FIREWORKS Issue 81 Out Now

The new issue of Fireworks Magazine is out NOW for online orders (in shops Thursday Dec 14).
Our cover feature sees Joey Tempest discuss the new Europe album and why the band have left their 80s sound far behind. Also on our cover is the work of artist Mark Wilkinson, who in a fantastic six-page feature tells us how landed the Marillion cover artist job, which then led to other amazing projects including Judas Priest and Judge Dredd!
Elsewhere in this issue we talk to Magnum main-man Tony Clarkin discussing the band’s return to form with their new album, as well as detailed chats with Mick Fleetwood, Jeff Scott Soto, LA Guns, Fozzy, Rick Springfield, Joe Satriani, Sons of Apollo, Shakre, The Dark Element, Autograph, Von Hertzen Brothers, Elvenking and fantastic newcomers Midnite City.  Little Steven tells us about his long and varied career in music and movies,  while ex Battle Beast guitarist Anton Kabanen tells us all about his new band, Beast In Black.  Add to that further interviews with Pink Cream 69, Dante Fox, Revolution Saints, Vice, Adrian Vandenberg, Delain, 10 Years, Almanac, Leave’s Eyes and many, many more!
On the features front, Dave Reynolds takes a look back to 1976, the magic year that saw the release of Rainbow ‘Rising’, Rush ‘2112’ and, KISS ‘Destroyer’ alongside stunning debuts from Boston and Starz!
With Sisters In Rock we take a look at the long careers of Doro Pesch, Ann Wilson, Ann Boleyn and Joyce Kennedy, while Bands That Time Forgot covers The Reggie Knighton Band and TKO.
In the final part of his look back at the fanzine scene of the late 80s/early 90s, Rob Evans lovingly remembers the likes of Boulevard, AOR Basement and AOR Classics, chatting with those who were there, sweating blood and tears for the fans.
So what else can you fit into 148 pages? Oh yes – over 50 pages of the best, most detailed CD, DVD and book reviews you can find in the Rock scene, as well as TWO free pdfs totalling 108 pages (so 256 pages in TOTAL this issue!!) and 87 FREE mp3 songs!



EUROPE Finally Makes It To Australian Shores

EUROPE Tour The Earth Hits Australia May 2018!
Sweden’s legendary hard rock band EUROPE, best known for their worldwide 1986 Smash Hit The Final Countdown, have announced a run of five Australian dates in May 2018.  

This will be the first time the band has toured Australia in their 35 year career!
The band recently entered the famed Abbey Road Studio’s in London to record their 11th Studio album entitled Walk The Earth, with grammy award winning producer Dave Cobb. 
An album retaining the classic Europe melodies while pushing the boundaries of experimentation - recorded with equipment used by The Beatles and Pink Floyd at Abbey Road,  
Walk The Earth was released worldwide on October 20, 2017
Featuring the classic lineup of Joey Tempest (Lead Vocals), John Norum (Guitar), Mic Michaeli (Keyboards), John Leven (Bass Guitar) and Ian Haugland (Drums), 
Europe have achieved total worldwide sales in excess of 25 million, with the 1986 mega-hit The Final Countdown reaching No1 in 25 countries. 
The band’s live set will feature all their hits together with fan’s favourites from their studio albums.
On touring Australia Joey Tempest adds “We are so excited to be touring Australia for the first time! It’s something we always wanted to do, but we just couldn’t make the schedules work before. But now its going to happen and we can finally hook up with our friends down under!
Originally formed in 1979 in a small suburb on the outskirts of Stockholm, heavily influenced by British rock giants such as Thin Lizzy, UFO, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, the band began to formulate their own sound. 
After winning a rock band competition in 1982, where first prize was a recording contract and with a name change to Europe, the world was soon at their feet.  After the release of their first album, the self titled Europe in 1983, the band signed with Sony Epic Records, New York and in 1984 their second album Wings Of Tomorrow set the path for future worldwide success. With their aforementioned third release, The Final Countdown, the band had arrived. 
That album spent 70 weeks in the US Billboard top 100 and produced four top 40 singles. With continued touring and sell out concerts all over the world the band released two more albums, 1988’s Out Of This World and 1991’s Prisoners In Paradise, but after 10 years of solid recording and touring and the changing music scene that put “Classic Hard Rock” on the back burner the band decided to take a break.
After enjoying the 90's releasing solo albums and touring in other constellations, in 2004 the band met up again after realising their journey was no where near complete. 
The original line up reformed and released album number six Start From The Dark the same year. The band retained the old fans and at the same time regaining new ones. The coming years saw constant touring with headline festival appearances together with vast critical acclaim for their new album releases - Secret Society in 2006, Last Look At Eden in 2009 and Bag Of Bones in 2012.  
2015 saw the release of War Of Kings which was later awarded a prestigious Classic Rock Award in the UK. This record put the band back at the top of their game. 
The album’s success saw the band tour the USA twice, the first time the band had been there in 10 years, together with other territories, some brand new and some back for the first time since the 80’s.
2016 saw the 30th Anniversary of The Final Countdown and to celebrate the band played a series of special SOLD OUT concerts around Europe where they played the album in it’s entirety for the first time ever,
 with the London Roundhouse concert being filmed and recorded for the DVD / Audio CD release, which hit the shops in July.
Wednesday, May 16: Concert Hall, Perth
Friday, May 18: Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide 
Saturday, May 19: Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Tuesday, May 22: Enmore Theatre, Sydney **
Wednesday, May 23: The Tivoli, Brisbane  

