Review by Ritchie Birnie
Photography by Gavin Lowrey
It’s early March and already we have had a raft of Gigs in Scotland’s biggest city. Tonight sees the second co headline tour of the year with Black Star Riders and Europe hitting the Glasgow 02 ABC for the 1st of a two night stint. The second night sold out early on and this one is filling up nicely( so much for rock is dead Gene). So who won the battle of the headliners tonight? Read on…… Read the rest of this entry »
Swedish rock legends EUROPE will release their 10th studio album, War of Kings, on March 10, 2015 in the United States via Hell & Back Recordings.
In conjunction with the upcoming album release, the band will ship off on the Monsters of Rock cruise on April 18th from Miami, FL, and cruise to Poseidon’s Grotto/Nassau, Bahamas, docking back in Miami on April 22nd. In addition to EUROPE, the cruise features performances from Tesla, Night Ranger, Lita Ford, and more. Visit www.monstersofrockcruise.com for pricing and more information.
Once back on land, EUROPE will embark on an eight-city tour of select eastern U.S. states, including a stop at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD. See below for a full listing of tour dates:
EUROPE U.S. Tour Dates:
4/18 – 4/22 – Miami, FL @ Monsters of Rock Cruise
4/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Potowatomi Casino
4/25 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
4/26 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
4/28 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues – w/ Black Star Riders
4/30 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza – w/ Black Star Riders
5/1 – Niagara Falls, NY @ The Bears Den – w/ Black Star Riders
5/2 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion – M3 Rock Festival
5/3 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
Last week, in celebration of the release and forthcoming tour, EUROPE released their amazing new music video for the title track “War of Kings”, directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company (In Flames, At The Gates, Arch Enemy). In less than two weeks’ time, the video has racked up over 75,000 views. Watch it here: http://youtu.be/yOgVa–DyVI
War of Kings will be available in multiple formats, as a CD digipak, a CD jewel case, a vinyl LP and in digital download format.
Right now, you can win a limited edition EUROPE War of Kings box set, which includes a copy of the album, as well as a t-shirt, bonus DVD, postcard, and sticker. You can enter now to win the box set now via only two sites, UltimateClassicRock.com and BraveWords.com. Good luck!
Recorded at the brand new PanGaia Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons) and engineered by John Netti, War of Kings sees the quintet confidently creating 11 monstrously melodic, yet hard-hitting classic rock’n’roll standouts for their fervent global audience.
War of Kings tracklisting:
1) War Of Kings
2) Hole In My Pocket
3) Second Day
4) Praise You
5) Nothin’ To Ya
6) California 405
7) Days Of Rock n Roll
8) Children Of The Mind
9) Rainbow Bridge
10) Angels (With Broken Hearts)
11) Light Me Up
Bonus: Vasastan (Instrumental)
EUROPE’s place as a legendary classic rock band was platinum-stamped early in their career, having enjoyed an explosive period of worldwide success in the ‘80s, under-pinned by their hit album and single The Final Countdown, before going on hiatus between 1992 and 2003. They reunited and quickly settled into a period of re-establishment which has seen them re-enforce their reputation worldwide as one of the premier purveyors of blues-tinged classic rock with an edge and some kick. Their last album, 2012’s Bag of Bones, saw EUROPE hit the UK top 40 rock album charts and debut at #2 on the Swedish national charts.
War of Kings is set to take full advantage of the global groundwork EUROPE have put in over the last few years.
Joey Tempest – lead vocals, acoustic & rhythm guitar, keyboards
John Norum – lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
John Leven – bass, backing vocals
Mic Michaeli – keyboards, piano, backing vocals, rhythm guitar
Ian Haugland – drums, percussion, backing vocals
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 »
Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photography by Tess Donohoe
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.
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!
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!
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 Bush Empire
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.
“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
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.
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, Shirleyhas produced albums for Iron Maiden, Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion, Black Stone Cherry and Journey. Bag 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 rockband’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
4. Bag Of Bones
6. My Woman My Friend
7. Demon Head
8. Drink And A Smile
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)
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:
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.