Yes, indeed, unbelievable but it’s true, the Swedish band Europe will tour Australia for the very first time, this year. Obviously the Australian fans have had to wait for such a long time this tour and see the charismatic lead singer – Joey Tempest – with his friends all together again on the stage.
“Something was booked back in the ’80s but there was a management decision that steered us away to other touring. We talked about it within the band and we can’t remember why the management did that,” Joey Tempest explains.
They always wanted to make it over and the reason why now is truly possible seems to be thinks to their new management- Adam and Ace. “We have been with them for about three or four years and as soon as we started working with them, we mentioned that we would love to go to Australia and they have been very instrumental in putting this together.”
All the crew are all very excited about making this tour and although the wait for Australian Europe fans has been incredibly long, they are now lucky enough to be in a position where the band has over 30 years worth of songs, all being played here for the first time.
The lead singer – Joey Tempest says : “We are going to mix it up, we will play some new songs and some old songs and because we haven’t been there before, it would be great to show crowds a wider span of the band’s music. We are also very excited to play about three or four new songs. We have been getting a lot of positive attention about “Walk The Earth” and recently we got a Grammy. The 11th album in our career has been received quite well, it’s been fantastic.”
“We are always open to experiment and share the load in terms of writing, which makes the finished product more varied as different songs have come from different people. It helps to make each album its own entity,” Joey explained. For him and his friends, it is always a pleasure to get back together in the studio, for recording new albums and make good music – as they did for 30 years.
Since the new album was released, Joey Tempest always said that Walk The Earth is like a miracle album. “The trick is not to shy away from trying things and we really tried to push it a bit with this album. This album is really out there for us, but we absolutely love it” – added Joey as conclusion.
Source: Joey Tempest Interview – Forté Magazine Australia
MARCH, 23, 2018
Joey said that it wasn’t for the first time to work with him, so they appreciated so much his talent.
“By experiencing ‘War Of Kings’ with Dave, we realized we wanted to work with him again, so we asked him, ‘Would you like to work with us again?’ He said, ‘Yes. Where are we recording?’ I said, There’s an opening in the U.K”.
Joey has been trying to get the band to the U.K. since ‘Out Of This World’ in 1988. “There’s an opening at Abbey Road,’ and everybody sort of listened up and said, ‘Oh. All right. Well, yes — we will come to you this time, Joey”.
The band recorded in Abbey Road, the eleventh album – during on an amazing journey and adventure, learning about recording techniques, trying to work with the best producers, engineers, studios… etc.
In this context, Joey Tempest said: “there’s so much to learn as a band. It’s not just improving — which is the most important thing — improving your playing and writing and lyrics, but also to preserve and record rock and roll the best way possible. We’re kind of nerdy with all that stuff, so Abbey Road was amazing. We have preamps that John Lennon preferred; the compressors that I preferred, we have consoles that THE BEATLES recorded a lot of their albums through, etc”.
For Europe “WALK THE EARTH” it’s sort of a miracle album. It became a great collection in the end with some working in the democracy themes, and some just being rock and roll lyrics. We pushed everything we could. Everybody contributed with the writing, including Dave Cobb. It was truly healthy.”
Joey is convinced that there was never any question of looking at what anybody else thought the band should do. All the decisions EUROPE has made – as a group – were without outside influence. “So all the decisions are in dressing rooms, in rehearsal, and we have chosen the labels to work with. We own our music. We have chosen the studios, the producers. I think we’ve never even looked at the landscape thinking, ‘Oh, no. This is not going to work. We have to do this instead.”
They haven’t even tailored anything- everything being organic. They simply go back into a new studio with a new set of thinking, like – “this is going to be a new journey. Let’s push the boundaries and go for it.’ Maybe that’s the secret why we’re still here. Maybe it’s because we’re just pushing and not listening to outside influence — just pushing our own thing, and enjoying it. And enjoying it with the fans, too. They seem to join us — new ones, and they stay with us. There’s some controversy some time, because we try things, we push things a bit, but in the long run, that makes us all come together, I think.”