Pre Sale starts Monday, November 6 via
**Sydney tickets available from

General on sale, Wednesday, November 8
VIP Meet & Greet Packages will be available

Watch the Tour Video here



Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - CHRIS JERICHO, EUROPE & THE BABYS

On this episode, wrestler, singer and all around good guy, CHRIS JERICHO discusses his band FOZZY's fantastic new album Judas, KISS and their work ethic, his upcoming Cruise, acting, The Jericho Network on PodcastOne and much more. 
Our second interview is with EUROPE's Joey Tempest. He discusses the band's renaissance since 2004, their excellent new album Walk The Earth, a solo album, guitarist John Norum, North American touring plans and much more. 
And we wrap up this episode with drummer Tony Brock of The Babys who discusses the band's new Timeless Anthology II album, working with Rod Stewart, producers Bob Ezrin and Ron Nevison, former vocalist John Waite and much more.


EUROPE Ready Launch 'Walk The Earth' Single

Friday, October 20, 2017
WALK THE EARTH Album Now Available for Pre-Order (See Links Below)
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Hell & Back Recordings (Silver Lining Music)
September 21, 2017 –- EUROPE is pleased to announce the release of their title track and first single “Walk The Earth” from their up and coming new studio album WALK THE EARTH out October 20th.
WALK THE EARTH is now available for pre-order from the links below:
Special Edition CD/DVD Digi-book:
White coloured vinyl:
If EUROPE’s 2015 album WAR OF KINGS was the album that made the rock world realise what a formidable act EUROPE had become then WALK THE EARTH is the album that is set to establish the band as one of the most exciting contemporary rock acts of current times.
“We're simply a different band today,” says lead singer Joey Tempest. “Ever since we started up again in 2004, we have constantly explored our limits and new parts of our musical universe. After around 1,000 shows, we feel comfortable just improvising, jamming and pushing our lyrics and songwriting with much more ease. We have now been together recording and making albums longer than the early period of the band. Five albums in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Now six records with WALK THE EARTH. When we started up again in 2004 we all agreed to think ‘long-term,’ to take the long road and build up a new relationship with listeners and media. We all agreed on writing together, owning our music, and license it out to labels that really care and support us in the long run.
“We also agreed to not look back! And never stop looking for that deeper expression. We don't have much in common with our contemporaries from back then. We have taken a different path, making sure we are constantly moving forward. We have little regard for outside influences and opinions. In order to enjoy this new journey and feel creative, it needed to be completely on our terms.
“In a EUROPE live show, there is of course some room for nostalgia, but in the studio there is none. Every album is a reaction to the one before, a new journey a new adventure. The music of a rock band needs to constantly move, challenge, upheave, evolve or the band will automatically become a nostalgia act. We are proud of our past and previous albums, but we simply can't identify, recapture, emulate any of it. We simply can't write like that even if we wanted to. We are a new act with a different expression.
“Over the years, we have learned how important recording techniques and recording equipment is by trying to search and research which producers, engineers and recording studios that can actually inspire and keep us wanting to be adventurous and daring. It has now taken us six albums to get here.”
The new album WALK THE EARTH will feature original artwork by famed Los Angeles artist Mike Sportes of Filth Mart.
“We were in the studio a few days into recording and Dave (Cobb, Producer) comes in wearing this very cool T-Shirt with one of Mike's designs on it. Immediately we knew we had to check Mike's other work and have him come up with an exclusive design for us based on the vibe of the album. We are very proud to have his amazing artwork as the WALK THE EARTH album cover!' - Joey Tempest on the appointment of Mike Sportes to do the cover.
WALK THE EARTH tracklisting:
1. Walk The Earth
2. The Siege
3. Kingdom United
4. Pictures
5. Election Day
6. Wolves
7. GTO
8. Haze
9. Whenever You’re Ready
10. Turn To Dust
From the anthemic sound of the opening track “Walk The Earth” to the heavy vibe that is “Haze,” from the instant melody of “Election Day” to the lyrical content of “Kingdom United,” WALK THE EARTH is the album that should see EUROPE rightly acclaimed as a band at the height of their powers. The wonderful melodies and depth of Joey Tempest’s vocals along with a powerhouse rhythm section and the guitar playing of John Norum, one of the great underrated guitarists. Norum’s guitar playing shines across the record. This is an album that is big in its scope and sound. Much like previous album “War Of Kings,” WALK THE EARTH is an album that has instant appeal but is also an album that needs to be lived with, in order to uncover it’s depth. The album was recorded at famed Abbey Road Studios in London with Grammy@ winning producer Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton).
Late 2016 saw EUROPE perform a series of “The Final Countdown Anniversary Shows” across Europe – culminating in a show at The Roundhouse in London. The show has been immortalised in a July 2017 DVD release The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live at the Roundhouse.

