Where are they now?

From: Q Magazine - April 2003

The bombastic "Final Countdown" was their theme tune, enabling the giant-haired Swedish rockers to reach Number 1 in November 1986. It was also their only big hit and they struggled on until splitting in 1992. Where have they been since?

Joey Tempest (Vocals): I've just released my third, self-titled solo album. It's influenced by New Order and The Smiths: I live in London now - I've married an English girl - and they've got into my blood. They were contemporaries of EUROPE in the 1980s but we were opposites. Now it's all melding together.

Ian Haugland (Drums): I'm hosting the breakfast show on 106.7FM, Stockholm's rock station. I got the job after they interviewed us about a one-off Millennium show EUROPE did. We played "The Final Countdown" on a floating platform in Stockholm harbor at midnight.

Mic Michaeli (Keyboards): I'm working at a company that produces music DVDs. I've also written three songs for Joey's new album. We're soul mates when it comes to music.

John Levén (Bass): "He's currently studying computers at university in Sweden," says Michaeli. "He's quite active musically - he recently started a group called Southpaw."

John Norum (Guitar): "John lived in America for a while," says Haugland. "He's releasing solo albums, very heavy rock but with a modern feel."

Kee Marcello (Guitar, replaced John Norum in 1986): I moved to Gothenburg in 1995 and set up Gem Studios. I write and produce for various Swedish artists plus I've just finished my own album under the name K2, so it's back to the heavy rock.

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