Wednesday, 28 March 2012

// EUROPE'S JOEY TEMPEST TALKS TO GET READY TO ROCK AHEAD OF "BAG OF BONES" UK RELEASE //

Europe frontman JOEY TEMPEST recently spent 2 days at London's Hard Rock Cafe doing promotion for the band's forthcoming album "Bag of Bones" and UK Tour.

Check out an interview below with the seminal UK based website GET READY TO ROCK, conducted by Pete Feenstra



The "Bag of Bones" album will be released in the UK on Monday April 30th, the UK Tour will kick-off on November 21st at the Birmingham o2 Academy... see www.europetheband.com for all the official info and announcements.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

// EUROPE ANNOUNCE "BAG OF BONES" NOVEMBER 2012 UK TOUR //

Following the news of their new studio album Bag of Bones, released April 30th, Swedish rockers EUROPE have today announced a nationwide November 2012 UK tour.

The Bag of Bones tour follows 2011's hugely successful Balls ‘N' Banners tour, which included a sold-out concert at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire (where Europe filmed their recent live DVD).

A 48-Hour Ticket Pre-sale will take place on Wednesday 7th March at 9am via www.planetrock.com. Tickets will then go on sale on Friday 9th March via www.ticketweb.co.uk and www.eventim.co.uk.

BAG OF BONES – UK TOUR DATES
Birmingham 02 Academy - Wednesday 21 November
Glasgow 02 ABC - Thursday 22 November
Manchester HMV Ritz - Friday 23 November
Newcastle 02 Academy - Sunday 25 November
Leeds 02 Academy - Monday 26 November
Nottingham Rock City - Tuesday 27 November
Bristol 02 Academy - Thursday 29 November
Cardiff Coal Exchange - Friday 30 November
London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire - Saturday 1 December

Read the official UK tour press announcement - here.

Europe vocalist Joey Tempest believes that 2009’s Last Look At Eden album was a significant turning point for the band. That album proved to be the band’s most important record since The Final Countdown. Now, with the highly anticipated release of Bag of Bones, Tempest says –
“Europe is ready to do some serious damage.”

Bag of Bones is produced by Kevin Shirley (Black Stone Cherry, The Black Crowes, Joe
Bonamassa, Aerosmith, Black Country Communion) and features Joe Bonamassa on the title track.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

// EUROPE COMFIRM NEW ALBUM PRODUCED BY KEVIN SHIRLEY //

EUROPE, Sweden's biggest rock band, confirm their next studio album, slated for April 2012 release, will be produced by the world's hottest record producer, Kevin Shirley.

No stranger to the crème de la crème of iconic rock records, Shirley’s produced albums for Iron Maiden, Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion, Black Stone Cherry and Journey.

"We still feel we have one hell of a rock record to make" says Europe's singer Joey Tempest. "Kevin’s the man for the job. We love his work with Bonamassa, Black Country Communion, and Black Stone Cherry. He's the real deal. We're ready to do some serious damage."

Download the exclusive photo of Europe with Kevin Shirley recently taken in Stockholm - www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/europe/album.htm

Last week Europe met up with Shirley in Stockholm to discuss the direction of the next album. Based on reactions from the fans and media, Europe's 2009 album ‘Last Look at Eden’ proved to be the band's most important record since ‘The Final Countdown’.

“I’ve been a big fan of Europe's work for many years," says Shirley. “The band is influential and highly underrated. I can't wait to make the upcoming album their most explosive to date."

After summer 2011, Europe will finish the promotion of Last Look at Eden tour, and will start to focus their energy on the next album produced by Shirley.

“We've toured for one and a half years" adds Tempest. "It’s time to write and record some new songs and get back on the road again in 2012."

