activate a world tour that will take the band lead by Joey Tempest and John Norum, to destinations such as Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, Hungary and Japan, as well as other dates in Spain in the shelter of this Tour The Earth 2019 , such as their presence at the Rock Coast Festival, in Fuengirola (14 June) and at the Rock Fest in Barcelona (July 7).

The frontman Joey Tempest says that “The Final Countdown” “helped us become an international rock band, but we are much more than that. We have eleven more edited albums “.  With Walk the Earth (2017) as the last published work, and which was recorded at the Abbey Road Studios, Europe’s will is to remain active, with  all followers  that are hooked to the Swedish band from the very beginning: those who applauded their planetary popularity with the launch of their most successful work, the Final Countdown (1986), the third studio album.



As we already know, the origin of Europe dates back to 1979 when the roads of Joey Tempest and John Norum were crossed. Its first record of homonymous title appeared in 1983, years in which they declared themselves devotees of that mixture of glam and hard rock that would derive in the so-called melodic metal. Seven Doors Hotel was the theme that opened doors beyond the Nordic market.

Yesterday, during the presentation of the event, the local mayor, Dimple Melwani, said that “we did not hesitate a second to bet on this concert when the New Events proposal came to us, they are a mythical band of heavy metal and for our municipality it is a important bet, it is also a very interesting way to boost our city through leisure, in our attempt to recover a tourist destination that has been a pioneer and is still a reference “.


Translation from the source: La



Europe’s world tour begins this year with a sensational  concert in Gran Canaria Spain. The band will be performing on March 22nd, their first show  for this year. Spanish fans will have the chance to see their idols on the big stage in Las Palmas, where the big hits of their latest album, “WALK THE EARTH” will  be heard once again among the audience  ovations. “The Siege”, “Election Day” or “Turn to Dust” are just a few of the songs on the album released in 2017 that will make the delight of the band’s show .

The next Spanish tour will be in Tenerife, where on Saturday, March 23, El Estadio del Penon will resound in the unmistakable sounds of the band’s  tunes. The concerts  will be surely awesome with  Japan’s turn to host a series of concerts in Kawasaki in the Citta Club. Thus, April promises to the Japanese a Walk the Earth tour’s concerts very spectacular.

On April, 13th 2019 , the guys  announce  to celebrate
Record Store Day  by releasing a limited edition 7”of (A) “Walk The Earth” and (AA) “Turn To Dust (Single Edit)”. This rare double “A” side will be pressed on transparent vinyl with a special collectible Europe zip pouch, available exclusively in this unique Record Store Day only release. 

Europe world tour will go on in Hungary, with the Open Road Festival, where the fans will hum the songs  from the last album  alongside the Swedish masters. So, on June 8th, Europe will  perform  in Alsóörs and we expect an incendiary concert.  Joey Tempest and his band mates  promise a great show,  on the already familiar rhythms of the well-known Heavy Metal tunes as Walk the Earth or The Siege;  


Fuengirola Spain, will say present with the comeback of the guys in this country, on Friday 14 June, during the Rock The Coast Festival. The band’s tour gets this year also in Finland, on June 29, when  Raasepoori Festival Karjaa will host a sensational show  of Joey Tempest alongside his band mates: John Norum, John Leven, Mic Michaeli and Ian Haugland. July also offers to the  fans a pleasant surprise  in Zitadelle, Berlin,  during a single concert on July 2. The Czech Republic and Austria are two last countries that will finish, so far  the concerts and the world tour of EUROPE this year.

So, all we have to do is to wish to our band  another great year around its audience and fans around the world. We wish you  good luck boys in your projects and  succeed your year with amazing shows, as usual.


The band’s evolution was followed this year with the latest album, where its leader, Joey Tempest just held the heights. We’re all wondering what’s coming this year, what plans the band has, what are Joey’s plans for his career in the future. 

