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Those Countdown boys

art-and-culture Updated: May 07, 2007 21:05 IST
Abhishai Fernandez
Abhishai Fernandez
Hindustan Times
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The band that created the famous anthem Final countdown and power ballad Carrie is back in action after a break of 12 years.

While most bands at their peak tend to split,Europe took a break to pursue their individual dreams. After accomplishing and satisfying themselves, the Swede boys got back together.

Over to Joey Tempest:

Most famous bands tend to split when they’re at their peak. Did Europe also split for the same reason?
Well, we didn’t really split. We only took a break from work.. probably the break became too long. We started doing solo albums and played with other bands. But we missed each other very much and knew that one day we would start up all over again. So we have.

Was someone instrumental in bringing the band back together or was it the Millennium Dome gig?
TheMillennium show was instrumental because John Leven came back to the band and we were happy about that. The rehearsal for the millennium show was magic. But I remember that Ian Haughland, the drummer, was extremely instrumental for the reunion.

What does it feel like to be Europe again, after 12 years? How have your fans reacted on your reunion and live gigs?
When we came back, we didn’t know what to expect, but our fans were there, the loyal audience was there and we’re finding a newer audience for the new album.. younger audience, as well. That feels great because we are five friends in the band and we knew each other since we were teenagers.We were a family out on the road. We are a very lucky band.

Tell me more about your albums Start From the Dark and Secret Society.
Start From the Dark is a raw rock album. Lyrically, it was all about us coming back together and meeting our fans again and proving that we could do heavy stuff.

We got talking with Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin on rock bands and musicians and how we must stick together like a
secret society. That’s where the idea came from. Secret Society is obviously one of our favorite albums right now..it’s fresh, new and its fun to play

Do you remember your gig in India in the 1980s?
Oh, yes, of course I do. There were 40,000 to 50,000 people. It was a huge stadium. I remember we had a good time with all our fans.