Europe @ ABC1 28-02-10

March 5, 2010

ABC1, Glasgow, February 28 * * *

It’s only the godfathers of 80s hair-metal, Bon Jovi, who can still fill stadiums and shift albums. They’re certainly the only ones who sell canine fashion under the cunning guise Bone Jovi.
Fellow spandex survivors Europe’s success was more short-lived and coincided with the loss of co-founder John Norum – the synth-route to commercial success didn’t sit well with the lead guitarist and maybe still doesn’t, as tonight he cut a forlorn and at times disinterested figure.
If he had opted to join the other four in rocking out he’d still have been overshadowed by singer Joey Tempest. The 46-year old was the star of the show and on numerous occasions proved more entertaining than the music which drove his performance.
Shadow boxing around the stage, windmilling his white mic-stand and shaking hands with his followers, Tempest energetically worked the crowd like it was 1986 all over again, the year tonight’s triumphant encore, The Final Countdown, cemented the band’s place in hard rock history.


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