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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

At the end of the last year, at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, the group was recording the latest album, “Walk The Earth”, with producer David Cobb – the same to  produce the group’s 2015 album, “War Of Kings”.

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”.




Joey Tempest talks about Europe’s new album “Walk The Earth”

Swedish rock veterans Europe have released a brand new trailer for their new album titled, Walk The Earth. The record has been given the release date of October 20th, 2017. The record will be released through their own Hell & Back label through Silver Lining Music.

The album was recorded at famed Abbey Road Studios in London with Grammy winning producer Dave Cobb(Rival SonsShooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) who as most of you know, also produced War Of Kings.

“We’re simply a different band today,” says lead singer Joey Tempest“Ever since we started up again in 2004, we have constantly explored our limits and new parts of our musical universe. After around a thousand shows, we feel comfortable just improvising, jamming and pushing our lyrics and songwriting with much more ease.

“We have now been together recording and making albums longer than the early period of the band. Five albums in the ’80s and ’90s. Now six records with ‘Walk The Earth’.

“When we started up again in 2004, we all agreed to think ‘long term,’ to take the long road and build up a new relationship with listeners and media. We all agreed on writing together, owning our music, and license it out to labels that really care and support us in the long run. We also agreed to not look back! And never stop looking for that deeper expression.

“We don’t have much in common with our contemporaries from back then. We have taken a different path, making sure we are constantly moving forward. We have little regard for outside influences and opinions. In order to enjoy this new journey and feel creative, it needed to be completely on our terms.

“In a EUROPE live show, there is, of course, some room for nostalgia, but in the studio there is none. Every album is a reaction to the one before, a new journey a new adventure.

“The music of a rock band needs to constantly move, challenge, upheave, evolve or the band will automatically become a nostalgia We are proud of our past and previous albums, but we simply can’t identify, recapture, emulate any of it. We simply can’t write like that, even if we wanted to. We are a new act with a different expression.”

“Over the years, we have learned how important recording techniques and recording equipment is by trying to search and research which producers, engineers and recording studios that can actually inspire and keep us wanting to be adventurous and daring. It has now taken us six albums to get here.”

“Walk The Earth” will feature original artwork by famed Los Angeles artist Mike Sportes of Filth Mart“We were in the studio a few days into recording and Dave comes in wearing this very cool t-shirt with one of Mike‘s designs on it,” Joey states. “Immediately we knew we had to check Mike‘s other work and have him come up with an exclusive design for us based on the vibe of the album. We are very proud to have his amazing artwork as the ‘Walk The Earth’ album cover!”

Europe – Walk The Earth Track List:

  1. Walk the Earth

  2. The Siege

  3. Kingdom United

  4. Pictures

  5. Election Day

  6. Wolves

  7. GTO

  8. Haze

  9. Whenever You’re Ready

  10. Turn To Dust

Source:  DemonsZone





Interview from April 16, 2015

Greg Prato (Songfacts): After hearing the leadoff single/title track, I was surprised by how heavy it was. Was it a conscious decision to go in a heavier direction?

Joey Tempest: I think it’s been an organic journey we’ve been on since we started up again 11 years ago. Just going on our own adventure musically. Every album’s got its own life. I suppose this record is – in ways – heavier than the others, but it’s also more tender in other aspects, like on “Praise You” and “Angels (With Broken Hearts).” It just happened that way, to be honest. The bass player supplied us with a few more riffs on this record to write music to. He has some heavy notes in there. It just happened this way.

Bag of Bones, the last record that we recorded with Kevin Shirley, that’s when we started recording live again – around the drum kit. It took about two or three weeks: just pick the best takes and move on. With War of Kings, we did the same but we also added a bit of vintage gear and Mellotron and Hammond. We wanted to create an atmosphere for the record.

But yeah, it is quite heavy in places, but it doesn’t surprise us – it’s more of a natural thing for us.

Songfacts: Let’s discuss the title track a bit, including its lyrical inspiration.