What about of recording another solo album? Actually, nowadays, working with EUROPE is very exciting, and it’s also friends from teenage years. It is absolutely wonderful to can work and tour with people you know.
“When I did some solo tours, it was with other musicians, and it was great and inspiring, but there’s something special about people you know. But it’s not impossible. Obviously, I have songs and ideas lying around from years and years, and maybe it’s possible to bring something up again or write something new, but I don’t know. It’s nothing in the cards now, and nothing that I’m planning right now.”
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”.
WHEN EUROPE — THE BAND THAT BROUGHT US “THE FINAL COUNTDOWN” — GOT BACK TOGETHER MOTE THAN 12 YEARS AGO, THEY BECAME ONE OF THE ONLY BANDS TO BE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY REINVENT THEMSELVES WITH A NEW MORE BLUES ORIENTED SOUND. FIVE STUDIO ALBUMS LATE SINCE THEIR COMEBACK AND EUROPE ARE STILL GOING STRONG. SLEAZE ROXX CAUGHT UP WITH EUROPE’S LEAD VOCALIST JOEY TEMPEST TO TALK ABOUT THE CHANGE IN MUSICAL DIRECTION, THE NEW ALBUM ‘WAR OF KINGS’, WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BAND AND OF COURSE “THE FINAL COUNTDOWN.”
CONCERT – BUCHAREST, ROMANIA. On june 11/2015, during Europe concert in Bucharest, Romania – Joey Tempest: “It’s a great place here, to you! Europe’ concert was originally scheduled for the end of the last year (2014), at the Palace Hall. This year, the most anticipated concert of the Europe band turned in a wonderful Midsummer Night’s Dream for thousands of rockers (and others) who came on June 11 at the Roman Arenas to see the real “Lords of Rock”
The waiting was worth it. The place chosen for an outdoor concert (especially for such a legendary rock band Europe) it was absolutly cool and the fans arrived to the Roman Arenas were not disappointed.
Their concert seemed to have all for an unforgettable show. Besides the famous hits as “The Final Countdown”, “Superstitious”, “Rock the night” or the ballad “Carrie”, the audience could hear some of the new songs “Sign Of Times” or “Praise You ” etc, some of them being in first audition.
Moreover, if we have to choose one single word to describe what happened on the stage, during the concert, in front of such a great audience, it would be “cool”. That was the word pronounced by the frontman Joey Tempest. He was prepared for meeting the Romanian fans by learning a few phrases in Romanian language and whenever he had the opportunity, he said enthusiastically that “everything is cool here!”
“Let the people come to me!” it was the advice of the tireless Joey Tempest talking with the people who were singing with him. He was like in the 80s, playing on the stage and feeling as his 20 years old.
“Thank you for being here with us! I do not know very well what I am saying here, but I hope that’s OK, “he joked Joey, after repeating the words that he has learned in Romanian. If his jokes were, the salt and the pepper of the show (as the Romanians say) John Norum’s solos brought a little silence for a few minutes and the fans were like hypnotized by his guitar.
“The Final Countdown” ended the concert, Joey Tempest launching the invitation for the next show:” See you next time! ”, he had the last word.
Source: PROTvNews, Romanian Television
During some interviews given by JOEY TEMPEST to the press, he said : “Rock’n’roll is entertainment, not a form of protest”.
War Of Kings was inspired by an old book about Swedish Vikings. “When I was in the studio, me and the group, we started looking for a suitable title for the album, and we all loved this version and we thought it fits. There was no another reason, we just liked it very much.
At the beginning of our career, we’ve been refused by some records companies because we used to have long hair and we were too noisy. At that time, people in Sweden were not prepared for all these things. The only chance for succeed and to see our dream comes true, it was to enroll in a rock contest We participated to this kind of rock contest and we won. The prize was to have the chance of recording an album.
