NEWS ON JOHN NORUM:
All the official news on John NORUM and Europe
are taken from Europe official website, John NORUM official website
and verified sources on the web.
AND HAPPY ROCKIN' NEW YEAR
A very merry Christmas
to John and his family, and to his mates in the band and their families.
Best wishes for a wonderful new year in music, joy, health, harmony and love to him and to all the Norumaniacs! May the new year bring you all success and satisfactions. Cheers!
December 14th 2009: EUROPE TIME @ "ONDA MAIL" THIS WED 16TH!
I'm pleased to
announce that this Wednesday December 16th, at 3 pm and again at 10 pm,
music is the protagonist at 'Onda Mail', the program of Radio Onda 1 (www.radioonda.it)
made by listeners.
December 8th 2009: EUROPE NOMINATED FOR A SWEDISH GRAMMY - BEST ROCK ACT
We're pleased to announce that Europe have been nominated as a finalist in this year's Swedish Grammis! Round One of voting has already begun, and will remain open until midnight Sunday December 13! Here's how you can vote:
Click on the following link: http://vote.grammis.se/kategorier/arets-rock.aspx
Select "1" next to Europe, and choose "2" and "3" next to any two Artists appearing above Europe in the list. Remember this is a competition for glory, but we still want to compete with the underdogs to be sure to bring home the prize!
Fill in your name and e-mail address in the fields that will appear and click "Rösta". Make sure it is a valid e-mail address, as you will receive and e-mail which will ask you to confirm your vote by clicking on the link supplied.
That's it, rockers!
December 3rd 2009: EUROPE TO PERFORM AT THE U.N. CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE, COPENHAGEN AS THE ONLY SWEDISH BAND.
All you beautiful Danes, your favourite band will come down to sing for Obama and the rest in Copenhagen on December 7th!
The band will perform 4 songs, old and new in front of the expected tens of millions of worldwide TV viewers and 20,000 people at Parken Stadium.
"This is one of the most important events at this time" says Petri H. Lunden, Europe's manager, and symptomatically states "for the the climate, it's the final countdown unless the politicians make a move".
November 5th 2009: JOHN NORUM OFFICIAL WEBSITE
TO BE LAUCHED SOON!
John Norum is ready to be back on the Net! He will be online very soon to introduce you PLAYYARD BLUES, the new solo album in 2010! To pre-order it, go to http://www.imusic.dk/
Stay hard and tuned!!!
November 3rd 2009: GUITAR HEAVEN
A great (very intimate and sweaty) gig in North London this weekend. It was great to try out some new tracks in the set. "No Stone Unturned" felt particularly good. It was fun to play a UFO cover as well...
Greenday came straight from Wembley stadium to do a surprise appearance just after our set. Stayed and checked out a few tracks!!?.....
Last night I attended the Classic Rock Awards. Could not believe how many great guitarists that showed up and sat together at the ceremony. Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Billy Gibbons, Slash, Brian May, Ron Wood, Pete Townsend. Joe Bonamassa got up and blew everyone away with a song as well. Truly amazing night. And of course there was a small Marshall amp in everyone's goodie-bag as we left :)
Meeting up with the guys again Wednesday and Thursday to finalize the set list for Germany. Soon we're on the road again.
See you out there,
October 30th 2009: SPEND HALLOWEEN WITH EUROPE ON P4 LIVE!
October 31st, Europe
will be performing 11 live songs on Swedish radio! The show starts at 8 pm
CET, and can be heard by clicking on the following link:
Tune for a hell of good time on Halloween night!
September 16th 2009: GUITAR HEAVEN
Vote for NEW LOVE IN TOWN on Swedish radio http://www.mixmegapol.se/program/mix-topp-20
It will help the song to go into heavy rotation
Europe / management
September 20th 2009: UPDATINGS!
September 15th 2009: GUITAR HERO JOHN NORUM AS STATUE IN VÄSBY
Stöd förslaget att resa en staty för att hedra den store gitarrhjälten John Norum! Förslag inlämnat till Upplands Väsby kommun och är under behandling. Förslaget är att resa en staty vid Väsby station i anknytning till det planerade kulturcentrum och nya gymnasium som ska byggas. John Norum är en inspiration för framtida generationer och bevis på att drömmar kan bli sanna!
Support the proposition to raise a statue to honor the great guitarhero John Norum! Proposition is handed over to the Municipality of Upplands Väsby and is now being handled. The proposition is to raise a statue near the train station Upplands Väsby where they are buildning a new school and culture center. John Norum is an inspiration for future generations and living proof that dreams may come true!
