Rolf Joakim, more famous under the name Joey Tempest isa vocalist of the swedish rock-band "Europe".
As a child Joakim learned to play musical instruments. His sister taught him to play the piano, a friend of his father taught him to play the guitar, and Joakim himself learned played the trumpet. Before becoming a musician Joey Tempest learned how to play the piano and the guitar.During his childhood Joey lived with his parents Eva and Rolf Larsson, his sister Liselott and brother Thomas in Stockholm.
When he was a teenager, he participated in a number of bands such as Jet, Blazer, Made in Hong Kong and Roxanne. At that time he was choosing between playing the rhythm guitar and bass, in addition to lead vocals.
In 1979 he gathered the Force band, together with the guitarist John Norum, the drummer Tony Reno and the bassist Peter Olsson. Three years later, group’s name was changed to Europe. Tempest played the keyboards for the first two albums before the band decided to take a keyboardist Mic Michaeli, who joined them in April 1984. Interestingly enough, it was Michaeli who had lent Tempest the keyboard he used to compose the main keyboard riff in the song "The Final Countdown" years earlier. A jam session took place in 1985, after which Michaeli and Tempest co-wrote the ballad "Carrie". Later that year, Tempest made the soundtrack for the Swedish film On the Loose, as well as the song "Give A Helping Hand" for the benefit project Swedish Metal Aid. The song was produced by future Europe bandmate Kee Marcello. In 1986 Tempest created and produced the album One of a Kind for Tone Norum, John Norum's younger sister.
Tempest also worked together with John Norum on the single "We Will Be Strong" from Norum's album Face the Truth in 1992. This was Tempest and Norum's first cooperation since Norum left Europe in November 1986.
Then Europe took a break which ended in 1992 and after which Tempest released three solo albums. The first album, A Place to Call Home, featured a guest appearance from John Norum on the song "Right to Respect". Several
songs on the third album, Joey Tempest, were co-written by Mic Michaeli. 2004 saw the release of Europe's
comeback album, Start from the Dark, featuring the band's classic Final Countdown line-up with John Norum on guitar. The following album, Secret Society, was released in 2006, Last Look at Eden in 2009, and Bag of Bones in 2012.
Wings of Tomorrow, 1984
The Final Countdown, 1986
Out of This World (1988)
Prisoners in Paradise(1991)
A Place to Call Home (1995)
Azalea Place (1997)
Joey Tempest (2002)
"Nothing is constant, except change".
Sport & Clubs
fotball, hockey, tennis, yoga
He has a pet cat, horses Datchess and Duko, dog Prince.