Europe is a Swedish hard rock band originally assembled as a progressive rock group; they later added keyboards to their sound in order to soften it, in hopes of gaining radio airplay. Europeâ€™s sound substantially influenced the power metal genre.
= The first incarnation of the band was named Force and came together on the year of 1979, in Upplands VÃ¤sby, Stockholm, and was integrated by vocalist and keyboardist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno. The band sent several demos to record companies, but were told that in order to be published they had to cut their hair and sing in Swedish. Two years later, Olsson left the band and was replaced by John LevÃ©n. Just a couple of months later, LevÃ©n joined Yngwie J. Malmsteen's band Rising Force, and Malmsteen's former bassist, Marcel Jacob joined Force. This only lasted for three months, though; LevÃ©n apparently had issues with Malmsteen, so he and Jacob traded places again.
In September 1989, Europe did a gig at the Whisky a Go Go club in West Hollywood, California, under the pseudonym Le Baro...
years active 1979 – 1992, 2003 – present
music genre Hard rock, Glam metal
current members Joey Tempest (vocals)
John Norum (guitar)
John LevĂ©n (bass)
Mic Michaeli (keyboards)
Ian Haugland (drums)
past members Peter Olsson (bass)
Marcel Jacob (bass)
Tony Reno (drums)
Kee Marcello (guitar)