Alexandra Lövgren from Upplands Väsby is conducting the group called "Guitarhero John Norum As Statue in Väsby Support Group" on Facebook. You can find it here.
September 10th 2009: PROMOTION SWEDEN
Three different live-radio appearances only this morning. The Swedes seem very interested in our new CD. Great reactions from all directions. The following message came through our management this morning.
From another 'rocker'.
Hey there! Peter from In Flames here, please pass along to the boys in Europe what a fantastic new record they have made.
I have always been a fan and the latest one is simply amazing
Hope to catch them soon.
All the best
Thanks mate! see you out there somewhere.
Joey / Europe
September 7th 2009: WRESTLING EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2009
The official theme of the NW European Championship - Portugal 09, entitled "Last look at Eden", is signed by the Swedish band Europe, which has sold millions of albums around the world.
August 18th 2009: Review of the Bloodstock Open Air festival in Derby, 16 August 2009!!!!
February 2010 cannot come quick enough. That's when melodic rockers Europe
will be touring the UK again on the back of their new album 'Last Look At
Joey Tempest and
had told us in interviews that here was a chance to reach out to a new
audience and upset their preconceptions and
comments that they can rock out as heavy as Metallica was certainly fighting
It has to be said that much of Europe's
appeal lies with their guitarist
Terribly overlooked even by some of his peers (judging from a recent
'Classic Rock' magazine Top 50 survey) he is quite simply one of the best
players on the planet. I cannot put it any other way. Every note seems
perfectly calculated to connect - emotionally - with the listener and
whether it is slower, gutsy riffing or more fluid runs the impact is always
significant and never over-egged. The instrumental 'Optimus' was an
excellent showcase too.
After that spectacular opening, the band quickly hit sixth gear with a volley of classics including 'Superstitious', 'Scream of Anger' and 'Sign Of The Times' whilst 'Love Is Not The Enemy and 'Always The Pretender' brought their story more up to date.
The funky swagger of 'Let The Good Times Rock' and 'Ready Or Not' (both from 'Out Of This World') and 'Seventh Sign' (from 'Prisoners In Paradise') were master strokes and particular highlights. The latter has the same classic feel in the riff of '747 Strangers In The Night.'
Once again, toughened up for a Bloodstock crowd, these earlier songs came out fresh and exciting. And the older 'Seven Doors Hotel' benefited from deft interplay between keyboard wizard Mic Michaeli and John Norum.
Of course, by the time Joey Tempest introduced their comeback signature tune
- 'Start From The Dark' - we were all ready for this other set highlight.
Once again lifted by
riffing and solos.
When the band arrive in the UK next February it will be some three years since their last tour. Given that length of time, it will be pretty damn essential to get along to at least a couple of gigs. And given that 'Last Look At Eden' is a highly accessible album that pushes the band further forward, their Bloodstock appearance suggested they are poised to take a new set of fans with them too.
Review by David Randall
Photos by Ian Pollard
1. Last Look at Eden
podcast can now be accessed via GRTR! RSS feed.
August 2nd 2009: INTERVIEW
July 30th 2009: Sunday 2 August, 21:00 David Randall talks to John Norum about his career
"Our interview was only going to be 20 minutes, but you can't cover a career in such time. After each set of 20 minutes (and there were four of these) we kept getting the bleeps and John's management thought I was writing a book! John was really cooperative though, and it is good to tell his story aside from that of his band Europe." (David Randall)
John Norum is one of the great unsung guitar heroes of melodic rock. He formed Europe with Joey Tempest in 1979 and achieved great success with that band in the late-1980's culminating in the massive worldwide hit 'The Final Countdown'. John got increasingly frustrated with Europe's commercial synth-pop rock and left the band in late-1986.
Throughout the 1990's he pursued a solo career and the resulting albums featured Norum on vocals and guitar and guests including Goran Edman (Malmsteen) and Glenn Hughes. Several albums included Thin Lizzy cover versions, reflecting that band's influence on his guitar playing and music.
Whilst his solo recording career has been lower-key, his melodic style of metal-flavoured rock brought him to the attention of his peers and he joined Don Dokken for his solo album 'Up From The Ashes' (1990), recorded ''Long Way Home" with Dokken (the band) and toured with them in 1997, replacing George Lynch, and again in early-2003.
