Download Festival have announced another 12 names for their 2012 line-up, with the heavy-hitters in today’s admittedly pretty mixed-bag of announcements being Europe, Emmure, and Turbonegro.
Europe is a Swedish rock band formed in Upplands Väsby in 1979, by vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bass guitarist Peter Olsson, and drummer Tony Reno. They got a major breakthrough in Sweden in 1982 by winning the televised competition "Rock-SM" (Swedish Rock Championships) It was the first time this competition was held, and Europe became a larger success than the competition itself.
Since their formation, Europe has released eleven studio albums, three live albums, three compilations and nineteen music videos. Read more on Last.fm
When we interviewed Joey Tempest last month, he gave us the exclusive news that Europe would be filming their upcoming London date for a DVD release. What a bloody nice bloke. Though he wouldn’t give us the name of the magical moisturiser he uses to look so young and fed us some Robert Johnson horseshit about doing a deal with the devil. We’ll find out Joey, don’t you worry…
If you think that ‘The Final Countdown’ is the only thing Europe are famous for then you really ought to just get out. Alternatively, you could read Amit Sharma‘s in depth interview with smooth-skinned frontman, Joey Tempest.
It’s great to see Europe have grown from strength to strength since reforming in 2003. What has been your highlight so far from the ‘Last Look At Eden’ tour?
“Well Last Look At Eden has been one of those albums that’s connected well with so many people and we’ve done about 100 shows now. There’s been so many but the Sonisphere and iTunes Festivals were both very special for us because we grew up listening to a lot of British music. Touring here is always amazing and there’s a strong connection whenever we play in the UK, so we are coming back for the ‘Balls N Banners’ tour and hopefully again in 2012.”
It’s time for another Thrash Hits festival splash page – and this time it’s for Sonisphere! All of our Sonisphere Festival 2010 coverage from the weekend will be linked to on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need need. That means individual band coverage (interviews, photos, setlists and maybe even some reviews), all the dodgy rumours and salacious gossip we overhear, and every lewd photo of fit girls frolicking about at Knebworth we can rustle up will be here.
Despite rocking the crowd with loads of new material and some of the heavier slices from their massive back catalogue, it was clear that there was only one song that everyone had come to see. Before blood was being bayed for, Europe played ‘The Final Countdown’ and it was all ok again.