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Europe Announces “Bag of Bones UK Tour 2012”

Europe's Bag of Bones UK 2012 TourAcademy Events and the DHP in association with The Agency Group are pleased to announce Europe’s “Bag of Bones UK Tour 2012”.

Hot off the heels of last year’s Balls N’ Banners UK Tour and sold out concert at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Sweden’s biggest hard rock band undertakes a nationwide November 2012 UK Tour. Very special guest on all UK dates is the US rock band StoneRider.

Tickets can bee booked online from and All tickets are priced £18.50, except London Shepherd’s Bush Empire (£20.00).

The highly anticipated UK tour follows hot on the heels of Europe’s ninth studio album, Bag Of Bones, and the Planet Rock radio playlisted singles Not Supposed To Sing The Blues and Firebox.

Classic Rock Magazine recently rated Europe’s previous album, Last Look At Eden, as one of the best hard rock albums of 2009, citing them as “One of the few bands around still making consistently thrilling rock records.”

Metal Hammer praised Europe for their outstanding concerts; “Europe’s live show pulls together all ages, and tastes for a feel-good finale that smells like total victory.”


Joey Tempest – Vocals
John Norum – Guitars
John Leven – Bass Guitar
Mic Michaeli – Keyboards
Ian Haugland – Drums

Best known for their 1986 global classic rock anthem, The Final Countdown, the Swedish rockers received unanimous praise a heavier bluesy, hip-shaking metal sound. The new album, Bag of Bones, is produced by Kevin Shirley (Black Stone Cherry, Aerosmith, Black Country Communion, Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin). Celebrated blues rock guitarist, Joe Bonamassa, makes a guest appearance on the title track, Bag of Bones.

Europe vocalist Joey Tempest believes that 2009’s Last Look At Eden album was a significant turning point for the band. That album proved to be Europe’s most important record since The Final Countdown. Now, with the highly anticipated release of Bag of Bones, Tempest says Europe is “ready to do some serious damage.”

StoneRider special guests on Europe’s ‘Bag of Bones’ UK November 2012 Tour

StoneRider are a young, classic rock-influenced rock and roll band from Atlanta, Georgia. Since the 2008 release of their critically-acclaimed debut Three Legs of Trouble, they have toured the US twice and opened for the likes of Uriah Heep, Robin Trower, Graveyard and Radio Moscow.

For the 2012 follow-up album, Fountains Left To Wake, the band flexed their studio muscles and crafted a double LP reminiscent of Exile on Main Street with doses of Physical Graffiti – not as a sound-alike, but as a celebration of all StoneRider love about rock and roll. The new album blends a wiser, more robust rock sound with psychedelic rock’n’roll jook-joint boogie.

Vocalist and guitarist Matt Tanner evokes a bit of Humble Pie’s Steve Marriott this time around, while maintaining the previous record’s guitar nods to Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. Jason Krutzky’s drumming is tight and deep in the groove, ebbing and flowing with the bass lines of producer-turned-bandmate Adam McIntyre, whose style blends Ronnie Lane and Duck Dunn with John Paul Jones.

- Bag of Bones 2012 UK Tour –

With very special guests

Regional Tickets: £18.50 Advance
London Tickets: £20.00 Advance

Credit Card Hotline for all UK shows – 0844 477 2000
Book Online:
(excluding Manchester) – 0844 478 0898
(excluding Nottingham) – 0845 413 4444
(excluding Cardiff) – 02920 230 130

Birmingham O2 Academy
Wednesday 21 November
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
16-18 Horsefair, Bristol Street, Birmingham, B1 1DB

Glasgow O2 ABC
Thursday 22 November
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
300 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JA

Manchester HMV Ritz
Friday 23 November
Tickets £18.50
Box Office 0844 478 0898
Doors: 6:30pm
Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5NQ

Newcastle O2 Academy
Sunday 25th November
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SW

Leeds O2 Academy
Monday 26th November
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 3AW

Nottingham Rock City
Tuesday 27 November
Box Office: 0845 413 4444
8 Talbot Street, Nottingham, NG1 5GG

Bristol O2 Academy
Thursday 29 November
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Frogmore Street, Bristol, BS1 5NA

Cardiff Coal Exchange
Friday 30 November
Box Office: 02920 230 130
Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 5EB

London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Saturday 1 December
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Shepherds Bush Green, London, W12 8TT

Formed north of Stockholm in the early 80s, Europe was originally called ‘Force’. Their initial influences included Thin Lizzy, UFO and the Michael Schenker Group.

To date, Europe has recorded nine studio albums and sold over 15 million records. Their biggest and most well known hit singles include The Final Countdown, Rock The Night, Carrie and Superstitious.

After a hiatus in the 1990’s, Europe returned in 2004 with the album Start From The Dark. Since the new millennium, Europe has released 4 studio albums, 2 live DVD’s and toured extensively around the world.
Europe are about to release their 9th album Bag of Bones on Monday 30th April 2012. The new album includes the single Not Supposed To Sing The Blues. The album is produced by Kevin Shirley and features blues rock guitarist, Joe Bonamassa playing guitar on the title track, Bag of Bones.










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