London is for me the center of the universe! I was only a kid, when I visited London for the first time and I liked very much. I was 12 when my parents took me there. I was around 20, when I moved there, then I lived for a while in Ireland, but I started to miss England. I do not know … for me, London is, in some way, the center of the universe. I met my British wife in this town! I have two boys a British wife and I love London.
February 12, 2017
In the last interview of Joey, given this year, in february, for a Rock and Metal magazine, the singer made the following statements: “We’ll record the new album in the spring and will break the pattern once again. At this stage the direction is still uncertain, but it will be a very adventurous and interesting album. There is no way we could write ‘War Of Kings’ or ‘Bag Of Bones’ many years ago. Only after so many concerts you learn how to express yourself more freely and gain the necessary experience. We want to release the new album in October or November 2017, but nothing has been decided yet.”
Source: Europe The Band – http://www.europetheband.com/
TECH TUESDAY post is all about our own Joey Tempest.
Friends! This week’s TECH TUESDAY post is all about our own Joey Tempest. We approached Joey for some of his background and thoughts on becoming a singer, a musician, and just an overall fan of rock music. Enjoy!
Where / when did you begin singing? JT : After hearing artists like David Bowie and Elton John on the radio I wanted to emulate, sing and learn their songs, I was around eight or nine years old.
Have you ever work with a voice coach?
JT: There was a period before we recorded The Final Countdown album when I had some voice trouble. I was introduced to a voice coach in Stockholm and he taught me how to warm up my voice properly and how to “save it” if I was in trouble on a tour. I use these exercises when I need them still to this day. He was very helpful and made the vocal performance on the The Final Countdown sound even better.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about preserving your voice?
A friend of my dads also taught me three chords on the guitar around that time and I was getting interested in writing songs. My dad says I used to play guitar and sing before I went to school and again directly when I got home from school. When I was around ten or eleven I started looking for likeminded people in school and around where I lived and formed my first band called Made In Hong Kong.
JT: Basically, over the years you learn as a singer that the best way to keep your voice is to get your sleep on tour therefore I stay in hotels and avoid tour busses if I can. Also drinking alcohol dries out your vocal chords so I try to keep it to a minimum : ). If my voice is a bit rough on a tour I will warm up 30 min before the show, I will sing scales up and down moving only half a note with different vowels and finish with some old fashioned songs that makes it easy for me to check what shape my voice is in.
How would you advise an amateur singer re: building their range?
JT: I never really worked on building a vocal range. I just sing. I suppose if you are in musical theatre or similar you may have to actually practice and stretch your range. Rock n roll singing is about feeling and expression – not so much technique. Most singers sing their highest notes early in their career and hopefully quickly learn to write songs in a lower key. If you don’t, you will only pay for it later in the career : )
Do you have any “go to” items for singing or special warm ups?
JT: I probably annoy the guys a little bit with some of my singing exercises, when I do them : ) but it’s sometimes actually them that reminds me to do my vocal exercises. Like all singers that have done this for a while, I have tried everything over the years. Special voice tablets, different kind of voice teas and throat sprays, etc. I think sometimes some of these things work only on a psychological level but hey! that’s good too. But I find that a cup of honey tea sometimes sets me up nicely. There have been a few times over the years when I have practically lost my voice on tour. But instead of cancelling shows you have to look at taking more serious medicines just to make it through, like for instance cortisone. I don’t recommend it to anyone but it has saved my behind a couple of times.
Besides rock songs, is there a vocal style you enjoy OR are interested in trying out?
JT: Not really. I’ve been asked to perform in musicals but I was never interest in that way of performing.
Do you have a favorite microphone and why?
JT: When I perform live I use a Shure UR2 Beta 58. In the studio I usually use a Neuman U47 or a U87. Our sound engineer has recommended the Shure UR2 for live performances and I trust him completely and the crowd seem to like my vocal sound so I’m sticking with that one.
What’s the easiest thing about singing for you?
JT: I guess I find that keeping time and rhythm comes very naturally to me. I also play a bit of drums and rhythm guitar where that also comes in handy.
What’s the hardest thing about singing for you?
JT: Probably keeping the “pitch” when I run and jump around TOO MUCH on stage….
