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EUROPE keyboardist Mic Michaeli: “we finally started writing songs seriously together again”

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In a new interview with Jorge Botas of Portugal’s Metal GlobalEUROPE keyboardist Mic Michaeli spoke about the band’s plans for the follow-up to 2017’s “Walk The Earth” album. He said: “We finally started writing songs seriously together again. So we finally sort of got into it, especially Joey (TempestEUROPE singer) and John Levén (EUROPE bassist) and myself. So the idea is to write songs as much as we can during the summer, although we have a lot of festivals to play, so it might not be that much. But then in the autumn, we’re gonna finish so that we hopefully have songs for an album and then record beginning of next year and then release a few songs before the summer. That’s our plan, but you never know what’s gonna happen.”

Regarding what musical direction EUROPE‘s new material might follow, Mic said: “I don’t think we will go back fully to the stuff we did in the ’80s — that’s not gonna happen — but there might be some things that might go a little bit closer to that. But honestly, we don’t know at this time where this album is gonna go, in what direction. It’s really hard to say. It all depends on what songs we feel are great songs. If it’s a great song, it’s a great song. Let’s put it on the album.”

“Hold Your Head Up” was made available to stream and download on September 29, 2023 across all reputable digital platforms, including SpotifyAppleiTunesAmazon MusicDeezerTidalPandora and YouTube Music.

EUROPE‘s twelfth studio album is expected to be recorded in late 2024 and released in early 2025.

Last fall, EUROPE completed the “Time Capsule” European tour which included 21 concerts across Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden, France, The Netherlands, and the U.K., including two nights at the famous London Palladium. These anniversary shows consisted of a career retrospective “evening with” performance featuring all the hits together with deep cuts and fan favorites from all of their 11 studio albums.

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