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EUROPE – “Walk The Earth” ALBUM REVIEW

Europe’s best album since their 2003 return shows the band confidently looking forward

When there’s a swelling keyboard intro to this album on the title track, you might have thought that Europe were reverting to the sound they had back in the late 80s. However, as the song opens up, it becomes clear that this is definitely not a band looking wistfully back to halcyon days, but one that’s striding determinedly forward on the strength of an edgy, energetic, fresh perspective.

Ever since they reunited in 2003, the Swedes have steered away from their big hair reputation and cleared out any notions of living off what they achieved back then. Instead, they’ve gone for a heavier, more lucid approach that emulates their heroes, such as UFO and Thin Lizzy.

This is the sixth studio album they’ve done in this period, and the best so far. For one thing, it’s a lot more natural, allowing John Norum to stretch out on guitar and for Joey Tempest to showcase a voice that has grit and bite, as well as huge melodic appeal.

You can hear this coming quickly into focus on The Siege, which has a hard timbre, yet also nods towards the more Eastern refrains of Zeppelin, thanks to some deft keyboard sweeps from Mic Michaeli. And the darkly adhesive Kingdom United allows the band to amply feature some neat Norum tricks, nestling alongside Michaeli’s evocative punctuation.

The pace slows on Pictures, but this is no soppy power ballad as it has an underlying agitation, Europe emphasising to us that they aren’t withdrawing into the past. And Election Day quickly shakes out the dust with some brisk work from drummer Ian Haugland. Meanwhile, Wolves has a deep-set, rumbling ire that brings to mind the recent recordings from Deep Purple, which is obviously no bad thing at all, and GTO also has inferences from Ian Gillan et al.

The best is saved for last, though, as the epic album closer Turn To Dust beautifully balances changes in pace and mood on a song that manages to be both tuneful yet also a little disconcerting. This is where Europe reach a new level of achievement, proving that they have now brushed aside any remaining doubts about their validity in the current era.

Walk The Earth is superbly produced by Dave Cobb, who highlights all the positive aspects of the band on an album that brings up new aspects of endeavour and creativity every time it’s played.

An excellent release from the renovated and rejuvenated modern giants.

 

Source: Team ROCK

 

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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

 

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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: November 5, 2012

The frontman Joey Tempest very kindly spent some time to talk through all that’s happening in the world of Europe following their return to action a few years ago.Joey believes that 2009’s Last Look At Eden album was a significant turning point for the band. That album proved to be Europe’s most important record since The Final Countdown. Now, with the release of their current album Bag of Bones, Tempest says, “Europe is ready to do some serious damage.” Hi Joey and many thanks for sparing some time to talk to Rock-Zone UK.Having been a fan of Europe for many years, I really enjoyed “Last Look at Eden” and the new record is even more spectacular. How do you think the industry has changed over the years you’ve been involved?

The power is back in the hands of the artist. You just got to make the most of the opportunities that comes your way….

Do you prefer it the way it is today?

We prefer it today cause we are a decent rock band! The live scene is doing well. “Bag of Bones” has a power and, for want of a better word, harder edged that may surprise fans of songs from the 80s. Do you think you have got heavier in musical terms as you have matured? “Bag of Bones” is simply a touring bands record. Made fast and spontaneous with everything that comes with it. Expression before perfection…..perhaps that translates as more hard-edged….

I remember that it was seeing The Sweet on Top of the Pops as a very small child that first made me want to pick up a guitar and get involved in music. Who were your earliest influences (both personally and in terms of the band) and who do you and the guys listen to today?

The earliest influences for me was Elvis , Bowie and Elton! For us as a band the common musical ground was…..Zeppelin, Purple, Lizzy, UFO, MSG, early Queen. Mahogany and rush, early Whitesnake, Montrose, Rush, Gamma, Uli Roth, Gary Moore amongst others…

Having seen the DVD of the “…Eden” tour and seen the reaction to “Final Countdown” I find it hard to believe reports that I’ve read saying if you could you would avoid playing it. Surely not?

