EUROPE have announced a 30th anniversary tour for their album The Final Countdown!
Swedish hard-rock titans EUROPE have announced plans for a European tour in November to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their seminal album The Final Countdown. To celebrate this milestone, the band will be performing the album in full for the first time, alongside hits from their entire career.
Lead vocalist Joey Tempest explains, “With a catalog of songs as big as ours, it is hard to devote so much of the set list to one album. But this anniversary is special and we want to give the fans what they have asked for. The whole band is proud and excited to play the whole album from start to finish, especially as this, our third album, made it possible for us to fulfil our dream to become an international touring band. To make it extra special we will try and play songs from War Of Kings and other albums we haven’t played before and at the same time we want to design a show that will be majestic and memorable for all of us. Hope to see you all at these special dates!”
Before these shows take place, the band will also return to the studio to record the follow-up to 2015’s War Of Kings, with an expected release date of some time in 2017.
“We will release our 11th studio album in 2017 and are enjoying a successful second part of our career since we started up again in 2004”, says Tempest, “Five new albums, three live DVDs and countless shows and we’re still feeling adventurous and creative. No doubt we have the best job in the world and our fans, old and new, are carrying us through it all.”
To promote the tour, the band will also release a very special limited-edition 12-inch three-track “sparkle blue” coloured vinyl EP via UDR, featuring a new 2016 recording of The Final Countdown. This will be an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2016 (April 16) and will only be available in the UK, Europe and Australia, with a very limited number available on a first-come, first-served basis from the UDR webstore in early May. A digital download version of “The Final Countdown 2016” will be also released via iTunes on April 29.
The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary shows are:
November 8th – Sweden – Stockholm, Cirkus
November 10th – Belgium – Brussels, Ancienne Belgique
November 11th – Germany – Cologne, E-Werk
November 12th – UK – London, Roundhouse
November 14th – Holland – Utrecht, Musikzentrum Vredenburg (MCV)
November 15th – France – Paris, Olympia
November 16th – Switzerland – Zurich, Volkshaus
November 17th – Switzerland – Lausanne, Metropole
November 19th – Italy – Rome, Orion
November 20th – Italy – Milan, Alcatraz
For ticket links and other information on The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Tour, visit http://www.europetheband.com/