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Joey Tempest


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Joey Tempest (born Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson, August 19, 1963, Stockholm, Sweden) is the vocalist and main songwriter in the Swedish hard rock band Europe. He has written hits like “The Final Countdown”, “Rock the Night” and “Superstitious”.

Like many of the other Europe members, he grew up in Stockholm suburb Upplands Väsby. His biggest idols were Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin. During his teens, he played in a number of bands such as Made in Hong Kong and Roxanne. At that time he alternated between playing rhythm guitar and bass, in addition to lead vocals. In 1979 he formed the band Force, together with guitarist John Norum, drummer Tony Reno and bassist Peter Olsson. Three years later, Force changed its name to Europe and won the national talent contest Rock-SM. The reward was a record deal with Hot Records.

Tempest played the keyboards on the first two Europe albums before the band decided to recruit keyboardist Mic Michaeli in April 1984. A couple of years earlier, Tempest had borrowed a keyboard from Michaeli and used it to compose the main keyboard riff in the song “The Final Countdown”. After a jam session in 1985, Michaeli and Tempest co-wrote the ballad “Carrie”. Later that year, Tempest wrote the soundtrack for the Swedish film On the Loose, as well as the song “Give A Helping Hand” for the benefit project Swedish Metal Aid. The song was produced by future Europe bandmate Kee Marcello. In 1986 Tempest wrote and produced the album One of a Kind for Tone Norum, John Norum’s younger sister. Tempest also collaborated with John Norum on the single “We Will Be Strong” from Norum’s album Face the Truth in 1992.


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  • MikeySchenker

    They have their moments, certainly not sounding like Europe, but that is just fine to me. What else is the point of making solo albums!? Some fine songs to be found though, for instance Under The Influence is just fabulous...

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • tcbp - Free acoustic album

    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • liquidvizions

    his solo work is awful. minus his 2002 cd self titled joey tempest. but those 2 before it in the 90's were bad as it gets. but thank god europe reunited because everything they put out in the 2000's just bury's all their prior stuff from the 80's and 90's.

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • DennisRicley


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  • lawdog2004

    Wonderful voice never given enough recognition in the U.S.

    19 Mar 2011 Reply
  • steelironmaiden

    esse é o cara

    12 Dec 2010 Reply
  • siljul

    felicidades john leven!!! que este dia sea tan especial como lo eres tu y tu musica!!! kisses!!!!

    25 Oct 2010 Reply
  • siljul

    los mejores del mundo!!!

    25 Oct 2010 Reply
  • sergej12

    He is a much better sol arist than he is in that band. The first two albums are brillant. You can find out there, hat he is a real musician.

    25 Oct 2009 Reply
  • ximenalobo


    20 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Suelimercury

    Joey tem um potencial de voz maravilhoso, me lembra muito o de Freddie Mercury, grande vocalista do Queen. Joey é maravilhoso.

    1 Sep 2009 Reply
  • ticamalaue

    o joey e muito talentoso o cara toca varios instrumentos, canta maravilhosamente bem e ainda compoe musicas belissim.acho ate injust quand se referem a ele somente pela musica the final countdown,tudo bem que e um som muito massa, mas poxa este cara e um genio. deveriam destacar tambem outras composicoes belissimas, pois ele n so paarou no the final countdown,ele escreveu muitas outras como: dremer, prisioneer in paradise, open your heart,tomorow,hero, roll with you,settle for love ,dentre outras. alem do mais o cara e altamente atualizado,ele produz um som de acordo com cada epoca,isto e ser inteligente e ter visao de futuro, pois ao retornar novamente com o europe ele n fez como aquelas bandas que ficam presas a um passado de gloria,ele inovou,apostou,mas conciente,e logico num trabalho bem feito,em um rock mais pesado e moderno e sem deixar faltr qualidade.isto pode ser notado no album star from the dark q ficou muit bom esecret societ dest as musi wake up call always the pritend

    25 Aug 2009 Reply
  • ximenalobo

    excelente musico y compositor desde tiempos de europe sus cds como solista son nuevas mezclas de musica mas pasiba pero igualmente buenas entre musica country y moderna para que decir de su registro un poco mas bajo que de lo que tenia pero buenisimo interprete, recomiendo su musica.

    23 Jul 2009 Reply
  • AtrumPorta

    I just bought 2 albums of Europe yesterday! I'm so happy! ^^ Wings of Tomorrow and Prisoners in Paradise I bet that the girls were always chasing after you in your teenager years and oh well probably still do? "Love Chaser, he can take your breath away" ;) You were/are good looking and have an incredible voice :)

    18 Jun 2009 Reply
  • WaKluk

    Oh yea, im one of the top listeners!

    18 May 2009 Reply
  • JuniorArtista

    What a voice, man!!!

    13 May 2009 Reply

    I LOVE HIS VOICE, "'Cause you are my hero My fridaynight You wrote the soundtrack to my life And gave me something To hold on to When i was growing up You were the rock In my life.."

    15 Sep 2008 Reply
  • vanroses

    I Love you!!

    21 Aug 2008 Reply
  • wingsoftomorrow

    Joey Tempest is my idol. His voice, his songwriting skills, his musicianship, his personality. There is no better, than Mr. Tempest!

    24 Jun 2008 Reply
  • skuborssy

    i love Joey! he is my hero.... i love everything he writes. there is not one song by europe i dont like. i just got Joeys solo well see

    23 Feb 2008 Reply
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