Europe have announced their new Balls N’ Banners UK Tour 2011. Hot off their knockout performances at this year’s iTunes Festival in London, and the Sonisphere Festival, Sweden’s biggest hard rock band will undertake a nationwide UK tour in February 2011 (their first since 2010’s Last Look At Eden tour).
Tickets are on sale now and are priced £17.50, with the exception of London (£18).
The tour follows last year’s critically acclaimed new studio album “Last Look At Eden” which features the singles “New Love In Town” and the majestic title track. Our man ME raved about the album (just here) saying that this album put "Europe back up in the position they deserve as one of the world's premier melodic rock bands." Classic Rock Magazine last year rated “Last Look At Eden” as one of the best hard rock albums of 2009, citing Europe as "One of the few bands around still making consistently thrilling rock records". Metal Hammer Magazine praised Europe for their outstanding live shows – “Europe’s show pulls together all ages and tastes for a feel-good finale that smells like total victory.”
Best known for their 1986 smash anthem “The Final Countdown,” the Swedish rockers received unanimous praise for their heavier, bluesy metal sound, and recently performed at festivals around the globe during the summer of 2010, including the UK’s own iTunes and Sonisphere Festivals.
Europe vocalist Joey Tempest believes that it is the strength of the band’s last album that is responsible for their current success – “You can’t make this stuff up! Our latest CD “Last Look At Eden” has really turned things around for us."
Tempest continues "You have to remember… We're just five punks who grew up in the suburbs of Stockholm listening to British rock. Now here we are playing the iTunes festival and Sonisphere... It's absolutely mind-blowing"
"We're gonna bring something very special when we return to the U.K in February 2011, we're having the time of our lives right now and the audience will experience a Europe-camp that's ON FIRE!”
You can download an EP of Europe live at the iTunes festival in London earlier this year by going to http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/itunes-festival-london-2010/id384927667