We do perform it acoustically very different, and that could be a way forward. But it’s still explosive the way it is and its very much an important part of our set today….we have toyed with leaving it out on a big festival for instance….to make a statement and to see how it feels but this has yet to happen…..

The process of song writing is something that really interests me, especially when it comes to bands whose success has come about singing in English despite it not being their first language. Do you write in Swedish and then translate or do you “think” in English now?

I haven’t lived in Sweden for 25 years now. I think “Bag of Bones” was the first record where the lyrics came completely automatic….Written purely from an English-speaking/thinking mans perspective. 

What/where does the inspiration for the songs come from?

Oh dear! Everywhere! But funny enough often from the actual chords and attitude/mood of the riffs.

What do you think is the best song that Europe have recorded so far, and what’s the best thing about being a part of Europe today

Riches To Rags and Last Look At Eden are pretty decent tunes I’d say. The best thing about being in the band now is the feeling of having a job you like, with people you’ve known from teenage years. Long may it last.

 Absolutely! How does it compare with back in the early days?

Only slightly less partying…That’s pretty much it!

You are currently touring in support of “Bag of Bones”, what kind of show can the fans expect? Will there be any surprises or even covers like the stunning version of Gary Moore’s “The Loner” (featured on the “Live at Shepherd’s Bush, London” DVD)?

We’re incorporating an acoustic set in the middle of the show these days. It really makes the show more dynamic and interesting. We’re getting pretty good at what we do. It took some time but what the hell…..

Finally, what’s next for you and the band? Are you already thinking about new material or is it more promotion?

More touring and festivals 2013 for bag of bones…..We will also begin writing and doing demos next year for our 10th album. That will be out 2014. Number 10! What a cracker that one will be!

 

 

Source: Rock – Zone UK

 

 

 

 

Date: March 21, 2016

 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.”

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.

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JOEY TEMPEST ABOUT…. “THE FINAL COUNTDOWN” -Interview

 

What does he really thinks about The Final Countdown?  It’s been 35 years since, Joey Tempest co-founded Swedish hitmakers Europe. Today the frontman can look back at record sales topping 20 million, a smattering of solo success and a little song called The Final Countdown. 

 

Since their 2003 reunion Europe have put out four hard-edged, blues-tinged records, packed venues and (whisper it) earned the rock-scene respect that often eluded them during their keyboard-heavy pomp.

When Classic Rock catches up with Tempest as he enjoys some rare time off at his London home, the fresh-faced 50-year-old is clearly enjoying life as his band continue to reap the rewards of their unlikely second wind.

 

Who was your musical hero growing up?

Robert Plant was a big influence for me. When I first heard Black Dog it really got me. I wish I had been a roadie for Robert during his solo years. I went to see him live so many times in that period. I met him backstage at one of his shows and he asked me for my autograph. I couldn’t believe it. It was for his son.

What were you like at school?

School was strange. I was always trying to find like-minded people. I remember when I was about 11 a teacher accused me of cheating on a test in music class. It appeared I had a perfect score and nobody else did. I had to go to the principal’s office and do it again – and again I got a perfect score. I guess they were shocked that I got full score since I was average at everything else.

You live in London. Do you miss Sweden?

I’ve lived for longer outside of Sweden than I ever lived there. When I’m back in Sweden I miss England. It takes me about 15 or 20 years to get homesick. We have a rehearsal place in Stockholm and I have family there so I go there a lot. I’m kind of in between though.

What keeps you motivated?

I think it’s the friendship that we have in the band. Me and John Norum have that thing where we trigger each other. It’s been a bumpy ride, our relationship. We’re like brothers. He left the band for two albums, and now we’ve done four albums back together. We’re like-minded souls pushing each other. I have one of the best jobs in the world to stand out there with a great band behind me. 

Do you believe in God?

The jury is still out on that one for me. I’ve been on a long, amazing journey. I’m out there all the time and something has saved me and pulled me through all these years. I’d like to give myself some credit for that, but maybe I’ve had some help along the way.

You must be sick of The Final Countdown.

