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Joey Tempest

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Joey Tempest

Biography

Joey Tempest is the pseudonym of composer and rock singer Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson (b. 19 August 1963, Stockholm, Sweden).

When he was eight years old, Larsson would sit in front of the television or radio with a tape recorder and try to capture songs from the UK or U.S. that he liked and listen to them over and over again. He learned how to play the piano and a friend of his father's taught him three chords (A, D and E) on his sister's acoustic guitar. His biggest influences were Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin. During his teens, Larsson played in a number of bands such as Jet, Blazer, Made in Hong Kong, and Roxanne. At that time, Larsson alternated between playing rhythm guitar and bass, in addition to lead vocals.

In 1979, Larsson settled in with a self-created stage name, Joey Tempest - inspired by William Shakespeare's tragicomedy The Tempest. He formed the band Force with guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno. Force immediately began building a reputation and a fanbase in the suburbs of Stockholm. In 1982, they changed their name to Europe and won the music competition Rock-SM. With Tempest at the frontman, Europe released its self-titled debut album in 1983 and Wings of Tomorrow in 1984.

During the years with Europe, Tempest wrote numerous international big hits. The Final Countdown was the biggest. After The Final Countdown, Europe released two more albums, Out of this World (1988), and Prisoners in Paradise (1991), before their final concert in March 1992. Europe ended their final tour in Portsmouth and did not perform together again until New Year's Eve, 1999 to 2000.

During the intervening years, Tempest had a solo vocal and guitar career.


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