Jorge Fretes of Spain's GoetiaMedia.com recently conducted an interview with drummer Ian Haugland of Swedish hard rockers EUROPE. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
On June 7, EUROPE took the stage in their home country Sweden for a special occasion: celebrating 30 years of rock music. The Swedish rock band celebrated this event together with 30,000 fans at the prestigious Sweden Rock Festival. EUROPE performed 28 songs, selecting their personal favourite moments spanning from their earlier years up to their most recent songs taken from albums "Last Look At Eden" and "Bag Of Bones"; plus songs performed for the very first time.
Described as a greatest hits extravaganza, EUROPE's headline festival performance also displayed its more soulful moments, especially when the band sat down to perform an emotional acoustic set. This segment of the concert gave the massive festival atmosphere an intimate club feeling before EUROPE returned to perform the hard rock anthems their fans have grown to love and cherish.
To pay tribute to some of their biggest rock heroes, EUROPE invited two very special guests to perform with them — Scott Gorham (THIN LIZZY) for an electrifying version of "Jailbreak" and Michael Schenker (MSG, ex-UFO, SCORPIONS) for their tribute to UFO's classic "Lights Out".
The setlist is full of treasures and surprises. EUROPE were determined to celebrate and enjoy their long record of hit singles, including "Carrie", "Rock The Night", "Superstitious", "Open Your Heart", "Last Look At Eden", "Prisoners in Paradise", "New Love In Town" and, of course, the ever-present and always electrifying iconic rock anthem "The Final Countdown".
Clocking in over 2 hours, 40 minutes of footage, and filmed with state-of-the-art hi def cameras, the concert features behind-the-scenes material, plus an exclusive interview with the band, making "Live At Sweden Rock - 30th Anniversary Show" the definitive EUROPE live experience!
"Live At Sweden Rock - 30th Anniversary Show" track listing:
01. Riches To Rags
03. Not Supposed To Sing The Blues
04. Scream Of Anger
06. No Stone Unturned
07. New Love In Town
08. In The Future To Come
09. Paradize Bay
10. Girl From Lebanon
11. Prisoners In Paradise
12. Always The Pretenders
13. Drink And A Smile
14. Open Your Heart
15. Love Is Not The Enemy
16. Sign Of The Times
17. Start From The Dark
18. Wings Of Tomorrow
20. Jailbreak (feat. Scott Gorham)
21. Seven Doors Hotel
22. Drum Solo
23. The Beast
24. Let The Good Times Rock
25. Lights Out (feat. Michael Schenker)
26. Rock The Night
27. Last Look At Eden
28. The Final Countdown
"Live At Sweden Rock - 30th Anniversary Show" was released in Europe on October 18.
For the record: today's version of EUROPE is identical to the classic "The Final Countdown" lineup: Joey Tempest (vocals), John Norum (guitar), John Levén (bass), Mic Michaeli (keyboards) and Ian Haugland (drums).