Europe have a new album, ‘Bag of Bones’, out on 30th April. The new record was produced by one of the world’s most prestigious producers, Kevin Shirley. No stranger to the crème de la crème of iconic rock, Shirley has produced albums for Iron Maiden, Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion, Black Stone Cherry and Journey.
‘Bag Of Bones’ features 11 brand new tracks, including the first single, ‘Not Supposed To Sing The Blues’. Prior to the recordings, when Europe frontman Joey Tempest confessed, “We’re ready to do some serious damage,” – he could not have been anymore correct. ‘Bag Of Bones’ was already titled “one hell of a record” and is the successor of Europe’s 2009 album ‘Last Look At Eden’, which proved to be the band’s most important record since ‘The Final Countdown’.
Contributing slide guitar to the title track ‘Bag Of Bones’ is none other than current hottest blues rock name, Joe Bonamassa. “We’re honored that Joe Bonamassa wanted to play some slide guitar on our record. We’re all big fans of his music”, Tempest points out.
The album, which features a more straightforward rock approach including the track Doghouse, already performed during the band’s most recent European tour, is going to be available in a standard CD version as well as on classy vinyl.
Album Track Listing:
1. Riches To Rags
2. Not Supposed To Sing The Blues
4. Bag Of Bones
6. My Woman My Friend
7. Demon Head
8. Drink And A Smile
10. Mercy You Mercy Me
11. Bring It All Home
Having confirmed some first festival appearances across Europe over the summer, the Scandinavians are also set to hit worldwide stages with extended touring fall and onwards.
01.05. Thanks Jimi Festival – Wroclaw (PL)
17.05. Bikers Festival – Wetzikon (CH)
25.05. Metallasvenskan – Orebro (S)
24.06. Graspop Festival – Dessel (B)
30.06. Kirunafestivalen – Kiruna (S)
21.07. Olsa Live – Porvoo (FIN)
27.07. Rock Of Ages – Seebronn (GER)
And Europe hit the UK in November…
Wednesday 21 November: Birmingham O2 Academy
Thursday 22 November: Glasgow O2 ABC
Friday 23 November: Manchester HMV Ritz
Sunday 25th November: Newcastle O2 Academy
Monday 26th November: Leeds O2 Academy
Tuesday 27 November: Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 29 November: Bristol O2 Academy
Friday 30 November: Cardiff Coal Exchange
Saturday 1 December: London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
You can get your tickets for the UK gigs by clicking here.