“MP3 is today’s world and we’re all getting used to it and we’ll have to live with and it’s OK as a medium but it’s a bit compressed,” says Europe vocalist Joey Tempest. “Me being a musician, I hear the difference. I like better quality stuff. Vinyl? I don’t know if it will find its way back, but it’s a wonderful piece of medium. It’s lovely to hold and to try on your player. It’s a special sound, isn’t it?”
I recently interviewed Joey Tempest for Noisecreep and I thought I’d share some of that with you. Europe’s new album Last Look at Eden is phenomenal and the band is on tour right now in Germany and Asia.
While I was preparing for the interview, I checked out Europe’s official message board and there were many fans asking for a vinyl release of the new album.
“We did a vinyl of Almost Unplugged,” says Tempest. “That was a show we did that was covers. And we did some Led Zep covers. Last Look at Eden…I don’t know if it’s in the pipeline right now. Some of us in the band really like that (format) so it’s not impossible.”
Naturally I asked Joey when Europe would be coming to America to do some shows. I’m hoping the band will be here in the summer for a festival or two, but it’s highly likely the band won’t come to the states until autumn 2010.
“We have so many good things going on over here in Scandinavia and Europe right now…I want to do the best job possible in America,” explains Tempest. “We’re going to try and build it up slowly and come there in the autumn of 2010, which means we’re starting right now. We have meetings very soon and are starting to form a relationship with people we want to work with. We don’t want to just rush and you know, do a tour that maybe won’t help…it needs to build up slowly. It’s a big place and there’s a lot of rock fans there and we need to reach them somehow. America would be fantastic to do some stuff there. It’s a young country, made for rock n’ roll and it’s so nice to go there. As you know, we have a strong following in Europe and Scandinavia and Asia, so we have to take care of that as well.”
Read my extended chat with Joey Tempest soon on Noiscreep. Last Look at Eden is available as a physical import or MP3 download.