Joey: When we wrote the track, I was singing melodies. I was starting to think about an old book that I read when I as a kid called The Long Ships. It’s called something else in Swedish [Röde Orm by Frans G. Bengtsson], but it’s a Swedish book about the Vikings’ early beginnings and the big battles between Norwegians, Danish, and Swedish people, before they started traveling to Ireland and England. There were important battles early on, where self-proclaimed kings were fighting – elected kings. It was chaos in Scandinavia. I thought it was a fascinating background for a lyric, and the melodies and the riffs lend themselves to it. So that’s how it started.

 And then the title we liked a lot when we were in the studio, so we thought, “Maybe this can be the album title.” And everybody was liking the song, so we said, “Maybe it should open the album.” There was something new about it, something a bit “left field” for us, to do that kind of riff. And it felt fresh for us, because we want to be excited with every record. We changed the producer, we changed the studio – we wanted to be on a journey. And we felt, “This song could raise some eyebrows.” We were pleased with that one.

Songfacts: It sounds like you’re describing a trip into space on “The Final Countdown.” What did you have in mind with that lyric?

Joey: The music to that song was very much inspired by British rock bands – that sort of galloping tempo. But lyrically, one of the first singles I bought was “Space Oddity” by David Bowie, and I was really fascinated with his fascination with space.

So I was doing the lyrics for “The Final Countdown.” That was for our third album, and I had the demo without vocals, and I was singing it over and over again. The music was almost like a soundtrack to a movie, about leaving Earth, and that the Earth was spent. And one day, we’ll probably have to leave this place. It was kind of a dream-like lyric, but that was the backdrop for it.

Songfacts: What are some memories of filming the video? Joey: There was a TV team there. We did two shows in Stockholm. We had just started The Final Countdown tour, and there was a TV team filming us for TV, and the video team filmed them filming us. It was two live shows, two nights. It was at the beginning of everything. It was in early ’86, before it took off everywhere else. I remember a guy was over from New York from Epic Records, and he was really excited – he was going to bring it to America. It was an exciting time.

 Songfacts: Was there a real Carrie behind the song “Carrie”?

Joey: Not really. We were young then, the normal breaking up and finding a new girlfriend. It was more of a general thing, actually.

Songfacts: What inspired you to write “Cherokee”?

Joey: It was a book, actually, that [producer] Kevin Elson’s then-wife had. I think I saw it laying around, and I thought, “That would be interesting.” I started reading the story about the Cherokee Indians, and I thought it would be an interesting thing to write about.

It wasn’t so easy to write it, but I thought I had to give it a go. Musically, it was the last song written for The Final Countdown, and I remember having that riff, and we said, “We need to have one more song.” I showed that one and the guys said, “Yeah, let’s try that.” We built the solo part, which is quite nice, and recorded it with Kevin.

Songfacts: What about “Rock the Night”?

Joey: We started touring in Sweden – this was before The Final Countdown. It was just describing the feeling of having fun and the touring life.

Europe is not alone in re-recording a tune that they laid down on an earlier record. Case in point, Todd Rundgren with “Hello It’s Me,” Kiss with “Strutter,” and Gary Moore with “Empty Rooms.” However, Whitesnake may be the undisputed kings of the re-record, as evidenced by re-takes of “Here I Go Again” “Crying in the Rain,” and “Fool for Your Lovin’.” There was a version of “Rock the Night” recorded before Kevin recorded the song. That was when we were touring around in Scandinavia, we started touring Japan. It was just describing our lives at the time. It was crazy.

Songfacts: What about “Superstitious”?

Joey: I don’t remember that, but I do remember it was the first single after The Final Countdown, from Out of This World. It sort of went back to the day when we used to see early Whitesnake, with Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody. It was a song that had that sort of hard rock with a slight blues feel, but it was also a big chorus. It was just a cool track. It was a good song to start off with afterThe Final Countdown record. I don’t remember the lyric inspiration. I would suspect I was interested in superstitions at the time… I don’t know!

Songfacts: Do you feel it was difficult following up the success of The Final Countdown album?

