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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 19 August 1963Upplands Väsby, Stockholms län, Sweden
Birth NameRolf Magnus Joakim Larsson
Nickname Jocke
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Joey Tempest is world-known as the lead-singer and frontman of the mega successful hardrock band EUROPE. Starting his career in 1979 together with John Norum, Tempest achieved a nationwide success in Sweden in 1982 by recording the eponymous first album "Europe". The 1984 album Wings Of Tomorrow enabled Europe to tour the whole Scandinavia. Joey Tempest is the author of the world famous anthem of the 80's - The Final Countdown, which reached the top of the Charts in 30 countries of the world. The fame and recognition that he and Europe gained thanks to this song and through other albums (1988 Out Of This World, 1991 Prisoners In Paradise, plus massive touring around the world) endured until 1993 when Europe decided to split. Tempest decided to start his own solo career as a songwriter and singer. His decent and more classic rock oriented albums A Place to Call Home (1995) and Azalea Place (1997) were released only in some European countries and their success was limited only to native Sweden and Norway.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jiri Kacetl, kacetl@usa.net

Spouse (1)

Lisa Worthington (29 September 2000 - present) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

He likes to wear dark sunglasses

Trivia (17)

His band, Europe, used to rehearse under the name "Le Baron Boys" in order to avoid fans.
He has a pet cat.
The song "Hero" was written as a special tribute to Joey's childhood hero, Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy.
In between the disbanding of Europe in 1992 and the reunion of the band in 2003, he had a successful career as a solo artist with 3 CDs: A Place To Call Home (1995), Azalea Place (1997) and Joey Tempest (2002).
He has an older sister and a younger brother.
He wrote "Roll With You" for his friend, who is seriously ill and had been in a dark state of mind.
Joey honors another of his heroes, Journey vocalist Steve Perry, with the song Forever Traveling.
Son with Lisa, James Joakim, born on 12 October 2007 in London.
Europe has reunited. [October 2003]
A new album, world tour and a new DVD to be released in second half of 2004. [2004]
Europe's new CD, called Secret Society, will be released on October 27th. The night before, Europe will begin a tour through Scandinavia. [October 2006]
Europe will record a new CD in May in Stockholm and they will produce it themselves! [April 2006]
He has been working on songs for the next Europe album and the band concluded the "Start From The Dark" tour in Brasov. [September 2005]
A perfectionist at heart, Joey has been working hard to finish his third CD (title has not yet been released) with a Swedish producer team and it will be mixed in August 2002. The CD is expected to be released in October and the first single/video in August. [June 2002]
Performing with Europe Janary 26th in Nalen, Stockholm, Sweden [January 2008]
Europe's new CD is called "Start From The Dark." Joey is very busy right now doing promotions and interviews for the CD and putting together the "Start From The Dark" live show. Europe will begin a world tour on October 14th in Helsinki. [September 2004]
Work on the new CD continues; the band are meeting when they can this month to record demos of their ideas and plan the future. As with "Start From The Dark," the band has requested secrecy. The new DVD "Live From The Dark" will be released in Europe on 18th November 2005. Joey will appear on SvT1 as a guest on a program called En granslos rapsodi in order to discuss the band Queen on Friday October 28, 22.30-23.00. [October 2005]

Personal Quotes (2)

Nothing is constant, except change.
Our show in Detroit ended up being one of those small, sweaty rock gigs that had something extra. The place was smaller; the crowd was up close and personal. In these circumstances, it's not about the light show, it's not about the big sound system, it's about raw, intimate communication, and you get carried away to some other place where nothing else seem to matter, all the outside thoughts and worries you might have simply disappears. That's how I want music and concerts to be like.

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