By: Hell & Back Recordings – Director: Patric Ullaeus
A special edition of Europe‘s “WAR OF KINGS” album + BONUS DVD / BLU RAY with the show at the Wacken Festival (July 2015), will be out this November 27th (December 4th in the STATES) via Hell & Back Recordings / UDR Music.
CD tracks: 1. War of Kings; 2. Hole in My Pocket; 3. The 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 It Up; 12. Vasastan (Instrumental).
DVD & BluRay tracks: 1.War of Kings; 2. Hole in My Pocket; 3. Superstitious; 4. Scream of Anger; 5. Last Look at Eden; 6. Second Day; 7. Firebox; 8. Sign of the Times; 9. Praise You; 10. The Beast; 11. Ready or Not; 12. Girl From Lebanon; 13. Nothin’ To Ya; 14. Let the Good Times Rock; 15. Rock the Night; 16. Days of Rock ‘n’ Roll; 17. The Final Countdown.
April 17th, 2015
The SECOND SINGLE “DAYS OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL” from Europe‘s album “War of Kings” out last March 2015, will be available as a limited edition physical CD exclusively at the US dates, as well as at Europe’s own Stereo Boutique Shop starting from April 27th, through Warner Music. Check also the Facebook event page
February 25th, 2015
Swedish rock legends EUROPE will release their 10th studio album “War of Kings” on March 10th, 2015 in the United States via Hell & Back Recordings. To celebrate the upcoming release of “War of Kings”, VH1 is teaming up with EUROPE to exclusively reveal two new tracks from the album. “DAYS OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL” and “NOTHIN’ TO YA” will be aired via VH1.com at 7 am EST today, Wednesday February 25th. Make sure to listen now, the tracks are only available for streaming until the morning of Friday, February 27th. Check also the Facebook event page.
February 20th, 2015
EUROPE TO RELEASE SPECIAL EDITION OF “WAR OF KINGS” ALBUM. LIMITED EDITION BOX-SET PROVIDES A SMORGASBORD OF DELIGHTS FOR THE FANS. Legendary classic rock quintet Europe will be releasing a special, limited edition box-set of their latest album “War of Kings” via Hell & Back Recordings. in Germany and some parts of the EU on March 6th, in UK and some parts of the EU on March 09th and in USA on April 28th. This strictly limited release with include the album “War of Kings” Ecolbook CD DeLuxe version with bonus track, an extended 7 inch booklet, the Making of DVD “WAR OF KINGS – How we did it” – a T-shirt (XL only), a sticker and a postcard. Stay tuned!
December 5th, 2014 (latest update: May 1st, 2015)
“WAR OF KINGS” by EUROPE out in MARCH 2015!
|“WAR OF KINGS” (Europe, 2015)
Produced by Dave Cobb, released by UDR Records and JVC
Release dates are: March 2nd (UK), March 4th (Japan), March 6th (Europe) and March 10th (US)
01. War of Kings – 02. Hole in My Pocket – 03. Second Day – 04. Praise You – 05. Nothin’ To Ya
06. California 405 – 07. Days of Rock ‘n’ Roll – 08. Children of the Mind – 09. Rainbow Bridge
10. Angels (with Broken Hearts) – 11. Light It Up
12. Bonus: Vasastan (Instrumental) (Digital & Japanese releases only)
By: Warner Music
|“War of Kings” official music video
By: Hell & Back Recordings – Director: Patric Ullaeus
EXCLUSIVE premiere Monday 9th of February at 12 noon GMT, 1 pm CET and 7 am EST.
|“Days of Rock ‘n’ Roll” official music video
By: Director: Patric Ullaeus
EXCLUSIVE premiere Monday 27th of April by Europe’s media partners:
|Official PRESS RELEASE for the new “WAR OF KINGS” album
Swedish rock legends Europe will release their 10th album, “War of Kings”, in March 2015 on UDR Records. 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 classic rocking quintet confidently creating 11 monsterously melodic, yet hard-hitting, classic rock’n’roll standouts for their fervent global audience. 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. The album will be released in the UK on March 2nd, Japan on March 4th (via JVC), the EU on March 6th and the US on March 10th.
