Mike Mettler of Fox News spoke with Europe frontman Joey Tempest. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

FOX411: First, I have to say, I absolutely love War of Kings. You guys were able to capture that essence of recording live together in the same room. Do you feel that approach lends itself to a more honest performance?

Joey Tempest: Yeah, it’s much better. There’s something special when you do it live, and you don’t think too much. Obviously, you do four or five takes, and you find the one you really like. You listen to it, and you add bits. But we could not have handled doing it this way 10 or 15 years ago. It comes after doing many live shows, where you get the confidence to keep doing it. I think we’re beginning to get a handle on it. (chuckles)

FOX411: Where did you get the band name Europe from?

Tempest: After Deep Purple did Made in Japan (1973), they did Made in Europe (1976), which is maybe not as good as Made in Japan, but we listened to both of them. And that’s where I got the name Europe from. It was really funny when I told the guys, [bassist] John Leven and [guitarist] John Norum, about my idea of the name for the band that night [in 1982]. I had to get a few beers in them! (both laugh)

At first [in 1979], we were called Force. I think we had gotten that name from a UFO album, but there was also a band called Rising Force with Yngwie Malmsteen. And then I thought, “We should move up. We should do something else.” That night, I was so nervous telling them I thought it should be Europe. They got so quiet after I told them. But as the night progressed, they started liking it more and more.

FOX411: I get that. What was the very first record that you got into as a kid, growing up in Sweden?

Tempest: I’m pretty sure it was Space Oddity by David Bowie, the single [released in 1969]. We had to travel 20-30 minutes on a train just to get to a good record store. I remember my friends talking about it, and when I heard it, I thought, “I have to get that.”

FOX411: That song had a lot of impact on you, because it also inspired one of your biggest songs, The Final Countdown.

Tempest: Yeah, it’s true. He was really fascinated with space, which fascinated me. David Bowie, talking about “floating in a tin can” — I was very taken by that. That was in my mind when I started working on the lyrics for The Final Countdown. I had the music first, and I played it over and over and over again, in my basement. I sang different things until I got to “the final countdown,” which fitted it really well. My thought was, the world is expanding and we’re leaving; we’re going up there in space. So the Space Oddity lyric really sparked that idea.

FOX411: It’s great seeing new generations get into it too. That opening Olympic-style keyboard riff makes it a call-to-arms kind of song. It puts us into that vibe. The Final Countdown has also become a huge sports anthem, something else you probably weren’t expecting either.

Tempest: (chuckles) We didn’t have a clue about that! It’s kind of a goosebumps situation, though I suppose I shouldn’t say that myself. It’s uplifting. People come together, and it makes them feel a certain way. It feels bombastic. I suppose it lends itself to those things. But we didn’t know that in the beginning. We would hear they used it in Formula 1 and other sports like baseball and basketball, in other countries. That was a new slam to it, really.

FOX411: And now we’re seeing you all over TV in America in that Geico commercial. Tell me about how that came about. People just love it.

Tempest: We were approached, and we said, “If we’re going to do this, let’s do a reworking of it and a remix of it.” So we gave Geico a new version. We recorded it in Germany in either 2013 or 2014 at a live show, but we took out the audience. It’s mixed by [noted hard rock/metal producer] Kevin Shirley, who’s been a monster of mixing for us.

That was our criteria. We didn’t want to do the Geico thing with the original because to my mind, that would be too much of a throwback. We said to the ad people, “It has to be fresh. We like what you do. You do good ads, but let’s work together. We want to look the way we want and sound the way we want, so let’s dance!”

FOX411: The Final Countdown is actually about going into space. You read about these billionaires who want to go into space — does that appeal to you? Would you go?

Tempest: It’s funny you say that, because that’s been weighing on my mind for a while now. I’d like to get in contact with people who are seriously doing some projects to go out there. It could work out, you know. We’ll see.

FOX411: Does it matter to you which way people listen to Europe music? Are you cool with Spotify?

Tempest: My personal view is slightly different. I buy music on iTunes, and I do listen to vinyl too. Streaming is a double-edged sword for me. We should be organized in the future so everybody, from the engineers to the producers, can benefit. The streaming thing is up in the air at the moment. But it is important, and a lot of people are streaming, so we can’t ignore it. We can work it out.

Read Joey Tempest’s entire interview with Fox News, here.



Whitesnake 2014

Whitesnake 2014

Whitesnake have released a live video for their take on Deep Purple classic The Gypsy. Watch it below.

It appears the band’s latest release, The Purple Album, designed as a tribute to his former band after an attempted reunion with Ritchie Blackmore failed to take place.

