Europe is a Swedish heavy metal and hard rock band that formed in the late 1970s. They debuted with their self-titled album in 1983 as a direct result of winning a music competition under their original band name, Force. The album sold well in both Sweden and Japan. They slipped into the American music scene when the hit single, "Open Your Heart," caught the eye of CBS Records who quickly signed them. Released in 1986, their album The Final Countdown was their key to breaking into the US charts. The album was certified 3x Platinum and peaked at No. 1 in twenty-five countries. Additional hits from this and future albums included "Carrie" and "Superstitious."
Europe continues to fuse retro rock styles with heavy metal elements. They keep a rigorous tour schedule with venues around the world while also recording new studio work. Many of their shows sell out in advance, so be sure to get your tickets quickly.