The new material suggests a more straight forward rock approach evident in ‘Doghouse’ - a new song Europe performed on their recent UK tour. The song is also featured on Europe’s upcoming ‘Europe: Live at Shepherd’s Bush’ DVD, released August 2011 on earMUSIC CDs and DVDs.

earMUSIC is also about to release a limited deluxe book with pictures be Denis O'Regan. "Live Look At Eden" features exclusive live audio and the stunning performance at last year iTunes Festival in London. Recording for Europe's new album begins in Stockholm on October 3rd, for an April 2012 release.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

// SWEDISH ROCKERS "EUROPE" TO FILM FORTHCOMING UK TOUR //


It has just been announced that Swedish hard rockers "EUROPE" are set to film the entirety of their London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire concert on Saturday February 19th. The concert will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in October 2011, and will also include a bonus live CD.

The London concert is part of Europe’s “Balls ’N’ Banners” UK tour which kicks off at the Glasgow o2 ABC on Thursday February 17th. The forthcoming DVD release will also include behind-the-scenes footage, including rehearsals and backstage banter filmed during the rest of the dates on the rest of the UK tour. Europe will perform music from their current album ‘Last Look At Eden’, plus classic tracks from their albums ‘Wings of Tomorrow’, ‘The Final Countdown’, ‘Out of This World’, ‘Prisoners in Paradise’, ‘Start From The Dark’ and ‘Secret Society.’

"We're taking some new directions with our songs, and we're exploring different styles,” says Europe’s lead singer Joey Tempest about the songs from the Eden album. "There is a definite classic rock vibe on some of the tracks... a tip of the hat to groovin', funkin' 70s rock songs, but ones we have bought into the here and now.”

Europe’s “Balls ‘N’ Banners” UK tour dates in full: Glasgow o2 ABC (Feb 17), Birmingham o2 Academy (Feb 18), London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Feb 19), Oxford o2 Academy (Feb 21), Bournemouth o2 Academy (Feb 22), Bristol o2 Academy (Feb 23), Manchester Academy 2 (Feb 25), Leeds o2 Academy (Feb 26) and Newcastle o2 Academy (Feb 27). Ticket Hotline: 0844 477 2000, 0161 832 1111 (Manchester). Book Online: www.ticketweb.co.uk, www.ticketline.co.uk.

Read the official UK press release here - www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/europe/tour.htm

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

// JOEY TEMPEST TALKS TO 02 ABOUT THE BALLS & BANNERS UK TOUR! //



The Europe camp are seriously turning up the heat in anticipation of February's "BALLS N BANNERS" UK TOUR!

Last Thursday (Jan 20th) Joey Tempest took the trip into central London for a full day of promotional interviews, including this great video web chat for the 02 Academy venues.

Other stops along Thursday's trail included Planet Rock Radio, Talk Sport Radio, Total Rock Radio, Rock Radio Manchester, Rock Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Radio Newcastle, BBC Radio Northampton and Metro FM in North East.

The Balls N Banners UK tour kicks off on Thursday February 17th at the Glasgow 02 Academy, then continues to the Birmingham 02 Academy on Feb 18th, the London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire on Feb 19th, the Oxford 02 Academy on Feb 21st, Bournemouth 02 Academy on Feb 22nd, Bristol 02 Academy on Feb 23rd, Manchester Academy on Feb 25th, Leeds 02 Academy on Feb 26th and finally the Leeds 02 Academy on Feb 27th.

Get your tickets now from 0844 477 2000 and http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/

Thursday, 16 December 2010

// LISTEN BACK TO JOEY'S PLANET ROCK RADIO SHOW ONLINE NOW! //

If you missed Joey Tempest's Planet Rock Radio show this Sunday then don't worry, thanks to PlanetRock.com you can listen again for a full week after each show goes out on the air.

Simply head over to http://planetrock.com/ondemand/ and select the "Joey Tempest" tab, then sit back, relax and listen back to the hour-long show in it's entirety.

To hear some of the greatest rock and roll songs around, courtesy of Mr Tempest, tune into Planet Rock Radio every Sunday between 6 and 7pm, or listen back using the new "On Demand" function.

Don't forget, Europe will be on tour in the UK in February, including dates in Glasgow (17th), Birmingham (18th), London Shepherds Bush (19th), Oxford (21st), Bournemouth (22nd), Bristol (23rd), Manchester (25th), Leeds (26th) and Newcastle (27th).

