This Swedish heavy rock outfit enjoyed brief international success in the late 80s. The origins of the band can be traced back to 1978, when Joey Tempest (Joakim Larsson, 19 August 1963, Stockholm, Sweden; vocals/keyboards), John Norum (b. 23 February 1964, Vardö, Norway; guitar), and Tony Reno (b. Tony Niemstö; drums) joined Peter Olsson in Force. Olsson quit the band in 1981 and was replaced by John Levén (bass). After winning a national talent contest, the newly renamed Europe recorded two Rush -influenced albums for the Swedish market before signing to Epic Records in 1986. By this time, Reno had left the band and the new line-up featured his replacement Ian Haugland (drums) and Mic Michaeli (b. Gunnar Michaeli; keyboards). The first Epic album was produced by Kevin Elson and included three hits, The Final Countdown (UK number 1/US number 8), Rock The Night (UK number 12/US number 30), and Carrie (UK number...
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