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Happy birthday, Joey Tempest

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Joey Tempest -2014 -  credit Stevex Johnston Europe 2014 UK

Joey Tempest -2014 - credit Stevex Johnston Europe 2014 UK

Happy birthday, Joey Tempest...

Born Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson on August 19 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden, Joey Tempest is a singer, musician and songwriter mostly known as the frontman and main songwriter of Europe.
His favorite bands, which made him want to become a musician, were Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy. He began to learn playing music when he was a kid, his first instruments were the piano and the guitar.
He joined his first band, Jet, at the age of 13. As a teen, he played in several bands, alternating between singing, playing the rhythm guitar and the bass guitar.
In 1979, alongside guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno, he formed the band Force. The band quickly became famous in the suburbs of Stockholm and, in 1982, they changed their name to Europe and participated to the music competition Rock-SM. They won the contest and with it a record deal with Hot Records.
They released their debut self-titled album the following year (lineup: Joey Tempest (vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards), John Norum (lead guitar, background vocals), John Levén (bass guitar, backing vocals), Tony Reno (drums)).
In 1984, keyboardist Mic Michaeli joined the band and Tony Reno was replaced on the drums by Ian Haughland.
In 1986, the band released its most successful album, The Final Countdown. The song of the same title reached No. 1 in 25 countries and gave the band its international breakthrough.
Hating the commercialized image of the band, John Norum left the band in November of the same year and was replaced by Kee Marcello.
The band released two albums with Kee Marcello on the lead guitar: Out of This World (1988) and Prisoners in Paradise (1991).
In 1992, the members decided to put the band on hiatus.
In the 90s, Joey began recording solo work and he released his debut album, A Place to Call Home, in 1995.
He later released two other solo albums: Azalea Place (1997) and Joey Tempest (2002).
Europe reunited for a show in Stockholm on New Year's Eve 1999. It was the band's only show featuring both of its lead guitarists, John Norum and Kee Marcello.
The band reunited for good in October 2003 after announcing plans for a new album and a world tour.
The said album, Start from the Dark, was released in 2004 (lineup: Joey Tempest (vocals, acoustic guitar), John Norum (lead guitar, backing vocals), John Levén (bass guitar, backing vocals), Ian Haugland (drums, backing vocals), Mic Michaeli (keyboards, piano, backing vocals)).
They released two other albums in the 2000s: Secret Society (2006) and Last Look at Eden (2009).
In October 2013, they released a 30th anniversary double CD, DVD and blu-ray disc which had been recorded and filmed at the Sweden Rock Festival earlier the same year.
In March 2015, the band released its tenth studio album, War of Kings, and embarked on a 14-date UK tour with Black Star Riders.

To conclude, we wish a happy birthday and years of rock to Joey Tempest!

Updated on August 19 2015.

Joey Tempest - 2013 - EUROPE Barcelona - credit: José Luis Chamero

Joey Tempest - 2013 - EUROPE Barcelona - credit: José Luis Chamero

Joey Tempest - 23 juin 2013

Joey Tempest - 23 juin 2013

[ french version :
Joyeux anniversaire, Joey Tempest ...

Né Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson le 19 août 1963 à Stockholm, Suède, Joey TEmpest est un chanteur, musician et auteur-compositeur mieux connu en tant que chanteur et auteur-compositeur principal de Europe.
Ses groupes favoris, qui lui font vouloir devenir musicien, sont Led Zeppelin et Thin Lizzy. Il commence à apprendre à jouer de la musique quand il est enfant, ses premiers instruments sont le piano et la guitare.
Il rejoint son premier groupe, Jet, à 13 ans. Adolescent, il joue dans de nombreux groupes, alternant entre le chant, la guitare rythmique et la basse.
En 1979, aux côtés du guitariste John Norum, du bassiste Peter Olsson et du batteur Tony Reno, il forme le groupe Force. Le groupe devient rapidemetn célèbre dans la banlieue de Stockholm et, en 1982, ils changent leur nom pour Europe et participe à la compétition musicale Rock-SM. Ils gagnent le concours et avec un contrat avec Hot Records.
Ils sortent leur premier album éponyme l'année suivante (lineup : Joey Tempest (chant, guitare acoustique, clavier), John Norum (lead guitare, choeur), John Levén (basse, choeur), Tony Reno (batterie)).
En 1984, ils sont rejoint par le claviériste Mic Michaeli et Tony Reno est remplacé à la batterie par Ian Haughland.
En 1986, le groupe sort son album qui connaît le plus de succès, The Final Countdown. La chanson du même titre est numéro 1 dans 25 pays et permet au groupe d'être connu internationalement.
Détestant l'image commerciale du groupe, John Norum quitte le groupe en Novembre de la même année et est remplacé par Kee Marcello.
Le groupe sort deux albums avec Kee Marcello à la guitare : Out of This World (1988) et Prisoners in Paradise (1991).
En 1992, les membres décident de mettre le groupe en hiatus.
Dans les années 90, Joey commence à travailler sur un projet solo et sort son premier album, A Place to Call Home, en 1995.
Plus tard, il sort deux autres albums solo :  Azalea Place (1997) et Joey Tempest (2002).
Europe se réunit pour un concert à Stockholm le soir du réveillon du Nouvel An en 1999. C'est le seul concert du groupe où jouent les deux lead guitaristes, John Norum et Kee Marcello.
Le groupe se réunit pour de bon en OCtobre 2003 après avoir announcé des plans pour un nouvel album et une tournée mondiale.
Le dit album, Start from the Dark, sort en 2004 (lineup : Joey Tempest (chant, guitare acoustique), John Norum (lead guitare, choeur), John Levén (basse, choeur), Ian Haugland (batterie, choeur), Mic Michaeli (clavier, piano, choeur)).
Le groupe sort deux autres albums dans les années 2000 : Secret Society (2006) et Last Look at Eden (2009).
En Octobre 2013, pour le 30ème anniversaire du groupe, ils sortent un double CD, DVD et blu-ray enregistré et filmé au Sweden Rock Festival plus tôt la même année.
En mars 2015, le groupe sort son dixième album studio, War of Kings, et fait une tournée de 14 dates au Royaume-Uni avec Black Star Riders.

Pour conclure, nous souhaitons un heureux anniversaire et des années de rock à Joey Tempest !

Mis à jour le 19 août 2015.]

Joey Tempest - 28 déc. 2009 - Europe

Joey Tempest - 28 déc. 2009 - Europe

Joey Tempest - 1995

Joey Tempest - 1995

Joey Tempest - 1992 - Europe - credit: Getty images

Joey Tempest - 1992 - Europe - credit: Getty images

Joey Tempest - 1991 - Europe - credit: photo Orban Sygma

Joey Tempest - 1991 - Europe - credit: photo Orban Sygma

Joey Tempest - 1988 - Bravo Magazine - German

Joey Tempest - 1988 - Bravo Magazine - German

Joey Tempest - 1988

Joey Tempest - 1988

Joey Tempest - Europe - Hit Parader

Joey Tempest - Europe - Hit Parader

Joey Tempest - On stage

Joey Tempest - On stage

Joey Tempest

Joey Tempest

Joey Tempest - Childhood

Joey Tempest - Childhood

Comment on this post

Mona 08/18/2017 22:49

Happy birthday Joey tempest on august 19, 2017. just became a fan recently. The final countdown was kickass! and you were a hot stud back in the day!