Preceding the landmark event, fans were also treated to a live performance of EUROPE’s last album, 2015’s WAR OF KINGS, a release which re-established them as one of the top rock bands in the world.
Since forming in 1979 EUROPE have sold over 25 million albums, toured across the world and become one of the greats of modern rock music. The bands all conquering THE FINAL COUNTDOWN album has alone sold over 15 million copies worldwide and the single of the same name was #1 in 25 countries.



EUROPE Ready To 'Walk The Earth' October 20

Friday, October 20, 2017
Press Release from Europe!
We are VERY pleased to announce the release of our new studio album “Walk The Earth” on the 20th October 2017 via our own Hell & Back label through Silver Lining Music.
The album cover (shown below) features original artwork by famed Los Angeles artist Mike Sportes of Filth Mart
Joey: “We were in the studio a few days into recording and Dave (Cobb, Producer) comes in wearing this very cool T-Shirt with one of Mike's designs on it. Immediately we knew we had to check Mike's other work and have him come up with an exclusive design for us based on the vibe of the album. We are very proud to have his amazing artwork as the Walk The Earth album cover!'
The track listing for the album will be:
1. Walk The Earth
2. The Siege
3. Kingdom United
4. Pictures
5. Election Day
6. Wolves
7. GTO
8. Haze
9. Whenever You’re Ready
10. Turn To Dust
The album was recorded at famed Abbey Road Studios in London with Grammy winning producer Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) who as most of you know, also produced War Of Kings.
We are back on the road in the UK with Deep Purple later this year and this will of course be the first time you will hear tracks from 'Walk The Earth' Live.
UK Dates are below
Fri 17th Nov 2017 Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham UK
Sat 18th Nov Manchester Arena, Manchester UK
Mon 20th Nov Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff UK
Wed 22nd Nov The SSE Hydro, Glasgow UK
Thurs 23rd Nov The o2 Arena, London UK
For tickets see
European Tour Dates for November and December to be announced imminently together with more posts with information and cool insights leading up the album's release - so keep watching this space!
October 20th everyone....pre-order links for the album will be posted soon!!
// Europe

KEE OF HEARTS Debut Album Due This Northern Summer

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of KEE OF HEARTS, a new band project built around two true melodic rock superstars: Tommy Heart, singer of Fair Warning and Kee Marcello, former Europe guitarist!
With a line-up rounded out by Ken Sandin (Alien) on bass and Italian drummer Marco Di Salvia (Pino Scotto), the guys started working on the album in late 2016. With their songwriting strongly focused on melodic rock songs, the album came to completion under the direction of producer Alessandro Del Vecchio and covers a wide spectrum of styles with a lot of attention given to crafting great hooks delivered by musicians that know how to deliver the goods!
Musically, the band operates in a territory defined by Scandinavian AOR meeting German melodic hard rock with influences from the classic U.S. AOR giants (think Giant, Journey, etc.).
All in all, an unmissable release and a highlight of the melodic rock scene! The album is planned for release in the late summer.