Joey: We just decided not to emulate it. We tried to go on our own journey after that. Out of This World is slightly different: more guitar driven, more classic rock driven. I don’t remember having a big problem with it, because we took the decision not to try to write another The Final Countdown. It was just moving on, really. Out of This World was quite a good album and a great tour, I remember.

Songfacts: Something I’ve always found interesting is quite a few Swedish music artists have been very successful in the US: Abba, Europe, In Flames, The Hives, Opeth, etc. Why do you think this is?

Joey: It is fascinating that Scandinavia and Sweden can produce these bands. I don’t really have an answer. Maybe it’s the long, dark winters.

It’s kind of a melancholic kind of streak to the music that comes from old Scandinavian boat music, perhaps. And the work ethic… I don’t know. I know that in other fields we’ve succeeded. We’ve had some big tennis players, and then 10-20-30 years after, there were a lot of tennis players. So maybe we get inspired by bands that make it, and we want to do the same thing. Maybe that gives us the drive. There were a lot of bands after Europe that tried to do the same thing, and some of them were successful. I don’t know. I can’t explain it.

Songfacts: Who are some of your favorite singers and songwriters?

Joey: These days, I really like the new bands that carry the torch for classic rock, bands like Rival Sons, White Denim. I do appreciate what Jack White is doing, too. But in the past, I was very thrilled when Audioslave came out with “Cochise” just after the millennium. That’s when we re-started, and we used that record as a benchmark. It’s amazing.

In the past, I was a huge fan of Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin. But I also have another side: I did three solo albums in the ’90s when I was very much influenced by Jackson Browne, Randy Newman, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan. I did a few years just going to those shows and buying all those CDs. It gave a new perspective lyrically when we started Europe up again.

Songfacts: Do you feel that John Norum is one of the more underrated guitarists in rock?

Joey: Absolutely. He’s not much into self-promotion, he’s very laid-back in that sense. He knows everything from cables to how to set up a guitar – he works on guitars himself. And as a player, he’s one of the best of his generation. I’m so lucky to play with that guy. I saw him play when I was 15 and he was 14, and we’ve been brothers since then. He’s an amazing guitar player – I’m so proud to stand on the same stage. He’s one of the best of his generation, without a doubt.

Source: songfacts





Date: March 21, 2016


Joey Tempest: How are you doing mate?

Sleaze Roxx: Very, very good! I really have to start by saying I’m a huge fan. It’s such an honor to talk to you!

Joey Tempest: Alright, cool! Thank you. Where are you?

Sleaze Roxx: I’m in Minneapolis, Minnesota [USA].

Joey Tempest: Alright!

Sleaze Roxx: Where are you at?

Joey Tempest: I’m in London. I’ve been living here for many, many years.

Sleaze Roxx: Nice! I picked up your new album and I’m really impressed with it. It’s a great album.

Joey Tempest: OK. Great! Thank you! We’re on this sort of journey now and trying to explore and get some new expressions and stuff, yeah! We’re happy with it too.

Sleaze Roxx: When you made the album ‘War Of Kings’; is this type of album for the fans, for you or for both? What went into it?

Joey Tempest: Naw, it’s always for us I’m afraid. We’re a bit selfish like that. We just sort of — we write — we usually take four or five months to write and we record fast these days. Three weeks, all the basics, everything. We just sort of write what comes up. Everybody contributes with ideas these days and we just meet in rehearsal and just knock it out and then we meet the producer. In this case, we met Dave Cobb and he wanted to become more of a band member. He was co-writing on four or five tracks and getting very involved. But everything happens very fast for us when we’re in the studio. The only thing we want to do is make it honest, raw and organic. We rent a lot of old gear to warm things up. We want it to be a classic sound. We think drums, guitar and so forth can only be recorded one way — really great — which was [what was] done at the end of the ’70s, early ’80s and then everything went sort of crazy. But, we sort of, we’re digging deeper in that sort of thing — classic, a little bit of classic rock, a little bit of emotion, a little bit of soul and blues and that comes after all these years of touring I guess.

Sleaze Roxx: Sure! Speaking of the album and things of that nature, a couple of songs really stick out for me. First of all, I really love the song “Day Of Rock ‘N’ Roll.” I was wondering what the background of that song is?

