John Norum: What I Really Think Of The Final Countdown
Europe guitarist John Norum has told Classic Rock what he thought of the mega hit The Final Countdown when he first heard it.
“When Joey (Tempest, Europe vocalist) first played us the demo, I was one of those who said, ‘Are you mad? This isn’t what we’re about’. It had synthesisers all over it, and we were more into Thin Lizzy, UFO and Deep Purple. But the song did grow on me.”
However, Norum has admitted he finds the song boring to play.
“As a guitarist, there’s not much for me to do on that song. Sure, there’s a Ritchie Blackmore type solo, but that’s it. Yet when you see the crowd reaction…well, it does make it all worthwhile. I suppose this is a song that now belongs to the world. We’ve never dropped The Final Countdown from our set, and I doubt we ever will I can just imagine how angry our fans would be!”
Europe play the iTunes Festival at The Roundhouse in London on July 5 (with Foreigner) and the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth Park on July 30 (appearing on the Saturn Stage).
Norum releases new solo album, Play Yard Blues, on July 14.
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