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Europe premieres “The Final Countdown ‘LIVE’ from Sweden Rock”

September 13th, 2013

earMUSIC is excited to announce the UK release of Europe’s “Live At Sweden Rock – 30th Anniversary Show” (2CD, DVD and Blu-ray) on Monday 21st October 2013.

To celebrate the news, the band has premiered a stunning video clip of  “The Final Countdown – Live”.   Click HERE to see the video performance of this classic song in its entirety.

On 7th June 2013, Europe took the stage in their home country Sweden for a special occasion: celebrating 30 years of rock music. The Swedish rock band celebrated this event together with 30,000 fans at the prestigious Sweden Rock Festival.  Europe performed 28 songs, selecting their personal favourite moments spanning from their earlier years up to their most recent songs taken from albums including Last Look At Eden and Bag Of Bones; plus songs performed for the very first time. Read the rest of this entry »

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HELLFEST 2013

July 17th, 2013

Hellfest Festival 2013

@ Clisson, France

21st- 23rd June 2013

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photography by Tess Donohoe  Hellfest

It may be some people’s epitome of hell, Michael Buble fans I’m looking at you, but for the metal/rock community Hellfest’s towering gateway looks positively pearly. This year’s line-up is so jam-packed that I was looking for the little glass jars and labels. You’d make a fortune if you could bottle any number of the diverse scope of bands on the bill, with the riffs left in natch, but I’d like them to play their sets first.

Once inside that gateway the layout is much the same as last year, and that isn’t meant in a well-they-clearly-couldn’t-be-arsed sense, because Hellfest could teach most others a thing or 20 on how to put together a fan-friendly festival. Except when it comes to the number of toilets on site that is.

Whilst the Hellfest tree still dominates in its stark simplicity, the hidden beer gardens have gained a snazzy gateway of their own, which invites you into the woodlands. Instead of a fairytale monster at the end of the path though, you’ll find a winebar, which is win-win really. And at night the scrap-metal merch stands and bars still glow with their own rooftop fires.

Stage-wise we’ve got Main Stage 1 and 2, which continue their staggered times so that as one plays, the other sets up, and vice versa. The result is no waiting around for soundchecks or bands to start, just back-to-back bam-bam-bam metal. A similar set-up is in place at the Altar and the Temple, where you can find black metal, death metal and the like, then there’s the Valley which is home to the stoner and doom types, and the Warzone where the punk and hardcore drops.

Hellfest 2013 – it’s like being welcomed home.
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SWEDEN ROCK 2013

July 12th, 2013

Swedenrock 2013

SWEDENROCK FESTIVAL 2013

Article and pictures by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjälä

“Welcome to the show” – welcomed by KISS  when headlining the second day of the Sweden Rock fest. Well, once again the Finnish Metal-Rules.com team made their annual roadtrip to Sweden Rock. Metal Rules has covered Swedenrock since 2001, therefore it is quite logical to cover the festival again. The 2013 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Over 70 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t any exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article on several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was tremendous during these four days. The Metal-Rules.com team was there witnessing bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!

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Europe w. support act Mustasch – Bag Of Bones Scandinavian Tour 2012 Baltic Hall Malmo Sweden

January 11th, 2013

Europe

 Bag of Bones Scandinavian Tour 2012
Mustasch – special guest

Baltic Hall, Malmoe Sweden 14/12 – 2012
Review and live pictures by Anders Sandvall

                             Europe with special guest Mustasch

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EUROPE – Interview with Joey Tempest

January 9th, 2013
Europe band

JOEY TEMPEST

INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Swedish hard rock band Europe visited Helsinki in late December and played their last gig of the year in the sold out Club Circus. 2013 will be a major year for Europe. After nine studio albums, three live albums and millions of records sold, the band is now going to celebrate its 30’TH Anniversary. On the eve of the show, vocalist Joey Tempest sat down with us backstage and talked about the anniversary, the latest album BAG OF BONES and more… Read on!

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EUROPE’s “Bag of Bones” UK tour starts this Wednesday

November 20th, 2012

Europe’s Bag of Bones UK tour starts on Wednesday 21 November at Birmingham o2 Academy with special guests StoneRider. See full tour dates HERE.

Europe will perform songs from their new Bag of Bones album including Not Supposed To Sing The Blues and Demon Head, plus classics Rock The Night and The Final Countdown.