Thursday, 14 October 2010

// PLANET ROCK ANNOUNCES RADIO SERIES FOR EUROPE'S JOEY TEMPEST //


Joey Tempest, best known as the lead singer of Sweden’s biggest selling hard rock band Europe, will host his own radio show on Planet Rock. The new hour-long series will transmit on Planet Rock on Sunday evenings from 6pm-7pm from November 7th.

For more info about Joey's radio show: http://bit.ly/a2FA9p.

“Rock music has been a major part of my life,” says Joey Tempest. “Whether I am recording, touring or just listening to it. This time I’m heading into a different kind of studio and get to play the music that I love and that has influenced me over the years.”

For the official Joey Tempest / Planet Rock page: www.planetrock.com/joeytempest.
Planet Rock broadcasts on digital radio, Sky 0110, Virgin Media 924, Freesat 730, online http://www.planetrock.com/ and on iPhone.

Europe made their name with the epic ‘The Final Countdown’ in 1986 and have now sold over 20 million albums worldwide.

Europe’s Balls N Banners UK tour, with special guest ‘Voodoo Johnson’.

Dates as follows: Glasgow 02 ABC (Feb 17), Birmingham 02 Academy (Feb 18), London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire (Feb 19), Oxford 02 Academy (Feb 21), Bournemouth 02 Academy (Feb 22), Bristol 02 Academy (Feb 23), Manchester Academy 2 (Feb 25), Leeds 02 Academy (Feb 26), and Newcastle 02 Academy (Feb 27).
02 Academy Tickets: 0844 477 2000, www.ticketweb.co.uk/
Manchester Tickets: 0161 832 1111, www.ticketline.co.uk/

For further information - http://bit.ly/dAN4W1
Photo Credit: (c) Fredrik Etoall

Sunday, 12 September 2010

// CHAMBERS OF ROCK SALUTES EUROPE'S EDEN //

American blog Chambers of Rock today posted a rave review of Europe's Last Look At Eden album. Here's an except from the glowing 4.5 star review -

On this album it’s kind of like they really took their time on this to get everything down EXACTLY how they wanted it. It just sounds and feels so right and yes, there is absolutely no doubting that their influences shine through a lot here.

The album starts with a dark orchestrated piece Prelude before merging into the edgy and still dark, extremely Zeppelin like title track Last Look at Eden which simply just blows me away.

As dark and heavy a sound as the band has found, they can still master the big melodic choruses. Joey Tempest’s voice is still distinctive, with perhaps a more edgy touch and John Norum is simply playing out of his skin with some classy leads breaks.

Gonna Get Ready at times could be the modern day Cherokee with its almost Indian tribal type feel, that rocks like a good ‘un! Then in the mid section the band completely backs off, leaving Tempest to sing softly with some light acoustic guitar and then it builds right back up again to rock your socks off. Excellent stuff!

Steady rocker Catch That Plane keeps the same theme, as the previous two and with Mic Michaeli’s Hammond organ sound and some almost Blackmore at times guitar playing during the verses, gives the song a little of a Purple type effect. While Norum hits his solo spot, he’s got that Lizzy sound that Brian Robertson always favoured, that is so often true of his work these days. It’s a great multi tempo track, up and down and slick.

Read the full review here - http://tinyurl.com/35sf6mv

// RAGNAROK RADIO REVIEWS EUROPE'S EDEN ALBUM //

Scottish heavy metal website "Ragnarok Radio" recently posted a 5-star review of Europe's lastest studio album Last Look At Eden. The review goes something like this -

"What really stuck out for me right after first listen of this album was that like most Europe records it has no filler. It’s just full of creative and hard rocking songs; you’ve got everything from stadium anthems to Power Ballads. It’s one of those albums that could be played in its entirety for a live set and everybody would be into it and partying all night. Let’s hope for some of these songs on the tour in February, eh. Hint Hint."

"This has to be one of my favorite Classic Rock albums ever. It will take a lot, and I mean a lot to beat ‘Last Look at Eden’. From Joey Tempest on vocals to Ian Haugland on drums you have some of the best musicians in the business here. Bring on the Balls 'N' Banners UK tour in February."

