Europe have released a new video for ‘Turn To Dust‘, taken from their critically acclaimed eleventh studio album, ‘Walk The Earth‘, which was released in October 2017 on Hell & Back Recordings (Silver Lining Music).

The video was directed by Producer/Director Craig Hooper, who directed the Deep Purple documentary ‘Highway Star: A Journey in Rock‘.

Hooper states: “A video like this is a very difficult thing to get right. The song is layered with emotion and meaning and to capture that in images is tricky, to say the least. The band decided the only way to do the song justice was through animation, where images are limited only by your imagination and together we roughed out a treatment. I then took that to Pete Rogers and Helen Pooler at Bait Studio in Cardiff, Wales, who are amongst the best in the world at this kind of thing and we’d already worked with them before for a video for DEEP PURPLE. They brought on board artist Matt Rooke, who immediately ‘got it,’ and between them, they gave life to these ideas and images. It wasn’t until the final frame was finished that we saw we had produced something special, something that I hope does a good enough job of representing such an amazing and heartfelt song. That’s up to viewers to decide.”

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Europe are set to release their new studio album ‘Walk The Earth‘ on the 20th October 2017 via their own Hell & Back label via Silver Lining Music.
The album cover features original artwork by famed Los Angeles artist Mike Sportes of Filth MartJoey: “We were in the studio a few days into recording and Dave (Cobb, Producer) comes in wearing this very cool T-Shirt with one of Mike’s designs on it. Immediately we knew we had to check Mike’s other work and have him come up with an exclusive design for us based on the vibe of the album. We are very proud to have his amazing artwork as the ‘Walk The Earth‘ album cover!
Track listing:

1. Walk The Earth
2. The Siege
3. Kingdom United
4. Pictures
5. Election Day
6. Wolves
7. GTO
8. Haze
9. Whenever You’re Ready
10. Turn To Dust

The album was recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London with Grammy winning producer Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) who produced War Of Kings.

They are back on the road in the UK with Deep Purple later this year playing tracks from ‘Walk The Earth‘ Live.

UK Dates are below

Fri 17th Nov 2017 Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham UK
Sat 18th Nov Manchester Arena, Manchester UK
Mon 20th Nov Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff UK
Wed 22nd Nov The SSE Hydro, Glasgow UK
Thurs 23rd Nov The o2 Arena, London UK

For tickets see http://europetheband.com/

European Tour Dates for November and December to be announced soon

 

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Europe have released a second teaser video clip for  ‘The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show Live At The Roundhouse‘. It will be released on July 21, 2017. The band’s new limited edition audio/video release, celebrates the multi-platinum album’s triple-decade success.

The band played the album in its sequential entirety at a series of selected cities in 2016, with London’s most historically venerated venue playing host to an exceptionally special night on November 12, 2016, which was captured by Patric Ullaeus from rEvolver Film Company AB for this set. Preceding the landmark event described above, fans were also treated to a live performance of Europe‘s latest album War of Kings, a release which re-established Europe as one of the top classic rock bands in the world.

Joey Tempest says:”What an awesome night! It was more enjoyable than we thought to revisit the whole Final Countdown album live! On top of that, to be able to share our whole War Of Kings album with this amazing audience the same night just made this show one of the most memorable nights of our career!

The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show – Live at the Roundhouse is available to pre-order on Amazon.

The limited edition release will conclude an exciting and emotional revisiting of The Final Countdown, with the band recording a brand new album to follow up War of Kings at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Europe is currently on the road overseas. Visit www.europetheband.com/tour-dates for a full listing.

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Europe will release The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show Live At The Roundhouse on July 21, 2017. The band’s new limited edition audio/video release, celebrates the multi-platinum album’s triple-decade success.

The band played the album in its sequential entirety at a series of selected cities in 2016, with London’s most historically venerated venue playing host to an exceptionally special night on November 12, 2016, which was captured by Patric Ullaeus from rEvolver Film Company AB for this set. Preceding the landmark event described above, fans were also treated to a live performance of Europe‘s latest album War of Kings, a release which re-established Europe as one of the top classic rock bands in the world.

Joey Tempest says:”What an awesome night! It was more enjoyable than we thought to revisit the whole Final Countdown album live! On top of that, to be able to share our whole War Of Kings album with this amazing audience the same night just made this show one of the most memorable nights of our career!