EUROPE Book Next Album in For October

From EUROPE's Facebook Page:
"We have just finished the recording for our new album at the legendary Abbey Road Studios! 

It turned out so much more exciting than we expected! The vibe in this studio is great! The staff and facilities are out of this world.
Of course we couldn’t resist having some fun with vintage equipment and amazing recording techniques. Our producer Dave Cobb really made the songs fly, beautifully engineered by Eddie Spear.

The album is due out in October with one or two tracks coming your way ahead of release. Prior to the release we will also post clips/pics from the recording session here on our Facebook page.
Meanwhile we're getting ready to hit the road again for our "Electric Summer tour 2017".

Looking forward to seeing you all out there!"

// Europe


KEE MARCELLO 'Live From The 3rd Rock' DVD/Stream Due

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A new KEE MARCELLO UK tour Promo video can be seen below. Dates are for this coming September in England, Scotland and Wales.

The live footage is taken from the forthcoming Live concert film The Kee Marcello Band - Live from the 3rd Rock which was shot during the band's extensive UK tour in October 2015. 

Kee will be releasing this film through Variant Music in early 2017 and will stream it over the internet as well as provide hard copies on DVD.



KEE MARCELLO 'Scaling Up' in October on Frontiers

Friday, October 14, 2016

Frontiers Music Srl proudly announces the release date of KEE MARCELLO's new studio album 'Scaling Up' on October 14th.

With 'Scaling Up', Kee Marcello is using his past as a springboard to take a giant leap into the future! With the new music firmly grounded in the songwriting tradition that made him a multi-platinum rock star in the first place, Kee explores the boundaries of melodic hard rock with a contemporary performance that nods to his past and employs sizzling production. This is an album all his fans will have to pick their jaws up off the floor after hearing!

Kee Marcello is a unique artist in the hard rock genre. He has never stopped evolving and growing as both a writer and a guitarist and the new album illustrates how much he has managed to raise the bar yet again with both his guitar playing, singing and writing.

Conceived and recorded in the winter and spring of 2016, "Scaling Up" encompasses all the influences and genres in which the Swedish musician has been involved in since the start of his career. Besides the obvious resemblances to Europe's classic sound, Kee also gives a nod to his past in Easy Action. Speaking of Europe (particularly the 'Prisoners in Paradise' era), Kee took two officially unreleased songs, 'Wild Child' and 'Don't Know How To Love No More', and re-arranged and re-recorded them from scratch. Beyond those two tracks, you can hear a touch of sleaze and more classic hard rock on songs like 'Fix Me', 'Blow by Blow', and 'Soldier Down'.

Kee Marcello says: 'The whole idea of 'Scaling Up' is to, very respectfully, use the music of my past as a canvas to paint a picture of where I stand today and what I aim for in the future as a guitarist/singer/writer. I think we've got the balance of now and then just right, and it's performed by the best group of musicians I've ever had the honor of playing with!"

Kee Marcello is one of the most renowned guitarists from Scandinavia and has an amazing history to his name. He's best known as the guitarist - from 1986 to 1992 - of one Sweden's biggest musical exports, Europe. In the late '80s and early '90s, Europe were one of the biggest rock bands in the world. They sold over 30 million albums, landed at #1 on sales charts in 26 countries and shared the biggest stages with acts like Metallica, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi. Kee is now also enjoying a new wave of success as a TV persona in Sweden, as well as being involved in other musical projects.

Look out for Kee Marcello playing in a town near you soon! Confirmed tour dates below, with more to be added soon!

