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Lotto Mons Expo - Mons, Belgium
April 30 2011

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Power Prog and Metal Festival in Mons, Belgium, headlined by Europe
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After a nice concert by Hammerfall, another Swedish band was about to hit the stage: Europe, the Headliners of the 2011 edition of the PPM Fest.

Europe started with Last Look at Eden, a loud, quite slow and heavy song.
This contrasted with the mostly speed metal tunes from the previous bands, like Edguy, Hammerfall or Rage.

Also, the lights were darker: blue, violet and red were the dominant colours during the whole concert.

John Norum at the PPM Fest - Europe live in Mons

The guys were in a good mood and seemed to enjoy every part of the show, just like all the fans that have been waiting for them.

Nevertheless, the atmosphere was not as festive as with other bands like Edguy.
Rather than being in a party mood, the audience paying special attention to the musicians and the show.

Joey Tempest from Europe live in Mons

Joey Tempest communicated a lot with us.
He even shouted “chantez avec moi!” in French, during a beautiful piano version of Carrie.

Joey also told us that the lyrics idea of New Love in Town came in San Francisco 3 years ago, when his son was born.
He also stressed the importance of the song Start From The Dark, the first song that the band wrote together after “the long break”.

Ian Haugland on drums with Europe

Ian Haugland’s drum solo was absolutely great.
It was based on Gioachino Rossini’s overture theme for the William Tell Opera... better known to the metalheads as William's Tale by ManOwaR.

This tune made the audience scream, jump and clap their hands!

Mic Michaeli on keyboards with Europe live in Mons

Most of my favourite songs made it to the setlist, even Seven Doors Hotel, which they skipped at their concert in Paris last year.

Hearing live Cherokee, Rock The Night or The Getaway Plan was great. Adding Prisoners in Paradise would have been perfect!

John Leven on bass - Power Prog and Metal fest in Belgium

The concert ended with a joyful version of their worldwide hit, the song that everybody kows: The Final Countdown.

It was sung by everyone at the Lotto Mons Expo Arena, even by some members of the previous bands that I saw around.

Joey tempest playing guitar and singing with Europe

Once again, the PPM Fest did a great organization work. There was less people than last year for Scorpions, but there was a nice and friendly atmosphere during the whole day.

The Power Prog and Metal Fest was the best possible way to start the 2011 festival season (Shout It Out Loud, Graspop and Sonispheres France and Spain coming soon!).

Let’s wait and see which bands they’ll bring next year at the PPM!
I don't know, but Volbeat sounds really good...

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Setlist Europe – Lotto Mons Expo - Mons, Belgium – April 30 2011

- Prelude -
01. Last Look At Eden
02. The Beast
03. Superstitious
04. Seven Doors Hotel
05. No Stone Unturned
06. Carrie
07. The Getaway Plan
08. Seventh Sign
09. New Love in Town
10. Love is Not The Enemy
11. More Than Meets The Eye
12. Start From The Dark
-- Drum Solo --
13. Cherokee
14. Rock The Night
15. Scream of Anger
16. The Final Countdown

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Europe Line-up:

Joey Tempest – Vocals, Guitars
John Norum – Guitars
Mic Michaeli – Keyboards
John Leven – Bass
Ian Haugland – Drums
John Norum live in Belgium with Europe
Joey Tempest with his acoustic guitar
John Leven with Europe live at Lotto Mons Expo
Joey Tempest and John Norum with Europe live in Mons
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