The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show – Live at the Roundhouse is available to pre-order on Amazon.

The limited edition release will conclude an exciting and emotional revisiting of The Final Countdown, with the band recording a brand new album to follow up War of Kings at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Europe is currently on the road overseas. Visit www.europetheband.com/tour-dates for a full listing.

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MORC

Monsters Of Rock Cruise

(April 2015)

Reviewer – Dan Mann

I guess it’s time I wrote a quick review of this year’s Monsters Of Rock Cruise.

Having heard from chums and band members alike as to what to expect, it’s still somewhat a shock as to how big the MSC Divina is! If you intend on going on either/both of next year’s cruises, expect a lot of walking. No complaints about the food, with a decent variety on offer depending on how much weight you wanted to gain! The cabin was  fine, apart from horrible pillows, with a very friendly steward who kept things clean & tidy.

And so to the important part, the bands & artists.

It’s fairly easy for me to pick what were my ‘stand out’ moments band wise.

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Danny Vaughn (Tyketto)

Kicking off with a band who were the main reason my better half booked us onto the cruise. And they are the mighty Tyketto!

Back on the cruise after their first appearance on MORC last year, they were given the pool stage to play on. Yes I’m biased somewhat but they gave one hell of a performance, and made some new fans in the process.

Chris Green (Tyketto)
Chris Green (Tyketto)

 

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Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme)

Next band will without question have to be Extreme.

I managed to see them in the theater and also on the pool stage. After what was an exemplary performance in the theater they went and topped that with an electrifying performance on the pool stage.

This was a band back on top form and enjoying every minute. Okay there was one segment I didn’t enjoy and regular listeners to my radio show will know instantly that I’m referring to ‘the song that shall not be named’. For those of you not clued up I will only say that it’s a ballad and leave it at that.

The next band I’ll pick will be Europe.

I was really looking forward to hearing material off ‘War Of King’s’ performed live and boy I wasn’t disappointed. If anything the new tracks were even better!

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Joey Tempest (Europe)

 

This is a band who are firing on all cylinders and showing why they’ve remained a constant in the music biz for all these years. Once again this was a performance that was superb in the theater, but was even better on the pool stage. Again this was a band that a lot of the other acts came to watch.

Speaking of bands other acts watched, The Winery Dogs showed a level of musicianship that really shouldn’t be of surprise considering the combined talents of Messrs Kotzen, Portnoy & Sheehan.

Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs)
Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs)

As we baked in the hot sun, the band were red hot on stage. Very enjoyable indeed.

One band I did not want to miss on this cruise was Babylon A.D.

I’ve wanted to see them since the release of their first album all those years ago, and unfortunately was unable to see them at Firefest.

Robb Reid (Babylon A.D.)
Robb Reid (Babylon A.D.)

My only disappointment was the venue. They played in the Black And White Lounge which was for many a difficult place to actually see the band play due to the low stage. It was obvious that the band were thoroughly enjoying themselves and it was a real pleasure to watch their set.

One band whose live set is known to be rewarding is Y & T.

Dave Meniketti (Y & T)
Dave Meniketti (Y & T)

A band I’ve been a fan of again for many years and a band who should of been so much bigger then they are. My only disappointment was that both performances started past midnight and so I only saw them once due to the early disembark the morning after their second set. If you have never seen Y & T then your missing a class act.

Another band I wanted to see again after seeing them last year at the Frontiers Festival in Milan was Night Ranger.

What a monster of a live act they are with energy levels of teenagers.

Jack Blades (Night Ranger)
Jack Blades (Night Ranger)

A bugger to photograph as they won’t keep still! They performed a mixture of songs from not only their own catalogue but also Alice Cooper & Damn Yankees tracks to the delight of the packed audience.

 

 

One band I had managed to catch at Firefest a couple of years ago was Heaven’s Edge.

Singer Mark Evans sounded fantastic, as did the rest of the band.

Reggie Wu (Heaven's Edge)
Reggie Wu (Heaven’s Edge)

I’ve been told the guys are working on some new material, so fingers crossed we’ll see a new album some time in the future.

So there we have it, although don’t think for one minute that the other bands I watched weren’t any good. Far far from it.

If there was but one suggestion when it comes to the cruise, it would be to extend it by a couple of days to give people a better chance of seeing all the bands & artists. But you’ll have one hell of a good time and leave with many more friends then at the start.

 

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