Joey Tempest: That’s the only idea that’s kind of from way back. It was actually a song that was meant to come after ‘The Final Countdown’ album but it was written completely different. I wrote the song on the keyboard. That hook [sings a couple bars] was done on keyboards and it never really worked. A few years ago, I started playing it on the guitar as a ballad and John Leven heard me playing it and he loved the melody. We just redid the shuffle and made it into a straight forward rock song with a great hook. Lyrically you know, it’s just ours. I’m just interested in everybody’s comments about rock n’ roll is dead and we’ve just been circling for ten years and it was just a reflection on that. But that’s just one. It’s just a kind of an up tempo fun track on the album I suppose.

Sleaze Roxx: I love that song! The other song that really stuck out to me was “Angel With a Broken Heart.” What went into that song?

Joey Tempest: That one’s completely different! But that’s the latest one [that was] written. So you picked the first and the latest one written. The procedure there was kind of unique for us. Dave Cobb said he heard John Norum in the studio as we were recording the album. He heard John play that riff [sings a couple bars] and went “Hey! That sounds great! Why don’t we write a song around that?” All of us, five of us, and Dave Cobb walked into the studio around the organ and acoustic guitars and we wrote the song on the spot that night. During the song, we found out that Jack Bruce [Cream bassist] had passed away, it was a text that Ian got and he told us and we were like “Oh!” That’s a sort of strange thing to throw in the mix. Then lyrically, it just went that way, about dearly departed and that kind of stuff. Heaven and earth, dearly departed kind of lyric just because that happened. That was in just about two, three hours we wrote that song with Dave Cobb so that was kind of cool.

Sleaze Roxx: Wow! What song on the album really sticks out to you?

Joey Tempest: Well It sort of changes but I agree with you. I always sort of go back to” Days Of Rock ‘N’ Roll.” It’s kind of uplifting stuff. But I really like “War Of Kings” because we went a little bit left field on some of the notes and riffs and stuff. Half tones, half notes that Europe has never done before and that was kind of cool. When we just finished it and listened back to it, we all looked at each other and said, “This is great! We feel proud of this! This is a cool track!” It’s heavy. It’s got swagger. It’s got a vibe with a mellotron going through it and it’s a unique track. It’s one of my favorites on the album. I know that all of us in the band, when we play live, we like “Nothin’ To Ya.” We just started playing that live and “The Second Day.” I do love the expression in “Angels With A Broken Heart” and “Praise You” which is a deeper expression that we’ve never really done before. I’m proud of the band doing these and being able to do all that.

Sleaze Roxx: One of the things I’ve noticed about this too, with people not really buying the actual CD anymore, a lot of people are purchasing downloads these days. I personally still need to tangibly have a CD in my hands, that’s what I like. You really made a nice little booklet for a CD case. It’s actually like a hard cover book. I really thought that was unique and I’m really impressed! What went into the design of that?

Joey Tempest: Thank you! We worked with a great designer and the cover was made by an English guy here. We wanted to put some work into it. We still love booklets and CDs. Although a lot of us are downloading these days, we still love getting a CD in our hands. We try to make it a good product because at the end of the day, people are going to part with their money. If they’re going to come to your show, you need to give as much as you can in every step.

Sleaze Roxx: The Geico Commercial! Have you noticed a younger fan base because of it? The reason I ask is my eight year old son started watching that commercial and because of that commercial, he absolutely fell in love with Europe. I cannot buy enough Europe CDs to keep him happy! He’s always hungry for more! I was just wondering, is it kind of like a phenomenon here or have you noticed a younger fan base pop up because of that?

Joey Tempest: [Laughs] Ah! Well, it’s a bit early still actually because it’s a US commercial so we can’t really judge it until we get to America. It’s not broadcasted over here. But it’s been spreading on the internet and people in other countries and over here in the UK have seen it. And yes, you’re right. The families and the younger kids are getting into it. But we’ve noticed over the years, because we’ve been working hard over here for the last eleven years, we’re getting a younger fan base at the shows now. Maybe that song is helping it in many ways and other songs too and people are getting introduced to the new albums because of that song.

