EUROPE will tour for the first time in AUSTRALIA, this year! The concerts have been already announced a run of five Australian dates in May 2018. It will be the first time the swedish band has toured Australia in their 35 year career!
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
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 Sons, Shooter 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:
Walk the Earth
Whenever You’re Ready
Turn To Dust
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.
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
We are very excited to announce the release of The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary DVD!
Here is the press release that tells you all about it.
EUROPE TO RELEASE THE FINAL COUNTDOWN 30th ANNIVERSARY SHOW – LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE
ON JULY 21st, 2017!
ON JULY 21st 2017, Swedish rock ‘n’ roll legends, Europe, will share their unique 30th Anniversary performance of The Final Countdown from London’s legendary Roundhouse.
The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show – Live at the Roundhouse celebrates the multi-platinum album’s triple decade success. The band played the album in its sequential entirety at a series of selected cities in 2016, with London’s most historically venerated venue playing host to an exceptionally special night on November 12th 2016, which was captured by Patric Ullaeus from rEvolver Film Company AB.
Preceding the landmark event, fans were also treated to a live performance of Europe’s latest album War of Kings, a release which re-established Europe as one of the top classic rock bands in the world.
“What an awesome night!
It was more enjoyable than we thought to revisit the whole Final Countdown album live! On top of that, to be able to share our whole War Of Kings album with this amazing audience the same night just made this show one of the most memorable nights of our career!”
Joey Tempest / Europe
The limited edition release will arrive in the following formats and available to pre-order very soon:
• DVD/2CD – full concert on all discs (1 visual, 2 audio) packaged in an 8 panel CD-sized digipack, including a 24 pg booklet
• BluRay/2CD – full concert on all discs (1 visual, 2 audio) packaged in an 8 panel CD-sized digipack, including a 24 pg booklet
• A Digital audio only release
• A 12” sized Boxset, limited to 1,000 units will also be available in September.
It will contain the BluRay/2CD configuration, a double gatefold vinyl with only The Final Countdown portion of the concert, a 40 pg 12” sized hardcover photo book, a vintage replica scarf and a laminate/guest-pass.
…Live At The Roundhouse will conclude an exciting and emotional revisiting of The Final Countdown, with the band recording at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, a brand new album to follow up War of Kings, which was released in 2015.
Source: Official Europe’s facebook
– GOOD NEWS FOR EUROPE’ S FANS ! –
We have just finished the recording for our new album at the legendary Abbey Road Studios! Swedish hard rockers EUROPE have finished recording their new album for an October release. The follow-up to 2015’s “War Of Kings” was laid down at London, England’s legendary Abbey Road studios and was produced by Dave Cobb, who also helmed the band’s last disc.
It turned out so much more exciting than we expected! The vibe in this studio is great! The staff and facilities are out of this world.
Of course we couldn’t resist having some fun with vintage equipment and amazing recording techniques. Our producer Dave Cobb really made the songs fly, beautifully engineered by Eddie Spear.
The vibe in this studio is great! The staff and facilities are out of this world.
“Of course, we couldn’t resist having some fun with vintage equipment and amazing recording techniques.
“Our producer Dave Cobb really made the songs fly, beautifully engineered by Eddie Spear. “The album is due out in October, with one or two tracks coming your way ahead of release. Meanwhile, we’re getting ready to hit the road again for our ‘Electric Summer Tour 2017’. Looking forward to seeing you all out there!”
EUROPE drummer Ian Haugland told FaceCulture last November about the band’s songwriting process: “What we try with every new album is to actually not repeat [ourselves], but to look at the back catalog and [go], ‘Okay, we did on that album, so maybe we’ll go crazy about something else.’ So that’s good. And it’s like having an art gallery with different pictures you can look at, and you get different feelings from different pictures. So I think the next EUROPE album is gonna be probably a bit different from ‘War Of Kings’, I guess.”
EUROPE last year completed a short European tour during which the band played “The Final Countdown” album in its entirety to celebrate the LP’s 30th anniversary.“War Of Kings” was released in March 2015 via UDR Music.
The album is due out in October with one or two tracks coming your way ahead of release. Prior to the release we will also post clips/pics from the recording session here on our Facebook page. Meanwhile we’re getting ready to hit the road again for our ”Electric Summer tour 2017”.
Source: the Press
JOEY TEMPEST DISCOGRAPHY
During the early years when Joey performed with EUROPE, he signed almost all the albums.
EUROPE – the first studio album in 1983
WINGS OF TOMORROW
– the second studio album – 24 february 1984
ON THE LOOSE- EP, musical album, april, 1985
DURING SOLO ACTIVITIES:
- A Place to Call Home (1995)
- Azalea Place (1997)
- Joey Tempest (2002)
1995 Joey Tempest 3 Track Album Sampler
1995 Joey Tempest A Place to Call Home
1995 Joey Tempest Under the Influence
1995 Joey TempestWe Come Alive
1996 Joey Tempest Don’t Go Changin’ on Me
1997 Joey Tempest The Match
1997 Joey Tempest The One in the Glass
1997 Joey Tempest If I’d Only Known
2002 Joey Tempest Forgiven
2002 Joey Tempest Superhuman
1986 Tone Norum One of a Kind
1992 John Norum Face the Truth
1997 Anna Maria Kaufmann Blame It on the Moon
1998 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Philharmania
2001 Various Artists Osannolikt Svenskt
A PLACE TO CALL HOME
- “We Come Alive” – 4:48
- “Under the Influence” – 4:41
- “A Place to Call Home” – 3:42
- “Pleasure and Pain” – 3:55
- “Elsewhere” – 3:56
- “Lord of the Manor” – 3:46
- “Don’t Go Changin’ on Me” – 3:26
- “Harder to Leave a Friend Than a Lover” – 3:49
- “Right to Respect” – 2:50
- “Always a Friend of Mine” – 4:01
- “How Come You’re Not Dead Yet” – 4:29
“For My Country” – 3:50
Joey Tempest – Lead vocals, guitars
Jonas Isacsson, Staffan Astner, Jesper Lindberg, John Norum – Guitars
Dan Sundquist – Guitars, bass, piano
Svante Henryson, Sven Lindvall – Bass
Mats Asplen – Organ