Joey was born in Stockholm 19.08.1963 and as a young kid he played ice-hockey and was quite successful in driving go-cart. English was a favourite in school and of course music which took over. He had made an early decision to become a rock star and practiced his autograph during class. A record by Elvis Presley was given to him by his older sister and started to play the piano after hearing Elton John.
When Europe decided to take a break, Joey began his solo career. First to be released was the album "A Place To Call Home" that landed on the counters in 1995 with the titletrack as first single, which became one of Swedens most played songs during the summer. On "Right To Respect" John Norum plays the guitar. In 1997 the second album was released, and got the name "Azalea Place" from the area in U.S where the album was recorded. Also the first single "The Match" became a very popular song on the radio that summer. The year after he participated on an album together with the German operasinger Anna Maria Kaufmann. Joey sings on five songs. The single "Running With A Dream" is the official German contribution to the 1998 World Cup in soccer. Same year a record called "Philharmania" is recorded. It is The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mike Batt that performs well known rock hits. Joey makes his interpretation of Bruce Springsteenīs song "Born To Run". We write October 2002 in our calendar and Joey has just released his third solo album shortly named "Joey Tempest". The first single "Forgiven" takes a giant step into #2 place on MTVīs UpNorth chart.
This is what Joey has to say about the other
guys and the records.
Mic is the calm guy.
Ian is the jolly and funny guy.
John Levén is the cool guy.
Kee playes mostly cords.
John Norum sweats with every tone he takes on life and death.
Europe was recorded in weekends, we drank a lot of beers.
Wings Of Tomorrow was also recorded mostly in weekends when noone else was there, since we couldnīt afford anything else. Even then we drank a lot of beers.
The Final Countdown I felt that it had become serious. We recorded in several studios. I felt that i had more control over my songwriting, and that i had become wider in my way of writing. Not so naive lyrics as on the older albums. Fun to work with an american producer. An experience.
Out Of This World was recorded in London, and there was a lot of long and expensive cabrides to the recordcompany. Again an american producer. We played table-tennis and billiards between recording sessions. A world tour with no spare time.
Prisoners In Paradise was supposed to be rougher with a heavier sound, but when i met our producer it became more american.
interview with Joey Tempest, made 24.10.2002.
ESC: Have you felt any pressure to succeed with this album?
JT: No, no major pressure. But its fun to release a record again, it was a while ago.
ESC: You are singing with a higher
voice than earlier, is it something youve missed or have been avoiding?
JT: Yes, it has been a little tougher, like as with
ESC: When you wrote songs for this
album, did you listen to the old Europe-albums to find your way back to a heavier sound?
JT: Yes, a little bit more than before, and Ive also jammed and improvised a lot with Adam and Mic. Therefore it has been a little tougher. I wanted to do something completely different on the earlier solo albums, but now i felt to go back a little again. The first album might have come as a chock for a lot of fans. Next album might be even heavier.
ESC: Do you yearn to go out on the
JT: Yes, definitely. I feel that i want to entertain again like in the old days, and i can do that with this album. Earlier solo albums have been more laid back. So now i want out again.
ESC: Which stage size do you prefer?
JT: Big or very small. I like the co-operation with the audience.
ESC: Is Mic a permanent member of the
ESC: How was it to write with him
JT: Itīs really great to write with Mic, we are extremely good friends, and we have always been writing together, but itīs not until now it has been in print since
ESC: Which song is most likely to be
the next single?
JT: I want to have Loved by me as the next one.
ESC: Do you have any gigs planned?
JT: Nothing planned. Right now i concentrate on promotion.
ESC: Are you surprised that there is
still so much interest for
JT: Yes, a little, but mostly flattered. It warms me up when old Europe-fans sends e-mail and say that they like the new album. When we started
ESC: Do you have any anecdote from
that period of time?
JT: The tours in
ESC: If you see a movie, what genre
would you choose?
JT: The sixth sense and a little mysterious movies like that.
ESC: Would you consider to release an
album with demo songs from
JT: Maybe, it could be interesting. Itīs not impossible, perhaps with earlier demos, before Prisoners.. since a lot of fans already have them.
ESC: Was there any plans for a live
JT: Yes there was, because we have a lot of materiel to choose from. We have recordings from i.e
ESC: Would you like to do a live album
today as a solo artist?
JT: Maybe, it depends on how the album develops, and if its a long tour. Then I would like to do it.
ESC: We like what
you do today, but the dream for us all fans are that you will become a group again.
JT: Yeah, we have felt that too, that it will happen someday. But right now iīm concentrating on my solo album.