Yes, they’re the band that brought us The Final Countdown and yes, the ubiquity of that song has done a certain amount of damage to their reputation within the metal world, but a) The Final Countdown is awesome and b) Europe were simply one of the sharpest and smartest melodic heavy metal bands of the ‘80s. Listen to the Stockholm residents’ second album Wings Of Tomorrow for all the proof you need. Impressively, since reforming in 2003, Europe have reinvented themselves as a superlative bluesy hard rock band with several strong new albums under their belt. And they’re still fucking brilliant live.
Vallset 2004 / Oslo 2004 / Mo i Rana 2007 / Lakselv 2008 / Tromsø 2011 / Lakselv 2012 / Sweden Rock Festival 2013 / Tysnes 2013 / Stockholm 2014 / Oslo 2015 / Stockholm 2016