Joey Tempest: “War Of Kings is the album we always wanted to make, ever since we were kids listening to bands like Zeppelin, Purple and Sabbath. And after hearing Dave Cobb amazing production for Rival Sons we simply had to work with him. Our adventure is still ON!” 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 re-united 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, and War of Kings is set to take full advantage of the global groundwork Europe have put in over the last few years. Joey adds “Hey! We took the long road! but we wanted to re-establish Europe the proper way. It’s taken 10 years and countless tours since the re-union, but we’re finally getting there! And we’ve done it our way!” Europe will commence their roadwork supporting War of Kings with a UK/Ireland tour in Dublin on March 2nd (their first visit to Ireland in 25 years) before continuing in the UK with Black Star Riders. Joey: “Looking forward to ‘tons’ of touring in 2015! It’s getting harder and harder to be modest and humble about this band! It doesn’t get much better than this!”
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.
October 25, 2014
EUROPE 10th ALBUM WITH PRODUCER DAVE COBB UNDER UDR RECORDS!
John Norum has entered the studio with Europe to record their 10th album this October 22nd, with new Producer Dave Cobb and engineer John Netti under UDR RECORDS.
PRESS RELEASE – EUROPE SIGNS WITH UDR RECORDS
German-based label delighted to announce signing of Swedish rock legends. Swedish rock group Europe have signed with UDR Records for the release of their as-yet-untitled forthcoming album in early March 2015. The recording commences this month in Stockholm. Europe’s frontman Joey Tempest “We’re really excited to be working with the people at UDR. A very credible label and I am impressed with their work building a future and a solid foundation for their Artists”.
UDR President/owner Ulrike Rudolph expressed her delight in capturing the band for the label. “We are always looking to expand the label’s stable of bands with quality, not quantity, and Europe represent the finest in supremely written hard rock music,” said Rudolph. “They are a group who refuse to rest on their past and continue to grow as artists and musicians, so we are absolutely delighted they have come to us.”
Production on the new material will be handled by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons). “He is one of few producers out there who is saving rock ‘n’ roll,” said Joey Tempest, “when we first heard Pressure and Time by Rival Sons, we just went ‘who the hell produced this stuff? It’s got tons of heart and soul, it’s cocky, it’s got that swagger, it’s alive and real.’ That’s the journey we’re on with Europe, trying to dig deeper to find more soulful expressions and play straight from the core! So we’re extremely excited to bring this guy into our team.”
The multi-platinum, 20-million-plus selling quintet, recorded 1986’s smash-hit The Final Countdown and toured the World playing sold-out concerts while cementing their place as one of the biggest rock bands of the ‘80s. After re-grouping in 2004 with the ‘classic’ line-up, the band continued their success into the 21st century with Classic Rock Magazine stating upon the release of their last album in 2012, ‘Europe are one of the greatest rock bands on the planet right now.’ In 2015, Europe will once again take to the road as they begin a UK/Ireland tour in Dublin on March 2nd (their first visit to Ireland in 25 years). More dates to coincide with the albums cycle will be announced shortly including territories the band has not visited in some time.
Europe are: Joey Tempest – Vocals / John Norum – Guitars / John Leven – Bass / Mic Michaeli – Keyboards / Ian Haugland – Drums
April 6, 2013
“BRING IT ALL HOME” (RADIO MIX)
On Monday April 8th, a new radio mix of “BRING IT ALL HOME”, the 3rd single from the celebrated EUROPE album “BAG OF BONES”, will be sent to radio stations across the Nordic Countries. The remix has been made by award winning producer Tobias Lindell, specifically for these stations. This remix won’t be for sale, so SHARE this info, and spread the word to help the band launch this remix into the stratosphere! The more it is pushed, the more it will be played on Scandinavian stations, and of course, on Nordic web radio too! We’re countin’ on you! /Europe
Source: EUROPE OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE
March 14, 2013
JOEY TEMPEST (EUROPE singer) ABOUT THE FORTHCOMING JOHN & TONE UNPLUGGED TOUR, THE SUMMER LEG OF THE BOB TOUR AND THE 10TH EUROPE ALBUM OUT NEXT YEAR.