'Scaling Up' tracklisting:
1. Black Hole Star
2. On The Radio
3. Don't Miss You Much
4. Fix Me
5. Wild Child
6. Finger On The Trigger
7. Soldier Down
8. Scandinavia
9. Good Men Gone Bad
10. Scaling Up
11. Don't Know How To Love No More
12. Blow By Blow

Kee Marcello: Guitars/Vocals/Keys
Ken Sandin: Bass
Darby Todd: Drums

Special guests:
Mattias Eklundh - guitar solo on 'Good Men Gone Bad'
Michele Luppi - keyboards on 'Wild Child'

Produced and arranged by Kee Marcello
Mixed by Tobias Lindell


For more info, visit Kee on Facebook:

22 September - Birmingham, UK - The Robin 2
23 September - Glasgow, UK - Audio Club
24 September - Cardiff, UK - Fuel Rock Club
1 October - Linkoping, Saab Arena*
7 October - Karlstad, Lofbergs Arena*
8 October - Voxjo, Vida Arena*
14 October - G'teborg, Scandinavium*
15 October - Helsingborg Arena*
21 October - Stockholm, Globe Arena*
22 October - Sandviken, Garansson Arena*
28 October - Malmo Arena*
29 October - Karlskrona, ABB Arena*

*Rock Of 80's Arena Tour (featuring Kee Marcello, Thomas Vikstrom, Joacim Cans & More)



EUROPE To Play 'The Final Countdown' Front To Back

In 1986, Sweden’s biggest hard rock act, Europe, released their milestone album, The Final Countdown. The album went on to worldwide success and continues to be a mainstay in playlists all over the world.
2016 sees this iconic album turn 30 years old. To celebrate that special anniversary, the band will be staging a series of very special concerts. For the first time ever, these shows will feature The Final Countdown album played in it’s entirety. The band will also be performing hits spanning their musical career.
Joey Tempest explains, “With a catalog of songs as big as ours, it is hard to devote so much of the set list to one album. But this anniversary is special and we want to give the fans what they have asked for. The whole band is proud and excited to play the whole album from start to finish, especially as this, our third album, made it possible for us to fulfil our dream to become an international touring band. To make it extra special we will try and play songs from War Of Kings and other albums we haven't played before and at the same time we want to design a show that will be majestic and memorable for all of us. Hope to see you all at these special dates!”
Whilst always venturing forward, Europe have had a great couple of years. Last year they won a prestigious Classic Rock Award at London’s Roundhouse and a people’s choice award in Sweden called Rockbjornen and have been touring in support of their 2015 release, War Of Kings, produced by Grammy winner Dave Cobb (Rival Sons)
Just before these special Final Countdown shows, the band will head back into the studio to record a follow up to War Of Kings with an eye to a release date in April 2017. The album, as yet untitled, will have an extensive tour schedule to support the release, endeavouring to take in territories not visited in some time.
Joey Tempest: “We will release our 11th studio album in 2017 and are enjoying a successful second part of our career since we started up again in 2004. Five new albums, three live DVD's and countless shows and we're still feeling adventurous and creative. No doubt we have the best job in the world and our fans, old and new, are carrying us through it all.”
The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Shows:
8 - Stockholm, Sweden - Cirkus
10 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
11 - Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
12 - London, England - Roundhouse
14 - Utrecht, Holland - Musikzentrum Vredenburg (MCV)
15 - Paris, France - Olympia
16 - Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus
17 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Metropole
19 - Rome, Italy - Orion
20 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
In addition to the Final Countdown Anniversary tour dates, the UDR label are releasing a very special limited edition 12” 3-track sparkle blue colored vinyl EP featuring a new 2016 recording of “The Final Countdown”. The record is exclusive to the stores that are participating in the annual Record Store Day (April 16th) and only in UK, Europe & Australia.
For fans in the US and other territories, there will be a VERY LIMITED number available on a first come first served basis from the UDR webstore from early May. Details to follow soon. A digital download version of “The Final Countdown” 2016 will be available via iTunes on April 29th.

KEE MARCELLO Signs To Frontiers


Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the signing of KEE MARCELLO for the release of a new album in the fall of 2016!
Kee Marcello is best known for his time as the guitar player in the band EUROPE from 1986 to 1992 on such milestone albums as 'Out of this World' and 'Prisoners in Paradise'. With this new album, Kee intends to go back to the sound that helped him make his mark. Expect some amazing arena rock songs, which he he started working on at the end of 2015.
Kee says: 'I'm really excited about this album. I'm making a new departure from the 'Le Baron Boys' era, bringing it into the future. I've always felt that there was something magic about the material that Sony mysteriously refused to release on PIP, and now the time has come to put things right. It's time to complete my 'unfinished symphony'. This is the album that Europe never managed to record after Prisoners In Paradise. The songs will have a very familiar ring for everyone who loves that era. And as a homage to all the faithful fans I've recorded two previously unreleased Le Baron Boys tracks on the album.With one foot in the past and one in the present I think this album will raise a lot of eyebrows - not to mention HORNS!'.
Kee is making plans for a full European tour in support of the new release. Stay tuned for more details!