Forntman David Coverdale recently said, “Everyone did their homework, and every performance is done respectfully in honor of Deep Purple’s musicians. There were respectful nods to the original musicians throughout the album, and it has come out delightfully. It’s a tribute to Jon Lord, Ian Paice and Ritchie Blackmore, who gave me my break in the first place.”

The Purple Album was released in May 18th.


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jimmypage400 Now that Led Zeppelin’s studio albums have been remastered and reissued, Jimmy Page is moving on to something he hasn’t done in nearly 30 years: making a solo album.

Page Bang Showbiz (courtesy Blabbermouth), “Next year I’m just going to work on the guitar. It’s time for me to go out there and do a solo album. My last solo album was 1988. I haven’t really milked the situation. It’s time to do another one. I’m known for playing many styles of guitar, and I need to revisit all the different styles I can play…I’m not thinking about singers, I’m thinking of an instrumental thing. I want to work with my strengths rather than my weaknesses. I want to work with myself, I want to get myself up and running and once I’m ready, I’ll think about whether I need someone to sing on the music.”

Page’s proper solo album, 1988’s Outrider, featured several guest singers performing over his songs, including Robert Plant. Page also recorded an album with Whitesnake singer David Coverdale in 1993 and one with Plant in 1998.

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Print Tickets are on sale now or The Benefit Concert for Tony MacAlpine on December 12th at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, featuring performances from John 5 and The Creatures; Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian, and featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.

Ton Morello is the first special guest we are announcing who will take part in the all-star jam. More special guests to come. Proceeds from the show will help with Tony’s medical costs in his fight against colon cancer.

For those who live outside Los Angeles and can’t make it to the show, you can still help by donating to the official GoFundMe campaign.

As part of this extraordinary musical event we will be auctioning an amazing selection of guitars donated by:

– Steve Vai
– Joe Satriani
– Paul Gilbert
– Steve Stevens
– Steve Lukather
– Joe Bonamassa
John Petrucci/Ernie Ball
– John 5
Richie Kotzen
– KISS (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer)
– Jeff Loomis

Signature snares from:

– Simon Phillips
Gregg Bissonette
– Mike Portnoy
– Eric Singer


– Bass Lessons from Rudy Sarzo

From Axes & Anchors Cruise (Feb 20-24, 2016):
– A Balcony Stateroom and 2 Gold VIP packages

Gear Raffle

Tony’s gear manufacturers: Ibanez, Hughes & Kettner, EMG, Ernie Ball, Source Audio, Voodoo Lab and Xotic Effects have also generously donated equipment to be raffled at the show including:

Ibanez Guitars
– Ibanez 7-string RG Iron Label with EMG 707 pickups installed

Hughes & Kettner Amps
– GrandMeiser 36 amp plus matching Floorboard, FSM432MK3

EMG Pickups
– Ibanez Prestige loaded with an EMG 57/66 set in black chrome with case
– Nobels ODR-1 classic overdrive pedal
– EMG’s new high-end instrument cable designed by Vovox

Voodoo Lab Prize pack:
– Giggity Pedal
– Sparkle Drive MOD Pedal
– Pedal Power 4×4
– t-shirt, hat, stickers

Source Audio prizes:
– 2 x Soundblox Pro Multiwave Distortion Pedals

Xotic Effects prize pack:
– EP Booster
– SP Compressor
– SL Drive Chrome bundle set
– AC Booster
– RC Booster
– Wah Pedal
– BB Preamp

More information about the auctions coming soon.

For the latest updates on the benefit show and raffles, please follow Benefit for Tony FB Event Page.


AxlRose Country singer Carrie Underwood was recently interviewed by E!Online, and when asked if there was anyone she still want to sing with?, she replied:

“I really want to sing with Axl Rose at some point in my life. I’ve covered enough Guns N’ Roses stuff and it was people like him who taught me how to sing. They were so different. I look at people like him and Freddie Mercury, those people who were doing all these crazy runs. It was so different.”

Watch Carrie singing Sweet Child O Mine, Paradise City and Patience

As previously reported, rumors are running rampant that the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup will reuniting for a tour. Time will tell if those rumblings turn out to be true.


The Van Halen News Desk has released a never heard before instrumental of Van Halen’s Big Fat Money. Listen to it below.

According to the Van Halen News Desk, the solo was recorded on a Gibson ES-335 through Eddie’s Marshall amp. Van Halen was reportedly fooling around with some suggestions Bruce Fairbairn, while unbeknownst to him, Fairbairn was taping his first attempt, and liked what he heard.

A lot of thought went into the coin sound at the end of the song. Everyone crowded around the recording console where they dropped quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies until they got the perfect sound.