Thought I’d write you a little note about whats going on in the Europe camp at the moment.
We are having little break after the amazing BOB adventures last year. We are, however, working on ideas and new items to celebrate our 30th anniversary, together with you guys. So please keep visiting this site. All shall be revealed soon. I’m currently spending some time in London with my family and at the same time upgrading my studio. I’ve got some ideas I’m dying to try out for our next album. The rest of the guys are in Stockholm. Norum is preparing for his tour with his little sister Tone. I think its a great idea! As long as I have known them both they have been so involved and passionate about music. I don’t believe they have ever performed together like this, so it’s really exclusive! Meeting them both when I was around 14 years old, I immediately wanted to start a band with John. I know Leven has got some great new song ideas lined up. Mic always writes and I hope he’s got something as cool as the riff for Firebox for me to sink my teeth into. He is such a musical guy! And will this be the album when Mr Haugland contributes even more as a writer? That would be so cool! Always when we’re in pre-production or in the studio he’s got the greatest ideas for arrangements and so forth. The guy is like dynamite!
We’re all looking forward to getting back on the road in May, when we also will be rehearsing for the mega Sweden Rock Festival!… Two and a half hour long show with exclusive guests! Songs from all of our albums, with a few we haven’t played in ages! This will truly be a special night! On the road this year we’ll also be teaming up with our friends in Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Journey and many others. We’re also interested in checking out Black Star Riders this summer, they will be on the same bill as us on a couple of festivals. Download and Hellfest this year! How cool is that?! Mind you, we’d better be “camping” a few days before the gig at Download this year, so we don’t miss it : ) Back to Spain as well… we missed you guys on the BOB tour last year! We’ll be touring festivals all of 2013 and the winter will be spent writing music and doing sessions together to find the “vibe” for the next record. We’ll be going into the studio again beginning of 2014 to record Europe No: 10. Hey!… It’s a big deal for us! Ten albums. WOW!
Just want to take this opportunity to thank you all for you incredible support over the years. You have really helped us build this band up again. These days we are yet again a force to be reckoned with! I’ve always said: You guys keep us in the best job in the world! A MILLION THANKS! /Joey
PS: Just remember, It’s only Norum, Leven and Haugland who have their own Facebook pages. If you think you are “reaching” me (or Mic) through ‘ANY’ other Facebook pages, YOU’RE NOT! It’s someone impersonating me. The Official EUROPE Facebook page is the ONLY page I communicate through. Same goes for Twitter. I am NOT posting or writing anywhere else but here.
Source: EUROPE OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE
February 21, 2013
GAIN SIGNS A RECORD DEAL WITH JOHN NORUM
EUROPE’s lead guitarist JOHN NORUM has signed a record deal with Gain/Sony Music. He will shortly enter the studio and record his new solo album, due to be released later this year. John Norum released his first solo album “Total Control” in 1987 and has made eight solo albums in total since then. The latest album “Play Yard Blues” came out in 2010. John has been working with Deep Purple’s frontman Glenn Hughes and Don Dokken over the past years so don’t be surprised if there will be some other international guest appearances on the forthcoming album.
He will play live both as a solo artist and with EUROPE in 2013. Europe will do their 30-anniversary show as the headline act on Sweden Rock Festival in June 7th.
“It feels real good. I’m finally on the only real Swedish rock label with international ambitions.” (John Norum)
“It’s gonna be great working with John Norum’s solo album. He’s one of the best and most respected guitarist in the world.” (Markus Tagaris – GAIN)
Source: GAIN OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
|WORLD TOUR DATES – Check back often, the page is constantly updated! – DATES
If you always loved them, you’d love them more. If you didn’t… you’d have no other choice but to start loving them now.
Unless you don’t like rock music!