One On One With Mitch Lafon - EUROPE (Joey Tempest)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Singer JOEY TEMPEST of EUROPE joins Mitch for episode 177 of One On One With Mitch Lafon. Joey discusses the band's new deluxe edition of their fabulous War Of Kings album which now includes a bonus track and a LIVE IN WACKEN 2015 (DVD/BluRay). He also talks about DEEP PURPLE's induction into the Rock N Rock Hall Of Fame, the band's upcoming US tour, the possibility of a new solo album and getting back into the studio in September (2016) with producer Dave Cobb to start work on the follow-up to War Of Kings, his voice, the Final Countdown 30th anniversary celebrations and the Final Countdown GEICO commercial.

Quotes from the interview:
On the sound of War Of Kings: "We talked a lot about how to create an atmosphere and a vibe. We were getting slightly tired of synthesizers."

On Deep Purple & the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame: "It's Made In Japan that made us want to become musicians. It made us want to dream and hope."

"Made In Europe was another live album; that's where we got our name from. Deep Purple was very rooted... I had all the albums. That's how it started and we have that foundation, so Deep Purple definitely deserves it - 100%""

The sound of the next album: "It's moving organically and we're excited about it. What we want to do is find a deeper expression and maybe mix in blues and soul a little bit."

His voice: "I'm lucky. It's holding up. It's maybe a bit huskier, a bit rounder, a bit grittier, but it still carries the tone."

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EUROPE To Release ‘War Of Kings’ Special Edition

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Friday, November 27, 2015
War Of Kings Special Edition Out November 27, 2015
Includes bonus disc of Europe’s Live Performance at Wacken Open Air Festival 2015
EUROPE’s place as a legendary hard rock band was platinum-stamped early in their career. Having enjoyed an explosive period of worldwide success in the ‘80s
2015’s War of Kings has seen them take full advantage of the global groundwork EUROPE have keenly re-established over the last few years. 

Recently, it was decided that EUROPE’s momentous live appearance at Wacken 2015 should not only be filmed and recorded, but released as a DVD & BluRay!
EUROPE’s War of Kings Special Edition will include the original War of Kings CD plus said Wacken 2015 DVD & BluRay, and will hit stores on November 27 via Hell & Back Recordings / UDR Music and Warner Music Australia

The set will come in three formats (2-disc Ecolbook CD+DVD, 2-disc Ecolbook BluRay+CD, Limited Edition Deluxe Package with War of Kings CD + DVD + BluRay and Photobook),
and an audio-only edition of the Wacken 2015 performance will also be available via digital format. 

“Very proud to have the War of Kings Special Edition coming out with our Wacken performance as bonus disc and of course our new video for the live version of 'Nothin' to Ya'. Joey Tempest:

War Of Kings is available for pre-order here


CD Track Listings:
12. VASASTAN (Instrumental)

DVD & BluRay Track Listings:


Legendary Guitarist KEE MARCELLO Announces UK Tour For October

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Swedish Guitarist Kee Marcello (Europe / Easy Action / K2) has announced a Uk tour commencing in early October 2015.
Dates released so far are:
1st Oct Cardiff - The Globe
2nd Oct Camden London - The Underworld
3rd Oct Great Yarmouth - The Iron Maiden Bar
4th Oct Stourbridge - The River Rooms
5th Oct Bolton - Railway Venue
9th Oct Scunthorpe - The Lincoln Imp

This is likely to be the most comprehensive tour of the UK that Kee has done in a number of years and will coincide with the signing of a new record deal, a new "Kee Marcello Signature Gibson Les Paul guitar" being released and numerous appearences / clinics at various Universities and Musical Instrument stores around the Uk. The Cardiff date of the tour billed as "An evening with Kee Marcello" will also include a "Guitar Clinic" and plans are underway to film the night for a live DVD. This Dvd will include footage from the rest of the tour which is likely to contribute towards a documentary being planned by Swedish television channel "TV4".

Needless to say, all this activity is in support of a new album which is currently in production...

