Europe is a Swedish rock band that was formed by vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno. Since its formation, Europe has released nine studio albums, three live albums, three compilations and seventeen videos. Europe rose to international fame in the 1980s with its third album The Final Countdown, which became a substantial commercial success and sold over three million copies in the United States.
Europe was one of the most successful rock acts of the 80s and sold over 20 million albums worldwide. The band has achieved two top 20 albums on the Billboard 200 chart and two top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The self-titled debut album was released in 1982, and sold well both in Sweden and Japan. The album charted at number 8 in the band's home country and the single "Seven Doors Hotel" became a Top 10 hit in Japan. The second album Wings of Tomorrow was released one year later and, in 1985, Europe recorded the soundtrack for the film On the Loose, which gave them the hit "Rock the Night".
The Final Countdown was released in May 1986 and the album gave the band its international breakthrough and certified Triple Platinum in the USA and reached number 8 on the Billboard 200 chart. The title track was released as the first single and became a worldwide success, peaking at number 1 in 25 countries. The power ballad "Carrie", which peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, "Cherokee" and a re-recorded "Rock the Night" were other hits from the album.
The follow-up to The Final Countdown was entitled Out of This World and was released in 1988. The biggest hit from the album was "Superstitious" which peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 9 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. "Superstitious" would be the last Europe song to chart in the USA. The album was certified platinum in the States and peaked at number 19 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Two years later, the album Prisoners in Paradise was released, but received limited media attention due to the "boom" of the grunge movement, started by Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam. Although the sales were low compared to previous albums, the single "I'll Cry for You" managed to hit number 28 on the UK charts. On New Year's Eve 1991, Europe kicked off a new tour with a show at the Tokyo Dome, in which Tesla, Thunder and Metallica also performed. The show was called "Final Countdown '91". After ten years of living, recording, and touring together, Europe decided to take a break at the end of the 1992 tour.
Over the years, there were several reunion rumors, and on October 2, 2003 it was made official: Europe announced plans for a new album and world tour. In the summer of 2004, Europe went on a festival tour through the European continent and the album, Start from the Dark, was released in September 2004.
Europe released its seventh album, Secret Society in October 2006 and their eighth studio album, Last Look at Eden, was released in September 2009. The band's ninth album, Bag of Bones, was released in April 2012.