// BAG OF BONES // Producer: Kevin Shirley
SIGNED CD: Bengans.se SIGNED VINYL: Bengans.se
JAPANESE release – with BONUS track: April 18 by JVC Victor
SCANDINAVIAN release: April 25 by Gain / Sony
EUROPEAN release by Ear Music / Edel from April 27
ASIAN release: May 29 by Love da Record
|// NOT SUPPOSED TO SING THE BLUES //
DIGITAL release: March 9
March 12 (Scandinavia) – March 28 (Japan)
VIDEOCLIP – Director: Patric Ullaeus
VIDEOCLIP – Director: Patric Ullaeus
Listen to BAG OF BONES album on SPOTIFY
// BRING IT ALL HOME // (Radio mix)
Starting from Monday April 8th 2013, a new radio mix of “Bring it all Home”
by producer Tobias Lindell is sent to radio stations across the Nordic Countries.
EUROPE TGIF FILM FEST – Recording sessions October 2011
(click on > to watch the first video, and on >| to watch the following ones)
December 16, 2012
The band EUROPE sold GOLD for the album “Bag of Bones” in Scandinavia and in the rest of Europe, and was rewarded by Gain and EarMusic/Edel after the show in Göteborg (SE) last night. Check for the other album’s recognitions worldwide here: AWARDS
September 4, 2012
Message from the band EUROPE about the Scandinavian tour dates announced pre-sale tickets. AN APOLOGY: “Vi, dom ansvariga bakom Fan Mechanics – som tillhandahöll tjänsten för förköpsapplikationen på bandets FB sida – ber hemskt mycket om ursäkt för alla obelägenheter för er alla fans och registrerade som väntade på erbjudande som inte blev av kring förköpsbiljetter till Europes kommande Norden turné. Orsaken var grundat på ett internkommunikationsproblem hos oss. Felet är helt på vår sida och vi hoppas verkligen att detta inte skapat problem mellan er som registrerat er och bandet” / “The Directors of Fan Mechanics – the service provider responsible for the Pre-sale ticketing app on the Europe Facebook page – wish to unreservedly apologize for any inconvenience caused to fans and registrants whom were reliant on being offered advance-sale tickets for Europe’s upcoming Scandinavian tour. This issue arose as a result of an internal communication error. This is entirely our mistake, and we sincerely hope that it has not caused any animosity between registrants and the band.“
August 24, 2012
Top tracks: EUROPE edge battle with Ian Hunter and Bonafide. The above trio was streets ahead of all the other contenders… in fact, there was a gap of hundreds and hundreds of votes between 3rd and 4th places! Source: CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE Hey rockers! A big THANK YOU for showin’ some love and voting FIREBOX “Song of the Week” on Classic Rock Magazine’s website! Team EUROPE have prevailed! /Europe
August 18, 2012
COVER ART for Europe’s second single “FIREBOX” taken from the album “Bag of Bones” revealed. Stay tuned for digital release dates!
July 26, 2012
EUROPE “FIREBOX” VIDEO PREMIERE! Swedish rockers EUROPE will premiere the second video release from their “Bag of Bones” album Wednesday August 1st at 9 am CET (Central European Time)! Visit Europe official website to watch the action unfold! Later also on these pages. EUROPE OFFICIAL WEBSITE
July 22, 2012
Hello Friends! More great news! Europe’s “Bag of Bones” could be up for Classic Rock Album of the Year! To nominate “Bag of Bones” as a contender for “Album of the Year”, visit the following link and post a comment in the comments section telling them Bag of Bones is your top pick! http://t.co/sf7uJUax
Don’t forget to share this news with your friends!
Thanks, rockers! /Europe
July 21, 2012
Dear Rockers, Europe have now sold GOLD in their native country Sweden! The album entered at no 2 and has since then continued to sell steadily. BAG OF BONES is fast becoming the most successful record since the reunion. Thanks to all for your continued support! /Europe
July 8, 2012
EUROPE SHOOTING THE VIDEO FOR THE SECOND SINGLE “FIREBOX” TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM “BAG OF BONES”
Today, in Göteborg, with director Patric Ullaeus. More to come!
July 7, 2012
NEW EUROPE VIDEO COMING SOON!
It has been confirmed that Europe are to begin filming their second video from “Bag Of Bones”. The second single and video will be for the majestic song FIREBOX. Filming will take place in Göteborg tomorrow July 8th with director Patric Ullaeus who has successfully made the bands three latest videos. The new video and the new single are expected to be premiered in August, just prior to the start of Bag Of Bones World Tour.