Bumblefoo640 Guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has premiered his video for Don’t Know Who To Pray To Anymore at Loudwire. Watch it below.

“This song speaks for those that feel lost, betrayed, disillusioned, when we question all we believe in,” says Bumblefoot. “When we start to lash out, and punish ourselves. This is a song about being in this place, in our own personal purgatory. We know we need to heal, but we’re not ready to let go.”

“This video needed to be filmed in locations that have a deep historic and spiritual presence,” adds Bumblefoot.

Don’t Know Who To Pray To Anymore is on Bumblefoot’s latest solo album, Little Brother Is Watching, which was released on February 24th, 2015. To watch the video for the title track, please click here

Little Brother Is Watching track listing:

1. Clots
2. Little Brother Is Watching
3. Argentina
4. Don’t Know Who To Pray To Anymore
5. Livin’ The Dream
6. Cuterebra
7. Higher
8. Women Rule The World
9. Sleepwalking
10. Eternity
11. Never Again

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anthraxliveshot640 In 2016, Anthrax will celebrate its 35th anniversary as a band, and will release its much-anticipated new album, the aggressive and super-thrashy For All Kings, on February 26 (Megaforce). But just before that, the band will join Lamb of God for a four-week U.S. trek that starts on Friday, January 15, 2016 in Pittsburgh and wraps up at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on February 12. Tour dates are below.

Anthrax recently released, Evil Twin the first new track from For All Kings. The song’s lyrics were inspired by the terrorist attacks that took place at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris in January, 2015, and the song is a full-on thrash-metal tune that blasts off with a raging guitar riff, accelerates expeditiously and is completely uncontrollable. The track’s accompanying video is a compelling barrage of places, victims, actions and some of the infamous zealots and others who have perpetrated violent extremism on innocents around the world, aptly exemplifying the song’s powerful message.

For the new release, Anthrax went into the studio with more songs than they ever had in their career and ended up recording twenty. This wealth of material was largely due to drummer Charlie Benante’s surgeries for carpal tunnel syndrome that caused him to miss quite a number of the band’s 2011-2014 Worship Music tour dates. Benante put the down-time to good use and came up with a slew of foundation riffs and ideas for new songs that he took into writing sessions with fellow main songwriters Frank Bello and Scott Ian.

The unique chemistry of this dynamic trio is, in part, what sets Anthrax’s music apart from other bands’ in the same genre. Scott Ian has a very particular way of incorporating his intense lyrical ideas into the band’s music, while Bello, who writes the bulk of Anthrax’s melodies, crafts specifically for Joey Belladonna’s breathtaking voice. Add to that the searing guitar leads by newest member Jonathan Donais, and it’s no wonder the band is so excited for fans to hear what will be their 11th studio album.

Anthrax’s tour dates with Lamb of God are as follows:


15 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
16 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
17 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
19 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
22 Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, VA
23 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
24 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
28 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
29 Egyptian Room at Old National Center, Indianapolis, IN
30 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
31 Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI


2 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO
4 Revention Music Center, Houston, TX
5 Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
6 Concrete Street Pavilion, Corpus Christi, TX
8 ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
9 Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK
11 Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
12 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA

For more information about Anthrax, visit the band’s official website.


BillySheehan Bassist Billy Sheehan picks ten live albums that he thinks broke the mold, but before we list his choices, Classic Rock Magazine spoke with him about his band with guitarist Richie Kotzen and drummer Mike Portony, The Winery Dogs.

Sheehan says, “To be honest, I didn’t have a molecule of a clue that this would work out so well…I think there’s an honesty to the band, and maybe that’s why people have picked up on us..”

When asked if the band may consider working with an outside producer in the future, he says, “I wouldn’t be opposed to it, but I don’t know if it’s really necessary.”

Now for Billy Sheehan’s top ten live albums with edited commentary:

The Yardbirds – Having A Rave Up (1965):

“It’s a pretty interesting album, half studio and half live…This record made a huge impression on me because it really illustrated what a band can do in front of an audience. It was also my introduction to the Yardbirds; after this album, I went off and got everything else they did… was always amazed that the Yardbirds didn’t become a huge band in America. Their fans loved them, but they weren’t accepted by the masses like they deserved to be.”

The Rolling Stones – Got Live If You Want It! (1966):

“This was the Rolling Stones’ first live record, when Brian Jones was still their guitar player…This record made me more of a Stones fan than I was before. I preferred the Beatles, but hearing the Stones do their stuff in front of an audience notched them up a bit…”

Jimi Hendrix – Bang of Gypsys (1970):

“Jimi Hendrix was the first concert I ever saw, and Band of Gypsys is the first fully live album he did with Buddy Miles on drums and Billy Cox on bass. Even though it’s Hendrix’s record, it taught me how important it was to have a great, great drummer behind you…I must have listened to this record a thousand times. The automatic arm on the turntable would reach the end, and then it would come up and go back down and start all over again. This went on for weeks at a time – it was a huge part of my life.”