How important is physical stamina to performance?
JT: I think drummers and singers have the most physically demanding job in a rock band. It’s important to present yourself at your best and to always try to be in a decent shape. You need to be able to give the best performance you are capable of.
Do you have any regimen that you follow to stay healthy?
JT: I jog or walk quite a lot just to keep myself ready for touring and traveling. These things can take a lot out of you.
Who are your favorite singers of all time.
JT: A few of them include: Robert Plant, David Bowie, Buddy Miles, David Coverdale, Chris Cornell, Van Morrison, Elvis, Robert Plant, Bob Marley and Phil Lynott. Also Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Ann Wilson.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which 5 albums you would need to have there to stay sane.
JT: If we’re talking rock music then below are the albums I would bring. Apart from these artists, I would also not survive without some Elvis, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Jackson Brown.
1. Deep Purple – Made In Japan
2. Rush – Moving Pictures
3. Audioslave – Cochise
4. Led Zeppelin – 4
5. Thin Lizzy – Live And Dangerous
What was your first concert as a spectator?
JT: Electric Light Orchestra when I was 13 years old.
Did you have an “I want to do that moment”? If you did, what were the circumstances of it.
JT: Just seeing frontmen like Robert Plant, Phil Lynott, and David Coverdale in a live situation made me want to work harder and become a better writer and singer. They made it look so easy and at the same time they had the sound, the moves, the aura that just moved me.
Do you read music? Do you place any importance on reading music and why?
JT: No I don’t read music but reading music is important in so many fields and it’s an amazing talent and I deeply respect anyone who can do this. However, when I was a kid I was a Louis Armstrong fan. I played trumpet for a short period and started taking some lessons and began learning to read music. One day I started to improvise a bit during a lesson and the teacher didn’t like it….so I never went back to a teacher or reading music. I found that for me personally it restricted my “jamming” and improvising. But I discovered I had a good ‘ear’ and could listen to music and then emulate it on my guitar or piano and learn the instruments by myself. Some of the most innovative and successful rock and pop artists do not read music. That doesn’t say that is wrong to learn to read music as I said, I find people who read music very talented but I just found that I didn’t need it for my kind of writing.
If you weren’t doing what you do now – as in fronting an internationally successful band – what would you most likely be doing?
JT: When I was young my dad and I travelled around taking part in Go-Cart races. I raced and he was my mechanic. I also developed an interest in Formula One. Ultimately though, music and being in a rock band was always my true calling. I guess if I wouldn’t have gone down the musical path maybe I could have been a racing driver of some kind.
Is there another skill you possess that people would be surprised by?
JT: When I was younger I did some aquarelle paintings. It’s interesting but I find it takes a lot of energy and time. Maybe something for the future!
Hello guys and welcome back on this site. This is all for you to discuss about Joey Tempest’s music, passion, life and activities. If you would like to talk about EUROPE too, you are completely free to come here and to join us. I would like to hear all of you what do you really think about this music, about Rock, especially about Joey (he is the first here, right?). So, let’s hear about this and contact us.
Before we start to talk about our star, I thought to make you a great surprise and let you see him in this video from his first album: “A place to call home” – 1995
“Under The Influence” (Radio Edit): Arranged By [String Arrangement] – Dan Sundquist, Ulf And Henrik Jansson*Backing Vocals – Carol Kenyon, Katie Kissoon, Tessa NilesBass – Sven Lindvall Drums, Tambourine – Per Lindvall Electric Guitar – Staffan AstnerLead Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Joey Tempest Organ [Hammond Organ], Grand Piano – Mats Asplén
Under The Influence (Album Version): Arranged By [String Arrangement] – Dan Sundquist, Ulf And Henrik Jansson*Backing Vocals – Carol Kenyon, Katie Kissoon, Tessa Niles Bass – Sven Lindvall Drums, Tambourine – Per LindvallElectric Guitar – Staffan AstnerLead Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Joey Tempest Organ [Hammond Organ], Grand Piano – Mats Asplén