June 27, 2012
Hardrockers Europe have invited American band STONERIDER as special guests on their 2012 “Bag Of Bones” UK and European tour.
June 4, 2012
Enter the contest and win some signed Europe items! Go to “EUROPE RAFFLE” tab on EarMusic official page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/earmusicofficial/app_473309356028419 and check the rules. Good luck everyone!
(Right-click and “view image” to see the full-size raffle poster)
April 20, 2012
Well well well!
Today we find ourselves just a few short days away from the European release of ‘Bag of Bones”. From start to finish, it has been a monumental journey for us, and we are humbled and honored that you’ve chosen to come along with us for the ride. Now we’ll be taking this music machine out on the road, so this will be the last of our studio videos for a while. It has also been very entertaining and interesting spending time with you guys on our forum. Even though all of us in the band have decided that it is time to extend our reach and focus our efforts into our social media communities, you should know that you have been – and always will be – truly important to us. So keep up the good work spreading the word for the band. We are very proud of you, our Europe fans, wherever you are in the world.
Today’s movie (37. Final volume) was taken the day we wrapped recording of the album with Kevin… all of us enjoying a Drink and a Smile! We hope you find something that moves you in our ‘Bag of Bones’.
Stay tuned for more blog updates from the summer festivals and tours.
See you out there,
April 13, 2012
Next week is EUROPE WEEK at ROCKKLASSIKER FM! Tune in and listen to tracks from “Bag of Bones” LIVE over the net! Monday 16 – Sunday 22 April on Rockklassiker 106.7 FM Stockholm (SE): each day the band will present one track from the new Europe album “Bag of Bones”, culminating in the full album being played Sunday April 22! Tune in live online!!!
We’ll be playing a new song twice eveyday at 10 am & 7 pm all week. You’ll have the chance to win concert tickets, and the week after you can win the album.
On Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 the boys in the band will be hosting the station between 10 am – 5 pm to talk about BOB and play a new song every hour, and then finally we’ll crown the weekend by playing the whole glorious BOB album in it’s full between 11- 12 pm. Don’t miss this Europe orgy!
March 22, 2012
And now the time has come for NOT SUPPOSED TO SING THE BLUES (videoclip) WORLD PREMIERE on Europetheband.com!
March 9, 2012
The time has come for NOT SUPPOSED TO SING THE BLUES (single) DIGITAL release!
March 8, 2012
EUROPEAN release dates added. April 27: Austria, Germany, Switzerland. April 30: Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, UK, Ukraine. End of April: Brazil. May 2: Italy.
March 1, 2012
NOT SUPPOSED TO SING THE BLUES is the first single taken from “Bag of Bones” album. Available on iTunes starting from March 9. Serviced to radio on March 2.
Europe in Göteborg to shoot the first videoclip for “Not Supposed to Sing the Blues”, taken from the forthcoming album “Bag of Bones”. Director: Patric Ullaeus.
BAG OF BONES UK edition due to release on April 30.
February 29, 2012
NOT SUPPOSED TO SING THE BLUES – First single taken from “Bag of Bones” – Digital release: March 9. Press release – Gain
Europe is now current with new album “Bag of Bones” (Gain / Sony Music) released on April 25. The disc is the band’s ninth studio album was recorded in Atlantis Studio and produced and mixed by legendary Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Black Stone Cherry). Kevin Shirley has this time elicited a bit more edgy and bluesy sound of the band. This, combined with Joey Tempest always great melodies and John Norum’s guitar playing of world class standard. On the album including guest appearances blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa and Kiss mythical “spöktrummis” Anton Fig on percussion. The cover was designed by Ulf Lundén who also made the Grave Yards covers for Grammy-winning “Hisingen Blues.” First single “Not Supposed to sing the blues” will be released in early March in Sweden. In spring and summer, the band will play on well-selected festivals around the world and then head out for an autumn tour.
EUROPE in Göteborg tomorrow with Patric Ullaeus to shoot the first VIDEOCLIP for the album’s promotion.
