Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson is JOEY TEMPEST from the Swedish band Europe; born on August 19, 1963, the singer discovered his talent for music, since his teenage years. From 1979, he has started his carrer with John Norum and achieved a nationwide success in Sweden in 1982 by recording the eponymous first album "Europe".

"Jocke"  was born in Stockholm and raised in Upplands Väsby.. His biggest idols were Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin. During his teens, he played in a number of bands such as Jet, Blazer, Made in Hong Kong and Roxanne. At that time he alternated between playing rhythm guitar and bass, in addition to lead vocal.
In his early years, when he was just a kid, he played football, ice hockey and competed in go-cart racing. He even won the fourth place in the Junior Cart Race, a Swedish championship.
At his teens, Joey Tempest dreamed about becoming a soccer player or a gym instructor. Sports was his biggest interest  but music would soon take over completely.
He is the author of the world-famous anthem of the 80's – « The Final Countdow »n -  reached the top of the Charts in thirty countries of the world.
He was only 17 years old. This song  would go on to change his life dramatically, transforming the relatively unknown Swedish rockers into one of the hottest bands in the world.
"We actually called it The Final Breakdown at one point!"
song, Joey said  for " The Final Countdown"

The first instrument he learnt to play was the piano. He found his first idol, Elton John, and "Crocodile Rock" became his favorite song. Another big idol was Elvis Presley, and Joey  became more and more interested in Elvis' instrument -  the guitar. 

So he borrowed Lotta's guitar and learnt to play, and a friend of his father taught him three of the most common rock chords. One day he heard the Nazareth song "Love Hurts" on the radio, and he liked the song so much that it became the first record he ever bought. 
In fifth grade at the Odenslunda school, Joakim (Joey Tempest) and a couple of class mates formed the band Made in Hong Kong. At that time, he alternated between playing rhythm guitar and bass, in addition to lead vocals. They played concerts for the rest of the school, but the only had one song, "Keep A-Knockin' (but You Can't Come In)," made famous by Little Richard. 

In 1978 Joakim went to see a concert with another local band, WC. He was particularly impressed by their guitarist. "When I was 15 years old, I discovered a guitar player, one year younger than myself, who played his instrument with heart and soul, and with a blues feeling that I'd never heard from a Swedish musician – that was  John Norum and after that day nothing would ever be the same again." 

They have become  soon  good friends thanks to their shared interest for music. In 1979, Joakim was asked to join John's band, WC  - he accepted, and suggested that the band could change their name to FORCE, after the UFO album.

 In 1982 FORCE was entered into the national talent contest "Rock-SM", and once again Joakim suggested a name change, this time to EUROPE, inspired by the Deep Purple live album Made in Europe. EUROPE won "Rock-SM", and the first prize was a recording contract with Hot Records. It was during "Rock-SM" that he decided to take the artist name Joey Tempest. Joey was inspired by a nick name he got when he was on vacation in the USA some years earlier.

"It was difficult for Americans to pronounce Joakim, so they called me Joe." Tempest was taken from William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. 

He spent many school lessons writing song lyrics and practicing on signing autographs. Needless to say, the teachers weren't too happy about that. 

In 1985 producer Dieter Dierks asked Joey to write a song for the German rock band Scorpions. He wrote the song "One of a Kind" and sent it to them, but he never heard from them again. In the same year he also wrote the song "Give a Helpin' Hand" for the project "Swedish Metal Aid".

The song "One of a Kind" was eventually included on Tone Norum's debut album One of a Kind. Joey produced the album in 1986, as well as writing the songs and playing most of the instruments. John Norum, Mic Michaeli and Ian Haugland also played on the album, which was the first album that Joey produced all by himself. 

Thanks to the album "Out of this World", Joey and Europe became increasingly popular in the United States  with the tour of Def Leppard which  attracted an audience of over 500 000 people. 

In 1991 Joey got together with John Norum to collaborate on John's second solo album, Face the Truth, which was released the following year. The two of them recorded the duet "We Will Be Strong" and Joey co-wrote the song "Counting on Your Love".
In 1992, Joey met Lisa Worthington in London.  Shortly after,  she became his girlfriend.

Joey released his first solo album, A Place to Call Home, on April 20, 1995. John Norum made a guest appearance on the song "Right to Respect". The album was influenced by singer-songwriters like Jackson Browne and Van Morrison, marking quite a change in style compared to EUROPE. 

