Swedish hard rockers EUROPE performed at Volkshaus in Zurich, Switzerland on November 16 as part of their special tour during which they are playing their “The Final Countdown” album in its entirety to celebrate the LP’s 30th anniversary. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
A few months ago, when the tour was first announced, EUROPE singer Joey Tempest explained the band’s decision to perform the entire “The Final Countdown” album: “With a catalog of songs as big as ours, it is hard to devote so much of the setlist 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.
While always venturing forward, EUROPE has 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 Rockbjörnen and have been touring in support of their critically acclaimed 2015 release, “War Of Kings”, produced by Grammy winner Dave Cobb (RIVAL SONS)
EUROPE will head back into the studio in early 2017 to record a follow-up to “War Of Kings”. The album, as yet untitled, will have an extensive tour schedule to support the release, endeavoring to take in territories not visited in some time.
Said 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 DVDs 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 UDR label earlier in the year released a very special limited-edition 12-inch three-track “sparkle blue” colored vinyl EP featuring a new 2016 recording of “The Final Countdown”. A digital download version of “The Final Countdown 2016” is available via iTunes.