Europe to do 30th anniversary tour in 2016 to celebrate ‘The Final Countdown’
Europe have announced that they will be doing a special 30th anniversary tour in 2016 to celebrate their biggest selling album The Final Countdown, which was released back in May 1986. Wikipedia reports that Europe have sold over seven million copies world-wide of their album The Final Countdown. The Swedish group will also be releasing a limited edition of The Final Countdown on vinyl.
The following press release was posted on Europe‘s Facebook account two days ago:
Today we’ve sending this press release out regarding our exclusive Final Countdown tour this November.
Tickets on general sale from this Friday (except Switzerland shows that will be on sale on a date TBA) with various pre-sales starting on Wednesday.
Hope to see you there!
EUROPE ANNOUNCE SPECIAL FINAL COUNTDOWN 30th ANNIVERSARY SHOWS & LIMITED EDITION VINYL RELEASE
In 1986, Sweden’s biggest Hard Rock act EUROPE released their milestone album The Final Countdown. The album went on to worldwide success and continues to be a mainstay in playlists all over the world.
2016 sees this iconic album turn 30 years old.
To celebrate that special anniversary, the band will be staging a series of very special concerts.
For the first time ever, these shows will feature The Final Countdown album played in it’s entirety. The band will also be performing hits spanning their musical career. Joey Tempest explains, “With a catalog of songs as big as ours, it is hard to devote so much of the set list to one album. But this anniversary is special and we want to give the fans what they have asked for. The whole band is proud and excited to play the whole album from start to finish, especially as this, our third album, made it possible for us to fulfil our dream to become an international touring band. To make it extra special we will try and play songs from War Of Kings and other albums we haven’t played before and at the same time we want to design a show that will be majestic and memorable for all of us.
Hope to see you all at these special dates!”
Whilst always venturing forward, Europe have had a great couple of years.
Last year they won a prestigious Classic Rock Award at London’s Roundhouse and a people’s choice award in Sweden called Rockbjornen and have been touring in support of their critically acclaimed 2015 release, War Of Kings produced by Grammy winner Dave Cobb (Rival Sons).
Just before these special Final Countdown shows, the band will head back into the studio to record a follow up to War Of Kings with an eye to a release date in April 2017. The album, as yet untitled, will have an extensive tour schedule to support the release, endeavoring to take in territories not visited in some time.
Joey Tempest “We will release our 11th studio album in 2017 and are enjoying a successful second part of our career since we started up again in 2004. Five new albums, three live DVD’s and countless shows and we’re still feeling adventurous and creative. No doubt we have the best job in the world and our fans, old and new, are carrying us through it all”.
The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Shows are:
November 8th – Sweden – Stockholm, Cirkus
November 10th – Belgium – Brussels, Ancienne Belgique
November 11th – Germany – Cologne, E-Werk
November 12th – UK – London, Roundhouse
November 14th – Holland – Utrecht, Musikzentrum Vredenburg (MCV)
November 15th – France – Paris, Olympia
November 16th – Switzerland – Zurich, Volkshaus
November 17th – Switzerland – Lausanne, Metropole
November 19th – Italy – Rome, Orion
November 20th – Italy – Milan, Alcatraz
In addition to the Final Countdown Anniversary tour dates, the UDR label are releasing a very special limited edition 12” 3 track ‘sparkle blue’ Colored Vinyl EP featuring a new 2016 recording of The Final Countdown.
The record is exclusive to the stores that are participating in the annual Record Store Day (April 16th) and only in UK, Europe & Australia
For more details visit: http://www.recordstoreday.com/Home
For fans in the US and other territories, there will be a VERY LIMITED number available on a first come first served basis from the UDR webstore from early May. Details to follow soon.
A digital download version of The Final Countdown 2016 will be available via Itunes on April 29th.”