Joey Tempest, Europe interview – 13th February 2015


I spoke to Joey Tempest, lead singer of Europe ahead of the release of their new album, “War of Kings” and their tour with Black Star Riders that will see Europe play Ireland for the first time in twenty-five years.

Your new album, War of Kings is due to be released in a few weeks time. I spoke to Joey Tempest, lead singer of Europe ahead of the release of their new album, “War of Kings” and their tour with Black Star Riders that will see Europe play Ireland for the first time in twenty-five years. Your new album, War of Kings is due to be released in a few weeks time. Listening to the album it’s definitely a different sound to previous albums – more a 70s hard rock sound. Was this something you set out to do at the start of the writing? Yes. It’s like a journey we’ve been on developing the sound I suppose with the last three albums. With “Last look at Eden” we started to toy around with some more basic classic rock/Blues album, whereas “Bag of bones” was a touring band’s album, a rock album, so that was the concept. We had a great producer working with us then, Kevin Shirley and we just wanted to do a live album more or less. So when we met up with Dave Cobb we did the same thing, everything was created in two or three weeks and everything happened on the spot. Dave jumped in as a sixth member to write […]

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