It all started in a small suburb outside of Stockholm, Sweden. Joey and John met and formed the band Force. They both were into British rock bands like Thin Lizzy and UFO. Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple also made an immense impact on these teenagers.
They recorded their first demos when they were only 16 and 17 years old. Record companies turned them down, saying it was “too much guitars and their hair was too long”. But with the new name Europe they proved everybody wrong. They won a rock band competition and the first prize was a recording contract.
When “Europe” was released in 1983, kids in Sweden and Japan really identified with their music. When it was time to release their third album “The Final Countdown”, they had Journey-producer Kevin Elson onboard and a major American label behind them. “The Final Countdown” sold 7 million records worldwide and the single was number one in over 25 countries and still is a big anthem all over the world until today. The album spent 70 weeks on the Billboard Charts and had 4 “Top 40” singles. Europe made it.