Read the full review - www.ragnarokradio.co.uk/2010/09/europe-last-look-at-eden.html

Friday, 3 September 2010

// JOEY TEMPEST TALKS TO METAL EXPRESS RADIO //

Mick Burgess of Metal Express Radio recently caught up with Joey Tempest to conduct an interview about Europe's recent festival shows and forthcoming Balls 'N' Banners' UK tour.

Here's an excerpt from the interview -

Start From The Dark and Secret Society were quite hard work to make. We really wanted to learn our craft properly. Last Look At Eden was more relaxed. We thought....we don't want to have to prove ourselves again, let's just enjoy the ride. That's how exiting rock albums are made.
Do you think you've hit the perfect formula where you've captured the strong hooks of your commercial `80`s material with a classic yet modern Hard Rock edge?

It's just the sound and the writing that came out of the band this particular period. We never try to look for a formula.

I mentioned the critical acclaim that you've received for this album, I see that you've been nominated for album of the year by the UK`s Classic Rock magazine. How does it feel to be nominated for such an award?

It's the coolest thing that's happened to us in a long time. I called everyone up and just screamed down the phone!!!

You have some tough competition from the likes of Kiss, Cheap Trick, Slash, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Scorpions. If you couldn't vote for yourself, who do you think would be a strong contender to take the award?

My bet is on 'Maiden'. They're an institution now. Good on 'em.

The ceremony is on 10th November and will be hosted by Alice Cooper and will feature live performances from Cheap Trick and Alterbridge. It sounds like it'll be quite a do. Will you be there?

What a great event that is going to be. I was there last year when all those great guitarists were present. That was amazing! However....our lives are so crazy at the moment and we will be touring South America that period. If there is the slightest possibility of us jetting back...we will!

Since you last toured the UK earlier this year you've been back a couple more times. Firstly to play at Sonisphere at Knebworth and also at the I-Tunes festival in London. At Sonisphere there was such a huge range of bands from Rammstein to Maiden to Alice in Chains through to Anthrax and Slayer. How do you prepare to play in front of such a diverse crowd?

It's was such a high walking on stage during the intro of Last Look At Eden meeting this huge crowd. That's what it's all about. We listened to some recordings of it in the tour bus the other day. It worked!

Check out the full interview here -
www.metalexpressradio.com/menu.php?main=interviews&id=877

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

// JOHN NORUM "PLAY YARD BLUES" SPECIAL ON BLAST RADIO //


The UK's "BLAST RADIO" recently broadcast an exclusive John Norum album special across the station, focusing on and around Norum's new solo album "PLAY YARD BLUES", which was released in July by Mascot Records.

The radio special was aired on Saturday August 28th and you can listen again over at John's official website here.

As well as playing several tracks from "Play Yard Blues," DJ Jono also talks about EUROPE's history and plays "Gonna Get Ready" from the band's recent album 'Last Look At Eden'.

The Blast radio special follows last month's 'Balls N Banners' UK Tour annoucement, which sees the band making a welcome return to the UK in February 2011.

You can tune into Blast Radio live online here - www.blastradio.co.uk

// JOHN LEVEN INTERVIEW ON METALHEADZ //

Europe bassist John Leven was recently interviewed by Calon FM's Metalheadz.com at the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth, England.

Watch the interview on YouTube -

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEMOMExi298

Friday, 13 August 2010

// EUROPE'S 'LAST LOOK AT EDEN' NOMINATED FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR AT THIS YEAR'S CLASSIC ROCK 'ROLL OF HONOUR' AWARDS //

The UK's Classic Rock Magazine today revealed the nominations for their annual awards bash – The Classic Rock 'Roll Of Honour' Awards which takes place on Wednesday 10 November at London’s Roundhouse, hosted by Alice Cooper.

For the first time in the awards’ history the show will also feature live performances from Cheap Trick and Alter Bridge.

