Continuing our celebration of Europe ahead of the release of their new album, Last look At Eden, we list everything you ever needed to know about Joey Tempest and company.
A is for Almost Unplugged, the band’s 2008 CD/DVD showcasing a stunning live concert in their native Sweden.
B is for Boyazont, a little known yet stunning instrumental piece from the band’s self-titled debut.
C is for Carrie, perhaps the best hair metal ballad of all time and Europe’s biggest US hit.
D is for Deep Purple, who invited the revitalised Europe to open up for them in Sweden last summer.
E is for Kevin Elson, the producer who transformed The Final Countdown into one of the biggest selling rock albums of all time.
F is for The Final Countdown. Do we need to say anymore?
G is for Give A Helping Hand, the Tempest-penned charity tune released in 1985 and aimed at raising money for starving children in Ethiopia.
H is for hair metal. Europe joined the likes of Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Motley Crue and a whole host of second division US acts in giving rock a new lease of life in the late 80s.
I is for Ian Haugland, drummer extraordinaire, DJ and the subject of the latest exclusive rushonrock interview.
J is for Joey. Joey Tempest. Maturing into one of the great blues rock singers and poster boy for a generation of starstruck Smash Hits readers.
K is for Kee Marcello. They said John Norum was irreplaceable. They were wrong.
L is for John Leven, a musician at one with his trusty bass and one half of Europe’s super slick rhythm section.
M is for the much-missed Marcel Jacob, former member of Europe who tragically took his own life earlier this year, aged just 45.
N is for John Norum, the guitarist who persuaded Joey Tempest to spurn a career in motorsport for a life in rock. Cheers John.
O is for Out Of This World, the other top 20 Billboard album Europe can lay claim to.
P is for Prisoners In Paradise, the lost classic largely ignored due to the onset of grunge.
Q is for Andres ‘Q-Ian’ Wallertz, the lighting designer responsible for making Joey and the boys look so good on the band’s Almost Unplugged DVD.
R is for the Rock-SM talent contest which launhced Europe’s career in their home country of Sweden.
S is for Sweden. The home of Europe and so many more melodic rock greats.
T is for Tony Reno, founder member and drummer before Ian Haugland.
U is for Upplands Vasby, the Swedish home of the original Europe.
V is for Jim Vallance, who co-wrote the first single from Prisoners In Paradise – Halfway To Heaven – with Joey Tempest.
W is for Europe’s second album, the ambitious Wings Of Tomorrow. Featuring the original version of Open Your Heart.
X is for the tenth anniversary of the band’s decision to reform.
Y is for Youtube where The Final Countdown remains one of the most popular clips of all time.
Z is for Zurich, the home of Powerplay Studios, where The Final Countdown was originally recorded.