His fans also expect a new solo album, among others, but it does not seem to prefigure any plan for this project.
I’m really happy at the moment of our last three records, I think we’re on a really interesting and fun trip, right now I’m not thinking of anything like that but it’s not impossible to do another album one day or play with some friends or do something else. It will not happen soon because we are having too much fun.
The last recorded albums brought to the band the gratitude and respect of the audience. No wonder the number of concerts has increased considerably in recent years.
Now we have more experience, a deeper expression, we are slightly more blues and soul … Maybe we are better musicians, we have turned a lot and we have performed thousands of concerts. In addition, today we record records more live. We do not fix them so much, we are more spontaneous. We are also more experienced and have a different expression. We were young in the eighties and nineties. We were looking for our way. We had a great time, we did the best we could, ha ha. The second period is great because we own our music, we control our tours, we have a company that runs everything. We make all the decisions in the dressing room. It’s great to have the power.
The band’s front man – Joey Tempest will never renege on everything that The Final Countdown gave them and recognizes that they were years in which they greatly enjoyed. But it is clear that the pop world, in which they also caused a revolution, is much more volatile and unstable than rock, where they feel more comfortable.
But still, what it will be next after the great album “WALK THE EARTH”?
The album was received positively by the audience, so this year the tour will continue to other lands, where the band will concert and promote the latest album released on the market for the first time in 2017 – “Walk the Earth”. 
It has been great. And we want to keep spinning with this record because it’s good. We enjoy it. We played five songs from the new album. We have recently started to incorporate Turn To Dust and Pictures into the repertoire. It’s a pleasure, we really like this album, said Joey. 
Yes, indeed, Walk The Earth is a very interesting album; diverse and varied.
We have a lot of fun playing it because it is different from the rest of the material. 
The band has evolved significantly through frequent appearances and world tours, and the band’s experience is easy to spot. One thing is certain: in the ruthless world of contemporary rock, it is not enough just to be talented if luck and accumulated experience (2 determinant factors in the current showbiz) are not on your side.
We are currently in the rock community, which is what we like. To become a very big band was a bit strange, because we are a group of guitars. Those years of The Final Countdown and Out Of This World were a bit weird because we appeared on posters and in the pop music scene. And really pop music was not our thing. Now we are very comfortable getting very good reviews and we even won a Grammy award in Sweden. We had never achieved it before, and we have achieved it with Walk The Earth. Classic Rock magazine says we’re making our best albums now … Being part of the rock community and being respected, that’s what we love. The world of pop is very variable, you can not trust it; You can trust the rock community.
And so what it comes next?
We are going to compose next year. Of course, we write all the time but not in a serious way. We only collect some ideas. Next year we will compose and rotate. We will tour more for new territories than in Europe, although we may do festivals. We are going to record the next album at the beginning of 2020.


MAY, 2018

Interview given by Joey Tempest to Swedish Television, after  Europe got inducted into the Swedish Music Hall Of Fame. It was really a big pride and great honour, that a rock band from Upplands Väsby has ever know it.

If you could choose to either win 208 million in the lottery or top the charts in 26 countries with your song, what you would accept? I would top the charts in 26 countries. EUROPE did it with  the big hit “The Final Countdown”.  Welcome Joey Tempest!

JT: Thank you

Rep: And that is the part of the reason why you were inducted into the Swedish Hall of Fame.

JT: It could be. We stumbled into the establishment last night. Hard rockers from Väsby; but, it might not be something we’ve been striving for, but now it feels great! Earlier, this year, we won a Swedish Grammy too, We’re like : “What’s going on”? Really cool!

Rep. It is not just because you have worldwide success, but also because you changed Swedish music history. What was it that EUROPE could contribute when you burst onto the scene?

JT: We started early. We played Hard Rock and there weren’t that many other band like us. We met record companies and they turned us down before we won the “Rock – SM” contest.

Rep: Could you name those who turned you down?

JT: Nah…..Maybe some other time; They were like, “You should sing in Swedish and your guitars shouldn’t be so loud…..” ; So, we followed our own path and won “Rock- SM” after playing two songs in the final.  And, the prize was to record an album. That’s were it started.

Rep: It’s nice that you mention guitars, because guitar based music has been on the decline.

JT: Yeah, I hope so?