Six of the categories on the night, including Album of the Year, for which Europe's Last Look At Eden has been included in the list of initial nominations, will be decided by the public vote (see the categories to vote for by visiting the following link - http://awards2010.classicrockmagazine.com/index.php).

There will be a number of special achievement awards on the night, with the winners to be revealed over the coming months.

Rock music fans are being asked to cast their votes for Best Album of the Year from the following list of initial nominations -

Album Of The Year:

Europe - Last Look At Eden
Cheap Trick – The Latest
Bigelf – Cheat The Gallows
Slash – Slash
Kiss – Sonic Boom
Wolfmother – Cosmic Egg
Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier
Pearl Jam – Backspacer
Alice In Chains – Black Gives Way To Blue
Lynyrd Skynyrd – God & Guns
Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
The Scorpions – Sting In The Tail
Ratt - Infestation
Foreigner – Can’t Slow Down
Black Crowes – Before The Frost…
Steve Hackett – Out Of The Tunnel’s Mouth

Cast your vote for Europe's Last Look At Eden here -
http://awards2010.classicrockmagazine.com/index.php

Saturday, 7 August 2010

// ROCK REALMS CELEBRATES EUROPE'S BALLS 'N' BANNERS TOUR //

Rock Realms has just announced Europe's Balls 'N' Banners UK tour that kicks off on Thursday 17th February at the Glasgow O2 ABC.

Here's what the RR had to say -

Following their triumphant performance at the iTunes Festival at the London Roundhouse, Swedish rockers EUROPE are pleased to announce a nationwide February 2011 UK tour under the heading of the “Balls 'N' Banners" UK tour. Tickets for the UK dates are now on sale.

Full dates for Europe's Balls 'N' Banners 2011 UK Tour include:

Glasgow 02 ABC (Feb 17)
Birmingham 02 Academy (Feb 18)
London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire (Feb 19)
Oxford 02 Academy (Feb 21)
Bournemouth 02 Academy (Feb 22)
Bristol 02 Academy (Feb 23)
Manchester Academy 2 (Feb 25)
Leeds 02 Academy (Feb 26)
Newcastle 02 Academy (Feb 27)

Tickets, priced at £17.50, with the exception of London (£18), and can be ordered from 0844 477 2000 / http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/. Tickets for the Manchester Academy 2 concert can be ordered by calling the following ticket hotline - 0161 832 1111, http://www.ticketline.co.uk/.

The tour follows last year’s critically acclaimed studio album “Last Look At Eden”, which Classic Rock Magazine rated one of the best hard rock albums of 2009.

“Europe is one of the few bands around still making consistently thrilling rock records,” says Classic Rock. Metal Hammer Magazine praised Europe for their energetic live shows – “Europe’s show pulls together all ages and tastes for a feel-good finale that smells like total victory.”

Europe vocalist Joey Tempest believes that it is the strength of the band’s last album that is responsible for their current success.

“You can’t make this stuff up,” says Tempest. “Our latest CD ‘Last Look At Eden’ has really turned things around for us. We're going to bring something very special when we return to the UK in February 2011, we're having the time of our lives right now and the audience will experience a Europe-camp that's ON FIRE!”

Read the full news story here: http://tinyurl.com/3yyr9r6
Photo Credit: (c) Denis O'Regan

// SAFE CONCERTS REVIEWS EUROPE AT SONISPHERE //

Safe Concerts posted a wonderful review of Europe's Sonisphere performance on July 30th. The popular UK rock concert website also posted a terrific photo gallery of the band performing Last Look At Eden, The Beast, Rock The Night and The Final Countdown.

Here's what Safe Concerts had to say about Europe's performance -

"Next up on The Saturn Stage were those vintage rockers Europe, creating quite the set and showing that experience actually makes for a pretty good performance - we even got a version of No Woman No Cry."

"These guys proved once again that they are more than just the dudes who did The Final Countdown and are actually a force to be reckoned with, a few sound issues aside, Europe cracked it and the crowd lapped it up. The place erupted when Final Countdown was played live, it was just one of those moments that you really should have been there for!"

