Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rock Package Sees Europe Heading to UK; MICK BURGESS Interviews Joey Tempest of Europe, Who Join Foreigner and FM at Newcastle City Hall on April 4

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rock Package Sees Europe Heading to UK; MICK BURGESS Interviews Joey Tempest of Europe, Who Join Foreigner and FM at Newcastle City Hall on April 4

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Byline: MICK BURGESS

Europe You will be touring the UK very soon. Are you looking forward to playing over here again? We can't wait to get back over to play in the UK. We'll be doing four gigs first in our native country and then to Spain, but the big tour and the main event is the Europe and Foreigner tour and it looks like it'll be sold out.

SINCE Europe reunited back in 2003 you've played over here a fair few times. You seem to really enjoy yourself over here.

Every time we get a request to play in the UK I call the guys and they always want to come and play over here. We grew up listening to British music, it's one of the rock 'n' roll countries, and to tour in the UK is amazing. You have a lot of knowledge through the generations that's been taught to kids and everyone that comes to the shows knows about rock 'n' roll. It's such an amazing place to play.

YOU actually live over here now. Why did you decide to move here from your native Sweden? I married an English woman and I've lived in London for many years now with my wife. London is a country in itself but I still love going up north as well, where they still play rock on the radio. My wife is from up north so it's always nice to go and visit up there.

WHAT do you miss most about home? I've actually lived abroad now more years than I have lived in Sweden so in a way when I come to Sweden these days I actually miss England. I do like to visit Sweden though, and my parents who are old now live there, so it's always great to see them and my family. We also rehearse and record all our albums in Sweden so I am over there all the time.

NOW that you're an adopted Englishman, which football team do you support? I do follow it a bit but I don't have a particular team. I used to live close to Wapping a while ago and I went to a few West Ham games. …

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