Rep: It’s unfortunate…. You hope so?

JT: Really! (laughs) No, but it is very important to record like they did in the 70’s. That’s what we do. We recorded “Walk The Earth” at Abbey Road.

Rep: What was like that?

JT: That was fantastic! They still have all the old equipment. I sang with the compressor that John Lennon had used. We used some equipment that Pink Floyd had used. So, we were like: “That’s great!” We’re on an adventure. So, we done six albums since we came back.

Rep: What does a week in EUROPE‘s life look like in 2018?

JT: If we’re on tour it’s full-on. Business, as usual. At home, I have two sons and it’s a blast.

Rep: You live in England?

JT: Yeah, I lived there for a long time.

Rep: Why did you choose that?

JT: I was in London early on, when I was 12, 13. Mom and Dad took me there. I felt at home there already back then.  Later on, I met the woman who is now my wife in 1992, in London. So, that became our city. I’ve been there, ever since.

Rep: Your mom was with, last night.

JT: Yes, she was at the Hall of Fame ceremony.

Rep: What did she think?

JT: She thought it was a great night; she got to sit up front, but they had set up five chairs for EUROPE. But, we managed to get one more chair, so it was the six of us, including Mom. So, she got to be in the band.  That was fun.

Rep: What it was here role? Was she in the background back in the day, baking buns?

JT: Mom and Dad were there. They were surprised that I started to play guitar before and after school.  So, they started to look at me like: “What is he doing?”But, they’ve always supported me. Both Mom and Dad have stayed positive over the years.

Rep: Do you still have a relation to Upplands Väsby?

JT: Yeah, Mom and Dad still live there, and so does my brother, Thomas. So, I am there, pretty often. Now, there are rumors about making a memory plaque or (…..) I don’t know what they’re going to come with. They can’t make a statue for someone who’s still alive (laughs)…  That’s the rule. But, we thought that when you’re on your way from the Arlanda Airport towards, you could see a Mount Rushmore! (big laughs) Five faces or six, if we include Mom.

Rep: That would be really funny!

JT: That would be fantastic!

Rep: Where do you find the drive and desire to tour all the time?

JT: We’ll be going to Australia in a few weeks to do a big tour over there.

Rep: For the first time, right?

JT: Yeah! We’ve toured everywhere else but never there. But, they have been pushing for it and we have many  fans there. Where do we find the inspiration? We’re five guys who met each other when we where teenagers. We took the train to the Johanneshov Stadium to see Deep Purple and Thin Lizzy. We had dreams and started to rehearse. And it’s the same guys today. So, we have so many memories together and we have so much power together. There’s a collective soul. We write together nowadays.

Rep: Have you gone to therapy like Metalica did?

JT: Laughing, let me put it, this way. We’ve gone through various stuff with certain band members….Things have happened. Not any big brawls or anything. But, we have gone through everything and now, we’re on the other side and can be grateful for everything that happens.
Rep: It’s like a marriage! (laughs) The hardest part is the first 50 years! 40! Then it all works out!

JT: Yeah!

Rep: Congratulations!

JT: Thank you!

Rep: Thank you for coming! Give your Mom our regards!

JT: I will. Thank you.




Source: Nyhetsmorgon Interview, SVT, Sweden.






As a retrospective of the current year, about Europe’s concerts and performances, we could say without doubt everything is Superlative. Europe along with his charismatic lead singer has shone from all points of view; audience, sales, concerts, etc. Europe, the legendary band has made great strides with remarkable progress comparable to the young years; if their songs were more melodic, and the lyrics more simplistic, they are now powerful due to the remarkable force of the contemporary Rock, the originality of the orchestration and the deep sound of the last successful album ” WALK THE EARTH”. Joey Tempest, the gorgeous singer of the Swedish band, is always ready to bring news from the band, bringing up the latest news from their concerts and tours of the year that is just over.

I think that Europe seems to be in a perennial musical journey: this time, to move forward and beyond all we have done in the past, we have decided to take you into a time machine, recording an album also recorded using vintage instruments and equipment in the legendary Abbey Studios in London”.