Read the original posting on Safe Concerts: http://tinyurl.com/37hocxb
Check out the Europe Photo Gallery: http://tinyurl.com/33ef3dn
Photo Credit: (c) Dean Fardell

Friday, 6 August 2010

// IAN HAUGLAND AND JOEY TEMPEST DO THE ITUNES FESTIVAL INTERVIEW //

Ian Haugland and Joey Tempest were recently interviewed when they performed an exhilerating set at this year's iTunes Festival at the London Roundhouse on July 25th.

// EUROPE GETS DOWN ON THE GIBSON TOUR BUS AT SONISPHERE //


The Gibson Guitar Tour Bus rolled into Sonisphere for the UK’s newest metal festival, now in its second year, over the weekend July 30th to August 1st. The 2010 Sonisphere Festival took place on the grounds of Knebworth House, a beautiful stately home which, over the years, has hosted legendary concerts by Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen and Oasis.

Over the three days, up to 180,000 hardcore metal fans rocked to some of the fiercest and most mind-blowing bands on the planet, including Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Alice Cooper, Europe, Placebo, Papa Roach, Fear Factory, Anthrax, Mötley Crüe, Gallows, Bring Me the Horizon, Pendulum, Alice in Chains, Skindred, The Cult, Slayer, Iggy & The Stooges, Skunk Anansie, Corey Taylor, Soulfly, Slaves To Gravity, Good Charlotte, Little Fish and Lacuna Coil.

The 2010 Sonisphere Festival was made up of ten one-day festivals across Europe, with an eleventh festival in England spanning three days. The festival tour has had a core group of bands that played each of the European dates with numerous extra bands added to each date individually.

The Gibson Tour Bus was parked exclusively in the media and artist area for the bands to conduct their interviews and to perform an exclusive acoustic track for Gibson.com. Artists such as Joey Tempest and John Norum of Europe, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Karnivool, Bring Me the Horizon, Papa Roach, Audrey Horne, Sylosis, The Casino Brawl, Fei Comodo, General Fiasco, Blitz Kids, Failsafe, Slaves To Gravity and Little Fish all took time out to visit Gibson Tour Bus.

Click here to access the full report from Gibson.com:
www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/ArtistsAndEvents/Stories/Sonisphere-Coverage-802/

// EUROPE'S LONDON ROUNDHOUSE GIG NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES //

On Sunday July 25th Europe performed a triumphant doubleheader concert with Foreigner as part of the iTunes Festival at the prestigious Roundhouse in London.

Five songs from Europe's set are now available to buy from iTunes. The live tracks that can be downloaded from iTunes include Last Look At Eden, New Love In Town, No Stone Unturned, Rock The Night and The Beast.

Further info: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/itunes-festival-london-2010/id384927667

Thursday, 5 August 2010

// EUROPE PERFORM SUPERSTITIOUS ON THE GIBSON TOUR BUS AT SONISPHERE //

A few hours before Europe performed their set at this year's Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth, Joey Tempest and John Norum dropped by Gibson Guitar's lavish tour bus to do interviews with the local metal and classic rock press.

While on the bus, the kind folks at Gibson asked Joey and John to perform an acoustic version of one of the band's classics. Joey and John chose Superstitious from 1988's Out Of This World album.

Check out the brilliant performance at Gibson's YouTube channel.

// JOHN LEVEN TALKS TO SONIC SHOCKS ABOUT SONISPHERE //

Europe's bass guitarist John Levén was recently interviewed by Sonic Shocks when the band played Sonisphere at Knebworth in the UK on Friday July 30th.

Here's an excerpt from the interview -

On an overcast, sticky but gloomy Friday Sonic Shocks rock up at Sonisphere, Dictaphones, laptops and pens at the ready. Yes it’s interview time and today we are ushered onto a rather swanky Gibson Guitar tour bus (one of only five in the world) where we sit on the plush leather sofas inside. Who should be joining us today? None other than John Levén, bass player for Europe.

Sonic Shocks: Hey! How are you?

John: Ok, we just flew in from doing a press conference last night in Sweden!