 Sleaze Roxx: Did you ever think the song “The Final Countdown” would be a hit single when you finished it. Were you surprised by how big it got?

Joey Tempest: Yeah, we were surprised and I was too. I wrote it when I was still in college and that was only a small part of it — the riff, the main theme. When we did our third album which we called ‘The Final Countdown’, we thought it was special though and we wanted to open the album with it. We wanted to open the show with it. We knew it was special as it stuck out. It was different. It was even different from what we did. Yeah, we knew it was special but we never had an idea that it would have a life of its own and there and still be played so much around the world. No, we didn’t know that. But of course, it’s flattering and it brings people into the band and people get curious about more songs so that’s cool.

Sleaze Roxx: Sweet! Here’s kind of an off the wall question. If you could create your own music festival, what would your line-up consist of?

Joey Tempest: Oh! That’s a good question. I mean there are so many bands out there. There’s a part of me that loves bands like Whitesnake and Def Leppard and stuff like that. It’s kind of fun. When we play with them, we played with them in Spain a couple years ago, it was Def Leppard, Whitesnake and Europe. Four or five shows I think we did and that was a great line-up. It’s kind of cool hard rock with great songs and stuff. An evening like that I don’t mind. Then I wouldn’t mind mixing it up with cool bands like Rival Sons to put them in the mix and put new bands like Blues Pills. There are new bands out there that are, that can sit, that are young and really hungry and that’s going to help us save rock and roll in a way. So you can really mix it up a bit.

Sleaze Roxx: Sure! What are your top five albums that you’ve recorded?

Joey Tempest: With Europe, or?

Sleaze Roxx: Yeah! Well, or anything that you’ve done. What are your top five albums that you’ve recorded?

Joey Tempest: Yeah, that’s kind of a difficult. I’ve done three solo albums but they’re quite different. They’re more singer-songwriter sort of things. But it’s really difficult when it comes to Europe for me! Well, maybe ‘Wings of Tomorrow’ and ‘The Final Countdown’ — those two from the first period and then from the last period, the three last albums. So that would be ‘Last Look At Eden’, ‘Bag Of Bones’ and ‘War Of Kings.’ So those five albums are my favorite.

Sleaze Roxx: If you could choose from any album out there, what would you say your top five are?

 Joey Tempest: Oh, if we could go from everything, it’s probably… Well, we were very, very influenced by live albums in the ’70s and ’80s when we played in bars and stuff. From the ’70s I guess, my top five list would consist of live albums like ‘Made In Japan’ by Deep Purple, which is the Bible I think. Then ‘Strangers In The Night’ with UFO, Thin Lizzy’s ‘Live And Dangerous’, Scorpions’ ‘Tokyo Tapes’ — that’s four live albums! Because they were well made! They got great producers. Of course, we’ve learned now, afterwards, that they’ve actually fixed a lot of those live albums. They actually re-sung it, they re-played it. But we didn’t care and I don’t care still. They put a lot of love and care in those live albums and they sounded great. Those live albums became their greatest hits, because when these bands were out playing, they were playing their greatest songs. That’s four albums. I don’t know what’s after that? Maybe just throw something weird in the mix?

Sleaze Roxx: Speaking of live shows, what does Europe’s live show look like today compared to the live shows of the ’80s and ’90s?

Joey Tempest: Well, it’s a more experienced band in a way? We groove a bit, we put a bit more soul and blues in it. We’ve toured maybe a thousand shows now. It’s kind of evident that the band, the musicianship, it’s kind of top notch these days. It’s kind of cool! In those days, it was more full-on and you played one way. Now, it’s sort of more a feel thing. We try to change things around if stuff happens. It’s very powerful. It’s a classic rock show and we’re very keen on playing five or six new songs that we really, really love in the band. So it’s usually “Last Look At Eden”, the song, and songs like “Firebox” from ‘Bag Of Bones’ and from the new album of course; “War Of Kings” and “Days Of Rock ‘N’ Roll” and stuff. So those are the new classics that we play. We have a lighted sign that’s been with us since ’84. You know, it’s in great shape. It’s loud. We use a lot of guitar. We’re really children of the Deep Purple school you know. Musicianship first, then a bit of show, a bit of excitement and it’s loud and some good lights. It’s that kind of thing you know.

