'80s hard rockers EUROPE may embark on a full-fledged reunion next year, according to frontman Joey Tempest.Tempest (real name: Joakim Larsson), who issued his third solo album in October, told Sweden's Aftonbladet newspaper that the group will celebrate their 20th anniversary as recording artists with the release of a CD of previously-unavailable material, and that it would be great for the band to play together again "if the feeling is right." EUROPE — Tempest, John Norum (guitar), Kee Marcello (guitar), Ian Haugland (drums), Mic Michaeli (keyboards), and John Levén (bass) — last performed together on New Year's Eve 1999 when they reunited to play two tracks ("Rock The Night" and "The Final Countdown") in Stockholm as part of a live television event that was sponsored by Sweden's biggest media company Kinnevik. The group — who were paid a staggering 21 million SEK (approximately $2.7 million) for the performance — reportedly used the fee to pay off old tax debts (Tempest owed approximately $1.1 million in unpaid Swedish taxes, while the other members owed about $250,000 each). Two weeks ago, Norum, Levén and Haugland reunited on stage at the Hard Rock Café in Stockholm, Sweden to perform "Rock The Night" and a version of LED ZEPPELIN's "Rock And Roll" as part of a Christmas show thrown by local radio station Rockklassiker 106.7.
To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends). To report any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, please send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details.