Various Artists: Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More (1970):

“One of the greatest live albums of all time. There’s so much to choose from here, but what’s interesting is all the stuff that didn’t get on the record. Mountain played a whole set, but they weren’t on the album. Through the years, I’ve discovered a lot of those other bands that played Woodstock, and I wish they would have been on the record…”

AC/DC – If You Want Blood You’ve Got It (1978):

This is the album that turned me on to AC/DC. A super-exciting live record. I even love the way it starts: There’s a problem with an amp, and you hear something buzzing; the crowd roars, and then the band launches into Riff Raff. Holy cow! The crowd is going crazy like they’re at a soccer match. From hearing this record, I went out and got all of their other stuff. Soon after, they put out Highway to Hell and all hell broke loose – literally…This record captures them in rare form live, and Bon Scott was at the top of his game. What a showman. And he was a great writer, too – he had such a unique way of describing things. The scenery he set up in your mind was very vivid.”

Les McCann and Eddie Harris – Swiss Movement (1969):

“I’m going to take a real left turn here. This is Les McCann and Eddie Harris live at the Montreux Jazz Festival. It’s an iconic jazz record…In my youth, I had a couple of jazzy friends, and this was one of our favorite records. There’s so many fantastic cuts and performances on the album. It’s not wild, wacky jazz with lots of notes – like you don’t know how they got there or why they got there. It’s more straight-up, with beautiful playing and brilliant solos…It’s an incredible live record that I heartily recommend.”

Humble Pie – Performance Rockin’ the Fillmore (1971):

“One of the greatest, most iconic bands ever – everybody in the group is astonishing. I absolutely love Humble Pie…They were kind of always a live band, because in the studio they played as they would on stage, just like they did on the Fillmore record… Hearing them play I Don’t Need No Doctor – I mean, how do you top that? The rest of the record is totally riotous and raucous. It’s all brilliant.”

Judas Priest – Unleashed in the East (1979):

“They’re another one of my favorite bands, and their live record really pushed them over the top for me. They did a lot of things that set them apart, like doing Joan Baez’s Diamonds and Rust…. I think it set the stage for them to have global success very soon after.”

King Crimson – USA (1975):

“King Crimson is another favorite. I remember having a bootleg of them doing Larks’ Tongues in Aspic that was remarkable. I lost the bootleg, but when I heard the live version of it here, it was pretty close to the bootleg. It’s just out of control. When you hear the studio version and compare it to this one, it almost seems tame…”

The Mothers – Just Another Band from L.A. (1972):

“This album had a big influence on me. Back in my apartment in Buffalo, we would play this one all the time. The automatic arm on the turntable would go back and forth, and the record would just play and play and play. Then we’d flip the record over, and it would play ad infinitum. I’m sure we drove our neighbors crazy with it. When I got together with Steve Vai to do David Lee Roth’s Eat ‘Em and Smile, we had a lot of common ground because we could both recite the first four or five Zappa records from beginning to end. We had a great starting point because of our love of Frank Zappa… got so much from Frank Zappa musically, socially, personally. He changed my whole attitude about so many things.”

Read Billy Sheehan’s entire commentary at Classic Rock Magazine.



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Ultimate Jam Night will celebrate the 30th anniversary of David Lee Roth’s Eat ‘Em And Smile album with a special performance by Steve Vai (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Gregg Bissonette (drums), along with guest vocalist Ralph Saenz (a.k.a. Michael Starr of Steel Panther), this Wednesday, November 25th at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, California in a free show beginning at 8:30 p.m. The performance will mark the first time in 30 years that Vai, Sheehan and Bissonette have played together, and they — along with Saenz — will re-create some of the music from the 1986 LP and tour.

Eat ‘Em And Smile” was the first of two Roth albums to feature the duo of Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan on guitar and bass. Throughout the LP, the two would often sync complicated bass lines together with the lead guitar parts, as on tracks such as Shyboy and Elephant Gun.

Vai, recognized as one of the world’s greatest guitarists, continues with his own projects. Sheehan, a modern bass legend, is part of the highly successful bands The Winery Dogs and Mr. Big. Bissonette is playing with the Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band.

Now entering its 44th week, Ultimate Jam Night is a free weekly show held each Wednesday at Lucky Strike Live, located at the Hollywood/Highland center. Founded by Chuck Wright of Quiet Riot, the show features up to 60 world-class musicians rotating in and out of various musical numbers.