February 27, 2012
First link to pre-order BAG OF BONES Japanese edition: TOWER
February 23, 2012
Europe BAG OF BONES: JVC VICTOR announces BEAUTIFUL DISASTER as a bonus track for the Japanese edition. JVC VICTOR
February 22, 2012
Europe BAG OF BONES tracklist: 11 tracks (1 instrumental included).
RICHES TO RAGS, NOT SUPPOSED TO SING THE BLUES, FIREBOX, BAG OF BONES, REQUIEM, MY WOMAN MY FRIEND, DEMON HEAD, DRINK AND A SMILE, DOGHOUSE, MERCY YOU MERCY ME, BRING IT ALL HOME.
February 14, 2012
New Europe album “Bag of Bones” artwork revealed!
“Hey friends! Today we have the great pleasure of revealing the kickass new artwork for our upcoming album “Bag of Bones”. Stay tuned for links on where to pre-order your copies! /Europe
February 13, 2012
News from Ian Haugland about Europe’s album “Bag of Bones”: “It ain’t over til the fat lady sings the blues… Or something like that! 5 to 12 we decided to record one more track for the album. Today we were in the studio recording it and I think it turned out really good! It’s quite different from the rest of the album. A lot more earthy, organic and laid back. Great for the dynamic aspect of the album. Mic and John working out some guitar parts for the new track.” IAN HAUGLAND – THE OFFICIAL PAGE
February 10, 2012
News from Ian Haugland about Europe’s album “Bag of Bones”: “I just heard the final mixes of B.O.B… It’s just amazing, so powerful, dynamic, soulful, alive. It’s by far the most rockin’ album in the history of the band. If you could run Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, UFO and Rainbow in a kitchen blender, spice it up with the sound of 2012 and make a smoothie out of it. It would surely taste like B.O.B.” IAN HAUGLAND – THE OFFICIAL PAGE
February 8, 2012
News from Ian Haugland about Europe’s album “Bag of Bones”: “We did a photosession for the new album yesterday. I think we got some interesting shots. Lots of shadows, cool poses, relaxed feeling overall.” (Photo credits: Fredrik Etoall) IAN HAUGLAND – THE OFFICIAL PAGE
February 6, 2012
News from Mr Kevin Shirley about Europe’s album “Bag of Bones”: “Back to work today – last couple of mixes for the new Europe album.”
January 24, 2012
New Europe album title announced: we can proudly announce the title of the new Europe album, produced by Kevin Shirley! Watch out this April/May for our 9th studio masterwork “BAG OF BONES”! /Europe
January 6, 2012
We’re now almost done with recording of songs. Just a few more overdubs that will be made in Stockholm next week. Kevin will start mixing in his studio round the 14th of January. We can’t wait to put this one out…. its a wild one, thats for sure. A few small surprises as well. We’re looking at an April/May release.
November 26, 2011
In the first week of December we’ll get together in the studio to do some additional recordings before it’s ready for Kevin Shirley to start mixing after Christmas. X-citing stuff! – IAN HAUGLAND – THE OFFICIAL PAGE
November 13, 2011
Kevin Shirley just sent the first “ruffmixes” from some of the new songs… I was blown away by “this band” I was hearing. I have truly never heard us this sparkling of live energy on a studio album before! – IAN HAUGLAND – THE OFFICIAL PAGE
November 9, 2011
EUROPE – TGIF FILM FEST 11.11.11
Starting this Friday November 11, 2011 and every Friday until the release of our new CD in April/May 2012, we’re going to post clips from our recent recording session on our official Europe Tour Blog! Please, join us for some fun to see what went on behind closed doors. It’s the least we can do for you guys to thank you for your support and inspiration. To check it out, visit http://europethebandblog.blogs
November 7, 2011
“Anton Fig puts some percussion on some tracks for the new Europe album… then Joe Bonamassa popped in to the studio and played a little slide guitar on a Europe song (at the request of the band!). Joey and the lads will be thrilled!” (Kevin Shirley).
