Name: Joakim Larsson
Date of birth: 19.08.1963
Place of birth: Upplands Vasby, Sweden
Place of live: Since 2002 London, England. Before Dublin,Irland
Family: father Rolf, mother Eva, sister
Liselotta (1958), brother Thomas (1964)
Family status: since 29.09.2000 married with Lisa
Pets: Horses Duko & Dutchess, dog Prince
Instruments: guitar, piano, trumpet
First band: Roxanne
Sweet, Elvis Presley, Elton John, Nazareth, Thin Lizzy, White Snake,
Van Halen, Magnum, Slade, Led Zeppelin
Favourite actor/actress: Christopher Walken/Ingrid Bergman
Favourite writter: Stephen King
Favourite movies: Dead Zone, Back to the future
Favourite colors: blue & black
Favourite drinks: beer Guinness & tea
Favourite dishes: meatballs and chiken wings
Favourite clothes: jeans and sweaters
Sport: football, icehokkey, tennis, yoga
photograpy, painting, flying, horse riding, cooking
If he hasn't became a musician, he became: Formula 1 driver
Inspiration: if talk about the name - Joey Tempest it was William Shakespear' "Tempest"
Joey about Joey: bossy, workaholic, shy
|Joey Tempest, whose real name is
Joakim Larsson, was born on 19th August, 1963. He lived in
Stockholm, Sweden with his mother Eva, father Rolf, sister Liselott
(4 years older) and brother Tomas (1 year younger).|
Joakim was an
ordinary boy, who liked to play football and ice-hockey, and to
drive go-cart. He even came in 4th place in a Swedish go-cart junior
championship. But Jocke was also interested in music and soon it
became more important. He learned to play some musical instruments
from an early age. His sister had taken piano lessons and he tried
to play the piano very early. Later a friend of his father's gave
him some basic guitar lessons and Jocke had also learned to play the
His favourites singers were Elton John and Elvis
Preslay. He was also listening to such rock bands as "Led Zeppelin",
"Nazareth", "Sweet", "Slade".
During his school years Jocke
played in different local rock bands, such as: "Roxianne", "Blazer",
"Made in Hong Kong". He was a singer and a bass-player there. They
performed at local schools and stages. Then, in 1978 Joakim was
invited to sing in is friend's, John Norum, band - Force. Besides
Joakim Larsson (vocals, keyboards and acoustic guitars) and John
Norum on guitar the band had John Leven on bass and Tony Reno (real
surname Niemisto) on drums. In 1982 they decided to take part in a
Young talents competition for rock music, which was held in Sweden.
At that time the guys also changed the name of the band to "Europe"
and Joakim changed his name to Joey Tempest. They won the 1st prize.
It was an album
recording. This was the beginning of Europe's
career. I don't think that it's necessary to tell the story of
Europe all over again, I'm sure that you know the facts about this
famous rock band. But I want to note the fact that most of the
Europe songs (including the great hit The Final Countdown) were
written by Joey.
After Europe had split up in 1992, Joey started
his solo career. But first I want to note that in 1992 he had worked
on a song, "We will be strong", with John Norum (the ex-Europe
guitarist then) for John's solo album "Face the Truth".
Joey made his 1st solo album, "A place to call home". On this album
besides singing all the songs Joey also played the guitar, which
shows that he's not only a good singer, but also a good guitarist.
It is also necessary to say that John Norum played the solo guitar
on one song, "Right to Respect". The music style was different from
Europe's. It was closer to country than to rock. But anyway, the
next year Joey was recognized "The best Swedish singer" in
In 1997 his 2nd solo album,"Azalea place", was released.
This album wasn't as successful as the 1st
one, though the song
"The Match" went quite high on the musical hit-charts in many
Also the next year Joey had the honour to perform the
hymn of the national football team of Germany for the World
Championship. He sang it together with the famous German opera
singer Anna Maria Kaufmann.
The next important event in 1998 was
the recording of Mike Batt's Philharmania where Joey performed Bruce
Springsteen's song "Born to run" with the Royal Symthonic
In 1999 came the greatest present for all Europe fans.
Europe had a gig on New Year's Eve in Stockholm. It was the first
reunion after the split-up 7 years before.
And now the most
important event for Joey: on 29.09.2000 he married Lisa Woringhton.
It is necessary to notice that they met first in 1992 in London.
Since then Joey had fallen in love with Lisa he promised that Lisa
will became his wife. So, he can keep his promises. But don't think
that after building a family Joey forgot about music.
Joey, together with the Swedish pop-singer Patrik Isaksson,
performed the song by Pugh Rogefeldt "Har Kommer Natten" (this song
is in Swedish). Translated, "Here Comes the Night".
2002 Joey's 3rd solo album was released. The title is simply "Joey
Tempest". The style of this album is very different from the
previous two. It gets really more rocking! And another good
contribution is the fact that Mic Michaeli (the Europe keyboard
player) helped Joey with this album. They still hold on together.
Keep on this way!
But let's talk about the album. We can hear the
sound of rock guitars, no more girl backing vocals, the music is
harder and with more passion, but still emotional and tender. Joey
also sings higher and this makes his voice much more beautiful. I'm
sure, this album will bring Joey back into the rock music
So, I suppose that that is all the information that I can
give you. Of course, it's not all, but still enough to present this
I want to note once again: Joey is the best
musician and the best rock band (Europe) is his child.
Joey said: "Nothing is constant ... except