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Europe was the first Swedish rock/metal band to gain recognised success worldwide. With rock anthems like "The Final Countdown,” "Rock the Night" and "Carrie.” This band climbed the charts in the mid-80s in 26 countries, selling around 8 million copies of “The Final Countdown,” before the Grunge Era appeared and replaced the “rock and roll” lifestyle in the late 80s.
“The Final Countdown” is still played nowadays at some sport events, became the unofficial theme song of the Detroit Pistons, and was even played live on the eve of the new century in Sweden. This event led to the reunion of this band, which had split up around 1992. Joey Tempest, the writer of the song, put it this way: "This song has its own life.”
At the moment, beginning of 2006, the band has just finished touring the world, in which they have been singing songs from their newest album, Start From the Dark (2004). They are working on their new album, which will have been their 7th official release.
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