Recalling the last album “Walk the Earth”, the singer tells us how everything started and where the warm sound comes. “A few years ago we recorded the album “Bag Of Bones”,  and with that record we said goodbye to the past and we moved to the future, since then we have recorded in the best studios, with the best engineers of the sound because we wanted the rock’n’roll to be recorded in the best possible way, not too modern, not too plastic, not too metallic, it needed it to be warm, full of expression”. It seems that the band has continued this rhythm so far as the concerts exploded and the fans seemed to be getting bigger. Not only “Bag of Bones” has been recorded alongside famous producers, but also “War of Kings”, along with the great producer Dave Cobb (the producer of the new album), intelligent and prepared on the equipment and recording techniques has seen an expected success. It seems more than ever that Europe has missed its target and never missed it.

As for the last album “Walk The Earth”, it  was a very spontaneous and organic record, Europe members  have written the music for 3-4 months, they have had generally a productive collaboration between them with changing ideas, had written  the lyrics, sounds and then they recorded it quickly.  There were so many ideas, also for the texts, and once entering in the studio, very immediately, they were very excited about what went out. 

We have been told that it is one of our best albums but, again, it was very spontaneous, composed by everyone and with many ideas come to the studio, even to our producer, in a very creative atmosphere inside the Abbey Studios.said Joey Tempest. Joey Tempest, very contemplative, thinks that music is coming closer to the world and that through music, people re closer. I think that music helps the songs and the way you want to make them, for example, when we played the songs to Dave Cobb, the producer, he came up with ideas on how to approach the recording. Many ideas came to the recording studio, it was a combination of the songs and the amazing talent of Dave Cobb in recording that he created the sound and even the sound engineer was a great help, the Abbey Road studios are very modern”.

Despite the crisis the world has been making in recent years, the music industry is rebounding, and the rock’s edge is more pronounced. The secret is generally to believe in what you are doing. How would the future stand out in the vision of Europe, of course in the music field and in their current career.

“I think it was perfect for this album but we did not plan it, we do not design an album, the only thing we plan is to choose great people to work with or work on big equipment, we choose to work in a great atmosphere but the rest depends on the moment, the luck and the spontaneous ideas we have, it’s exciting to make these albums so fast”.

The intention of launching  the album Walk the Earth  tends to unite the people and giving a wave of hope to the world, singing for the people is the right way to do this is what Europe try to do and they do it right. The proof lies in the power of the lyrics, in the texts of the new songs on the last album “Walk The Earth”, songs like:“Election Day” that are funny, “Kingdom United” about old England, the old United Kingdom, “Turn To Dust” is interesting too, it’s about philosophy on life and death, “it is difficult for me to be the judge, all the songs have their particular  vibrations”.  There are also new elements in Europe’s philosophy on life, the release of the single “The Siege”, where French  Revolution is presented as the main subject and this model of a modern democracy is like a new hope for the humanity. Also the video for “The Siege”, has once again great atmosphere, being very expressive and profound. “Before starting it all I wanted to find out how modern democracy was born and where it is going and “The Siege” ended up being part of this concept, a sort of photograph taken during the French revolution, which had effects on the whole of Europe, on the world, we thought it was a great event and it was interesting to write a song like that”.

A wonderful year ends for the band Europe, waiting for the new challenges for the next year. We are waiting here and forever, hoping to see you growing more and more as you have accustomed us to.






2019 Festival Announcement!

“Europe” are pleased to announce that they will be at 

Rock The Coast Festival in Malaga, Spain 

on Friday June 14th!

For more information & tickets visit



Message from Europe to all fans!!!!!


We’re returning to on one of our favourite places to play, Tokyo Japan and this time making it special by altering our setlist a bit every night. 

Tokyo (Kawasaki) – Club Citta

Night 1 – April 26th 2019
We feature tracks from Wings of Tomorrow & War of Kings!

Night 2 – April 27th 2019
We Feature tracks from Europe (debut album) & Start From The Dark!

Night 3 – April 28th 2019
We feature tracks from Prisoners In Paradise & Last Looks at Eden!