Sleaze Roxx: When you talk about your shows, how do you decide what goes on your set list? How do you decide your staple songs and where do you place them and in what order?

Joey Tempest: That comes kind of organically actually after we’ve toured so much. We’re not that good at switching our setlist. Were comfortable with a certain way of doing it so songs are sort of in a similar order or same place. They might move a little bit, but we decide together. Sometimes, I would write down suggestions and people would come and change it and write down their suggestions. But it also has to do with guitar tuning. It has to do with keyboard intros and how many drum intros are in songs. Some songs cannot be next to each other. There are rules that makes you choose certain orders. But, we usually agree we have a set of songs that we all love playing, and then we have to sort of compromise sometimes and tell maybe one or two members “You’re going to have to play this song in this country here. They love it.” Sometimes, we do things to please others but, mostly it’s for us.

Sleaze Roxx: Sweet! How do we get you to Minnesota?

Joey Tempest: Oh man! I’m sure that’s going to come on the cards! I mean we just started with American based management now and we did a small east coast run early last year and we are starting on the west coast now and doing the south and doing that. It’s such a huge country — America — so we’re just starting to feel our way really. So hopefully, we’ll make our way there soon.

Sleaze Roxx: I’m hoping so! You’ve got some fans here, I’ll tell you that much!

Joey Tempest: Oh great! That’s fantastic!

Sleaze Roxx: Hopefully it’s an all ages show so I can bring my son!

Joey Tempest: Yeah! That’d be great! How old is your son?

Sleaze Roxx: Eight years old and he…

Joey Tempest: The same as my son! My son is eight years old too. My oldest… I have a younger one too. I have a one and a half year old son. I have two boys. The eight year old is listening to lots of music as well so that’s cool.

Sleaze Roxx: My son started playing the drums so he really gets involved in different bands that have a good drum beat.

Joey Tempest: That’s cool, that’s neat! My son is actually taking drum lessons at the moment so he likes drums as well.

Sleaze Roxx: What a coincidence! Over the years, I’ve noticed that there’s been a change in Europe’s sound. What goes into the differences in sound that you’ve accommodated over the years?

Joey Tempest: It’s like an organic natural progression in a way because we get tired of certain sounds and we move on. We dig deeper and find other ways of doing it. We don’t want to repeat any records. So they’re slightly different — all of our records. On the last record, for instance, we introduced the mellotron which is an old keyboard and we just vibed on a new version of it. It sounds really amazing. We used Hammond a bit more than normal keyboards. We use organic sounding keyboards, not synthesizers, which has been a natural progression for us. It sounds better, and it sounds better in our music on the radio. So that’s it, a natural thing for us. We did pan keyboard and guitar more left and right on this record like they used to do more in the ’60s and ’70s so small changes like that make us evolve and make us do different things. David Cobb was very instrumental too in finding a vibe for the record that you could listen back on in a couple years and you know that album has got the sound.

Sleaze Roxx: With bands like Mötley Crüe, for example, calling it quits and going out publicly. What keeps a band like Europe going together and if you ever decided on a final tour would you announce it like that? How does that look for you?

Joey Tempest: Now, we’ve sort of been joking about that a little bit because there are so many bands that have said they’ve done the final tour for twenty years now. We’ve said were never going to say we’re doing the final tour. We’re going to keep going as long as we feel like it’s fun. I doubt if we’re ever going to do something like that. But you never know! If we do it, it will be the final tour because we don’t believe in saying something and then doing something else. I understand some bands — they think they’re going to do their final tour and then they feel like “Oh no. We can’t stop.” And there’s a lot of fans coming to see you and they change their minds. I mean that’s OK too. I don’t want to do it to trick people or anything like that. That’s ridiculous.

Source: Metal Headz Media






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.”

SourceEurope The Band –

 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.

Last two:

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! 

Source: Europe



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