Tickets for the UK tour are available from www.eventim.co.uk, www.seetickets.com and www.ticketweb.co.uk or the 24-Hour Box Office: 0844 477 2000.  

Europe’s November 2012 UK Tour / with very special guests StoneRider

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 Shepherd’s            Saturday 1 December  

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Europe launch new promo video for “Firebox” single

August 5th, 2012

Europe, Saguaro Studios, Stockholm, March 6, 2012, Photo by Michael Johansson

Academy Events and the DHP in association with The Agency Group are pleased to announce Europe’s “Bag of Bones UK Tour 2012”.

Hot off the heels of last year’s Balls N’ Banners UK Tour and sold out concert at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Sweden’s biggest hard rock band undertakes a nationwide November 2012 UK Tour. Very special guest on all UK dates is the US rock band StoneRider.

Tickets can bee booked online from www.eventim.co.uk and www.ticketweb.com. All tickets are priced £18.50, except London Shepherd’s Bush Empire (£20.00).

The highly anticipated UK tour follows hot on the heels of Europe’s ninth studio album, Bag Of Bones, and the Planet Rock radio playlisted singles Not Supposed To Sing The Blues and Firebox.

Swedish rock band EUROPE have just launched the promo video for their new single “FIREBOX” on their official website here – http://www.europetheband.com/home.html

“FIREBOX” is the second single taken from Europe’s critically acclaimed album “Bag of Bones” produced by Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion, Black Stone Cherry).

 

StoneRider are special guests on Europe’s ‘Bag of Bones’ UK November 2012 Tour. StoneRider are a young, classic rock-influenced rock and roll band from Atlanta, Georgia. Since the 2008 release of their critically-acclaimed debut Three Legs of Trouble, they have toured the US twice and opened for the likes of Uriah Heep, Robin Trower, Graveyard and Radio Moscow.

 

- Bag of Bones 2012 UK Tour -

Regional Tickets: £18.50 Advance
London Tickets: £20.00 Advance
Credit Card Hotline for all UK shows – 0844 477 2000
Book Online: www.eventim.co.uk  AND www.ticketweb.co.uk (excluding Manchester) – 0844 478 0898
(excluding Nottingham) – 0845 413 4444 (excluding Cardiff) – 02920 230 130

Birmingham O2 Academy
Wednesday 21 November
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
www.ticketweb.co.uk
www.o2academybirmingham.co.uk
16-18 Horsefair, Bristol Street, Birmingham, B1 1DB

Glasgow O2 ABC
Thursday 22 November
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
www.ticketweb.co.uk
www.o2abc.co.uk
300 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JA

Manchester HMV Ritz
Friday 23 November
Tickets £18.50
Box Office 0844 478 0898
www.hmvritz.com
Doors: 6:30pm
Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5NQ

Newcastle O2 Academy
Sunday 25th November
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
www.ticketweb.co.uk
www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk
Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SW

Leeds O2 Academy
Monday 26th November
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
www.ticketweb.co.uk
www.o2academyleeds.co.uk
55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 3AW

Nottingham Rock City
Tuesday 27 November
Box Office: 0845 413 4444
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.rock-city.co.uk
8 Talbot Street, Nottingham, NG1 5GG

Bristol O2 Academy
Thursday 29 November
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
www.ticketweb.co.uk
www.o2academybristol.co.uk
Frogmore Street, Bristol, BS1 5NA

Cardiff Coal Exchange
Friday 30 November
Box Office: 02920 230 130
www.seetickets.com
www.coalexchange.co.uk
Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 5EB

London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Saturday 1 December
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
www.ticketweb.co.uk
www.o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk
Shepherds Bush Green, London, W12 8TT

WEBSITE: www.europetheband.com
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/pages/Europe/7795004209
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/europetheband
TOUR BLOG: http://europethebandblog.blogspot.com/
MEDIA BLOG: http://europethebandmedia.blogspot.com/

STONERIDER WEBSITE: stoneriderband.com

 

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EUROPE: Live at Osla festival, Porvoo

July 31st, 2012

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EUROPE

Porvoo, FINLAND

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Swedish hard rockers Europe return once again to Finland. This time the band performed in Osla Festival in Porvoo. The festival line up consisted of mostly pop and cover/party bands but Finnish metal cello quartet Apocalyptica was also on the bill there. Europe was headlining and it seems that the band still enjoys a strong following in Finland. The band’s latest opus BAG OF BONES was released in the spring. The album has been critically acclaimed and commercially it’s been their most successful release since their rebirth in 2003.  Even though it was raining, there were approximately 3000 people in the audience when Europe finally took the stage at 10:00 PM.