Together on all nights with the hits from The Final Countdown & Out Of This World with all your favorites from the latest album Walk The Earth!

Maybe there is one night in particular that will appeal to you or perhaps you want to party with us three nights in a row. Whatever the case. Let’s have some fun!

Here is the link to the site for more information

General on-sale date will be Saturday December 22nd, 2018

Also news on some special VIP Packages coming soon!

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This year, Joey Tempest and his band have performed a wide range of concerts in Europe and around the world. Impressions gathered in a bunch of information that Joey had the kindness to share with us. Joey  – the vocalist and leader of Europe, is one of the most important icons of the rock scene thanks to all the years of trajectory and successes harvested in the musical field. 

With his recent tour, this year, Joey Tempest  discussed about the current situation of the band and about its history without forgetting, the mythical and the great hit of the band, which is already well-known. In 2017 the band released a new album titled “Walk the Earth” and went on a world tour.

“It was absolutely fantastic to play this album, ‘Walk The Earth’. We felt awesome playing it this year. We played “Pictures”, “Turn To Dust”, “GTO”, which we like a lot since we launched them. We will be all 2019 on tour and in 2020 we will launch our next work”.

The band worked amazingly in a studio not at all known to them: Abbey Road is also one of the best studios in the world, but at the same time they have all the equipment they have recorded with John LennonPink Floyd or The Beatles“We brought the oldest equipment and combined it with the latest equipment to record our materials. It’s a great place, and in fact, I’ve written a few things, like the studio lyrics that are on the piano, with acoustic guitars … it’s a very inspiring place”.

The band seems to be more united than ever, and Joey assures that “we are more open than ever today because the songs are composed together and it is interesting for me to get ideas from Mic MichaeliJohn Levén or John Norum, that they come from another source, which makes them more revitalized. That’s why the songs sound different, because we offer opportunities for these ideas and we do not let theescape today”.

It’s absolutely certain that Joey and the band want to test their fans with these new compositions to surprise them with their unlimited capabilities. Otherwise:“we can not be but who we are, but our past is there and we have chosen to go further and we are happy because we have won the respect of the rock community around the world.” The last six albums have made tours all over the world and this is what we do. We are confronted with our past, but we have made progress.

When it comes to the great hit, world-famous it is amazing how far a song like “The Final Countdown” has come. “I wrote it when I was in school, we got it for the third album and it has become a classic. For us it is another song on the album, we did not rehearse it or listen to it at home. We just play it live, and we love it because it brings us closer to the public and unites it with each other. We are happy about it”.

After each concert, the band takes a moment to relax, talking about the concert just finished. “We all sit down together and talk about how the concert has gone. Except for a tour, we do it and we chat and drink some water. Then we go to the hotel or the tour bus … well, actually, not all, that’s two or three. I like to go home where I find my two children and my wife, I love my family”.

During his career, Joey gathered a series of events that influenced him and brought him more or less pleasant memories: “We played in front of  50,000 or 60,000 several times, it was amazing. We played in many ways, from 1,500 people to 15,000 each year. But, we also  did our first tour in Sweden and the promoter did something wrong … I do not know what happened. There were 12 people, but we played anyway. I do not know why, he did something wrong and nobody came. We had a good time even though and in those times we enjoyed playing around”.

“We are in a great moment right now because we own the direction that our music takes, we decide the tours and all the decisions are made by us. It’s a wonderful thing to have all that control over the future of the band, to have control of your art. There are many things, but we have power over our music and now we have taken the reins of the part related to the business, which is very good.

Regarding the less pleasant situations on stage during the band’s tours, Joey Tempest has shared some of them, which marked him in particular: “There have been several falls … I remember one from several meters to the moat in Denmark and I got my hands dirty. I was on stage and suddenly I disappeared. I was lucky for not hitting my head. I’ve had big falls seven or eight times in my career, I’m lucky to be fine.

I also broke my pants … my leather pants, so I had to pull the wardrobe a few times. The leather pants, when adjusted, there is a point where they do not give more than themselves.“.