Kee Marcello is one of the most renowned guitarists out of Scandinavia with an amazing track record. From the hugely successful Swedish glam / pop group "Noise" in the early 80's through to the first U.S. major label deal ever signed by a Scandinavian group: Easy Action (Warner Bros) and then on to multimillion selling success with one of the biggest music exports out of Sweden to date: Europe. In the late 80's early 90's Europe sold over 30 million albums and had number 1 singles in 26 countries as well as sharing the stage with acts such as Metallica, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi.


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Fireworks #70 is out now!
The new issue of Fireworks sees the German Metal legends Helloween explain their ‘God Given Right’ while guitar enthusiasts will be eager to hear what Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Bubmblefoot have to say about their latest projects. Europe are back with a brand new record, just like British rockers Ten, who deliver a new album just six months after their last one! Ex-Alcatrazz vocalist Graham Bonnet speaks about going back into the studio, while another Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner discusses the Rewind Festival, Rated X and the talk of him  reuniting with Ritchie Blackmore. With the likes of House Of Lords, Kamelot and Symphony X rounding out the 22 interviews this issue, there’s plenty to get your teeth into!
Not only that, we have the usual huge cross section of reviews covering Classic Rock, Metal, Progressive, Symphonics, Blues and AOR - is there a more in depth reviews section in any other magazine? We don’t think so - nor are we aware of any magazinee giving away 71 (yes, SEVENTY ONE) songs with the issue, ABSOLUTELY FREE. We guarantee you’ll like something on the disk. If you don’t, we can only assume you have bought the wrong magazine, or you are Simon Cowell. Let’s rock!
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EUROPE - War Of Kings (Review)

information persons: 
section name: 
01. "War of Kings"
02. "Hole in My Pocket"
03. "The Second Day"
04. "Praise You"
05. "Nothin' to Ya"
07. "Days of Rock 'n' Roll"
10. "Angels (With Broken Hearts)"
Produced By: 
Dave Cobb
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Musical Style: 
Hard Rock
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Since making a comeback a decade back, Europe have trodden a similar path – a more organic sound, heavier and more modern sound and production, but above all, the albums have been delivered with a sense of confidence and definite purpose.
Fans have generally been very warm to the band’s updated sound and I must say that despite a few fillers on each album, their recorded output has been very consistent and stays on brand.
Now onto album number 5 since 2004, War Of Kings takes up where Bag Of Bones left off, just taking it to the next level. And leaving behind the Kevin Shirley production that many are not fans of.
This is a record heavily derived from a classic rock 70s sound, with a modern production acting as a balancing force.
I’ve found each of the last 4 albums to feature some career highlights, without at any stage absolutely nailing a classic album.
This time though, the guys might just have done it. Surprisingly the album appeals more to me than any other despite an obvious lack of pacing throughout.
This is a really slow paced album, whether it is the hard hitters or a couple of more sentimental tunes. But pacing aside, the songs are just enthralling.
Highlights are plentiful. From the opening slow thunder of War Of Kings to the rare frenetic pace of Hole In My Pocket to the Zeppelinesque classic rock of The Second Day with its surging chorus to the almost gospel feel of the heavy, ultra-slow Praise You, featuring an extraordinary vocal from Joey Tempest.
You might think the intensity of the album might let up a bit, but no; it only gets more intense with the mid-tempo bombastic hard rock of Nothin’ To Ya, a truly powerful track with an organ drenched chorus.
California 405 does relax the vibe slightly before the raucous (and obvious single) Days Of Rock N Roll sees the peddle put to the metal with the most instantly likeable riff on the album.
Children Of The Mind and Rainbow Bridge are both very credible classic rockers with their own style and Light it Up has a groove more akin to Extreme than Europe.
The highlight of the second half and of the album as a whole is the simply beautiful Angels (With Broken Hearts). What a classic slow ballad.

The band’s best album in my mind since reforming because it is track for track more consistent than the other (also good) albums.
I’ve heard mixed fan reviews for this, but I think those mainly come from those waiting for Prisoners In Paradise 2. It ain’t going to happen folks.
Crank the tempo a little more and have another tune or two like Days Of Rock N Roll and a classic is born.

RockPagesGR Interviews EUROPE

Friday, April 17, 2015
Greece's Rockpages Web Magazine did an exclusive TV interview with EUROPE's keyboardist Mic Michaeli which was shot backstage in Cambridge, UK right before EUROPE'S headlining show there. Here's the link for the TV Interview and please find below the link for the full text interview.
Full Text Interview: Europe


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features interviews with legendary guitar hero Michael Schenker, Europe's Joey Tempest, Ricky Warwick (The Almighty, Black Star Riders) and Western Sand, and is now available for streaming at this link: 
In the first hour, Michael Schenker discusses the new Temple of Rock album, 'Spirit on a Mission', and selects 3 tracks which reflect the record's diversity. Michael also talks about the band's touring plans for 2015, and confirms that he would like Temple of Rock to be seen as a band in its own right, like UFO or the Scorpions.

