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Final Countdown - The (ver. 1) by Europe - Piano Sheets and Free Sheet Music

  
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The song was based on an old keyboard riff that vocalist Joey Tempest wrote as early as 198182, on a Korg Polysix keyboard he borrowed from keyboardist Mic Michaeli. In 1985, bassist John Levn suggested that Tempest should write a song based on that riff. Tempest recorded a demo version of the song and played it for the other band members. At first the members expressed mixed reactions to it. "When I first heard the synth intro to 'The Final Countdown', my reaction was: 'No, this is nuts. We just can't use this,'" guitarist John Norum said, "Thank God they didn't listen to me." "Some of the guys in the band thought it was too different for a rock band," Tempest said, "But in the end I fought hard to make sure it got used." The song's lyrics were inspired by David Bowie's song "Space Oddity". The sound of the keyboard riff used in the recording was achieved by using a Yamaha TX-816 rack unit.    Download this sheet!
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Europe is a Swedish rock band formed in Upplands Vasby in 1979 under the name Force by vocalist Joey Tempest and guitarist John Norum. Although widely associated with glam metal; the band-s sound incorporates heavy metal and hard rock elements. Since its formation; Europe has released seven studio albums; two live albums; three compilations and seven videos.Europe rose to international fame in the 1980s with its third album The Final Countdown; which became a high commercial success and sold over three million copies in the United States. Europe was one of the most successful rock acts of the 80-s and sold over 4 million albums in the United States alone. The band has achieved two top 20 albums on the Billboard 200 chart (The Final Countdown and Out of This World) and two top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (-The Final Countdown- and -Carrie-). The song was based on an old keyboard riff that vocalist Joey Tempest wrote as early as 198182, on a Korg Polysix keyboard he borrowed from keyboardist Mic Michaeli. In 1985, bassist John Levn suggested that Tempest should write a song based on that riff. Tempest recorded a demo version of the song and.
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