As you may have already seen. Kevin has had a visit from Joe Bonamassa and Anton Fig in the studio. This is something we really wanted to happen. Great stuff! /Europe
October 27, 2011
Today was the last day in the studio. We worked on some guitar solos and backing vocals… Man this album’s gonna kick your ass!!! Kevin’s now going to start mixing it all, and we’re all fXXing excited to hear the end result. IAN HAUGLAND – THE OFFICIAL PAGE – Thats us done for this time. 4 weeks 11 songs. We’re finally doing a real rock record! Kevin’s been a real inspiration. Most stuff cut live. We have some bits and pieces left to record before christmas and then mixing in LA in January. This is some cool shit! Hey! We we always said that one day this band was going to amount to something. We’re getting there! We’ll put some clips on here later… All the best. /Europe EUROPETHEBAND BLOG
October 26, 2011
Work is going great today. More superior guitar solos from mr Norum, and a very cool intro that George Lucas would sell his mother to get!!! Photo: The boys diggin’ John’s last guitar solo! IAN HAUGLAND – THE OFFICIAL PAGE
October 25, 2011
Working on guitar solos and backing vocals today, John is really burning away today! See that guitar? It’s not really a guitar, it’s actually a part of his body 😉 IAN HAUGLAND – THE OFFICIAL PAGE
October 24, 2011
Today we’re doing overdubs. John did some very cool slide stuff with his old Fender Telecaster and I played some weird percussion stuff… Shakin’some jars with pebbles ‘n’ rattle some boxes with trash, just playing around basically! The Soul brothas Mic and Joey working on different vocal harmonies. It’s turning out real cool! IAN HAUGLAND – THE OFFICIAL PAGE
October 19, 2011
Yesterday we recorded a beautiful, powerful and emotional song. I wept like a child thru the whole session. Kevin even had to stop the recording several times just to come in to me in the studio to comfort me and sing a soothing lullaby 😉
I think this will be one of our strongest songs ever…! IAN HAUGLAND – THE OFFICIAL PAGE
October 15, 2011
Yesterday we wrote a new song in the studio, it grew out of a really cool riff that John Norum had and then Joey came up with a great chorus. We played it over a couple of times before we pressed the “rec button”. It felt great, just like they used to record back in the 70’s. IAN HAUGLAND – THE OFFICIAL PAGE
October 13, 2011
Here’s Johnny boy checking out his new baritone Gibson Les Paul guitar that he used on the song, a mean muthafucka sound! IAN HAUGLAND – THE OFFICIAL PAGE
October 11, 2011
Yesterday we finished off another magnificent track, dynamic, rockin’ and with a kick ass melody… Another classic Europe song is born! Another day and another great track on tape… Oh sorry, I meant on the hard drive 😉 some wicked drumming on this song I have to say! IAN HAUGLAND – THE OFFICIAL PAGE
October 7, 2011
Three songs done the first week. We’re finishing each song as we go along which is an unusual but very exiting way of working for us. Every song gets its own treatment. Kevin is definitely the man for the job. This album will be a real hardcore classic rock record with the blues knocking on the door! We’re keeping busy but we will update this blog when we can. All the best. /Europe EUROPETHEBAND BLOG
October 6, 2011
No. 3 is done! Man… This song is so groovy, nazty’n sexy it gets me hard, and I mean, at my age that’s a good sign!!! IAN HAUGLAND – THE OFFICIAL PAGE
October 5, 2011
We just put down the second song, god damn it’s ROCKI’N’!!! IAN HAUGLAND – THE OFFICIAL PAGE
October 4, 2011
Just finished up the second day in the studio. Today we laid down the first track and it went really smooth. It’s going to be a real ballsack buster! Everything sounds great. IAN HAUGLAND – THE OFFICIAL PAGE
October 3, 2011
First day in the recording studio in Stockholm. Day 1. First day in the studio is always a little like, ok… What’s happening here, where do I put my drums? where’s the toilet? how does the coffiee machine work? and so on, a bunch of question marks that needs to be straighten out. I guess we’re well on the way to start recording an album here. Photo: The boys talking some strategy.
(later) Just wrapped it up fo today! I think we did pretty much what we set out to do on the first day, got the sounds down and started working on the first track.
