The great thing was that I had time to "hide" myself and make a solo album ("A Place to Call Home", 1995). I learned to write songs at a deeper level, and explored Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Randy Newman and Joni Mitchell. That also helped me in the new albums, because we have been together for a longer time than in our first cycle. Maybe it was good that grunge came, because rock was very predictable, with the typical clips and that "giant" sound. The music I like now is based on the recording methods of the ‘70s, and I no longer attract the ‘ 80s. Obviously there were great albums like "Back in Black" (1980), but it is important to have bands like Greta Van Fleet or Whiskey Myers, from Texas. And obviously Rival Sons, which Dave Cobb produced. Obviously you have to use the right microphones, a good console and the right people, but without overproducing or polishing.
Beyond that, Europe has reactivated its career more than fifteen years ago, Joey Tempest says that the press has just begun to pay attention to them from “Bag of Bones” (2012) and “War of Kings” (2015). That was when the music critic noticed that, instead of wanting to relive old times, they were going for new sounds and songs.

"It's an exhibition theme," says the Swede, on the other side of the line. What you hear between your fifteen and thirty years old, it will accompany you throughout life, and today it is difficult to show people that we are a different band. Some countries turned on slowly and others accepted it easier, but it is working. That's why we mix things up: live we play many new songs, and it works for us. We receive many offers to give shows, so we are lucky. ”


A fabulous introduction of the  synthesizers. A devastating rhythm.  A catchy chorus.  All the ingredients to become a great hit. "The Final Countdown", published in 1986, put Europe in the top of the world charts. After this success, nothing was the same within the Swedish band's career. The theme was part of the album that bore the same name as the song, which also had the ballad "Carrie".

"We were in Switzerland recording in a studio located in the rural area. The producer did not want us to have any distractions while we gave life to the new songs. It was our third album and we had just signed an important contract. We began to give more importance to the writing and recording of the songs, "Joey Tempest recalled to La Viola. The singer stressed that at that time the group decided to put a little more keyboards to the songs. "We were a band more focused on guitars," the singer added.

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