The Swedish band EUROPE was formed in Upplands Väsby north of Stockholm in 1979 by frontman Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno. They broke through in Sweden in 1982 when they won the first edition of the “Rock-SM” competition.
When they released their third album in 1986, “The Final Countdown”, they had their international impact. EUROPE has since sold over 10 million albums worldwide and the albums “The Final Countdown” and “Out of This World” were in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 list.
During their career, EUROPE has released eleven studio albums, three live albums, three compilation albums and twenty-four music videos and consists of Tempest, Norum, bassist John Levén, keyboardist Mic Michaeli and drummer Ian Haugland.
And in June 2023 they will be playing Atlas Rock Festival in Gävle 2hrs north of Stockholm!
Also joining the 2023 line up on the 2nd June are PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARDS SONS who promise a special Motörhead set with only Motörhead songs on the agenda.
Originally a side project founded during Motörhead’s final years, the band decided to take it to the next level and revealed the new name PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARDS SONS at Wacken Open Air 2016.
The band consists of Phil Campbell who is one of the genre’s most respected guitarists and his sons Todd, Tyla and Dane. In 2017 they went on tour when they landed a prestigious slot as support for Guns n’ Roses.
When the band had released their debut album “The Age Of Absurdity” in January 2018, this rock’n’roll enterprise had organically blossomed into quite a “big deal”. The album received generally good reviews everywhere and was awarded “Best Debut Album” at the German Metal Hammer Awards 2018.
Two years later, when the world was under lockdown, guitarist Todd Campbell created and produced their second album. The album is called “We’re The Bastards” and it is bigger, better and also more uplifting than their previous record. The album reached the top 40 on the national charts in four countries.