Europe – hard rock and heavy metal band from Sweden
Europe was formed in 1979 in Stockholm, Sweden. At first, the band started gaining popularity under the name Force. The initial lineup included Joey Tempest (vocals, guitar), John Norum (guitar, vocals), Peter Olsson (bass guitar), and Tony Reno (percussion, drums). Throughout its existence, the band often suffered through lineup changes.
In 1982, the group won Rock-SM contest, where it performed under the new name, Europe. Joey Tempest and John Norum earned awards for The Best Guitar Player and The Best Vocalist. During the performance, a representative of Hot Records noticed the young musicians and offered them a contract. Europe started working in a studio.
The first two LPs Europe (1983) and Wings of Tomorrow (1984) did not bring the band the desired popularity at home, but the song “Seven Doors Hotel” made it into top-10 in Japan. After the release, Columbia Records offered the musicians an international contract.
In 1986, the band started working with Epic Records. Together they released the 3rd studio LP, The Final Countdown. The album brought Europe international recognition. It was highly commercially successful. The LP featured such hits as “The Final Countdown”, “Rock the Night,” and “Carrie”. It appeared on 12 world charts and earned two platinum certifications in Canada. The same year, John Norum left the band. Kee Marcello replaced him.