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New EUROPE album released April 30

April 7th, 2012

earMUSIC, rock leg of the Hamburg, Germany, based full entertainment company Edel, is thrilled to announce the new album of THE Swedish rock supergroup, EUROPE. The long player, set for UK release on Monday 30th April 2012, is entitled Bag of Bones.

The new record was produced by one of the world’s most prestigious producers, Kevin Shirley. No stranger to the crème de la crème of iconic rock, Shirley has produced albums for Iron Maiden, Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion, Black Stone Cherry and JourneyBag of Bones features 11 brand new tracks, including the first single, Not Supposed To Sing The Blues, which will be serviced to radio this Friday, March 2nd and will be released digitally March 9th.

The band recently unveiled the album artwork and now is ready to confirm the track listing of the new album, which is said to be a milestone in Sweden’s biggest hard rock band’s long lasting career.  Prior to the recordings, when EUROPE front man Joey Tempest confessed, “We’re ready to do some serious damage,” – he could not have been anymore correct.  Bag of Bones was already titled “one hell of a record” and is the successor of EUROPE‘s 2009 album Last Look at Eden, which proved to be the band’s most important record since The Final Countdown.

Says singer Joey Tempest: “Finally we express ourselves completely without restraint. Straight from heart and soul. It took some time but WE HAVE ARRIVED!”

Contributing slide guitar to the title track Bag of Bones is no one less but currently hottest blues rock name, Joe Bonamassa. “We’re honored that Joe Bonamassa wanted to play some slide guitar on our record. We’re all big fans of his music”, Tempest points out.

The album, which features a more straightforward rock approach including the track Doghouse, already performed during the band’s most recent European tour, is going to be available in a standard CD version as well as on classy vinyl.

Album Track Listing:

1. Riches To Rags
2. Not Supposed To Sing The Blues
3. Firebox
4. Bag Of Bones
5. Requiem
6. My Woman My Friend
7. Demon Head
8. Drink And A Smile
9. Doghouse
10. Mercy You Mercy Me
11. Bring It All Home

EUROPE drummer Ian Haugland sums up the taste of the new album – “If Bag of Bones was a dinner menu at a restaurant, it would get 5 stars in the Michelin guide. We are ready to take your orders!”

EUROPE are also embedded into the European Handball Federation’s (EHF) Champions League finals in 2012. Part of the EHF & EUROPE Campaign will be a band performance during the “Final4 tournament” award ceremonies on May 27th in Cologne, Germany.

Having confirmed some first festival appearances across Europe over the summer, the Scandinavians are also set to hit worldwide stages with extended touring fall and onwards.  

01.05. Thanks Jimi Festival – Wroclaw (PL)
17.05. Bikers Festival – Wetzikon (CH)
25.05. Metallasvenskan – Orebro (S)
24.06. Graspop Festival – Dessel (B)
30.06. Kirunafestivalen
– Kiruna (S)
21.07. Olsa Live – Porvoo (FIN)
27.07. Rock Of Ages – Seebronn (GER)

ESSENTIAL EUROPE WEB LINKS

OFFICIAL EUROPE WEBSITE
www.europetheband.com

OFFICIAL EARMUSIC WEBSITE
www.ear-music.net

OFFICIAL EARMUSIC YOUTUBE CHANNEL
www.youtube.com/earmusicofficial

OFFICIAL FACEBOOK

www.facebook.com/pages/Europe/7795004209

OFFICIAL EUROPE TWITTER
http://twitter.com/europetheband

OFFICIAL EUROPE MYSPACE
www.myspace.com/europe

OFFICIAL EUROPE YOUTUBE CHANNEL
www.youtube.com/europethebandtv
 
OFFICIAL EUROP TOUR BLOG

http://europethebandblog.blogspot.com
 
OFFICIAL EUROPE MEDIA BLOG

http://europethebandmedia.blogspot.com

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Former EUROPE guitarist Kee Marcello will release his controversial autobiography, “The Rock Star God Forgot”, in Sweden on October 19

October 19th, 2011
Kee Marcello

Kee Marcello "The Rock Star God Forgot"

Former EUROPE guitarist Kee Marcello will release his controversial autobiography, “The Rock Star God Forgot”, in Sweden on October 19.