Europe are working at the new album out next year. Thanks to Ian Haugland for the updates. IAN HAUGLAND – THE OFFICIAL PAGE
September 6, 2011
GAIN/SONY MUSIC TECKNAR SKIVAVTAL MED EUROPE (GAIN/SONY MUSIC SIGNS RECORD DEAL WITH EUROPE)
Gain/Sony Music har tecknat skivavtal med Europe för Norden. Sveriges genom tiderna största rockband med 20 miljoner sålda skivor släppte senast 2009 skivan Last look at Eden som sålde guld. Bandet lämnar därmed Universal som har släppt de senaste skivorna.
Europe kommer i höst att gå in i studion tillsammans med producenten Kevin Shirley för att spela in sitt kommande album som är planerat att släppas i april nästa år.
“Hela bandet ser verkligen fram emot att jobba med ett ungt, hungrigt team på Gain med rötterna i rocken och samtidigt komma hem till backkatalogen på Sony. Vi har ett riktigt härligt rockalbum på gång tillsammans med producenten Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Joe Bonamassa, Black stone Cherry) Det här kan bli hur kul som helst” Joey Tempest.
”Det känns helt fantastiskt! Europe är Sveriges genom tiderna största rockband och har skrivit svensk musikhistoria tillsammans med band som ABBA och Roxette”. Vi är oerhört glada och stolta över att Europe valde Gain”Markus Tagaris/Gain.
July 12, 2011
Europe confirm new album to be 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 rock record producer, Kevin Shirley.
No stranger to the crème de la crème of iconic rock records, Shirley has produced albums for Iron Maiden, Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion, Black Stone Cherry, Journey and many more.
“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.”
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 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, and will be released in April 2012.
Source: NOBLE PR
May 23, 2010
Check here for all the details about “Play Yard Blues”
May 20, 2010
Yesterday, May 19, the Japanese edition of “Play Yard Blues” was released on Victor Entertainment. Not including any bonus track, but a booklet with lyrics in English and Japanese language, an interview with John recorded during the tour with Europe in Japan last March, and some additional photos is included.
It was also announced the release of the Taiwanese edition, out next month.
Mascot Records is pleased to announce the July 5th UK release date of “Play Yard Blues” – the long-awaited new studio album from Europe guitarist John Norum.
Hot on the heels of Europe’s critically acclaimed 2009 album “Last Look At Eden”, Play Yard Blues is Norum’s seventh solo release, featuring seven original John Norum tracks and three covers, including Thin Lizzy’s It’s Only Money, Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush’ Ditch Queen and Mountain’s Travellin’ in the Dark.
The new solo album sees Norum take his guitar playing in a new direction. While his trademark sound and distinctive style remains, the new recordings embody a bluesy rock vibe and much more soulful approach.
Both mixed and produced by John Norum, Play Yard Blues was recorded in Norum’s home town of Stockholm alongside Peer Stappe (who play percussion on the album). Norum’s long-standing Europe bandmate Mic Michaeli appears on the album, playing keyboards on several tracks.
FOR INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES & ALBUM REVIEW COPIES PLEASE CONTACT:
Peter Noble & Will Taylor @ Noble PR Consultancy Ltd
2 Prospero Road, London, N19 3RF
Tel: +44 (0) 207 272 7772
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Noble PR Consultancy
PLAY YARD BLUES is the title of John Norum’s new solo album, out May 17, 2010 on Mascot Records.
LET IT SHINE (Norum / Torberg)
RED LIGHT GREEN HIGH (Norum / Torberg)
IT’S ONLY MONEY – Thin Lizzy cover – (Lynott)
GOT MY EYES ON YOU (Norum / Sundin)
WHEN DARKNESS FALLS (Norum / Torberg / Steppe)
OVER AND DONE (Norum / Steppe)
DITCH QUEEN – Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush cover – (Frank Marino)
TRAVEL IN THE DARK – Mountain cover – (Pappalardi / Collins)
BORN AGAIN (Norum / Sundin)
PLAY YARD BLUES (Norum)
John Norum – guitars, vocals
Tomas Torberg – bass
Thomas Broman – drums
Peer Stappe – percussion
Leif Sundin – vocals (Born Again, Got My Eyes on You)
Mic Michaeli – keyboards