"I needed a change from the EUROPE sound. I guess you could say that I had a reaction against the whole thing. I wanted to prove myself as a singer-songwriter for sure, but for me it was more of a journey to learn about making music. I went to see a lot of new young artists, got into stuff like Van Morrison and Bob Dylan, so I went completely the other way. I wanted to know where everything came from and how things started, and so that’s what I did."

The album was a success in Sweden, peaking at number 7 on the Swedish album chart.
Joey's second solo album, Azalea Place, was released on April 25, 1997, and it also peaked at number 7 on the Swedish album chart. It was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. 

"After my first solo album I went out to the States to work with Richard Dodd - who's this English guy living out in Nashville - on the second one, which kept me away from home for a long time. But it was something that I needed to do, I had to get it out of my system."

The style of "Azalea Place" was more experimental than the first one, using influences from Irish and Spanish folk music. Joey played most of the instruments himself on the album. In the same year he recorded the duet "Running With a Dream" with Canadian opera singer Anna Maria Kaufmann.

It was written by Mike Batt and was the official anthem for Germany's national team in the Soccer World Cup in France 1998. Joey also sang on four other songs on Anna Maria's album Blame It on the Moon, and "Running With a Dream" was included as a bonus track on the German edition of Azalea Place.

In 1998 Joey recorded a cover version of the Bruce Springsteen song "Born to Run", which was included on the album Philharmania, a collection of classic rock songs performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under conduction by Mike Batt.

On September 29, 2000, Joey and Lisa got married in Richmond, London. All the EUROPE members were invited, except John Levén . "It was a beautiful wedding," John Norum said, "They had an orchestra there, playing Joey's songs. Joey laughed and was impressively calm the whole time. He made a cool speech."

 In 2001 Joey, Patrick Isaksson and Anders Glenmark recorded a cover of the Pugh Rogefeldt song "Här Kommer Natten" (Here comes the night). It was the first time Joey officially recorded a song in Swedish, and the song was included on the compilation Osannolikt Svenskt.

In 2002, Joey Tempest released the third solo album which was named Joey Tempest. The first session took place in Konk Studios, The Kinks old London studio, where Tempest jammed with English musicians who had formerly played with Massive Attack. This session produced "Magnificent", "Kill For A Girl Like You" (B-side of the first single "Forgiven") and "Sometimes".  He  continued his work in Stockholm,  but this time with Swedish musicians, including his mate Mic Michaeli. "Superhuman" originated from this session. After that, Tempest kept on working with Adam Lamprell in a temporary studio in London.

According to Tempest's statement "Dreamless" and "Magnificent" have a lot of London in them. Losers is influenced by both London and Dublin. Living there can be very intense, almost chaotic. Joey said: "They’re tough cities and I'd never have written the lyrics I did without living there". Some lyrics can also be related to his homeland, reflections on living abroad, and learning to live with new people.

He co-wrote the song "Change" for the British duo Bowes & Morley, both former members of the band Thunder. The song was included on their album Moving Swiftly Along.

The song "Hero" was written as a special tribute to Joey's childhood hero, Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy.


In October 2003, the band Europe has reunited. A new album, world tour and a new DVD has been released in second half of 2004. On October 27th, 2006, Europe's CD, called "Secret Society", has been be released . The night before, Europe have begun a tour through Scandinavia.

On April 2006, Europe recorded a new CD in Stockholm and that it was produced by themselves!

He has been working on songs for the next Europe album and the band concluded the "Start From The Dark" tour in Brasov, Romania on September 2005. He was performing with Europe January 26th in Nalen, Stockholm, Sweden in 2008.

Europe's new CD called "Start From The Dark" was released in September 2004. Joey was very busy back then and was doing promotions and interviews for the CD and putting together the "Start From The Dark" live show. In the same year, Joey with his band Europe, has been beginning a world tour on October 14th in Helsinki, Finland.
On 18th November 2005, Joey Tempest worked on the new CD continues. The new DVD "Live From The Dark" has been released in Europe in 2005.


On October 31, 2002 "Joey Tempest" album  was taken 12 place in the Swedish album hit list. Joey's new single "Forgiven" has been out on October 14th, 2002 and the new album has been released on october 21st (for Scandinavian market). Joey's live show in "Bingolotto", Sweden, on September, 12th, 2002 ;Soon the video for "Forgiven"  has been out in TV, press and media, on September, 17th, 2002

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