As reported blabbermouth.netthe guitarist of Europe, John Norumhas confirmed that the Swedish band wants to record the sequel to ‘Walk The Earth’ (2017).
“I don’t know if we’re going to start recording this year, but we’re definitely going to start next year for sure. All the guys are, right now, writing songs and coming up with ideas. So I don’t know if it’s going to happen this year, but I hope so. I’ve started preparing and doing demos and things like that. But right now I’m going to focus mainly on my solo work, because we don’t have a lot going on right now. We’ve got a few gigs scheduled around here, and we’re going to go to South America later this year, in December I think. So I’m mainly going to focus on my solo stuff.”
And how is the creative process different between your solo music and the Europe albums? The guitarist replies:
“Europe is more like a… they have their style, and it’s more like a confined box, whatever you call it. And it’s five guys with their opinions and this and that, and you have to keep some compromises. So I feel like it’s really important for me to do things solo and with the band, because I can’t be doing the same thing over and over again, it gets boring. I mean, when we record an album and then we have new material to play on the tour, it’s fun. But we haven’t recorded a record for a few years and the track list hasn’t changed much either. So I feel like it’s really important for me to do other things, like work on my solo material. Because being a musician is to do new things and keep moving forward and things like that. And that happens every time there’s an album, but now it’s been a long time. And when COVID came around, I was like, ‘Well, I can’t just sit here. I’m going to write a solo album'”.
Some weeks ago, our colleague Rodrigo Garcinuño interviewed the singer of the band, Joey Tempest. When he asked if he was proud of his greatest success, “The Final Countdown”the vocalist said the following:
“Oh, yes, yes, absolutely. We are. We hear it here and there. I mean, some people have it on their phone segment, and, you know, on the street, sometimes you can see a mustreet psychic or something touching it. I think it’s amazing, that he has a life out there outside of the band. You know, he’s out there and people love him. It’s great. Also in the show, it’s fantastic. Unite everyone. The crowd and the band are one big party, you know?”
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Europe wants to record a new album in 2023: “At the moment we are composing songs”