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Friday, January 19, 2007

Europe - the final Countdown

EuropeAt the end of the year 1986 Europe began the recording of their next album. The result was The Final Countdown. It became a worldwide hit, selling more than six million copies. The title track was number 1 in 26 countries, and the ballad "Carrie" reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the USA. Not satisfied with the album's keyboard-dominated production nor the band's commercialized image, John Norum decided to leave Europe in November 1986 to pursue a solo career. Kee Marcello was asked to replace him, and after some consideration decided to join the band. The following year included successful tours through the European continent and the USA. The follow-up to The Final Countdown was entitled Out of This World and was released in 1988, a time when Guns N' Roses, INXS and U2 had broken the monopoly that melodic hard rock had on the music industry. The album would sell two million copies, which was considered a fiasco compared to previous sales figures. More touring followed, including an American tour with Def Leppard and a festival gig at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England with Bon Jovi, Skid Row and Vixen.

The Final Countdown Tour 1986 features footage from a concert filmed at Solnahallen in Solna, Sweden on May 26, 1986. Originally only available in Japan, long time bootlegged, it had a official released in 2005…. What is available for download below is the original VHS rip. Download 3 parts and unRAR at Once

Europe - Live at Solnahallen  Solna, Sweden May 26, 1986 PART ITrack listing
"The Final Countdown"
"On the Loose"
"Time Has Come"
Europe - Live at Solnahallen  Solna, Sweden May 26, 1986  PART II"Open Your Heart"
"Rock the Night"

Ian Haugland - Drums, Background Vocals
Europe - Live at Solnahallen  Solna, Sweden May 26, 1986  PART IIIJohn Levén - Bass Guitar
Mic Michaeli - Keyboards, Background Vocals
John Norum - Guitars, Background Vocals
Joey Tempest - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

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