After the release of Europe’s 11th album, the group has made a remarkable world tour this year, all over the world. Europe has enjoyed the international audience’s appreciation, and the efforts made since the filming, recording and studio activity have been fully rewarded. Distinctions and applause of the audience are the truest proofs of these relentless artists.

“It is always amazing for us when we play in the UK and Ireland and it is a special moment for me to be here”, said the singer.

Since the artist is married to a wonderful British lady, these places have become so familiar to the performer, especially since his family and friends from here doesn’t miss any concert. 

 “Hopefully there`ll be lots of friends and family at the show. People are very open and friendly and they love their Hard Rock up there. I love playing in Newcastle”.

The band played at Royal Albert Hall, when they did even some promo, the days before the concert. So, it was an incredible place and an excellent choice to perform there. 

“I was talking to the guys and we were all saying how special it will be to play there.  We grew up seeing that Deep Purple had played there with an orchestra and a lot of other people have played there like Eric Clapton, as well as all of the classical concerts so it has a great history”.

Over the years, the group has collaborated with many producers and artists, favoring the way to an expected success. From this point of view, Joey Tempest thinks: 

“I really enjoy putting stuff together but we all contribute and all come up with ideas that we work on together.  It`s great team work”. We’ve been working even with Chris Difford from Squeeze; I`ve known Chris for many years and we worked together on a couple of my solo albums.  We got to know each other and he had a studio in Devon and I was there doing some stuff and we met there.  He is such a fantastic lyricist and sometimes when I`m working of specific lyrics in a song I think that it`d be great to have Chris on board so there were a couple of songs where I knew he`d be great to work with him and we co-wrote The Siege and Kingdom United Together”.

Regarding the latest Walk the Earth album, Joey explains: “Siege” has a connection with the French Revolution, and the “Kingdom United” refers to the Magna Carta and the struggle for democracy.

“I just wanted to write about those subjects as they are of interest to me.  I was thinking about a concept album but didn`t really want to do that so that`s why there`s songs like GTO on there to move away from the more serious themes to give the album more balance and I realise that we are entertainers too so I didn`t want to get too deep into the serious stuff.  I think you can touch upon those serious political matters but didn`t want the whole album to be that serious”.

And in the future, after finalizing the concerts scheduled this year, the band will take a deserved vacation for Christmas and will continue the following year to reach some other countries with the well-known album  “WALK THE EARTH” : 

“We head over to Europe and will do Italy and Spain and play all over for a month.  We go home for Christmas and next year we`ll do more touring as Walk The Earth still has legs and we want to play that for more people.  We`ll also write next year and will start recording our next album in 2020 and then do more touring to support that”.





Europe has already announced  the dates for concerts scheduled this year in the UK. Thus, the British audience will be spoiled in September, on the rhythms of Europe titans. The band’s long-awaited concerts will kick off on Friday, September 14th, at 7pm in Manchester Academy, in an atmosphere of effervescence, typical of Europe’s band members.


Europe have announced a series of dates in the UK launching the “The Earth” Show in Manchester, which will be finalized in Brighton on September 24th. The dates also includes a show at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London with special guest and support from Scottish rock-blues King King.

It is very important to mention that before the start of the concerts in UK, Europe made their massive return to the historic Ulster Hall in Belfast to begin their “Walk The Earth” U.K. tour. And when it comes to “Walk the Earth”, Joey Tempest  says: “As a dad I do fear for the future of my two sons,. “That’s why the lyrics of our new single Walk The Earth talk about being ‘caught in the middle of a lightning strike’. The song asks the question of who’s shouting out for all of us. We need our leaders to bring us together, and right now we have the opposite of that. All of us should feel welcome”.