No, we’re okay with it. We enjoy playing it live. It was written as an opening song for our third tour and we wanted to get people’s attention. We thought it was a cool song, it was different. We were playing Download in 2012, and while we were on our way we were stuck in traffic. At this point we didn’t know that we’d also not get to the gig in time, but we were discussing the set and we decided to take out The Final Countdown. We were ten minutes from the stage when we were supposed to be on and they announced that we weren’t going to make it. Since then we haven’t toyed with dropping it again.

What have been the highest and lowest points of your career?

We did Sweden Rock in 2013, we did 28 songs and had Scott Gorham up with us. It was such a nice thing to do. It was amazing. That was a high point. The low point would have to be when me and John Norum stopped talking. We’d be travelling in separate limousines and talking through the band’s road manager. I learnt a lot from that. Now we’re always talking. We had worked really hard to make the band happen, so that time was quite strange.

 

Source: Teamrock

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 260520_409216082458898_1192606002_nEUROPE’S JOEY TEMPEST: ‘If You Don’t Make New Albums, People Are Gonna Automatically Listen To Your Old Stuff. 

Hello everyone and be welcome to this website. You are very kind to come here thanks to the big love that you have for Rock music,  especially the band EUROPE. This site is mainly dedicated to the king and captain of this band – Joey Tempest. Joey Tempest is the brain of the famous band Europe since the beginning. He was writing the very best hits as the anthem “The Final Countdown”Rock the Night” and “Superstitious.” He was always in a very strongly collaboration with his parteners from the band  and especially with the guild friend of a lifetime John Norum. 

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The band Europe is one of the most successful Swedish rock bands, with currently over 25 million albums sold.  Their success came with the release of The Final countdown, released in 1986. The song that gives the album name became a worldwide hit and it was ranked first in over 26 countries.   The lovely and the very known ballad Carrie  reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100.

Later,  the first guitarist of the band,  John Norum left the band in November 1986. Then it came “Out of This World,” released in 1988.  Actually, it was the time  when the bands as,  Guns N ‘Roses, INXS and the US broke the monopoly of the music industry.  The disc has sold over 2 million copies. He followed a US tour alongside Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Skid Row.

SOLO ACTIVITY

During 1995, Joey released  his first solo names A Place to Call Home. He has called it his “singer/songwriter album”. Europe band mate John Norum guests on one of the tracks. The album, which was produced by Dan Sundquist, was recorded in Stockholm and London using Swedish musicians.  Tempest also played guitar on the album. A Place to Call Home sold platinum in Sweden and it was a big success internationally.

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In the same year, he commenced his first European tour as a solo artist. The following year he was nominated for a “Best Swedish Artist” Grammy. Four singles were taken from the album, “A Place to Call Home”, “Under the Influence”, “We Come Alive” and “Don’t Go Changing On Me”.

The next album Azalea Place was released in 1997. The next solo album was recorded in Nashville by producer Richard Dodd, known for producing artists such as The Travelling Wilburys and Tom Petty. Where A Place To Call Home had Tempest writing all the material, the new album was written together with others. Among these were Chris Difford from Squeeze and Will Jennings. “Azalea Place was mostly written in the studio and was therefore more improvised and experimental”, Tempest commented on the production “The Match”, “The One In The Glass” and “If I’d Only Known” were released as singles. “The Match” became one of the most played songs on Swedish radio and the album achieved gold status.

In 2002, Joey Tempest released the third solo album which was named Joey TempestThe first session took place in Konk Studios, The Kinks old London studio, where Tempest jammed with English musicians who had formerly played with Massive Attack. This session produced “Magnificent”, “Kill For A Girl Like You” (B-side of the first single “Forgiven”) and “Sometimes”.  He  continued his work in Stockholm,  but this time with Swedish musicians, including his mate Mic Michaeli. “Superhuman” originated from this session. After that, Tempest kept on working with Adam Lamprell in a temporary studio in London.

According to Tempest’s statement “Dreamless” and “Magnificent” have a lot of London in them. Losers is influenced by both London and Dublin. Living there can be very intense, almost chaotic. Joey said: They’re tough cities and I’d never have written the lyrics I did without living there“. Some lyrics can also be related to his homeland, reflections on living abroad, and learning to live with new people.