Marcello just made headlines in the biggest Swedish newspaper with a painfully honest interview about the memoir, which is said to be “the first sex, drugs and rock and roll book ever written by a Swede.”

“The Rock Star God Forgot” is scheduled for release in the rest of the world in English during 2012.

On October 21, Marcello will release an album, “Redux: Europe”, featuring several new tracks alongside modern, heavier-sounding re-recordings of hits from Marcello’s previous bands EUROPE and EASY ACTION. Also scheduled for release on the same date are remastered and repackaged versions of Kee’s two earlier albums, “Redux: Shine On” and “Redux: Melon Demon Divine”.

When asked why he chose to re-record EUROPE songs, Marcello said, “‘Redux’ is Latin for ‘reclaim’ or ‘take back,’ and that’s what I’m doing here. These songs are part of my past and I wanted to bring them into the future.”

“Redux: Europe” will be released in the rest of the world on Friday, January 13, 2012.

 

A video for the song “Redux: Europe” can be viewed below:

In early 2012, Kee Marcello will embark on a European tour with the following lineup:

Kee Marcello: Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals

Jonny Scaramanga: Guitar

Ken Sandin: Bass

Paul White: Drums

 Kee Marcello - "Redux: Europe"

Kee Marcello - "Redux: Europe"

 

www.keemarcello.com

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MASCOT RECORDS RELEASES 7TH ALBUM FROM GUITARIST JOHN NORUM

September 30th, 2010

NEW YORK – “Play Yard Blues,” the latest solo album from Europe guitarist John Norum, is now available on Mascot Records.

The long-awaited album takes a different approach than Norum’s past releases, showcasing a more bluesy side of his soulful style.  “Play Yard Blues” consists of 10 tracks, recorded in Norum’s hometown of Stockholm, Sweden.

“When I started playing, I only played blues rock,” Norum said.  “Now I feel it’s time to go back to my roots.”

The album title was inspired by the studio in which it was recorded – Play Yard Studios.  “It’s also the name of a song and it ended up being one of my favorite songs on the album,” he said.

In addition to the Norum originals, the guitarist puts his personal stamp on a few classics: Thin Lizzy’s “It’s Only Money,” Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush’s “Ditch Queen,” and Mountain’s “Travellin’ in the Dark.”  “I always loved Thin Lizzy, Mountain, and Frank Marino, so I want to pay tribute to those guys,” Norum said.

As a whole, Norum sees his new album as a tribute to his late wife, Michelle Meldrum of the band Meldrum, who passed away suddenly two years ago at the age of just 39.  Photos of Norum and the couple’s young son emphasize the double meaning of the album’s title, with the guitarist and the boy side-by-side, guitars in hand.  “It´s a tribute to Michelle and I wanted him to be part of it,” Norum said.  “And he is proud of his daddy’s playing.”

“Play Yard Blues,” Norum’s seventh solo album, was mixed and produced by Norum and Peer Stappe. Norum, who sings on the album in addition to playing to guitar, is joined by musicians Tomas Torberg (bass), Thomas Bronman (drums), Peer Stappe (percussion), and Mic Michaeli (keyboards).

Mascot Records is an independent record company based in The Netherlands that specializes in guitar music, from metal to instrumental guitar, hard rock, prog rock and (guitar) fusion.

www.johnnorum.se
www.mascotrecordsusa.com

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The Summer Rock Festival 2010 with Royal Republic and headliner-act Europe in Svedala, Sweden

September 8th, 2010

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The Summer Rock Festival

Friluftsbadet

Svedala

Sweden

16/7 – 2010

Royal Republic

Europe – Headline -

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Guest Contributor: Ulrika Henriksson

Live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Europe live in Helsinki

November 24th, 2004

House of Culture
Helsinki, FINLAND
Review and pictures by Marko Syrj?l? 

It?s been 11 years since Europe last played in Finland. Actually, it was the same venue (House of Culture) but the size of the crowd was hardly more than 250 people. That happened in the early nineties when grunge ruled the music markets and most hard rock bands slowly but surely disappeared…as did Europe. Tonight shows that things are getting better and hard rock is doing fine again. Record sales have picked up, and what?s most important, people are coming to see the shows again.

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