Also in the first hour, rising UK rockers Western Sand, who supported Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock on their UK tour last December, talk about their new EP 'Cut You Down To Size', their touring plans, and their Southern Rock influences.

Part 2 kicks off with Europe's Joey Tempest, who looks at the writing and recording of their new release 'War of Kings', which the band have described as the album they always wanted to make. Joey also chooses 2 songs from 'War of Kings'

And The Almighty / Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick shares his memories of the first two Almighty albums, 'Blood Fire & Love' and 'Soul Destruction', both newly reissued in remastered form with bonus discs by Spinefarm Records. Ricky also chooses a pair of tracks from each album.

There's also new music from Whitesnake and Black Star Riders, tribute songs for Bruce Crump (Molly Hatchet, China Sky, White Rhino), AJ Pero (Twisted Sister, Adrenaline Mob) and Andy Fraser (Free), and tracks from Black Star Riders and The Amorettes.

You can also listen on Tuesday 24th March12:00-14:00 and Thursday 26th March 07:00-09:00 on

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Monsters Of Rock Cruise Approaches Sellout

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
THE MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE, the world’s largest and longest running Heavy Metal and Hard Rock cruise, has only 34-cabins available before selling out its fourth consecutive year. Tickets for the remaining 34-cabins aboard this musical playground will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at $1,099 per person (double occupancy) and are available at
Sailing the Bahamas this April 18-22 aboard the MSC Divina, the four-day-and-night cruise celebrating the original legendary Castle Donington music festival held in England in 1980, will showcase Heavy Metal and Hard Rock music icons (including artists on the original festival bill)--such as Tesla, Europe, Night Ranger, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Extreme, KIX, Queensryche, Krokus, Stryper, Lita Ford, Black Star Riders, Y&T, plus many more (full lineup below)--and feature a full schedule of events and activities designed to encourage interaction between artists and fans.
This year’s cruise itinerary is kicked off by a two-night pre-party event at Miami’s Magic City Casino on April 15, featuring performances by Queensryche and Lillian Axe, and April 17, featuring performances by Stryper, Tyketto, Gabbie Rae and a special surprise guest artist. The fun continues the moment fans board the ship, meeting new friends poolside during the kickoff Sailaway Concert featuring cruise alumni, Tesla. This will set the tone for the next four days of events, including: Artist Meet & Greets, all-day stops at the private Monster Beach at Poseidon’s Grotto and the cosmopolitan resort mecca of Nassau, Bahamas, the Hot Tub Time Machine 80s Prom, “So You Think You Can Shred” fan competition, Fantasy Night Masquerade, “Rock Anthems Fan Jam” hosted by Izzy Presley, Cooking With Rock Stars, plus more events to be announced.
The official line-up for the 2015 MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE is as follows: Tesla; Europe; Night Ranger; Tom Keifer of Cinderella; Extreme; KIX; Queensryche; Krokus; The Winery Dogs; Stryper; Lita Ford; Black Star Riders; Y&T; Zebra; Black ’N Blue; Faster Pussycat; Honeymoon Suite; Tyketto; Keel; John Corabi; Kip Winger; Michael Sweet; Richie Kotzen; Mike Tramp; Joel Hoekstra; Derek St. Holmes; Ron Keel; Leatherwolf; Babylon AD; Bang Tango; Heavens Edge; Frank Hannon Band; Lillian Axe; Rhino Bucket; Pamela Moore; Gabbie Rae; Atomic Punks; and AJ’s Bravehearts.
Says Larry Morand of ON THE BLUE, “The Monsters of Rock Cruise has always been about fan and artist interaction and we have more bands and events this year than ever before.  Fans don’t just watch the artists perform, they make music with the artists. If you’re looking for all things Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, this is the cruise for you.”
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M3 Festival Announces 2015 Line-Up with KIX and EUROPE Headlining

Friday, May 1, 2015
M3 Rock Festival has announced the May 1 & 2, 2015 lineup. The graphic says it all...


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