By the late-nineties there was talk of a Europe reunion and an appearance of the original band members at a Millennium celebration in Sweden led directly to a new album 'Start From The Dark', released in September 2004.
Europe's latest album 'Last Look At Eden' is released in September 2009. The band play the Bloodstock Festival on Sunday August 16.
'Last Look At Eden' marks a slight change in musical mood from the previous comeback albums 'Secret Society' (2006) and 'Start From The Dark' (2004). But that shouldn't put you off, it is a grower too.
Secret Society, in particular, split the melodic rock camp somewhat, overall a heavier outing than previously and with John Norum's down-tunings and wah-wah riffs may have further alienated those brought up on a strict diet of late eighties cheese. The album owed more to bands like Audioslave.
'Last Look At Eden' is more mainstream, and more bluesy rock and roll. Norum's always scintillating guitar is a little more restrained, there's more keyboard and orchestration from Mic Michaeli, and the overall vibe is punchy, gutsy, rather than dark and heavy. ('U Devil U' sums up this new approach).
The title track is one of the more immediate, and a natural first single, with an infectious and pile-driving orchestral/guitar riff. 'Gonna Get Ready' is Classic Europe with Norum's wah-wah punctuating Joey Tempest's distinctive vocal, 'Catch That Plane' has an understated Deep Purple-esque organ-driven riff and the vocal harmonies remind me of 'Hush', whilst 'The Beast' has the urgency that characterised 'Secret Society' and is the closest in spirit to that album (qv 'The Getaway Plan').
'No Stone Unturned' is another heavily orchestrated piece, with an anthemic chorus that will go down well played live and Michaeli's fine orchestrations crop up also on 'Only Young Twice'.
It's not all out and out rockers. 'New Love In Town' is a truly superb mid-tempo ballad and a likely crossover success if single no.2. 'In My Time' is a long bluesy piece that has hints of 'Parisienne Walkways' with Norum's Gary Moore-esque motifs.
Another album highlight is 'Run With The Angels' starting with a sinewy John Leven bassline replicated by John Norum's riff and topped with his always-wonderful wah-inflected solo.
For those, like me, who really liked 'Secret Society' (and who can't get enough of John Norum's guitar) - and expected more of the same - the initial disappointment is soon overcome by the quality and consistency of songwriting and the musicianship on offer here. This is an album that yields its treasure through repeated listenings so don't expect that immediate, instant fix. And in truth the band have retained all the elements from their previous post-Millennium outings so this should have potentially wider appeal.
The renaissance of Europe has been one of the more interesting stories of recent years and 'Last Look At Eden' further consolidates their credentials as one of our finest melodic hard rock bands.
August 17th 2009: BLOODSTOCK ROCK!
We just got of stage!!!
We didn't know what to expect....It went fucking great! Someone said it was the biggest cheer of the festival after our set!!
Loads of magazines were here tonight.....Classic Rock Magazine, Metal Hammer amongst others....There seem to be a great vibe around our new c.d. Last look at eden in the UK.....
Like we've always said.
"one of these days this band is going to amount to something" ; )
August 16th 2009: GOTHENBURG
The good people of Gothenburg came out in force on the 14th of august 2009...
75-100.000 people graced the "Avenyn" leading up to the main-stage were we were playing.
Incredible. some say there has never been this many people out for a music event like this in this town.
August 1st 2009: MILJOONA ROCK, 31 JULY
Some technical problems, Pouring rain. Wet shoes. Joey taking a tumble on Final Countdown, got up and laughed. what can you do?
Just one of those nights!!!
The crowd was great though even in the bad weather.
See you soon
July 25th 2009: FARO, PORTUGAL
Fantastic crowd! 30,000 people. First time we play in Portugal and it definitely won't be our last. What a great welcome we got. An unforgettable day.
A DAY IN THE LIFE.......
Band, crew, soundcheck and gig.
See you soon
July 25th 2009: TO ABSINTH FRIENDS!
25000 beautiful souls sharing our parallel universe.
July 21st 2009: RIP, MARCEL JACOB...
Legendary vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN,
JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) has issued the following
July 6th 2009: CACERES REVISITED
Last time we came to this town the show was cancelled due to bad weather. This time it all went smooth.
June 22nd 2009: HELLFEST CONQUEST!
Our first major festival in France and it turned out to be one of our best gigs of the year so far.
A sea of people. Some that already know we're back and mean business, and some that were just curious to see what the hell we were doing there.. It all turned into mayhem towards the end. The French can really go mad... Fantastic!