So, “TOUR THE EARTH” in the UK, is waiting for you as much as possible on British stages, here are the official dates announced by the band:

Fri 14 – Manchester Academy
Sat 15 – Glasgow Barrowlands
Mon 17 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Tue 18 – Nottingham Rock City
Wed 19 – Birmingham O2 Institute
Fri 21 – Cardiff St David’s Hall
Sat 22 – Portsmouth Pyramids Centre
Sun 23 – London Royal Albert Hall
Monday 24 – Brighton Dome






On september 11, 2018, Joey Tempest with his band continued their world tour, reaching Ireland, in Belfast, a place not so much unknown by the performer. A very awaited tour of both the band and their numerous fans in this country. This year, “The Final Countdown” continues its periplus  in the encouraging applause of the audience. There have been 30 years of changes in the Swedish band, but fans do not even notice that –  the clothing, the new style approached by the band and the exuberance of the performer Joey Tempest, who always turns out to be young in maximum form.


This is how Europe presented itself on the Belfast stage with explosive energy, as its customary. Joey Tempest, unchanged, always young, found Ireland after some absence… Broadly speaking, Ireland has changed his vision of life:

 “Ireland changed me as a songwriter”, says Joey Tempest.  “In the Nineties I lived in Ashford, Co Wicklow for five or six years. Some of the guys from The Chieftains lived nearby. I used to go into Dublin to see shows. My interest in Ireland started early on. I was a fan of Thin Lizzy. But also of Mike Scott and The Waterboys, who would tour Sweden quite a bit. I became fascinated – I would visit Windmill Lane Studios (U2’s stomping ground). It gave me inspiration. For me, Ireland is a spiritual thing. It brings that extra spiritual layer to my music. Europe was not active when I lived there. But I wrote some material for my three solo albums. I also did a lot of research – listened to a lot of music.

The artist has been inspired by several international artists, but some of the changed downright his life.

“We were all huge David Bowie fans in Europe. When he passed it left us with an empty, strange feeling. It hit us hard. I remember listening to Space Oddity when I was starting to write songs. I was flabbergasted by his production – the string arrangements. It was surreal to hear what he was doing. The lyrics also grabbed me. I was fascinated with space, which you can hear in The Final Countdown. David must have been too, at a younger age. Before I wrote the words to The Final Countdown, I listened to Space Oddity several times. It was definitely a part of my youth.


We were all really into Thin Lizzy. One time, they played a secret gig in a basement in Stockholm and I got to meet Phil Lynott. They’d just done the show and he was hanging out in this little bar, standing in a corner. Later on, I discovered this was his tactic to get the girls. He was standing there, very forlorn with his head down, alone. I was 18 or 19.

I plucked up the courage and thought, ‘okay – what am I going to ask this guy?’ I don’t know where I dug this one out of but I went up to him and said,

Hi Phil – it’s such an honour to meet you. But how come you don’t have a lead singer? You play great bass – but you sing too

And he was so courteous. He said, ‘thank you for the compliment – but I like singing’. It was a great encounter. It taught me to be humble to the fans. He could have reacted differently to me and I would have been discouraged forever.

As for The Final Countdown, Joey continues: 

I’m kind of used to it now but at the beginning it was weird. You hear it everywhere – on sports in America, Formula One.. a lot of TV commercials, French movies.. you name it. It’s kind of flattering. We of course have a different relationship with the song. It was the written to be the beginning to our third album. We still love playing it live every night. The energy we get is so fresh from it – that’s true regardless of whether we’re playing at a thrash metal show or at a family gathering. People come together.

It’s a good thing and, honestly, we never expected it. The song is over six minutes long – we wrote it as an opener. We opened Europe shows with it in 86/87 – and it then became a big song so quickly. People started saying to us, ‘you gotta hold that song back, guys…you gotta put it at the end’. It’s been a pleasure. We are proud of it.a

As a glam-metal icon, he has had the chance to be such a good influence for the young Rock bands that have dreamed to hold an equally promising career, but also being among the international stars of the classic rock  – “we started collaborating with Epic, a heavyweight name in the music industry. We also had a meeting with another label, Polydor, I think. However, they had already found someone: Bon Jovi. There was a lot of excitement and it was a pretty crazy time…. But ultimately we wanted it to be about the music rather than the image. Later, when I moved to Ireland, I researched a lot of songwriters. I wanted to find out more about that side of music — I’d listen to them and go to see their shows. Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne – I did a deep dive into all of it.”