Sonic Shocks: How was the Swedish festival?

John: Pretty good! We played in the city’s town square to lots of people and we are heading to Finland tomorrow.

Sonic Shocks: So that’s three festivals in three days?

John: Actually it’s four, we played one the day before!

Sonic Shocks: So you’re playing festivals in different countries, what are the differences?

John: It’s really difficult to say, we were in Poland last week and we had to shake hands with the Mayor. Festival-wise it’s not really that much different. I mean, festivals over here seem to have a more professional and organised. I mean in other places, the hotel Lobby is full of people waiting for you...

Sonic Shocks: So you have the upcoming Balls 'N' Bannners UK tour in February of next year....

John: Yeah we are coming back to the UK, it’s going to be great! We were here elast winter and the reception was really good, can’t wait to come back again!

Read the full interview - http://tinyurl.com/354smrh
Photo Credit: (c) Denis O'Regan

Saturday, 31 July 2010

// IAN HAGULAND TALKS SONISPHERE TO 96.3 ROCK RADIO //

96.3 Rock Radio caught up with Europe drummer Ian Haugland at the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth on Friday July 29th and discussed Ian's recollections of always wanting to play the prestigious rock festival.

The interview went something like this -

Europe drummer Ian Haugland is glad to finally make it to Knebworth Park. He planned to make the trip from Sweden in 1979 to see Led Zeppelin's legendary twin shows here – but his parents wouldn't let him go.

Haugland is delighted to have brought the band's brand of heavy rock to the Saturn stage on Sonisphere's first night, and is even more delighted that the UK perception of them as a "teeny-bop" act is fading.

He tells Rock Radio DJ Tom Russell: "That perception is changing. every time we play The Final Countdown it's like pressing a happy-button. There's not many bands who have a song like that. You've got Smoke on the Water, Bohemian Rhapsody, Stairway to Heaven.

"It's such an important song and we're fortunate to have recorded it. I think it's honourable to have made such a mark on people's lives."

Facing their perception issues head-on, Europe headlined the seriously metal Bloodstock festival in Derbyshire last year, appearing alongside Carcass, Arch Enemy, Cradle of Filth, Blind Guardian and Satyricon.

Haugland explains: "Some voices were raised when we did that, but we won the battle and got a lot of credibility.

"I met one of those death metal guys backstage, in the black leather and the white makeup. He looked like a killer. He came up to me and said, 'Are you guys going to play Carrie?'

Listen to the interview on Rock Radio: http://tinyurl.com/39g5f6k
Photo Credit: (c) Fredrik Etoall

// JOHN NORUM AND JOEY TEMPEST INTERVIEWED BY NME TV AT SONISPHERE //

NME TV caught up with John Norum and Joey Tempest on the Gibson Guitar tour bus at this year's Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth, Stevenage in the UK on Friday July 25th.

Check out the interview trailer here - www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnpz0gM6Wx4

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

// EUROPE'S IAN HAUGLAND TALKS ABOUT SONISPHERE AND BEYOND // //

Entertainment Focus recently caught up for a chat with Europe's drummer Ian Haugland when the band played to a packed house at the London Roundhouse as part of the iTunes Festival.

Here's an exceprt from the interview -

What can we expect from your show tonight and at Sonisphere ?

Well we mix things up a lot from show to show. We’ll be playing a mix of old and new stuff.

You guys have played a lot of festivals. Which has been the best festival and one you’ve enjoyed the most ?

It's hard to say. I think all different countries have a certain kind of charm. Its always something special to play in England because all the bands we grew up listening to were British Hard rock bands from the 70s - Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy and UFO, those bands. So it’s always great to play in Britain. This is like the cradle of rock. The UK. This is where all the influential bands for us came from. It’s like an extra honour to play in England.

Do you find fans here are more vocal and they sing out the songs to you a lot more ?

If you were to go for the noisiest audience, I would say Italy or maybe Spain cause they are totally crazy (the audience). In South America we played last year in Santiago. The crowd were so loud that I couldn’t actually hear myself playing.

Really ?

