Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Countdown to Their Comeback; Once One of the Biggest Rock Bands in the World, Europe Are Very Much Back in Business, as Lead Singer Joey Tempest Tells Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Countdown to Their Comeback; Once One of the Biggest Rock Bands in the World, Europe Are Very Much Back in Business, as Lead Singer Joey Tempest Tells Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR

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Byline: GORDON BARR

EUROPE'S Joey Tempest has a wry smile on his face as we chat.

We're debating the wintry weather and how Britain had come to a standstill.

"I did have a little laugh to myself," admits the Swedish rocker, who sprang to fame in 1986 with Europe's global smash The Final Countdown. "I remember the first few days people were sending in pictures of the snow in London and I was like 'that's not snow'.

"I'm used to a lot worse in Sweden - a lot, lot worse."

Joey, 46, who is married to Cleveland lass Lisa Worthington - they met on the street when she lost her purse in London - to whom he has a two-year-old son Jamie, now lives in London, but spent Christmas in Sweden.

"We went over to Sweden as I had to do some shows there. There was loads of snow and we had a really white Christmas, so it was great."

Europe last year released their third album since staging a comeback in the mid Noughties - Last Look at Eden- and play the O2 Academy in Newcastle next month.

"We look forward to coming up. We used to visit my wife's parents when they lived up there and I realised how much they still love hard rock up there," he tells me.

"My love of hard rock is inbred from British music I think. We were really into Thin Lizzy, which is more Irish, UFO, Gary Moore, Rainbow, Queen. We used to see them when they came to Stockholm and that is how we started bonding, dreaming of having our own touring band. Our favourite records were live records.

"To come here and play and connect with people here, it is amazing we get such a good response from UK. It means a lot to us as this is where our ears were listening to when we were growing up."

Joey has been based in the UK for years. "First time I came here was with my parents when I was 13, but that was more as a tourist. …

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