1. Last Look at Eden
2. Love is Not the Enemy
4. Scream of Anger
5. Sign of The Times
6. Always the Pretenders
7. Seventh Sign
8. Start From the Dark
9. Ready or Not
10. Rock the Night
12. The Final
June 22nd 2009: STORM IN ZARAGOZA
The gig in Zaragoza almost got cancelled due to high winds.
As mentioned on Twitter. Ian's hairdo proved the most practical for this show.....
One of those gigs!.....good to met some of our Spanish fans again though
June 7th 2009: SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 2009
GREAT SHOW LAST NIGHT!
WHAT A CROWD!
We did a press conference and a signing session before the show. Quite a busy afternoon. then Joey walked on stage filming the crowd with his mobile...
We used to listen to Neil Shoon and Steve Perry quite a lot when we were teenagers. Although we've met Neil before it was a pleasure to have this pic taken......Journey played earlier in the day.
On top of that we were handed an award for being voted the best Swedish hard rock band "ever" by the people through Swedish radio P4....thank you so much for voting for us.
See you out there
June 4th 2009: EUROPE NOW ON TWITTER
May 24th 2009: NO SLEEP 'TILL SWEDEN ROCK
We had a great time last night in Trondheim, hooking up with the boys in Whitesnake again. Watching them play is always a treat. We used to blast "Slide it in" in the tour bus all the time. David and Co has been great inspiration over the years......
Just a couple of weeks left to Sweden Rock Festival........We've tried out a couple of new songs here in Norway. "Last Look at Eden" and "Gonna Get Ready". It feels great to add some new stuff to the set list. We've also played Seventh sign from PIP and it seems like it's working. There may be some further changes before next weekend......
Playing Sweden Rock.....feels like coming home....and we're sure gonna make the most of it.....a new "majestic" single coming out as well........exiting times indeed!
See you soon
May 20th 2009: Europe WITH PATRIC ULLAEUS
Yes, a couple of weeks ago we shot a video for our first single from Last Look at Eden. The director is Patric Ullaeus. The work on this video is in full swing since we plan release the song at the end of May / beginning of June both in Scandinavia and Europe. We chose to work with Patric after seeing his work with In Flames amongst others.
More info soon
BENEFIT CONCERT for MICHELLE MELDRUM & FAMILY
April 28th 2009: HEROES OF CONCEPCIÓNEarthquakes, dessert rain, dramatic landscapes, beautiful people and crazy drinks.
Chile's got everything. We've had an unforgettable time. Hope to come back soon.
But the heroes of this visit has to be these two guys following us in their car in Concepcion singing Europe songs.......
Manuel and Victor.....you made our stay.........
All the best.
April 26th 2009: UNBELIEVABLE SANTIAGO!!!WHAT A SHOW!
THE AUDIENCE WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD. SIX THOUSAND PEOPLE (COMPLETELY SOLD OUT). FANTASTIC REACTION AMIGOS!.
WHAT A NIGHT!
WE HAVE TO DO THIS AGAIN SOMETIME...
Joey filming with his own mobile
April 25th 2009: THANK YOU ANTOFAGASTA!
The first show day turned out to be a very long one.......
Even though our plane was delayed 5 hours, some luggage went missing, no electricity in the dressing room. etc. it was all worth it when we met our fans in Antofagasta. We had a warm welcome indeed. They had even rented a huge bus filled it with fan club members following us to the hotel.....
Like always on the first show there were some other problems but the audience was great, they sang beautiful and it turned out to be a really cool show.
Hope to see you again
April 25th 2009: MOJITO GIRL: THE BRAND NEW TRACK PERFORMED IN CHILE!!!
April 2009: EUROPE IN SOUTHAMERICA
|PHOTOGALLERY||Funky traditional drummers (chin chineros)|
April 23th 2009: BACK IN REHEARSAL
We've spent some time in Stockholm rehearsing for our shows in South America. Been locked up in a studio for too long. Felt really good to jam again. Can't wait to get out there.
April 12th 2009:
GRATTIS, GUITAR HERO!
April 11th 2009: YOUTUBE SONG - FAKE
The song that has
been posted on you tube as a new Europe
track is a fake. Appropriate action will be taken.
April 8th 2009: TO OUR FRIENDS IN ITALY
February 23rd 2009:
GRATTIS, GUITAR HERO!
Have a great year and stay ROCK!