EUROPE received an honorary award from Upplands Väsby municipality

The hard rock band Europe is Väsby’s musical pride. Today they were awarded a prize of Upplands Väsby municipality for the efforts over the years and for always lifting Väsby.

This spring, the Väsby boys made pride when they were selected for the Swedish Music Hall of Fame. And now there’s another reason to celebrate. In conjunction with Europe’s concert at Gröna Lund on Friday evening, August 31, 2018, Upplands Väsby municipality shared a special prize for the hard rockers for the efforts they made for the hometown of Väsby through its more than 30 year career.

“There is a pride in Väsby over the rock culture that Europe and other artists from the city have contributed to,” says Maria Röstberg, Culture and Recreation Manager.

The honors award is a symbol to honor the success of the band, and thanks for their attention over the years to the municipality in Sweden and abroad.

“You are a very good band and amazing ambassadors for Väsby,” said Mathias Bohman (S), chairman of the municipal council, at the handover.

“You always speak Väsby in all respects,” said Maria Röstberg.

The band received a statue designed by Concretum Arte. They were also invited to sign a guitar, christened to Europe, who usually hang in the “Europe” room in Upplands Väsby Music School. The guitar will be part of the exhibition currently in the Messingen Entrance Hall, which commemorates Väsby as a music venue, and points out that the cultural school (now music school) is 70 years old this year.

The band members themselves say they have Väsby to thank for very much.

Early memories: first gig, Vilundahallen was it? Väsby fans, it was full. It was such support for us from the beginning. Väsby fans went everywhere in Sweden and supported us and helped us win rock-SM, says singer Joey Tempest.

– Absolutely. Upplands Väsby was the city with the most rock band. It was where it was, it was the rock’s Mecka. Hopefully it’s still, says drummer Ian Haugland.

“It was fun, first gig was probably the people’s house, New Year’s Eve,” says bassist John Levén.

– I love Väsby, the guitarist John Norum starts. I have very nice youth memories from Väsby. I do not think you can find a better place to grow up than Väsby, we had a lot of fun when we were younger.

“Yes, it was where we took our first, staggering steps like musicians, or as” rockers wannabes “maybe one should say. So it’s still somewhere, that’s what the keyboardist Mic Michaeli says.



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August, 9, 2018

“Out of This World” has been released 30 years ago (on 9 August 1988) and it  is the fourth studio album of the band.   With the help of Epic Records, the album was a commercial success selling over 3 million units worldwide, peaking at number 19 on the US Billboard 200 chart and reaching high positions worldwide. It was recorded at Olympic Studios and Townhouse Studios, in London, England.

“Out of This World was the band’s follow up album to the successful album The Final Countdown, but it did not match the success of its predecessor. The album peaked at no. 19 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album is Europe’s best-selling album in Switzerland. Out of This World” achieved Platinum status in the United States, platinum status in Switzerland and gold in Canada.

Out of This World included the hit singles “Superstitious”, “Open Your Heart” and “Let the Good Times Rock”, all of which had accompanying music videos. “Superstitious” was released in the fall of 1988 and became arguably the band’s most recognizable song from the album. Its music video received heavy airplay on music television.

Reviewing the album, AllMusic contributor Andy Hinds writes that “Europe produces made-to-order lite metal with admirable craftsmanship and occasionally memorable hooks.

In the summer of 1988, the band travelled the U.S. together with Def Leppard. However, the band’s management considered a promotional tour of Europe (the continent) more important and made the band withdraw from the highly successful American tour.

After the promotional tour was over, the band set on rehearsing for the upcoming Out Of This World Tour, which began with a bombastic show (60,000 visitors) in Mumbai, India in November 1988. Then the band flew to Japan, where they filmed the video for “Let the Good Times Rock”. The scheduled tour of Australia was, however, unexpectedly cancelled. From January to April 1989, the band toured all over Europe. In some places, in Germany particularly, the band did not manage to fill up the arenas and concert halls like they had done during the Final Countdown Tour, despite more and more good reviews from the musical press.