EUROPE - A legendary name for a legendary band. Over three decades after they came together and dozens of millions albums sold, Joey Tempest (vocals), John Norum (guitars), Mic Michaeli (keyboards), John Leven (bass) and Ian Haugland (drums) are set to release their TENTH Studio album in March 2015.
WAR OF KINGS is released World wide on German based label UDR, with JVC Victor handling release in Japan. Produced by Dave Cobb, War of Kings has the sound and deep expression that only great musicians with experience can produce.
As Joey puts it "War Of Kings is the album we always wanted to make, ever since we were kids listening to bands like Zeppelin, Purple and Sabbath."
A brief history that brings us to now:
It all started in a small suburb outside of Stockholm, Sweden. Joey and John met and formed the band Force. They both were into British rock bands like Thin Lizzy and UFO.
Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple also made an immense impact on these teenagers. They recorded their first demos when they were only 16 and 17 years old. Record companies turned them down, saying it was 'too much guitars and their hair was too long'. But with the new name Europe they proved everybody wrong. They won a rock band competition and the first prize was a recording contract. When "Europe" was released in 1983, kids in Sweden and Japan really identified with their music. The second album 'Wings of Tomorrow' already gained attention from all over the world. Soon Epic Records, New York (now Sony Music) got interested and signed a million dollar contract. When it was time to release their third album 'The Final Countdown', they had Journey producer Kevin Elson onboard and a major American label behind them. Touring the UK, US and the rest of the world had always been the boys dream.. They had put in the dog years and it was time for the big success. 'The Final Countdown' sold 7 million records worldwide and the single was number one in over 25 countries and still is a big anthem all over the world until today.
"MARSHALL, IT JUST FITS. ITS A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN!"