|Heaven on the small screen|
Ling From: Kerrang
EUROPE, those Scandinavians messiahs of melodic
Metal, have both plumbed the depths and scaled the heights of the medium we call
the video. Having burst onto the scene with the dramatically-filmed "The
Final Countdown", a promo for their 1986 UK No.1 single that played up to
Joey Tempest's good looks and also included some tasteful shots of the fjords in
Stockholm, they then went and blew it with the now infamous vid for "Rock
the Night", featuring Tempest singing into a bottle of Tomato Ketchup!
"Ha ha! Yeah, we've certainly made some good and bad videos and 'Rock the Night' was a big mistake," chuckles parp king and occasional third guitarist Mic Michaeli at the memory. "It was made in the era when the band were on a bit of a trip, 'The Final Countdown' was so successful and we almost thought we could get away with anything. Now when I see it I just have to turn the telly off!"
"But my favorite of all the ones we've done is 'The Final Countdown', although 'Cherokee' (filmed in the desert) and 'Let the Good Times Rock' were also ones that I liked a lot."
During a few days off from the recent UK tour, the quintet took the opportunity to film a video for their latest single "Halfway to Heaven" (from the new "Prisoners in Paradise" opus), allowing Michaeli, Tempest and chums - the band is completed by guitarist Kee Marcello, bassist John Levén and drummer Ian Haugland - to fulfill one of their lifetime ambitions; playing on the stage of the Marquee Club.
"We had a lot of fun, it was announced on Capital Radio and a few fans came down to take part," says Mic. "If I look back I think that all our best videos have been the ones where we just play onstage without any stupid storylines, and 'Halfway to Heaven' goes along with that. We didn't get to play live, but we did get to stand on the famous Marquee stage! Now all I hope is that some of you people in the UK get to see it."
And so say all of us!