A good interview with Kee, touching on many topics over his career including Europe, of course. Some of his usual comments that at least in print come off a bit condescending toward Europe/Joey, but that seems to be the norm. Some focus on "Look Away" (the Chicago hit) being written for Europe and what led to them not recording it.
On what appears to be one of Kee's two legitimate Facebook pages, the link from above is shared... There seem to be some folks with issues regarding the band potentially recording a song that was written for them...Look Away... Not sure if it is really Kee who responds with the a few comments, but I mean.... For a guy who frankly is only really known worldwide today because of his time in Europe, he sure never has anything good to say about JT, and talks a lot of smack every time he can. I completely understand that he may not be best friends with some of the guys, and of course we know about the friendship and connection JT has with JN, but c'mon dude, show some class... Comments made by Kee cut/pasted from the facebook page below...
Kee Marcello Since a lot of you (Roberto del Olmo discluded, he seems to know the facts), don’t seem to understand that recording a song written ‘for you’, is not a ‘cover’. It’s in fact an ORIGINAL. Now, when Kiss recorded “God Gave Rock And Roll To You”, that was a cover. It was originally an Argent song that they decided to cover. This is a case of Dianne Warren (google) wrote a song Especially for us, that some c**t in the band refuted.[/font]
If it happened the way he described it it does seem wrong because obviously Joey's wishes alone shouldn't have overruled the rest of the band. But I sure would have personally sided with him if I had been there at the time. You don't really get that Europe sound when you involve other people and my least favorite song from the old days is Halfway to Heaven.
The song in question also doesn't sound that special to me but it obviously performed well in the charts. It might have given the band a boost in popularity but I can't imagine what it would have done to Joey's future performance. Having the one song you weren't personally involved in become the greatest hit wouldn't have been very encouraging I think and in the end I don't think it was a missed opportunity all things considered.