Yeah. I don’t know I can’t really say that I like this or that country better. It seems like Europe is a global universal band. So it’s great just being able to do it.

Have you had any funny Spinal Tap moments on Tour ?

I remember on the last tour. Mic (Michaeli - kyeboards) forgot his passport. We were in Spain playing in Madrid and we were going to play in Zurich. And on the way from the hotel to the airport, Mic discovered that he left his passport in his touring gear in the truck.

He couldn’t get a hold of his passport, and so he couldn’t get on the plane. We got on the plane but Mic had to stay in Madrid to try and get another passport and it took some time for him. He tried to get hold of a hotel because he didn’t have anywhere to sleep and when he tried to check in he wasn’t allowed to do it because he didn’t have a passport so he ended up sleeping with the druggies out in the park. (laughs).

Read the full interview here - http://tinyurl.com/32lefp2
Photo Credit: (c) Denis O'Regan

Monday, 26 July 2010

// EUROPE ANNOUNCE BALLS 'N' BANNERS UK TOUR //

Following last night's triumphant performance at the iTunes Festival at the London Roundhouse, Swedish rockers EUROPE are pleased to announce a nationwide February 2011 UK tour under the heading of the “Balls 'N' Banners" UK tour.

Tickets for all UK dates go on sale at 9am on Friday July 30th, the same day that the band will play the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth, England.

Full dates for Europe's Balls 'N' Banners 2011 UK Tour include Glasgow 02 ABC (Feb 17), Birmingham 02 Academy (Feb 18), London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire (Feb 19), Oxford 02 Academy (Feb 21), Bournemouth 02 Academy (Feb 22), Bristol 02 Academy (Feb 23), Manchester Academy 2 (Feb 25), Leeds 02 Academy (Feb 26) and Newcastle 02 Academy (Feb 27).

Tickets, priced at £17.50, with the exception of London (£18), and can be ordered from 0844 477 2000 / www.ticketweb.co.uk. Tickets for the Manchester Academy 2 concert can be ordered by calling the following ticket hotline: 0161 832 1111, www.ticketline.co.uk.

Read the official press announcment: www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/europe/tour.htm

The tour follows last year’s critically acclaimed studio album “Last Look At Eden”, which Classic Rock Magazine rated one of the best hard rock albums of 2009.

“Europe is one of the few bands around still making consistently thrilling rock records,” says Classic Rock. Metal Hammer Magazine praised Europe for their outstanding live shows – “Europe’s show pulls together all ages and tastes for a feel-good finale that smells like total victory.”
Europe vocalist Joey Tempest believes that it is the strength of the band’s last album that is responsible for their current success. “You can’t make this stuff up,” says Tempest. “Our latest CD ‘Last Look At Eden’ has really turned things around for us."
"We're going to bring something very special when we return to the UK in February 2011, we're having the time of our lives right now and the audience will experience a Europe-camp that's ON FIRE!”
Visit the official website – www.europetheband.com.
Sign up to Europe on Facebook - www.facebook.com/pages/Europe/7795004209.

Monday, 19 July 2010

// JOEY TEMPEST TALKS UK FESTIVALS WITH UBER ROCK //


UBER ROCK scribe Tazz Stander recently hooked up with Europe vocalist Joey Tempest to talk about the band's hectic touring schedule, UK festivals, Rock and Roll Cliches, and how 2010 is becoming the best year in the band's career!

Says Joey Tempest on the success of Europe's live shows "Well, what can I say? After the last gig we did, we were on stage just before Slash, we had a toast in the dressing room and were all saying that maybe this is the best time for the band right now."

Continues Joey "A lot of it is thanks to the album, the fans seem to discover it and will not let it go... I don't know if it's just a good period but with this album, things came together."

Europe will play 2 massive UK concerts this month, firstly at the iTunes Festival at the Camden Roundhouse on Sunday July 25th, then they will bring the rock to Sonispere on Friday July 30th.

You can read the full UBER ROCK interview here - http://www.uberrock.co.uk/interviews/58-july-interviews/1118-joey-tempest-europe-interview-exclusive.html